2009 KPWT Portugal in Santa Cruz 

Competition started in front of the main judge tower, directly in front of the main beach area at 13h45.

The spectators on the beach, who came to see the World Champions compete, looked to be enjoying every bit of the competition.

The second round heats for men needed to be completed before the women got their chance to show what they are made of. And boy did they have some work to do throughout the day as the swell got bigger and bigger.

The first semi final between Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) and Will Bennet (UK, CABRINHA), who rode strapless, was a great show, with both riders performing some big turns, both top and bottom and cracking the lip with everything they have!

Abel progressed to the final to face the young superstar Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) who had an exciting heat against Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) in front of the 15 000 spectators who had now been drawn to the shoreline to witness the spectacle, which was today Kitesurfing! Carlos Delicado: “I think that was one of the best heats I have ever seen in my life!” Unfortunately for Jan Marcos, he injured his knee during the heat and cannot compete any further today.

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2009 PKRA Germany 

What else can bring a tinge of sun and heat into the moderately cool and sometimes rain-soaked competition area of the German Tour stop? Three scorching races participated in by some of the best kiteboard riders in the world.

Lately, the wind has been about as unpredictable as a drunken bee. In the middle of all this randomness however, PKRA Race Director Olaf Van Tol manages to run a perfect event, doing what he does best – fulfilling an extremely demanding and stressful job and still managing to carry a warm, welcoming smile.

Today was no exception. Sunny blue skies prevailed throughout the day with temperatures reaching a high of 22° Celsius but the gentle breeze that was, foiled the opportunity to conduct the Freestyle event which requires stronger winds. As a result, Van Tol decided to release the Freestyle riders early to make way for the Racing events and cap the day full of excitement.

The mandatory riders meeting was held on time at 10:00 am and the racers got started at 10:45 am. PKRA’s extreme kiteboard racers flew their way across the finish line to the delight of the spectators watching from the beach. A total of three races were completed just before lunch and the competition wrapped up for the day at 12:30 pm.

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2009 PKRA Germany 

A lot of the fans were out on the beach this morning in hopes of catching a glimpse of their favorite kiteboarder in action. Day 3 of the Palmolive Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter-Ording, Germany was a very successfully day under a bright, warm and beautiful blue sky.

Today’s weather was just what the doctor ordered, lots of Vitamin D for everyone to share.  The temperature reached a high of 22 degrees Celsius, with nearly cloudless skies and fluctuating winds averaging 12 knots.

Smiling, happy people surrounded the event site today and the joyous atmosphere was extremely contagious.

Organizers have made it possible for everyone wanting to shake the stress away by providing fun evenings of music and dancing with live DJ’s every night of the week.

The mandatory riders meeting was held exactly at 10:00 am as scheduled. However, the Freestyle competition, which was scheduled to start at 10:30 am was cancelled for the day by race director Olaf Van Tol because of light winds. Instead, Van Tol announced that the Racing event will be held in place of the Freestyle as racing requires less wind to run.

In effect, the Freestyle riders were released early in the day, which gave them the opportunity to catch up with old friends, share some laughs and have a little bit of stress-free fun before the continuation of the freestyle event tomorrow.

Ruben Lenten (NED, Slingshot) was yet again “On The Loose” making an appearance today at the event site in St. Peter-Ording.  He warmly greeted old friends as well as eagerly excited fans.

The course racers had nearly perfect conditions today, enabling them to glide gracefully across the North Sea with much ease. The races ran smoothly with no major problems other than a disqualification due to line entanglements.

Once again, Portimao KiteMasters Racing champ Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) powered his way through the finish line in the only race held during the day.

This time wearing jersey number 3, Sroka is beating an old drum once more, commanding a well-deserved victory and is now at the top of the scoreboard. Local rider Eddy Lansild finished in second place followed by French racer Sebastien Salerno (Gin Kites).

This ties Salerno in second place overall with fellow French rider Oliver Dansin (North) with 7 points each while Lansild moved to number 3 position with 9 points.

In the women’s division, racing powerhouse Steph Bridge (North, GBR) crossed the finish line ahead of the other women putting her in lead position with 2 points overall. Kristin Boese (Best, GER) finished in second while Portimao Kitemasters race runner-up Fabienne D’Ortoli (Cabrinha, FRA) finished in third.

The day’s result did not change the overall standings as Bridge still maintains top position. A total of 23 racers competed in today’s event and all managed to finished within the time limit except for James Johnsen of Denmark who was disqualified because of line entanglement.

The event was called off for the day around 3:30 pm because the wind died down to a grinding halt. Tomorrow’s forecast looks a bit more promising and hopes are still high for the Freestyle competition.  The skippers meeting is set for 10:00 am with the first possible start at 10:30 am.

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