2009 KPWT Dakhla

Dakhla Attitude have built 2 sliders and one high kicker for the new discipline introduced onto the world circuit this year. The race director ran 2 heats and the 2 riders with the highest score progress to the final heat.

The riders tried their best to hit the sliders as fast as possible, with their kites and bars low and rotations after the slide. This is a definite discipline for the spectators and the riders were launching themselves at the sliders and kicker as hard and high as possible! There was not enough time to finish the final as the news arrived that the wave spot was working. The riders prepped their gear and quickly made their way to the beach to continue with the single elimination.

Lets remember the World Class Superstars on the KPWT and competing at the KPWT DAKHLA KITEBOARD PRO 2009): Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Mitu Monteiro (CV- F-ONE), Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES), Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) and Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA).

For the ladies: Kirsty Jones (UK, FLEXIFOIL), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) and Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)

The second round began at 15h00 with 1 meter swells and 15 knots. The waves again ran right to left, with good shape on low tide. A great heat was the semi-final between Abel Lago and Mitu Monteiro who both looked in great shape, selecting good waves, turning smoothly and strong cut backs. Mitu edged himself into the final in a VERY closely contested semi final! Well done to both riders for this enjoyable heat!

The second semi final was between Jan Marcos and Jesse. They have had some great battles this year and this heat definitely didn’t disappoint. The sun was setting and provided a beautiful backdrop to this thrilling semi, with Jan Marcos progressing.

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2009 KPWT Dakhla

Gautier Marcq (Judge): “I am having a super time here in Morocco. I came to Dakhla a week before the event to enjoy these wonderful conditions that Dakhla has to offer. We have a good team here and the conditions make it great to judge as the level is seriously high.”

The bus arrived at Dakhla Attitude to take the riders to the city and an excellent wave spot on the coast.

The first round for men started at 2pm after a few hours wait for the wind to pick up. The waves were breaking right to left and seemed to hollow out nicely when the tied dropped a little. The sets averaged 1.5 meters and the wind increased to 15 knots around 4pm.

The first round introduced the locals to some World Class competitors and they did not disappoint. Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) and hard working Brazilian rider Bernardo Monteiro all progressed to the second round.

Abel lost a fin in his heat, but managed to change boards and get back out there and finish strong.

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2009 KPWT Dakhla

The wind was at a good speed this morning and the race director decided to set out the course for 3 more races.
Skippers meeting was held at 11h00 and the race director briefed the riders on the course and the programme of the day.

Wind speed was at a constant 14knots and the course was again set out in the shape of a triangle. 3 laps were to be completed over a 4,5 km course.

Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) started where he left off yesterday and took the first race, followed closely by Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA).

Bruno looked determined though to win a race here in Dakhla and really gave everything he had in the next race to put one over his young friend and team rider, Jesse.

After the Course Races, the wind had increased to 17 knots average and the race director moved the competition area in front of the judge tower and decided to run the Kiteloop discipline.

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