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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2009 KPWT Dakhla

Let's not forget the fighting spirit of little Forest Bakker (FRA, FLEXIFOIL). He woke up yesterday morning with a high fever and only decided to compete very late in the day. He was placed forth in the single elimination and managed to win four heats in a row and take the junior title away from Kamil Gadjinski (POL, NORTH).

This morning’s skippers meeting started at 09h30 and the wind had not quite picked up to KPWT standards just yet. All the riders were asked to spend 10 minutes with the sponsors to take some pictures and sign autographs.

Wind was not quite strong enough in the morning to run course races, but the forecast was correct in saying it would be better in the afternoon. The first race began at 13h30 after a good introduction and explanation of the rules and flag symbols by the race director.
Vita: “The wind should pick up nicely in the afternoon and I am planning to run some course races and hopefully sliders in the afternoon. I am having a great time here in Dakhla, accommodation is great, food is excellent and the spirit of the event is good, which makes me happy”

Today seemed to be the perfect day for racing and the wind averaged 15 knots and up to 18 knots in the afternoon. The race director prepared the triangle course with the necessary buoys and 2 laps were to be completed to finish. The distance between the starting and upwind buoy was 2.5km and both laps were completed in about 20 minutes.

In race one Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) was looking strong on the upwind buoy, breaking away from the pack and finishing the first race at least a minute before second placed Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA).

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