2009 KPWT Dakhla

The morning began with a short skippers meeting at 09h30 and the decision was made to finish the sliders competition first, starting at 11h30.
The prize giving for Course Racing was done in the morning and the Minister of Sport attended to congratulate the riders and present the trophies.

We then went onto to the final for the men’s sliders, where a 20 minute heat was completed and four riders participated. Stefan Permien (GER, KITEFACTORY), Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA), Cameron Dietrich (HAW, CABRINHA) and Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN). Jesse was on fire today and performed a smooth flat 3 on the main slider and a an Indie Glide on the kicker. Stefan did not make it easy though landing a full slide blind and surface pass. He also did a really good front spin off the kicker. Jesse edged him in the end and found himself as the WORLD CHAMPION for sliders 2009!

The riders then moved to the wave spot and battled in the final few heats for the Wave Master Champion in Dakhla. The waves were similar to the previous day and the wind was slightly better at about 15, 16 knots. The final heats were a pleasure to watch with the world’s top wave riders fighting for the honours in Dakhla.

Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) edged Abel Lago (SPA, RRD) in the losers final and made his way to the podium. The final between Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) and Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) deserved every eye that was peeled to the beach. The final was a 15 minute heat with the top 3 waves scored. And the winner in Dakhla is Mitu Monteiro!

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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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