2009 PKRA Greece at Paros

The final day of the Paros World Cup 2009 organized and led by Lefteris Maniadakis closed to a perfect day despite the light winds.  Weather conditions were warm and sunny with temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius. 

The mandatory riders meeting got underway at 10:00 am as race director, Olaf Van Tol stated that he would postpone the scheduled events due to the nearly non-existent wind in hopes that the updated forecast would change. 

Racers, organizers as well as a few locals decided to make the best of the last hours here in beautiful Paros, Greece.  What better way to cool off than to take a dip in the warm Mediterranean Sea.  A few sportive individuals went for wakeboarding sessions as well as some off-road fun.

Event organizer Lefteris Maniadakis announced at 2:00 pm that the wind forecast would not increase therefore the competition has sadly come to an end.

The awards ceremony was held on the beach at 2:30 pm.  Spectators watched as organizers and supporters presented the awards to all the winners. 

 A total of 11 races were held during the 5-day event.  German rider Kristin Boese (Best) is taking home the championship trophy for the women’s division. Greek first time racer Felicia Constandopoulou (Best) proudly walks away in second place followed by Maria Tampa (Naish, GRC) in third.

As expected, French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha) steels the show for the men’s division, winning all 11 races followed by German rider Dirk Hanel in second place.  Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) made a lot of progress throughout the competition managing to take third place in this event.

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2009 PKRA Greece at Paros 

The sun was peaking through the clouds this morning as the racers made their way to the beach to prepare for today’s course races.

Race director, Van Tol announced at the 10:00 am rider’s meeting that he and his crew set an even longer course than yesterdays.  The riders had to race in the form of a zigzag, making this a very artistic, and stylish course.  It was an amazing view to see all the colorful kites from the helicopter that hovered above the course this afternoon.

The wind was still pretty light as the first race of the day began, but the riders prepared themselves for the lighter wind conditions as they pumped their 12-14m kites.  Cumulonimbus clouds started to cluster as the racers made their way through the first cycle of the first race.  It is very unusual and nearly unheard of having rain during this time of year in beautiful, warm and sunny Paros.  Sometimes you just can’t predict the weather.  Weather facts state that monthly rain precipitation averages for the month of September here in Paros, Greece are between 0.01 and 0.00 cm, making today’s forecast surely uncommon.  If we only could have caught the culprit who must have been doing some sort of rain dance on the beach last night…

Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) finished yet again in the number one position followed by fellow French native Julien Kerneur (Takoon).  Kerneur is a rider that Sroka must keep an eye out for as he keeps creeping his way up the ranking list, finishing in the second position in the past three consecutive races. German rider Dirk Hanel (North) finishes third in today’s race.  

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Kitesurfers cross the Bass Strait for the first time 

Australian kitesurfers Ben Morrison-Jack and James Weight have crossed the Bass Strait to set a new world record in the stormy waters of Tasmania.

They've just concludes a 12-hour trip across 259 kilometre of strong winds and currents.

Just one kilometre from the mainland, the wind dropped off and the two close friends had to swim to Apollo Bay - SE Australia - to reach their goal.

It was the first kitesurfing, non-stop, unassisted crossing of Bass Strait.

In March, windsurfer Alison Shreeve failed to complete a similar crossing, after suffering from mild hypothermia and cramps, just 80 kilometres of the Victorian coastline.

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