Jemma Grobelaar

Day three of the competition brought some action in the afternoon, after the race committee relocated the participants to a new venue a few kilometers away with a better angle to the wind.

Racing was started then at 14:00 hours, in very gusty and shifty winds ranging from zero to 25 knots. Still the course was pretty broad and hte gusts usually never long enough to help the competitors over the complete course.

After 90 minutes the wind dropped completely, resulting in several rescue actions. Overall top speed of the day was set by Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard), but unfortunately his speeds of slightly over 33 knots were not enough to validate the race for the windsurfing fleet.

The kiteboarders, with a different scoring system, were able to validate their first leg, with Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) in the lead ahead of Jochen Bock (GER, Flysurfer, B1). Arne Scholten (NED, Ozone) in third. The women's fleet was won by Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil).

The forecast for tomorrow is promising, and the new spot should work better in the predicted northwest wind. Racing continues until Saturday, and all the remaining days look promising to get results in.

KPWT Brazil

Today invited 30 of the world’s top international riders to a sublime spot for freestyle. Lagoa de Cauipe is a renowned spot for excellent conditions with strong wind, flat shallow water and provided the perfect setting for the KPWT Superkite freestyle single elimination.

Local media teams, hoards of local spectators and travelling kiteboarders all crowded the lagoon to enjoy the exhilarating freestyle competition that was on show today. Conditions were great today, with a wind averaging 20 knots, hardly any chop on the water and the race director began the first heats at 09h20.

Petr Tyushkevich: “I am really happy to be here. I arrived 2 weeks ago to begin my training and to get used to the conditions. The draw looks to be tough, with some good Brazilian riders here, so I will do my best and work as hard as I can.”

Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN) was eliminated in the early rounds to the local rider Evandro Da Silva (BRA, RRD) who is a strong competitor. He keeps his kite low on the power moves and holds the kite super high to push himself when looping.

A surprise in the women’s competition was the early elimination of Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) to Karolina Winkowska (POL, NAISH). Karolina showed good variety in her moves performing a 313, blind judge and some big kiteloops. At the end of the heat she pushed herself towards a massive KGB, but crashed to the disappointment of the screaming spectators who were treated to a super heat.

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KPWT Brazil in Cumbuco

The 7th stage of the KPWT 2009 started today with junior freestyle.

Conditions were good and the youngsters took to the water on their 7 metre kites.

The wind was blowing from an easterly direction and averaging 18 knots, with a slight chop on the water due to some swell that seems to be building.

The level of the young riders is increasing and they put on a great exhibition for the many spectators on the beach. 14 year old Forest Bakker (SPA, FLEXIFOIL) and overall junior freestyle leader of the KPWT 2009, was looking strong again and is deserved of the attention he is receiving this year.

Unfortunately for Forest he met a young exciting local rider Set Gomes (BRA, LIQUID FORCE) in the semi final and had to settle for 4th in the single elimination. Eudazio Silva (BRA, LIQUID FORCE) has blasted onto the Kitesurfing scene today, with some excellent freestyle riding.

He has a comfortable, free-flowing style and able to land his power moves with great kite position. Two young Brazilians in the final, both locals to the area and both strong upcoming riders, put on a great show for all on the beach.

After the single elimination, the race director called a lunch break, so the riders could rest and rejuvenate before the double elimination began at 3pm.

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