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2009 KPWT Canada at Shippagan

The sliders competition started off around 18h30, with a 15 knot North Westerly blowing. The race director held an expression session of 45 minutes, one heat and 7 riders.

The riders had to perform their best moves on the slider, kicker and fun-box provided! It was a great show for all, as the wind was at a good speed and the flat lagoon water proved to be the ideal surface to land some cool tricks.

1st: John ROBICHAUD (CAN, Liquid Force)
2nd: Cameron DIETRICH (HAW, Cabrinha)
3rd: Jesse RICHMAN (HAW, Cabrinha)

Today, day 6 began with a skippers meeting at 10h00 and unfortunately the wind had dropped off and a further announcement was to be made at 12h00. The Course Racers are hoping for wind, to get another opportunity to enjoy the conditions here in Shippagan and push their rankings.

The forecast however is not good, and is showing in the low temperatures this morning. All the riders are so pleased they were gifted the opportunity to really push themselves in some good conditions!

The KPWT Acadie Kiteboard Pro 2009 has managed to complete 5 disciplines over 6 days and 4 spots in the Shippagan area. The closing ceremony will take place this evening from 20h00 at the Pavillon Aquatique restaurant in Shippagan.

Please make sure to follow the KPWT to its next stop in Dakhla, Morocco.

Source: KPWT

2009 KPWT Canada at Shippagan

Jesse Richman fought back after placing third in the single elimination to facing Stefan Permien in the final. He faced Vincent Tiger in the semi-final, but Tiger had injured himself and could not compete at his best.

Jesse won the first final with some huge megaloops and solid front and back mobes. In the second final, the wind increased up to 50 knots and the riders were out on their 7’s and getting BIG air and loads of power to perform their tricks.

Permien and Richman both pushed themselves to their limits, with Permien landing some crazy unhooked tricks in these conditions! he local support was at large today and many people had come down to enjoy the extreme freestyle!

Day 4 started early again at 07h00 with swells up to 1.5 meters and a strong wind of 40 knots. The race director decided to run the single Wave Master Elimination followed by the double if there was enough time in the day.

Most riders chose their 5 -7 meter kites and used the power well to get the most out of the waves. Abel Lago lost early in the single elimination to Cameron Dietrich, who went on to face Jesse Richman in the losers final.

Mitu Monteiro showed his dominance in this discipline, performing some smooth bottom turns and strong cut backs to take the single elimination from fellow islander, Jan Marcos Riveras.

Abel in the double, rode like a man possessed and slowly progressed his way through the rounds, meeting Mitu in the final. He took the first final with some powerful turns and energized riding, being the first to take a heat from Mitu this year in the Waves.

Mitu rode very well in the second final with some intelligent Wave Riding, using the power of the kite as little as possible and pushing his board to the absolute limit, riding strapless.

A big mention needs to go out to Kari Schibevaag who is really starting to show how hard work can pay off. She defeated Kirsty Jones in the single and double elimination final and will stand the first place podium in the Freestyle and Waves!

Source: KPWT