2009 PKRA Brazil in Barra Do Cunhaú

Today’s weather condition was much better than the last three days of the Kite-Racing Brasil 2009. The sun was up all day long so the blue, clear sky coupled with a jam-packed crowd on the beach plus some of the most extreme kiteboard racers on the water were a spectacular sight to behold. The wind blew at an average speed of 14 to 18 knots and most of the racers were on their 11 and 13-meter kites.

The race course set up by the PKRA crew led by race director Olaf Van Tol was a slightly different course but they used the same 3-buoy setup similar to yesterday’s course. Today’s course was shorter but the competitors had to complete an extra lap around the marks before finishing in front of the cheering crowd lined up at the beach.

The mandatory riders meeting went right on schedule at 10:00 am and after two practice starts, race #11 pushed ahead at 10:30 am. The second race followed at 11:25 am and the racing event wrapped up at 12:00 pm. After a short lunch break, the Brazilian National Championship freestyle competition took over the event area.

After 12 races, it’s still Bruno Sroka at the top of the scoreboard with 6.3 points followed by Pedro Montenegro with a total of 14.1 points. Trailing but maintaining his overall third place is Sebastien Salermo (Gin Kites, FRA) with 32 points after hitting the rocks in day 3 and ripping out 3 of his 4 fin boxes on his board.  Charging and could possibly overtake 3rd place is Victor Adamo (Naish, BRA) , however, Victor is still in fourth place overall with only 2 points separating him from Sebastien.  Nayara Licariao (Best, BRA) continues to lead the ladies after winning both races today while teammate Carol Homsi (Best, BRA) trails in second with 16.7 overall points.

Tomorrow’s riders’ meeting is at 10:00 am with first possible start at 10:30 am. The Freestyle event is scheduled in the morning followed by the racing events with plans for two more races depending on the wind condition.

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2009 KPWT Dunkerque in France 

The highly anticipated heat between Christophe Tak and Jesse Richman started off proceedings and what a heat it was. Tak began with a stylish low mobe switch followed by a 313. Jesse looked to be feeling the pressure a little, but landed a smooth double s-bend handlepass that seemed to settle his nerves. He went on to a front mobe, slim chance and blind judge 3 with excellent kite position and good style. Unfortunately today looked to be Tak’s and he went through the motions, performing an array of tricks including a back mobe 5, blind judge 3 and a tomahawk. He progressed into the quarterfinals to face Michael Shitzhofer. (AUS, JN). His dream of reaching his first semi final on the KPWT was ended though by Shitzhofer, who was again looking strong in his heats.

For the women, Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) faced Sarah Demdoum (FRA, CABRINHA) in the first quarterfinal. Gisela looked comfortable and seemed to have rested her knee well after her injury in Germany. She flew through Sarah, who just never seemed to settle in. I think the nail in the coffin for Sarah was an S-Bend Handlepass and a huge 360 by Gisela near the end of the heat. She will go on to face Ania Grzelinska (POL, NORTH) in the first semi final for the ladies single elimination.

At 16h00 conditions got really good and wind had picked up to over 20 knots. The semi final between Vincent Tiger and Shitzhofer looked as if they were both overpowered on their 10meter kites! Getting huge air and strong manoeuvres to entertain the many spectators that had come down to the beach to enjoy the festivities and the kitesurfing!

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2009 PKRA Brazil 

Fresh from a ten-day rest after the Germany Tour stop, the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) – the world renowned kiteboard riders association is back in Brazil for a 5-day Tour stop.  Organized by the Gest Group led by Eduardo Piloni as General Coordinator, Kite-Racing Brasil 2009 will run until August 16, featuring world-class kiteboard racers and some of the best Brazilian racers the kiteboarding world had ever seen.

Yesterday’s registration drew a ton of participants from different nationalities including the largest delegation from Brazil with 18 male competitors and 3 women racers. The local racers will get a chance to test their skills against the experienced and the best racers in the world.

Before the start of the races, gloomy weather conditions dominated the area with occasional rains pouring in, turning into cloudy, overcast sky between 9:00 am and 10:00 am. However, the sun finally showed up in time during the afternoon to end a perfect day.

The PKRA crew did an excellent job in setting up an interesting course for Day 1, with short upwind sailing, some tight reaches and some broad reaches.

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