- 17 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
The KPWT Dunkerque Kitesurf Pro has come to an end today. It has been a successful week for kitesurfing and we have witnessed some World Class Kitesurfing!
Some new names from Belgium have impressed in the freestyle discipline and some very exciting course racing took place. We had a huge response from the city of Dunkerque and many spectators came to appreciate the kitesurfing and the festivities on offer.
Course Racing started off the kitesurfing action today! The first race started at 14h07 and the course was set out over 2 laps that were roughly 10 minutes each.
The wind was blowing over 20knots, which pushed the riders endurance rather than tactics. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) reached the upwind buoy first, followed by Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Olivier Dansin (FRA, NORTH) and Antoine Auriol (FRA, KITELOOSE).
They picked up super speed on the downwind and charged the buoy for the second lap. Race was on and Richman reached the finish line in first place after 18 minutes of speedy racing! In second place, not too far behind was Lago. Dansin seemed to have third place in his sights, but on the home straight he crashed a couple of times allowing an excited Lukasz Ceran (POL, NORTH) through. Richman: "What a fun race, the wind was quite strong and it was quite tricky to know where the sand banks are. My fins are over 30cm long so you need to watch out for this!"
A quick rest for the riders and the race director went straight into race 2 for the day. He moved the upwind buoy a little further away, but the wind had increased to 22 knots so the course time was relatively similar to the previous race.
The second race started at 14h52 and off they went! Jesse Richman once again charged the upwind buoy in first place, followed tightly by Antoine Auriol and Abel Lago! Downwind was certainly exciting, as the wind was strong and the riders were using every bit they could to build up good speed! Richman crossed the finish line first after 18 minutes on the water, followed by Julien Kerneur (FRA, NORTH) and Pierre Romain (FRA, NORTH).
Antoine Auriol raced well and was looking good, but third place seemed to be a curse for the riders today and he crashed just before the finish line! He recovered well and managed to still place fourth.
For the women, Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE) did tremendously and held strong to place first in both races and show her dominance here in the Course Racing in France.
The Course Racing stopped at 15h21. A quick adjustment to the buoys and off went the freestyle juniors just before 16h00. The race director ran 7minute heats with 3minute transitions. The juniors were riding well in the conditions they were handed, but unfortunately the final and losers final was unable to be completed due to dangerous conditions. The wind was shifting onshore to offshore and gusting between 6 and 20 knots. Etiennes Freydrich (FRA, CABRINHA) looked good with some solid rotations, as did Danilo Nacarato (POR, SLINGSHOT) who performed a really cool Blind Judge 3.
The day ended at 18h00, and prize giving took priority on the main stage! Spectators gathered closely to see the Champions of the KPWT Dunkerque Kitesurf Pro 2009 receive their trophies! Thank you to Christophe Hugoo and his team for a highly successful event on the KPWT 2009. They have been nothing, but helpful, extremely well organized and professional in every aspect of the event.
The next stop on the 2009 KPWT is in Canada at the Shippagan Kitesurf World Cup, starting the 23rd September 2009 with registration.
MEN RACE ONE:
1. Jesse Richman (HAW,CABRINHA)
2. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD)
3. Lukasz Ceran (POL, NORTH)
WOMEN RACE ONE:
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Ania Grzelinska (POL, NORTH)
MEN RACE TWO:
1. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
2. Julien Kerneur (FRA, TAKOON)
3. Pierre Romain (FRA, NORTH)
WOMEN RACE TWO:
1. Kari Shibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Ainhoa Garcia (SPA, AIRUSH)
3. Ania Grzelinska (POL, NORTH)
1. Danilo Nacarato (POR, SLINGSHOT)
1. Julien Kerneur (FRA, TAKOON)
3. Blazej Ozog (POL, NORTH)
3. Etiennes Freydrich (FRA, CABRINHA)
- 17 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
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.
- 17 August 2009 | Kiteboarding
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!