- 30 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
Let's not forget the fighting spirit of little Forest Bakker (FRA, FLEXIFOIL). He woke up yesterday morning with a high fever and only decided to compete very late in the day. He was placed forth in the single elimination and managed to win four heats in a row and take the junior title away from Kamil Gadjinski (POL, NORTH).
This morning’s skippers meeting started at 09h30 and the wind had not quite picked up to KPWT standards just yet. All the riders were asked to spend 10 minutes with the sponsors to take some pictures and sign autographs.
Wind was not quite strong enough in the morning to run course races, but the forecast was correct in saying it would be better in the afternoon. The first race began at 13h30 after a good introduction and explanation of the rules and flag symbols by the race director.
Vita: “The wind should pick up nicely in the afternoon and I am planning to run some course races and hopefully sliders in the afternoon. I am having a great time here in Dakhla, accommodation is great, food is excellent and the spirit of the event is good, which makes me happy”
Today seemed to be the perfect day for racing and the wind averaged 15 knots and up to 18 knots in the afternoon. The race director prepared the triangle course with the necessary buoys and 2 laps were to be completed to finish. The distance between the starting and upwind buoy was 2.5km and both laps were completed in about 20 minutes.
In race one Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) was looking strong on the upwind buoy, breaking away from the pack and finishing the first race at least a minute before second placed Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA).
- 29 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
The wind today was at an average of 17knots, but picked up in the afternoon to a little over 20 knots. Wind direction is north east, blowing down the West Coast from the Canary Islands, only 200 km away.
As in the single elimination, 7 minute heats were run with 3 minute intermissions. The water was less choppy today, which made conditions perfect for the freestyle competition.
After some excellent performances yesterday by Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA) and Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN), today was a day for Victor Borsuk (POL, NAISH). He lost in the first round of the single elimination, but fought his way to the semis in the double and faced Stefan Permien (GER, KITEFACTORY) in a closely contested heat. Both competitors were riding super well, but unfortunately only one of them can progress to face the Russian, Tyushkevich for the third spot on the podium.
Borsuk settled for 5th spot, but what a strong performance by the Polish rider today! Jesse faced Leander once more in the men’s final and what a well-contested final it was. Both riders took their 8 meter kites out and looked well powered to perform their moves, with a good combination of power and some cool old school tricks. Jesse came out top once again and won his first Freestyle title for the year on the KPWT.
For the ladies, Leticia Quesada (SPA, OZONE) was kiting well and faced Kriss Kinn (US, STRIBOG) for the third spot on the podium. Unfortunately for Quesada, Kinn was in no mood to give up her position and progressed into the next heat against Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE).
Unfortunately Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) was once again too strong for the ladies and went on to take her fourth Freestyle Event for 2009. She is looking so smooth on the water, with her kite position low when performing her power moves and handlepasses that cannot be matched.
- 28 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
Welcome to the 9th annual King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition. It is hard to imagine we had 4 guys show up in 2001 and this year we expect 30-40 competitors and over 100 kiteboarders. The event will take place in Grand Haven, MI, USA.
We have moved the venue just 1/2 mile north of the MAC shack this year and will be doing all of our registrations and hanging out right at the pier head at Captain Jack's on the Beach Restaurant.
The Pier will provide a great spot for spectators and photographers to enjoy the action up close and personal. We do ask that only competitors ride within the pier heads during the event. It is a small area with room for only 4-6 riders.
This year we expect to have a full range of 2010 Demo gear available from Cabrinha and Naish. Special thanks to Dakine for the Rash Guards.
KoGL draws all the Midwest riders as well as many pros to the event annually. This year's format has also been changed to be a free ride competition with the riders deciding the outcome. Whoever pushes themselves and the sport the hardest will walk away with the title "King of The Great Lakes" as judged by their peers. A course racing event will be held all 3 days if winds and waves permit.