KPWT Brazil in Cumbuco

Day three on the KPWT SUPERKITE here in Brazil and as to be expected, the wind was at a good 20 knots. After a spectacular day yesterday for the freestyle riders at the lagoon, today was a day for Waves at the spot, Pico das Almas.

Abel Lago (SPA, RRD): “Every time I come to Brazil I love it! The weather is super, the wind is great and the waves are really good so I am happy. This is a true paradise for kiteboarding.”

Conditions were a little choppy, but the waves were pushing 1 meter on the low tide in the morning.The riders were certainly making the most out of the conditions on offer and doing their best in selecting the finest waves and turning as much as possible.

The race director ran 10 minute heats with 3 minute intermissions and the riders will be scored on their 2 best waves.

A big result early on was the elimination of the 2008 Wave Master World Champion, Mitu Monteiro (CV, F-ONE) by the local rider Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, MORMAII). He is a powerful rider and performed some strong turns, to the delight of the locals on the beach.

Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) looked good in her heat against Olga Fita (SPA, FLEXIFOIL) and progressed to the semi final to face Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH).

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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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