- 22 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
Mitu Monteiro (CAV, F-One) and Kristy Jones (GBR, North) win the single elimination of the Kite Masters in Sylt.
After a long day with heavy wind and rain showers, Monteiro defeated Jan Marcos Rivera (DOM, Star Kites) with Jesse Richman (USA, Cabrinha) in third, and Jones kept clear ahead of Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) and Ainhoa Garcia (ESP, Airush).
The day started with the usual skippers meeting at 10:00 hours, and the draw of the heats. The wind picked up and competition was started around 10:30. Already during the pre-qualification rounds the waves were building up nicely, and with the incoming tide in the afternoon the conditions were almost perfect.
From the quarter finals on, some riders were even able to show tube rides, and it came down between the radical stlye with hard cutbacks and the pure surfing style. Once more, Monteiro proved to be the master of the waves.
- 22 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
The first stage of the 2009 PKC took place last weekend in Viana do Castelo. The event was organized by Viana Locals and Viana do Castelo city hall.
The two days on Cabedelo Beach were full of a strong wind, a lot of fun, excellent weather conditions and some of the best Portuguese athletes. The course race competition was composed by 5 races of 20 minutes each with wind speed between 30-35 knots.
The winner was Paulino Perreira (he won all 5), Nuno ‘Stru” Figueiredo finished in second and Gonçalo “Gonzas” Gomes in third. Inês Correia won among woman and the young Ana Pereira was second.
In the end everyone was satisfied with the results and the competition though it was very hard for all competitors.
1st Paulino Pereira - Royal Kiteboarding / BoarderClubPortugal / Windspirit / Pulse
2nd Nuno Figueiredo - Best Kites / Stru Surf Shop
3rd Gonçalo Gomes - Naish / Vianalocals / ION / Holmes Place / Bomcar
1st Inês Correia
2nd Ana Pereira
On Sunday the wind was about more weak, the top speed was 20 knots. Due to that the Freestyle Competition started later then it was expected. The level of the competition was very high and the contestants showed a big improvement since last year.
In seniors category a double elimination was organized and in the finals Paulino Pereira defeated Goncalo Gomes. In Juniors the winner was an Algarvian athlete Francisco Fernandes that have become the revelation of the contest.
1st Paulino Pereira - Royal Kiteboarding / Boarderclubportugal / Windspirit / Pulse
2nd Gonçalo Gomes - Naish / Vianalocals / ION / Holmes Place / Bomcar
3rd Nuno Figueiredo - Best Kites / Stru Surf Shop
1st Francisco Fernandes – Gusty Kite / Globe Kites / Pat Love
2nd Inês Correia
3rd José Leitman
- 19 June 2009 | Kiteboarding
Mario Rodwald (GER, North) and Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) confirmed their podium places from the single elimination in perfect conditions today.
With the judging zone set closer to the land, the riders were able to pull out their moves directly in the breaking waves and in front of the thousands of spectators at the Westerland Beach promenade.
The biggest surprises of the day were Vincent Tiger (FRA), who made it through the double elimination with six victories in a row, but ended up with Peter Tyukjevich (RUS) who secured his place on the podium, and Nils Wesch who defeated 2008 KPWT champion Jesse Richman.
In the men’s final Rodwald was once again up against Permien, in a well-contested heat. Rodwald performed a front and low mobe followed by a crisp “board off” which proved tobe too much for Permien and taking the SEAT Freestyle 2009 title.