Paulino Pereira

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.

Race Man
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

Race Woman
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.

Freestyle Senior
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

Freestyle Junior
1st Francisco Fernandes – Gusty Kite / Globe Kites / Pat Love
2nd Inês Correia
3rd José Leitman

Mario Rodwald

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.

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Kitesurfing action in the 2009 KPWT Germany in Sylt

Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) and Kristin Boese (GER, Best) are in the lead after three course races at the KPWT stop in Sylt, Germany.

After a windless morning, the wind picked up around noon and allowed some thrilling racing directly in front of the many spectators at the promenade of Westerland Beach.

The race committee had set a pure up and downwind course in the unusual south wind, with the windward and leeward mark set very close to the beach so that the spectators were able to follow the racing only a few meters away from the shore. Also the finish was set directly at the beach, whic allowed for spectacular finishing directly in fornt of the event area.

In the mens fleet, it was very close racing between Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), winning the first race of the day, and Bruno Sroka, who won the next two races. Sean Farley (MEX, North) in third.

In the womens fleet, Kristin Boese was able to win all three races sailed back to back, before the wind changed to offshore and died down. The forecast for tomorrow is promising, with a skippersmeeting at 0900. Stay tuned!