- 26 September 2008 | Kiteboarding
It would seem that Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, GBR) is hell bent on winning the Brazilian title of the second to the last stop of the PKRA 2008 World Tour here in Piaui, Brazil. Going into the second day of Kite-Xtreme Brasil 2008, Hadlow already is making history once again by winning his first-ever Brazilian freestyle singles title and if he makes it in the doubles event past Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) the Chile Tour stop will be a magnificent Tour climax.
Day 2 started out like any typical Brazilian day – warm weather, perfect wind condition, and plenty of people on the beach. The sun was in full force, the sky was clear and the temperature rose to 36° Celsius during high noon while the wind maxed out at 18 knots (5 bft.) forming moderate waves for some nice kickers. The wind turned up to be offshore in the morning but went back to its usual direction, side onshore, and strength by 11:00 am.
The mandatory skippers meeting started at 11:30 am at the beach. After half an hour, the race director sounded the horn signaling the continuation of the freestyle singles event.
The competition wrapped up at 3:00 pm with the doubles elimination to be started tomorrow.
Day 2 Highlights
The ladies got the chance to start the day’s events. Opening up the action was heat #5 between Jo Wilson (Naish, GBR) and teammate Karolina Winkowska (Naish, POL). Winkowska dominated the heat with a blind judge, raley to blind, s-bend to blind, slim and raley to wrapped, winning with a higher technical score on handle passes. Wilson had an awesome heat with a raley to blind, downloop to blind, back to blind, blind judge and a high handle pass but weren’t enough to convince the judges on technical matters. In the same heat, Bruna Kajiya (Best, BRA) defeated Joanna Litwin (Nobile, POL) in a close heat which would probably count as one of the best heats we’ve seen so far from the women. Kajiya performed with more power plus slight technical advantage to take the win.
- 24 September 2008 | Kiteboarding
Three disciplines run on this last day of the Superkite Brasil 2008 : Course Racing, Kiteloop and Big Air.
The two course races of today confirmed the results of the former days and no surprise on the podium.
The two winners, Kristin Boese and Jesse Richman proved that they are really specialists in this discipline. They have power, strategy and style. The Course Racing is definitely a wonderful show. All these kites in the sky look like butterflies!
SUPERKITE BRASIL WOMEN COURSE RACING RESULTS 2008
1. Kristin Boese (GER) BEST KITEBOARDING
2. Ania Grzelinska (POL) NORTH KITEBOARDING
3. Marine Sudre (AUS) CABRINHA
SUPERKITE BRASIL MEN COURSE RACING RESULTS 2008
1. Jesse Richman (US) CABRINHA
2. Shawn Richman (US) Wainman Hawaii
3. Abel Lago (SPA) - RRD
We finished this amazing competition with two shows : Kiteloop and Big Air. The riders who participated really gave their outmost and closed the KPWT Superkite Brasil 2008 with a superb demonstration !
- 23 September 2008 | Kiteboarding
Subject to WSSRC ratification, Robert Douglas (USA, Black Dog, Cabrinha) set a new outright world record with 49.84 knots. Second became Sebastien Cattelan (FRA, Genetrix) with 49.59 knots, also well over the old record set by Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) in winter this year.
The womens outright record is now at a stunning 45.20 knots by Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RAS, Naish).
The chase for the holy gral of speed sailing, the elusive 50 knots mark, is still on at the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2008 in Namibia till the 13th of October.
Speed:World:Cup is the officially sanctioned world tour of the International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC) and the Professional Kite Riders Association (PKRA).