- 07 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
The public from Colico will remember for a long time the Fiat Freestyle Kiteboard World Cup 2008. The weekend started quiet and smooth Sun, light wind rising up every hour and from noon onwards a great show began on the water. We launched the Freestyle competition straight away. We started with the heat 14 of the women bracket with the Italian Alice Brunacci versus the Spanish Ainhoa Garcia.
Surprisingly Alice found her way through in front of Ainhoa, the 2007 KPWT Wave World Champion and reached the winner final. The Final against Ania Grzelinska from Poland was a different story.
The two riders performed amazing tricks and jumps but despite Alice's efforts, talent and power (S Bend, Backloop, Kite Loop, Krypt) the experience, the variety of her moves and the style of Ania made the difference (Rayley to blind Surface handle pass, Tiger loop, Backroll to wrapped with surface handle pass).
- 07 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
Onto the fourth day of the Telefonica Movistar Kite Pro 2008 in Tarifa, Spain and the long wait for the wind to arrive finally ended at 4:00 pm which signalled the start of the day’s events for the continuation of the freestyle doubles. The riders’ meeting was held at 11:30 am but light winds prevailed from morning to mid-afternoon hence the long wait for the wind lasted for about 4 ½ hours. Sunny clear skies also prevailed during much of the day.
At 4:00 pm, the wind started to blow at an average of 15 – 17 knots which signalled the raising of the green flag for the start of the events. Most of the men went to the water with 12-14m kites.
In some of today’s highlights, the more experienced rider in Marc Jacobs (North, Australia) showed his strengths early on in the first round of heat #22 against fellow Australian Andy Yates (Slingshot) with several opening moves. Jacobs won the heat, riding with more power, going for bigger and faster moves.
- 05 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
The Telefonica Movistar Kite Pro 2008 – the fifth round of the PKRA 2008 World Tour is on its third day. This time, the wind was a no-show which gave the competitors and everyone at the beach a little time for relaxation after yesterday’s extreme kiteboarding actions.
The sun was up but the wind decided to call it a calm day as the sea was like a mirror. The gentle breeze picked up in the afternoon but was not enough to hold a competition. Head Judge Sami Gali went out on his course racing equipment while the other women competitors were seen basking under the sun for some tan. A few others managed to take the opportunity to rest and sleep while the others took the time to browse the Internet or update their respective websites.
Although a lot of the riders appreciate a good day’s rest, many are still hoping for the weather to turn around so they could go out and do what they do best – extreme kiteboarding. Yesterday, ExtremeElements.tv managed to get a short interview from world champion Aaron Hadlow.