PKRA Portugal 2008 

The spectacular kiteboarding competition here in Portimão, Spain dubbed the Kite Masters Portimão World Tour 2008 continues on its 4th day with the wind averaging 15-20 knots under clear skies with the temperature pegged at 24° Celsius. The course racing event got underway at 1:00 pm followed by the Freestyle tournament and one final race before concluding the day at 7:00 pm.

The Course Racing scoreboard is now a one-two North team on the top composed of Charles Deleau (FRA) in first place, who won today’s 1st and 2nd races and Sean Farley (MEX) now in second place after winning race #3 and coming in second in the other two races.

Farley overtook Best Kiteboarding’s Sami Gali (Spain) who is now in 3rd place overall after finishing 3rd in the first two races and coming in 4th in race #3. Another North racer – Dirk Hanel (GER) remains in 4th place overall while Takoon’s Bruno Sroka (FRA) completes the top 5.

No change in the women’s division racing scoreboard as North Kiteboarding’s Steph Bridge (GBR) still manages to cling onto the top position overall even after finishing 3rd in race #1 and 2nd in race #3. The North racer finished 1st in race #2 with a total of 11.2 points after 11 races. Best Kiteboarding’s Gina Esteva (Spain) is still in second place with 15.7 points after finishing 2nd in race #1 and #2. Cabrinha’s Fabienne D’Ortoli (FRA) occupies third place with 17.1 points overall.

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Tamatoa Gillot

Over 40 kitesurfers have gathered to race 40km in open sea, from Island paradise Tahiti to joint sister island Moorea. Organised by Moorea kiteboard club in extreme weather condition, strong wind (30kn plus) and 3 meters waves.

The race is a down wind course; going with the wind is a real challenge. It is really hard to keep the kite in power without over speeding and no edging with the board. Strait down! Such races are great to compare flying quality of kites. For that race I choose to be over powered with the 11m Edge II and an asymmetric speed board.

The technique is simple 40km looping the kite and playing with the great depower when feeling over speeding. It was incredible to be able to control so much power on my 11 edge2 in so much wind, never loosing contact with the water. Searching for the best line in open sea to not fight the waves but going with them, catching the next one after another.

I was going faster than the wave speed in open sea. Thanks to my Edge II that made it possible. It was almost effortless and after only 15 minutes I had a comfortable advantage over the other riders.

Only 18 riders manage to finish the race. A few of them got tangle lines (kite inverted) after crashing the kite in the water, others lost their boards and couldn’t body drag back up wind. My 11m Egde II  allow me to finish the race in 1hour and 2minutes. 12 minutes in front before the second.

Here are the results with the times for the 3 best:

1) Tamatoa Gillot 1h 02mn 15s
2) Moerani Marlier 1h 14mn 08s
3) Nicolas Quintana 1h 16mn 11s

Source: Ozone

“Today I got my gear, and I was doing a little better. It’s actually a brand new board that I was riding. I’m not even that used to it but I was improving on my angle although it’s not even closed to Charles’ angle and I’m below Sami’s angle as well. Overall, speed over course I think I’m pretty fast on that board so I was able to catch up quite a bit on the downwind run.

The first race I was in third most of the way until the last downwind leg and that’s where I passed Sami so I came in second behind Charles. On the last race, I got ahead on the downwind leg since the beginning then I led pretty much the second or third part of the race. Towards the end Charles caught back up going upwind and he came in for the win towards the end,” said Farley.

“Unfortunately I only went from being third on what was not my gear to second today, but that’s good enough as long as I keep jumping up a position and hopefully tomorrow there will be two first at least,” continued the current overall PKRA World Course Racing points leader.

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