A typical Brazilian day - bright, sunny weather and strong winds provided for a perfect setting for the Big Air/Best Trick competition. The sun was in full force, literally heating up the event site to a 36° Celsius but the side-onshore wind which averaged between 16 and 18 knots provided a slight cooling effect.
The crowd at the beach was delighted to see the top PKRA athletes perform once again for a spectacular event of extreme kiteboarding competition for the Big Air/Best Trick contest, where the kiteboarder performs a jump and then be placed according to best trick. The performance is judged according to height (80%) and technical difficulty (20%) so it was all about going big.
Most of the competitors rigged their 9-meter kites and performed extremely well with the strong winds and moderate waves setting up perfect conditions to boost some amazing aerial tricks giving the locals a great show. With a rising tide, building wind and kickers, the riders went bigger and bigger towards the final.
The whole event started at 12:30 pm with 4 rounds for the men and 3 rounds for the women. There were four people on the water at a time with the top two finishers advancing into the next round. The day concluded at 3:00 pm which was followed immediately by an awards ceremony on the beach.
Big Air / Best Trick Results
1st – Gisela Pulido (Slingshot, ESP) with a high handle pass front mobe
2nd – Bruna Kajiya (Best, BRA) with a high handle pass
3rd – Susi Mai with (Cabrinha, GER) a big board off
4th – Carol Homsi (BRA) with a handle pass
1st – Ariel Corniel (EH, DOM) with a huge sent double handle pass and front spin
2nd – Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) with a huge double handle pass
3rd – Evandro Da Silva (Naish, BRA) with a big sent double handle pass and front spin
4th – Sebastien Garat with a high double handle pass
Freestyle Overall Results
1st - Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, GBR)
2nd - Evandro Da Silva (Naish, BRA)
3rd - Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
1st - Bruna Kajiya (Best, BRA)
2nd - Gisela Pulido (Slingshot, ESP)
3rd - Joanna Litwin (Nobile, POL)
The 2008 Kite-Xtreme Brasil 2008 was organized by the GEST Group thru the able leadership of General Director Erich Steffen and event coordinator Eduardo Piloni. The event was sponsored by the Brazil Ministry of Tourism, the Local Government of Piaui, Brazil, Piemtur, Banco do Nordeste, Nova Schin, Radio Lideranca, Planet Kiteboarding and Aimbere Eco Resort.