Hookipa Kite Surf Pro: grab the lines

Round 1 heats were completed, as strong side-offshore winds and consistent head high surf greeted riders of the Hookipa Kite Surf Pro 2012.

The eight day of the holding period saw Men's and Women's Round 1 completed, as well as seven heats of Men's round 2.

In the morning, contest directors officially announced the implementation of the KSP's alternate "short dingle elimination" ladder.

Used for the first time in a KSP competition today, the short dingle elimination was originally designed in conjunction with the riders to reduce competition time to ensure an event result, when conditions do not permit the use of the standard double consolidation ladder.

In the last remaining heat of Men's round 1, pitting local Maui boy and current KSP World Championship Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin prevailed over Kevin Senn and Jakop Appel.

Women's Round 1 saw some hotly contested battles, but no major upsets in the world title race. Local wildcard Moona Whyte continued to impress with the highest heat score total of the women's competition thus far, a 14.17.

Other riders advancing from women's Round 1 included Ninja Bichler, Kirsty Jones and Jalou Langeree.

In Round 2 of Men, reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino later nailed the highest heat score of the day with a 15.83 two-wave combined total.

Male riders advancing out of Round 2 included world number three Sebastain Ribeiro, as well as Guilly Brandao, Stephan De Figueiredo, Keahi De Aboitiz and Filippe Ferreira.

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

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