Aaron Hadlow celebrates first victory since 2009

August 11, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Aaron Hadlow: back to victories at St. Peter-Ording

Aaron Hadlow won the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup 2014, at St. Peter-Ording, in Germany. It's his first podium spot since 2009.

Former world freestyle kiteboarding champion Aaron Hadlow has, once again, celebrated victory in a PKRA stage. The British rider pulled his biggest and best tricks in optimal flat water and waist-high kickers to steal the event.

"Finally done it. I couldn't get my hopes up yesterday; I just knew I was in a good position and luckily I was able to make it," explains Hadlow.

"Last year I just only got second and this year always on the edge of the podium, so to finally get that first place win half way through the season feels real good. I'm just glad to get back up to this level now."

Mario Rodwald missed injured his knee and had to be taken to the hospital while Youri Zoon had a similar incident landing on the back of a sizable wave and was ripped from his boots, injuring his ankle.

On the Women's side, Gisela Pulidoun leashed her expanding arsenal of tricks including a Slim Chance, Hinterberger Mobe, and Front Blind, in the first final heat against Karolina Winkowska.

But the Polish rider did not give in and landed a Back Mobe, Slim 5, and S1, which put her in the running, but losing out by only .07 points. In the super final, it was Winkowska who prevailed.

Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup 2014 Results:

Men's Double Elimination | Freestyle
1. Aaron Hadlow (UK)
2. Liam Whaley (ES)
3. Marc Jacobs (NZ)
4. Christophe Tack (BE)

Women's Double Elimination | Freestyle
1. Karolina Winkowska (PL)
2. Gisele Pulido (ES)
3. Bruno Kajiya (BR)
4. Annelous Lammerts (NL)

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