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- 02 July 2008 | Kiteboarding
26 competitors registered for Round 2 of the BKSA at Exmouth. There were 12 seniors, 7 Men, 5 Ladies and 2 juniors all were given a numbered rash vest for the weekend. Competitors from far and wide with the Whitley’s from Manchester making the trip!
Skippers brief at 10am on Saturday was given by race director Spud (steph’s Dad) where many competitors were introduced to the course race format for the day. For many this was pretty daunting with new terminology, strange drawings, flags, stop watches etc.
The racing took place on the south side of pole sands in a variable westerly wind with many onlookers on the seafront fascinated by the spectacle. The first race kicked off just as the breeze dropped, which meant that only 4 competitors actually crossed the Start line!
This race was won by Steph Bridge (North) followed by Denzil Williams (Fone) Pete Whitley and then Ollie Bridge aged 10 came in 4th place on the trusty North Phantom board.
Race Two and Three the course was shifted to introduce a simpler format, this involved across the wind racing. A minor entanglement with Steph Bridge & Denzil Williams – much to the amusement of the other competitors allowed Steph’s son Ollie to take 1st place position!
Race 3 followed a similar across the wind format which was won by Denzil Williams, Steph Bridge 2nd and Junior Freestyle Leader Jack Shoulder 3rd.
The final & 4th Race of the day was held in more wind, this was won by Steph Bridge, Denzil 2nd and Pete Whitley coming in a respectable 3rd using a proper course board.
All exhausted by 5pm the tide was going and the racing was called off. This first day had been a real experience for many and although some had done their fair share of deep-water pack down’s, everyone was getting something out of it.
The Grove was the initial meeting place with Cold beer, steaks and a good chance to catch up with the crew running the BKSA Junior event on the Duck pond. BKSA coaches Christian and Karine who had a group of 5 youngsters for the weekend were running this.
The day had been a superb success with Sam Moore nailing slims and other’s ticking box’s off in the book of tricks. On Sunday the wind teased allowing the first race start in a light southwesterly.
A close battle was fought again for Race 5 & this time it was won by Denzil Williams. Chairman, Richard Gowers made it out to the racecourse but along with many struggled due to a massive wind shift on the first leg.
Race 6 on Sunday was sailed in the best breeze. A cracking start by all and a strengthening wind allowed for some exciting racing. Jack Shoulder was battling it out with Ollie for 4th &5th places while Richard Thompson created a fair amount of havoc with the hydrofoil.
BKSA Chairman Richard Gowers decided to give it a go and borrowed a 14mtr rhino and big Eric’s Race board (the ironing board) and was seen also at the top end of the fleet coming in 3rd. A mistake by Steph at the Gybe mark cost her the race and again was beaten by Denzil Williams.
1st Denzil Williams
2nd Matt Thomas
1st Steph Bridge
2nd Sarah Sylvester
3rd Hannah Whitley
1st Peter Whitley
2nd Richard Thompson
3rd Darren Pompey
1st Jack Shoulder
2nd Oli Bridge
- 30 June 2008 | Kiteboarding
From Maui to Oahu, eight kiteboarders will be in the air and on the waves for the first ever kitesurfing channel crossing on July 26th-27th.
The crossing will cover over 100 miles and take two days to complete. The non-competitive sporting event will start at Hookipa beach, Maui and head to Kaunakakai, Molokai and then finish in Kailua, Oahu.
The leader of the expedition is kiteboarding veteran Paul Franco. When it comes to the dangers involved in the event he said, "The route is treacherous, the wind can really nuke at one moment and then back off the next."
For those unfamiliar with the sport of kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing, it involves a surfboard equipped with foot straps and a harness that connects to a kite that captures the power of the wind.
- 30 June 2008 | Kiteboarding
PKRA, the world foremost authority on kiteboarding concludes the Freestyle competition in this beautiful beach in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Under a perfect weather, another round of exciting kiteboarding action drew to a close as the Freestyle double finished off with intensity that only PKRA can deliver.
Providing the perfect finish to a perfect start, the weather cooperated all day with the wind and the sun providing the much needed fuel to finish the doubles event. Although there was a short 20-minute wind delay at 2:00 pm, the sky was clear in general with the wind all powered-up for a great final.
The mandatory skippers meeting started on time at 11:00am and the competition finished at 4:15 pm with an awards ceremony on the beach.
History unfolded today as two world class PKRA athletes won back-to-back titles in the single and double events. Kevin Langeree became the first repeat winner of the Cabarete World Cup since the PKRA brought the tour here in 2001 while Gisela Pulido won her first-ever Cabarete title in the women’s division.
Freestyle Double Highlights
Reno Romeu (North, Brazil) continued his massive climb up the rankings in heat #26. After winning his two heats yesterday, Romeu went up against Austrian Michael Shitzhofer (JN Kites) in a very close heat but winning with a 4-1 decision.
Romeu landed a 313, blind judge 3, mobe 5, a big kiteloop slim, front mobe and kiteloop 5. Shitzhofer landed his own 313, blind judge 3, kiteloop handle pass and a big front mobe but had less power than his North opponent.
The Brazilian rider also won against UK’s Tom Court (North) in heat #30 after Court crashed hard on the water while Romeu kept plugging away and landed his staple tricks. It took an aggressive local rider Alex Soto (Starkites) to stop Romeu’s assault up the ladder in heat #31 going into the last four heats.
The Dominican rider who was fresh from a win against countryman Ariel Corniel, ended Romeu’s magic with higher technical difficulty and switch variety.
Soto actually started his assault up the rankings in heat #27 taking out North rider Cesar Portas. Riding with more power and landing more technically difficult moves, Soto stomped a regular and switch mobe, regular and switch KGB, a front mobe to blind, double s-bend to blind and a nose grab slim against the regular and switch front mobe, slim, blind judge, front side 360 and mobe from Portas.
The Dominican rider then faced off with another Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Naish) in the 29th heat, again out-powering and beating Pastor with regular and switch moves, powered slim, 313, backside 360 and a double s-bend to blind tail grab.
Andy Yates (Australia) powered by a Slingshot kite knocked down 3rd ranked Alvaro Onieva (Best, Spain) with some super clean riding skills in heat #27.
Landing a regular and switch slim, s-bend to blind with aerial handle pass, KGB, blind judge with aerial handle pass, mobe 5 and front mobe, Yates overpowered the more experienced Alvaro who started the heat on an 11m kite but changed down to a 9m when the wind picked up while Yates was on a 13m the whole heat.
After an initially abandoned heat due to a massive drop in the wind, Yates went up against the Dominican pocket-rocket Ariel Corniel (EH Kiteboarding).
The young Australian rider put up a good fight with his regular and switch slim, front mobe, mobe to wrapped, front mobe to blind, a double s-bend to blind, blind judge and mobe 5 but ended up loosing the heat because Corniel unleashed a bag-full of tricks, nearly doubling the number of moves that Yates had.
The former Cabarete champion won with greater variation, technical difficulty and power, landing a blind judge, KGB, front mobe, front mobe to blind, pete rose, 313, mobe, slim, mobe to wrapped, non-inverted slim, and a double s-bend to blind with air pass.
In the last four heats of the competition, Sweden’s Mikael Blomvall (Nobile) stopped Soto from aspiring for a podium position in heat #32 to the disappointment of the local crowd but Manuel David Rondon (EH Kiteboarding) came to the rescue in the following heat, lifting the crowd spirit when he defeated Blomvall.
Rondon’s regular and switch moves along with a 313, front side 360 and raley to wrapped earned him the heat.
Despite snapping two lines in heat #34, world champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) managed to land enough tricks to take the win against Rondon. The Dominican bet had a lot of crashes and failed to take advantage of Hadlow having to swim in and find another kite.
The final event heat of the day was between Hadlow and Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands) who faced off once again. Langeree came out firing in the heat and did not give up even when he crashed his kite hard onto the beach.
Completely unfazed Langeree went for 20 moves to Hadlow’s 15, who had fewer crashes but lacked in power, height and speed. Langeree seems to be more focused this year and has stepped up his riding, becoming the first ever repeat winner of the Cabarete World Cup since winning the title in 2006.
The women’s division showed equally exciting matches with Joanna Litwin (Nobile, Poland) opening up the women’s heat with a slim against seasoned rider Jo Wilson (Naish, UK) but Wilson stayed focused on her game plan and came away with a raley to blind, back to blind, a handle pass and double blind to win the heat.
In the second round of heat #14, Johara Sykes-Davis (Flexifoil, UK) and Angela Peral (North, Spain) started neck and neck with both landing raley to blind and downloop to blind but Peral got the edge with a back to blind, a back to toeside surface pass and a back to wrapped with an ole while Sykes-Davies continued on with a krypt to surface pass.
Peral took the win with more technical difficulty and power. The North-sponsored Spanish rider went on to defeat Wilson in heat #15 with more powered landings but lost to Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland) in heat #16.
Winkowska then went onto win over Germany’s Susi Mai (Cabrinha), landing a slim, front side 360 and a blind judge against Mai’s raley to blind and raley to wrapped. The Poland’s pride then went on to defeat tour leader Bruna Kajiya (Best) outclassing the Brazilian athlete with a blind judge, slim, raley to blind and blind judge 3.
Kajiya landed a front side 360, blind judge with aerial handle pass and s-bend to blind, Winkowska winning with more technical difficulty and cleaner landings.
In the final heat, Gisela Pulido went out fresh and ready, stomping a blind judge, front mobe, slim, 313, and mobe over Winkowska’s blind judge 3 and slim – eliminating the need for a second final as Pulido went with more technical difficulty and cleaner landings giving the young Spanish champion her first ever win in Cabarete.
The King of Board-Off will be held tomorrow with a skippers meeting at 11:00 am. Congratulations to all the winners.
Freestyle double results:
1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands)
2. Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK)
3. Manuel David Rondon (EH, Dominican Republic)
1. Gisela Pulido (Slingshot, Spain)
2. Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland)
3. Bruna Kajiya (Best, Brazil)