Ben Winding wins the SAKSA State Titles in Australia

February 23, 2009 | Kiteboarding


We managed to get through the whole of the official titles on Saturday with awesome results. There were 50 or so competitors and a few hundred spectators lining the sand spit and Milang shoreline throughout the day.

The glassy flat water offered the perfect conditions and the mud underneath made for some soft landings…We had a variable 15-18 knots during the heats which was at times a challenge but filled in later in the arvo and the guys & girls started busting out some great moves. Everyone had a great day.

The comp was fantastic but the car boggings were priceless; so from all the bystanders, thanks to the many ambitious drivers who thought that a churned up black mud pit offered a crossing…

Saturday night started with dinner and drinks at the Milang Regatta Club who put on a great show. For the forty or so people there at closing time, the Pub was the party lifeline beckoning shooters and general antics.

The pub pulled the pin at 1:30am but little did Milang know that the kitesurfing crew had nine rounds of shooters and a few more hours of parting left in them…  After the plastic plate throwing contest and the human pyramid, the party retreated to the jetty with the local cricket team in support.

It was the Zoolander style removal of underwear contest that really sounded the end of the evening and bed couldn’t come soon enough.

Sunday inevitably revealed some sore heads. A very weary crew stumbled down for a late breakfast at the Club and by midday we decided to fire up the wake winch. The arvo had a 12-14 knot breeze but only a few were interested or able.

The winch and the kicker provided some awesome entertainment and most were happy to chill out, have some lunch and take it easy…

Presentations closed the weekend and results are below.

Thanks to all the Competitors and spectators who came along to make it a huge success and congratulations to the winners. We also greatly appreciate the efforts of those who travelled from as far away as Port Lincoln, Whyalla and the Riverland.

Youth Div: 1st- Corey Capaldo

Amateurs Div: 1st- Remi Roques, 2nd- Linc Gibson

Masters Div: 1st- Brett Foster, 2nd- Andrew Ratajewski

Open Women’s: 1st- Inge Giil

Open Men’s: 1st- Ben Winding, 2nd- Rhys Gardner, 3rd- Martyn Bone

Best trick: Ben Winding

Biggest Air: Medyan Ghareeb

The Entertainer Award (best stack): Dale Bubnow

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