Zoon and Kajiya conquer the winds of Barra Do Cunhau

September 19, 2011 | Kiteboarding
Carlos Madson: good work, rapaz

Barra Do Cunhau said goodbye to the best kiteboarders in the world. The 2011 PKRA Brazil is over and the winners have been crowned. Youri Zoon has again secured a stage victory, alongside with the Brazilian Bruna Kajiya.

Strong winds were blowing in the bay for the last heats of the contest. The judges took the wind conditions into consideration and the speed when going into the trick is one of the most important factors, therefore "butt checking" a trick is usually rewarded more than going for less power with the kite higher.

Carlos Madson put up an incredible fight to get back to a podium finish. He managed to beat one after another of the best riders in the world. Bruna wanted to shine in front of her local fans.

In the girls division, the strong wind conditions made life hard, but the riders still managed to pull off a nice show. In battle for the third place, Clementine Bonzom managed to beat Sofia Lennartsson and went against one of the best rider of the PKRA, Joanna Litwin.

Joanna easily won the heat by landing her usual 313, Blind Judge and slim chance. She did the exact same tricks in the finals against Bruna Kajiya who was on form and won by landing five of her best moves, including a back to blind air pass, 313, Blind Judge and switch Blind Judge, NIS and a S-bend pass.

"I had a nice heat against Asia (Joanna Litwin) and I’m stoked to win here in Brazil, my home country. It’s nice to see all the people cheering me on from the beach. They were all stoked to see the Brazilians ripping at this event", Bruna commented:

Just before the finals Alex Pastor broke his board and had to borrow a new one. It wasn’t the best start to a final heat, but Alex was focused on getting his revenge and finally defeating Youri Zoon currently leading the tour.

Portuguese judge Rui Meira summed up the heat. “Youri had an insane KGB, super well executed with the kite very low. Then the second highlight was his kite loop 3. A move he landed clean with lots of height and power. Overall Youri had so much more speed and amplitude in all of his tricks than Alex that it was clear that Youri had dominated the heat.”

With a wide variety but less power in his moves, Alex Pastor looses on a 5-0 decision.

Freestyle Men
1. Youri Zoon (NED, Slingshot)
2. Alex Pastor (ESP, Airush)
3. Carlos Madson (BRA, RRD)

Freestyle Women
1. Bruna Kajiya (BRA, Flexifoil)
2. Asia Litwin (POL, Nobile)
3. Clementine Bonzom (FRA, JN)