PKRA Essaouira: kiteboarding and camels

The double eliminations got underway on time this morning under grey skies, and gusty winds. The first heat of the day was between Moroccan riders Yassine Bouceta and Mustapha Habachi. Bouceta was disqualified due to a line entanglement with his opponent.

Habachi moves on to the next round of heats against Serbian rider Boris Judin (Nobile, SER). Judin defeated Habachi in a 3-0-judge decision.

Dominican rider Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM) was on top of his game today, eliminating Judin but was then defeated by Australian rider Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS). The wind was extremely gusty in the last two heats of the day.

Riders were not able to perform as well as they normally do. Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA) had a difficult time landing some technical moves due to the sudden onset of gusts during his maneuvers against Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL). Hebert eliminated Garat in a very close heat with a better overall execution of tricks.

In the women’s double elimination, Jalou Langeree (Naish, NED) defeated all opponents she battled against. Langeree defeated Aya Oshima (Cabrinha, JPN) and Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) which moves her up to compete for the 6th place position against Ania Grzelinska (North, POL).

Grzelinska moved quickly up the ladder against her contender Celine Rodenas (Best, FRA) whom did not start today due to a knee injury that occurred yesterday during her heat against Langeree. Angela Peral (North, ESP) defeated Austrian rider Laila Puehringer (JN Kites, AUT) due to more technical moves, however was eliminated by Grzelinska in the final women’s heat of the day.

The wave discipline is set to commence tomorrow morning and will run throughout the full day if the surf conditions permit. The men’s and women’s double eliminations will wrap up on Sunday, the final day of competition.

PKRA Essaouira: kiteboarding between palm trees

It was a spectacular second day for the Essaouira Kiteboarding World Cup 2010. The men’s and women’s single eliminations got underway at approximately 11:30am under hazy skies, warm temperatures and fiery winds.

It was an outstanding day for Austrian rider, Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT). Schitzhofer defeated local Moroccan rider Momo Hamaini in his first heat of the day with clean executions, power, style and technical difficulty of tricks.

Schitzhofer was on fire in the third round of heats, eliminating Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) in a very close heat due to better execution and switch tricks. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) put an end to Schitzhofer’s winning streak in the semi finals, which would lead him to 4th place in the single eliminations.

Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) competed with great power and strength today, eliminating Ben Bowd (Rodwy, GRE), Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM) and Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) landing him in the final against fellow Dutchmen Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED). Zoon’s mobe 5 and switch blind-judge 3 were not enough to take on 2009 World Champion Langeree. Zoon takes the second place title while Langeree finishes in first place.

The Italian Stallion, Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) was also on top of his game today defeating Moroccan rider Yassine Bouceta followed by Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA). Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) eliminated Rondina in the semi final earning him 3rd place in the single eliminations.

A total of 12 women were out on the water today competing for the chance to win an event title. Polish rider Ania Grzelinska (North, POL) eliminated Japanese rider Aya Oshima (Cabrinha, JPN) in the first heat in the women’s division advancing her to the second round. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB) defeated Grzelinska leading her to the semi final against Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB). Wilson dominated the semi final landing in the final against Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP), which means Sykes-Davies battled Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) for 4th place.

Polish rider Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) got thru the second round of heats defeating Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) but was later eliminated buy Pulido in the semi final. Litwin ends in third place while Pulido takes first and Wilson second place.

The single eliminations wrapped up at 4:30pm with a brief announcement stating the winners of the day.

MENS RESULTS:

1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
2. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)
4. Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT)

WOMENS RESULTS:

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Jo Wilson (Naish, GRB)
3. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)
4. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB)

Kiteboarding: challenge everything

SurferToday.com believes kitesurfing has a great future ahead. The number of athletes and enthusiasts is growing rapidly, the spectrum of kite brands is more and more wide and the competitions are broadcast and spectator friendly.

Nevertheless, we believe that kiteboarding should develop, as a global sport, in three different ways:

1. Equipment: kiteboarding has too much equipment - there's the kite board, the kite itself, the harness, the control bar, the lines and loads of other add-ons. Then, you have to check to lots of details before hitting the water with all the safety procedures. It takes a lot of time before and after the kitesurfing session. Is it possible to simplify kiteboarding gear? We believe so.

2. Organization: one nation, one flag - there are too many "institutions". You've got IKO, IKA, IKF, KPWT, PKRA, KTA, etc. Get along with each other, talk with ISAF and unite once and for all. Is it so difficult to join forces and knowledge in a unique Kiteboarding World Tour?

3. Safety: kiteboarding must stop being a synonym of death. Every month a kiteboarder dies because of safety issues. The governing bodies for the sport must make an added effort to stop so many lives from being take while kiteboarding.

These three drives will definitely mark the future of kiteboarding as a thrilling and challenging action sport. It's up to you, the companies and the leading sports organizations to decide the ultimate path.

SurferToday.com will continue to lead the news front, reporting the outstanding innovations and challenges for the kiteboarding community.