Dutch Freestyle Championships: TV stations were everywhere

Last weekend, the Dutch Freestyle Championships of Kiteboarding sponsored by Mystic took place on the beach of Scheveningen, The Netherlands.

Thirty competitors in the Mens division and fifteen in the Women's division competed against each other for the title Dutch Kiteboarding Champion 2010!

Day one:

On day one the conditions were freezing cold with a strong offshore southerly wind. Even though the wind was really gusty this day, the race director decided to start off the competition.

Team Mystic was presented by Mystic marketing director Max Blom jr. and Mystic team rider Bas Koole, who took the bronze medal last year next to winner Kevin Langeree and Mystic teammate Youri Zoon. This year though, Kevin Langeree was still injured and Youri Zoon is training for the World Tour in Brazil. Therefore Bas became one of the top favorites for this year's title.

The final of the single elimination was a true battle between Bas Koole and 16 year old Jerry vd Kop. Jerry is a young talent and did a tremendous job by reaching the final. Both riders where riding very well with lots of power. Unfortunately, Bas broke his steering line and lost a lot of value time, and in the end Jerry took the win in the single elimination.

Day Two:

Day two kicked off with a north westerly wind (15-20 knots). This was the day of the double eliminations. Mystic marketing director Max Blom jr. made it trough round three but got knocked out by Johnno Scholte who was riding very strong, and eventually worked his way up to the fourth place!

The final of the double eliminations was again between Jerry vd Kop and Bas Koole, in which Bas would have to win twice to become the new Dutch champ. The beach was packed with spectators during these two stunning heats, and in the end it was Bas who was the better rider. Ending his heat with a very stylish Kiteloop Slimchance, he is the new and well deserved Dutch Champion.

In the final of the women's division it was newcomer Lisa van Ginkel who had to take it up against five times Dutch champion Jalou Langeree. Lisa did all she can to break the supremacy of Jalou, but without success. In this final Jalou rode the best heat of the championship with an S-bend Air Pass as her final trick, which was epic! This secured Jalou's sixth Dutch Championship Title in a row, an amazing result.

Congratulations to Bas Koole (Mystic) and Jalou Langeree with their titles!

Source: Mystic Boarding

Jason McCaffrey: get well soon, mate

Jason McCaffrey, winner of the 2009 Weymouth Speed Week, has broken his neck in four places but was sent home with only painkillers, by doctors of the Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, UK.

The kitesurfing champion had a serious accident in Portland Harbour, but the hospital professionals said he hadn't broken bones.

Three days later, McCaffrey couldn't handle the pain and the four broken vertebrae and a cracked sternum were only detected at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Ireland.

The 38-year-old European kitesurfing star has already undergone delicate surgery to get him back to full recovery.

Jason McCaffrey was kitesurfing when his board strap broke. During the accident his chin cracked the sternum and the injuries followed.

Rob Douglas: the American star of speed sailing

The national speed sailing records keep falling in Luderitz, Namibia. Kiteboarders are still struggling to beat their personal best and their nation’s top score.

This time, the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge saw Afrit Foued setting a new Algerian speed record (38.48 knots) and Zsolt Lenkei establishing a new Hungarian speed record (35.34 knots).

These speeds are still to be verified by the WSSRC.

The next wind cycle has started, at Luderitz. Wind is blowing 25-33 knots and if the trend continues to be better that the initial forecast, new records may appear.

As the competition comes to a close, Monday will probably be the last best wind day for outstanding velocity.

UPDATE (26/10/10):

Zsolt Lenkei improved the Hungary record to 42.16.

Afrit Foued bettered his Algerian record to 39.81.