Day two at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro started with a bang at approximately 12.30 pm once the typical New Caledonian winds kicked in. Women’s Round 1 Heats 1 and 2 were completed, and after a two hour break to wait for the tide to come back in, Men’s Round 1 Heat 1 was was also completed.
Hannah Whiteley from the UK dominated the first women’s heat, landing a KGB that gave a high score of 8.27. Annabel Van Westerop followed close behind also landing a impressive display of tricks including a nice S-bend to Blind. Both girls now pass through directly to Round Three. Local riders Pauline Valesa and Marine Duprat will pass through to Round Two.
In the second heat of the day it was current leader Bruna Kajiya from Brasil who was on fire, making every trick look easy as she pulled out a KGB and Slim Chance giving her a good advantage over her competitors. Paula Novotna followed her through to Round Three after starting slowly but gaining better scores towards the end of her heat. Rita Arnaus landed a high scoring Back to Blind towards the end of her heat, and she will be going through to Round 2 with local rider Maureen Castelle.
Once the tide had filled in, the Men’s Round 1 Heat 1 commenced, and it was former World Champion Alex Pastor who mastered his heat, with a massive Heart Attack 7, showing a huge amount of commitment in all of his doubles. The icing on the cake was his grabbed KGB5 that gave him the win. Antoine Fermon from France and Austrian Rider Stefan Spiessberger both fought hard for the second spot in order to jump straight through to Round 3, but it was Fermon who cruised through with a powerful Front Blind Mobe and a Double Heart Attack. Spiessberger landed a nice Frontside 7 and a Backside 315 but just missed out on the 2nd position by 0.2 points. He will pass through to Round 2 with French rider Victor Hays who managed to overcome his recent knee injury and landed a clean KGB and Slim5.
By the end of the first Men’s heat the sun was starting to set. A successful first day of competition on the beautiful shores of New Caledonia. Skipper’s meeting has been called tomorrow for 10am with a first possible start at 11am.
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