The first stage of the 2009 PKC took place last weekend in Viana do Castelo.
The event was organized by Viana Locals and Viana do Castelo city hall.
The two days on Cabedelo Beach were full of a strong wind, a lot of fun, excellent weather conditions and some of the best Portuguese athletes.
The course race competition was composed by 5 races of 20 minutes each with wind speed between 30-35 knots.
The winner was Paulino Perreira (he won all 5), Nuno ‘Stru” Figueiredo finished in second and Gonçalo “Gonzas” Gomes in third.
Inês Correia won among woman and the young Ana Pereira was second.
In the end everyone was satisfied with the results and the competition though it was very hard for all competitors
1st Paulino Pereira – Royal Kiteboarding / BoarderClubPortugal / Windspirit / Pulse
2nd Nuno Figueiredo – Best Kites / Stru Surf Shop
3rd Gonçalo Gomes – Naish / Vianalocals / ION / Holmes Place / Bomcar
1st Inês Correia
2nd Ana Pereira
On Sunday the wind was about more weak, the top speed was 20 knots. Due to that the Freestyle Competition started later then it was expected.
The level of the competition was very high and the contestants showed a big improvement since last year.
In seniors category a double elimination was organized and in the finals Paulino Pereira defeated Goncalo Gomes.
In Juniors the winner was an Algarvian athlete Francisco Fernandes that have become the revelation of the contest.
1st Paulino Pereira – Royal Kiteboarding / Boarderclubportugal / Windspirit / Pulse
2nd Gonçalo Gomes – Naish / Vianalocals / ION / Holmes Place / Bomcar
3rd Nuno Figueiredo – Best Kites / Stru Surf Shop
1st Francisco Fernandes – Gusty Kite / Globe Kites / Pat Love
2nd Inês Correia
3rd José Leitman
We are preparing a gallery with some more photos of the event
[Photos: kitemovement; Race photo: Marco Resende]