Wrapping up Day 8 of the Colgate Kitesurf World Cup 2008 in St. Peter-Ording, Germany was a particularly quiet day. There was no wind throughout the day as forecasted but the weather was sunny and warm. There were a lot of people on the beach today, enjoying the sun while the weather is good.
The skippers meeting was held exactly on time and then there was a Judging Freestyle meeting where the participants discussed the judging criteria with the competitors at 11:30 am and a course racing meeting at 4:00 pm.
The riders were seen with their laptops in the riders lounge while some took the time to play foosball or Playstation. Some of them took the opportunity to dry out their kites, wet suits and equipment while the sun was up.
A friendly competition for stand up paddle board racing was held at 2:00 pm. A stand up paddle board is a much larger surf board where the rider stands on the deck and uses a paddle. The race was a relay with two people per team. The first person of each team would run to the water and then paddle from one mark to another then switch people and the second person would paddle back. Since the competitors were paddling parallel to the beach the small ankle high waves made standing on the board a little more challenging with a few people loosing their balance and falling of the boards. The distance between marks was approximately 150 meters.
There were a total of 10 teams and 2 heats of 5 with the first 3 advancing to a final heat for a total of six teams for the final heat. There results were:
1st – Kevin Langere & Tom Court
2nd – Mango Carafino & Charles Deleau
3rd – Julian Hosp & Johnno Scholte
Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled at 10:00 am with first possible start at 10:30 am local time.
The Colgate Kitesurf World Cup 2008 is proudly sponsored by Colgate, We Love, TV Today, Gard New Style, Chevrolet, the local government of St. Peter-Ording, Quicksilver, SevenOne Intermedia GmbH, Naish Kiteboarding, Jever, and Kitelife.
[Source: kiteworldtour; Photos: Roberto Foresti/Canon]