Day 1 – Venezuela Kiteboarding World Cup 2008
PKRA 2008 VENEZUELA – Venezuela Kiteboarding World Cup 2008
Coche Island, April 30, 2008 – It’s the third stop of the PKRA 2008 World Tour and the venue is the beautiful island of Coche located in the Caribbean between Isla Margarita and the Venezuelan mainland. This tropical island is the location of the first day of competition dubbed Venezuela Kiteboarding World Cup 2008 which is being sponsored by Inatur and Telefonica Movistar. Organized by Dynapro with the support of Windsurf Paradise and Hotel Coche Paradise, the Venezuelan round will run from April 30 to May 4, 2008 and will feature two disciplines: Freestyle and Board Off Race. A total of $40,000 in prize money is at stake with 38 professional kiteboarders from 16 different countries registered to compete for the event.
Yesterday’s registration started at 4pm and concluded at. There were several riders seen practicing at the area for today’s games.
Typical sunny skies greeted the competitors at the start of the Freestyle singles elimination. The crowd gathered at the beach were treated with electrifying moves as only the world’s best PKRA athletes can deliver. Coche is known for its super flat water which gave the competitors a chance to show the spectators all their best tricks.
The wind ranged between 15 to 25 knots, picking up around 11am with most of the competitors rigging up between 9m to 13m kites, depending on the wind at that moment. The mandatory skippers meeting was initially set for 10am but was delayed until 11:30am at which time the drawing for the competition ladders for the men’s and women’s events were held. At exactly 12:30pm, the start of the first heat went into the waters with two riders on the water at a time. The day concluded at 5pm with the first two rounds of the ladder complete. Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is set to start at 11am with first possible start at 12:00pm.
The first heat was a tough one straight up for Naish teammates Alex Pastor (Spain) and Sam Light (UK). In the heat that set the bar a notch higher for today’s level of riding, Light and Pastor threw down some amazing moves. Both riders landed over ten moves each with some outstanding switch variety. Pastor took the win with greater technical difficulty by way of a solid repertoire, including front mobe to blind, and mobe to wrapped. Light equally had some great moves including a shifty front side 360, front mobe and mobe 5.
Germany’s “Super Mario” Rodwald is back in town, bagging a win over the Polish “Magic Man” Maziek Kozerski (Naish). Both riders put on a solid display of moves but Rodwald won with more variety, going also for technical moves but came unstuck on the landings. Rodwald’s regular and switch KGB, kiteloop handle pass and a huge 313 were enough to bolt Kozerski’s powered kiteloop slim, blind judge with aerial handle pass and slim out of contention in the fourth heat.
In the fifth heat, a battle of the big guns ensued between Sebastien Garat (RRD,France) and Mikael Blomvall (Nobile Kites, Sweden). Blomvall on a charge with his new gear took the win, riding powered and going large, stomping his collection of regular and switch moves including a regular and switch blind judge with aerial handle pass, front mobe, mobe, also landing a double s-bend to blind with airpass and indy KGB. Garat tried his best landing a front mobe to blind, mobe 5, KGB and front mobe but the power, speed and height of Blomvall’s moves were too much for Garat to match.
Another tough round followed in heat #7 with a match-up between Petr Tyuskevich (Cabrinha, Russia) and Tom Hebert (Airush, New Caledonia). Training together for the past week and pushing each other to stomp new moves, the two PKRA riders were evenly matched going in and throughout most of the heat. However, with Hebert’s style showing through with lower kite position, the New Caledonian came out on top. Both riders landed front mobes, regular and switch slims, mobes, and front mobe to blind with Hebert’s lower kite angle, smoother style coupled with a few grabs taking the win.
Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands) also had a very solid showing in his first run here in Venezuela. Langeree went for over fifteen moves in 7 minutes with a kite angle much lower than he used to and going much bigger. He beat Rodwald with a late pass mobe, non-inverted slimchance, double back mobe, KGB, front mobe 540 and blindjudge 360.
In the women’s events, a closely-fought heat ensued in the opening heat between Audrey Meyer (EH, France) and Jo Wilson (Naish, UK). Wilson won with more powered riding plus greater technical difficulty, stomping a raley to blind, downloop to blind, big kiteloop-backloop and downloop-frontloop. Meyer managed to do a kiteloop-frontloop and toeside surface passes.
In the fifth heat, Wilson went up against Susi Mai (Cabrinha, Germany) in what was another tough heat. Solid riding from both riders gave the crowd something to watch for, with Mai edging out Wilson with some mobes to blind, kiteloop and big air moves. Wilson went for power but Mai’s technically powered moves and variety won the heat. Bruna Kajiya (Best, Brazil) also went out firing in the same heat with a huge blind judge and s-bend to blind with airpass against Netherland’s Pauline Bousard, who managed to land a solid front and back rolls and raley to blind.
Another equally tough heat followed in heat #6 between teammates Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland) and Jalou Langeree (Naish, Netherlands). Both riders showed off great moves but with aerial passes, Winkowska took the win.
Tomorrow will be the conclusion of the single elimination followed by the freestyle double.
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