Andy Yates wins men’s freestyle single eliminations
The weather conditions were pretty much the same as the past couple of days, the wind was raging at about 25-30 knots as riders prepared their smallest kites for the continuation of the freestyle single eliminations.
The day began with Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) defeating Reno Romeu (North, BRA) in the first heat of the day. It seemed as if Zoon was feeling the effects of the pressure to fulfill his dream to win the PKRA world title and was defeated by local New Caledonian Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) in a close and intense heat during the fourth round enabling Zoon a spot in the losers final against Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL). Zoon sadly takes third place in the single eliminations however is still in the running for the world title. The pressure was also on for Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) who is also after the world title. Unfortunately, Pastor was disqualified in the third round against Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) for blocking and causing a line entanglement enabling Hebert a spot in the final against Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS). It has been nothing less than a spectacular season for Yates. His desire to win the PKRA world title is just inches within his reach however the game is not over until it’s over.
It was a very happy day for Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) who defeated Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) in the first women’s heat of the day sending Kajiya to the losers final against Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB). Kajiya defeated Sykes-Davies in the losers final enabling her third place while Winkowska moved on to the final round against current tour leader Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). Winkowska defeated Pulido in the final by landing complex tricks such as a blind judge and 313, which scored higher points than Pulido’s similar tricks that were poorly executed which enabled her second place.
The third day of competition wrapped up with a super exciting board-off competition. Spectators were in amazement as they watched the riders fly high in the sky while taking off their board, doing fancy maneuvers and placing it back on prior to landing. There were a few huge crashes, however Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) showed everyone how it should be done taking first place in the discipline followed by Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) in second and Michael Siret (Slingshot, FRA) takes third place.
Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 11:30am with a first possible start for the freestyle double eliminations at 12:00pm.
The Teri Kitesurf Pro 2010 was made possible in part by the Kiteboarding League of New Caledonia, LVLNC with official partners Orangina, Le Meridien, Nissan, Teri and SeaDoo with special support from NRJ, Air France, RFO Nouvelle Caledonie and Total.
FREESTYLE SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS
1. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
2. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL)
3. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
4. Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL)
1. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
2. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)
4. Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GBR)
Check out all the photos of the competition in our 2010 PKRA New Caledonia Facebook Gallery