Day 1 – Light Winds for the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup
Day one of the Think Blue Kitesurf World Cup – the largest and most well attended PKRA tour stop of the year – saw offshore winds ranging from 6-14 knots that persisted throughout most of the day. Although the winds were contestable at times, the offshore direction made them quite unstable. First round freestyle trials heats got underway with riders using their largest kites; however, only one heat was run through to completion, as the wind quickly dropped and forced the abandonment of heats.
With wind forecast strongest for the morning hours, riders showed up to the beach early for a 7:30 am riders meeting. Under sunny skies and warm temperatures, the competitors were excited for the wind to increase as they eagerly prepared their gear. Soon after 10 am, the wind came up enough to lure some of the riders to the water. After some success from riders staying up wind and managing to land a variety of tricks, others struggled in the unstable conditions, requiring jet-ski assistance at times to make it back to the beach.
Enticing puffs pushed through the contest area at times, and as such, riders were kept on hold throughout the day. At 4:00 pm the decision was made to release everyone for the day as it was clear that the expected morning wind would not materialize.
In spite of the lack of competition, the beach and event village was packed with thousands of people enjoying the many things on offer in the event village. Made up of lounge and relaxation areas, multiple bars and activity areas, the Think Blue Village has something for everyone. With the main stage DJs setting the tone, competitors and spectators alike strolled the food carts and vendors, including kite, surf, and clothing companies, while others swam, stand-up paddle-boarded and enjoyed what was nothing short of a beautiful day at the beach.
As has been the case in previous years, St. Peter Ording can see a myriad of conditions during this time of the year and the forecast can be tricky to predict, often changing quickly. Tomorrow’s forecast is for side onshore wind up to 12 knots. Hopes are high for improving conditions throughout the week. Riders will meet at 10:30 am for a first possible start at 11 am.