First day at Fuerteventura PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour started with trials since the competition has 24 onluy spaces and 32 men and 9 women registered. The top 8 men automatically qualified, all the rest had to go into qualifiers. The rider coming first out of each heat advanced to the next stage.
As the conditions seemed to be lighter than expected Mike Blomvall (SWE, Nobile) started with a 9 meter kite. The wind picked up very quickly reaching 25 to 35 knots so he switched to 7 meter and won his heat against Blanc (ESP, Ozone) and Hurtado (ESP, Slingshot).
As the day went by conditions became strong, most of the riders were overpowered and were now crashing their tricks, “impressive crashes”, added Karolina Winkowska.
Blomvall (SWE, Nobile), Tack (BEL, Liquid Force), Hutter (FRA, F-ONE), Schitzhofer (AUT, Best), Corniel (DOM, Ozone), Morales (ESP, Slingshot), Paris (FRA, North) and Daubos (FRA, Naish) entered the main event winning their first heat in the qualifiers.
Alex Soto (DOM, F-ONE) had a few equipment problems but he made it to the main event.
Race Director Olaf Van Tol said “It was as good as it gets, with a nice North West wind, 20 to 28 knots which is side shore. This makes the spot less choppy and the wind less gusty, nice conditions for Sotavento. I saw an amazing level of competition in front of this crowd, they could watch the action closely as the high tide leaves a small part of the beach for the crowd to enjoy the action at the end of the day”
After a day of judging, Antoine Jaubert recalled a few impressive tricks of the day, including a very powerful Blind Judge from Florian Daubos (FRA, Naish) who beat German champion and one of the best riders on tour Mario Rodwald (GER, North). Mario then made it through his next heat against Schuette (GER, Core).
The three youngest riders in the competition made it through to the main event, Whaley (ESP, Airush), only 14 years old, Blanc (ESP, Ozone), 15 years old and Garashchenko 16, (RUS, Cabrinha) who happily made it through beating French rider Victor Hays (FRA, Cabrinha) on the last heat of the day.
The first possible start tomorrow is set for 11.30am. The same wind conditions are predicted and we’re looking for a day full of action.
The Fuerteventura Grand Slam is sponsored by the Canary Islands, the Island of Fuerteventura, Playas de Jandia, René Egli center, The Hotel Melia Gorriones, Cabrinha, NeilPryde, Surf Magazine and Fuerte Action.