Competition got underway at 11:45 with the first heats having the pick of the conditions, flatter water and lighter wind saw the Men riding eleven meter kites whilst the Women on nine meters.
The Womens competition was fierce as all riders fought to better their positions. The Brazilian Vieira did well advancing two heats only to fall a little short against Novotna. Novotna also wouldn’t make it much further however loosing the next heat to Lammerts. Lammerts fought hard against Kajiya but sadly her kite deflated in a large crash leaving her far from shore and with little chance of winning the heat. Kajiya looked to be riding strong and continued that way against Wikowska, narrowly defeating her with a slightly better execution on a few key tricks. It would be a Kajiya Vs Pulido final, something that we haven’t seen this year on the PKRA. Kajiya didn’t have a great start to the final and it didn’t really seem to get any better, crashing out pretty hard on a few tricks. Pulido also had an average heat in the final, not riding as well as she had in the singles but doing enough to take the victory. With the win Pulidos world title hopes will be kept alive, she will now have to win the next two stops in China if she wishes to take it home.
The mens competition was exciting to say the least, the locals were hungry for the win with both Brazilians Teixera and Mario had amazing days respectively riding strong and advancing a considerable amount of heats. Teixera advanced 4 heats only to come up against a fresher Mario who had advanced two heats himself previous. The heat between Teixera and Mario was an exciting one with both friends giving it their all, as one threw a massive trick the other would reply with his own, these guys kite together most everyday and it was obvious they knew what they had to do to take the win. It was super close but in the end Mario had a slightly better heat narrowly advancing through to face Tonijuan and afterwards countryman Alex Neto. It would after taking out those two that Marios four heat winning streak would be brought to an end by Youri Zoon. Zoon brought his A game to the plate and showed everyone that he’s still got what it takes to win a world title. Zoon produced nice Backside and Frontside 317’s and finished it all off with an impressive Slim Chance 720.
The Final was a Zoon Vs Whaley affair with both riders going out big. Whaley appeared a little nervous, not landing the tricks he typically would have. Zoon on the other hand looked like a man on a mission banging out a heat that resembled his previous against Mario. It would be Zoon that would take the win and send Whaley into a Super Final. The air was thick as both riders looked a little nervous to take the win, neither rider had an exceptional heat but it was Whaley who held it together enough to back up his single elimination win. Whaley would be the Barra Grande Kiteboarding Champion and keep his chance of taking the world title over the next two stops alive!
Trick (and possibly heat) of the day can not go un-noted however, it was Martinez who produced an amazing heat against Carlos Mario landing the first ever Hinterberger into a Frontside 720 done in PKRA history. If Martinez had only landed his 13th trick (Slim Chance 720) instead as his 12th trick he un-doubtably would have taken the heat win!
With both titles still on the line make sure you tune in for the Pingtan and Hainan PKRA events in China in a months time!