The sixth day of the Movistar Kiteboard World Cup 2008 started with less fog than the past two days. Partly cloudy skies dominated the first half of the day which quickly turned into overcast skies by 11:00 am but cleared up and became mostly sunny as the day wore on. The wind was light in the morning, at 4 to 5 knots average but showed signs of picking up which it did, peaking at 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
Since the people at the beach were waiting for the swell to come back, there wasn’t any competition for today. There were several riders such as Tom Court (North, GBR), Tom Hebert (Airush, New Caledonia), Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) and Etienne Lhote (Fone, FRA) who spent a few hours building a dam on the beach from a river that flows out onto the ocean. On the other hand, some of the riders just chilled the day out watching movies on their laptops or surfed the Internet. There were a few adventurous souls who also went kiting at a spot upwind from the event site, located at a river mouth, including Sky Solbach (North, USA), Drew Beavis (North, Australia), the Brazilian riders including Guilly Brandao (Mormaii) and PKRA staffs Mauricio Toscano and Antoine Jaubert.
The event site in Matanzas, Chile is approximately 140 km from the nation’s capital of Santiago. It is a very small village where a lot of extreme water sports are practiced due to its reliable wind conditions, strong waves and remoteness. This time of the year, the average swell reaches 3-meters while the average wind speed is 11 to 15 knots (4 bft.), cross or cross-onshore.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast tells the same story with light wind and no swells so it is still a waiting game at the competition site.