Deteriorating weather conditions cause for delays
Yesterday’s outlook for today’s weather forecast did not look promising however, by midday the weather had improved and the wind started to pick up in strength. PKRA Race Director Erik Troostheide announced at the 11:30am rider’s meeting, “the wind is not 100% suitable but looks to be picking up in strength so we will attempt a start at 12:30pm.”
Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) made his way out on the water to fight against local Dominican Robinson Hilario (F-ONE, DOM) in the first heat of the day. Both competitors seemed to be struggling a bit with the wind however Schitzhofer defeated Hilario due to better execution of tricks and more technical difficulty. Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) eliminated Schitzhofer in the second round of heats.
Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) has not been on the top of his game here in Cabarete. Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) defeated Pastor in a 2/1 judges decision due to better execution of tricks and more technical moves.
Dominican rider Alex Soto (F-One, DOM) proved he’s world-class material as he effortlessly defeated all competitors that got in his way. Soto eliminated Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (North, BRA), Luke Whiteside (North, GRB), the current tour leader Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) as well as Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) in the double eliminations.
The weather started to deteriorate around 3:00pm. Race director Erik Troostheide had to abandon 2 heats today. The first abandonment was Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) against Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) and the second was in the women’s division Audrey Meyer (Naish, FRA) against Holly Kennedy (North,GRB).
Just shortly after 5:00pm the competition was called off due to the poor conditions. Tomorrow’s forecast does not look promising, but you never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve, especially here in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 11:30am with the first possible start at 12:00pm.