Competitors Arrive in Hyeres, France
Riders gathered today for registration in Hyères, France, for PKRA racing and the freestyle masters event at the highly anticipated Gold Games 2012. Arriving to pleasant and warm weather on the Mediterranean Sea, every rider seemed to welcome this new venue, which boasts an ideal location matched with consistently windy conditions. The opening ceremonies held at Robinson Restaurant also allowed many individuals the opportunity to express their excitement for the event and plans for the coming days.
For the racing and freestyle disciplines, 46 riders will represent 13 different nationalities. This week, the best racers in the world (7 women and 31 men) will compete for the top titles, all pitted against each other for final podium placements. Many regional riders will also try their hand against these top competitors, making for one of the most well-attended racing events so far in 2012.
Freestyle riders will compete in a mix of old and new school maneuvers. Judged on overall impression by a panel of judges, competitors will battle for bragging rights and their piece of the €20,500 in total provided for winners of the event. Notably, the women’s portion of the Freestyle Kite masters has been cancelled, due to low registration numbers.
The forecast for the coming week looks to offer lighter winds than preferred; however, conditions are expected to allow for a full range of kiting competition. The first day of the Gold Games 2012 will begin with a 10am skippers meeting and a first possible start shortly thereafter. The Plage De L’Almanarre offers flat-water conditions and usually anywhere between 8-35 knots of mistral wind.