After a long day of waiting for the wind to arrive, it finally kicked in at the late hour of 3pm, just as the riders and crew had almost given up hope. The rush commenced to get prepared and try to complete as much of the Freestyle Main Event as possible.
Men’s Round 1, Heat 4, which had been cancelled the previous day, was the first to be completed. The men had three trick attempts left, and it was Carlos Mario, who blasted his way through the heat taking first place, followed by French rider Val Garat, and Dominican rider Joselito del Rosario, all three of them gaining a place in Round 2.
Heat 5 was intense, with so many top riders battling against each other, but it was Alex Pastor who put on the most solid display of riding and won the heat, followed closely by Liam Whaley and Youri Zoon.
Unfortunately the Men’s main event was not completed as the wind dropped just at the start of Heat 6. This means that there was no Men’s result for this event in Fehmarn, Germany.
For the Women, they luckily had just enough wind to complete the final. Bruna Kajiya from Brasil put on a powerful comeback display, after riding a disappointing heat in the last round. She was on fire, landing an impressive array of tricks and dominating her heat. Hannah Whiteley landed an impressive Back Mobe, scoring her 5.97 but not enough to beat Bruna’s scores. Annabel Van Westerop and Paula Novotna tried their hardest to land their best tricks, but finally it was Bruna who claimed her crown, and took yet another well-deserved victory.
Finals scores were:
1st Bruna Kajiya
2nd Hannah Whitely
3rd Annabel Van Westerop
4th Paula Novotna
The Women’s prize giving took place in front of the crowds who had gathered throughout the afternoon in Fehmarn. The three ladies were delighted to have had the opportunity to complete the finals after a complicated week of wind conditions.
To finalise the event, the GKA Rider of the Year awards were presented to Bruna Kajiya and Alex Pastor. This award is given for overall results from a variety of events including the Triple S, King of the Air, WKL Cabarete and WKL Germany amongst others.
Danny Galiart, CEO of the World Kiteboarding League, was delighted to be awarded a cheque of 2180 euros for the Clean Ocean Project, our charity partner.
It was a week of challenging conditions, but none the less an exceptional set up and organisation once again here at the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup, the largest kiteboarding event of the year. Thank you to all the riders, crew, sponsors and the public for supporting this magnificent event.
Our live stream was running throughout the event, and we thank everyone for tuning in, watching and adding their comments and questions.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!