47 young riders representing 18 nations gathered today to register to the fourth edition of the Youth Cup in Camping La Ballena Alegre. During the morning they completed registration process and showed their brightest smiles for the ladder pictures and right after riders had the first Skipers meeting outside to meet and understand the competition format.
Aged from 10 to 19, they will battle from June 27 to July 2 at the great Mediterranean spot of Sant Pere Pescador.
After registration wind was really light and thanks to the thermal wind, action started around 17:00 with girls under 15 category. Great moves from this shredders. We enjoyed a tight final of single elimination between Mikhail Sol (BRA) and Osaia Reding (ESP), they landed great tricks like a slim by the brazilian and a sick blind judge by the Spanish. Once again the Brazilian pulled it off in the end.
We had enough wind to continue with the girls under 17 category, at that point the thermal wind was dying and riders had to change the kite during heats. The final was between the two spaniards Nina Font and Claudia León, both friends did an excellent performance but Claudia León won the single elimination final U17.
The WKT Youth Cup opening ceremony showed the best up-and-coming kiteboarders proudly holding their country flags. Even though they were a bit nervous but they enjoyed every moment of it.
Girls’ and divisions were merged into 2 groups as they are not enough to complete each category. As for boys, they should be divided in two age groups:
Youth U15: born in 2002 or 2003
Youth U19: born in 2000 or 2001
Riders meeting will be held at 11 a.m. (GMT+2). Forecast is looking promising for the upcoming days with mellow thermal winds ranging from 12 to 18 knots.
skippers meeting at 11:00 and first possible start 11:30
Photo Credits: Noe and Santi Font