Gisela Pulido, Aaron Hadlow and Mallory de la Villemarque led the navies of Spain, England and France in a rematch of the epic sea battle
Summer’s not gone yet in some areas of Spain, like in Caños de Meca. With temperatures up to 30 degrees and winds up to 20 knots, this weekend was the perfect moment to celebrate the first Red Bull Batalla de Trafalgar, a kitesurf event that closed the season.
Spain re-wrote history winning this unique battle in front of England and France. With Gisela Pulido as Captain, the Spanish army got 6 of the 11 point at stake. The French team, led by Mallory de la Villemarque, was second and the English team, commanded by Aaron Hadlow, 5 times World Champion, was third.
If the highlight of Saturday’s competition was seeing more than 100 kites racing at once, the professional kiters were the ones who gave a great show on Sunday. Among them, there were Gisela Pulido, 8 times World Champion, Álex Pastor, PKRA circuit number 2, and Aaron Hadlow, 5 times World Champion. “I’m very happy for the team’s victory. At the circuit you compete on your own, doing it as a team is a very different matter. We all searched for the right strategy as it was the key to win. I asked the team to display all our skills and we made it,” said Gisela.
Today it was the time for the Freestyle competition which consisted of 10 battles. In the first six battles, the fight was between one rider of each team. Spain won four times, France one and England’s Hadlow got his team’s victory. “It was a different event, with a good concept. It’s nice to compete for your country without the stress of an international competition. And as it’s a team work it diminishes the individual errors,” said Hadlow. The next three battles were fought by three kiters from each fleet and in the last one, won by France, all 18 kiters were on the sea. “It was great. Our team spirit was very solid and on this last event we put up a true fight. We all started in line and we all made tricks at the same time,” added Mallory de la Villemarque, the French Captain.
Open Race Contest
The first race of the Red Bull Batalla de Trafalgar was held on Saturday. The event was in Race format and with more than 100 kites on the sea, it was the most participatory competition in the history of kitesurfing in Spain. The Spanish army won the race, as they were the first team to gather 10 kites at their tower. In spite of all, the first kiter to complete the course was England’s Steph Bridge, 4 times World Champion in this discipline.
This weekend, Cape Trafalgar revived the historical battle that took place in 1805. Then, the British army won over France and Spain. This time it was Spain who won overall, with Gisela Pulido in command. The Spanish fleet was comprised of Álex Pastor – PKRA circuit number 2 –, Álvaro Onieva, Silvester Ruckdaeschel, Liam Whaley and Patrick Blanc, these last two being usual competitors in the junior finals.
FINAL RESULTS: Spain: 6 points France: 3 points England: 2 points
TEAM MEMBERS: Spain: Gisela Pulido, Álex Pastor, Patrick Blanc, Álvaro Onieva, Liam Whaley and Silvester Ruckdaeschel. – UK: Aaron Hadlow, Steph Bridge, Tom Court, Tom Bridge, Sam Light, James Boulding. – France: Mallory de la Villemarque, Marie Switala, Forest Bakker, Viktor Hays, Paul Serin, Thomas Paris. \\