The third day of extreme kiteboarding competition here in Portimão, Portugal concludes after a perfect day of pure adrenalin rush and heart-pumping kitesurfing action. The compulsory riders meeting on the beach started right on schedule at 1:00 pm with the race starting at 1:30 pm. The wind was already picking up earlier in the day so the Course Racing event led off with two races first, followed by the Kite Masters tournament before ending the day with one final race. Although the wind velocity was not as strong as yesterday, it was very much consistent throughout the day.
In today’s events highlights, the North team once again dominated today’s games grabbing the first and second place finishes in two out of three races. Charles Deleau (FRA) is still on top of the scoreboard after eight races. Deleau finished today’s first two course races ahead of everybody else but was disqualified in the third because a kite tangle at the start. His teammate, Sean Farley (MEX) came in second place on the first two runs followed by Best Kiteboarding’s Sami Gali (ESP). Farley was not able to finish the final race and with the two North riders out of contention, the Spanish champion took the opportunity to cross the finish line in first place followed by Naish’s Wilson Veloso (BRA) and Takoon’s Bruno Sroka (FRA). Another North rider, Dirk Hanel (GER) finished in fourth place.
Overall Standing After Eight Races:
1. Charles Deleau (FRA, North) – 4.2 pts.
2. Sami Gali (ESP, Best) – 11.4 pts.
3. Sean Farley (MEX, North) – 14 pts.
4. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Takoon) – 23 pts.
5. Dirk Hanel (GER, North) – 26 pts.
In the women’s races, North’s Steph Bridge (GBR) is still way ahead of everyone else in the scoreboard chart, also winning today’s first two races and finishing third in the final race. Best Kiteboarding’s Gina Esteva (ESP) trails Bridge in second place after being disqualified in the first race of the day before finishing second in the last two races. Cabrinha’s Fabienne D’Ortoli (FRA) had her best finish of the event so far crossing the finish line ahead of all the women in the last race after finishing 2nd and 3rd in Race 1 and 2 respectively.
After eight races, the North team still dominates the race with both Bridge and Deleau on top of the women’s and men’s scoreboard respectively.
The first two course races finished by 3:00 pm then switched over to the Kite Masters Tournament which lasted until 5:30 pm. A total of 12 heats for the men and 4 heats for the women were completed.
First to run the heats in today’s Kite Masters Tournament were Charles Deleau (FRA) against top seed Kevin Langeree (NED) who won the heat with 3 board-offs, mobe, KGB and slim. The multi-disciplined French rider did 2 board-offs and a KGB but won against Forest Bakker (ESP) in heat #19. Langeree also defeated New Caledonian Tom Hebert in heat #21 with 2 board-offs, mobe, 313, KGB, front mobe and s-bend to blind with aerial handle pass against Hebert’s rodeo flip to disco twist and rail flip board offs, slim, and KGB. After defeating Hebert, Langeree went up against Bakker, clearly out-styling the young Spaniard rider with a blind judge 3, mobe, board-off, and a dead man 360.
Fabio Martins (POR), who still have to win in the Tournament lost to Gonzalo Gomes (POR) in heat #16. Martins landed a one-footer but no complete board-off against Gomes who landed a board-off tail grab and slim.
In the 17th heat, Danilo Nacarato (POR) grabbed his second win of the Tournament against countryman Joao Fotainhas (POR) with a board-off, raley, slim and mobe. Fotainhas landed a s-bend, slim, kiteloop and kiteloop with aerial handle pass but no board-off. In the following heat, Mads Johansen (DEN) won with a board-off and mobe against Borja Rodriguez (ESP).
In the 20th heat, local champ Rui Meira (POR) lost to Sebastien Garat (FRA) who landed 2 board-offs, a front mobe, blind judge with aerial handle pass, slim, 313, and a kiteloop handle pass winning with more variation and power. The French athlete then clearly overwhelmed Borja Rodriguez (ESP) in the next heat with 4 board-offs (board flip), slim and raley, with the young Spaniard managing to land only two kiteloops. Before the day was over, Garat added one more to his roster of downed rider after defeating Jacobsen in heat #25 with a 313, KGB and slim.