After the Skippers meeting at 9:30AM, another phenomenal day of battling it out on the waters of Bulabog Beach in Boracay Island, the Philippines ensued. Starting off with a full morning of Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Double Eliminations, with competitors showed-off their full range of skills Without any breaks, Course Racing commenced at 1PM, with Twin Tip (TT) and Race Board (RB) classes. With a wind range of 20 to 25 knots, race speeds were at a neck-breaking 60 to 70 kilometers per hour.
With gratitude to the wind gods and gurus who were honored with “wind dances” at EPIC Boracay and Kadangyan’s scintillating performances on opening night, even the six kiteboard racers who got tangled-up in a spaghetti could not complain, well they did a bit of course, but an excellent day of slicing up the water for all in the end.
By day’s end and after the protest hearings that gave competitors a chance to redress and settle the day’s race disputes the top contenders are – TT Class: Stefano Ganugi (Philippines), Bobo Corniel (Dominican Republic), Kerem Bailk (Turkey), and Eugene Dimov (Russia). RB Men’s: Salih Cakir (Turkey), Taner Aykurt (Turkey), Ken Nacor (Philippines), and Keewan Kwon (Korea). RB Women’s: Kathrin Bogwardt (Germany), Astrid Berz (Switzerland), Bilge Ozturk (Turkey), and Rahel Holliger (Switzerland).
The day finished with good news from KTA Competition Director Stephan Hertig, as of his last check, expect a little less wind, but still a good forecast which would mean the completion of the double eliminators and lots more course racing is still to come.