Day one of competitions started with a Skippers meeting at 9AM, at the beachfront of AQUA Boracay. With bright eyes clad in stylish sunglasses, spirits soared in equal amounts of excitement and trepidation as the winds raged over 25 knots.
With the air dense with electrifying energy, KTA Competition Director and KTA Philippines organizer, Stephan Hertig announces the day’s schedules and participants geared-up for the day’s battles on the turquoise and warm waters of the world-class kiteboarding beach of Boracay Island, Bulabog Beach, considered ideal for kite boarding, kite surfing and wind surfing, for its flat, shallow water and offshore reefs.
By 10AM, the two mile-long stretch was filled with riders and spectators, photographers and tourists, all eagerly anticipating the spectacle of the incredible sport of kite boarding. Converging at AQUA Boracay’s magnificent 100 meter-long beachfront, the crowds cheered as the judges, namely Sedat Celenk, Mars Gersbach, and William Bourget took their places at the Judge’s “tower of power”. Joining the day’s competition master and the event’s commentator and sports analyst, Stephan Hertig, was KTA Tour Director Willy Kerr, who riled up the riders and finally, the game of the champions began.
Alternating the Freestyle competitions for the women’s and the men’s categories until sunset, the exhilarating day took “freestyle” to immense heights, pushing each competitor to their limits. By 5PM, the top contenders for the Women’s Freestyle Single Eliminations were announced, with Victoria Soloveykina (Russia), Susan Kay (New Zealand), Ali Dudfield (Australia) and Michalina Laskowska (Poland). And for the Men’s Freestyle Single Eliminations, the top guns were Ben Bowd (Greece), Andrey Salnik (Ukraine), Jaka Komocar (Slovania), and Ken Nacor (Philippines).
As if on cue, a sudden downpour washed the shores, just as the crowds had dispersed, but nothing could dampen the incredible energy, the good vibes, and the extraordinary moments of the day. And yes, that was just Day One!
Day Two of competitions tomorrow, will start with Freestyle Double Eliminations in the morning and going on to Course racing in the afternoon.