Strong wind and small, inconsistent surf greeted competitors at the primary contest venue of Ponta Preta for the 8:00a.m. riders meeting. KSP Head Judge Brad Price quickly made the call to move competitors to the back-up location at “Secret Spot” along Sal’s rocky and dusty North Shore.
The conditions proved to be more consistent at Secrets with waves in the waist to head-high range and strong, gusty side-offshore wind. However, KSP officials deemed the less than ideal conditions non-contestable and opted not to run heats. Instead, a Super Session got underway with men’s and women’s competitors being split off into groups of six for 20 minute “heats” in order to capture images and video of the world’s best kitesurfers ripping apart the small waves. KSP judges were also on hand to rank the riders based on overall impression.
Local boy and KSP ratings leader Airton Cozzolino (North – ITA) put on a great show for his “home” crowd with powerful snaps in the pocket and fluid style, but it wasn’t enough to take the win over the regular-footer from the USA, Bear Karry, who showed lots of variety, picked off the best sets and linked together a string of critical maneuvers to take the win. Another regular footer, fellow American Sky Solbach, (North) came in third.
On the women’s side, Adriana Harlan (BRA) was on fire, picking off great set waves and linking fluid turns with precise execution. Adriana took the win over Kirsty Jones (North – UK) who also rode incredibly well and showed great control and style in the challenging conditions. Kristin Boese (Best – GER) came in a close third on her natural stance.
The forecast for the week is predicting a decrease in swell and it is unlikely that competition will resume given the poor outlook. However, Sal offers many great spots even when the surf is small and KSP contest directors do expect to run more Super Sessions in the coming week.
Watch the photos of this day of competition
Men’s Super Session Results:
1st Bear Karry (USA)
2nd Airton Cozzolino (North-ITA)
3rd Sky Solbach (North – USA)
Women’s Super Session Results:
1st Adriana Harlan (BRA)
2nd Kirsty Jones (North – UK)
3rd Kristin Boese (Best – GER)