Zoon and Whaley back in freestyle while Keahi and Moona join the wave crew
There were some key riders missing from the first freestyle round of the 2014 PKRA season in Panama last month and round two in Dakhla will see many of them return. 120 riders have registered for the event making the qualifying heats absolutely stacked, and includes the likes of Youri Zoon and Liam Whaley who are returning for injury and sure to be challenging at the business end.
The wave event went off last year at Dakhla and current IKA World Champions Keahi de Aboitiz and Moona Whyte will be showing up to make the wave ladder piled high with talent.
One rider to look out for is Kevin Langeree who is also returning to this event. The 2009 World Champion will compete in both disciplines as he looks to cement his reputation as one of the most solid all-rounders in the sport having already claimed the Red Bull King of the Air in February.
Game on! First riders meeting takes place tomorrow.
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PKRA PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 18 2014
Registration for the second stop of 2014 Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup began today at the Dakhla Attitude Camp in Dakhla, Morocco, drawing an impressive lineup for both the freestyle and wave disciplines with a total of 120 riders registered. The world’s top freestyle riders converge on this spectacular isolated location to ride in the pristine flat-water setting of the lagoon while a perfect right hand point-break lures professional wave riders.
Men’s freestyle trials for the main event begin tomorrow, and due to many big names not having competed in the first stop of the year in Panama, the trials will see an incredibly stacked lineup of both hungry up-and-comers as well as tour veterans, battling for the coveted seats in the main event. With so much on the line, the competition is sure to be fierce with 63 men registered and 12 women, which will set the stage for an interesting ladder for the main event. Notably, Youri Zoon and Liam Whaley will compete in the trials after returning from injuries. Robinson Hillario and Carlos Madson will also be noteable ones to watch after coming off of recent podium successes in the past two events.
This Dakhla stop marks the first wave event of the year with the world’s best wave riders present, including the past top-ranked men and women eager to showcase their skills at the classic right-hand wave of Oum Lamboir. With nine female competitors and 50 men registered, the men’s ladder will see the running of trials to get the top 24 men. With current IKA world champions Keahi de Aboitiz and Moona White present, as well as the top ranked 5 men and top 4 women, competitors are pumped to battle for points in the overall tour ranking in pursuit of the 2014 world title.
For this event, 24 nationalities are present. Tomorrow will see a riders meeting at 10:00 am and following will be the official opening ceremony with the local officials to celebrate and welcome what is sure to be a spectacular event. Tomorrow’s forecast looks promising for trials and possibly the beginning of the main event single elimination freestyle.