Super Sunday Freestyle Day
Sunday brought great winds to the Beetle kitesurfing World Cup in Saint Peter Ording, Germany. The trials for the men and women were finished and the 1st rounds of men and women main event were also completed. In total 8 women and 57 men were eliminated from the competition, 12 women than 24 men remain to try to claim €52,000 in prize money and a chance to win the 2013 Beetle kite surfing world cup.
In the 2nd round of the men's trials, 9 heats of men were run, with the winner going straight into the main event and the 27 remaining riders moved onto the next rounds to claim the last 5 spots. In the 1st heat Paul Serin had a flawless heat and took the win. The 2nd heat hutter got and is grabs and stylish back mobes and S3 to also advance. Up next Ariel Corniel from the Dominican Republic landed a perfect front blind mobe to advance to the main event. In heat 22 Garashchenko surprised some top riders by taking the win. Next on the water Patrick Blanc was riding really well right from the start and also secured a spot into the main event. Aaron Hadlow was in the next heat and easily qualified by getting some nice toe mobes and mobes 5's. Heat 25 at 2 Brazilians battling, Evandro da Silva upset Madson to advance. The final 2 heats of the round Jaspan and Rondina both advanced with some very technical tricks like the G-spot and crow mobe.
In the 3rd round of the trials, 9 heats of 3 men were run with the winner advancing to the next round and the 2 other riders being eliminated from the trials. In this round many top guys were eliminated like Garat.S, Burgers, Bakker, Font, Hays, Alcazar and many more excellent riders. In The 4th round nobody was eliminated but the winner qualified for the Beetle kite surf World Cup. The 1st heat had Umpierre, Neto and Spiessberger. The heat was very close but Spiessberger got some very solid tricks in and won the heat. Heat 38 Shitzhofer, Scholte and Garat.V had a great heat but Scholte put a lot of power in all his tricks and won. The last heat of the round Onieva, Madson and Suriel also had a great heat with Suriel landing some tricks with the kite super low, with lots of power.
The 5th round of the men's trials only had 2 heats with the winner advancing. In the 1st Heat Umpierre defeated Garat.V and Onieva to qualify for one of the last two spots into the main event. The last heat of the trials was the most exciting with Neto and Madosn battling hard with Madson defeating Neto and Schitzhofer in the dying minutes of the heat with a perfect KGB 5. After that heat the men's trials were finished and the main event was set. Just a draw was needed to seed the last 8 men.
The women's trials were also extremely exciting with all the girls being able to land blind judges, 313, KGB's and other technical moves. The girl's format was a bit different than the men's with the winner of each of the 7 heats advancing into the main event. In the first round Lange, Lammerts, Taabbel and tour veteran Jungo qualified for the main event. The next round it was do or die for the girls, with only the winner advancing. Valvatne upset Whiteley and Van der Snoek to qualify in the first heat. In the final two heats Novotna and Sloloveykina both qualified for the main event with some great handle passes.
After 8hrs of trials the main event was ready to start. The 1st heat on the water was Hutter vs Garashchenko, Hutter was riding very well and defeated the Russian. Next Blanc vs Hadlow was on the water with Aaron being extremely consistent and technical defeating Blanc who was riding well landing some great tricks. Hadlow's victory sets up a rematch of France, with Youri Zoon in round 2. The following heats Jaspan and Spiessberger advanced with many technical tricks. The 5th heat with Madson and Umpierre was a matchup of the two men that had gone through 5 heats in the trials to qualify, even though they were both tired, they charge hard and Umpierre took the win. Up next Rondina was looking great landing many toe side mobes and a nice back mobe. The last 2 heats of the 1st round Rodwald the german champion advanced and Suriel advanced over his country man Corniel.
Here's the draw for the next round when the wind picks up including a Zoon V's Hadlow heat again!
In the 1st round of the women's main event all the favorites advanced. Novotna defeated Soloveykina in a close heat, with both girls landing some technical passes. Lange upset the German champion Lutz at home. Jungo and Lammerts had a very close heat with similar tricks but Jungo just got the edge. The final heat of the day the two girls Valvatne and Taabbel had a hard time finding their rhythm but Taabbel did enough to win.
Slalom Racing Day 2
This is the first PKRA slalom event in Europe and first event for many riders. By 2 o'clock the wind had filled in and the first race was started. Bryan Lake and Christine Bnunniger were the winners of the first slalom ladder, taking the points lead for the event.
The slalom ladder for the men is set up with 5 heats of eight-man with the top 3 advancing to the next round. The women have 2 heats of 6 with the top 3 advancing into the final. The winds were fairly light throughout the whole day, fluctuating between 8 to 10 knots, so racers that only had twin tips were at serious disadvantage. The 1st round was dominated by the season veterans with all the top seeds advancing. On the women side Winkowska, Lange and Van Westerop were the surprise of the event, with Karolina winning her first race.
The two men's semifinals were really exciting, in the 1st semifinal, Kerneur took the win with Withington in 2nd and Gruber in 3rd. The 2nd semifinal Brian Lake won the race but Castel gave him a good run on the 1st reach. Gunnar Biniash eventually caught up to the pack and finished second. The men's final was set with all the top seeds advancing.
The women's final was 1st on the water with Christine Bnunniger dominating the fleet and taking the win. Sysoeva finished second, Boese and winkowska had a close battle for third but Boese took the lead on the last mark and the last podium spot. The 1st men's final was called back after Julien Kerneur crossed the line early. The race was reset and Castel had a great start and was 1st at the mark. However, Lake's experience and great jibing got himself back in 1st until the end of the race. Adam Withington started in 5th place and fought is way all the way back up to 3rd and Florian Gruber finished 2nd after passing Castel. Castel finished 4th and Biniash 5th.
The wind was fairly light and only one round of racing was run, the forecast is looking better for the next few days so many more races should happen. All the lead changes in the final and semifinals were really exciting and the battle should keep heating up as the days go on and the competitors get more comfortable with the German conditions.
Yesterday the wind never materialized and all the competitors enjoyed the kite village with the skate ramp, volleyball courts and many other activities planned around the event site. in Saint Peter Ording Germany. The forecast is to looking light for today but the slalom racers are still hoping for a light breeze to get some races in.
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