Pounda, Paros, Greece, September 9th, 2009.
This was the day that kicked off of the world kite-racing event held on the beautiful island of Paros, Greece. This year promises to be an impressive comeback for the PKRA event, returning to familer soil and waters.
Registration began at 9:00 am this morning under mostly overcast skies and temperatures averaging 21 degrees. The mandatory riders meeting commenced at 12:00 pm with the first possible start at 1:00 pm. Riders rushed out on the water with their 9-11m kites, eagerly anticipating the signal to indulge in the nearly perfect wind conditions.
A short seven minute course for Day 1 was set up by race director Olaf Van Tol and his crew. Van Tol promises a few magic tricks up his sleeve over the following days with some pretty interesting and challenging courses.
This was certainly a challenging day for French racer Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha) who dominated all four races. He was closely shadowed by German rider Dirk Hanel (North) whom would nearly overtake Sroka on a number of occasions. It was a constant neck-to-neck battle between these two very powerful riders. North rider, Pierre Romain (FRA) who finished 4th in the first race of the day, raced his way to the 3rd overall position.
It was a winning day for BEST rider, Kristin Boese (GER) who effortlessly finished all four races defeating all challengers. Greek riders, Felicia Constandopoulou (BEST) and Maria Kampa (Naish) fought between the second and third position, each totaling 7 points.
Tomorrow's riders meeting is set for 11:00 am with the first possible start at 11:30 am.
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