| PRO MEN'S:
1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha)
2. Dirk Hanel (GER, North)
3. Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA)
| PRO WOMEN'S:
1. Kristin Boese (Best, GER)
2. Felicia Constandopoulou (Best, GRC)
3. Maria Kampa (Naish, GRC)
Pounda, Paros, Greece, September 12th and 13th, 2009.
Bruno Sroka and Kristin Boese have been victorious at this years Kite-Racing event in Greece. By no means was it easy for them as both Dirk Hanel and Felicia Constandopoulou tried there best to provide an upset, but in the end had to both settle for second place in their categories.
On the 12th the single elimination competition kicked off this morning's events. It was nice to see the different riding styles, techniques and execution of tricks as the freestylers took centre stage. Mike Chatzilliadis (GRC, Flexifoil) took the number one position for the men performing numerous tricks with lots of variety. Chatzilliadis proves to have a lot of talent for the sport and should certainly focus his attention on training hard to achieve his goal to compete in the PKRA freestyle world division.
Course racing began shortly after lunch with everyone in good spirits, eager for the action to begin knowing that by 2:00pm and wind would be at full force.
The days course was slightly shorter than yesterday's. German rider, Dirk Hanel (North) proved that he had his guns loaded and wasn't going to loose this battle for first place against French competitor Bruno Sroka. Hanel was in the lead for a large portion of the final lap, but was defeated yet again by Sroka who overtook Hanel at the last marker on the way to the finish line. French rider Julien Kerneur (Takoon) took the third position.
The second race of the day was just as exciting as the first race. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) dominated all riders and whipped his way across the finish line. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) would have had finished in second place, but was disqualified due to an improper start. It was a photo finish for the third and fourth place position between two French rider's Pierre Romian (North) and Sebastien Salermo (Gin) battled their way to the finish line. Romain took the number three spot followed by Salermo one second later.
In the freestyle double eliminations Mike Chatzilliadis (GRC, Flexifoil) took the number one spot on the results list once again followed by Iannis Tamvakis (GRC, Airush) in second place and the third position went to George Argiriadis (GRC, Flexifoil).
Results for the women's freestyle double eliminations goes to Maria Kampa (GRC, Naish) taking the number one position followed by Afrodin Balasica (GRC, Naish) in second place and Felicia Constandopoulou (GRC, Best) in third.
The final day of the Kite-Racing event in Greece was close to perfect despite the light winds with temperatures reaching 25 degrees Celsius.
The mandatory riders meeting got underway at 10:00 am as race director, Olaf Van Tol stated that he would postpone the scheduled events due to the nearly non-existent wind in hopes that the updated forecast would change. Event organizer Lefteris Maniadakis announced at 2:00 pm that the wind forecast would not increase therefore the competition has sadly come to an end.
The awards ceremony was held on the beach at 2:30 pm. Spectators watched as organizers and supporters presented the awards to all the winners.
The National Greek Freestyle competition was a great success. Local rider Mike Chatzilliadis (Flexifoil, GRC) managed to take first place, Iannis Tamvakis (Airush, GRC) take second place followed by George Argiriadis (Flexifoil, GRC) in third. The first place winner for the women's freestyle competition went to Maria Kampa (Naish, GRC), Afroditi Balasica (Best, GRC) takes home second place followed by second place women's racing winner Felicia Constandopoulou (Best, GRC).