Kiteboarding tour Miracle Kite Cup 2009 came to a close in Montenegro at the end of the last week. In the open freestyle competition Sergey Belmesov from Solnechnogorsk (meaning a Sunny City in Russian) turned up the heat on his competeition and walked away from the event as the illustrious winner. Artem Garaschenko from Ekaterinburg was the best in the amateurs’ category and Alexander Ischenko from Rostov came first in long-distance. It's worth noting that for the first time in many years it took just two days to identify the strongest - a remarkable achievement.
The aptly names Miracle Beach in Montenegro hosted the competition held by the Russian Kiteboarding Association with the support of Astra Montenegro and Miracle World. The spot sported white sunbeds, a skate ramp, trampoline and the clearest in Europe Adriatics. Most importantly though it was the wind that made people's faces gleam. The prize money for Miracle Kite Cup Montenegro 2009 was 10 thousand Euro – an amount just a little less than for some of the events of the World Contest.
All Russian pro attended besides those from Anapa, who unfortunately lost all the money in a robbery. Yet a couple local sportsmen joined the competitions.
The competition started off with the juniors - the first time in the history of the Russian tour that youngsters aged 9-14 were given the arena. The youngsters’ results counted in triathlon, and kite was followed with the skate ramp and the trampoline. As the wind continued to strengthen both the Pro and the Amateurs entered the water. Single elimination was completed in 5 hours in both categories, plus the quarterfinals of the juniors. The final heat, in which the champions of 2008 and 2007 met, was of course the most intriguing. Right before the heat the wind changes and turned gusty and the riders had to repeat the heat. Sergey Belmesov, last year’s champion showed took his foot off the gas while Evgeny Novozheev firmly stepped on it and was victorious.
The wind came again on the second day, and double elimination started off. Artem Garaschenko became the winner in the Amateurs and Juniors – one for the both - categories. In Pro the closing round again featured the the competition between the ex-champions. Now however they had changed places: the 2007 champion Evgeny Novozheev lost twice and yielded the victory in Miracle Kite Cup Montenegro 2009 to Sergey Belmesov. Alexander Ischenko (Rostov) having dislocated his shoulder took third place respectively.
The third day of wind allowed to see the best in long distance. The winner in freestyle Sergey Belmesov came first in the first heat, yet the judges recorded falshstart. The best in four races along the distance of about 6 km was Alexander Ischenko in spite of the troubled shoulder.