|MEN RESULTS: |
1. Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM)
2. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED)
3. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
4. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)
|WOMEN RESULTS: |
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
3. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)
4. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)
Day two saw a huge upset in the rankings as the Hawaiian superstar Jesse Richman (Cabrinha, USA) eliminated Spanish sensation Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) in the second heat of the day. A close 2/1 judges decision went in favour of Richman who was said to have had a cleaner and more technical execution of tricks. 'Italian Stallion' Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) had an amazing day on the water winning three consecutive heats which landed him in the semi final against local Dominican rider Ariel Corniel (Ozone, D.R.), who had defeated the current 2010 tour leader at the time, Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) in the third round of heats. Rondina was then eliminated by Corniel, advancing him to the losers final against Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED).
Zoon had powered his way through his first heat of the day against local Dominican rider Alex Soto (F-ONE, D.R.) and had eliminated all other competitors he battled against, however was defeated by fellow Dutchmen Kevin Langaree (Naish, NED) in the semi final. It was Rondina who then defeated Zoon in the losers final finishing third and Zoon fourth.
2009 Mens Freestyle World Champion Kevin Langeree won four consecutive heats setting up a meeting with local Dominican hero Ariel Corniel in the final which he lost a 2/1 judges decision to in favour of Corniel. Corniel had an overall better execution of technical tricks with more power than Langeree who clearly was struggling.
On the women's side of things Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) battled her way to the semi final defeating Susi Mai (Cabrinha, GER) and Holly Kennedy (North, GRB). Winkowska was however eliminated in the semi final by Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL) had a spectacular comeback after injury, dancing her way to the semi finals and defeating local rider Kate Bowcutt (Epic Kites, D.R.), Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB) and the 2009 Women's Freestyle Champion Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA). In the winners final it was Pulido who took the overall victory.
Day 3's wind conditions were not perfect and caused delays with PKRA Race Director Erik Troostheide not getting things started until gone midday. The wind deteriorated around 3:00pm but worked its magic just enough to see Michael Schitzhofer (JN Kites, AUT) defeat Robinson Hilario (F-ONE, DOM) and Jesse Richman, then eliminating Schitzhofer in the second round of heats.
Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) had not been on the top of his game so far in Cabarete and he was defeated in a 2/1 judges decision by Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL). Dominican rider Alex Soto got the better of Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (North, BRA), Luke Whiteside (North, GRB), Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) and Jesse Richman in what was an amazing run in the double eliminations. Unfortunately the poor conditions meant that Sebastien Garat's (RRD, FRA) clash with Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) and Audrey Meyer (Naish, FRA) against Holly Kennedy (North,GRB) had to be abandoned mid flight.
On the final day of the competition Meyer and Kennedy's clash was back on, seeing Meyer take the victory and move on to face Bruna Kajiya in a battle that saw Bruna emerge victorious. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) met Gisela Pulido in the final and managed to take first place overall convincingly.
In the men’s division, Alex Soto's aggressive riding saw him notch up a victory against Tom Hebert but later saw him lose out to Youri Zoon who went on to eliminate Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA). It was world champ Kevin Langeree though who had the last laugh moving on to the final against local hero Ariel Corniel (Ozone, DOM). The final itself was the surprise of the day with Corniel outperforming Langeree in every way by landing more than 15 technical tricks with more power and better execution, giving him a unanimous decision victory from all the judges. Corniel is the second professional rider to ever win a second title here in Cabarete, once in 2007 and 2010. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) was the first to win two titles, once in 2006 and again in 2008.
Next up on the PKRA world tour is the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup in Morocco, kicking off on 7th July.