In the first round of men's heats on Day 1, Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA) defeated Enzo Todiello (Ozone, FRA) leading him into the second round against Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (North, BRA). Romeu eliminated Kerneur in the second round and will also move on to the third round of heats tomorrow against Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED).
Zoon was on top of his game today defeating Torrin Bright (Ozone, NZL) in the second round due to his intense riding style. Alexandre Bournay (Naish, ESP) defeated Michael Siret (Slingshot, FRA) in the first round of heats however was eliminated in the second round by local hero Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) who was more than comfortable on his home turf. Hebert will move on to the third round against one of the PKRA world title contenders, Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) who defeated Australian competitor Simon Whichterman (Airush, AUS) in the second round moving him up the ladder. Marc Jacobs (Airush, NZL) had an overall successful day defeated Sebastien Nguyen (Slingshot, FRA) in the first round and Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) in the second round leading him into the third round against Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA). Mario Rodwald (North, GER) defeated Forrest Bakker (Flexifoil, FRA) in the second round today and will move on to compete against the current PKRA tour leader Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS). It was an exciting final men's single elimination heat today as rider Michael Dinclaux (Takoon, FRA) gave Yates a run for his money. Dinclaux rode with intense power, great executions and style however crashed into Yates causing him to be disqualified enabling Yates to move on to the third round which will commence tomorrow.
In the women's freestyle single elimination division, Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) kicked off the womens series by defeating local rider Noemie Le Bouteipper (Ozone, FRA) leading her into the third round against Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL). The second women's heat of the day was United Kingdom beauty Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GBR) against local rider Nina Cavalie (Liquid Force, FRA). Sykes-Davies defeated Cavalie in the second round and will move on to the third round tomorrow against the current tour leader Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP).
Day 2 of the this years New Caledonia Event saw Slingshot rider Michael Siret (Slingshot, FRA) be the first competitor to cross the finish line with a time of 25:45 in today's race. Following a hair length behind him was Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) who finished three seconds behind Siret in second place with a time of 25:48.
Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) would be the first and fastest female competitor to cross the finish line today with a time of 30:10.
Day 3 began with Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) defeating Reno Romeu (North, BRA) in the first heat of the day. It seemed as if Zoon was feeling the effects of the pressure to fulfill his dream to win the PKRA world title and was defeated by local New Caledonian Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) in a close and intense heat during the fourth round enabling Zoon a spot in the losers final against Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL). Zoon sadly takes third place in the single eliminations however is still in the running for the world title. The pressure was also on for Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) who is also after the world title. Unfortunately, Pastor was disqualified in the third round against Tom Hebert (Airush, NCL) for blocking and causing a line entanglement enabling Hebert a spot in the final against Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS). It has been nothing less than a spectacular season for Yates. His desire to win the PKRA world title is just inches within his reach however the game is not over until it's over.
Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) defeated Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) in the first women's heat of the day sending Kajiya to the losers final against Johara Sykes-Davies (Flexifoil, GRB). Kajiya defeated Sykes-Davies in the losers final enabling her third place while Winkowska moved on to the final round against current tour leader Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). Winkowska defeated Pulido in the final by landing complex tricks such as a blind judge and 313, which scored higher points than Pulido's similar tricks that were poorly executed which enabled her second place.
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