Elite League day two at the El Gouna RRD Centre Kiteboarding World Cup
Another day of wind and sunshine in El Gouna, Egypt for day two of the Elite League which allowed for the completion of round two for the women and round three for the men. The wind commenced with strong conditions in the early morning of 20 to 25 knots, and dropped in the early afternoon.
Women’s round two
The first heat of the day was heat five for the ladies. This saw two french riders, Maureen Castelle and Pauline Valesa, keep a safe lead ahead of their competitors throughout the duration of the heat. Dutch riders Isabeau Galiart and Lidwij Hartog struggled to maintain their composure during this second round of competition, which meant that it was Valesa and Castelle who advanced to the semi-finals, yet another very strong performance from the French team.
Rita Arnaus started heat six with a look of solid determination, eager to replicate her incredible performance in Akyaka, and things seemed to heading the right way when she landed an outstanding Hinterberger Mobe scoring herself 9.1 points. However, she encountered some difficulties with the remainder of her trick attempts, and unfortunately did not advance any further in the competition much to her disappointment. Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands had a difficult start but managed to regain some good traction, but unfortunately not enough for her to advance to the next round. Local wildcard Nathalie Lambrecht put on a great show, riding well and landing five of her seven trick attempts, and this consistency allowed her to qualify for the semi-finals, much to the delight of her friends and family who were on the beach to support her. Danish Champion Therese Taabbel had a fantastic heat, feeling good from start to finish, and allowing her to advance after finishing in first position.
Men’s round three
Heat nine was a tense battle between the new up-and-coming riders, Christian Tio and Maxim Chabloz, up against former World Champion Alex Pastor and current No3 Set Teixeira. Maxime opened the heat with full confidence landing a nice Back Mobe 5. He continued riding consistently well throughout, but not pulling out high enough scores to let him advance. Christian Tio sat at the top of the scoreboard for much of the heat, but was knocked down to third place at the very last moment by Set Teixeira who landed a massive Heart Attack 5 as his last trick and jumped from fourth to first much to his satisfaction. Alex Pastor, who managed to ride an impressive heat despite still being in pain from his hard crash yesterday, advanced to the semi-finals in second place. It was a very intense heat with the new generation fighting hard, but finally it was experience and consistency that paid off for Teixeira and Pastor.
Val Garat from France was outstanding in heat 12. He had a solid lead during the start, and rode with power and confidence landing every single one of his seven trick attempts, including an outstanding KGB7 scoring him 9.13 points as his very last trick. Sadly though, he got knocked down to third place by Dominican powerhouse Adeuri Corniel, who came through with great determination, landing an incredible Slim 7 on his last trick scoring 8.67 and landing him in the top position right at the end of the heat, much to the disappointment of Garat, who had fought hard for the spot. Luis Alberto Cruz was on fire throughout the heat, performing several high-scoring tricks including a Backside 317, and he was ecstatic to be passing through to the Semi-finals together with his fellow Dominican, Corniel. Nicolas Delmas rode well for such a tough heat, but several crashes meant that he missed out on his chance to advance.
A day of epic action – find results and livestream at www.worldkiteboardingleague.com