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PKRA 2012 France – day 2

Posted: 8th April 2012 by Kitemovement in Allgemein
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Completed Single Eliminations

Day two of the second PKRA tour stop in Leucate, France, brought about expectedly strong winds. With an early meeting and starting time of 11am, riders were out and on the water as soon as the wind allowed it. The strong offshore winds gusted up to 45 knots with an average of 25 knots in the morning, which at times rattled the glass walls of the judging tower and sprayed sand in the faces of awe-struck spectators. Amazingly, the French onlookers seemed not to be fazed by such conditions at a chilling 15 degrees, showing up in droves to witness the spectacular sights that carried on throughout the day.

Today also marked the first time this year that the live webcast aired from a PKRA event. Dave Tyburski and Regis Mortier (aka – Rage) took to the mike, detailing the action of each heat, which drew over 7,000 viewers in its first day. A close heat between former world champion Kevin Langeree and Alberto Rondina attracted over 500 online viewers, while Jacobs and Madson warranted 450 hits. For the first time ever, the live broadcasting system was able to report on the new scoring system implemented for 2012, with point-by-point coverage. While these live scores were not shown online today, they will be available for the next freestyle event in Holland and for the rest of the year to view in real time. This is thanks to industry partners Epikoo and Mystic.

The single eliminations provided very tough conditions for most riders who entered on the water. Using five to seven meter kites, competitors were fully powered, bravely facing incredible gusts and at times, barely holding on. This brought about many remarkable crashes and incredible jump attempts by various riders. In the heat between current World Champion Youri Zoon and the youngest rider on tour, Liam Whaley, each rider boosted huge air, with failures to stick landings on multiple occasions. Zoon and Whaley brought some big back mobes and 313s to the table, while the underdog – Whaley – performed exceptionally well, earning a 6.3 for a Front Blind. Ending in the biggest upset of the day, Whaley beat Zoon in a 2.63 difference in scores. In his heat that followed against local favorite, Sebastian Garat, Whaley performed just as impressively, exhibiting astonishing consistency, coming out on top with the winning position and earning the respect and adoration of everyone on the beach. He later lost to Alberto Rondina but won again in a battle against Carlos Madson, stepping up to the PKRA podium for his first time ever. Looking back on his match-ups, Whaley attributed his wins to an increased level of confidence throughout the day.

Another interesting heat occurred between the two Brazilians, Eudazio Da Silva and Ariel Corniel, with Corniel advancing on a score of only 14.7 total points. This heat brought the most crashes with the most difficult wind. With such strong gusts, kite loops represented one of the most common maneuvers of the day – riders sending their kites as high as they could go. For Alex Pastor, even though his first heat was not his best, he said he was amped after hitting several technical moves in the tough conditions. Pastor executed some nearly perfect Mobe 5s and a textbook Blind Judge 3, earning the highest score of the day at 48.9 in heat 16.

The women’s heats provided no lack of action once the afternoon arrived. Interestingly, the champion of the Dakhla Kiteboarding World Cup, Bruna Kajiya, switched from boots to straps for her first heat on the water against Jungo, and while she suffered some trouble with this transition and the gusty wind, Kajiya came out victorious, moving onto the next round and switching back to boots for her remaining heats. Gisela Pulido also stepped up her game after a surprising loss in Dakhla, performing powered tricks such as a Slim Chance and Front Blind, later commenting that she was happy to have the support of her family at the competition and is excited for the remainder of the event as she hopes to stay in the lead.

Karolina Winkowska earned the highest trick of the day for the women with a 6.5 S-Bend to blind. This was the first time that the women competed with the 9 total trick attempts, a format which clearly worked well compared to the previous 12 total trick attempts allowed in Dakhla. Without a doubt, this day brought high intensity with incredibly close heats and hard fought battles. The final results of today’s single eliminations are as follows:

Men’s Singles
1. Alex Pastor from Spain (Airush)
2. Alberto Rondina from Italy (Cabrinha)
3. Liam Whaley from Spain (Cabrinha)
4. Carlos Madson from Brazil (Nobile)

Women’s Singles
1. Gisela Pulido from Spain (Best)
2. Bruna Kajiya from Brazil (Airush)
3. Karolina Winkowska from Poland (Slingshot)
4. Asia Litwin from Poland (Airush)

View photos of the single elimination

This is the life…

Posted: 8th April 2012 by Kitemovement in Allgemein
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Spring 2012 preview video where we’ll see what’s new on the Polish landboarding scene.

rider: bAxx
camera: Hubi, Marcepan, bAxx
edit: bAxx

Video: Starboard Heli 2013 with Globalshots

Posted: 8th April 2012 by - home of breaking news in Allgemein
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Globalshots nimmt uns mit an Board und "behind the scenes" des 2013er Starboard Heli Shoots auf Maui. John Carter und Maui Nerd Productions sitzen am Drücker, danke an Jay Haysey - der Mann hinter Globalshots, für die Einblicke. Globa ...

Here’s a little blog post from our new Teamrider Nils Wesch about ‘one of these days’ in Tarifa recently..

I`m almost one month in Tarifa/Spain and it feels like my second home. In the first 2 weeks real strong Levante (West-Wind) was blowing over the road of Gibraltar.
So of course i went out at my favorite Spot. Balnareo.
We had really strong winds every day but that day was more then anything i ever had. Wind gusts up to 45 knots. I barely couldn´t hold my 7meter Liquid Force Nirvana in my Hands.
My Dad launged my Kite and my friend Bram Bast was holding me from the back. The Sand was flying right in my face. I gave my dad the thumb up and here I go.
The offshore wind gave my tummy some butterfly´s and i was a bit nervous but it was totally worth it. My Kite almost on the water to resist the power of the nature.
I stayed calm at the beginning just doing some jumps to get used to the conditions. After my second jump i felt ready to loop my kite so i charged up and jumped as high as possible to loop the Kite at the highest point.
My Nirvana catapulted me to the front and i had nearly one second of free fall. Thats the point where your tummy turns 180° and i can tell you its the best feeling i ever had.
Normally my sessions are 2-3 hours but i was done after 30minutes. In strong winds you use way more energy then in normal winds.
It definitely was worth it going out at that day and i will do it again if i have the chance to.

Thanks for the picture: Sjoerd Santema

German Freestyle Battle – New Season

Posted: 8th April 2012 by - home of breaking news in Allgemein
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Die German Freestyle Battles gehen im Jahr 2012 bereits in ihre dritte Saison. Nachdem letztes Jahr durch eine ewig lange windlose Periode und einen frühen Kälteeinbruch das dritte Battle am Saaler Bodden leider ausfallen musste ...

PKRA 2012 France – day 1

Posted: 8th April 2012 by Kitemovement in Allgemein
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Trials Begin in Leucate

Starting off with a buzz and excitement unique to such a large-scale PKRA event, day one of trials in Leucate, France, began early, with a morning meeting and a start of 11:30. While the chill in the air prevailed, with riders opting for hoodies and jackets rather than the usual board shorts and sandals, expectations were visibly high – with warm wetsuits and even some gloves ready and prepared for the day. Interestingly, this marks the 14th year of the Mondial Du Vent event in France, making it the oldest and largest kiteboarding event in the region. As was proven today, this event only gets better with time.

The horn sounded at 11:30 sharp, with early trial competitors including riders such as Liam Whaley and Louis Hutter on 9 and 10-meter kites. The conditions were variable, with heavy gusts throughout the day. The riding in Leucate is up close and personal once on the beach, and the judging tower sat just feet away from the action. Providing some of the most impressive riding of the afternoon, Ewan Jaspan displayed incredible power and speed, matched with amazing execution and style. His powered S-Mobe turned out to be a standout trick of the day. Looking back on his trial performance, Jaspan commented that he did not complete all the tricks that he was hoping to, but that he was happy with his heats and progression throughout the day. Luis Alberto Cruz from Cabarete also handled the gusty conditions beautifully, going for one-handed kite loop handle passes and other impressive maneuvers. Cruz earned much attention from the beach and the judges as well. This large showing of trial participants equated to a long day of competition, where the 32 men were eventually narrowed down to 14.

As there were only eight female entrants, trials proved not to be necessary for the women. This however, did not keep the ladies from preparing for their coming day on the water. Gisela Pulido and Karolina Winkowska watched the trials closely and planned for their performances – sights set on podium finishes. Bruna Kajiya also contributed her thoughts on the move to 9 total trick attempts for the women versus the previous 12 (which is still required for the men), saying that she believes there will be a higher quality of riding from the women in this new system, and that the fewer tricks executed will push quality over quantity – one of the main purposes of the new scoring method.

For tomorrow, Asia Litwin looks forward to the single eliminations after her third place finish in Dakhla, commenting that her plan for competition is to simply execute the best tricks given the amount of wind provided, adding that it can be quite difficult to strategize when the wind conditions are never set in stone. The close of the day’s trials in Leucate resulted in advancement by talented competitors including Robinson Hilaro, Stefan Spiessberger, and Eudazio Da Silva, among others. This year, the Mondial Du Vent event will surely be a close competition, with the best riders in the world likely winning by just fractions of points, giving way to nothing less than a spectacular spectator experience.

Photos and official results rom the trials can be viewed after the jump.