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Freestyle finals VKWC Fuerteventura

An early call was made for the rider’s meeting at 9:30am, as the forecast was looking optimistic for the day ahead, and there was a challenge to be able to complete both the freestyle and the big air competitions in only a few hours. As the riders set up their gear, the wind started teasing by continually dropping off and then picking up again. By 12pm, the winds appeared to be consistent enough to run the first heat with Paul Serin (FR/Naish) vs Carlos Mario (BR/Slingshot). The guys were on 14 metre kites, and the wind was blowing an estimated 16 knots. Carlos Mario started strong with a powerful Back Mobe. Serin managed to get a strong start also by throwing down a nice KGB and Back Mobe. Mario did an impressive Heart Attack 5 in the last second which gave him the win and passed him through to the semi finals. As the heat drew to a close, Mario went to high 5 his friend Serin, a demonstration of the good vibes and positive attitude that these guys maintain both on and off the water. Heat number 28 got underway with the conditions improving considerably. Aaron Hadlow (GB/North) opened …

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Day 5 at the VKWC Fuerteventura

A challenging day for the riders today at the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships as the wind failed to arrive as had been forecasted. The Men’s Freestyle Elimination Quarter finals were all set to get underway, but unfortunately had to be called off after only one heat. The day’s events were supposed to commence with heat number 25, Current World Champion Christophe Tack (BE/Liquid Force) against Dominican rider Posito Martinez (DR/Da Silva). However, due to an injury which he sustained two days ago, Posito was unable to compete, meaning Tack passed through to the Semi Finals automatically. The following heat was a true battle seeing 1x World Champion Alex Pastor (ES/Airush) up against rival and 2x World Champion Youri Zoon (NL/Best). Youri commenced his heat well with a spectacular Back-side 317 and seemed to be ready to give it his all. However as the winds lightened slightly, Zoon struggled to maintain the same power and confidence with which he had started, and the advantage went to Pastor who managed to maintain good height and power, launching himself into an outstanding KGB5. The victory finally went to Pastor, who was delighted with his efforts as it is the first time this year …

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Big Air on Day Four of the VKWC Fuerteventura

The Big Air Competition Gets Underway on Day Four of the VKWC on Fuerteventura The competitors awoke to an unusually overcast morning on day four of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championship, not the usual bright, burning sun that they had grown accustomed to over the previous days. Unfortunately for this spot, overcast weather also generally means lighter wind, and so the riders were not greeted with the stronger winds that had been forecasted and hoped for in order to commence the Big Air discipline. However, following the 11.30 am rider’s meeting, the competition eventually got underway, with the wind blowing approximately 17 to 20 knots. Although the guys struggled to gain good height during their heats, they still managed to put on a great performance for the many spectators who had come to watch this sensational discipline. Advancing through to the third round for the Men were Marius Hoppe (DE/Core), Carlos Mario (BR/Slingshot), Paul Serin (FR/Naish), Marc Jacobs (NZ/Switch), Robinson Hilario (DR/F-One), Ariel Corniel (DR/Naish), Lewis Crathern (GB/Best), Aaron Hadlow (GB/ North), Eudazio Da Silva (BR/Nobile), Oswald Smith (ZA/Airush) and Kevin Langeree (NL/Naish). The wind lightened up even more as the Women’s rounds got started. The girls did their very …

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The action continues on day three of the VKWC Fuerteventura

The third day of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships on Fuerteventura saw an immediate start to the action directly after the 11am rider’s meeting. With the conditions for the day looking good, the riders prepared themselves to be immediately immersed in the day’s events, and to continue with the Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Eliminations. The first heat of the day saw Marc Jacobs (NZ/Switch) face Brazilian rider Alex Neto (BR/Best). Jacobs started his heat riding strong and fully powered on his 9m kite, but took a massive crash whilst performing a Hinterberger Mobe. Neto maintained a more constant performance throughout the heat, also throwing a Hinterberger Mobe and nice S-Mobe. Halfway through the heat, Marc decided to change kite to a smaller size, as the wind appeared to be increasing to above 30 knots. In the end, Neto’s consistency gave him the advantage and he passed through to the next round. Whilst the wind was gradually increasing, it was time for Russian rider Sergei Borisov (RU/Slingshot) to compete against Dominican rider Posito Martinez (DR/Da Silva). Martinez managed to nail an impressive 317 in the tough conditions riding on his 7m kite. Borisov executed a good S-Mobe and Backmobe, but unfortunately …

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