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25.6.2008 Day 1: Trials
PKRA Press Release:
The fourth round of the PKRA 2008 World Tour happening at Bozo Beach,
Cabarete in the Dominican Republic kicked-off Tuesday with the mandatory
registration of competitors. The day was rainy and wet but there was an
average of 15-knots wind in the afternoon for a couple of hours. The
temperature peaked at 28o Celsius around 1:00 pm when most people were out
riding 12-meter kites, including a few local riders. Since outdoor
activities were limited by the weather, a table tennis tournament was
organized at Viva Tangerine later in the afternoon won by PKRA Judge Antoine
The registration which started at 3:00 pm had a total of 57 competitors
representing 21 countries, with 45 male riders and 12 female riders making
the list. The Dominican Republic had a total of 16 registered male riders
competing in the event while the United Kingdom is represented by a total of
6 male and 2 female competitors â€“ the two most represented countries in
this Tour stop.
Yesterday marked the start of a great week and the first day of the
competition which started out much better than yesterday with partial sunny
skies and high overcast clouds making the wind lighter than normal. The
light wind conditions made for a hot and humid day with the temperature
rising to 29o Celsius during the afternoon. Choppy water plus very large
shore breaks made for challenging conditions for the athletes.
All registered riders showed up for the 11:00 am mandatory skippers meeting
held at the beach, with race director Eric Troostheide briefing the
competitors before immediately postponing the start due to the light wind
conditions which were below PKRA standards.
Around 1:45 pm the wind gained enough speed for a starting sequence to take
place. Since there are more than 32 male riders, a qualification run was
held to tally the Freestyle competition ladder, with the top-ranked PKRA
athletes gaining automatic entry for the single elimination.
Most of the big names made it through without having to work too hard,
including Reno Romeu (North, Brazil) who qualified in heat #2. Local
Dominican riders Robinson Vasquez and Yan Carlos Paulino (Starkites) also
made it through the qualification round.
Two top Dominican riders, Alex Soto (Starkites) and Luis Alberto Peralta
(Best) faced off in heat #5 with Soto emerging as the better rider. Both
competitors had several handle pass moves. Peralta nonetheless came good
with a main eventâ€™s berth by winning a second round event in heat #13.
North Kiteboardingâ€™s Marc Jacobs (New Zealand) took an easy win from team
mate Luke Whiteside (UK) in heat #6.
Madison Van Heurck (Naish, US Virgin Islands) also had an easy win in heat
#7, landing a 313, back to blind airpass and front mobe. Meanwhile,
Australian national champion Andy Yates (Slingshot) put on a good show for
his first ever PKRA competition with a unanimous win, landing a mobe, front
mobe, blind judge, KGB and a double s-bend to blind with air-pass.
Meanwhile, after suffering from a nightmare trip, Swedenâ€™s Mikael Blomvall
(Nobile) made it to the event on time to qualify in heat #9 with a regular
and switch front mobe, s-bend to blind with air-pass and a mobe.
In the finals of the qualifiers, local rider Brahian De Leon-Paulino
defeated Whiteside in heat #21 with a 313, slim and mobe to face Yoel
Mendoza in the final berth in the competition ladder. In the dying winds,
Mendoza landed a slim, 313, back to blind air-pass to win over De
Leon-Paulinoâ€™s blind judge.
During the late final rounds of the day, the competition was actually
postponed due to little to no wind but the final heat eventually concluded
in time with the dying wind. The first day of the Cabarete World Cup 2008
finished around 5:00 pm with tomorrowâ€™s skippers meeting scheduled at
11:00 am for the start of the Freestyle singles elimination.
The Cabarete PKRA Tour stop is being organized by Cabarete Events under the
able leadership of its president, Lorenzo Sancassani. It is sponsored by
Secretaria de Estato de Turismo and Millennium Resort & Spa supported by
Aerodom Siglo XXI, EH Kiteboarding, Europcar, Cerveza Presidente, Viva
Wyndham Resorts, Velero Beach Resort, Ocean Dream Resort, Lax Cabarete,
Carib Wind Center, Coca Cola, Cabarete Palm Beach Condos, Dasani, Empaq,
Onnos Bar, Hotel Tropical Casa Laguna, PanaderÃa ReposterÃa, La Campagna,
Stonefish Surf Shop, Villa Taina Hotel, Lâ€™Agence Real Estate and
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