First day - racings and fun freestyle session in France/ La Baule
The MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 descended on France along with 117 riders, 76 racers and 41 freestyle competitors, ready to show off their very best on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. With an ideal event site at La Baule, the week ahead looks to be an eventful and exciting one, filled with biggest names in kiteboarding and set at one of the most beautiful locations in the French region of Loire Atlantique.
Riders from 20 nations turned up for the 4th leg of the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe, excited to compete against the best kite racers and freestylers, to find out where they stand in this European tour event.
With a full five days ahead, riders will be sure to have fun on and off the water, experiencing the conditions, lifestyle and French atmosphere.
Racing kicked off the competition at 11am with three fleets split in 4 races. Competitors entered the water and battled it out for lead positioning. In each race, the top-ranked riders, including Adam Koch (USA), Julien Kerneur (FRA), Riccardo Leccese (COL), and Olivier Dansin (FRA) went head to head at the front of the pack.
In the women fleet, it was almost an all around winning day for North rider Steph Bridge (North, GBR) who managed to race her way gracefully across the finish line first in three of four races today. French racer Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA), Michalina Laskowska (POL) and Katja Roose (Airush, NED) battled for place two, three and four. Roose managed to finish second of the day while Adrien took third place, followed by Laskowska.
Around 2:30pm, wind picked up for a funny expression session just in front of the Island of La Baule. Almost all freestylers went out to train their kitesurfing skills in light and sunny conditions. After a funny and amazing day at 7pm the opening ceremony took place on the beach with some cocktails and hot sounds.
All in all, the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe to guest at La Baule Derby Kite is on the way to be a giant success, filled with racing and outstanding freestyle action. Tomorrow, forecasts call for lighter winds.
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