Pump me up wrote:
Well it's December and the year is winding up; time to reflect on the failure of ram airs in 2012.
It's interesting to note that NO ram airs (including FLYSURFER)..... no NOT ONE.... feature anywhere near the top of PKRA rankings in ANY discipline. www.pkra.info
Yes, it's true: Ram airs crashed in Freestyle, Wave, and Speed.
Interestingly, ram airs CrAsHed in RACING. If one discipline could discern subtle aerodynamic differences in kites, it is racing. Ram airs like Spleene and Flysurfer are/were barely competitive on upwind legs and a downright liability on downwind legs. No serious racers use ram airs.
Sebastian Bubman and Gunnar Biniasch, the great Flysurfer Hopes, both crashed. Note to the Bubmeister: You should have taken my advice 5 years ago and traded your flying sleeping bags in for inflatables. Your pro career is suffering because of your kites. You could be in the top 10 with an inflatable. The overhyped and semi-hysterical predictions by Flysurfer for the Bubmeister in 2008, following his minor victory in Germany, have amounted to nothing. Shame.
Ram airs simply can't compete with inflatables because.... they ARE aerodynamically inferior.
Thanks for giving me platform for posting my Teamriders results this year.
First off I would like to say that you are right about the PKRA. But then again, our race team competed in only one Race this year as they were concentrating on the KTE. But Christine did come second in Sankt Peter Ording and even me still recovering from a serious back injury rounded out the top 10.
So here are the Results for 2012:
Kite Tour Europe Womens Racing Champion
German Racing Champion, German Vice-Champion Freestyle
5th at the Race Worlds in Cagliari
4th Kite Tour Europe Race
German Race Vice-Champion
German KLB Freestyle Champion
German KLB Race Vice Champion
1st. KLB BKSA Freestyle UK WestwartHO
1st KLB Open Berlin Airtime
1st KLB Open Berlin Race
1st KLB Open Berlin Freestyle
1st Aloha Kitecup/Baltrum Airtime
1st International Snowkite Championship Snowboard Wasserkuppe 2012
1st Freestyle Deutsche KLB Meisterschaft Fanö 2012
1st Belgische Kitelandboarding Meisterschaft 2012
1st KLB -Meisterschaft Race Münsterappel 2012
1st BKSA KLB Meisterschaft Essex UK 2012
2nd Race Deutsche KLB Championship Fanö 2012
German KLB Race Champion
Dylan van der Meij:
Man of the Damn Junior Champion
Currently 3rd IKA Ranking Slalom.
There are many more, but I am now tired of typing.
To keep up to date Pumpy you can always check out www.flysurfer.com
. There you will find the results as they happen.