It was another brilliant day and show of effort by all competitors here at KTA Indonesia!
Going into the double elimination round, K!NN Team freestyler, 20 year old Long Nguyen Duc, was nervous to defeat his title. Realizing it meant he would most likely either go up again Yo Pudla from Thailand again or Taner Aykurt from Turkey, depending on how the semi-finals played out, his anxiety was high.
As the semi-finals began it was Taner versus Reynard Along Gajisan from Philippines. Taner cruised through this heat making it look easy, a heat he had lost the day before. As Taner advanced on to compete against Yo Pudla, nervousness grew amongst the K!NN Team. Unfortunately Yo's kite crashed and took a while to relaunch, insuring Taner's winn while he continued to continue to kill it with perfection. Taner advanced into the finals against Long. It was a close heat with the judges taking a long, careful look at the score cards before deciding the winner - the longest decision of the day. In the end it was Long's powered front mobes, back mobes, kiteloop slim chance and KGB's which earned him his victory!
Smiles and cries of joy were heard from the crowd all around. A first for Vietnam, a first for K!NN Team!
Go Long! Go Strong!