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Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:12 am
by Toby
same kite as me! But he is 20kg less heavy...

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:29 am
by Toby
Day 7 - PKRA - Gard Kitesurf World Cup 2007

Day 7 of the Gard Kitesurf World Cup 2007 started out nicely with the sun in full gear warming up the game venue nicely. The wind was straight onshore and there were indications that it would provide for a racing event in the morning. After the mandatory riders meeting at 10:00 am, PKRA race director Olaf Van Tol had to wait until about 11:00 am before finally announcing the first possible start for the course racing event would be 11:30 am. However, a mere fifteen minutes after the announcement, the wind subsided and the competition went into another few hours of postponement. By 15:00h, the wind finally gave enough strength to actually try for a race. Although the wind was still considered very light, the mens race started off at approximately 15:30h but the guys had to tackle the course with double efforts as making the starting line was a feat in itself since the light wind was straight onshore.

About halfway through the mens race, race director Van Tol decided to abandon the womens race due to the subsiding winds. However, since the men were already halfway through their race, they were allowed to finish the event although some of them who were not on large kites (16 m2 and up) found themselves unable to finish the race. The others who were using small kites decided not to finish as it will only prove futile to do so. In summary, it was a day for the foil kites as Armin Harich (Flysurfer, Germany) finished in 1st place with Sean Farley (North, Mexico) and Sami Gali (Best, Spain) finishing in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The competition was officially called off at 17:30h when the wind went below the PKRA standards. After the mandatory skippers meeting tomorrow at 8:00am, the day will most likely start with the Boardercross competition to be followed by the Freestyle double eliminations as the forecast seems promising. It is very interesting to note that last year’s competition here in Germany also had a 3-day straight of wind delay but the last two days of the games proved to be the grand finale. It is almost sure that this year’s event will also likely provide for a grand finale as the guys are very much anxious to get in the water once again and compete for prestige and over US$57,000 in prize money.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:43 am
by Toby
on Saturday the focus was on Kitecross and Freestyle Double Elimination.
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Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:03 am
by Toby
Day 8 - PKRA - Gard Kitesurf World Cup 2007

It’s Day 8 of the Gard Kitesurf World Cup 2007 at St. Peter-Ording in Northern Germany. In the morning, the sun was up in full force, warming up the competition area then changed to overcast skies late in the morning with periods of light rain early in the afternoon. The mercury peaked at 18 degrees Celsius which is quite typical in this part of the region, while the wind blew at a steady 14-18 knots coming from the west direction and provided the much needed fuel to begin today’s contest. As early as 8:00 in the morning, the wind showed signs of staying for the day even though it slightly subsided while the boarder course racing course was being set but nevertheless, the wind strength was still enough to hold a competition. The boarder cross competition kicked off in the morning after the mandatory skippers meeting with light winds for the first few rounds.


The Boardercross competition is a single elimination format. But there are required tricks that every rider should perform per race so it was important to finish every race as no one knew who may or may not have performed the tricks properly. A zigzag course including a double spin move (720 rotation), a sausage jump (floating long obstacle to jump over) and a double sausage jump with a board grab are some of the tricks that every competitor should hurdle to finish. There were plenty of areas on the course where riders could mess up and be penalized a place (if a rider was not able to perform the required tricks, he or she would be penalized one position and only the top two competitors of each heat would advance.) There were as many as six competitors per race.

The Boardercross competition was won by Sky Solbach (North, U.S.) and Germany’s Kristin Boese (Best). The game was concluded at 12:30 pm which by that time, the wind started to show some building strength. Everyone at the event site had a one-hour break after the boarder cross to allow the competitors to have some lunch and get ready for the freestyle final rounds.


The Freestyle event started underway at exactly 2:00 pm as planned. Julian Hosp (Rodwy, Austria) and Christophe Tack (Slingshot, Belgium) had the honors of opening up the day’s freestyle game in heat #18a but Hosp was disqualified for sailing into tack. In the 19th heat, Mario Rodwald (Carved,
Germany) was also disqualified after crashing his kite into fellow German Kim Albrecht (North) who was competing against Spain’s Alex Pastor (Naish) in the same heat which Pastor won after a re-run.

In heat #21, Rocky Chatwell (Crazyfly, US) had a close heat against Bas Koole (Best) of Netherlands. Both riders performed technical and powered tricks but Chatwell won with a few switch variations. Also more notable in the day’s competition came courtesy of heat #23 between Pastor and Russian Petr Tyuskevich (Cabrinha). The heat was also closely-contested but the Russian kiteboarding champ eventually won with switch varieties including a regular to switched front mobe although both riders did land powered moves and super technical tricks.

In heat #24, Marc Jacobs (North, New Zealand) got schooled by higher ranked team De La Villemarque. Finding some form, the French champ won with more technical tricks to beat Jacob’s variety of moves and slightly more powered riding. The cleaner landings and more technical moves of De La Villemarque was enough to bring him home and into the next round. Also, some notable matches of the games were in heat #26, first between Mikael Blomvall (JN-Kites, Sweden) and Michael Schitzhofer (Naish, Austria) who both battled it out in a very close heat with both riders performing superb regular to switch moves. But for this heat, it would be Blomvall moving into the next round, riding with more power. Then in the second round, Tyuskevich beat Leander Vyvey (JN-Kites, Belgium) with cleaner landings and more powered moves. Vyvey went for the big moves such as kiteloop double back mobe and double s-bend to blind with aerial handle pass but came unstuck on a few landings.

Meanwhile, after two interesting matches, Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, Italy) went up against Chatwell who was definitely on fire the whole day winning four out of five matches. Chatwell clearly dominated the round, ending Rondina’s run with more powered moves and technical variety. Then shortly, Blomvall went into the waters to go up against Portugal’s Rui Meira
(Naish) in a closely-contested heat. Both riders were matched for power and technical difficulties but Meira, who went for a front mobe to blind plus with generally smoother and faster moves won the game for him.

Ruben Lenten (Slingshot) of Netherlands was also fired up for the day (mainly due to the several days of wind delay, most of the guys out here were all pumped up for some action.) Lenten took on the Russian male model body builder stomping some huge and powered moves. He stole the show and won the heat with his usual repertoire of tricks including a mobe, slim, a massive kiteloop 540, KGB, blind judge with aerial handle pass and sent front mobe. These tricks proved too much for Tyuskevich’s front mobe, KGB, mobe and low kiteloop with aerial handle pass and slim.

In a 5-0 decision, the well-rested Randy Hereman (F-One, Netherlands) ended De La Villemarque’s run for the podium. Riding with renewed vigor and regaining confidence from last winter’s knee injury, the F-One rider landed a regular to switched mobe, regular to switched slim, back to blind air pass, and a 313, displaying more power and speed. North rider De La Villemarque on the other hand nailed a regular to switched blind judge, a regular to switched mobe, a front mobe, slim and KGB.

Heat #30 was also a closely-fought battle but ended up in a 4-1 judges decision between Rui Meira (Nais, Portugal) and Lenten. The Portuguese kiteboarding star rode more powered and fast like Lenten but Meira had the edge of performing two regular to switch moves. Although they were not perfectly executed, the added technical difficulty gave him the edge. In the second round of the same heat, the all-fired up Chatwell met Hereman and battled fiercely. Hereman rode more powered with greater height in moves plus the added bonus of switch moves. He nailed a regular to switched mobe, front mobe, slim, 313 540, back to blind airpass and a front mobe to blind in the last minute to seal the win and have a chance at the podium. On the other hand, Chatwell landed a regular to switched mobe, KGB, kiteloop slim
and front mobe.

There was not much action though in the women’s event, at least not until heat #14 courtesy of Jalou Langeree (Naish, Netherlands) and Angela Peral (North, Spain) who had a nice old tussle. Both women riders landing downloop to blind and raley to blind. Langeree had the chance to do a technical trick courtesy of a vulcan to surface pass and krypt to surface pass which eventually won her the heat. The Naish girls, Karolina Winkowska (Poland) and Nina Schumacher (Germany) battled it out in the same heat with Winkowska smoking the German rider with a blind judge, raley to blind and front to blind. Schumacher landed a big kiteloop-backloop but didn’t even come close.

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:24 am
by Toby
on the last day 2 races were held.

The wind was stronger and more waves, offering different conditions.

Bruno Sroka and Steph Bridge are world champions in course racing!!!

The results of the German event were:

1. Sami Gali
2. Sky Solbach
3. Shawn Farley
4. Armin Harich

1. Gina Esteva
2. Kristin Boese
3. Steph Bridge

Video of the last day: ... Itemid,30/

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:18 am
by Toby


Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:16 pm
by tilmann
complete rankinglist ????

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:02 am
by tilmann
Hi Toby,
just saw the results at
Why did you not start im the last two races ?
What happend ? Why so many DNS and DNF :?: :?: :?: ... er_900.jpg

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:14 am
by Toby
the first DNF (did not finish) I got on Saturday, where I couldn't even stay upwind with a Silver Arrow 19 and the Monster Door. Too light wind, a shame that they even started!

On Saturday we had nice wind, and I was sick of riding around buoys, since I love to jump! And we did a super session, and with so many spectators, and so few people who jump high, I had my big air mission with Robby, while the others raced.

Still fine, I have my 6th overall tour ranking, couldn't be better!