PKRA Round 1 Venezuala

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 Day 5

Light winds were the essence of today with riders having difficulty to stay upwind even on their biggest kites, but Aaron Hadlow stayed on top with Alvaro Onieva finishing second.  For the girls Ania Grzelinska (North) progressed against Jo Wilson (Naish) but was then knocked out by Karolina Winkowski (Naish) who landed a kite loop handle pass and a blind judge.  Gizella Pulido (Slingshot) then stopped Carolina, but was then holted by Bruna Kajya in the final.  It was a close final with both girls landing al ot of aerial style handle passes, but Bruna had the edge.

Ruben Lenten did not enjoy the light winds and dropped to 4th place while Kevin Langeree (Naish) also appeared to struggle with staying in the competition area.

Comp is now complete.  I will bring you more details tomorrow, but for now I have to dash to closing ceremony…

Day 4

Well even though today the forecast still looked terrible it was actually pretty good.  The competition began with the double elimination at 11am.  Riders that were knocked out in early rounds, but advanced well in the doubles included Sebastian Garet (RRD).  He is the 2006 KPWT Champion who was knocked out in the 2nd round of the singles by PKRA World Champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil).  Garet charged through several heats until he faced Alvaro Onieva (Best).  This was an extremely close contended heat that saw Garet behind for the first couple of moves, but then he cleverly watched and matched Alvaro\’s heat until Alvaro pulled out a switch slim chance to blind!  Both riders pulled out big kite loop handle passes, mobes, 313\’s, blind judges – the works, but Alvaro clearly had the edge at the end of the final minute!  Other close contended heats were Rui Meira (Naish) and Mallory Delavillemarque (North).  Both these riders battled out move for move, but Rui had the edge at the end of this heat.

In the women\’s division Ania Grzelinska (North) and Angela Peral (North) made a come back advancing through 2 heats to then face each other to go into the quarter finals.  Ania won above Angela landed a series of moves to blind and wrapped.  Competition will continue tomorrow to maximise number of spectators watching the finals.

Wind looks promising and skippeds meeting is at 11.30am (4.30pm your time).  Can Aaron keep the top slot with his green hair (check the pictures) or will Alvaro rise through more heats to take his place…   keep you informed

Enjoy the pictures of the girls hanging out between heats, aaron and ruben going stir crazy and a little bit of the atmosphere around the beach.

Day 2

and as such no further wind blew today in the beautiful flatwaters of coche (well some wind did blow, but not until after the competition was called off at 5pm)

Coche is a small island that sits just 30 minutes by boat away from the main venezualan island of Margartia.  Coche has not too much to offer apart from flat warm water and a beautiful beach.  Kitesurfing on coche is paradise which is enough in itself so long as you dont need to eat decent food or need the civilisation of shops, people and roads.

Many of the riders took the option to stay on the main island of Margarita and take the boat each morning to the competition spot.  This was \’supposedly fine\’ because so long as you booked the boat the day before and turned up half an hour before the boat waas leaving you were guarenteed a place at the expense of any tourists!  Well all would be well if they kept there word.  All riders did as they were told, but somehow in the space of 12 hours the boat organisers changed their minds.  Aaron Hadlow, Ruben Lenten, Tom Herbert, Ania Grzelinska, Angela Peral, Jo Wilson, Petr Tysbushich (spelled wrong, sorry Peter), Victoria Solvenkyia (also spelled wrong, sorry victoria) and 3 or 4 other riders found that their place had been taken away and as such weren\’t going to make it in time for the start of the contest!

Fotunately in this case the wind decided not to blow and so none of the riders were affected.  There are 3 days of competition left which is more then enough time to finish a double elimination, but from now on the competition will be held on Margarita in El Yaque.  No more boat sargas and increased chances of wind, so fingers crossed for some action tomorrow!

Enjoy the photos of riders, kites, judging tower and the men and ladies ladder for the single elimination.

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