So here we have a quick update on the first day of the PKRA.¬† Breaking news Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil) got knocked out in the 2nd round by local rider¬†Alex Soto.¬† Its not the first time Alex has taken Aaron out of¬†the competition early on.¬† A similar situation happened in Germany last year.¬† Basically from the beach it appeared to be Aaron\’s heat.¬† He wasn\’t on top form, but he knocked¬†out various moves with power, but Soto although crashing a lot¬†also knocked out a greater variety of moves including a double fairly powered handle pass and railey to air pass with another handle pass before landing, a back loop to blind with an air pass and a grab as well as a railey to blind with an air pass then landing¬†blind (i know mega confusing, but basically¬†really¬†this variety of moves scores highly on innovation on the PKRA)¬† Alex crashed a¬†lot and had less power then the¬†Aaron but when speaking to the judges Aaron repeated several of his tricks and as such didn\’t score so high.
Ok, so moving on…¬†¬†¬†there are two more¬†men¬†representing the UK.¬† Firstly no total stranger to the world tour, but not a frequent¬†vistor either.¬† Tom Court from the isle of Wight riding for North also first timer to the PKRA Ali Barrett currently¬†riding Slingshot., but actually representing Turbulence and Lost Cause Boards.¬† Ali had to pass through the trials to even make it to the amin event, but he did this with ease.¬† He then rode against Papita delacruz¬†but Ali landed slim chance, kung fu handle pass,¬†kite loop 3 plus s bends, nuclear grabs and others.¬† Ali passed his heat to then come¬†against Kevin Langeree.¬† Ali held is own¬†in the heat, but Kevin\’s skill and¬†huge previous experience¬†saw the end of Ali\’s riding for the single eliminations at least.
Tom Court also made it to the second round.¬† He rode his first heat against local rider Jan Carlos Pulina?¬† Tom\’s riding has improved massively since last year and he pulled off a wicked kite loop handle pass plus mobes and mobe 5\’s and slim chances.¬† He then rode another fantastic heat but lost to Naish rider Rui Meira.
For the girls Jo Wilson (Naish/Protest) also went out in the second round just like everyone else from the UK today however after a not so fantastic heat she got her act together to ride against the current tour leader 13 year old Gizella Pulido (Slingshot).¬† Jo took her 10m out while Gizella took her 5m and she landed a full power down loop s bend, and F16, wet landed a high aerail handle pass and came super close to making her front mobe!¬† Gizella stomped out a range of her handle passes and whooped Jo\’s butt, but Jo didn\’t take it lying down.¬† The comps reached the quarter finals and will continue from 11.30am tomorrow (4.30pm UK time).
Currently still in the competition is a random one but it is Mallory De la ville Marque (North), Alvaro Onieva (Best),¬†Alex Soto (Cabrinha) and Corniel (EH).¬† For the women it\’s Angela Peral (North), Carolina Winkowski (Naish), Gizella Pulido (Slingshot) and Bruna Kajyia (Best).¬† Will keep you posted.
Photo Credit: Will Milne to come