Tarifa continued to provide strong winds and the competition has been well and truely completed. In fact so complete that 2 rounds of hang time best trick were held and tomorrow they have just decided to enter a 3rd discipline of boarder cross.
In the freestyle Ruben Lenten was totally killing it. With hundreds of spectators on the beach Ruben was playing to the crowd and unleashing the fury with a barrage of mentally huge kite loops some with grabs, some with handle passes and some with painfully huge wipeouts. He blasted his way through to 4th place taken down in the closest of heats to Kevin Langeree (Naish). On Lenten\’s path of destruction he took out local riders Cesar Portas (North) and Alvaro Onieva (Best).
On the otherside of the draw Alex Soto (Cabrinha) was riding hard. He is a talented young kid from Dominican Republic who after finishing 4th in the dominican republic has been able to follow the rest of the tour using his prize money! He is ripping hard landing huge kite loops, double handle passes and mobe 7\’s no matter how strong the wind. Alex blasted his way through 3 rounds only to be stopped by fellow Cabrinha rider Petr Tyushkevich.
The final was Aaron Hadlow against Kevin Langeree. Aaron was riding strong despite difficult offshore gusty winds, but took a hard wipeout mid way through his heat and broke his kite. Ruben Lenten bought him his slingshot, but Aaron lost a couple of valuable minutes and clearly was not comfortable with the kite. Kevin on the otherhand took advantage and was landing a variety of handle passes and managed to rack up the points. That made the final Aaron 1 Kevin 1 and so it had to be run again. This final was held this morning when conditions were more favourable. Aaron had obviously had his weetabix for breakfast and stolen Kevin\’s as well. In Aaron\’s own words he had run out of tricks 3/4 of the way through the heat. He knocked out all handle paases, kite loops, kite loop handle passes one after the other putting together an awesome heat. Kevin suffering from lack of weetabix couldn\’t quite match his normal level of riding and there was no mistake that Aaron had stamped his claim of first place!!
For the girls – oh dear! There are 2 riders ripping so hard its untrue. These being Gizella Pulido (Airush and 12 year old grom) and Carolina Winkowski (Naish). Both girls landed mobe\’s in their heats, Gizella landed a blind judge and Carolina landed a back to blind with aerial pass! These moves have paved the way for girls kiteboarding. After losing to Gizella in the single elimination I (Jo Wilson – Naish) made a come back and rode my hardest through 3 more heats, but the little grom took me down again at 5th place. She was then stopped by Carolina Winkowski despite Gizella\’s dad \’accidentally\’ deflating Carolina\’s kite right before the heat making Carolina late. They both ripped landing handle passes. After this Carolina competed against Ania Grzelinska, but the increasingly difficult conditions left Carolina struggling. Ania progressed to take Bruna on in the final.
The final was close but bruna landed her now trade mark blind judge which was judged higher over Ania\’s back to wrapped.
1st Aaron hadlow (Flexifoil)
2nd Kevin Langeree (Naish)
3rd Youri Zoon (Slingshot)
4th Ruben Lenten (Slingshot)
1st Bruna Kajiya (Best)
2nd Ania Grzelinska (North)
3rd Carolina Winkowski (Naish)
Photo Credit: Caribbean Winds