Tarifa PKRA Round 5

Exhaustion appeared to be the theme of the day with no rest day between competition, flying and next competition, but the wind kicked in strong enough for 10m’s and so the first round of both the men and women’s heat was run!  Everything seemed much more simple after the choppy conditions in Dominican republic and the riders were landing their tricks, but double handle passes and huge kite loops were minimal due to the fairly light wind.


For this event there is another selection of UK riders.  Of course Jo Wilson (Naish) and Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil) were there as always, but this time there is also Sam Light (Naish), Johara Sykes Davis (Flexifoil and also current leader on UK tour), Helen Thompson (North) and Robin Snuggs (Flexifoil)


For all four riders it was their first PKRA event and they came to get a taste of this style of competition.

Johara was up against Victoria Bosko who ranked highly on the PKRA last year.  Johara rode well landing an F16, un hooked back roll with a grab a surface pass and toeside back roll, but Victoria was on it landing railey to blind, down loop to blind and other moves that were slightly more technical and powered.


Helen Thompson (North) rode against Cari Schibevaag (Ozone) and she landed a hooked in kite loop as well as an unhooked kite loop and a railey but she crashed her surface handle pass.  Cari answered with the same moves and a few more, so Cari passed to the next round.


Both Sam Light and Robin Snuggs didn’t ride to their full potential.  They looked a little held back


Today in the competition lavente winds hit.  The wind meter in the judges tower barely dropped below 40 knots at any point and at times hit 55 knots.  The competition continued with riders on 4m-7m kites.  By far and away the most impressive rider on the water was Ruben Lenten (slingshot).  He pulled out the most enormous kite loop that you can even imagine!  He really risked his life and blew everyone away.  I can seriously tell you that I have never seen anything like it.  He even told me that it was by far the biggest kite loop that he has ever done…   and that from his own mouth should tell you that it really was enormous!!!  He was up against Alvaro Onieva (Best) and was blatently kicking his arse, so then came the worst decision of the day.  In the last minute of the heat they called the competition off and cancelled the heat.  There was uproar on the beach and it seemed that the comp was called off based on politics!!  They should have finished the heat or called the competition off before the heat!!!


Other riders pushing the limits in these conditions included off course Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil), Cesar Portas (North), Mallory Delavillemarque (North), Kevin Langeree (Naish) Alvaro Onieva (Best) Ruben Lenten (Slingshot), Madison Van Heurk (Naish) and Nick Jacobson (Slingshot).


For the girls it was a pretty frightening affair with most girls opting for the occasional big jump or unhooked railey.  Carolina Winkowski (Naish) and currently ranked 3rd refused to risk injury and just rode for her heat barely busting a move!  She weighs around 45kg’s.  This worked in Cari Schibevaag (Ozone) favour and she passed through to the next heat.  Ania Grzelinska (North) pulled the biggest kite loop of the day for the girls and passed against Ania Grzelinska while Bruna advanced over Jo Wilson.  Jo landed two raileys, un hooked back roll and a back to toeside with surface handle pass.  Although more technical and varied heat to Bruna, Bruna passed to the next round landing her moves with more height and power.


The competition will kick off again tomorrow with a very similar super windy forecast!!!


Photo Credit: Photos to come


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