Freestyle complete

Day 3
Well sorry for the delay in this report and i will give fuller details here later, but Fuerteventura awoke this morning with no wind.  The temperature was pretty cool and of what little wind there was it was the correct direction, so it was only a matter of time and true to form although a little late before lunchtime the wind picked up apidly and we were graced with 28-30 knots of wind.  Most riders were on 6/7m kites.
I could give you the whole details, but to be fair the riders on best form were Kevin Langeree and Alex Pastor both from Naish.  Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil) was also riding well, but did not seem to have the same form as he has had in previous events.  He was inspiring to say the least and finished a fantastic 2nd place.  Kevin Langeree and Alex really were on great form and looked to be having a lot of fun in the contest and Kevin just knocked out trick after trick with ease.  Alex was riding powerfully and finishing his moves with some super clean landings!!!
1st Kevin Langeree (Naish)
2nd Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil)
3rd Alex Pastor (Naish)
4th Alvaro Onieva (Best)
For the women Jo WIlson (Naish and Protest) did not find her same form as the previous year and although passed through one more round was then taken out by Susi Mai (Cabrinha) leaving her in 7th place.
At the top of the ladder Bruna Kajiya (Best) and Gizella Pulido (Slingshot) were battling it out.  Bruna if to lose this round would have to win the next 3 contests to make world champion, so it meant everything to both these riders to win.  Niether of them rode so well as I have previously seen, but they were landing blind judges and 313\’s.  Gizella took the first final making each one the winner of one final each so they had to go again.  Unfortunately Bruna injured her foot in the last minute and Gizella took the 3rd win allowing Gizella to take the event.
Carolina Winkowski (Naish) was not happy with the conditions and struggled with her tricks while Angela Peral (North) seemed comfortable.  Ania Grzelinska was also riding well landing big kite loops and moves to blind.
1st Gizella Pulido (Slingshot)
2nd Bruna Kajyia (Best)
3rd Angela Peral (North)
4th Carolina Winkowski (Naish)
The next event takes place in Germany in two weeks time.  I will keep you updated
Day 2
The competition continued this morning with some more course racing.  Steph Bridge dropped one place.  She changed onto a rocketfish board which helped her problematic back, but she wasn\’t able to achieve the same speed.  Angela Peral who is her closest competitor also switched boards and it seemed to work really well for Angela.  She won the race by a long way and even finished 7th including the men.  Very Impressive.
For the men it was a french guy on a takoon killing it.  He rode almost an entire reach of everyone else, but a mexican guy riding for North came closer in the second race, but still couldn\’t match the speed of Bruno.
In the afternoon the freestyle continued.  Jo Wilson kicked the day off.  She chose to take her 8m Naish Torch 3 to go bigger and powered the team mate Carolina Winkowski who took a 4m, but both riders didn\’t get their acts together and Carolina passed to the next round leaving a disappointed Jo to make her fight to comeback in the doubles. 
Continuing the womens category Angela Peral fresh off her win in the course racing was riding well.  She made it to 3rd position leaving a predictable final between Bruna Kajiya (Best) and Gizella Pulido (Slingshot).  Bruna landed a 313, s bend pass and blind judge against Gizellas lesser powered s bend pass and front mobe.
For the men the story of the day was for Alex Pastor (Naish).  Alex previously showed potential in Tarifa but here in Fuerteventura he was riding off the scale well.  Varied and powerful.  He made it all the way to 3rd place taking out Alvaro Onieva (Best) in the process.  Aaron Hadlow (flexifoil) had a mix of luck and bad luck.  HIs first heat of the day was up against his best mate Ruben Lenten (Slingshot) but unfortunately Ruben lenten had to stand out today after injuring his knee in his fianl heat yesterday.  Aaron went out to ride to warm up but basically had a bi to the semi finals.  In the finals he came up against Alex Pastor and initially Aaron mis timed a landing dropping his kite and over taking his lines.  His kite went inside out and he had to pull it back into shore to fix it up.  However the issue seemed to fire him up and he landed a wicked kite loop slim chance and all his powered handle passes.
His luck however ran out in the final against Kevin Langeree.  kevin was obviously enjoying the conditions landing all his tricks with style and ease.  Aaron however didn\’t seem on full form and even had to return to the beach to fix his harness. 
Kevin interacted with the crowd as the seating area was actually in the water at high tide.  He popped a big transition over the crowd and pulled a face at them.  The crowd cheered and enjoyed it immensley.
The single elimination is now complete and the doubles will continue tomorrow.
1st Kevin Langeree (Naish)
2nd Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil)
3rd Alex Pastor (Naish)
4th Alvaro Onieva (Best)
1st Bruna Kajiya (Best)
2nd Gizella Pulido (Slingshot)
3rd Angela Peral (North)
4th Carolina Winkowski (Naish)
Check back here tomorrow to see more and read below to find out about yesterday
Its the first day of wind for 3 days and although it was strong enough for 7m-9m kites it just wasn\’t windy for Sotavento standards!! 
The UK crew here this time are Tom Court (North), Ali Barrett (Turbulence and Lost Cause), Johara Sykes Davies (Flexifoil), Lewis Crathern (Slingshot), Steph Bridge (North) along with Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil) and Jo Wilson (Naish and Protest.)
Steph Bridge is fresh over here from the PKRA Course Racing event in Portugal last week.  She killed the competition and came first in her first ever world tour event, so she is here in Fuerteventura to enter the course racing as well.  She won the course racing again this morning although there will be many more races over the course of the week.
In the freestyle Johara suffered a bad fate from her kindness.  She leant a girl her kite so she had something small enough to compete on but unfortunately the girl didn\’t return it in time for Johara to take on Bruna Kajiya (Best).  Bruna was going crazy and making the most of her lack of opponent and trying some massively powered s bend passes, blind judges and NIS\’s! Johara made it out for the last 2 minutes of the heat, but if only to cool herself off.  She will have to wait for the doubles for her next heat.
In a similar story Ali Barrett had given Lewis his kite to use and it took a few additional minutes for ALi to get to his heat.  His opponent Kevin Langeree (Naish) wasn\’t going to leave anything up to chance and threw down some great handle passes, but then also entertained the crowd jumping up at the judges tower and high fiving the commentator while in the air (massive tides at the moment due to full moon means that during the day the judging tower is on the water).  Ali was as such knocked out in the first round and also awaits the double elimination.
Lewis Crathern (Slingshot) is riding really well after being crippled with various injuries since July.  During the warm up he was impressing everyone with some big kung fu handle passes, huge and stylish s bend to blind surface pass and some \’mega\’ loops.  Lewis cruised though his first heat but was then knocked out in round two by Rui Meira (Naish) who was the firs to knock out Aaron in a het this year..
Steph (North) seemed over excitable by the earlier activities of taking the lead for the course racing here.  She went for her powered kite loops, but with less expereince in the freestyle on the PKRA she lost to team mate Angela Peral.  I have no doubt that Steph has the abilty to battle her way up in the doubles to a top spot.
Aaron and Jo are still in the contest.  Aaron had the last heat of today and Jo has the first tomorrow.  Both are riding well, but Aaron will have to keep up the pace to knock out his best mate Ruben Lenten (Slingshot) while Jo has a task on her hands with the current ranked 3rd rider Carolina Winkowski (Naish).  Both Jo and Aaron are looking forward to some strong winds.  I\’ll keep you posted as to how things progress tomorrow.  I\’m sure the single eliminations will be complete and even the doubles will get underway!

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