Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius - Worldwide Support

Kiteboard Tour Asia - Power move duel on day 1 in Indonesia

by Icarus Sailing Media on 25 Jan 2014
KTA Indonesia day 1 Alexandru Baranescu
At the Kiteboard Tour Asia’s season opener in Indonesia, several of Europe’s leading freestyle kiteboarders put down markers, winning the opening heats in windy conditions.

Slovenia’s Jaka Komocar, 17, saw off stiff competition in the round robin format on day one of the KTA Bintan to take the first round victory with a series of powerful, flawlessly executed tricks that included a 313, low mobe, double 'S-bend' to blind.

In the day’s final heat Komocar squeaked past veteran Dave Shields (GBR) on a 2-1 split decision by the judges. The Briton had chosen a 12m kite after the wind dropped momentarily only to come back during the heat, appearing to leave him slightly overpowered.

'It’s an amazing feeling really,' said Komocar, delighted with his start. 'My first heat was bad, but I fought back. In the last heat of the day I, too, started with a 12m kite, but was overpowered and changed to a 9m mid-way.'

But even Shields, 34, who has been living in Brazil’s Fortaleza for the past eight years, was delighted with his second placing even though he had defeated Komocar in an earlier heat with his fully-committed riding.

'I’m so stoked; I’m on a high,' said Shields. 'I never thought I’d finish this high. I’d say you have to be a bit clever in these conditions. You have to read the wind when it’s up and down a little like this. Many kiters are from a wakeboarding background and don’t know the wind.'


Shields’ girlfriend, Brazilian number two, Estefania Rosa Santos, 26, also picked the runner-up spot on day one of the women’s freestyle contest, squeezed out in an equally close contest with Kelly Schouten (NED).

Schouten, 25, had bounced back after a disastrous earlier heat. She crashed her kite on the opening trick, failing to recover it after it was sucked into the breakers on Trikora Beach in the event, whose presenting sponsor is Bintan Regency supported by Bintan tourism department and Agro Beach Resort.

'I was so angry with myself,' said Schouten. 'For the first tricks I’d normally do those I’m really comfortable with. But I did something tough and my lines got tangled when my kite went down. So, I’m happy with the win. I wasn’t sure if I’d done enough. Enough tricks, but not my best.'

Both had on their route to the final managed to outpoint British number one, Rosana Jury, 21, trying to find her bearings in the choppy conditions, swell and winds of over 20kts. By contrast the medical student on a break from her studies has spent the past two months training 'butter-flat waters' around Perth, Western Australia.

She had eked out a win over Paula Rosales (PHI), who was runner-up to last season’s freestyle Asian champion. Rosales, a new-comer to riding in bindings, struggled in the gusty and strong conditions that saw her put up her 7m kite and take fourth spot.


Equally, the spectacular riding of Reynard 'Along' Gajisan (PHI) was not enough to overhaul the smooth, high-powered style of 18-year-old Dylan van der Meij (NED), who stomped a host of NISs, KGBs, and double 'S' bends to blind to take third place.

As the wind picked up further on a falling tide, the racers took the water for two Formula kiteboard and one twin-tip contest on a track constrained by the reef.

Reigning KTA raceboard race champion Narapichit 'Yo' Pudla (THA) won both racebaord races and the sole twin-tip race in tight of contests after an unusual reaching start. Nils Stolzlechner (AUT) gave the Thai rider a run for his money taking a second and a third place in the raceboard class.

In the women’s raceboard division Kathrin Borgwardt (GER) also put in a strong showing taking two first places in a twin-tip and raceboard race, outstripping the Astrid Berz (SWI) in the process.

But the Swiss rider turned the tables Borgwardt in the second raceboard race, which halted competition for the day late in the afternoon when two pairs of riders tangled outside the reef, presenting a big challenge for rescue boats struggling with the heavy sea KTA Website

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearHall Spars - BattenStorm Force Marine 4

Related Articles

World Sailing - The World Sailing Show - December 2016
December 2016 edition of the World Sailing Show summarising the month in the world of sailing December 2016 edition of the World Sailing Show summarising the month in the world of sailing covering America's Cup, racing in the Southern Ocean and more. Plus, Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Sir Russell Coutts; our tribute to a spectacular year afloat along with news and views from around the world.
Posted on 28 Dec 2016
Italians lift Nations Trophy to close Aon Youth Worlds
Burling and Meech spoke of the sailing pathway the participants could enjoy, remembering their time sailing Master of ceremonies, and affectionately known as the 'voice of yachting', Pete Montgomery began proceedings at the Auckland University of Technology City Campus by welcoming the 389 sailors from 65 nations, coaches and guests.
Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Double gold for British Team at AON Youth Sailing World Championships
Emma Wilson wrapped up RS:X crown with a day to spare before Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling sealed a dramatic victory Windsurfer Emma Wilson wrapped up the RS:X Girls crown with a day to spare on Monday before Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling sealed a dramatic victory in 29er Boys event on the final day of racing today
Posted on 20 Dec 2016
Esctasy and despair at Aon Youth World Sailing Championships
Racing came to a thrilling climax in Auckland, New Zealand as all medals were confirmed in finale of Aon Youth Worlds. Racing came to a thrilling climax in Auckland, New Zealand as all medals were confirmed in the finale of the 2016 Aon Youth World Sailing Championships.
Posted on 20 Dec 2016
AON Youth Sailing World Championships – Wilson windsurfs to early gold
The 17-year old, who won silver at the 2015 event, dominated the girls’ windsurfing class and led from start to finish The 17-year old, who won silver at the 2015 event, dominated the girls’ windsurfing class and led from start to finish to hold such a points advantage at the close of racing on Monday (19 December) that her lead cannot be overhauled on the final day on Tuesday.
Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Golds galore at Aon Youth Sailing World Championships
French multihull sailors secured the inaugural Nacra 15 gold, the Australian 29er girl's won their first ever regatta The French multihull sailors secured the inaugural Nacra 15 gold, the Australian 29er girl's won their first ever regatta, USA's 420 boys dieting and dedication paid off and both Israel and Great Britain took the RS:X titles.
Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Aon Youth Sailing World Championship - Running away with the RS:X
There could be some early winners at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships as Great Britain and Israel There could be some early winners at the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships as Great Britain and Israel begin to run away with the RS:X gold medals on day three.
Posted on 18 Dec 2016
World Sailing publishes YOG equipment limitations for kiteboarding
World Sailing has published the equipment limitations to the kiteboarding events in the Youth Olympic Games 2018. World Sailing has published the equipment limitations to the kiteboarding events in the Youth Olympic Games 2018. The formats for all events (including kiteboarding, windsurfing and mixed multihull) will be published in a separate document, however for kiteboarding the format will be downwind slalom / boardercross, with obstacles added to the course depending on the wind strength.
Posted on 17 Dec 2016
Mixed fortunes at the Aon Youth Sailing World Championships
It's tight at the top of the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships Laser Radial fleets as discard came into play It's tight at the top of the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships Laser Radial fleets as the discard came into play, allowing a chosen few to start forming breakaways from the rest of the field.
Posted on 17 Dec 2016
Aussie sailors ready to compete at Youth Sailing World Championship
With racing scheduled to commence today, Australia’s stars of the future are ready to come up against the world’s best. With racing scheduled to commence today, Australia’s stars of the future are in Auckland and ready to come up against the world’s best.
Posted on 15 Dec 2016