Day two of the Kitesurf Tour Europe in Castelldefels, Spain, offered promise as a good racing day, with winds blowing from 8 -12 knots once the competitors arrived to the beach. Before the long anticipated skippers meeting with an announcement of the final first day results, all riders took a delicious breakfast at the pool lounge. Especially Mario Rodwald (GER) and Annelous Lammerts (NED), the winners of the single eliminations enjoyed their hot coffee in the sun! What a perfect start into day two.
2012 Kitesurf Tour Europe, Spain day 2
Starting at 10:00am, racers entered the water. Once the horn sounded, competitors were off, as Florian Gruber (GER) from the yellow fleet took an early lead in the second race (First race of the day). Working their way around the course, Riccardo Leccese (COL) reached his lead again in race 3 and 4, with Florian Gruber (GER) holding strong in second, and Andrea Beverino (ITA) in third.
In the red fleet, always an entertaining finisher, Adam Koch (USA) crossed the daily finish line after three races (Four in total) with a victory scream, very pleased with his performance. Even with lots of local riders, Koch keeps an upbeat attitude regarding the remainder of the event, hoping for continued top placement finishes against this fleet of talented racers. Maxime Nocher (FRA) took second place in his fleet, followed by Benni Bölli (GER).
Along with a Mediterranean Sea current and variable winds, new challenges were brought to competitors, who faced wind 'holes' and the need for new strategizing tactics. Steph Bridge (GBR) held strong in her consistently first place completions and crossed finish line at first with Christine Bönniger (GER) in second and Elena Anton Pascual in third (ESP).
By the way, spectators on the beach standing in anticipation of what was going on on the water. Some kites moved in perfect synchronization alongside one another, while others moved back and ahead in search of the perfect lay line.
All in all, the second competition day here in Spain was filled with incredible racing action. Freestyle riders were chilling on the beach and hoped for some more wind to hit the water, too. Unfortunately, the wind didn't picked up to start with double eliminations.
The end of the day came to a nice sunset again. With regard to the forecast, Course Racing will likely continue tomorrow, with freestyle double eliminations on Sunday. The wind conditions are looking suitable with 7-10 knots expected from west direction.
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