Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2

by PKRA on 21 Jul 2014
2014 Fuerteventura World Cup - Day 2 © Toby Bromwich / PKRA http://prokitetour.com/
Day two of the Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam featured the exciting discipline of slalom, with a total of four rounds run for both the men’s and the women’s fleets. Bibiana Magaji swept all four races of the lady’s fleet and Julien Kerneur led the men’s.

Awaking to another sunny and windy day on the beautiful Playa Sotavento, it seemed like Groundhog Day as the side-offshore wind combed the azure waters in front of the event venue, yet again. To the delight of the spectators, the thrilling discipline of slalom took center stage as the first race got underway just before noon in 25 knots of wind.

The larger men’s fleet was broken into two qualifier heats of eight riders, with only the top four finishers advancing to a final eight-man race. For the smaller women’s fleet, no qualification round was needed. With a fairly short course set, riders using twin tips enjoyed a slight advantage as those using directional boards found it difficult to lock in after jibing, before reaching the next mark.


After two rounds of racing, the course was changed, making for some longer reaches between marks. Some of the buoys were relocated closer to shore in the area prone to the punchy wind gusts. Additionally, small waves breaking at two of the inside marks added another challenge into the mix, making for some spectacular crashes and tangles.

The men’s fleet experienced aggressive racing with two general recalls due to over-early starts. Kerneur and Ozzie Smith seemed to dominate the starts, but saw some stiff competition with Ariel Corniel riding fast and aggressive, taking the win in race two. Despite this first place finish, he wasn’t able to maintain the same momentum in the later races. Also, Paul Serin and Jerome Cloetens were consistently near the top of the pack and showed promise to be threats in later races.


For the all twin-tip fleet of women, it was Magaji who seemed to steal the show, making the hole-shot on each race and maintaining her lead all the way to the finish line. In her last race, she got caught up in another competitor’s kite and was unable to cross the finish line first. Rules for such a situation granted her a redress based on her prior results, giving her four bullets for the four races. Annelous Lammerts and Julia Castro battled each race for the second and third spots, finishing in a stalemate, until the running of the next races.

After such an incredible day of racing, the riders are very much looking forward to the continuation of the event; however, with the start of the single elimination of the freestyle set for tomorrow, mindsets have shifted towards the intense freestyle heats soon to come.








Tomorrow’s rider’s meeting will be held at 10:30 am with a first possible start at 11:00 pm. PKRA website

T Clewring - GenericBakewell-White Yacht DesignWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

My Best Olympic Race – Dorian van Rijsselberge
Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Tying your shoe laces for the first time as a young child is an achievement, playing your first note on a guitar, getting those grades to get into college or delivering a knockout presentation to seal a deal. We’ve all been there.
Posted on 20 Jun
Riding dirty and days between...
Its been several season since I have been riding dirty with both feet in the foot straps but in different fleets. Its been several season since I have been riding dirty with both feet in the foot straps but in different fleets. It used to be that everyday spent kiting meant loosing a day of windsurfing.
Posted on 20 Jun
Rio Vista Grand Slam – Steady breeze awakes competitors on Day 1
The Freestyle event was postponed until today but the crowd was rewarded by a spectacular evening sunset show. To the general onlooker, the quaint and remote cow fields on Sherman island may just be a picturesque escape from the bustling city of San Francisco, but this weekend the Wind Turbines are busy spinning.
Posted on 18 Jun
Top ranked sailors invited to Sailing World Cup Qingdao and Melbourne
Qingdao, China, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing, will host the fifth regatta of 2016 Sailing World Cup series. Qingdao, China, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host the fifth regatta of the 2016 Sailing World Cup series for the fourth consecutive year with 150,000 EUR in prize money for up grabs.
Posted on 17 Jun
2016 is going to be an exciting year for KiteFoil Gold Cup events
A new event has been added to the calendar - on the Burc Beach in Turkey riders will compete for 15000 USD prize money A new event has just been added to the calendar - on the famous Burc Beach in Turkey riders will compete for 15000 USD prize money and 100 points for the 2016 KiteFoil World Championships.
Posted on 15 Jun
Road to Rio – One Olympic venue to the next
Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas The Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It gave the future Olympians an opportunity to test themselves one last time against their Rio competitors, in a full race setting, before the summer showpiece.
Posted on 15 Jun
Epic final day to close off successful The Pistol River Wave Bash
The Men’s final was a very tight heat and impressive jump fest. Russ Faurot was the first to land a big clean back loop The Women’s final, in smoking winds saw all the women fighting for survival, whilst trying to hold down their sails as best as possible. That did not deter the multiple time Pistol River Wave Bash champion, Ingrid Larouche from going for a forward, landing her the crown again here in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Posted on 13 Jun
Gripping final races brought the Sailing World Cup Weymouth to a close
A consistent south westerly 10-14 knot breeze ensured a bumper day of live Medal Races in Portland Harbour. The Medal Races provided a glimpse of what is to come at Rio 2016 with those aiming to peak for the Olympic Games topping the podium.
Posted on 12 Jun
American Windsurfing Tour - Wave Bash - Day 5
Day 5 at Pistol River Wave Bash was game on, and brought conclusion of the Youths, Amateurs, and Masters, competitions. Day 5 at the Pistol River Wave Bash was game on, and brought the conclusion of the Youths, Amateurs, and Masters, competitions. The judges did an amazing job today also running the Women, Pro, and Grand Masters through to the Semi-Finals.
Posted on 12 Jun
American Windsurfing Tour - Wave Bash - Day 4
Day 4 brought another fabulous day here, on the Oregon coast, with beautiful sunshine sparkling off the Pacific Ocean. Day 4 brought another fabulous day here, on the Oregon coast, with the beautiful sunshine sparkling off the Pacific Ocean. A few snuck in a late afternoon, sunset session, but it was not much to write home about.
Posted on 11 Jun