|COURSE RACING MEN'S:
1. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)
2. Damien Leroy (USA, Cabrinha)
3. Bruno Sorka (FRA, Cabrinha)
|COURSE RACING WOMEN'S:
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)
3. Kristin Boese (GER, Best)
Six races in one day tested the stamina and resolve of al the riders at the 2010 IKA Course Racing World Championship as their technical skills were put on display.
With wind speeds at constant 30mph the entire fleet was challenged thanks to the heavy, rolling chop, and with the big new course racing boards the downwind legs proved to separate the great from the good.
Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) ruled today but neither Damien Leroy (USA, Cabrinha), Bruno Sorka (FRA, Cabrinha) or defending world champion Sean Farley (MEX, North) were too far off.
Sky Solback (USA, North) took first place in race one on a tri fin Paulo Rista board. He surprised the entire fleet and had the main contenders worried. It wasn't long before Adam Koch turned things up a notch winning races two through six, controlling the field and sailing perfect races with virtually no mistakes. Bruno Sroka seemed to be the man chasing Koch throughout the day, but in the evening he had to take two scoring penalties which put him back into fourth.
In second after day one is Damian Leroy followed by John Heineken (USA), Bruno Sroka and Sean Farley. The top ten is completed by Sky Solbach, Jesse Richman (USA, Cabrinha), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Chip Wasson (USA) and Dirk Hanel (GER, North).
Over on the woman's side Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) is holding on to the top spot follwed by last years world champion Steph Bridge (GBR, North) and Kristin Boese (GER, Best) in third. Steph clearly dominated last years racing in the womens fleet, but it looks like Kari will be pushing her all the way this year in what is her first PKRA racing event of the season.
Saturday looks set to be the windiest day as a northwest front hits the Corpus Christi Bay. Gusty winds up to 40mph will surely test all riders in the mix.
We chat to Adam Koch in Kiteworld issue #45 so make sure you get your hands on a copy!