In the first race of the day, racers were challenged by light, 7 - 9 knots. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha) managed to eek out the most power, coming in first ahead of current overall leader Adam Koch (USA, Ozone) and Damien Leroy (USA, Cabrinha). In the women's event, Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) further cemented her lead at the top of the overall table as she was the only woman who managed to finish!
The winds picked up later in the day and Bruno enjoyed his second win of the day, this time with Adam slipping to third and Damien pipping him in second. Kari once again took the race win in the women's, ahead of Kristin Boese (GER, Best) and last year's champion, Steph Bridge, (UK, North).
The third race of the day saw even better racing, with Johnny Heineken (USA, RRD) breaking into the top three, but it was Damien Leroy who managed to once again keep Adam behind him, taking first. Steph Bridge finally managed to put one over on Kari, pushing her into second with Karja Roose (NED, Airush) making up the top three.
Frustration in the last race of the day as Adam Koch crashed out just before rounding the last buoy. Wincing as he saw his biggest rivals, Damien and Bruno both sweep past him before managing to get his kite up. Unbelievably he managed to catch Bruno back up and sneak into second. Kari once again took the win in the women's, ahead of Steph and Katja respectively. One more win and Kari will have the title in the bag.
DAYS THREE AND FOUR:
Days three and four were no wind days, so after two full days of competition, the final standings are:
1. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)
2. Damien Leroy (USA, Cabrinha)
3. Bruno Sroka (France, Cabrinha)
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)
3. Kristin Boese (GER, Best)
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We interviewed Adam Koch for issue #45 ahead of the world championships, and talked about his preparations for the event. Turned out we picked the right man! Phew. Get issue #45 here.