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Kite-Racing Greece: Day 2

1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, Cabrinha)
2. Dirk Hanel (GER, North)
3. Pierre Romain (FRA, North)
1. Kristin Boese (GER, Best)
2. Felicia Constandopoulou (GRE, Best)
3. Maria Kampa (GRE, Naish)

Pounda, Paros, Greece, September 10th, 2009.
Located in the heart of the Cyclades, the island of Paros is one of the most popular and touristy of all the Greek Islands attracting thousands of visitors every year. Exquisite beaches in crystal clear, smooth flat water are perfect for anyone who shares a passion for any type of water sport. Wind conditions are also perfect, keeping this stoked for the whole 365 days of a year.
Day 2 of the kite-racing event saw a constant wind blow between 17 and 21 knots throughout the day as white caps danced on the ocean's surface as the racers made there way to the start line.
Race director, Olaf Van Tol kept his promise from Day 1 announcing at the rider's morning meeting that his crew set a more interesting and longer course today, in hopes of testing the rider's performance, skill and endurance.
It was an unpredictable yet amusing day for French rider Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha). Sroka commenced the first race of the day on his 13m kite, making his run a successful one. However, he decided to fine tune things for the second race and switched to an 11m due to the increasing wind conditions. It proved to be a wise decision as his race time increased by 30 seconds than the previous race. The final race of the day was extremely amusing as Sroka was seen rushing back to shore because he absent mindedly forgot to put on his jersey. He managed to get back out on the water just in time, but started in last place as a result. German female competitor Kristin Boese, (BEST) took advantage of Sroka's misfortune and eventually took the lead in the first half of the course. Despite this Sroka still managed to produce an amazing display of speed and power finishing yet again in first place. The other rider's must have been scratching their heads in disbelief. German rider Dirk Hanel (North) finished yet again in second place followed by fellow North rider Pierre Romain (FRA) in third.
A special shout out deserves to go to Romanian rider Vlad Postelnicu (North) who produced an awesome run for his first time competing in a world-class event, finishing in fifth position during the first race of the day.
The afternoons local freestyle competition unfortunately had to be postponed until tomorrow morning due to their being little wind.
Tomorrow's mandatory meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am with the first possible start at 10:30am.
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Added: 2009-09-11

Category: News

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