Men's ; Women's;
1st Aaron Hadlow 1st Gisela Pulido
2nd Kevin Langeree 2nd Bruna Kajiya
3rd Alvaro Onieva 3rd Karolina Winkowska
4th Cesar Portas 4th Ania Grzelinska
5th Mallory De La Villemarque 5th Kari Schibevaag
Naish rider Maciek Kozerski (Poland) and Philip Bruckmann (Carved, Germany) were the ones who started the day's event in Heat #26, with Kozerski taking the win. Meanwhile, finishing off a bunch of school work this week must have gotten the better off Madison Van Heurck (Naish, USVI) as he struggled against North champ Marc Jacobs (New Zealand). Van Heurck landed a nice slim and blind judge with aerial handle-pass while Jacobs landed a regular and switched blind judge, slim, front mobe, late pass mobe and kiteloop handle-pass, winning with more variation and higher technical difficulty.
In heat #28, Etienne Lhote (France, F-One) beat American Rocky Chatwell (Crazyfly) with higher score on technical difficulty and more powered riding, landing an indy KGB, mobe, slim, front mobe and kiteloop 5, while Chatwell's front mobe, kiteloop handle-pass, mobe and back to blind air pass were not enough to take down the French champion. In the following heat, Austria's Julian Hosp (Best) lost to French rider Mallory De La Villemarque, although the heat was a tight battle of switch moves and variety. Hosp landed a regular and switch mobe 5, regular and switch 313 and a blind judge with aerial handle-pass but lost out with less power. North's De La Villemarque on the other hand, landed a back to blind air pass, blind judge with aerial handle pass, slim, mobe, 313 and kiteloop handle pass to come away with the win.
In the third round, Spain's Alvaro Onieva (Best) won his heat against Lhote with more powered riding, stomping a blind judge with aerial handle pass, mobe 5, regular and switch slim and kiteloop handle pass, beating the French's back to blind air pass, mobe 5 and slim combination. While in the second set of the same heat, Jacobs went up against North teammate De La Villemarque who started out quite well and was the crowd favorite for the heat but crashed his kite in the impact zone after only three tricks, eventually loosing out of the game ? a costly error in the event with the big waves. Jacobs managed to land a blind judge, slim, front mobe, s-bend to blind with air pass, kiteloop handle pass and kiteloop slim to run away with the win.
After defeating Lhote, Onieva went on to beat Jacobs in heat #30 with a nicely landed and powered blind judge, regular and switch slim, mobe, KGB and mobe to wrapped. Jacobs nailed a regular and switch blind judge, slim, kiteloop handle pass and a front mobe but lost with less power and variety. Then the chilling sea water must have sucked the life out of Onieva in the next heat, with the well-rested and warmer Petr Tyuskevich (Cabrinha, Russia) taking the win with high risk moves and variety, landing a regular and switch slim, regular and switch front mobe, a big front side 3 off a wave and a KGB. Onieva's mobe 5, non-inverted slim, and s-bend to blind with air pass combination were not enough to give him the win, bowing out of the game here in heat #32.
Fresh from defeating Onieva, Tyuskevich took down another Spanish rider in the person of Cesar Portas (North) via better variation and higher score on risk factor including a regular and switch slim, blind judge with aerial handle pass, front side 3, kiteloop handle pass and a hasselhoff. The Barcelona native on the other hand, managed to land a big blind judge with aerial handle pass, mobe 5, slim to blind and back to blind air pass.
In the third to the final heat, Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) looked more focused this time around with the world championship title at stake, came out firing with a blind judge, front mobe, blind judge with aerial handle
pass, regular and switch slim, s-bend to blind with aerial handle pass, front side 360, kiteloop handle pass, and mobe. Tyuskevich's slim, hasselhoff and blind judge moves weren't enough to beat the higher tech
and varied moves of Hadlow.
As expected, the final heat became a showdown of the PKRA world champs between Hadlow and title challenger Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands). Opening up the heat with a front mobe to blind, Hadlow was a man on a mission and will not relinquish the world title that easily. Eager to finish the year on a high after loosing since the Italian leg, Hadlow busted out a regular and switch slim, regular and switch mobe, regular and switch back to blind air pass, regular and switch kiteloop handle pass, double s-blind, mobe to wrapped and s-bend to blind with aerial handle pass. Langeree answered Hadlow's run with a mobe 7, butt-checking a front mobe 5, landing a huge KGB, double back mobe, late pass mobe, blind judge with aerial handle
pass and non-inverted slimchance. However, the Dutch champion showed no switch moves and was marginally less powered so the final heat had to go to a round two.
Trying to open the second round with another front mobe to blind but failed, Hadlow quickly followed up with a blind judge with aerial handle pass, s-bend to blind with air pass, regular and switch slim, mobe and a big
kiteloop non-inverted slimchance 5, taking the win with more powered moves. Langeree equally did his best and had beaten Hadlow on risk factor (technical difficulty) but rode with a high kite angle, landing a KGB, blind judge with aerial handle pass, front mobe, regular and switch mobe, mobe 7 and a 313 5.
The women's freestyle event started off with Jalou Langeree (Naish, Netherlands) going up against Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, Norway) in heat #17. Langeree took the win with a vulcan surface pass, krypt surface pass, blind judge and downloop move. The Norwegian rider landed a kiteloop, downloop and back to toeside surface pass.
In the 18th heat, Bruna Kajiya (Best, Brazil) defeated Langeree, claiming the win for another chance at Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland) in the finals. The Brazilian kiteboarder landed a back to blind air pass and blind judge over Langeree's krypt surface pass, vulcan surface pass and kiteloop.
Under extreme conditions with the swell rolling in, the girls did their best and pulled out some big moves in the final heat. Winkowska landed a slim, 313 and blind judge over Kajiya's blind judge and s-bend to blind. Kajiya went for some big moves including a non-inverted slimchance but did not grab the bar on the pass and would have to settle for second overall.
The Freestyle event was completed by 16:00h and then the games switched to the Wave event, allowing for a quick twenty minutes warm up session and then moved into the first heat. During the first half of the Wave competition, the waves were smaller with a few nice larger sets moving in. However, as the day wore on, the sets got larger becoming a more solid 3-meters.