FREESTYLE DOUBLE RESULTS:
1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands)
2. Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK)
3. Manuel David Rondon (EH, Dominican Republic)
1. Gisela Pulido (Slingshot, Spain)
2. Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland)
3. Bruna Kajiya (Best, Brazil)
Providing the perfect finish to a perfect start, the weather cooperated all day on the final day of the doubles with the wind and the sun providing the much needed fuel to finish the event. Although there was a short 20-minute wind delay at 2pm, the sky was clear in general with the wind all powered-up for a great final. The mandatory skippers' meeting started on time at 11am and the competition finished at 4:15 pm with an awards ceremony on the beach.
History unfolded as two world class PKRA athletes won back-to-back titles in the single and double events. Kevin Langeree became the first repeat winner of the Cabarete World Cup since the PKRA brought the tour here in 2001 while Gisela Pulido won her first-ever Cabarete title in the women's division.
Freestyle Double Highlights
Reno Romeu (North, Brazil) continued his massive climb up the rankings in heat #26. After winning his two heats yesterday, Romeu went up against Austrian Michael Shitzhofer (JN Kites) in a very close heat but winning with a 4-1 decision. Romeu landed a 313, blind judge 3, mobe 5, a big kite loop slim, front mobe and kite loop 5. Shitzhofer landed his own 313, blind judge 3, kite loop handle-pass and a big front mobe but had less power than his North opponent. The Brazilian rider also won against UK's Tom Court (North) in heat #30 after Court crashed hard on the water while Romeu kept plugging away and landed his staple tricks. It took an aggressive local rider Alex Soto (Starkites) to stop Romeu's assault up the ladder in heat #31 going into the last four heats. The Dominican rider, who was fresh from a win against countryman Ariel Corniel, ended Romeu's magic with higher technical difficulty and switch variety.
Soto actually started his assault up the rankings in heat #27 taking out North rider Cesar Portas. Riding with more power and landing more technically difficult moves, Soto stomped a regular and switch mobe, regular and switch KGB, a front mobe to blind, double s-bend-to-blind and a nose grab slim against the regular and switch front mobe, slim, blind judge, front side 360 and mobe from Portas. The Dominican rider then faced off with another Spanish rider, Alex Pastor (Naish), in the 29th heat, again out-powering and beating Pastor with regular and switch moves, powered slim, 313, back-side 360 and a double s-bend to blind tail grab.
Andy Yates (Australia) knocked down 3rd ranked Alvaro Onieva (Best, Spain) with some super clean riding skills in heat #27. Landing a regular and switch slim, s-bend-to-blind with aerial handle-pass, KGB, blind judge with aerial handle-pass, mobe 5 and front mobe, Yates overpowered the more experienced Alvaro who started the heat on an 11m kite but changed down to a 9m when the wind picked up while Yates was on a 13m the whole heat. After an initially abandoned heat due to a massive drop in the wind, Yates went up against the Dominican pocket-rocket Ariel Corniel (EH Kiteboarding). The young Australian rider put up a good fight with his regular and switch slim, front mobe, mobe-to-wrapped, front mobe-to-blind, a double s-bend-to-blind, blind judge and mobe 5 but ended up losing the heat because Corniel unleashed a bag-full of tricks, nearly doubling the number of moves that Yates had. The former Cabarete champion won with greater variation, technical difficulty and power, landing a blind judge, KGB, front mobe, front mobe-to-blind, pete rose, 313, mobe, slim, mobe to wrapped, non-inverted slim, and a double s-bend-to-blind with air-pass.
In the last four heats of the competition, Sweden's Mikael Blomvall (Nobile) stopped Soto from aspiring for a podium position in heat #32 to the disappointment of the local crowd but Manuel David Rondon (EH Kiteboarding) came to the rescue in the following heat, lifting the crowd spirit when he defeated Blomvall. Rondon's regular and switch moves along with a 313, front side 360 and raley-to-wrapped earned him the heat.
Despite snapping two lines in heat #34, world champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) managed to land enough tricks to take the win against Rondon. The Dominican had a lot of crashes and failed to take advantage of Hadlow having to swim in and find another kite.
The final event heat of the day was between Hadlow and Kevin Langeree (Naish, Netherlands) who faced off once again. Langeree came out firing in the heat and did not give up even when he crashed his kite hard onto the beach. Completely unfazed Langeree went for 20 moves to Hadlow's 15, who had fewer crashes but lacked in power, height and speed. Langeree seems to be more focused this year and has stepped up his riding, becoming the first ever repeat winner of the Cabarete World Cup since winning the title in 2006.
The women's division showed equally exciting matches with Joanna Litwin (Nobile, Poland) opening up the women's heat with a slim against seasoned rider Jo Wilson (Naish, UK) but Wilson stayed focused on her game plan and came away with a raley-to-blind, back-to-blind, a handle-pass and double blind to win the heat.
In the second round of heat #14, Johara Sykes-Davis (Flexifoil, UK) and Angela Peral (North, Spain) started neck and neck with both landing raley-to-blind and down loop-to-blind but Peral got the edge with a back-to-blind, a back to toe-side surface-pass and a back-to-wrapped with an ole while Sykes-Davies continued on with a krypt-to-surface-pass. Peral took the win with more technical difficulty and power. The North-sponsored Spanish rider went on to defeat Wilson in heat #15 with more powered landings but lost to Karolina Winkowska (Naish, Poland) in heat #16.
Winkowska then went on to win over Germany's Susi Mai (Cabrinha), landing a slim, front side 360 and a blind judge against Mai's raley-to-blind and raley-to-wrapped. The Poland's pride then went on to defeat tour leader Bruna Kajiya (Best) outclassing the Brazilian athlete with a blind judge, slim, raley-to-blind and blind judge 3. Kajiya landed a front side 360, blind judge with aerial handle-pass and s-bend-to-blind, Winkowska winning with more technical difficulty and cleaner landings.
In the final heat, Gisela Pulido went out fresh and ready, stomping a blind judge, front mobe, slim, 313, and mobe over Winkowska's blind judge 3 and slim ? eliminating the need for a second final as Pulido went with more technical difficulty and cleaner landings giving the young Spanish champion her first ever win in Cabarete.
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