Pastor and Winkowska win PKRA Dakhla 2013
With a perfect forecast for saturday we decide to finish the double elimination. The wind was slow building and we had to wait late in the afternoon to get the competition going. When we got underway the winds were around 15-20 knots, slightly gusty but still very good. Youri Zoon from the beginning made a good run for the podium but was stopped by Marc Jacobs, and then Alex Pastor defended his singles title to win the first title of the year. On the women's side Paulo Novotna defeated Van Westerop and Jungo to make a run at the podium but Kajiya, stopped her run. Gisela maintained her second spot and won one final, but Karolina was to strong and won her fourth consecutive event.
Youri had a 38.78 heat total and a 317 that scored an 8.67 out of 10, Karolina had a 6.97 and the highest heat total of the event from the girls.
The day started with men's third round of the double elimantion. Whaley came out on fire and landed a big back mobe and other powered moves to get the win over Hutter who landed some stylish tricks but lacked consistency. The Langeree vs Da Silva has some controversy when the judges missed a critical trick of Eudazio and the head judge decided to ru-run the heat to give both riders the chance to win with a full trick count and Da Silva took the win. The next heat Rodwald was going big against Corniel and won. The final heat of the round Youri came out and dominated landing a blind judge five and 317.
The Next round Liam was very consistent in the gusty winds and took down the Brazilian Da silva. Youri Zoon kept his run going by taking down Mario. The next round Youri beat Liam with a big blind judge 5 that scored a 7.93 and a 7.50 KGB. Then Jaspan had to defend his spot against the world champion, Jaspan had a very good Slim chance and scored consistently in the lower 6 range but could not match Youri's front mobe and blind judge 5 again. By this time Youri had done four heats and had to face Romeu who has been kiting very well this event. Youri landed a massive 317 with an 8.33 and three other scores in the mid 7's to defeat Reno whose best move was an S-bend 3 with 7.07.
The next heat was between Marc Jacobs from New Zealand and Zoon. Zoon was starting to fatigue and Marc was right on with a KGB(7.57), a front blind mobe(8.17) and an S3(7.47). Youri landed a 317 that scored an 8.4 and then lost in a heat total of 36.26 to 36.34. It was a very close heat, Youri had a run and made it back to podium. The final heat of the day was between Jacobs and Pastor who was defending his victory in the single elimination. Pastor was on right from the start and dominated the whole heat with 5 scores about 7 and a total of 37.44.
The women's double started with a Switala vs Van Westerop heat where the Aruban showed more technical passes and advanced to the next round. Then Novotna defeated Bonzom with some powerful handle passes. The match up of Van Westerop and Novotna was a contrast of style. Novotna was going for explosive handle passes while Van Westerop was going for a more fluid execution. Novotna got the win then faced Bruna Kajiya. Bruna got a 6.77 for a KGB and 6.03 for a slim chance and victory to go against Pulido. Pulido was right on from the start sticking three big moves a slim, an S3 and front blind (6.77). Kajiya had some strong moves and a big S3 but it was not enough to move on.
In the first final between Winkowska and Pulido both girls were kiting extremely well going for very powerful tricks. Gisela landed a loop 3, a 313 and blind judge, Karolina was getting her tricks in, but her execution was not on. After Gisela won the first final another heat had to run. The second final Karolina was back to her form, landing many great tricks: BJ3 6.17, Slim 6.57 and a KGB of 6.97. Gisela had a good 315 for 6.37 and Slim 6.47, but it was not enough. Karolina won her fourth consecutive event.
Great day of competition with some amazing riding for both men and women.
1. Alex Pastor
2. Marc Jacobs
3. Youri Zoon
4. Reno Romeu
1. Karolina Winkowska
2. Gisela Pulido
3. Bruna Kajiya
4. Paula Novotna
Closing ceremony of Dakhla PKRA 2013
The end of the event was marked with the closing ceremony and the distribution of the trophies and prize money. The Wali of Dakhla and his colleagues came to see the closing ceremony and showed their support for the riders and the sport. With six days of wind and waves, 25c degrees, sun, 75 riders from over 21 countries coming to Dakhla, Morocco and finishing a full freestyle event and wave event. We can say that this event was a great success. Alex pastor and Karolina Winkowska won the first freestyle event of the year and Jalou and Kevin Langeree won the first wave event.
'It is great to win the first event of the year and really motivates me for the rest of the season'-Alex Pastor
The organizers, locals, press, Dakhla Attitude and sponsors really made this event one to remember. They provided great hospitality and welcomed everyone to their home spot. The closing ceremony was done at Dakhla Attitude with all the riders and officials.
The skill level of the riders really improved over the winter. It was very obvious from the first heats that everyone had been training. The girls have increased their repertoire of tricks and are much more consistent. The newcomers Van Westerop and Paula Novotna really improved and could over the season start to compete for a spot on the podium. The top women are Karolina, Gisela and Bruna just keep pushing the sport with bigger moves and more power. They are all three battling for another world title having each already won one.
'Really happy to win the first event, I was not sure what to expect from the other girls. I knew that everyone trained over the winter and hoped I was up to the level'-K
'I am happy with the good start of the season, yeah happy like a hippo'-Marc Jacobs
The men's division is still dominated by Youri and Pastor but Marc Jacobs showed that he can also get to the podium. The young riders like Jaspan, Whaley, Blanc, Hutter and many more are the next generation of champions. They clearly showed that by the end of the season some of them will be in the top 10 if not top 5.
'Ranking wise I am not too happy, but I am happy with my gear and the high scores of tricks and heats'-Youri Zoon
We would like to thank all the riders for coming and competing in the freestyle and wave event. This event that features freestyle and waves is a great way to showcase kitesurfing to the world and Morocco is a great place to do it. Also thank you to our event sponsors for making this possible and being great hosts.
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