1. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) - World Champion
2. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
3. Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK)
1. Bruna Kajiya – (Flexifoil, BRA) - World Champion
2. Joanna Litwin – (Nobile, POL)
3. Karolina Winkowska
Today would go down in kiteboarding history as the day the PKRA World Championship crown is passed on to two of the most promising kiteboarders in the world. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED), after many years of battle, finally was crowned the PKRA World Champion. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) shares the spoils, capturing the women’s World Championship title from Spain’s Gisela Pulido (Airush) after years of reigning the women’s division.
The second day of the Teri Kite Pro 2009 saw clear blue skies dominating the scene and was the perfect set for an extremely action-packed day - even though the wind never picked up strength compared to Day One.
Torrin Bright (Ozone, New Zealand) started things off by winning the long distance race while the ladies’ division was won by Angela Peral (North, Spain). Marc Jacobs (Airush, New Zealand) came out firing in Heat #22a, riding super powered moves that knocked out Thomas Paris (North, FRA). Ironically, Jacobs lost to Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) in the 26th heat ending his bid for any podium spot this year, while Garat lost to Aussie Andy Yates (Slingshot) in the 28th heat via a narrow win. Local bet Tom Hebert edged past Mario Rodwald (North, GER) in the 28th heat but Hebert’s win proved futile after Aussie rider Yates knocked out his hope for a podium spot in the 30th heat. Cesar Portas (North, ESP) also knocked out team mate Reno Romeu (North, BRA) in a game of switch tricks in the 29th heat.
Reigning 2008 and five time world champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) defeated Dmclaux in the 29th heat, and then Portas in the 30th heat to start his climb up the ladder. The UK champ then overpowered Yates in the 31st heat to keep his title bid alive and pushed on to add Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) to the list of would-be hopefuls. It took an ever-determined Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) to stop the charging Hadlow in the 33rd heat after winning the heat with more powerful tricks and height advantage, landing a regular and switch slim, front mobe, front mobe to blind, shifty 3, mobe 5, hasselhof, an s-bend to blind and a double s-bend.
Zoon however, would succumb to the riding powers of title contender Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) in the second to the last heat of the day with Kevin charging with a flawless display of regular and switch kgb, grab 313, mobe, grab mobe, mobe to wrap, double back mobe, blind judge with air pass, grab s-bend, grab kgb, double s-bend and a blind judge. It was a close heat but the judges ruled a 3-0 decision in favour of Langeree for variety and tech grab moves.
In the men’s final round, Alex Pastor (Naish, ESP) landed a regular and switch slim/kgb, mobe, front mobe to blind, kgb to blind, and hasselhof but Langeree would stay focused landing a grab 313, regular and switch front mobe/kgb, double s-bend, front mobe to blind,, grab s-bend, and a blind judge with air pass. In the second round Langeree landed a mobe to wrapped, kgb, grab back to blind air pass, front mobe to blind and a kgb but crashed a double back mobe, kgb to blind, a front mobe 5 attempt and a blind judge 5 to give him the win.
Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) was well and truly beaten in the 18th heat with Karolina Winkowska landing some powerful moves that Pulido had no answer for.
The day wrapped up at 5:30 pm at the beach and although the official prize awarding is not until Saturday or Sunday, today’s game results already decided the overall Tour winners.
Congratulations to the new PKRA World Champions!