PKRA Thailand Update
It was a beautiful, melting hot sunny day in Hua Hin, Thailand yesterday. Competitors made their way to the beach early in the morning in hopes of getting out on the water with the consistently increasing winds. By 1:00pm the wind speed reached a suitable strength for the racers to battle it out on the course.
A total of two races were completed today prior to the continuation of the freestyle Qualifier event, which was held over the past couple of days but due to the lighter wind conditions came to an end prior to finishing with results. In the men's racing division it was an all around winning day for the 2010 PKRA World Racing champion Julien Kerneur (Takoon, FRA). Kerneur proved that he is serious about defending his title by finishing 1st in both races. Bruno Sroka (Cabrinha, FRA) had a great race day finishing 2nd in the first race and 4th in the final race of the day. Rolf Van der Vlugt (Airush, NED) received a DSQ (disqualification) in the first race for crossing the start line early but managed to shake off this error to take 2nd in the last race. It was a battle for third place between North riders Olivier Dansin (North, FRA) and Dirk Hanel (North, GER). In the first race Dansin managed to finish 3rd while Hanel followed closely behind in 4th. In the second race and final race of the day, Hanel managed to follow through with his strategic techniques to finish 3rd while Dansin fell four spots to 7th.
In the women's division it was a successful winning day for Steph Bridge (North, GBR). Bridge used strategic tactics to speed her was across the finish line 1st in both races of the day. The first race of the day could have turned out differently for Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha, FRA) who managed to overtake Katja Roose (Airush, NED) in the final lap earning her 2nd place in the first and second race. Roose followed closely behind finishing 3rd in both races.
In the late afternoon as the wind was up and down making it difficult to run consistent heats, the freestyle Qualifier resumed and was completed followed by the main event freestyle trials. Four wildcards were given from the Qualifier to the top three winners; Hironubu Nakano (Japan), Mod Chanchan (THA) and Nung Hanjai (THA) while KTA competitor Yo Pudla (Ozone,THA) was given the 4th wildcard. Two women wildcards were also given, one was handed to local Thai rider Fon Jantawan (Cabrinha, THA) and the second went to Aya Oshima (Cabrinha, JPN) from the KTA.
The PKRA Freestyle Qualifier Trials were successfully completed where the top twelve riders advance into the freestyle single elimination.
The advancing riders are:
1. Mike Blomvall (Nobile, SWE)
2. Thomas Paris (North, FRA)
3. Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL)
4. Stefan Spiessberger (North, AUT)
5. Robinson Hilario (F-ONE, D.R.)
6. Cesar Portas (North, ESP)
7. Mario Rodwald (North, GER)
8. Alex Soto (F-ONE, D.R.)
9. Christophe Tack (Liquid Force, NED)
10. Nils Wesch (Naish, GER)
11. Alvaro Onieva (Slinghot, ESP)
12. Mickael Neral (Slingshot, FRA)
Tuesday turned out to be a windless day, so there was no activity. Please check back again tomorrow for more updates. Also at www.extremeelements.tv
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