The Spanish kiteboard championship promised sun, wind and waves. And like a hearty dose of well liquored up sangria, things didn't disappoint. The previous few days saw winds reaching up to 25 knots at the practise spot at Famara giving participants a sweet taste of things to come.
Cesar Portas stood out like a dragon on a Christmas tree on the second day's Freestyle rounds. Also Sergio Perera, Gorka Ahedo and Jo Ciastula performed superbly and were the talk of the beach. In women’s singles, Olga Fita from Ibiza got the better of Ainhoa Garcia, Nuria Gomá and the Canarian Clara Calvo. In juniors, promising kiteboarder Patric Blank beat Michele Ratti and also last years Spanish champion Felip Timoner. Nice work Blank!
Racing events took place on the third morning with hot shot Abel Lago and Sami Galli winning in their categories. Unfortunately the end of the competition was cut short due to an unexpected lack of wind.
Ainhoa Garcia beat Olga Fita, earning her the sexy title of 'Freestyle Feminine'. There were no surprises in men's wave competition as both Abel Lago and José Luengo reached the final and each imposed some sick world class manoeuvres. In the end it was crazy haired Abel Lago who earned the victory. Another highlight was the brilliant performance of the Canarian, Guillermo Jimenez.
Almudena Naranjo gave the surprise of the day when she won the women's wave final against the world champion Ainhoa García. Naranjo was stoked and it will be interesting to see if she can build on this epic win.
In women’s heat Gina Esteva dominated herself over second place Ainhoa Garcia and third place Nuria Gomá. Finally Sergio Perera dodged two dangerous bullets from Dani Álvarez and Gorka Ahedo taking home the big W. Ainhoa Garcia did the same against Nuria Gomá and Elena Antón in the women's event. In the afternoon the prize giving was celebrated and Almudena Naranjo received a standing ovation after becoming Spanish Wave Champion.
Javier Gimenez, the young 8 year old rider from Fuerteventura, also deserves a special mention after delighting the public with some incredible jumps. The kid seems to be a promising National competitor so watch this space for more on the wonder boy as it happens.