THE KITE SHOW EPISODE 9 RELEASED
The latest Kite Show was released on Tuesday ? a free online video show featuring all sorts of entertainment from the world of kiting ? episode 9 sees Tom Court join Kite Show host and Kiteworld editor, Jim, to guest host the show. Keahi de Aboitiz gives his reaction to winning the Kite Show 2012 Video of the Year award, Tom Court, James Boulding and Aaron Hadlow fill us in on the filming of Freeride Project 2 movie, we hear about Best's rapidly expanding team of incredible riders that now includes the likes of Ruben Lenten and Youri Zoon, Jim presents a special behind-the-scenes round up from the Red Bull King of the Air, five American Gangstas go head-to-head in Move of the Month and more!
AFRICAN COURSE RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day Five Video:
Five days of intense racing competition at Soma Bay, Egypt concluded with an exciting climax to the men's and women's medal races, with results counting towards overall IKA and ISAF rankings. After four days, riders' scores were accumulated and riders carried points equivalent to their position on the leaderboard into the final day.
In the women's finals and series leader Steph Bridge of Great Britain had to be careful as the reigning World Course Racing Champion, Erika Heineken, was only 1 point behind her. In third and fourth place were the Dutch Katja Roose and the winner of the semi-finals Kalinina. The wind had decreased and whilst tactics were trickier around the track, Bridge had the experience to stay out of trouble and win the first race in a style which Heineken just couldn't match. Heineken went into the deciding race purely focused on a win, and managed to hold onto second overall. Series victory went to Bridge and Roose sat tight to claim third overall.
Last to go were the men's fleet where reigning World Champion Johnny Heineken had to protect his place from Italian Riccardo Leccese, second so far in the series, with the young German Florian Gruber and the surprise performer of the day, France's Maxime Nocher. In the first race Heineken easily took the lead, but during the last tense metres to the finish Gruber slipped past and took the race win, delivering a major threat to Heineken's position. Heineken changed his approach and played it conservatively in the deciding race to preserve his series victory, with the race glory going to Nocher who ended his Championship in style, scoring his fifth win of the day, and with it third overall on the podium. A delighted Gruber moved up to finish his series in second overall.
TOP 3 overall for the 2013 African Course Racing Championship
1. Johnny Heineken (USA)
2. Florian Gruber (GER)
3. Maxime Nocher (FRA)
1. Steph Bridge (GBR)
2. Erika Heineken (USA)
3. Katja Roose (NED)
TOP 3 for the 2013 African Course Racing Championship
1. Oswald Smith (RSA)
2. Oscar Armstrong (RSA)
3. Omar Abdel Fattah (EGY)
The next PKRA event coming up this month is the Mondial du Vent, France: 20 ? 24 April. Can Alex Pastor and Karolina Winkowska capitalise further on their early season wins in Dakhla in round one?
The Kiteworld editorial team will be hitting Tarifa next week and while perusing Alex Pastor's Facebook athlete page recently, it looks like he's been getting some great sessions at home. He shared this image on his page which has already had 528 shares! Tarifa is popular and we will be bringing you some of the best reasons why it's so good during the time we'll be based there.
Check out more of Stefan Schmidt's images on his Facebook page: Stefan Schmidt
We will be based at the Tarifa Beach Resort, a collection of luxury rental accommodation town houses and apartments in Tarifa, located next to Los Lances beach - www.tarifadirect.com/tarifa-beach-resort.
You can also check out the Tarifa Beach Resort on Facebook.
Find out more about Tarifa in our travel section - www.kiteworldmag.com/tarifa