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Slingshot and Airush win double at PKRA

Mar 17, 2011

Author: PKRA

It was an extremely wet and wild day here in Hua Hin, Thailand. The  competition got underway very early this morning in very gusty and  extraordinarily fierce weather conditions. Thai natives have declared  that these conditions are similar to a winter chaos storm in Europe  which is extremely rare, uncommon and simply unheard of. Despite the  particularly intense conditions the riders made the best out of what was  handed to them by Mother Nature. The rider who can handle all or  nothing weather conditions will be the one who comes out on top.

The men’s freestyle single elimination resumed this morning with Heat  #20 Cesar Portas (North, ESP) versus Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL). Jacobs  defeated Portas leading him into the final heat against Youri Zoon  (Slingshot, NED). It was an action packed final as these two incredible  riders battled it out not only against each other but also in the  ferocious conditions. It was a very close final heat between Zoon and  Jacobs. Zoon took the single elimination title due to his overall better  execution of a variety of powered combo tricks. In the loser’s final  Alvaro Onieva (Slingshot, ESP) was up against Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha,  ITA). Both competitors were struggling with the conditions however  Rondina took the win finishing the single elimination in 3rd place while  Onieva takes 4th.

In the women’s freestyle division it was a great day for Karolina  Winkowska (Slingshot, POL). Winkowska moved up the ladder very quickly  defeating Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) in the semi final leading her to  the final heat against the 2010 PKRA freestyle world champion Gisela  Pulido (Airush, ESP). Both riders executed a variety of powered tricks  however Pulido takes the win for the freestyle single elimination while  Winkowska finishes in second. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) took on  Holly Kennedy (North, GBR) in the loser’s final winning in a 5/0 judge’s  decision.

A short intermission took place in order to make a few adjustments in  preparation for the freestyle double eliminations. The double  eliminations took off just before noon and wrapped up near 3:00pm. The  conditions were as forceful as they were early this morning.  During the  double elimination the wind picked up significantly from 25 to 30  knots. Cesar Portas (North, ESP) won two consecutive heats defeating  Belgian rider Christophe Tack (Liquid Force, BEL) as well as Reno Romeu  (North, BRA) in the fourth round.

Two thumbs up for Spanish rider Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP) who was  without a doubt on fire today winning 4 continuous heats eliminating  Mario Rodwald (North, GER), Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS), Cesar Portas  (North, ESP), as well as Alvaro Onieva (Slingshot, ESP). Alberto Rondina  (Cabrinha, ITA) defeated Pastor in his fifth consecutive heat enabling  Rondina a chance to claim third place.

Brazilian rider Reno Romeu (North, BRA) was certainly on a roll today  defeating three contenders in a series of heats leading him into the  fourth round where his winning streak was ended by Portas. German rider  Mario Rodwald (North, GER) had two great heats today defeating Thomas  Paris (North, FRA) in the first round followed by Tom Hebert (North,  NCL) in the second round but was also defeated by Pastor in the third  round. The 2010 PKRA Freestyle World Champion Andy Yates (Slingshot,  AUS) had a rough start in the single eliminations but proved that he  wasn’t going to walk away from the doubles without putting up a fight.  Yates defeated Austrian riders Stefan Spiessberger (North, AUT) as well  as Michael Schitzhofer in the first two rounds followed by Alex Soto  (F-ONE, D.R.) in the third round. Pastor who has been eliminating top  riders on a winning streak put an end to Yates’ fast track to the final  in the fourth round. Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL) went on to fight Youri  Zoon (Slingshot, NED) for a second time in the final heat of the men’s  freestyle double elimination. Both riders were riding to the best of  their ability, landing super powered tricks however Zoon had an overall  better execution and added finesse to defeat Jacobs. This event is the  first ever PKRA event podium placement for Jacobs and the first PKRA  event title of the 2011 PKRA world tour season for Zoon.

In the women’s freestyle double elimination division it was an all  around exciting day for Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL). Litwin quickly  climbed her way up the ladder eliminating Aina Renolen (Gin, NOR), Sofia  Lennartsson (Ozone, SWE) as well as Holly Kennedy (North, GBR)  consecutively earning her a spot against Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)  for third place. Kajiya put an end to Litwin’s fast track to the top in  the loser’s final, which enable her third place in the doubles while  Litwin took fourth. Kajiya was then defeated by Karolina Winkowska  (Slingshot, POL) who moved on to the final heat in the freestyle double  elimination against Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP). It was an intense final  heat where both riders competed with great power and style however  Pulido yet again defeated Winkowska enabling her the first PKRA event  title of the 2011 PKRA world tour season.

There’s a myth stating that the winner of the first event of the  season normally predicates the PKRA freestyle world champion title  let’s see if that’s a fact or fiction!

Racers were released for the day at 3:00pm and the board-off  discipline wrapped up the successful action packed day, results will be  announced on Saturday. Tomorrow’s skipper’s meeting is set for 10:00am.

The Hua Hin Kiteboard World Cup 2011 event is sponsored in part by  the Hua Hin Intercontinental Resort, BECL, tourismthailand.org,  Prachuapkhirikhan, Hua Hin, KBA, Movenpick, HELLO!, Action Asia, emedia,  EEA, KSA, International Herald Tribune, GAC, Nivea, Mont Clair, Yamaha,  Thai Tap Water, HSBC, L’Occitane, PKRA World Tour, Tourism Board of  Thailand, PKRA Asia, Official Guide Thailand, Singha Light.

DAILY PHOTOS  <http://prokitetour.com/event-photos.php?id=105&amp;Day=4>

SINGLE ELIMINTATION RESULTS

MEN’S FREESTYLE

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL)

3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

4. Alvaro Onieva (Slingshot, ESP)

 WOMEN’S FREESTYLE

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)

3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

4. Holly Kennedy (North, GBR)

DOUBLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

 MEN’S FREESTYLE

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Marc Jacobs (Switch, NZL)

3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

4. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)

WOMEN’S FREESTYLE

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)

3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

4. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)



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