SBCKiteboard.com
  SBCKiteboard.COM Twitter SBCKiteboard.COM Facebook

The Final Day in Hainan Island, China

Nov 19, 2012

Author: PKRA

Waking up to overcast skies and a slight breeze, the competitors here in Hainan Island prepared for the final day of competition, hoping to complete the double elimination heats and possibly even get some slalom in.

Each competitor retained high expectations for this closing day in such an enchanting place; however, the wind gods turned out to have different plans.  Hanging around the event site checking emails, playing games, and socializing, the riders paid close attention to the official notice board and any sign of a greater breeze. 

Lunch came and went with still no wind, and each time the wind was checked, it proved to be far below required levels.  The cutoff time for the day drew closer, and PKRA competitors eventually came to terms with the fact that there would be no action on this final day. As such, discussions shifted to the next and last event of the 2013 season, and how the results of this stop will affect the standing going into New Caledonia. 

Mens Podium China

And while the lack of wind was disappointing, it did nothing to take away from what a stellar event this China stop has been. In speaking of the day, Race Director Erik Troostheide explained, “The wind in the morning showed promise but unfortunately contestable conditions never materialized so we had riders and staff on standby all day.  With the falling tide we had real hopes of being able to run the remaining heats. There is just so much on the line regarding overall rankings at this point and now it really comes down to the last event.”

Considering the double eliminations did not come to completion, each round that finished did count, therefore the top four results from the singles will hold. Now, the battles for top podium placements remain anyone’s game, and the point spread has possibly never been so close for both the men and the women.  Youri Zoon (NED), Alex Pastor (ESP), Alberto Rondina (ITA), Kevin Langeree (NED), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), Gisela Pulido (ESP), and Karolina Winkowska (POL) represent just a few of the many riders who will now head straight to the next stop with podium visions in the forefront of their competitive minds. The crowning of the 2012 World Champion is now just days away.

Womens Podium China

At the close of this event, one thing is certain – Hainan Island has proven to be an excellent location for such a larges scale event, and the place and people only contributed to the wonderful time that was had here by the top riders in the world and the entire PKRA organization. For the first time, PKRA slalom shined and surprised many – standing out as a challenging and fun discipline that will only grow with time. Many riders now look forward to returning to this place with great anticipation for both their freestyle and racing adventures. 

Women's Slalom

 

Mens Slalom

 

Daily Photos

 

Final Results:

Men's Freestyle:

1. Youri Zoon (NED)

2. Alex Pastor (ESP)

3. Kevin Langeree (NED)

 

Women's Freestyle

1. Karolina Winkowska (POL)

2. Bruna Kajiya (BRA)

3. Gisela Pulido (ESP)

 

Men's Slalom:

1. Kevin Langeree (NED)

2. Mario Rodwald (GER)

3. Ewan Jaspan (AUS)

 

Women's Slalom:

1. Gisela Pulido (ESP)

2. Helena Brochocka (POL)

3. Manuela Jungo (SWE)



Video
Flysurfer VIRON2 Deluxe - Designer & Features...
December 17, 2014
Flysurfer recently announced the launch of the successor of the ultimate teaching kite, the...
Video
LF BOARDS TECH TALKS - THE 2015 KITEFISH FOIL
December 17, 2014
LF brand manager Gary Siskar Tech Talking about the 2015 Foil!
Video
Ride Like A Girl
December 16, 2014
Ride Like a Girl Cayman was put together by 3 dedicated kitesurfers wanting to inspire other...
Video
Kitesurf Alex Pastor RAW | Recovery | Episode 1
December 16, 2014
Alex Pastor's road to recovery.
Video
SAUDADE. The Movie.
December 15, 2014
Ten years ago we fell in love with kiteboarding. For us every moment in the water means joy and...
Video
Flyboards RAZOR - Light wind speed sessions
December 15, 2014
During the Flysurfer international sales partner meeting in Egypt last month FLYSURFER riders...
Video
Noè Font - 2014 Reel
December 15, 2014
Compilation video showcasing some of the trips Noè Font was a part of in 2014. "Don't cry...
Video
Fat Lady's Day At The Beach
December 15, 2014
Stop building sand castles and start ripping - light wind days should be just as fun as any...
News Wire
Red Bull Kite Farm to debut in Regina
December 11, 2014
Registration is now open for the first-ever North American endurance snow kite event. Ample...
Video
Morocco
December 11, 2014
No kiting in this video but it's still worth checking out. Some great camera work from one of the...
Video
Like Two Drops Of Water: Gisela Pulido & Paula...
December 11, 2014
Two good friends and professional kitesurfers Gisela Pulido (9 times World Champion) and Paula...
Video
Indo lineup
December 11, 2014
Bertrand Fleury and Tuva Jansen at their home spot in Indonesia. Be sure to check out their surf...
Video
Feel the Echo
December 10, 2014
Brandon Scheid has collaborated with Jimmy Redmond and Liquid Force this year to create his new...
Video
Back to Indo
December 9, 2014
Video produced by Biostyles Studio about the last trip of professional surfer Pedro Henrique at...
Video
BEST CABO 2015
December 9, 2014
Best team rider Pedro Henrique talking about his home spot, and the new 2015 Best Cabo surf kite.
Video
Flying kites and Drones Oregon 2014
December 8, 2014
Hard not to love this video! Flying Kites and Drones Oregon 2014 is a Kitesurfing video filmed by...
Video
Olly Bridge storms home to win the 2014 Red Bull L
December 8, 2014
- and his mom Steph Bridge wins fastest female Here is a video of Olly and Steph Bridge training...
Video
Airton Cozzolino Merimbula
December 4, 2014
Watch this video and you too will have no doubt Airton Cozzolino is amazing! But what the heck is...
News Wire
Worldwide Kite Sales Statistics
December 3, 2014
Have you ever wondered how many kites and boards are sold worldwide? SBC Kiteboard magazine did...
Video
Like a Child - Javi Mena
November 28, 2014
To me kiteboarding is more than just a sport, it is a way of living. Join me in this trip to...
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

Editor's Video Picks!

 

 

THE LATEST

Video
Flysurfer VIRON2 Deluxe -...
December 17, 2014
Video
LF BOARDS TECH TALKS - THE 2015...
December 17, 2014
Video
Ride Like A Girl
December 16, 2014
Video
Kitesurf Alex Pastor RAW |...
December 16, 2014
Video
SAUDADE. The Movie.
December 15, 2014
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

SBC KITEBOARD ON FACEBOOK

What's Hot!!!

 

2014 Kite Reviews
SBC 2014 Kite Tests:...
March 12, 2014
News Wire
Worldwide Kite Sales Statistics
December 3, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Slingshot Rally
August 29, 2014
2015 Kite Reviews
2015 Slingshot Rally
August 29, 2014
Travel
Florida Kiteboarding Guide
September 11, 2006
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] > » 

Download Kiteboard Desktop App

Newsletter Signup

 

SBCSKATEBOARD SBCSURF SBCWAKEBOARD SBCSKIER SBCKITEBOARD WINDSPORT SNOWBOARD CANADA SBC RESORT GUIDE  CONTACT ADVERTISE