Following four days of marginal wind and waves, the action kicked off on October 23 — mid-way through the 10-day holding period. As the surf began firing at four- to seven-feet, 24 men and 12 women from 15 different countries duked it out over the following three days for the coveted tour stop title.
Two days of competition boiled the men’s field down to the final eight riders, where ultimately, seasoned veteran Sky Solbach (USA) faced 19-year-old Filippe Ferreira (Brazil) for third place, and Airton Cozzolino (Italy) — who won the Mauritius One Eye Pro in September — squared off with reigning Kite Surfing World Champion Guilly Brandao (Brazil) for first place. Ferreira beat out Solbach by a slim margin of .47 points (out of 20), while Brandao earned the highest score of the whole competition (17) and secured the Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro title.
On the women’s front, Kelly Strachan (USA) faced off with three-time Kite Surfing World Champion Kirsty Jones (United Kingdom) for third place, and Ines Correia (Portugal) met the Brazilian powerhouse Milla Knesse-Ferreira for first place. Jones beat Strachan by 3.7 points, while Knesse-Ferreira bested Correia by more than five points.
With two of three tour stops complete, the Europeans hold a majority of top-three Overall World Championship Rankings, as Airton Cozzolino (Italy) currently leads the men’s pack, and Ines Correia (Portugal), Marie Gautron (France) and Kristin Boese (Germany) hold down first, second and third places in the women’s division.
Live-streamed online, the event featured live scoring and chat as well.
For the Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro 2011 wrap up video please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jrbg07Bzpw. Follow the KSP World Championship Tour on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KSPworldtour or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/KSPworldtour.
The third and final leg of the KSP 2011 World Championship Kite Surfing Tour — the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro — will run from December 2 to 11 in Ponta Preta, Cape Verde, where the esteemed 2011 Kite Surfing World Champions will be crowned.
RESULTS — 2011 KSP Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro
1st place: Guilly Brandao (BRA)
2nd place: Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
3rd place: Filippe Ferreira (BRA)
4th place: Sky Solbach (USA)
5th place: Etienne Lhote (FRA), Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Mitu Monteiro (CBV), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)
9th place: Jesse Richman (USA), Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Lee Harvey (GBR), Patri McLaughlin (USA)
13th place: Bruno Bordovsky (BRA), Jacobo Said (PER), Jeremie Eloy (FRA), Juan Antonio Gordillo (PER)
17th place: Bastien Bollard (FRA), Bear Karry (USA), Libero Cozzolino (ITA), Mark Moore (CAN), Nuno Figueiredo (POR), Octavio Chaine (ARG), Paulo Rios (PER), Scott Peterson (USA)
1st place: Milla Knesse-Ferreira (BRA)
2nd place: Ines Correia (POR)
3rd place: Kirsty Jones (GBR)
4th place: Kelly Strachan (USA)
5th place: Adriana Harlan (USA), Kristin Boese (GER)
7th place: Marie Gautron (FRA), Melissa Gil (USA)
9th place: Celina Guardati (ARG), Erika Lindberg (SWE), Laurel Eastman (USA), Maayke Tadema (NED)
For the current 2011 World Championship Rankings (after two of three events), please visit kspworldtour.com/2011-rankings.