Two full rounds of racing were completed at the beetle kite surf World Cup in Saint Peter-Ording Germany yesterday. The racing didn’t start until four in the afternoon, but once it
was underway the action was intense. Julien Kerneur and Christine Boenniger won both finals today. On the men’s side, many position changes took place throughout the races and every race was entertaining to watch. Kerneur and Boenniger both have the overall lead at the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup.
The heats were reshuffled to make the racing more efficient, and more rounds could be completed faster. For men, 3 heats of 7 were in the 1st round, with the top 3 of each heat advancing to the final. For women, one super final was run during every round, meaning every heat was crucial.
The wind blew about 10 knots and all racers were on 14 to 18 m kites. The course was set up with a port start off-shore, followed by 4 marks about 300m apart, with a finishing line close to the beach. In the 1st round of race number 2, all top seeds advanced along with Baumeister who was on fire riding a 19m kite.
“The 19 gave me the power I needed in the light winds, especially during the leg in-between mark 3 and 4 where you had to bear down wind a good bit and it was harder for everyone to maintain their speed.” -Marvin Baumeister
In the first final Kerneur, maintained his lead from the start, with Lake on his tail, and a strong battle in the back for 3rd. Gruber finally secured 3rd place while Castel and Withington fought it out in the back, and Smith took 4th. For the women in race one, Boenniger and Sysoeva were well in front.
The last 2 races of the day were the most exciting. All competitors had adapted to the light wind and were comfortable with the conditions. The women were up first with Boenniger coming full speed at the gates and taking the lead, followed by Tatiana Sysoeva. The two women stayed in first and second position until the finish, the battle was for third place in between Boese and Lutz. Lutz caught up to Kristine on the last leg and took her first 3rd place finish of the event.
The men’s race was intense from start to finish, with Kerneur taking the lead at the first mark and fighting off Lake, who caught him a few times during the race. Baumeister came from the back of the pack with his 19 meter to secure a first podium finish. Castel and Smith had an all-out sprint to the finish line with Castel winning by half a board length. Adam took sixth, Gruber 7th, Biniash 8th and Kappel 9th.
All the races were very exciting with many intense starts, lead changes, technical moves, gear choices and good sportsmanship that made the day a success. Slalom racers will be on the water today before the freestylers and hopefully will get some stronger winds. Winds are forecasted to pick-up late in the afternoon. Get current standings, plus follow all the day’s action live at: www.prokitetour.com