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Wrapping Up WindFest

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The final day of La Ventana WindFest was forecasted to be light wind. Only Big Air Finals for women remained and the final Course Races for hydrofoils and Slalom Races for twintips were scheduled. Ejder Ginyol took first after a series of eleven hydrofoil Course Races during the four days. For the Slalom events, Craig Asher took first place for the Twintip category, and Jose Cabrera won first place for the windsurfers.

Seventeen year old La Ventana local Luis Diego Geraldo had amazing results in the Freestyle, Big Air and the Downwinder Twintip category. During the Freestyle finals, Luis Diego grabbed first place after landing an S3, followed by an F16, then wowed the crowed with a Blind Judge 3, and topped it off with an L3. He also took first in Big Air after a 6.16 second hang time during the finals, and had the longest hang time of the entire event at 7.44 seconds.

Fifteen year old, Fred Hope won first place overall for the downwinder on his hydrofoil, and earned the Excellent Sportsmanship Award when he stopped to check on a downed racer who’s lines snapped far out into the channel, then after finishing the race, went back out to mark the kiter’s spot for the rescue boat with his kite in the air.

Rita Kneib took first for the women’s Big Air competition with a 3.97 second hang time during the finals on the last day, and took first for the women’s category in the Downwinder on her twintip. Fresh off the podium at the Classic, Min Kim took first place for the women’s freestyle competition for WindFest.

Here are your La Ventana WindFest Winners for all categories:

​FREESTYLE:
1st, 2nd , 3rd for each category:

Overall Freestyle (and also for the National Category)

Mens Freestyle-resized

1) Louis Diego Geraldo Chavez
2) Miguel Tamayo
3) Andres Tapia

Women’s Freestyle
Womens Freestyle-resized

1) Min Kim
2) Diana Salom

BIG AIR:
1st, 2nd , 3rd for each category:

Overall Big Air
Mens Big Air -resized

1) Louis Diego Geraldo Chavez
2) Agustin Tapia
3) Fritz Otiker

Women’s Big Air
Womens Big Air-resized

1) Rita Kneib
2) Diana Salom
3) Mandi Browning

Foil Board Big Air Category
1) Fred Hope
2) John Von Tesmar
3) Xantos Villegas

National Big Air Category
1) Louis Diego Geraldo Chavez
2) Agustin Tapia
3) Sebastian Tron

​​SLALOM:
1st, 2nd , 3rd for each category:

Slalom Open category, Kite – Twintip
1) Craig Asher
2) Agustin Tapia
3) Fritz Otiker

Slalom Women’s Open Category
1) Mandi Browning

Slalom Open category, Windsurf
1) Jose Cabrera
2) Moises Monteverde
3) Tyson Poor

Slalom National Category – All
1) Jose Cabrera
2) Moises Monteverde

HYDROFOIL COURSE RACING:
1st, 2nd , 3rd for each category:

Course Racing Open Category, Hydrofoil
1) Ejder Ginyol
2) Fred Hope
3) Bitna Kim

Women’s Course Racing Open Category, Hydrofoil
3) Bitna Kim
4) Terry Hung

MASSIVE DOWNWINDER:
1st, 2nd , 3rd for each category:

Overall
1) Fred Hope
2) Luis Diego Geraldo Chavez
3) John Von Tesmar

Open Category, kite – Twintip
1) Luis Diego Geraldo Chavez
2) Paco Cabildo
3) Rita Kneib

Open Category, kite – Surfboards
1) Tanner Rawlines
2) Gary Parseghiam
3) Jack Byck

Open Category, kite – hydrofoils
1) Fred Hope
2) John Von Tesmar
3) Clark Beckstead

40+ Master Category, kite – all
1) Rita Kneib
2) Gary Parseghiam
3) Jack Byck

Women’s Open Category
1) Rita Kneib
2) Debi McGinn

National Open Category, kite – all
1) Louis Diego Geraldo Chavez
2) Paco Cabildo
3) Misa Betancourt

Open category, windsurf
1) Arnie Hettman
2) Moises Monteverde

OTHER AWARDS:
Longest jump of the whole event: Luise Diego Geraldo at 7.44 seconds.

Best Tangle: Juan Pablo Tron and Agustin Tapia at the start of the Freestyle Semifinals.

Best Crash: Mantas Zemgulis for crashing into a bunch of dogs on the beach.

Excellent Sportsmanship Award: Fred Hope for stopping to check on downed kiter who’s lines snapped far out into the channel. Then after advancing to first place, went back out to mark the spot for the rescue boat with his kite.

Photos will be posted in the coming days on the La Ventana WindFest Facebook page.
​https://www.facebook.com/LaVentanaWindfest/

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