DAY 5 PKRA Argentina
Storm force winds enable the final day of competition
The wind began to howl in the early morning hours here in Bariloche, Argentina. During the skippers meeting at 10:00am, race director Erik Troostheide called the weather conditions unsafe and released all riders for the final day of competition.
It was an unfortunate day for all the racers who intended to compete in the Vari Long Distance Course Race, however it was a huge honor to have a legend like Martin Vari showing his support for the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour by competing in the racing discipline.
It is with great pleasure to announce that Toby Bromwich whom has been a part of the PKRA crew for a very long time has been promoted from a fixed international judge to the new official PKRA photographer. Bromwich’s photos tell a story all on their own, making the saying “pictures are worth a thousand words” an understatement. Click on the daily link to see all of Bromwich’s daily event photos.
For the first time in PKRA history, the Kiteboarding World Tour brought the best riders from around the world to enjoy the beautiful lake of Nahuel Huapi in Bariloche, Argentina and I’m positive that it will be repeated in years to come due to the successful outcome.
There are two more PKRA events to go: New Caledonia and Australia. The points to determine who will win the world title of the year are really tight within the top 3 men, Youri Zoon, Andy Yates and Alex Pastor. It’s going to be an exciting end of the season. Gisela Pulido has a huge lead in this season’s ranking as Bruna Kajiya and Karolina Winkowska inch their way behind Pulido in order to catch up, it’s still anyone’s game.
An award ceremony was held in the town of Bariloche where competitors, locals and crew enjoyed a fun evening of laughs and dancing.
The Argentina Kitesurf World Cup 2010 was made possible and sponsored in part by: Vari Kites, INPROTUR (Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion), U1st-Sports, Rapa Nui Chocolates, Sancor Seguros, Pantagonia, Club de Caza y Pesca de Bariloche, Prefectura, Parques Nacionales.
Freestyle Double Elimination Results
1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
3. Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA)
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)
3. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
1st HEINEKEN, JOHN
2nd DANSIN, OLIVIER
3rd KERNEUR, JULIEN
4th MONTENEGRO, PEDRO
5th LAKE, BRYAN
6th VELOSO, WILSON
7th ADAMO, VICTOR
8th HANEL, DIRK
9th KOCH, ANDREW
10th LAGO, ABEL