St. Peter Ording delivered outstanding conditions over the entire 10 days of the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup. The global kitesurfing elite gathered together, completing the full Trials, Freestyle Elimination, and 5 full Slalom Eliminations.
On Thursday, with the freestyle already completed, the final two days of the VKWC St. Peter Ording were dedicated purely to the slalom racers. The fastest men and women hit the water prepared to show their pace and power in a fight to cement their positions at the top of the rankings.
The event saw variable wind conditions for the continuation of the Slalom Discipline. Men’s Elimination 4 began under partly cloudy skies with onshore wind. This was a big contrast to the off shore wind conditions during the previous eliminations, challenging racers with a course full of chop and some moderate waves at the finish.
Julien Kerneur (FR/Airush) and Marvin Baumeister (AU/Flysurfer) battled it out and cruised into the final taking 1st and 2nd in Heats 3 and 8. Unfortunately, during the final, their rivalry ended in a climactic kite collision that took both riders out of the race.
It was Florian Gruber (DE/Ozone), Olly Bridge (GB/North), and Jannis Maus (DE/North) who advanced to the final taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Heat 9. They continued to lead the pack in the final, where Bridge made an amazing pass, taking the inside corner on Gruber at the last buoy, and went on to win Elimination 4! Gruber and Maus followed in 2nd and 3rd.
The Women’s final of Elimination 4 started with multiple false starts disqualifying Marie Lou Fourre (VZ/Crazy Fly), Bibiana Magaji (SK/Core), Steph Bridge (GB/North), and Hannah Whiteley (GB/Best). Lammerts appeared to mistime the start and was left way behind the pack, finishing 5th. The others had a great race and in the end it was Katja Roose (NL/Airush) taking the win with Taabble, Galliart, and Sommer following sequentially.
After an hour lunch break to reset the course, racers hit the water for Slalom Elimination 5. As the first heat began the weather took a drastic turn as a series of rain squalls passed through. Heats 1, 2 and 3 where able to run with Oswald Smith (SA/Airush), Rolf Van Der Vlugt (NL/Airush), and Julien Kerneur (FR/Airush) once again taking the first round victories. As the squalls subsided the wind dropped and the event was called off for the day.
The final heats of Slalom Elimination 5 were completed on the last day of the event. It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon at the beach with somewhat lighter wind conditions pushing the riders to competed on their largest kites. In the men’s finals, it was the young Olly Bridge who raced his way to victory followed by Julien Kerneur and Florian Gruber. On the women’s side, it was Katja Roose who crossed the finish line first, with Steph Bridge and Annelous Lammerts close behind.
“I’m delighted with this win, as it was tough competition with other girls such as Steph Bridge who has been training hard, and Annelous Lammerts who was racing extremely well. I’m very happy to see the hard work has paid off!” said Katja Roose.
The final overall Slalom rankings stand as follows:
1st Florian Gruber (DE/Ozone)
2nd Olly Bridge (GB/North)
3rd Rolf Van der Vlugt (NL/Airush)
4th Jannis Maus (DE/North)
1st Katja Roose (NL/Airush)
2nd Annelous Lammerts (NL/Slingshot)
3rd Steph Bridge (GB/North)
4th Bibiana Magaji (SK/Core)
It has been an incredibly successful event. The best riders in the world enjoyed the challenging conditions and amazing atmosphere that St. Peter Ording never fails to deliver!