So having been sat in the middle of a low pressure leaving St Peter Ording in a state of eerie calm finally the pressure shifts the wind switches on to maximum just in time to coincide with a bi-annual equinox tide.
From 10am the wind hit force 8 or 35-40knots bolt onshore. Riders once again like in Fuerte took their smallest kites and were literally dragged to the water until they were on their board. There really was no problem getting far enough out because with the strength of the wind - getting upwind was easy, but staying there was a different story as the gusts hit!!!
The riding was a similar level to Fuerte, so the kite loop handle passes near enough non existant, but there were still kite loops and all the main handle passes being pulled out the bag. 35 knots is pretty normal conditions after fuerte!!
The shock exit this competition was our very own Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil). He went out to Alex Soto (Cabrinha) in the first round - a rapidly improving rider all the way from the Dominican Republic. Not to say that Alex wasn\'t riding well - he landed front mobe to toeside and then front mobe to heelside as well as a 313 and a blind judge - hard in these conditions, but effectively its just two moves, but each with an extra 180 turn with the board. Aaron landed big kite loops, powered mobe, 313 and back to blind. We have to keep our fingers crossed for him for the double elimination - its a long old route to reach the top!!!
Youri Zoon (Slingshot) was still on form after his success if Fuerte. He took out Kevin langeree (Naish), Alvaro Onieva (Best) and the Petr Tyuskevich (Cabrinha) in the final. Youri was going bigger and more powered then everyone and was much more spectatular to watch landing a back mobe, slim chance, blind judge, 313 plus some big kite loops. It was good to see him at the top!
From the girls it was a very different story for once. Kristin Boese (Best) current world champion has been affected by her ealry exit in Fuerte and it appears that her confidence has been knocked. She was taken out of the competition by Bruna Kajiya (Best).
Making the final was Brunha Kajya and Ania Grzlinska (North). Both were landing similar moves such as raileys to blind surface handle pass, s bend, back rolls, raileys all unhooked. Ania was pulling out some good hooked in kite loops on her 5m, but in the final Bruna pulled it out the bag landing a high blind judge (railey to flat 180 rotation to aerial handle pass landing toeside). It was awesome and sent the crowd wild.
From the UK - Neil Hilder (Airush) saw the conditions and went home, Emma York (Airush) had Victoria Boesko (Naish) first heat. Victoria was landing some powered unhooked raileys and rotations. Emma fought back over powered on her 6m and landed some good rotations and transitions, but Victoria went through. I unfortunately decided to pummel my kite into the sea and rip it in half and went out second round.
Fingers crossed for the double for the brits to make a come back!!!!!
Now for the bi - equinoctal tide - wow - what a day!!! Super surreal and like something out of the film Day after Tomorrow (only unfortunately no Jake Guillinhol\'s to rescue me). The water was rushing in and flooding. Trucks were floating away and kites were being blown high up out of sight like hellium balloons, the dumper truck aka judging tower got rushed out to sea and there were victims hanging on to flag posts and any other sturdy hand hold to save themselves!!! Casualties were kept to a minimum
Ok, so perhaps I\'m exaggerating a little, but the toilets have mysteriously disappeared. The water level rose at some incredible rate. The stands had to be rapidly dismantled and taken away by tractors, trailers, JCB\'s and other big vehicles that could make it through the sand and rapidly rising water. Riders in the final heats had no where to launch and land and had to hold their kites in the air between heats despite over powered conditions! Meanwhile us losers of the competition had to attach everyone\'s kites and boardbags on the ceiling of the kit tent and keep our fingers crossed it would still be there this morning!!! It is, phew!!!
This morning dawned bright skies, some wet dredgy aftermath and no wind to start the double. At least everyone can be prepared for the ecquinoctal tide later if it happens!!
Here are the results
1st - Youri Zoon (slingshot)
2nd - Peter Tyuskevich (Cabrinha)
3rd - Alvaro Onieva (Best)
4th - Mike Blomvall (JN)
1st Brunha Kajya (Best)
2nd - Ania Grzelinska (North)
3rd - Kristin Boese (Best)
4th - Carolina Winkowski (Naish)
Photo Credit: Boardseeker