Day one in Joao Pessoa, Brazil and the PKRA riders find themselves on a beach fringing an enormous city. Looking back from the beach it feels as though we are in the USA kiting on the edge of New York or Miami. There are sky rise buildings everywhere, manic roads and a hussle and bustle of busy people going to and from work. The kitesurfing is yet to be as epic as we hear about in Brazil, but the place is cool and near by there are some amazing kitesurfing spots. The wind since I arrived has been close to non existant, but with the start of the final round of the world championships things looked more promising – in a light wind kind of way.
After registration yesterday for the first time this year the girls found themselves facing trials with new faces from new countries making appearence. It was pretty harsh as there were 17 girls and only 16 places. 4 rounds of the girls trials were run to knock out one unlucky girl. The men on the other hand did not have a full ladder. There were 28 entries out of a possible 32, but at least this allowed the main event to get underway pretty quickly – lucky considering the forecast is looking not too promising.
A maximum of 15 knots fanned a hot Tambau beach with choppy water conditions. Close into shore there were small kickers for riders such as Mallory Delavillemarque (North), Kevin langeree (Naish) and Ruben Lenten (Slingshot) to take full advantage of. Powered Flat 3\’s (an unhooked flat 360 rotation while passing the bar behind the riders back) with grabs were the move of choice after about a 1 metre run up. Other tricks were all sorts of other handle passes, but getting enough power to do any decent kite loops was pretty much out of the question.
Not even 2 complete rounds of the men was finished today and aside from the women\’s trails there were no main event heats for them.
Girls qualifying for the main event were:-
Shouke Bredenkamp (Naish)
Pauline Boussard (Wipika)
Gabi Steindl (North)
Jalou Langeree (Naish)
Carol Freitas (Flexifoil)
Melissa Gill (JN)
Cari Schibevaaq (Liquid Force)
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