The wind was loking fantastic for day 3 of the PKRA. Clear skies and strong wind already were gracing the shores of cabarete from 12 noon, but there was a dampener in the air! Youri Zoon (Slingshot) the latest rider out of the netherlands had been ripping bigger and more powerful then probably 95% of the riders here. He lost in the single elimination due to a bad heat, but not from lack of skill or ability! Youri bust his knee last winter and it had receovered, but from all accounts it seems he has done the same again! Unforunately that counted the current No 2 out of the contest! Get well soon Youri!!
On a lighter note Aaron Hadlow was on a full mission to make his way back to where he belongs. He had been out training the night before and landed an amazing huge kite loop handle pass, but this was no ordinary kite loop handle pass! While most riders will never experience the power a kite loop handle pass will put you through Aaron went out there and landed a kite loop double handle pass! There is even photo evidence! It clearly set the mood for his performance yesterday and he passed through all his heats taking out Kevin Langeree (Naish) on his way.
Ali Barrett from the UK (Turbulence and Lost Cause) rode up against Reno Remeu (North). Reno an experienced rider on the PKRA had the edge over Ali who like most other riders was struggling with the immensley choppy conditions! Ali went for his slim chance, kite loop pass and a handle pass and a nuclear olay, but with the conditions as choppy as they were he didn\'t quite stick his landings, so went out at a very respectable 17th place on his first world cup event.
Tom Court (North) from the UK was scheduled to be up against Youri Zoon. Then of course he had a bi through to the next round. Obviously its great for his ranking but in his own words \'thats not the way I want to win.\' Tom then came up against Rondina (Cabrinha), but Rondina who has been on the tour before is a bit of a dark horse and still remains in teh contest at the quarter fianl stage.
Last but not least Jo Wilson (Naish/Protest) went through her next heat in the competition against fellow team rider Jaou Langeree. Jalou busted some big kite loops and down loops and went for her down loop s bend to blind, but took a big wipeout. Jo on the other hand was on a mission landing a clean aerial handle pass, down loop s bend, F16, front to toe surfaqnce handle pass, but crashed her railey to blind. Jo passed through to then meet local rider Audrey Meyer, but at this stage didn\'t take on such a good heat. Audrey landed her aerial handle pass and went for some big kite loops and although Jo tried and passed her aerail handle pass she didn\'t stick the landing. Jo\'s return apart from some big wipeouts was a mega powered F16 clearing a fair portion of the competition area. She did not have the edge over audreys handle pass and so went out at 7th place.
Forecast is looking great for the finals of the double elimination today, so watch out here for Aaron\'s final placing.
Tom Court 13th
Ali Barrett 17th
Jo Wilson 7th
Enjoy the pictures of the aftermath plus Aaron and Ali singing \'We are the champions\' at karaoke
Photo Credit: Jo Wilson + co