The first event of the Pkra World Tour just ended here in beautiful Hua Hin, Thailand and there's no better way to start that off than on the podium!
Thailand, known for his warm, sunny weather and consistent wind, surprised us with cold stormy weather (temperatures down to 16-20'C)! We did have lots of wind to run all the disciplines, so everybody was happy!
Competiting at the first event of the year its always tricky, because you never know how the other riders have trained over the winter, or if they have any new tricks in their pockets...so you always have to look out and do your best everytime.
I had some solid heats riding against my mate Mario Rodwald and then Mike Blomvall. I had a bad start in the semifinals, against Marc Jacobs, breaking one of my footstraps...and heading into the looser final against Alvaro Onieva from Spain. I had a really good heat and made it to the podium in the singles elimination!
Weather forecasts were not looking promising at all, so the judges decided to go straight into the double and finish all the freestyle in one day! So in the afternoon i went out again to defend my 3rd place again Alex Pastor, vice world Champ. Conditions were very sketchy, as the wind was very up and down..but I had a good heat and saved my 3rd place!
Then I lost again with Jacobs, in a close decision... but I'm stoked anyway to be on the podium at the first event of the year!
I'm back home for a couple days now, before heading to Dakhla, Morocco, for the 2nd stop of the Pkra!
Alby w/ Check in hand
PKRA Thailand View from Above
Back handle pass.