The Outer Banks in North Carolina was the perfect venue to host the final stop of The College Kiteboarding Association Nationals. With 7500$ in prizes, 32 riders stepped their game up at this event.
The first day of the competition didn’t hold enough wind to host an event, but with a moderate NE breeze right around the corner it was a relaxing day for the riders.
Day 2 started with 16-18 mph winds and waist high swell. The CKA surf event was on. The true standouts of the day were Reider Decker of ECU, Brandon Cordina of CofC, Stan Yuhzhajov of UF, and our own Julien Verglas of Rollins College. With a tough final heat, the wind and waves dying, Reider Decker pulled out in first place.
Day 3 saw no wind so the riders had a chance to rest before the freestyle events.
Day 4 saw steady 20mph winds and perfect conditions to hold the advanced college freestyle nationals. The riders were off to the water with a format of 5 heats/ 3 riders qualifying for the CKA nationals. After the first 5 heats, 10 riders remained, and an intense semi-final left the top 5 Sean Buell, Bret Sullivan, Lewis Hunt, and Cabrinha riders Niklas Reymann and Julien Verglas. Niklas Reymann of Cabrinha Kites and NP took the win in the CKA Nationals advanced freestyle division. Second place was awarded to Julien Verglas, and third place went to Sean Buell.
Day 5 started with great conditions for a slider event at REAL watersports world-class slider park. With double elimination format some riders advanced straight to the Semi-Final for winning their heat while the others went to a losers heat to fight for a spot in the semi-final. The 4 man final consisted of Niklas Reymann, Sean Buell, Lewis Hunt, and Bret Sullivan. The final resulted in a win for Lewis Hunt, second place for Cabrinha team rider Niklas Reyman, and third place for Bret Sullivan.
As the CKA nationals finished up Cabrinha riders Niklas Reymann and Julien Verglas were stoked. Julien was able to take home 2nd place in the freestyle event and 4th place Surf, and Niklas won 1st place in this freestyle event putting him 1st overall freestyle for the tour. And 2nd place in the slider event, putting him in 3rd place for the overall CKA tour.