We are all super stoked and proud of Alby! Ranked #3 on the PKRA world tour!
Alberto Rondina just 23 has succeeded, after a total of eight meetings in taking his place on the podium of PKRA World ProKite Tour 2012 behind the winner Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. A true milestone in his career.
The final event of the season was held at Pointe Magnin in the wonderful New Caledonia, where, despite the lack of cooperation from the local weather conditions, the freestylers were able to show the crowds their stuff in the final two days of the event.
The singles elimination round held on Saturday 24 November saw Alby beat his French ‘cousin’, Arthur Guillebert relatively easily and then go on to face Stefan Speissberger from Austria. It was a tough heat with Speissberger pulling some good tricks from the bag at the beginning, but Alby held his calm and continued to deliver right throughout the heat and moved on to the next round to face the world vice-champion of 2010 & 2011, Alex Pastor. Pastor dominated the heat and Rondina was unable to produce his best. The losers final saw Rondina pitched against his kiwi rival Marc Jacobs. During the heat the wind dropped and after a tense wait due to a blackout of the judges automatic vote counter, Jacobs came out on top leaving Alby in fourth place ahead of the doubles eliminations on the following day.
Rondina’s first and only heat of the day saw him up against the Belgian Cristophe Tack. Even though he started well, Alby was unable to beat Tack who was in great form and the result left Alby 5th on the day but with enough points for him to maintain his third place in the overall rankings.
The battle for first and second place both for the New Caledonian event and the 2012 championship went down to the very final heat between Zoon and Pastor – a real head to head with Zoon just getting the edge and winning by less than half a point in order to stay top of the world.
“It’s been a year of highs and lows, two second places at the beginning of the season and then being out of the rankings in Germany… But in life you need to know how to deal with these things and at the end of the day I’ve made the podium for 2012. A huge thanks to my sponsors, manager, family and friends who’ve all supported me really well this year. I’m going to take a short break now, but I’m then going to get stuck into some serious training for 2013!” commented Alby when asked about his feelings at the end of the 2012 championship.