La Ventana Mexico- The day started bright and early… Our crew loaded on the boats at 7am and headed over to an uninhabited island with 99 racers for the classic Island Crossing. While waiting for the wind to fill in they built fires, hung out and had scavenger hunts.
When it was go time, team Cabrinha was on a mission provoked by Rob Douglas who is all about power and speed. He convinced the whole team to race 11 meter kites across the 11 mile run back to land. Most other racers were on 9 and 7 meter kites.
The new kids on the block Daniel and Brandon hung on to their 11 meter kites as their 130 pound bodies were being propelled at max speeds across the water. With smiles on their faces they blew by people on the downwind leg. Douglas, Lake and Leroy lined up as they battled to track down the leader. Rob exploded and lost valuable ground leaving Lake and Leroy battling for second as they charged toward the finish. On the home stretch neck and neck and about 10 feet from the finish Damien stuck his nose in and cart wheeled across the water giving up second place to Lake and taking 3rd. It was awesome!
Wasting no time going in to freestyle Richey and Damo were in the first heat. Putting on a show and advancing.
As the event came to a close in La Ventana, Cabrinha team efforts saw riders on the podium in all events. Big Thanks to teamleader Rob Douglas “Fastest man in the world”, who helped out during and between heats making sure everyone was ready and Kirsten Ulmer Cabrinha's PNW Rep lending her helping hand making sure Cabrinha's young guns had the right equipment.
The event raised $23,500 for local kidsthanks to the La Ventana Mexico event. Thanks to all who made it happen.
Damien LeRoy “Slalom World Champion” was up to his norm competing in every discipline the event had to offer. Richey Gardner and Dan Kirkhoff from Naples, Florida made impressive effrots making it into the Semi Finals in everything even represtenting in the masters class. Chris Butzen and Jessica Sickinger representing Cabrinha Canada got impressive results in Course Racing. The standouts at La Ventana were Brandon Bowe and Daniel Koenig as they "made" the freestyle show. Brandon was the big air Champion with Damien LeRoy runner up! Brian Lake is a name to watch out for in course racing as he is battling in the top three spots nearly every race. Not to be left out on the women’s side is Alexis Aguera coming in runner up in the women’s course racing.
Team Cabrinha is stacked with talent and ready to take on the 2012!