It’s a good start for the Cabrinha riders in this year’s KTA Asian Tour, with double first places in the men’s and women’s course race RB class and 7 top three places overall for the event.
BORACAY Island, Philippines – January 2012 – Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Philippines, powered by AQUA Boracay (www.aquaboracay.com) held its third successful year from January 10 to 15. KTA, Asia's first ever sanctioned international kiteboard competition organization kicked off the kiteboard season 2012, with a bigger and better Asian tour on the expansive 100-meter beachfront of Aqua Boracay.
KTA Philippines attracts increasing numbers of kiteboard champions, competitors, and enthusiasts, with an unprecedented record-breaking registration this year, of 79 riders, with 62 racers and 22 men along with 16 women for freestyle, all in top form and ready to go with the anticipated wind speeds of between 25 to 30 knots for each day.
Here is a rundown of the week’s highlights:
Competition Day One: Freestyle Single Eliminations – Starting the day with a Skippers meeting at 9AM, with bright eyes clad in stylish sunglasses, spirits soared in equal amounts of excitement and trepidation as the winds raged over 25 knots. With the air dense with electrifying energy, KTA Competition Director and KTA Philippines organizer, Stephan Hertig announces the day’s schedules and participants geared-up for the day’s battles on the turquoise, warm water. Alternating the Freestyle competitions for the women’s and the men’s categories until sunset, the exhilarating day took “freestyle” to immense heights, pushing each competitor to their limits until sundown. At the end of the single Greece’s Ben Bowd top the men’s class with Russia’s Victoria Soloveykina leading the women.
Competition Day Two: Freestyle Double Eliminations and Course Racing – as expected, the second day of competitions proved to be a wild and sexy from the word go! Starting off with a full morning of Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Double Eliminations, where riders pushed the limits again laying down some unbelievable moves and amazing combinations that one could regrettably miss by looking away for a few brief seconds. Without any breaks, Course Racing commenced at 1PM, with men racing with women at Twin Tip (TT) and Race Board categories. With a wind range of 20 to 25 knots, race speeds were at a neck-breaking 60 to 70 kilometers per hour. After a quick rain shower cooled the competitors, the Freestyle Doubles continued, fiercer than ever, with ridiculous air times, passes and loops on show.
A great reward for a great day of competitions was a sumptuous dinner at Dos Mestizos which served their popular Tapas for the riders. As a mid-week party, KTA “Charlie Browners” competed at a more level playing field, the Flip Cup Tournament, where teams battled it out with cups of beer and cup-flipping skills! Not to be taken lightly as great Cabrinha goodies were at stake here, from solar showers and headphones, to iPhone cases.
Competition Day Three: Freestyle Double Eliminations & Finals and Course Racing - the winds were not as strong as the previous days, although this did not in any way dampen the high energies of the third day of competitions. The Double Eliminations finals were sounded off at 10:30AM and went all the way to the finals at, with Victoria Soloveykina (Russia) winning in the women’s category and Andrey Salnik (Ukraine) winning in the men’s category, after riding as two heat final, defeating his top contender with his powered kite loops mobes and slim 5.
Another highlight of the day’s Freestyle competitions was seeing local 14-year-old rider Stefano Ganugi, fighting his way through the Doubles with five wins in a row, all the way to 6th place where Taner Aykurt stopped him. Stronger than the prevailing winds, Ganugi totally blew everyone away, and gave the crowd a glimpse of the Boracay champ of the future with his great skill and impressive new tricks such as the kite loop slim, kite loop mobe, shifty grab 313, and kite loop 3! The competitions then switched fully to course racing, with enough wind for both Twin Tip (TT) and Race Boards (RB) to see out the rest of the day.
Last Day Of Competitions: Course Racing, Cabrinha Awards and After Party – With winds dropping to 12 knots, the Skippers meeting pronounced all racing, starting off with Twin Tip (TT), back to back with Race Board (RB) racing. In the RB class most people expected Yo Narapichit Pudla, Thailand to excel which he did, however Turkish Champion Salih Cakir (Cabrinha) opened the show by winning only a few board lengths in front of Yo in the early races. The excitement was over when Yo was disqualified from racing due to the race board he was on not yet being eligible for racing under new IKA class rules. This changed the focus of the men’s fleet into straight fight then between Cakir and local Boracay hero and Ken Nacor (Cabrinha) who was to take overall second slot by the end of the event. For the women’s racing it came as no surprise that Germany’s Kathrin Borgwardt (Cabrinha) the current KTA Tour Champion won, but with the largest women’s race board fleet every in the KTA and things set to grow further, its seems that Kathrin has her work cut out for this season and Japan’s Aya Oshima made sure she needed to work hard for the top slot in Boracay.
The evening’s celebrations were sponsored by CABRINHA, starting off with the Cabrinha Awards Hog Roast ceremonies at The Sand Bar Boracay. The festive gala awards were set at the beachfront, with a chic beach lounge of low tables and leather sofas, for a relaxed kitesurfer-style ambience, under a huge canopy. With not one, but two pigs courtesy of Cabrinha, and a feast fit for champions, the awarding ceremonies were hosted by KTA Tour Director and Co-owner Willy Kerr and local kiteboarder Paula Rosales, with a scintillating fire dancing show. Top prizes for first, second, and third placers with 1st place - Cabrinha kites, 2nd - Underground boards, and 3rd Maestorm goodies
The after party followed at JUNGLE BAR, located at the southern end of Bulabog Beach, surrounded by nature and resounding in ethnic splendor. Open to all riders, spectators, and groupies alike, revelers were treated to free tattoos, sponsored by Cabrinha, with Kerr getting inked with the KTA logo on his “behind”, to commemorate another outstanding KTA event! With Moscow’s legendary DJ Spy.der [Борис Спайдер (Boris Spyder)] and Boracay homeboy DJ Erwin Edralin of the legendary Hey Jude Bar Boracay on the decks until sunrise, it was the perfect ending to cap an incredible first leg of this year’s KTA, and KTA Philippines totally rocked Boracay Island, once again!
Results – Top 3 Places
Freestyle Men Freestyle Women (Best)
1. Andrey Salnik – Ukraine (Airush) Victoria Soloveykina - Russia
2. Ben Bowd – Greece (Future) Susan Kay – New Zealand (Cabrinha)
3. Jaka Komocar –Slovenia (Nobile) Ali Dudfield – Australia (Cabrinha)
Course Race Men – RB class Course Race women -RB class
1. Salih Cakir – Turkey (Cabrinha) Kathrin Borgwardt – Germany (Cabrinha)
2. Ken Nacor – Philippines (Cabrinha) Aya Oshima – Japan (Naish)
3. Tanner Aykurt – Turkey (Brunotti) Rachel Holliger – Switzerland (Garganosurf)
Course Race Men – TT class Course Race Women - TT class
1. Karem Balik – Turkey (Slingshot) Michalina Laskowska – Poland (Ozone)
2. Doque Delos Santos – Philippines (Cabrinha) Rebecka maudal – Norway (Cabrinha)
3. Ryan Cahilig – Philippines (North) Dina Muldasheva – Russia (North)