The PKRA event in Germany is the biggest of the season and everybody looks forward to the event even if the weather can be challenging, cold and rainy!
St. Peter Ording is one of the most famous and attractive beach locations in the north of Germany: the town is tiny, but the beach is a kilometer wide and crazy long! Thousands of spectators come down to the beach to enjoy vacation time and see the action on the water every year! The number of participants this year reached to just over 130 riders from 22 countries! The event site is massive, its like an entire town built on the beach, there are restaurants, lounges, bars, and lots of kite materials to test in the water!
The event lasted longer than usual (over 9 days) in order to finished both the freestyle and the racing discipline with good conditions for both! The wind wasn't with us the first couple of days, it was very light and just enough to do a lot of Racing.
The conditions finally got good for freestyle on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so we went full on in the Single Elimination and straight into the Doubles!
Feeling confident after a 3rd place in Fuerte, I was hoping to ride as good here in Germany or even better! I had a bit of a problem when the bridle of my 11m was tangle in my first heat, so I had to go on 9m which wasn't quite enough..but still manage to win against the local rider Nils Wesch. My second heat was without a doubt my best heat of the day, against my Brazilian friend Reno Romeu. I was riding powered on my 11m, having fun jumping off kickers, landing some soild switch tricks, and making it to the next round! Against Alex Pastor in the semis I started off well, went for all my basics bag of tricks, but when it was time for the bigger ones, the wind dropped..and i couldn't jump on my way in. Takine me into the looser final against the Kiwi Marc Jacobs. I ended up 3rd in the singles!
Sunday the wind was much stronger and the ocean current switched making it really hard to stay in the box even powered on a 7m kite! I had to go against Marc again to secure 3rd place and I was really stoked to make it ! My next heat I was up against Pastor again, and on my 2nd trick I grabbed the bar on the wrong side and my kite looped and went straight into the flags on the beach. Luckily it didn't break but, lines were in a serious tangle...so I ran to my 9m on the beach and went out super overpowered! I had a couple of pretty serious crashes...but when it happens...it happens!
I'm stoked to make it to the podium again... It makes Germany seem a little more sunny and warm. Youri Zoon won his 5th event in a row this year and secured his World Title for the first time! I'm really happy for him, he's a great rider and a good friend, well deserved bro, good job!
This was the last PKRA event in Europe this year, and everyone is ready to get back to t-shirts and boardshorts and head to Brazil for the next comp coming up mid September!
Before goin back home I'm heading to Grobendrobe, on the north-east coast of Germany, for a Cabrinha event with all the German delears! Stay tuned and I'll post some überwältigend photos ya.