Christian and Karine report from 3 weeks of clinics in Coche, Venezuela

los-metallicoswebJust finishing off our time here in Coche. We had a great 3 weeks of flat water freestyle heaven clinics, even though the wind was not quite its usual self. That said 18 days from 20 is not exactly a disappointment!

 

 

First off straight after Semana Santa we had the “Metallicos” group from Paraguay returning for their 2nd year with us here in Coche. This year apart from them claiming front loops through to shiftys to wrapped on the water, they even acclimatised to Hora Inglesa!

After that we had two weeks with our European group. Non stop progression here with everything from air gybes to handle passes fully in the bag. Must also be noted the great efforts on the Salsa and Merengue front! Next stop Egypt on the 3rd of June. More info www.ckperformanceclinics.co.uk

Take care!

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Podersdorf Austria Team Event

podersdorf albyLast year it was a European event, this year was different, an idea from the German mag Kiteboarding.eu: A Team event, the 3 person team format, guys newschool, guys oldschool and girl oldschool was a pretty cool idea. And the event in Podersdorf turned out to be massive, with thousands of people coming down from Vienna everyday!

Cabrinha team was made up of our Italian stallion Alby Rondina, and Clement Dardillac & Sarah Demdoum from France! The conditions were not really great, especially the first day, with super light wind on and off. Only the small guys were moving. The double was better though. It was rideable on 13m and it was a nice warm sunny day! Alby won his heats but the team lost 2-1.

It was a really fun week all in all. The languages (French, Indonesian, German, Italian & English) were flowing … and the parties all week were all time!

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The next generation has arrived

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The Cabrinha team has a few spades in the line up.  Check out the latest video by Matt Collins of Jupiter, FL.  This kid rips!

"I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time and ride with two of the top kiters in the US, Jon Modica and Damien Leroy. These guys have been a huge influence on me ,and I look up to them on and off the water.  Jon lent me my first freestyle board — a Roguewave 110." Matt Collins

 

PKRA -France

 

alby7Leucate, in the south of France, is known for its strong and gusty offshore wind, that makes the 10 year Mundial du Vent, a great event!
We arrived a couple of days ago, to get used to the conditions and yesterday we started off with the single elimination.
Conditions were at their best, with 35-40 knots...sometimes gusting more! I had a really good start winning against Alex Soto, a strong rider from Cabarete.  And again against my friend Reno Romeu from Brazil. I was riding fully lit on a 5m, which is never easy. But the training I did in Gran Canaria paid off and I managed to land a couple of switch tricks.
Next I had an ok heat with Youri Zoon, but it wasn't enough to beat him.  He was on fire today!  I moved to the looser final against Robinson Hilario. The guys from the Dominican Republic were killing it today! I was getting used to the 5m and I had a great heat with him and got 3rd in the singles!
After a nap, it was time for the double elimination! Everything was set and ready and I started off the heat against Alex Pastor really good. I was focusing a lot on switch tricks as he always trys to land as many as possible. It was all good untill about half way thru the heat, when my leash broke! A 2 minute swim back to the beach to grab my other kite left me a little time to do a couple more tricks...but in the end it wasn't enough to move up.
Going down from the podium sucks, but I guess sometimes it goes this way. It's early in the season and I'm 3rd overall.  I'll soak up the nice weather here for the next 2 days and then head back to Italy!
Ciao!
Alby

 

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Freestyle Single Elimination Results:

MEN

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Luis Alberto Cruz (Star Kites, DOM)

3. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

4. Robinson Hilario (F-ONE, DOM)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

3. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)

4. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)

Freestyle Double Elimination Results:

MEN

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)

3. Luis Alberto Cruz (StarKites, DOM)

4. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

WOMEN

1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)

3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

4. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)

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Ken Lucas wins Tailgate Alaska Snowkite Event

thompson pass snow festI traveled up to the Valdez area for the 4th Annual Thompson Pass Snowkite Festival held in conjunction with the Tailgate Alaska event.  We ended up with great conditions and amazing competitions: Kitercross, King of the Mountain (first one to the top using a kite), Sick Line, Big Air (glide) and Big Mt. Freestyle.  I was super stoked to get 1st place in the 2 main events.  The Tailgate Alaska village/campground was a lot of fun with people camping in snowcaves, teepees, heated tents, and RVs.  Using snowkites, we were able to access some of the premier mountains in the Chugach Mountains and ride untracked powder for hours.  The highlight had to be the snowkiters putting on a Big Air/Freestyle session for all the Tailgate Alaska participants (including some of the biggest names in snowboarding) on the 500’ cliff band immediately adjacent to the village/campground.  Ken

Accomadations=

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And pure luxury

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Keahi Kills It AGAIN!

Double eliminations complete final day of competition in Lanzarote

Apr-10-2011

Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote (Sunday, April 10, 2011) – It was a great sunny day with cloudy periods at the PKRA Wave event here in Lanzarote. The wind and wave conditions were similar to yesterday. The waves built throughout the day from 1 to 1.5 metres with side onshore wind averaging 20 knots as the sequence for the wave double eliminations began sharply at 9:30am.

Australian rider Keahi De Aboitiz (Cabrinha, AUS) earned the double elimination title here in Lanzarote. De Aboitiz was defeated by Fabio Nunes (Phoenix, BRA) in the first men’s final by 1.30 points, but in the second final, De Aboitiz took the win with a better score of 2.73 points. Strapless maneuvers such as aerials and remarkable cutbacks on the edge of the critical section earned him the PKRA Lanzarote wave title. Fabio Nunes (Phoenix, BRA) took second overall with his impressive fast series of vertical re-entries while maintaining control and stability. Filippe Ferreira (Wainman, BRA) follows in third place with his powerful cutbacks and invigorating bottom turns.

It was a great day for Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR), the current leader in the women’s PKRA Wave discipline ranking. Schibevaag’s sharp bottom turns and explicit cutbacks earned her the title here in Lanzarote defeating Angela Peral (North, ESP) in the women’s final. Peral had amazing heat, charging her way to the top of the critical section in a vertical direction with a smooth continuous speed. Ines Correia (RRD, POR) from Portugal takes third place with her impressive style and aggressive maneuvers.

A brief award ceremony was held on the beach as competitors received their trophies and posed for pictures for fans who seek inspiration and a memorable souvenir.

The Lanzarote Santakitepro 2010 organized by La Santa Surf and sponsored in part by: Cabildo de Lanzarote, Ayuntamiento de Teguise, Lanzarote Reserva de Biosfera, Costa Teguise, Santa Surf, Servicio Insular de Deportes, Sand Beach Active, Club de Kite y Surf, Logistics World Events, Costa Noroeste, and Alayon.

MEN WAVE DOUBLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

1. Keahi De Aboitiz (Cabrinha, AUS)

2. Fabio Nunes (Phoenix, BRA)

3. Paulino Ferreira (Wainman, BRA)

4. Tom Hebert (North, NCL)

WOMEN WAVE DOUBLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

1. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

2. Angela Peral (North, ESP)

3. Ines Correia (RRD, POR)

4. Marie Gautron (Takoon, FRA)

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4th for Alby at the 2nd stop of the PKRA Dakhla, Morocco

albym4Coming strong from 3rd place in Thailand, Alby was hoping to advance in Dakhla, Morocco at the 2nd PKRA stop. Dakhla is literally in the middle of the desert making a 10 day stay feel like 2 months. Making up for the location they scored great conditions for freestyle and wave events.
In the single elimination conditions were great to ride powered on 11m, one of Alby's favorite kites. Riding confidently he advanced against Alvaro Onieva from Spain, and German Mario Rodwald.  With a few crashes in the semifinal against Alex Pastor he ended up in the looser final against World champ Andy Yates, finishig 4th in the singles!
2 days later in the double elimination to save 4th place he had a good heat against Tom Hebert from New Caledonia, landing 7 switch tricks and having fun! Coming next was Andy Yates again. Starting the heat off strong, he crashed a double 2 minutes before the end of the heat and ended up at the end of the competitions area, where the wind died off enough to end the heat for Alby.
Stoked with 4th and appreciating his caddy Riki Alby is back to Gran Canaria to spend some time training before heading to France for the next event!
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FREESTYLE RESULTS

MEN

1. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)

2. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)

3. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)

4. Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA)

WOMEN

1. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)

2. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)

3. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)

4. Asia Litwin (Nobile, POL)

WAVE RESULTS

MEN

1. Keahi De Aboitiz (Cabrinha, AUS)

2. Airton Cozzolino (North, CPV)

3. Abel Lago (RRD, ESP)

WOMEN

1. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)

2. Angela Peral (North, ESP)

3. Ainhoa Garcia (Ozone, ESP)

Keahi with the High Score!

keahiA lot of new names in the results for most North American kiteboarders, but the winner Keahi De Aboitiz is a name Australian's are familier with. He is currently the Open Mens Waves Champion for Australia after recently winning the 2011 Australian Open Wave Championships held in Warrnambool, Victoria. Here is today's update and results from the PKRA. Read more...

 

After doing well in the PKRA event in Australia I figured it would be a good idea to do the first couple PKRA wave stops this year and see how I go. The first stop was in Morocco and I couldn't have asked for a better set up. A perfect little point break with cross shore wind and head high waves. They ran through the singles on the day 2 and as the tide got lower the conditions improved throughout the day. It came down to the final and I was up against Airton Cozzolino from Cabo Verde. We scored some really nice waves for the final and I was really stoked to take the win in the slngle elimination.  Unfortunately there wasn't enough wind to get through the doubles so the results stayed the same. Hopefully I can keep it up and do well in the next event.

1st Keahi de Aboitiz
2nd Airton Cozzolino
3rd Abel Lago
4th Fabio Nunes

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