30th june to 2nd july 201
1 Soul Kitesurfing held the third anual ‘king of the lagoon’competition, at the la hacienda Beach resort, Ras Sudr, South Sinai, Egypt.
Wednesday started off with the wind kicking up and the first competitors arriving to have an early practice session.
Thursday afternoon and evening saw more people arriving and heading straight out on the water after registering and collecting their King of the Lagoon t-shirts From Cat Emmerson. The DJ sound system was set up and the red bull buoys were put in to place.
Friday morning was when the competition kicked off properly. Starting with a quick briefing by judges Morgan Fahey and Lucy Scott. Zack Vanlue from Nile FM was the commentator, and played some great music that really got the beach pumping.
The first event was the big air (the person with the longest time in the air wins). The tide was high and slightly choppy which was great for launching off small waves to get some serious height, it also made landing a little more difficult and resulted in some big crashes. Making it interesting for the competitors and pretty entertaining for the spectators watching from the beach. Congratulations to Fadi Tawok with an overall best time of 5.75 seconds, His prize a new 2011 Cabrinha Caliber board. Fadi was stoked with the prize and said “ What this is for me, I can’t believe it”.
To avoid low tide the freestyle round started straight after the big air. Some amazing tricks were performed throughout, riders’ truly pushing themselves and their abilities. Highlights being board offs, F16s, powered ariel handle passes and unhooked kite loop’s. The final was an intense 15 minute contest with 6 competitors split between two lagoons . Judges were unable to make a clear decision as to who won and announced a 10 minute sudden death final between Gogo and Sherif Abouzeid for first and second place. After pulling out their bag of impressive tricks, the tide dropped and became dangerously low, both competitors threw down and pushed it to the limit. Sherif Abouzeid took 1st place after performing a sick airal handle pass, landing in 3inchs of water crowning him the King of the Lagoon. He was awarded a 2011 11m Cabrinha Switchblade kite.
That evening La Hacienda Beach resort put on a BBQ buffet Dinner in the Cabana restaurant on the beach, and was followed by the days prize giving and the Red Bull party in the sandbar. Spot prizes for the day were given to Omar Mitz and Monsour for Good Spirit. Bob for most dedicated competitor to get here on time. Robin for being talked into competing
Sunny for impressive raileys. And Hamada and Hassan (Beach Team) for lots of hard work on the beach, rescuing kites and helping competitors setup.
The next day super strong winds kicked in so unfortunately the down-winder planned for the afternoon was cancelled, but the high winds meant the Master guru became very interesting! In the master guru all the competitors choose a trick they can’t do yet and they and have 20 minutes to try and master it, which means beginners can perform alongside intermediate and professional riders’. Lots of Fun for the spectators particularly entertaining was Giles’ Wilkonsons attempt at a Jesus walk, walking on water while holding the board in the air and landing again. A massive congratulations to everyone who pulled off their chosen trick; Master gurus: Guindy and Saad with a railey, Bob with a back roll, Mitz and Mohammed Soliman with a double back roll, Adel with a jump, Sunny with a front roll and Mansour with a Back roll to toe side. All together everyone had a fantastic weekend with lots of prizes, crashes, smiles and dancing. A huge thanks to our sponsors, particularly red bull for the party and Cabrinha for providing the prizes. Thanks also to all the
competitors, spectators, and everyone who came down over the weekend! See you all next time J