Alberto Rondina and Annabel Van Westerop training and exploring during a recent visit to Cabrinha's Design Center on Maui.
The Crathorne Clan takes us on a light hearted kiting adventure to South America as they pay homage to great grandfather Alan Davidson in a coast-to-coast trip.
"100 years ago my great grandfather arrived by steamer in Argentina and made the epic journey travelling by train, foot and horse and cart over the Andes to Chile. My family was trying to follow in his footsteps, kitesurfing anywhere we could along the way.
Atlantic to Pacific??? Check!! 4560 km by automobile. 4753 m by foot. More nights under canvas than in beds. More days kiting than not." Polly Crathorne.
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Mexico was host to the 1st slalom stop on the PKRA this year. Bryan Lake takes the top podium spot. "With epic battles, a great format, great conditions, top notch race organization and a massive wipeout in the last race where I took out fellow American team-mate Adam Koch - sorry brother! Thank you Cabrinha and the horsepower of the new Velocity race kite...my kite of choice!" Bryan Lake.
Stoked for Team Cabrinha at the KTA China!
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Alejandro Climent 2nd
Ken Nacor 3rd
Kathrin Borgwardt 2nd
Jay Ortiz 3rd
Kathrin Borgwardt 3rd
Rebecka Maudal 4th
Ken Nacor 5th
Nicolas Gambier 5th
Polly Crathorne 3rd
Rachel Baglin 3rd
Ken Nacor 2nd
Kathrin Borgwardt 1st
Jay Ortiz 4th
Rebecka Maudal 3rd
Kathrin Borgwardt 5th
Ken Nacor 3rd
Polly Crathorne 4th
True to form the PKRA in Leucate delivered some spectacular competition and a wind forecast to match any. The event opened up with a day of 30-40 knot winds blowing offshore at the comp site. Our speed team arrived early and eager to break records in the Leucate’s excellent racing conditions. The freestyle team fresh from their recent Hawaiian exploits in Maui, geared up grudgingly with thick wetsuits and tiny kites.
The Switchblade Speed Team: Rob Douglas, Morgan Douglas, Jamie Douglas and Damien LeRoy saw great Sosh Cup Results. 50 minutes into the first heat, Rob Douglas set a new speed record for Leaucate with a blistering 44.61 kt average. Antoine Albeau 20 time world champion windsurfer answered back in heat 2 with a bullet. In the end Rob came in 1st in kiteboarding and 2nd overall with the best speed over 500m of 44.61 knots. Damien LeRoy found his groove after a neck cracking fall and managed to hold on to 3rd place which landed him 5th overall. Morgan and Jamie made their climb up the leader board as Morgan came in 6th kite and 11th overall with Jamie in 9th kite and 15th overall.
In the freestyle mens division our man Alby Rondina had to retire early after an injury made it impossible to compete. Liam Whaley had an impressive start showing experience in the strong and gusty winds defeating Ewan Jaspan but faced the eventual winner Alex Pastor in Heat 3. Liam had a strong heat but lost out to his fellow Tarifian competitor.
In the ladies division Annabel Van Westerop went up against Manuela Jungo for the 4/5th showdown in the singles, unfortunately she lost out but stood in a strong position going into the doubles on the following day.
The doubles competition came around on the final day of wind and with sand flying and gusts up to 40knts it was clear that the only choice for kites would be the smallest kites available. WIth Alby retired early it was down to Liam to march forward. Round 3 saw Liam vs Christop Tack in the battle to move up the ladder into the final 8. It was a close heat but Christoph advanced leaving Liam in a final position of 9th. Annabel advanced through her first 2 heats to face Manuela Jungo again. She managed an impressive heat and advanced to face Bruna Kajiya and battle for a podium position. In winds normally thought too dangerous for girls, Annabel powered through on her 5.5m Chaos kite and ended up a solid 4th position overall. This puts her now tied for 4th position in the overall rankings and ready for the next tour stop in Italy.
The Kiteboard Tour Asia is heading back to Pingtan Island in China for the second year running for the 4th and final stop of the 2013 KTA season - co-sponsored by Cabrinha.
The event will run from 8 to 12 May in what is renowned as a windy spot on the China coast in the Taiwan Strait. The event there last year drew 130000 spectators over the 5 days. You can check the event report here - www.kiteboardtour.asia/news/kta-china-pingtan-island-wrap-up/
There is US$30000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs as well as Kites and boards from Cabrinha. Entries are limited to 120 participants as the red carpet is laid on for all comers with accommodation, transfers and meals paid for.
Registration is open now - www.kiteboardtour.asia/event/kta-china-pingtan-island-2013/