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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