In what could only be described as an electrifying, wild, and windy day, the sixth and final day of the Kitesurf World Cup Argentina was one for the record books. To the surprise of many, the light and variable winds that were forecast, gave way to up and down conditions ranging from 5-25 knots, lending to an amazing final day.
With 22 heats still left in order to finish the single elimination, riders and crew were unsure of whether the wind would last long enough to finish – but it was worth a try. For the riders, this day held the last opportunity for them to improve their overall tour ranking as well as battle for the podium of this prestigious finale tour stop, where the 2013 World Champions were to be crowned.
Neto and Whaley also battled for the chance to move on, and although Whaley landed a nice Back Mobe 5 and Front Blind Mobe, among others, it just wasn’t enough against Neto’s Crow Mobe 5, SMobe 5, and high scoring Slim 7. Borisov managed to oust Alberto Rondina in a close heat, which saw solid riding from both riders.
As the fleet of men advanced to the quarter-finals, winds backed off and began to steady with riders using kites in the 11-13m range. With very close heats and impressive riding from all of the riders, it was the more decorated tour veterans taking the wins as Tack, Hadlow, and Pastor advanced. The exception was again Carlos Mario, who beat out Marc Jacobs in a impressive battle.
The talented rookie Mario continued his climb up the ladder, meeting Tack in the semi-finals. A trick for trick battle early on in the heat ensued and Tack landed a nice S-Mobe 7 as Mario answered back with a BJ7. Big tricks unfolded throughout the heat from both riders. In an extremely close heat, Mario moved on to the winner’s final against current tour leader, Alex Pastor.
In the women’s division, it was Novotna who took third over Jungo in the losers finals, while Annabel Van Westerop met Gisela Pulido in the finals. With Van Westerop’s consistency and ever-expanding arsenal of tricks, she was able to keep the pressure on the entire heat but finally fell as Pulido’s power and execution led to a first place.
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