In the 2011 Slalom World Championships, the USA’s Damien Leroy is leading the men’s division having come out top in both of the two rounds sailed. He is ahead of France’s Bruno Sroka, who came third in both rounds with Spain’s Miguel Villar third overall. American favourite Bryan Lake, from San Francisco, didn’t have the best day. He finished second after a close battle with Leroy in the first round, but in the second missed his heat. “I blew it. I went away from my equipment for 10 minutes and when I came back it was super-tangled. It took me 10 minutes to get it undone and I missed the start of my race.” Lake now stands fifth overall.
“I am trying to stay positive. I beat Damien at the Course Racing Worlds this year. It is tough for a lot of competitors. You feel sorry for the guys who crash their kites in the water and they end up swimming the whole time and miss their races. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll get some better breeze.”
Among the women, France’s Caroline Adrien is leading, who like LeRoy won both rounds, to lead Germany Kristin Boese, who finished second in both rounds.
Holding third is Eugenia Gueorguieva, originally from Bulgaria but who has been living in the USA for the last 11 years since going to school there. She only started competing regularly on her kiteboard this year on San Francisco Bay, but during this time says she has been improving rapidly which promoted her to come to Murcia for the inaugural Kite Cross World Championship.
She, like Lake, started strongly yesterday but didn’t do too well today. “I am missing one key sized kite. My 13 [sqm] blew up in the air – it just exploded. So I have a 11 and 16 sqm, but today I could have used the 13. That always happens when you need it.” She was going to use her 16sqm kite in the last race today until it was called it off when the breeze dropped below the minimum of 6 knots.
“I like the Mar Menor a lot,” said Gueorguieva. “If the wind was stronger it would be perfect. The water is warm, the jelly fish were a bit scary in the beginning but they don’t sting, so that’s fine.”
On Saturday the wind is supposed to pick up to around 15 knots, which should allow to finish the third round and then continue with more racing in 8-person heats to get some more scores in.