Gisela Pulido and Julien Kerneur win the PKRA Slalom Fuerteventura on the last day in epic 30 knot winds. The wind stayed strong throughout the day and riders were on 5 to 8 meter kites. The Fuerteventura PKRA men’s World Cup title and prize was up for grabs until the last race of the day where 3 riders moved up in the rankings. All the competitors did an amazing job throughout the week racing at top speeds in very challenging conditions.
The riders demonstrated how competitive and challenging slalom can be in high winds.
The Races started early so that the riders could have a long break between races and that this did not have to run the races in the evening high winds. The prize ceremony was held after four full races and Julien Kerneur, Oswald Smith, Reno Romeu, Gisela Pulido, Paula Novotna and Karolina Winkoska were called to the podium. The racers were happy to claim their prizes knowing that they had taken part in the first PKRA Slalom Fuerteventura ever.
The first final of the day only had four racers because three were over early in the previous rounds and did not make the final. Reno thought he was in but was already disqualified. Adam withington and Ariel Corniel battled the whole race with Corniel just edging him out on the last leg. Gunnar Biniasch was third.
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Race ten had six racers charging hard, Reno Romeu took the lead and was the man to beat today with incredible speed. He was followed by Oswald Smith and Julien Kerneur. Ariel Corniel had a big wipeout and got the wind knocked out of him.
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The full fleet of women returned to the water in the final of race eleven with Gisela going out in front followed by Paula Novotna returning after her hard crash from yesterday. Karolina had a massive crash at mark two when she down looped her kite. Rosinska went on to finish third, followed by Titova. The men were up next with Smith coming out full speed and getting a bullet to lead after eleven races. Corniel was second, with Kerneur getting another third place finish. Reno edged out Withington for fourth with Serin finishing in six.
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