It was a spectacular second day in Lake Nahuel Huapi for the Kitesurf World Cup Bariloche 2010. The wind began to pick up strength early in the morning and the sun came out for short periods warming the air. However, it remained a little colder than the past couple of days due to stronger winds. Shortly after 12:00 pm, there were recordings of wind speeds reaching 20 knots with gusts of up to 25 knots.
Freestyle riders began to prepare for what was to become an action-packed day. After the 10:00 am riders' meeting, the event started off with the men’s Freestyle Singles eliminations. The Argentinians hit the waters first giving the lakeside spectators an amazing show. Crowds cheered in astonishment as the top-ranked men freestylers showed off their fancy high-class moves.
During the first round of the men’s heats, a very close call came for local rider Eusebio Todeschini (Caution, ARG) who poorly executed a trick that could have cost him his life. Todeschini’s kite was looping uncontrollably while pulling him backwards towards a stonewall pier near the shore. The tension of the wind in the kite was so strong that the safety leash released itself approximately a meter from the wall enabling Todeschini to be set free from his kite.
It was a perfect day for Aussie rider Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS) who defeated Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) in a 5/0 judge’s decision during the men’s final Singles elimination heat. The Aussie champ is on his top form and is well on his way to winning the 2010 Men’s Freestyle Championship title. He has been performing spectacularly, executing very complex tricks in extremely difficult conditions. His overall style and powerful moves have won over most of the judges more than once this year. In fact, he is the only competitor yet to land a front mobe to blind in this event. It will be great to see if Yates can hold on to his game and win the world title.
Although a little disappointed for losing his heat in the final round, Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) had some great prior heats, executing tricks with powerful style. Zoon struggled with a few tricks especially the slim chance, even crashing on some occassions and took the second spot in the podium for the single eliminations. French rider Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA) was also riding very well today in the difficult conditions defeating most of his opponents, enabling him a spot in the losers final against Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP). The Spanish champ also has been riding with great style and execution in hopes to inch his way up the world ranking. He defeated Garat in the losers final, grabbing the third spot in the podium while Garat takes home the fourth spot.
In the women’s division, Spanish ace rider Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) proved that she wasn’t going to let difficult weather conditions slow her down. Pulido is likewise well on her way to winning the 2010 World Title by winning yet another event, defeating Polish superstar Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL) who placed second in the women’s final heat. Winkowska is one of the most intense and eager female riders on the PKRA tour today. In a brief conversation with the Polish beauty, she mentions that “a little bit of cold water is nothing for me. It just pushes me to the next level”. Meanwhile, 2009 world champion Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) struggled a bit with the conditions earning her third place by defeating Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) in the losers final.
Tomorrow’s forecast looks promising for all the racers who had a day off in today's event. The mandatory riders' meeting is scheduled for 10:00am.
The Argentina Kitesurf World Cup 2010 is made possible and sponsored in part by: Vari Kites, INPROTUR (Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion), U1st-Sports, Rapa Nui Chocolates, Sancor Seguros, Pantagonia, Club de Caza y Pesca de Bariloche, Prefectura, Parques Nacionales.
Congratulations to all the freestyle single elimination winners!
Men’s Freestyle Single Elimination Winners
1. Andy Yates (Slingshot, AUS)
2. Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED)
3. Alex Pastor (Airush, ESP)
4. Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA)
Women’s Freestyle Single Elimination Winners
1. Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP)
2. Karolina Winkowska (Slingshot, POL)
3. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA)
4. Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR)