The first day of competition got underway at the Beetle Kitesurf World Cup in Saint Peter Ording, with very competitive heats of 4 and light winds. 11 heats were completed out of the 41 men’s heat of the trials. The wind was slow building all day, but by 4pm the conditions were suitable. The wind was light and men were riding kites between 12 to 17 meters. All the favorites advanced to the next round with no major upsets taking place in the early heats of the trials.
The 1st round of the men’s PKRA trials is set up with 18 heats of 4 men, with 2 advancing to the next round and 2 being eliminated from the competition. During trials riders are usually given 2 chances to qualify for the main event, however with so many competitors having registered for the PKRA Beetle Kitesurf World Cup the format had to be altered to be able to choose the top 14 riders out of 71. This format puts a lot of pressure on the riders; they must perform flawlessly in the 1st heat if they want to remain in the competition. The trials are full of extremely talented riders like 5 times world champion Aaron Hadlow, Sebastian Garat, Forrest Bakker, Carlos Madson, Alex Neto and many more.
The 1st heat of the day Serin and Font advanced to the next round, Serin landed a nice blind judge 3 and slim chance. The 2nd heat Forest Bakker was riding really well, landing a 315 and stylish back mobe. Next, Victor Hays got in a nice front mobe and 315 to win his heat and advance the next round with Sotov. The 4th heat was probably the best one of the day with Louis Hutter getting some stylish grabs on his mobe’s and Unpierre from Uruguay landing some very solid tricks and finishing a close 2nd behind Hutter, but it was enough to advance the next round.
A This point the wind started dropping and getting a bit more gusty with the tide starting to go out and riders needed to put up their big kites. In heat 5 and 6 the Austrian riders Spiessberger and Schitzhofer easily advanced along with the Aruban Burgers and the South African rider Oswald Smith. In heat 7 Ariel Cornell was looking really comfortable, landing a nice front blind mobe and powered low back mobe. Heat 8 Neto from Brazil showcased some powerful riding and qualified for the next round. The next heat Borisov used a 17 m SS Turbine to make sure he had the power to go upwind and get in as many tricks as possible. Rick Jensen was also in this heat and was unable to match the other riders performances and was eliminated from the competition.
The next heat Hadlow got in his repertoire of tricks, to get the win, but the battle for 2nd was very close between a Alcazar and Leleu. They had almost similar tricks but in a close 3/2 decision Alcazar advanced to the next round. The final heat of the day Patrick Blanc was dominating and Chris Bobryk got a nice front blind with a tail grab to also advance. Heat 12 went on the water but the wind was getting too light and the race director called the competition for the day.
The trials have been very exciting to watch, with the riders knowing that they cannot hold back and need to give a great performance to advance into the main event of the Beetle kitesurf World Cup. The forecast is looking much more favorable for Sunday, and the competition will start at 8:30 AM. The main event will start in the afternoon after the trials. The live with David Tybursky will be on tomorrow afternoon when the main event starts. Make sure you tune in and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.