FUERTEVENTURA KITEBOARDING PKRA GRAND SLAM 2013
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Kerneur and Pulido Win the Fuerteventura SlalomJul-30-2013
Gisela Pulido and Julien Kerneur are the winners of 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.
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.
Replay men's Final Race #10
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.
Everything came down to the last race, with less than five points separating the top men; a lot was riding on the final. The course was altered with only two marks to make it all about speed. The guys started full speed with Reno moving to the front by the first mark, Kerneur and Oswald battle hard but unfortunately for Smith his chicken loop became unhooked and crashed. Corniel capitalized on it and got third. Serin was fourth and Withington fifth. After the race was finished the scores were tabulated and Kerneur regained first form Smith, Reno passed Corniel for third and Serin passed withington for fifth. The ladies final had only four women on the water with Winkowska sitting out. Pulido easily won in front of Novotna.