The registration day of the PKRA Beetle Kitesurfing World Cup, Saint Peter Ording, Germany brought the biggest PKRA fleet since the tour started in 2001, with 134 riders registered from 24 different countries. 81 men and 20 women are registered for the freestyle world cup and 39 men and 8 women are registered for the slalom world cup. The wind forecast is looking good for the week and especially good for Sunday. The organizers put on a beautiful opening ceremony with all the riders being called on stage carrying the flags of their nations.
81 men registered for the freestyle discipline, with the top 8 being qualified for the main event along with 2 wildcards, 71 riders will have to battle for 14 spots remaining to complete the 24 men ladder. The men’s trials will take close to 8 hours to complete and will be geared towards finding the best 14 riders in the trials. The women will also have to go through trials with 20 women for 12 spots. The top 4 girls are already prequalified but the rest will have to earn a spot into the main event. With winds forecasted to start picking up Saturday afternoon the trial should get underway soon after the event begins.
The top two men riders on tour at the moment are Alex pastor and Youri Zoon. Alex pastor is the current point leader on tour but Youri Zoon won the past two German events and is looking for a hat-trick. On the women’s side Gisela Pulido is the girl to beat, having one the past two events and being the point’s leader. The trials will be extremely exciting with riders like Aaron Hadlow, Rick Jensen, Seb Garat, Micheal Schitzhofer and 66 more extremely talented riders.
The slalom discipline will be very intense with a very competitive fleet. Top riders like Bryan Lake and Julien Kerneur are here to advance their lead in the points ranking and showcase for the first time in Europe what slalom racing is all about. The slalom races will be going throughout the week because they need very little wind to get underway.
The opening ceremony took place in the village that is built on the beach of Saint Peter-Ording, during the kitesurfing world cup. This village will be hosting all the competitors and thousands of spectators throughout the 9 day event. The riders were called by their nationality and were all brought together on stage. This event shows how truly diverse kitesurfing has become and is being practiced throughout the world.
The main event will be broadcast live with Dave Tyburski covering all action heat-by-heat. Toby Bromwich will be taking pictures all week, providing a great opportunity for many riders to get some amazing shots. Make sure you check out www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest pictures, videos and photos.