Master of the Ocean 2008

11 03 2008

Master of the Ocean was created in 2003 to select the world’s best overall water sport athlete. Competitors have to compete in all 3 disciplines:
surfing, windsurfing as well as kiteboarding.
This world class wave triathlon takes place in Cabarete (Dominican Republic) where a wide variety of wind and waves spots enable this kind of competition.
Without any equivalent in water sports, competitors have to master each discipline (Surf, Kitesurf and Windsurf) as each sport has the same weight in overall ranking.

Jan Marcos Rivera, Starkites® ProRiderJan Marcos has amazed the public in the kite master with unusual and magnificent moves with his strapless surfboard, one of his specialties. He was riding the new S-BOW08 in 8sqm. His final result in overall ranking is 3rd, congratulations to Jan Marcos.

Alex Soto, Starkites® ProRider

Alex has been riding twin-tip board with S-BOW08 in 8sqm. His agility and powerful moves have impressed spectators, as with Alex kite seems so easy and elegant.

His final result in kite master ranking is 2nd, Congratulations to Alex and all the best for coming 2008 events where we should hear about him.

This first event of the 2008 season confirms S-BOW08 polyvalence in all conditions.

Source : www.starkites.com

 
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PKRA – Racing

11 03 2008
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The final day of the 2008 PKRA World Tour’s first stop draws to a close with the wrapping up of the course racing event here at the beautiful beach of Playa del Carmen in the heart of Riviera Maya in Mexico.

Sideshore winds averaging 18-20 knots provided the fuel for a spectacular finish as the crowds gather at the beach to watch Mexican rider Sean Farley (North Kiteboarding) eat up the competition.

Farley, who won all but one race today, was the favored rider to win in this event. North teammate Charles Deleau of France who finished in second place after nine races was almost a whole 10-point behind Farley even after finishing first in the second race of the day.

Third man in the podium is Spain’s Sami Gali (Best Kiteboarding) who lost to last year’s overall champion Bruno Sroka (France, Takoon) in the first race but managed to come back in the third and fourth races to finish third and second respectively. Although winning the title last year, Sroka looked a bit rusty in the opening event of this season and only managed to finish in second place at best in every race.

In the women’s division, Steph Bridge (UK, North Kiteboarding) won first place overall even after loosing to teammate Angela Peral (Spain) in three of four races today. While Bridge came to the finish line ahead of the pack during the first race, Peral took the lead in the last three races but only managed to finish second overall. Bridge won a total of five out of nine races while Peral took home three with the rest coming in second place. Susi Mai (Cabrinha) of Germany came in third overall and was almost 11-point behind Peral in the point standings.

Race results (after nine races):

Men:

   1. Sean Farley (Mexico, North Kiteboarding) – 4.9 points
   2. Charles Deleau (France, North Kiteboarding) – 14.4 points
   3. Sami Gali (Spain, Best Kiteboarding) – 17 points

Women:

   1. Steph Bridge (UK, North) – 7.5 points
   2. Angela Peral (Spain, North) – 10.1 points
   3. Susi Mai (Cabrinha, Germany)  – 21 points

Meanwhile, some of the people that we’ve talked to during and after the competition particularly a few of the judges and those who know the riders personally think that a lot of the competitors progressed much better last year than they did here in Mexico. As one observer put it, “They have about five months off to improve and I think they were kiting better last year than they did at this event. I think some of them are still a bit rusty but they’ve been working on other things such as the double handle passes so they can’t progress as quickly as they did last year.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the North Kiteboarding team as a whole performed exceptionally well in the course racing event. The team dominated the competition, winning the first two places both in the men and women’s division. After the games, we managed to interview course racing winner Sean Farley and asked him about his assessment of the game and his latest equipment.

“I was first on the first race and second to Charles on the second race. Kept North upfront and then pretty much cleaned out on the last two races, first and first. I overshot the weather mark on the second lap on the second race and that just gave him the spot to slide in. I was first on the first lap but got spaced out, went too far out in the channel. Quite a bit of a current out there so I just overshot the weather mark. I had a broad reach down to the finish line then there’s not much catching up going on. So he just rode in about 20-30 feet in front of me.”

But winning seven out of nine races is a big feat, and obviously North has come a long way in creating the prototype race board that Sean used in this event.

“We have the Phantom board which was a twin tip and we sort of went to this directional board. We’ve been working on it since last year but when you saw me on the tour last year I was on twin tip. What surprised me today was Angela [Peral] just came in right behind all us guys on that same Phantom board so it proves that that board is still a really good race board, but definitely this directional that we’ve been working on is mind blowing.”

When asked about his plans between now and the next event in Portugal, Sean added, “I’ll continue working with the [North] design team with Ken Winner and Sky Solbach. We work on kites all the time, about new ideas, boards, and other stuff. We will try to keep making these boards even better. I will also be competing in some big events in the USA, such as the US Wind and Water Open and US Nationals in San Francisco which hopefully could be a PKRA event and just wait for the three races which are very much back to back over in Europe – Portugal and Germany.”

The next course racing event will be happening in Portugal on July 15 – 20, 2008 while the next stop of the 2008 PKRA World Tour will be Leucate, France for the Mondial Du Vent 2008 happening on April 12 – 18, 2008.
Source: PKRA





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