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DAY 4 Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010


Wave competition runs under minimal surf conditions

Today marks the first day of the wave discipline at the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010. All the riders and crew gathered at the surf spot in Moulay Bouzerktourne near 10:00am this morning. Moulay is known for it's epic wave and wind conditions making it one of the best surf spots in all of Morocco. It is a very famous spot for windsurfers as well as kitesurfers.

The wind slowly started to pick up in strength, but there were very small waves with short sets. The PKRA crew decided to let the riders vote and make a decision whether or not they would run the wave event or not due to the extremely poor wave conditions. Some of the riders voted no, while the majority voted in favor of holding the wave competition despite the nearly less than suitable wave conditions.

Near 11:00am the judges station was in place and the discipline got underway. Most of the Brazilian competitor made their way quickly to the top of the ladder. Sebastian Garat (RRD, FRA) defeated Moroccan rider Yassine Boucheta in the 3rd round however, Mitu Monteiro (F-One,CPV) eliminated Garat in the 4th round. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) defeated all contenders that he was up against, except Monteiro defeated Langeree in the 5th round. Langeree was quite frustrated by all the windsurfers that got in his way during the heat, making it very difficult for him to catch the waves that he needed to win.

Brazilian rider Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) was cutting pretty hard today which led him all the way to the winners final against Mitu Monteiro (F-One,CPV). Guilly Brandao (Mormaii, BRA) had a successful winning streak until he was up against Dutch rider Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED). Zoon defeated Brandao in a 3-0-judge decision.

Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) made his way to the winners final against Ian Glaza (Mormaii, BRA) while Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) was up against fellow Dutchmen Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) in the losers final.

In the women’s division Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) was ripping the waves pretty hard, defeating all her opponents, which led her straight into the final against Kirsty Jones (North, GRB). Spanish rider Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP) was on top of her game as well, riding with a lot of power, which led her to the losers final against Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP).

Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) managed to win her way to the winners final against Kirsty Jones (North, GRB) while Ainhoa Garcia (Airush, ESP) was up against fellow Spanish teamate Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP).

The wave results will be announced after the remainder of the double eliminations are completed.

Skipper’s meeting is scheduled for 11:00am tomorrow morning.

The Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup 2010 is sponsored in part by L’Association Essaouira Mogador, Province d’Essaouira, L’Association Marocaine de Kitsurf,, ONMT, Sprite SAEMOG and the Atlas Hotel Essaouira.

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