IKA Caribbean Championships,
Keep checking day 2 tomorrow!
The first day of racing in sunny Puerto Rico was as good as it gets. 6 three lap races were held in perfect conditions.The fleet consisted of some of the best course racers in the world, along with an extremely talented local foil-board fleet of at least seven guys. The foilers demonstrated that this technology is here to stay with obscene upwind performance.
The race course was short and close to shore, bringing exciting racing to the spectators lining the sea wall. The short course, multiple lap format was fast and furious, and was an exciting departure from long leg races typically seen at course racing events. The first two races brought consistent 14-18 knot winds from the E/ENE. Most riders opted for 11 and 12 meter kites. As the wind filled in riders switched to there 9 and 10 meter kites. As for me my Cabrinha Kites were performing very well as they led me into first in the first two races.. Nipping at my heels every race were Ozone rider and current World Champion Adam Koch and Takoon Frenchman Julien Kerneur. Adam got situated and won the next two races. I put the hammer down in the windy conditions in the end of the day and won the last two races.
The true race award goes to Cabrinha's Patrick Rynne for port shooting the whole fleet on the first race just killing everyone of the start.
Outside the top 3 brought close racing between local hero Phil Morstad (North), the strapless sensation Bryan Lake (Ozone), 2-time Olympic Medalist Mike Gebhardt (Ozone), the Miami Gringo Patrick Rynne (Cabrinha), the North American speed record holder and only woman in the fleet Melissa Gil (Cabrinha), Gary “the vice” Menk (Cabrinha), and the NW Speed Machine Andrew Koch (Ozone).
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RESULTS at Kiteracing.com