I made it back home, I drove 1400km almost non-stop in 13 hours.
My final result is 5th place at this first tourstop of the Kite Tour Europe!
Day 4 was mostly about waiting around the event, but we had a nice close of the day with wakeboarding behind a waterscooter!
I went for a flat 5 but crashed it, also crashed some flat 3′s. The 4th run was succesfull, I landed my flat 5 super clean, and then some grabs. After the wake session I had some dinner, and went to the appartment of Rolf and Katja for my 1st shower :p
The party later on the evening was ok, but I did not drink too much because the skippersmeeting would be at 07.00. The top 3 of freestyle and race were presented to the crowd, and Rolf, Katja, and Alberto made a nice croudsurf of the stageI went to bed at 01.00 because the party was getting overcrowded and I was not as much in the party mood like the night before.
I skipped the skippersmeeting the next morning, because I did not think it would be any wind for the day. At 9 Christophe Tack woke me up because the wind was increasing a bit. The racers got back on the water for another match, unfortunately the wind did not pick up enough for freestyle and the event got cancelled at 14.00. I packed the car and waited for the ceremony to make some photo’s for Rolf and Katja, but then they announced the top 5 would be on stage. Unfortunately there was no time to get my board from the car so I went on stage without. Directly after the ceremony I said bye to everyone and took off to get back home. I had a nice drive, and I wasnt even that tired when I got home so I did some photo rendering and then got into bed untill 15.00 Next competition will be saturday in Stavoren, the event is called Friends Of Friestyle and last year it was a really cool event where I got 2nd place. Next EKT will be in 2 weeks in Noordwijk.
Some pics of day 3,4,5:
I had a really good day today! No kiting but still a very good atmosphere here on the event site.
First we went to the skippersmeeting at 9.00, but they announced the race would start first. The forecast didnt look to good, so I was expecting there would not be any wind left for freestyle. Instead of kiting I did all sorts of activities like rope walking, seg-way driving, paintball shooting and I had a massage. Then I took some nice pictures because there was nice light. When we were released for the day, at 16.00, we took the car to Bratislava, Slovenia. We wanted to see the city and because it is only a 50km drive from here it was a cool (euro)trip. We took pictures of crappy buildings and people and a oldtimer car museum, and bought some cheap liquor in the supermarket for souvenirs. Then we drove back to the event to have some food. When we got back, the event was already filling with people from around the area (for the party). We went to the party and had a really good time, we felt like rockstars standing on the stage and looking over the crowd (who were not allowed to go on stage haha). So now I am recovering in a chair on the beach (day 4) and waiting for the wind . But I will write about today and add pics later on.
Today was the start of the event, and it was a lot better then I expected
When I woke up I was much fitter, I slept really good. The sun was out and the forecast predicted a nice 20 degrees. We had a skippersmeeting at 9.00, and started the competition at 11.00. I was in heat 2, against Imaz. I had an okay heat, not the best ever. But it was enough, so I advanced to the next round, where I met Martinelli. This heat I was riding pretty strong, landing allmost all of my tricks. I also won that heat, so then I was in the 1/8 finals. I was against Spiessberger, and I had a shit heat crashing really hard on a KGB and kiteloop hp. I landed some tricks, those were really powered though. It was not enough to win the heat, so I ended up shared 5th place for today.
The winner for today was Rondina, 2nd place for Schitzhofer, 3rd Rodwald.
The conditions were okay, but not ideal: gusty wind (15-22 knots or something) and super high chop (to me it allmost seemed like waves haha).
Anyway, now we have to wait for the wind, the forecast does not predicts a lot, but neither for today so we dont know what is going to happen. Here are the pictures from today and yesterday:
I just arrived in Austria after a tough 1200km drive alone. I still was a bit sick from the event in Belgium, but now I just feel very tired. I am here for the upcoming event, from thursday to sunday, and will participate in the freestyle competition. I like the fact the tourstops are around the Netherlands (and even in the Netherlands) because there is a different kind of riders than on the PKRA. The level is supposed to be high, but I will try my best to ride for podium ofcourse I already made some pics, but will upload them tomorrow. I will get some dinner and some sleep first, because I only slept about 2,5 hours last night.