Kite Punks sick, sick, sick, but…
… the wind just didn’t play along. The event started on Tuesday. Tuesday brought no wind. Red Bull installed 5 gorgeous obstacles. The “whale” from last year, a kicker, a long slider with entry, a small Funbox and the Wall. Do to no wind today we went wakeboarding behind the Jet Ski and hit the long slider, which was great, because with the line being so low, you could really slide on the slider and feel it like when you skateboard which is only possible if you literally have your kite in the water.
Wednesday turned out to be the windiest day, 2 hours wind for a 12m kite. All the obstacles were hit, Alvaro gave the best performance with nice indy 1’s off the A-Frame of the Funbox. Also Moe Goold and Mauricio Abreu arrived just when the wind had gone, so they went out for a wakeboard session and Moe absolutely killed it, using each of obstacles with no fear and even trying a 3 from the “Whale”.
Thursday was the next day without wind. Red Bull organized a Cart race in the morning, was good fun, I had a nice cart in the training rounds, but then in the race I had to go with a really slow cart that was loosing lot of gasoline which was dripping straight onto my right leg. In the end Neil Hilder won the race, followed by Ruben. After the race it was time to wakeboard again. I had a very nice session hitting the long Slider, A-Frame on the Funbox and Wall with full Speed and landing some stuff in wrapped or blind. When I got out of the water I started to feel immense pain in my left knee and by the end of the day I couldn’t bend it anymore. Moe went wakeboarding right after me, going for all obstacles again and having the biggest crash of the entire contest on the whale. He then was moved to hospital and returned from it with 7 stitches in his lip and lots of Antibiotics.
Friday started windless 2, so I rested in my hotel room until afternoon and then went to the beach, not being able to walk properly, because I still couldn’t bend my knee. The wind picked up for a couple of minutes and some people went out to the water for a session. I took some pain killers and something against the swelling and conquered the place in front of the PS3. At night we had a barbecue at the beach and the light-weighted Gisela and Alvaro went out for a absolutely unique session on their 11m and 13m with some Neon balls installed behind the Funbox.
Saturday was the competition day and I woke up with no pain whatsoever in my knee. There were 3 heats of 30 minutes with 3 to 4 people in each heat and the Top3 Overall, Best Trick and Best Crash would be chosen by the riders. I was in the last heat with Karolina Winkowska, Javier Ortega and Stefano Maselli. In the first heat were Aaron Hadlow, Angela Peral and Mauricio Abreu. The wind was perfect in the first heat and Aaron was able to do some nice stuff such us a Flat 7 on the Wall. In the 2nd heat the wind already dropped a lot which didn’t turn out to be a big Problem for Alvaro Onieva and Neil Hilder, both on 13m and ripping. Ruben was seemingly disadvantaged by the light conditions though and therefore not able to perform to the max. When the 2nd heat was over, the wind died completely. So we went for lunch and when we came back to the beach an hour later, the wind had picked up a bit again, aprox. 12 knots if not less. We were all super underpowered in this heat, I couldnt even get to the Wall, Whale and Kicker which were more upwind than the Funbox and Slider and so I just tried to enjoy the most and hit the Funbox and Slider with such a low kite position that my kite always dropped after hitting the Funbox and Slider.This felt super nice though and I didn’t really care about the result anyway, as it was impossible for me, to do good in such light conditions.
In the end the Best Crash went to Moe Goold, the Best Trick to Aaron Hadlow and the Overall Ranking was: 1. Aaron, 2. Alvaro, 3. Neil. It wasn’t a very competitive atmosphere though, no, we all just had plenty of fun, partying every night, playing lots of Guitar Hero, wakeboarding and destroying ourselves on the sliders and and and. There were 13 riders, and 9 of them wore Bindings. To see Mauricio and Moe in action was inspiring. It wasn’t just this typical Kite event, it was something special and therefore I hope there will be another Kite Punks in the future, and next time maybe, with some more wind.
If you wanna see some pics, check out http://www.prokitespain.com/pics/index.php?cat=8, the pic above is also from them.