One positive balance sheet : it’s the ripeness of the rippers in strapless kitesurfing on the second stop of the KSP Pro event in Pacasmayo, Peru. Almost all the riders unscrewed straps in heats, led by a new generation of Brazilian shredders who pushed strapless waveriding to a higher level.
Even the last day of the event Brazilian domination is felt : Adriana Harlan (Brazilian native) and Sebastian Ribeiro won the best up-and-coming award. Congrats to all !
Here’s the the summary of the KSP :
Pacasmayo, Peru — October 28, 2011: Today concludes the KSP’s Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro with the official awards ceremony taking place at 6 p.m. (PET) at El Faro Adventure Resort, Pacasmayo. Dominating this leg of the World Championships, the Brazilians earned three spots on the podium.
Congregating at the world’s longest kite surfing wave on the planet, the world’s top 36 kite surfers came together in the northern Peruvian city of Pacasmayo for the second stop of the KSP World Championship Kite Surfing Tour.
Following four days of marginal wind and waves, the action kicked off on October 23 — mid-way through the 10-day holding period. As the surf began firing at four- to seven-feet, 24 men and 12 women from 15 different countries duked it out over the following three days for the coveted tour stop title.
Two days of competition boiled the men’s field down to the final eight riders, where ultimately, seasoned veteran Sky Solbach (USA) faced 19-year-old Filippe Ferreira (Brazil) for third place, and Airton Cozzolino (Italy) — who won the Mauritius One Eye Pro in September — squared off with reigning Kite Surfing World Champion Guilly Brandao (Brazil) for first place. Ferreira beat out Solbach by a slim margin of .47 points (out of 20), while Brandao earned the highest score of the whole competition (17) and secured the Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro title.
On the women’s front, Kelly Strachan (USA) faced off with three-time Kite Surfing World Champion Kirsty Jones (United Kingdom) for third place, and Ines Correia (Portugal) met the Brazilian powerhouse Milla Knesse-Ferreira for first place. Jones beat Strachan by 3.7 points, while Knesse-Ferreira bested Correia by more than five points.
With two of three tour stops complete, the Europeans hold a majority of top-three Overall World Championship Rankings, as Airton Cozzolino (Italy) currently leads the men’s pack, and Ines Correia (Portugal), Marie Gautron (France) and Kristin Boese (Germany) hold down first, second and third places in the women’s division.
Live-streamed online, the event featured live scoring and chat as well.
Here’s the Pacasmayo Peru Kite Surf Pro 2011 wrap up video :
The third and final leg of the KSP 2011 World Championship Kite Surfing Tour — the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro — will run from December 2 to 11 in Ponta Preta, Cape Verde, where the esteemed 2011 Kite Surfing World Champions will be crowned.