Big news and drama from the PKRA in Leucate, France today. Youri was beaten by a returning Aaron Hadlow, 3.5 years out of the scene didn’t seem to affect him as he stormed his way up the rankings to the final. Alex Pastor was on fire again, after showing early form in Morocco and beat Hadlow in the finals, the first guy to beat him in a heat in sometime, Aaron had a very good habit of never losing when he was last on the tour…
A return of the king! Photo: Toby Bromwich
We’ll let our PKRA Correspondent Manuela Jungo fill you in on the details…
“The second Day of the PKRA Worldtour “Mondial du Vent” in Laucate, France started with big show down.
5x World Champion Aaron Hadlow vs. current 2x World Champion Youri Zoon. Aaron showed that even after 3 years off and a knee reconstruction, he still has the desire and skills required to compete with the best Kiteboarders in the world. Both competitors showed us very technical and powered moves and it was one of the best heats of the day. In the end Aaron inched it with Youri by 0.7 Points. Alex Pastor went on to win the finals of the Single Elimination and be the only rider to beat Aaron Hadlow all day long!
In the ladies heats it was Gisela Pulido who performed well in the tricky conditions, beating Karolina Winkowska who had been riding really well.
Manuela did really well to place 4th! Photo: James Boulding
The wind was very strong, men and women were on 4-7 meter kites. The conditions were hard but the best kiter in the world put on a show for the masses.
The Top Riders showed they were still consistent and the single Elimination finished as follows:”
Mens Podium Photo: James Boulding
Womens Podium Photo: James Boulding
Doubles continue tomorrow check out the live feed for more news!
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