Day 5 of the Kite-Extreme Brasil
Pulido and Corniel won day 5 of Kite-Extreme Brasil 2008. It was the second to the last stop of the PKRA 2008 World Tour and then itís off to Chile on October 4.
A typical Brazilian day - bright, sunny weather and strong winds provided for a perfect setting for the Big Air/Best Trick competition. The sun was in full force, literally heating up the event site to a 36° Celsius but the side-onshore wind which averaged between 16 and 18 knots provided a slight cooling effect.
The crowd at the beach was delighted to see the top PKRA athletes perform once again for a spectacular event of extreme kiteboarding competition for the Big Air/Best Trick contest, where the kiteboarder performs a jump and then be placed according to best trick. The performance is judged according to height (80%) and technical difficulty (20%) so it was all about going big.
Most of the competitors rigged their 9-meter kites and performed extremely well with the strong winds and moderate waves setting up perfect conditions to boost some amazing aerial tricks giving the locals a great show. With a rising tide, building wind and kickers, the riders went bigger and bigger towards the final.
Big Air / Best Trick Results:
1st – Gisela Pulido (ESP)
2nd – Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3rd – Susi Mai with (GER)
1st – Ariel Corniel (DOM)
2nd – Kevin Langeree (NED)
3rd – Evandro Da Silva (BRA)
Freestyle Overall Results:
1st - Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
2nd - Evandro Da Silva (BRA)
3rd - Kevin Langeree (NED)
1st - Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
2nd - Gisela Pulido (ESP)
3rd - Joanna Litwin (POL)
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