Sunday at the Beetle kitesurfing World Cup in Saint Peter Ording, Germany, brought great winds. The trials for the men and women were completed and the first rounds of men and women main event were also completed. The competition started at 8:30 in the morning and finished just after eight in the evening. The action was nonstop with men and women battling to qualify for the main event. Every heat was very exciting with no clear favorites and every rider fighting to make it into the next round and main event.With 48 heats being run today, it is very hard to give due credits to all the riders that entered the competition today. It is not possible to mention all the riders that took to the water today, but we can say that everyone was charging hard and giving it their best. In total eight women and 57 men were eliminated from the competition, 12 women than 24 men remain to try to claim €52,000 in prize money and a chance to win the 2013 Beetle kite surfing world cup.
Here is how the trials finished:
In the second round of the men’s trials, nine heats of men were run, with the winner going straight into the main event and the 27 remaining riders moved onto the next rounds to claim the last five spots. In the first heat Paul Serin had a flawless heat and took the win. The second heat hutter got and is grabs and stylish back moves and S3 to also advance. Up next Ariel Corniel from the Dominican Republic landed a perfect front blind mobe to advance to the main event. In heat 22 Garashchenko surprised some top riders by taking the win. Next on the water Patrick Blanc was riding really well right from the start and also secured a spot into the main event. Aaron Hadlow was in the next heat and easily qualified my getting some nice toe mobes and mobes 5’s. Heat 25 at two Brazilians battling, Evandro da Silva upset Madson to advance. The final two heats of the round Jaspan and Rondina both advanced with some very technical tricks like the G-spot and crow mobe.
In the third round of the trials, nine heats of three men were run with the winner advancing to the next round and the two other riders being eliminated from the trials. In this round many top guys were eliminated like Garat.S, Burgers, Bakker, Font, Hays, Alcazar and many more excellent riders. In The fourth round nobody was eliminated but the winner qualified for the Beetle kite surf World Cup. The 1st heat had Umpierre, Neto and Spiessberger. The heat was very close but Spiessberger got some very solid tricks in and won the heat. Heat 38 Shitzhofer, Scholte and Garat.V had a great heat but Scholte put a lot of power in all his tricks and won. The last heat of the round Onieva, Madson and Suriel also had a great heat with Suriel landing some tricks with the kite super low, with lots of power.
The fifth round of the men’s trials only had two heats with the winner advancing. In the 1st Heat Umpierre defeated Garat.V and Onieva to qualify for one of the last two spots into the main event. The last heat of the trials was the most exciting with Neto and Madosn battling hard with Madson defeating Neto and Schitzhofer in the dying minutes of the heat with a perfect KGB 5. After that heat the men’s trials were finished and the main event was set. Just a draw was needed to seed the last eight men.