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World champions win Kitesurf Championships in Portimão

CURRENT WORLD champions, Aaron Hadlow and Kristin Boese, were the winners of the third stage of the Portimão Kitesurf World Championships 2006, held recently at Praia da Restinga in Alvor.

The final day drew to a close at 4pm when organisers declared that there was not sufficient wind for the second round of Best Trick/Best Air to take place. This was one of two disciplines that took place over the weekend of June 17 and 18, which saw 40 of the best kitesurfers in the world participating.

The majority of the competition took place on Saturday, with strong winds and good conditions for kitesurfing. The match events, in which the athletes were scored on the level and technical difficulty of the manoeuvres executed, were won by Aaron Hadlow from England and Kristin Boese from Germany. Both riders are already far ahead in the current world rankings and look set to retain their world titles this year.

Aaron won with a ‘Nosegrab Kiteloop Mobe’ and a ‘High Mobe to Rapt’, leaving the French Mallory DeLa Villemarque in second and Mikael Blomvall in third. Kristin performed a ‘High Inverted Handlepass’ to gain her victory, ahead of Jo Wilson and Ania Grzelinska.

“It was almost perfect for us,” affirmed Erich Steffen of organisers GEST Events, furthering that “for a competition held in Portugal for the first time, we couldn’t have asked for more. We had good winds, and the athletes and the Professional Kite Riders Association (PKRA) were extremely satisfied. We want to continue the event for many years to come.” Similar satisfaction was expressed by Manuel da Luz, President of Portimão Câmara, who hopes to see more events like this in Portimão.

The competitors will now travel to Cabarete in the Dominican Republic, where the fourth stage of the PKRA world circuit will be held.