With a few clouds in the air, but windy conditions we’ve opened the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe 2012 in Podersdorf/ Austria. The first tourstop starts with 95 riders out from 22 nations. The European title will be an embattled conquest of nations.
The first official day on the Lake Neusiedl started with the single elimination in freestyle - 32 men and 18 women were showing their skills on the water. In the morning we started with 4-5 Beauforts, but unfortunately the wind dropped down and Race Director Ruben Griesbach stopped the competition at Heat N° 16 Men and Heat N°19 Women.
We still await for the „austrian cut-up pancake heat“ of Stefan Spiessberger and Michael Schitzhofer. These exciting moments, we’ll keep for tomorrow morning.
After a lunch break in the Club House, the first run in the racing began at 5pm with considerably less wind than in the morning, but still enough for races conditions. The two races, which were done, were also defined by close finishes, with the temporary stand-out leaders Riccardo Andrea Leccese (COL) for the men and Alice Brunacci (ITA) for the women.
Overall, the first day at the MINI Kitesurf Tour Europe proved to be a successful and amazing first tourstop. The adventurous spot in Podersdorf and the nice conditions on the water brought about interesting challenges between the nations and new experiences for every rider.
Tomorrow, we’ll start with the freestyle competitions early before sunrise at 7h30 with a first possible start at 8 o’clock.
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