The Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) this past weekend held a competition in Mexico's gorgeous Riviera Maya real estate,marking the first event of the Racing Kiteboard World Tour & Freestyle Pro. The weather did not disappoint,featuring good winds hitting an average of 10 to 12 knots and illuminated by the bright,warm sunshine that is characteristic of this part of Mexico.
Hundreds of fans watched as John Heineken from the US took overall first place in the custom men's division,while Caroline Adrine of France coming away with top honors among the women's racing group. Olivier Dansin from France won the first prize in the men's production division,and the event came to a close with a thrilling freestyle show.
Dansin also finished second in the custom men's competition,followed by Julien Kerneur,who is also from France. In the production division,Dirk Hanel of Germany came in second,while Blazej Ozog of Poland earned the third place honors.
Also of note,PKRA World Tour Racing lineup newcomer Riccardo Leccese of Columbia had an impressive first performance,earning second place in one race and third in two others,ultimately finishing fourth in the competition. In another strong group of performances,veteran Melissa Gil of the US took first place in two races and second in three subsequent runs,which landed her in the second place slot of the competition. Nuria Goma from Spain was close behind in the women's competition,with two second place wins and three thirds,and earning a third place spot overall among the women.
The stunningly beautiful Riviera Maya provided the perfect location for the PKRA competition,which wrapped up with a festive awards ceremony. Held on the beach at Mamita's Beach Bar,the ceremony attracted a large number of fans,locals and tourists alike,who watched the top riders receive recognition before joining in the celebration. The next stop on the tour will be in a few days at Dakhla,Morocco,with winds currently forecasted at up to 20 knots.