The German Kitesurf Trophy carried out its second round in Büsum. Unlike last year we were greeted with warm and sunny weather, so all competitors were in high spirits at the registration looking forward to the long weekend of good winds.
On the 1st Day the Winds were not quite good enough for Freestyle so the Racers got sent out first. I was on a mission to regain the lost ground from only being 3rd best German at the last tour stop in Dahme, and would not accept anything less than being the best German Racer this weekend and taking back the lead of the Rankings. We ran 3 Races and I managed to finish the day in 3rd Place at the end, taking two 3rd Place finished and one fourth. The Danish guys, especially Bjorn Rune Jensen were on fire and it was hard to keep up. I did not want to take to many risks so concentrated on beating my fellow German competitors.
Christine Bönniger also had something to prove after only coming in 3rd in Dahme, and she obliterated her competition in taking 3 Wins easily. We were all very proud of her, as she even started to overtake a few of the men.
On the Second day we ran 2 more races and Christine continued her winning streak at took 2 more wins even though she was very overpowered on her 19m2 as the wind picked up to 18 Knots in the 2nd Race. I did not manage so well on my 21m2 and had problems pointing upwind with so much access power. I still managed a 3rd in the first race and a 4th in the second. The results were enough to leave me in 3rd Place, and still leading the German fleet.
After the Racing, the Women’s Freestyle heats were started. And Tine had very little time to prepare after the races. She did however manage a great heat and progressed past the first round, but was defeated in the second by Sabrina Lutz. This left her in joint 5th place.
The next day it was the Juniors Time to show what they could do. In a hard fought battle Tom Feldhusen defeated his opponent in the 1st round with ease, even though starting his heat 2 minutes late. He was halted in the next round in a tight decision against a very tough opponent. Nevertheless Tom showed his potential and will soon be a force to reckon with.
Unfortunately the wind did not stay long enough for the Finals to be carried out, and we were unable to run more races as the tide was not high enough.
In the end the Flysurfer Team had a lot of fun this time around, and we got some decent results to show for it. Tine and I are back on course to become German Champions in Race again, and Emmanuel, Andi and local Flysurfer rider Nick Ressig managed to finish in the top 10 in the Races.
The Final Stop will be on Fehmarn in August were the Championship will be decided.