IKA Slalom World Championships 2011
The Slalom World Championships were held as part of the EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix in Murcia Spain. The C.A.R Sailing Academy hosted the event which featured higher performance Sailcraft like the F-18, 29er XX, Moths, A-Class and for the 1st time ever Kiteboard Slalom.
Kite Slalom is a relatively new discipline. Racers race against each other in heats of 4-8 Riders and the best advance through to the next round. The riders have to race around 4 Marks at full speed. There is no upwind legs like in course racing. In Slalom its all about speed and jibing around the marks.
I was there together with fellow Flysurfer and Schwerelosigkite teammate Jochen Bock and Kristin Böse from Best. We all did not know what to expect, but we knew that the competition would be tough. Bryan Lake, Damien Leroy and Bruno Sroka and a lot of other world class racers were there to battle for the World Title. I was also taking a risk by not using a full volume Race Board, instead choosing to use the Flyrace TwinTip.
The winds where light for the whole week, and we set new standards in what can be done in very little winds. I only ever used my 21m2 and 19m2 Speed 3 Kites the whole week. On the 1st day we were racing in 6.4 knots average and still reaching speeds of 20 knots on the course.
I started good and was finishing consistently 5th place in the first 3 Rounds of racing. After that I started to have a bit of bad luck and got taken out at the buoys a few times and also got an "over early" at the start and dropped one place to 6th in the end.
Jochen started a bit slow and had a few disasters in the first rounds, but rallied and managed to get a 6th and 7th in the last 2 Rounds. He finished 12th.
The Americans were charging and Damien and Bryan took a commanding lead early on and in the end they were tied on points with Damien being crowned world champion because he had the better overall results.
Kristin saved some German pride and managed to finish 2nd in the Womens fleet behind Caroline Adriene from France.