The 4th day of the WKT Youthcup 2016 started today with a clinic for the kids regarding competition format, code of conduct and strategy during the heat. It was the turn for the Spanish riders. Right after the clinic the wind started to pick up and we started with a Round Robin between the two only U11 riders; Kacper Lepicky (POL) and the Brazilian Kaiki Mar (BRA). They put a nice show despite the light wind and in the end the Polish won the battle.
We continued with the U17 boy’s category. Tight quarter finals between the young talented riders. Choppy conditions but with slightly lighter winds than previous days, allowed riders to go out on their 12 to 14m kites. The beach of St. Pere Pescador was once again filled with spectators and families ready to cheer up the kids.
Christian Tio (PHI), the talented Philippine rider could finally show us his skills getting Robby Krikken (FRA) out of the ladder and going straight to the semifinals against the Frenchman Romain Guilliano (FRA). Tio is definitely ready to play with big boys.
On the other semifinal we will have Nino Liboni (FRA) and Maxime Chabloz (SUI), these shredders are performing great since day one. Unfortunately local rider Iñaki Gainza was beated by Chabloz so he will have to wait for the double elimination to get a second chance at the podium.
„It’s a pitty but you never know what’s going to happen. Today conditions were not that good, light wind, and I am not that comfortable with the 14 meter kite I couldn’t land my tricks. Chabloz did well but he was also struggling sometimes. Now I will focus on next year and train harder for next year“, Iñaki Gainza stated.
For the semifinals U15, there was an extremely tight heat between Théo Fermon (FRA) and Arthur Lehz (FRA). Lehz was on form, landing sick tricks. However, Fermon was more consistent. In the end, Fermon took the victory from Lehz grasp.
Oscar Perrineau (FRA) was another rider who was on fire today. He performed an unbelievable show, scoring tricks from 5 different families during his semifinal heat. He knew that he had to go big if he wanted to advance against Ducos-Sendra (ESP). Perrineau delivered a solid heat and secured a place in the Final to defend title against his friend Fermon.
Riders‘ meeting is scheduled at 9:30 a.m, this time the Clinic will about tricks families and execution.
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Pictures credits: Santi Font & Noe Font
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