Kiteboarding Australia Freestyle Nationals Kick Off
The wind was blowing in Adelaide and all juniors were ready to go which allowed contest directors to call the competition on one day early to make the most of the solid wind conditions.
Reigning champion, Leo Verrichea (QLD) showed his class and significant improvement since last year nationals, throwing down a suite of impressive handle passes in the Adelaide waters.
Local rider Corey Ackerman (SA) debuted in his first National Title, representing SA on home soil, and is showing promising signs for a future in freestyle competition.
It was clear all young riders have been practicing hard over the past 12 months, the future of freestyle kiteboarding in Australia is in great shape! World Champion Kite Park Leauge rider Ewan Jaspan said he is ' Stoked to see the nationals in a new location for 2020.
2020 Kiteboarding NationalsAfter a long year on the road winning my first world title on the Kite Park League, competing back in Australia will be great, and I look forward to catching up with new and old friends.'
Unfortunately Friday saw light wind all day resulting in no further competition being run, however riders made best of the situation heading to the local skateparks and golf courses in the down time.
Saturday morning saw the official competition registration where 31 riders received their Event merch packs, breakfast and some even making the most of the morning by trying their hand at surf life saving surf boat rowing.
With the hopes of a late afternoon seabreeze today, tomorrow and Monday, the comp committee is hoping to continue heats and welcome everyone down to the beach over the next few days for some light wind activities and great tunes with the hottest 100 countdown.
The event is proudly part of the North Kiteboarding National Freestyle Series and supported by Pt Adelaide Enfield Council, Discovery Parks, Duotone, Ride Kitesurfing, Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club, AdrenalineBoardSports, Slingshot, Angas and Bremer WInes, Quality Promo Products, Noonies Cafe, Mystic, Ion & Ride Engine.