PKRA #1 – Nitro City, Panama

This February the PKRA World Tour of Freestyle kicked off the year in Panama. Yay! A stop close to home! I spent the winter at home training so it was nice to not have to fly like two days to get there! I had never been to Panama and I’d heard good things about it, so I was looking forward to it! I first went to Panama city for two days to check out the big city. My uncle has an appartment there so he was the perfect guide to show me around!

After my little tourist trip it was time to head to Nitro City. This action sports resort is created for active people that pretty much want to have a crazy vacation. In short, the kiting is great, and in no wind situation you can hit the cable park, skate park, or go motorcrossing! You want to kite in the pool? No problem, go for it!

The competition itself went well. Unfortunately I could only get a 5th place, which is a slow start to the year, but I did ride the best heat of my life with a score of over 29 points! There is a very good group of girls this year which is super motivating to keep training and get ready for the upcoming competitions!

After the main competition we did a fun Best Trick competition combining kite and cable riding. I was stoked to get a 3rd place in this one and still get a podium in the first event of the year!

Thank you Nitro City Panama for a great week and Morocco, here I come (:

For more info on Nitro City visit their website: http://www.nitrocitypanama.com

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FINAL tour stop, PKRA #8 – Mendoza, Argentina

It was finally time for the last stop of the year! Argentina, the country of wine, a new stop on the tour,and the only stop where the competition was held in a lake. This lake was already more than 1000 meters high up in the mountains so it was a very different experience. Driving towards the snowy mountains the vineyards were everywhere around you and the water of the lake was so crystal clear and so fresh that you could drink it! The air temperature was warm, but once it was time to enter the water, I definitely needed my wetsuit! We were a little unlucky, we had enough wind on the first day to do the trials but then the wind died for the rest of the week. Long days of waiting were ahead of us, as we had to stay on the beach to wait for possible wind to come. On the very last day of the competition we were lucky, we finally got wind! We could only do the singles, but it was enough! With half of the competition done, we could at least have an official scoring for the event. I was super happy and proud to finish 2nd on this event and even more happy that it secured my 3rd place for the year! It had been an incredible first year on the tour and can’t wait for the 2014 season!1459767_650239231686132_131697936_n1473058_648880335155355_577188486_n400589_650240211686034_1319086720_n

PKRA #7 – Haikou, China

The 7th stop of the year was another good one for me! It was the second stop in China, while it’s not common for the pkra to have two stops in the same country. However, it was a good one. We slowly started getting used to the country and the hotel we were in was quite nice! On the competition day, I started my warm-up session in the morning on my 13m. However, the wind kept picking up during the next few hours and when it was time for my heat I was on my 7m! It was a tough competition, but I managed to place 3rd again! Stoked with another podium!!!

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PKRA #6 – Pingtan, China

The PKRA in Pingtan started off a bit different for me than I hoped. On the day that the singles were being held, I was still chilling in Hong Kong because my Visa wasn’t done on time! Nice timing Annabel…

However, the second day of the competition I arrived and decided to compete in the Big Air comp. This was a lot more fun than expected and I was stoked to win!

The next day, we continued with the doubles of freestyle and as I missed the singles I had to work my way up the ladder! It went very very well though and after beating Paula Novotna I lost against Gisela Pulido so I got a 3rd place! The sickest thing about this is that I am now officially 3rd in the ranking!

The following day I also decided to compete in the Twin Tip Long Distance Race where I managed to get 2nd place in the women’s division!

All together it was an awesome comp and I left Pingtan with 3 trophees!! Soo crazy!

Kiteival Mauritius

I think I just visited one of the most beautiful places on earth… Mauritius was a place I really thought I would never get to. Just a few months ago I still wasn’t even sure where it was! Then I got a invitation to join the Kiteival, a festival full of fun downwinders with lots of people, and found out it was really located all the way near the south of Africa, next to the massive Madagascar. The making of the decision whether I was going or not didn’t take very long.
The event was simply awesome. Most people know the kitespot Le Morne in Mauritius, and that’s about it. But we discovered manyyy suitable places to kite at. Doing a downwinder every single day, we went from the south coast of the island, all the way to the north. It is amazing how many beautiful flat, blue, crystal clear spots there were and when I cross the reef, you find yourself in the middle of world class waves, all by yourself.
It was an amazing week, filled with good people and fun times! I definitely can’t wait till next year! Can you?
Check out www.kiteivalmauritius.com for more info!

Kite Camp Morocco

This August I did my very first kite camp all by myself. And I can only say that it was a great success! My students were extremely motivated and together with Dakhla Attitude Hotel it was perfectly organized. It was a week full of freestyle sessions, extreme downwinders, and fun activities. Levels were ranging from some learning their first jump to others learning their first handlepass. We can definitely count on doing another one next year!!!

PKRA #5 – Fuerteventura, Spain

This pkra stop was definitely my very best one so far!!! The temperature might have been the best so far at this spot, but the conditions were definitely the toughest! With winds ranging from 15 knots to 45, it was extremely hard to control the kite. I was on my 5.5m kite the entire time, trying to land as many tricks as I could! I couldn’t believe it when I kept winning every heat I did, becoming 2nd in the single elimination!
The next day we started on the double elimination. This was the most important day because if I lost my first heat against Novotna I would become 3rd (still not bad, but I was striving for the 2nd!). Beating her meant that I stayed above her in the overall ranking, making me 4th from the entire year so far. I had a very good heat against her and was super happy when I heard that I had advanced and was about to go against Gisela Pulido in the finals!
If I won from Gisela, we would have to go for a Super Final as she won once in the singles (so we were tied). If I lost that first heat, the competition would be over and I would stick with the 2nd place. I knew that Gisela is an amazing rider and very hard to beat, but as I always do, I just went out there and give it all.
After the heat I went back to the beach, and assuming I lost I started rolling my lines and took off my boots etc. I really couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had won that heat and had to go for the super final!!! So I had to go out once more and prove myself again. This time, I wasn’t strong enough to beat her, so I kept my 2nd place. Wow, what a result. First time podium and immediately 2nd!!!