Narapichit Pudla - KTA Bintan Indonesia 1st Place Course Racing
The first stop of the 2013 KTA was held in Bintan Island, Indonesia, with riders registering from many different countries, joining for battle in Course Racing and Freestyle. All the riders and local spectators including customers from the Agru Hotel bet who would be the winner, exciting!
I have been spending my time recovering from an injury after an accident when jumping a pier, but this gave me a lot of motivation the get back in the water, to compete and get feeling back again. I decided to do Cousre racing and Freestyle in this event. First start with course racing, I was confident to ride with the Ozone Edge, P1 board and ristafins set up. The Race Committee decided to make the race outside the reef because there was no water and low tide in the lagoon, we had to walk with our board and kite to pass the reef to the race area. This made it hard to come back and change kite size on the beach. The wind was blowing up gusting to 26 knots, I mostly used my 9m Ozone Edge, and with a lot of Upwind and Downwind legs it made it easy for me to ride and enjoy the race on blue water in Bintan island. We completed 11 races in total and I finished first in every race. Thank you for the best equipment set up from OZONE kites, P1 board, and Ristafins to help me ride faster than the competition.
Continuing with freestyle we first tried to make it in the lagoon but the wind direction was not good and low tide. We had to do all the heats outside the reef too. I just wanted to have fun even though I still had my leg and foot injury. I couldn’t push my hard tricks, just played it safe but it was still enough make it to the final with Long from Vietnam in the single elimination, where I finished in 2nd place. The most tricks I did was 313, 315 ,BJ 3, Slim Chance and a Mobe attempt. During day 3 we finished the double elimination, where I lost to Taner from Turkey and Long from Vietnam still riding stable keeping no.1 on the podium of mens freestyle.
I met a lot of cool locals, we went surfing together when there was no wind, and I wish all the best to them to ride hard.
So see you soon at the next KTA Bintan.
Narapichit Pudla (Yo)