Ex PWA blow in sailor Kristoffer Living from Sweden has snatched the King of the Bay trophy by very narrowly winning on a count back to ZU Teamrider “Flacky” who I think may be suffering from mild concussion from continual crowd entertaining double forward loop attempts.
The KOB proceedings started a bit slow with only 20 to 25 knots at the official briefing time of 5pm. The decision was made to delay the start to 6pm due the wind forecasted to increase and South Channel already cranking at 30 knots.
Drawing on 20 years of local Pookipa knowledge, all faith was with the official weather forecaster, Duncan, who ensured everyone the wind was going to crank very soon. As promised, come 5:45pm the wind starting to building to 25 to 30 knots and everyone was getting amped for a classic KOB. Rumor has it Channel 9 is seeking to employ Duncan as the prime time news Weather Reporter ousting Livina Nixon!
With approximately 25 competitors signed up, the format for the evening was two expressions sessions followed by a final of 8 competitors. As soon as the horn sounded to start the first expression session, it was absolute carnage with everyone putting body and limb on the line and pushing themselves beyond the limit. Initial standouts were Victor and Flacky racking up some huge forwards and double attempts by Flacky who quickly sailed back to the beach during the heat to put on a helmet! The second heat saw the same intensity with the wind picking up even more. You could almost throw a blanket over the top 4 competitors in the 2nd expression session who progressed through to the final with a impressive display of forwards, backloops and pushloops.
When the hooter sounded for the final, the wind was peaking at 30 to 35 knots which put on one of the most impressive displays of windsurfing seen at Pookipa. It truly lived up to its name with end over forwards, big delayed forwards, back loops as big crashes. The flying Swede, Kristoffer had is game face on and sailed a very tactical heat by staying upwind and waiting for the gusts then sailing in at warp speed into the jumping zone and pulling off the biggest delayed forwards and back loops that have been seen in the bay. From the beach, Kristoffer appeared the clear winner however Flacky drew on points due to the bonus points for having the biggest big pair of cojonas and attempting legitimate double forwards. (apparently he wasn’t feeling well the day after)
Following the days competition, everyone gathered at the local restaurant, La Porchetta for some very well earned beers and pizza and crowning of the King, Kristoffer Living. It was a great evening of windsurfing with everyone buzzing from the awesome conditions and incredible sailing. A big thanks has to go out to Severne Sails as the official sponsor and the boys from Elwood sailboarders for helping organizing and running the KOB.
1st Place Kristoffer Living (26 points)
2nd Place Steve Flack (22+4 points)
3rd Place Victor Depoorter (22.5 points)
4th Place Joel Ryan (19 points)
5th Place Paul Hurley (16 points)
Best double forward attempts Steve Flack
The bar has been raised for King of the Bay so watch this space for next year!
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