Saturday, December 16, 2017

Day three of the MaiTai Cabarete Freestyle Invitational

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The wind picked up and the MaiTai Freestyle Invitational 2016 was great in terms of riding, spectators and public support. With a wind of 18 knots through most of the heats, the Men’s trials were all successfully completed as well as the first heat of the Women’s main event.

One of the most exciting elements of the day was the activation of the live stream as it was one of the elements that has been great for engaging with fans abroad. During the morning skipper’s meeting, riders were also invited to a presentation of all the MaiTai Cabarete Freestyle Invitational which is more than just another Kite event, but also a union of entrepreneurs and athletes. 

Men’s trials commenced at 1:30 pm with the second trial and the wind blowing strong, keeping a steady pase as the full men’s trials were successfully completed. The trials saw a fierce battle between the 16 riders who were trying to earn the two last spots available in the main competition. However, it was two french riders who claimed the positions, Antoine Fermon and 15 year old Giuliano, the youngest in the event.

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“I came here with the objective of getting into the main event, so I am super happy that I have managed to do that. Although I had a bad start to my heat, I later managed to land a good 317 that I was happy with. I’m looking forward to now competing in the main event.”

As for Antoine Fermon, who is also part of the french team and is the coach of Giuliano, he was equally delighted.

“I’m so happy for Giuliano as I always coach him at our home, and it’s amazing that he has managed to do this at his first event. It’s important for me to try to finish as high in the ranking as possible, as I would ideally like to be within the top 16.”

These two riders will now go through to the main event that will be starting tomorrow morning.

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On the Women’s side, the first heat of the main event was completed. The event was then called off for the day as the sun was setting. For the first heat, the girls were all on form but it was Therese Taabbel who showed amazing determination and focus, giving her the top position within her heat.  Tomorrow we will continue with both the Men’s and Women’s main events. 

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