Several teamriders claim podium places or break personal boundaries with the Aero
Here is a quick overview of what happened last month. Read the riders reports here:
The Netherlands – foil – Aero claims podium at 3rd stop Kitefoil Cup Holland
Teamriders Sander de Kok and Evan Kruger take the top spots again during the 3rd stop of the Kitefoil Cup Holland 2017 at Kijkduin. Again a very challenging event, where the first race needed to be cancelled due to a capsize of the support boat in the shorebreak.
A steady 18-24kn side-onshore wind with sometimes a light shower makes a rough see with a rough break entering the water and even bigger choppy swell out at sea. Big enough to hide other riders and the buoys from time to time. A solid ride with almost no crashes lead Evan to a seemingly easy victory: “Every race after the first round I was ahead enough that I could just focus on not falling instead of trying to go as fast as possible.
Sander was the faster one this day on a straight line, but tacking and gibing in these conditions made him crash too much to come close enough to force me into any mistakes.” After the races there was a short big-air demo where Evan won the crowd with big boosts up to 14.5m, slow rotations and some boardgrabs. But the competition was though with nice inverted backflips and even a fully foiling backroll kiteloop!
1 – Evan Kruger Peter Lynn Aero
2 – Sander de Kok Peter Lynn Aero
3 – Bram Hoogendijk North Dyno
1 – Evan kruger Peter Lynn Aero
2 – Bram Hoogendijk North Dyno
3 – Gerrit Renooij Peter Lynn Swell
France – Buggy – Benjamin Fourtanier France Champion with Aero
“The French Kite Buggy season just ended. Peter Lynn Team rider Benjamin “CrocBen” Fourtanier won the title with his brandnew Aeros ! The racing calendar was quite special this year as the tour ended with 2 final races happening in a 2 weeks period. The first one in Gravelines (North of France) and the second one in Britany. Thanks to the points he took at the beginning of the season and a second place in Britany, CrocBen takes the title this year. Congrats !”
The Netherlands – Buggy – Eric Leegwater Dutch Champion with Aero
Report by Eric Leegwater.
Battling for Dutch kitebuggy championship.
The 2016-2017 Dutch kitebuggy race season has been plagued with bad luck : due to bad weather all races have been cancelled so far.
The race weekend at the lighthouse beach at Texel was the only left on the calendar and finally the weather forecast showed it race worthy although not a lot of wind was forecasted.
Racing on the island Texel is always special and gives many a holiday feeling.
I arrive 2 days before the race and with strong winds I have good practice runs on the soft sands. The wind causes sand to drift and some small sand dunes appear.
The sand dunes make it a challenge to maintain speed (60-70 km/hr) as the terrain is getting bumpy….it all adds up to the fun.
On Saturday, the racing day starts with a blue sky and low winds (3-5 m/s).
With great pleasure I see many international riders from Belgium and Germany attending the race, bringing the race scene to another level.
Since this is the only and last race opportunity for the Dutch riders to become Dutch champion, it is going to be an all-or-nothing challenge !
The foreign riders compete only for the weekend results so they are not on my radar during the race for Dutch championship.
I am more focused on Mark van den Berg, the present Dutch champion. He is a very good rider and has proven to be very hard to beat over the last two years.
The first race starts around 10:00 and I ride the Aero 14 on the soft beach.
Teamriders Jeroen Potters (NL), Jort Noorthuis (NL), Carl and Jan Redecker (Germany) also ride the Aero’s. Quite impressive to see so many Peter Lynn kites in the sky !
During the first race I see Mark in front of me…he is fast but I manage to get closer lap after lap. Then in one the last laps I make an upwind turn and pull too early on the bar : a costly mistake as I get airlifted out of the buggy. Luckily I land safely on my feet and hurry towards my runaway buggy. I lose a few places as other Dutch riders pass me. In the following laps I manage to regain my position so I end the race just after Mark.
The 2nd race I decide to change to Aero 17 Ultra Light….in the soft sands some more “grunt” power will help me to get through. All other PL team riders still rider their Areo 14.
I fly the 17 UL with long lines, about 25 mtrs. It helps indeed to accelerate faster and to maintain speed in the soft sand, however turns are going much slower and this is where teamrider Carl Redecker is battling with me : his Aero 14 on shorter lines turns faster but I just manage to keep ahead of him. Again Mark van den Berg finishes before me so he is in a good position to become Dutch champion for the third time.
The 3rd race I decide to shorten my lines on the Aero 17UL : now the kite turns faster but still has enough “grunt” power to get me through the soft sands. It works quite well, although I have a lousy start with Jort Noorthuis and William Pelgrim in front of me…..I need to pass them if I want to have a chance to pass Mark and preferably one of them should finish between me and Mark. Luckily I succeed, but again Carl Redecker is just behind me waiting for me to make a small mistake so he could pass… I finish as the first Dutch rider now only 1 point behind Mark in the overall ranking…..so close ! We need one more race and I need to win that one.
Race 4 is the last race of the day. The tide is going out making the hard floodline accessible again.
I scratch my head what to do : in the soft sands, deflated tires are a must, but on the hard packed floodline one is better off with high pressurized tires.
The floodline is an upwind stretch and will require the kite to be on the left side of the buggy : therefore I decide to pump up the left rear wheel to the max as this wheel will see most of the kite generated forces.
Not sure if this strategy makes sense, but I again manage to finish without any Dutch riders in front of me : yes I am now leading the Dutch championship !
Sunday does not bring enough wind. At 09:00 hr all riders assemble on the beach but the race master cancels the day as the wind will not pick up anymore.
Price giving ceremony follows shortly and I am happy to have become the new Dutch champion….7 years after I started to participating kitebuggy races, all training and races finally paid off.
The overall race weekend was won Bernd Spiering (Germany), Maximillian Thomas (2nd, Germany) and followed by David van Boven (3rd, Belgium). I finish 4th overall.
United Kingdom – buggy – From Scotland to England the Aero rules
Once a year in the UK we tend to have a buggy road trip and this year we decided to start In Scotland and end at the 4th PKA round at Hoylake, starting the weekend at a SPKA round at St Andrews. We all arrived on Saturday to a foggy day with an offshore wind and on que the wind dropped at the start of the race so racing was cancelled, this gave me the opportunity to test the Aero 14m low wind performance on a flat beach and I was pleasantly surprised I was easily cruising and at times with apparent wind I was depowering the kite in less than 2 MPS wind.
Sunday the conditions looked better, but the beach was covered in moon country and the holes were full of water, a quick recon buggy convinced me that the borrowed dry suit I was wearing was made of the material used in tea bags, so after the first race I decided that I would bow out before I caught pneumonia and watch the younger dryer pilots battle it out. Ryan defiantly had the edge on the fleet winning all 4 races hanging onto the 11m Aero in challenging conditions.
Hoylake PKA racing
It seems to be the trend of the PKA 2017 season but yet again the Saturday of the latest round at Hoylake was a wash out with little to no wind but as usual the weather gods made sure that by 7pm the wind and sun was out to rub salt in the wound but by then the pub was calling and the racing was cancelled.
Sunday arrived and the forecast was for 8-11mph offshore wind, everyone was eager to get out on the beach and we all had our fingers crossed we could get some quality racing in.
This was the first race Alison was going to use the Aero in so I ensured she exited the pits with no issues before leaving myself, as I turned for the start I looked at my watch and realised I had only 10 seconds and I was at the back of the fleet, I made a bolt for the start line and started passing the back markers as I approached the 2nd mark the fleet all suicide gybed unfortunately a mistake by another pilot cause my kite to be taken out as I exited the gybe, by the time I got going the leaders had ½ a lap on me, Ryan in 1st was pulling a significant gap to 2nd, I managed to get up to 4th but that was the best I could do.
For the 2nd race I remained on the 11m Aero the wind was changeable but on average I thought I would have enough power, I had a much better start in the top 5 or 6 and as we approached the first up wind section I chose to tack early to get clear air, this payed off as on the approach to the next mark I had priority and I moved into 2nd behind Ryan. Both Ryan and I finished in these positions but as the wind dropped Ryan had the advantage.
I moved up to the 14m Aero on 15m lines for the 3rd race, Ryan and Matt had the same idea, the only difference was that Ryan was using 17m line sets. The bottom end grunt seemed much better and both Ryan and I pulled a lead, unfortunately on the tricky downwind section my kite hit Ryan’s lines. Both kites fell to the ground but Ryan’s bridal tangled causing him to drop to 5th, I managed to relaunch and finished first but I received a penalty point for the collision, the different line lengths allowed Ryan to suicide gybe the corner where on my 15m lines I was still looping the kite, the two methods did not mix well in close quarters.
For the remaining 3 races I stayed on the 14m and it was working well, I was starting to get the feel for the best times to trim the kite to get the best performance, a wind direction shift had also improved the previously tricky downwind section all of this helped me win all 3.
By the end of the day The Areo’s had taken the win on all of the races both Matt Job and Alison all had glowing reports of the new kite, I find myself harping back to the first time on the original Vapor, this Aero feels like it could be another game changer.
United Kingdom – British KiteFoil Championships 2017 Lee Harvey 4th wit Aero
The 2017 Edge Cup & British Kitesurfing Foil Championships took place over the weekend of 20 – 21st May in Exmouth hosted by 5 x World Champion Steph Bridge and the Edge Watersports team.
Over 30 entrants from all round the country including 1 German, 3 Frenchmen and 1 Irish lady gathered on the beach to battle out across 2 fleets, Pros and Ams.
With grey skies and light winds I hit the water using the Aero Ultralight 17m and Ketos Foil Race2, ready for 3 races back 2 back. Unfortunately as the 5 minute signal sounded it started raining and everyone ended up getting rescued as the wind completely vanished.
It wasn’t long before the sun came out and the wind was back at 12- 15 knts perfect for the Aero UL 14m on 18m lines. I hit the first start perfectly and was instantly please with my pointing and speed rounding the windward mark in 5th not too far behind the front 4 who are all ranked inside the top 15 in the World. All was going good until the last leg of the 3 lap windward leeward course when a small mistake allowed the 3 French guys past before the finish.
Race 2 and I made it around the first mark in front of Olly Bridge riding the new Flysurfer Sonic Race 15m. One of the best moments for me was managing to hold Olly off downwind until just before the mark where he overtook and went onto win while I comfortably kept hold of 5th with no mistakes. This gave me great confidence going in for lunch knowing my kites and foil is as fast as the best in the World.
The sun continued to shine for the afternoon and the sw breeze picked up although also became very gusty going from 18 – 22 knts. I went for the Aero UL 11m for the 3 races back 2 back.
My speed was still very good at the front of the chasing pack for most of the races but fatigue was starting to set in on my legs and too often I made a mistake on the last leg to lose my 5th spot.
Sunday and the weather was much nicer with glorious sunshine and a southerly 12-15knt breeze perfect for the Aero 14. Three races in the morning followed by 3 races in the afternoon, we had some great racing and I enjoyed some great battles with the 3 Frenchmen. Holding 5th place after 2 laps in nearly all races I again made too many mistakes on the last downwind legs or into the finish to end up 8th Overall in the Edge Cup.
Happy with achieving my goal of 4th in the British Championship and with the speed of the kites and foil, it’s now time to train more to improve my leg stamina so I don’t make any mistakes at the next event.
Thanks to Steph and the Edge Watersports crew for running a great event and my sponsors for the great kit – Ketos Foils, Peter Lynn, ION & Pasty Adventures
1st Olly Bridge, 2nd Guy Bridge, 3rd Connor Bainbridge, 4th Lee Harvey