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Sterkies June 2011 Event Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Sunday, 19 June 2011 05:13

Proudly Sponsored by : Ocean2Air

Lead up to the event Article

Go to the
 Photo Gallery to see pictures taken at the event.

Last updated : 11pm 24 June (more pics added to gallery)

Rob Chrystal emerged victorious overall in speed and the big-air event.

He also played a vital role in KZN winning the Inter-Provincial trophy.
Congratulation Rob, nice ha-trick !

Rob Chrystal

Event Summary

It was a tough call to convene this event as only 1 day of decent wind was forecast and time was rapidly running out with it getting colder the longer we waited. 
I decided to go ahead as the forecast looked solid (up to 45 knots) and it fell directly on a public holiday. 

The wind unfortunately didn't blow as strong as I would have liked, and it remained fairly North throughout which is unusual. When the wind is too North, it results in a lot of chop and swell in the bay which limits speed.
Despite this, we still managed to run the first big-air event at Sterkies with great results, and ran the speed event after the big-air contest.
Due to the 

wind moderating and the broad angle, the speeds were not as good as we've seen in the past.
Course racing was not run as the big-air and speed events were given priority while the wind was decent, and most competitors left early on Friday morning. Next time it will definitely be run.
We learnt a lot from the first multi-discipline event and will use this knowledge to improve in the future. 

I'm ecstatic that 5 juniors competed in the event; this is a trend that I hope will continue.


5 judges (all volunteers) were used to determine the hang-time of competitors. It was based on a competitor's time in the air; timing starts when they leave the water and stops when they land. Competitors have to successfully land the jump in order for it to count. There were some huge jumps and few spectacular crashes in the process.
We ran 4 heats, and each heat comprised of 4 competitors. The top 5 competitors went into a final round to determine the winner.
Depending on how many competitors we have, heats will be limited to 5 competitors at a time to avoid over crowding, promote better safety, and give the judges more time to score the jumps.
0.3 of a second separated the first 3 places in the Big-Air contest.


The speed event took place after the big-air, but the wind was lacking juice by then and remained too broad, so the speeds were not stellar and it was difficult to clock fast speeds with the chop and swell running into the bay.
Competitors still gave it their all and recorded respectable speeds given the conditions.
Rob, Paul and Luke featured on top of the list once again, and Joshua put on very consistent and impressive performance throughout all the disciplines.

0.6 of a knot separated the first 3 places in the Speed event.

KZN outnumbered Gauteng 2 to 1 and dominated in all disciplines. Luke Thomas was the only spanner in their works, and prevented KZN from making a clean sweep.

Competitors will be seeded (ranked) in future based on the past 2 events so that they are grouped accordingly. The most recent event carries more weight, so missing events will result in a poor rating which means you might not get the pick of conditions, i.e. top ranked competitors will be given priority when best conditions prevail. This will allow competitors of a similar skill level in a given discipline to compete in the same conditions (wind angle, strength, etc.), and in so doing 
level the playing field. 

Top seeds are most likely to take full advantage of the strongest wind, and those new to the event or still progressing generally don't want or need the insane conditions. 
The big-air ranking is as per the results below as it was the first event. If you were not present at this event, then you will be unseeded at the next event. 
The speed ranking is as follows : Basil Cambanis, Paul Railton, Rob Chrystal, Joshua Emanuel, Anton Nel, Bruce Chrystal, Reese Hendrikz, Luke Thomas, Calvin da Silva, Steve Taylor, Warren Gallow, Christoff Muller, Schalk Kleyn, Lorenzo Valenti, Brendon Webber, Steve Gore, Beau White, Erik Gibson, George Krafft, Wern de Villiers, Dean Hinkins, Rowan Hayes, Anna Hayes, Rowan Hayes (Jnr), Justin Faragher. Others are not seeded.

Since the number of entrants vary significantly each time, I don't know how many shirts to have printed, so there's either a surplus (as at this event) or we're short. So in future I'll have top-quality shirts, and maybe a few jackets and beanies printed with generic Sterkies event branding (done discretely so they can be worn anywhere). I'll sell them at cost to those that want them. The event is run on a non-profit basis, and after the event expenses (trophies, fuel, GPS's, boards, buoys, etc.) there's no margin for clothing.
If we secure a sponsor for the clothing, then they'll be handed out free of charge as in the past.

The design of the trophies has changed at each event and there are currently 9 trophies on offer :
Overall speed winner (floating)
Twintip winner (floating)
Big-Air winner (floating)
1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Speed
1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Twintip
I'll add a big-air winner and runner-up trophy at the next event, and a course race winner's trophy (floating) bringing the tally of trophies to 12.
So there'll be 4 floating trophies and 8x positional trophies which competitors get to keep.
The trophies constitute a large chunk of the reoccurring expense, but are important to recognise the achievement of competitors and motivate others to try and get one.

One or more course races will definitely be run at the next event. I apologise to those that attended the event with the intention of entering just the course race.
We had enough wind on Wednesday afternoon (15-22 knots) to hold a course race, but everyone only arrived on Thursday. And the wind blew early on Friday morning (20-31 knots), but the KZN crew wanted to get back in time for the SW'er.


I trust that those that attended had a great time, and I look forward to seeing larger numbers at the Spring event when it's warmer.


 

Big-Air Results

 

Rank

Competitor

Hang- Time

Province

Equipment

1

ROB CHRYSTAL

6.4 secs

KZNTX4, F-One Bandit4 10

2

LUKE THOMAS

6.3 secs

Gauteng

 Long Ocean, F-One Bandit4 10

3

JOSHUA EMANUEL
   [Best Peak]

6.2 secs

KZN

 TX3, F-One Bandit4 10

4

PAUL RAILTON

5.2 secs

KZN

 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 9

5

BRUCE CHRYSTAL

5.1 secs

KZN

 F-ONE Bamboo, F-One Bandit4 10

6

CALVIN DA SILVA

5.1 secs

KZN

 Xelerator, Mutiny 9

7

SIPHO DLAMINI

5.1 secs

KZN

 TX4, F-One Bandit4 9

8

BASIL CAMBANIS

4.8 secs

Gauteng

TX4, Genetrix Hydra 9 

9

STEVE TAYLOR

4.6 secs

KZN

Brunotti Youri Pro TT, Flexifoil Ion4 7

10

SCHALK KLEYN

4.3 secs

KZN

Aboard TT, Flexifoil Hadlow Pro 7

11

BJORN GASTON

3.2 secs

KZN

 Unknown, Mutiny 9

Steffen Begere set the best hang-time of the event with 6.8 seconds during qualifying.
He had a crash early in the final that put pay to his chances. Steff is definitely one to watch in the future.



Here's one of Rob's jumps caught on camera :



Speed Results

Rank

Competitor

Max.

Ave.

Division

Province

Equipment

Board/Kite 

1

ROB CHRYSTAL

41.98

38.83

Speed

KZN

Airtool, F-One Bandit4 10

2

PAUL RAILTON

41.3438.50

Speed

KZN

 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 9

3

 

JOSHUA EMANUEL
   [Best Peak]
   [1st Twintip]

 

42.78

39.16
38.21

35.12

Speed

TT

KZN

 Airtool, F-One Bandit4 10

4

 

LUKE THOMAS
  [2nd Twintip]

 

38.37

34.73

TT

Gauteng

 Long Ocean, F-One Bandit4 10

5

BRUCE CHRYSTAL

38.02

34.58

Speed

KZN

 Airtool,  F-One Bandit4 10

6

CALVIN DA SILVA

32.70

31.60

Speed

KZN

 Xelerator, Mutiny 9

7

STEFFEN BEGERE

32.02

31.18

Speed

PE

Flexifoil Hadlow Pro Board, Flexifoil ION 4 8,5

8

STEVE TAYLOR

31.97

29.66

Speed

KZN

 Xelerator, Flexifoil Ion4 7

9

SCHALK KLEYN

30.77

29.21

Speed

KZN

 Xelerator, Flexifoil Hadlow Pro 7

10

 

LORENZO VALENTI
  [3rd Twintip]

 

30.28

29.00

Twintip

KZN

 TX4, F-One Bandit4 7

11

BRENDON WEBBER

27.15

25.93

Twintip

Gauteng

 F-One, Nobile 

12

ERIK GIBSON

27.67

25.54

Speed

Gauteng

Custom, Naish Helix 9

13

GEORGE KRAFFT

30.51

21.20 

Twintip

Gauteng

 -, North Rebel 9

14

JUSTIN FARAGHER

-   

-   

Speed

Gauteng

 Custom, F-ONE 

Counts for
Inter-Prov results

BASIL CAMBANIS

48.90

44.26 

Speed

Gauteng

 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 12

Erik Gibson was the winner of the lucky draw prize kindly donated by Ocean2Air 

Erik with his Mystic Warrior Waist harness

Inter-Provincial Trophy

KZN won the trophy for the first time in a convincing fashion.
Well deserved guys !!!

The average of the top 3 riders are averaged per province to get a result.

KZN
Rob Chrystal        38.83
Paul Railton         38.50
Joshua Emanuel   38.21
Average
38.51 knots

Gauteng
Basil Cambanis      44.27
Luke Thomas       34.73
Brendon Webber  25.93
Average
34.97 knots

Special Thanks to :
  • Bruce and Rob Chrystal from Ocean2Air for sponsoring the event and their continued support.
  • My wife Nicolene and my boys Michael and Peter braving the cold conditions, doing the scoring and so much more. It would have been very tough going without their help.
  • Greg de Beyer from  for bringing his event trailer which provided much needed shelter from the elements and from which the scoring was done. Greg also brought loads of coffee, tea and cup-a-soup, and donated towels to the competitors. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity !
  • Garry Robinson from Airtool for his attention to detail and willingness to help. His speed boards are first class and play a vital role in my performance.
  • Justin faragher from Xtreme Sportsfor racing off in a blink of an eye in his bakkie to fetch my kite when it released after a crash.
  • Bjorn Gaston, for the excellent photos he sent me; I've added them to the gallery.
  • Last but not least, to the competitors for their support and braving the cold. KZN in particular pulled out all the stops. Thanks to those select few Vaalies who supported the event.
Notables not present were :
  • Christoff Muller who was on a work assignment in the Western Cape and unfortunately got back a day late.
  • Gert and Christiaan were sick and on antibiotics; both called me to apologise, thanks guys.
  • Warren is frantic with studies and work and couldn't make it; he too called me and is always a great help.
  • Anton Nel was giving kitesurfing lessons at Palm Beach on behalf of Joluka, and Kobus Filmater joined him.
  • Dean Hinkins was under a lot of work pressure and mailed me explaining his situation.
  • Come on Western Cape, get there; this was the 6th event you've missed !

Event video to follow . . .
 

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