Monday, 19 September 2011

RRD rider Carlos Madson got 3rd in PKRA Brazil!

Strong winds blowing in the bay of Barra Do Cunhau, Brazil, welcomed the top ten best kiteboarders in the world for the end of the double eliminations. The Brazilian rider Carlos Madson (BRA, RRD) made an impressive comeback all the way to third place, winning four heats in a row and taking down some of the best riders in the world, one after another.

Carlos Madson put up an incredible fight to get back to a podium finish. He managed to beat one after another of the best riders in the world. No mean feat considering this was his first international competition!

Tom Hebert (the best French rider on tour this year) was his first victim.
Then was the time for Alberto Rondina (ITA, Cabrinha), ranked third in the world, and one of the most consistent riders on tour.

Sebastien Garat (FRA, RRD) was up next, battling for fourth place. Sebastien, having witnessed the previous heats, decided to go for a dangerous strategy: try power tricks only and risk everything to land a few of his best tricks. Unfortunately he didn’t land most of the maneuvers while Madson landed a wide variety of all the basic mobes cleanly.

Moving on to Marc Jacobs (NZL, Switch), fourth overall in the world, the bets were open. Marc has a reputation for being consistent in strong wind, but Madson (BRA, RRD), having just beat the third best rider in the world was not intimidated by his opponent. While Marc crashed a lot of tricks, Madson did twice as many tricks with clean landings, definitely going for variation.

After the heat Marc said he saw a huge potential in Madson’s riding skills.
At this point Madson (BRA, RRD) was sitting in third place and feeling pretty confident, considering that this was his first PKRA event. Alex Pastor (ESP, Airush) went out for his first heat of the day, ready to defend his second place.
Madson lost the heat on a 4-1 decision, but made an outstanding impression by winning so many heats in a row and is definitely a rider to look out for in the near future.

Officical Results of the double eliminations:
Freestyle Men:

1. Youri Zoon (NED)

2. Alex Pastor (ESP)

3. Carlos Madson (BRA, RRD)

5. Seb Garat (FRA, RRD)

7. Tomas Teixeira Gomes (BRA, RRD)

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