WKL Turkey

 

A few weeks after the WKL Texel we flew all the way to Turkey for the 3rd stop of the World Kiteboarding League. The event was held between 4-8 November in Akyaka, near Gökova. This is a well-known spot with flat water and thermical wind almost everyday during summer. I arrived a few days before the competitions to explore the spot, and straight off the plane we went for a session in front of kiteschool Akyaka. Thanks for the warm welcome with a friendly crew.

 

Our hotel was in the town of Akyaka, which is a few kilometer from the spot. The organization arranged a daily transfer to the event site but you could also go for a beautiful walk through the beach. Most of the riders chose this way to go to the event and back. The enivorment near Akyaka is mountainous with a few cold rivers coming down to the sea. Some of the rivers are coming straight through the town of Akyaka with a lot of restaurants on the side. Beautiful to have dinner. Many riders went for a clear ice bath in the morning or after a day on the water.

 

 

The thermic wind usually picks up at 12:00 and blows till 17:00 in the afternoon. The first day of the event the wind was pretty light, around 14-16 knots. Everyone was on their biggest kites, 13m or 15m. I was up in heat 2 and managed to have a good heat despite the light wind. The spot in front of the Amarok kiteschool was flat but really shallow. This made it quite dangerous to go big in here, but during the heats the adrealine dominates the fear and you go full on anyway. We managed to complete round 1 on the first day.

The conditions for the next 2 days were not really good. The thermic wind didn’t come through because the wind direction turned to east, so the race director decided to make a shorter ladder of riders to save time for the last day of competition. As I became 5th in the first round, that meant that I was out already and could not go to the second round, unfortunately. As we have only 4 days for the competition this is a risk when the wind conditions are not suitable enough. At the end we made it to the semi finals at couldn’t complete the competition.

Cheers,

Rens

WKL Turkey

 

A few weeks after the WKL Texel we flew all the way to Turkey for the 3rd stop of the World Kiteboarding League. The event was held between 4-8 November in Akyaka, near Gökova. This is a well-known spot with flat water and thermical wind almost everyday during summer. I arrived a few days before the competitions to explore the spot, and straight off the plane we went for a session in front of kiteschool Akyaka. Thanks for the warm welcome with a friendly crew.

Our hotel was in the town of Akyaka, which is a few kilometer from the spot. The organization arranged a daily transfer to the event site but you could also go for a beautiful walk through the beach. Most of the riders chose this way to go to the event and back. The enivorment near Akyaka is mountainous with a few cold rivers coming down to the sea. Some of the rivers are coming straight through the town of Akyaka with a lot of restaurants on the side. Beautiful to have dinner. Many riders went for a clear ice bath in the morning or after a day on the water.

The thermic wind usually picks up at 12:00 and blows till 17:00 in the afternoon. The first day of the event the wind was pretty light, around 14-16 knots. Everyone was on their biggest kites, 13m or 15m. I was up in heat 2 and managed to have a good heat despite the light wind. The spot in front of the Amarok kiteschool was flat but really shallow. This made it quite dangerous to go big in here, but during the heats the adrealine dominates the fear and you go full on anyway. We managed to complete round 1 on the first day.

The conditions for the next 2 days were not really good. The thermic wind didn’t come through because the wind direction turned to east, so the race director decided to make a shorter ladder of riders to save time for the last day of competition. As I became 5th in the first round, that meant that I was out already and could not go to the second round, unfortunately. As we have only 4 days for the competition this is a risk when the wind conditions are not suitable enough. At the end we made it to the semi finals at couldn’t complete the competition.

Cheers,

Rens