First PKRA race stop in Mexico
Following the amazing and well received Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, tour stop of 2011, the PKRA returned again for the MINI Kiteboard World Tour. Competitors and spectators alike enjoyed the many riches of the region, which include its classic warm turquoise waters and the friendly, spirited culture of the Mexican people. Additionally, the area remains well recognized for its consistent winds and seemingly endless party atmosphere. In total, 36 competitors from 13 different countries arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
In total 7 races could be held. Top racers, Adam Koch (USA), John Heineken (USA), and Bryan Lake (USA) fought hard for the titles. In the end, Heineken took the lead ahead of Lake and Koch. Koch explained earlier in the event how appreciative he is to be racing alongside such talented racers. With a high level of respect between these riders, Koch revealed that they all challenge each other with every race, elevating the level of riding while still maintaining a healthy sense of camaraderie and admiration. In the women’s races, Katja Roose (NED) won ahead of Erica Heineken (USA). Roose said that she’s very excited that more and more females are beginning to take part in the sport, revealing that while the equipment can still be expensive, it is becoming more accessible – as racers only require one board and just a few kites.