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  • Cory Roeseler
    Pierre, Yes, the 1998 Kitesurfing World Championships were in Maui, Hawaii for the second year in a row. The 1995 and 96 Worlds were in San Francisco,
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      Pierre,

      Yes, the 1998 Kitesurfing World Championships were in Maui, Hawaii for the
      second year in a row. The 1995 and 96 Worlds were in San Francisco,
      California. We announced the 1999 World Championships for Hood River,
      Oregon USA. Perhaps it's time for another country to host the Worlds?

      Cory

      -----Original Message-----
      From: ---> > Pierre LIBOIS <libois@...>
      To: kitesurf@... <kitesurf@...>
      Date: Wednesday, September 09, 1998 9:07 AM
      Subject: Re: [ksurf] Late breaking Kitesailing news.


      >In the USA ?
      >
      >Cordialement.
      >
      >
      >Pierre Libois
      >Caen, Normandie, FRANCE.
      >
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      >commerce et devenir fonctionnaire." -- Extrait d'un courrier reçu par un
      >assureur.
      >
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      "Webcompétences"==--
      >-----Message d'origine-----
      >De : Cory Roeseler <kiteskiing@...>
      >À : Wayne Patterson <Wowzer@...>; Walter Burkhardt
      ><waltski@...>; Tim and Judy <tomyedison@...>; sandy sachs
      ><ssaandmaan@...>; Richard Kummeth <kummeth@...>; Rebel Bailey
      ><RebelNET@...>; Randy and Brenda <Kiteskier@...>; Peter Anderson
      ><pander@...>; Pat and Tami <patd@...>; Nils Andermo
      ><nils@...>; Molly Anderson <moander@...>; mile high kites
      ><mhkites@...>; Matt Tijon <GlProcess@...>; Mathieu
      Mercadal
      ><hoodtech@...>; Mary Worbes <maworbes@...>; Martin
      Schwarz
      ><martonious@...>; Marko van Es <kiteski@...>; Marc A. Levey
      ><h2earth@...>; Lars Bergstrom <mountainstream@...>;
      >kitesurf@... <kitesurf@...>; kfs.org@...
      ><kfs.org@...>; 'Joel O'Neill' <joel@...>; Joe Giordano
      ><giordano@...>; Hardy Hoheisel <uniquesports@...>; France
      ><lederer_@...>; Eric and Laurel <kiteboard@...>; Don
      >Montague <donm@...>; Dave Russell <oceanic@...>; 'Dave
      >Gagne' <Klimhigh@...>; Dave Culp <dave@...>; Cory
      ><Kiteskiing@...>; Christopher Gill <gill@...>; Bruce
      Sonnenfeld
      ><bsonnenf@...>; Brook & Billy <kiteski@...>; 'bonnie
      >lambert' <bonniel@...>; bajabill@...
      ><bajabill@...>; Alex Hessel <Laptop-Studio@...>
      >Date : 8 sept. 98 18.17
      >Objet : [ksurf] Late breaking Kitesailing news.
      >
      >
      >SKY SAIL PROGRESS
      >
      >
      >1998 KITESURFING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS; SEPTEMBER 1-3
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >Day 1
      >
      >11:00 – 12:00 Various casual skippers meetings led by Joe Koehl and Ed
      >Angulo set forth the rules and format for the single-elimination
      >wave/freestyle event. Top two from 4 heats of three or four sailors advance
      >to the next round.
      >
      >Heat 1
      >
      >1:00 Defending over-all World Champion, Cory Roeseler, from Hood River,
      >Oregon, looped and table-topped his way through the first heat riding his
      >favorite 6 m2 KiteskiTM and custom Open Ocean board. Mike Waltze of Maui
      >also advanced with solid sailing, clear upwind performance, and a few wave
      >tricks.
      >
      >Heat 2
      >
      >1:20 Flash came out flying with huge loops and wave-riding hand-drags to
      >clinch the second heat on his way to defending his wave title. His powerful
      >4-line Sky TigerTM kept him soaring in the light, 10-15 knot breeze.
      Elliott
      >Leboe rode waves and floated airs to advance into the second spot.
      >
      >Heat 3
      >
      >1:40 The third heat was dominated by wakeboarding sensation Lou Wainman on
      a
      >5 m2 Wipika and 150 cm. Wake Tech board. His forward loops and slashing
      >wave-riding advanced him to the next round. Sean Ordonez also advanced.
      >
      >Heat 4
      >
      >2:00 Multiple world windsurfing champion, Robbie Naish, and Don Montague
      >stayed front and center the entire heat, however, Mauricio Abreu, of Brazil
      >with the blue kite was going off in the distance with big jumps and speed.
      >Robbie advanced with steady wave-riding and mule kicks while Mauricio did
      it
      >with extreme sailing off-shore.
      >
      >Coast run #1
      >
      >3:00 The first downwind, long distance race, from Mama’s Fish House to
      >Kanaha beach park was an awesome sight with over 20 kites in the air. The
      >chaotic, but well organized start sent the kitesurfers racing downwind.
      They
      >had to sail outside the second reef at Baldwin and Sprecklesville then
      >locate the canoe hale at Kanaha for a high speed finish.
      >
      >Cory Roeseler and Mike Waltze nailed the start with Flash hot on their
      >tails. Cory quickly gained a quarter mile lead which he maintained the
      >entire race. Flash stayed closer to the inside hoping to catch a puff with
      >his under-powered 5 m2 Wipika and placed 2nd. Mike fell several times, but
      >made super fast sprints to stay in the 3rd spot. Elliot and Lou came in 4th
      >and 5th respectively with Robbie, Don Montague, Chris Gilbert, and Dave
      Dorn
      >close behind. Cory won with a 7 m2 Kiteski. Don took his 8.5 m2 Wipika, and
      >all other men had 5 m2 Wipika.
      >
      >Women
      >
      >Uncontested World Champion, Terese Roeseler, jumped into the pack to lead
      >the women’s fleet, but came into to the wrong beach at Kanaha. While she
      was
      >re-launching, Tomoko Okazaki, of Japan snuck across the line to win the
      >women’s division with Terese in 2nd. Maria was unable to complete the
      course
      >due to equipment problems.
      >
      >
      >
      >DAY 2 Wave/Freestyle Semi-finals
      >
      >1:00 All four Heat 1 semi-finalists threw their best tricks right away. A
      >nice set wave came through just after the hour mark offering ride-able
      waves
      >for Mike and Cory. Flash threw a double loop then broke his board leash and
      >a flying line early on.
      >
      >1:04 Cory surfed in too close, dodged a windsurfer, and lost his 6.0 m2
      >Kiteski kite in the rocks. With the line wrapped around an underwater
      >boulder and the waves crashing over-head, the safety boat came in to
      assist.
      >Fearing disqualification from the heat, Cory waved the boat away, then
      >managed to swim his gear through the surf and started again. By then, the
      >safety boat had powered Flash and his board to shore where he was handed a
      >new kite. Meanwhile, Mike and Elliott were soaring with big wave rides and
      >attempted loops. Mike stayed in the zone for the best-judging angle, while
      >the other three drifted downwind. Cory rebounded from the rock mishap with
      >some lofty air and tweaked table-tops. Flash re-entered the heat with the
      >new kite. Then he jumped, surfed, and slashed for a most impressive end of
      >the heat.
      >
      >1:16 The four contenders looked for a good landing spot, assuming the heat
      >was over. Flash landed a clean double just for fun. Mike sailed home for a
      >ride back with his wife, and Cory edged upwind back to the launch site. The
      >judges wondered why the performance ended 4 minutes early.
      >
      >1:20 First heat ended. Cory and Flash advance to the finals.
      >
      >1:24 Heat 2 semi-finalists Lou and Robbie, came out smoking with slashing
      >wave riding early in the heat. Sean and Mauricio worked the inside, then
      >drifted downwind of the zone. Lou popped several soaring front and back
      >flips to keep the crowd cheering. Robbie’s wave-riding and ability to stay
      >in the zone helped him score consistently.
      >
      >1:40 Second heat ended. Lou and Robbie advance to the finals.
      >
      >
      >
      >Expression Session
      >
      >1:44 The last-chance expression session featured half a dozen of the
      >kitesurfers who were eliminated in round #1. They slashed, crashed and
      >looped until the end of the heat when Chris Gilbert of Hi-Tech Surf Sports
      >was awarded "Bragging rights."
      >
      >
      >
      >FINAL
      >
      >2:35 Flash, Cory, and Robbie sailed upwind to position themselves for the
      >announced 2:40 start. Lou waited on shore for a planned, last minute entry.
      >While jockeying for position, Robbie flew his kite between Flash’s flying
      >lines and burned through one of them, leaving Flash flailing in the surf.
      >Robbie and Cory waved to the safety boat to help him get fixed up, then
      >Robbie went down inside the break. Lou still hadn’t entered the surf, and
      >the race committee decided to postpone the start. Flash quickly tied his
      >severed lines back together, but the knot failed seconds after the launch.
      >
      >2:40 Cory started the heat in front of the Ho’okipa crowd enjoying the best
      >wind of the day all by himself. The steady 20-knot trades fueled several
      >high soaring table-tops. Unfortunately, the judges were not scoring, and he
      >broke his leash on a hard fall close to the rocks. After retrieving his
      >board, the safety boat driver told Cory about the postponement, and
      provided
      >a useful communication link between Cory and the rest of the world on
      shore.
      >They agreed to re-start the Final start sequence at 3:10.
      >
      >3:14 This time, all four finalists were going at the start. Lou landed half
      >a dozen forward and backward flips before being eaten by the surf at Lanes.
      >With his inflated kite inverted in the churning waves, he was unable to
      >re-start. Robbie rode yet another solid heat on his 8’6" "mini-tanker"
      >board. His years of windsurfing dominance showed through as he displayed
      >grace and power, always in the critical section of Ho’okipa. Near the end
      of
      >the heat, Robbie launched his big board into a double rotation but came
      down
      >hard on his ribs with possible fractures. Flash clearly grateful to have
      >been waited upon, entertained the home crowd with several double loops. He
      >surfed and slashed through the end of the heat, riding the lip, and bottom
      >turning with authority. Then he, too, came down hard, bruising his ribs.
      >Cory started with a good wave in the critical section but rode in too far.
      >He was forced to ride a dangerous mini-slalom through the rock jetty to get
      >back out. His next big!
      >jump resulted in a destroyed front binding and his leash failed. After
      >re-starting, he rode waves at Lanes and edged back upwind again to get
      >closer to the judges, his front foot flapping in the breeze. His last three
      >jumps were a slow rotating loop into a small breaking wave, a double loop
      on
      >the inside, and a high, lip-smacking, board ejecting, back-spinning
      toe-side
      >triple at the horn.
      >
      >3:30 End of final heat. No announcement was made regarding the outcome of
      >the big wave/freestyle finals. Cory wrote up a protest for the use of the
      >safety boat for getting to shore and swapping gear in the middle of the
      >semi-final, then the delayed start for 2 downed sailors prior to the
      >freestyle finals.
      >
      >Coast Run #2
      >
      >Women
      >
      >3:20 Tomoko and Maria had an early start with Terese about five minutes
      >behind. Terese fought her way past the other two, sailed past the point at
      >Kanaha where flags were waving (which she thought was the finish line,) and
      >dropped her kite celebrating. As she re-launched to come ashore, Maria and
      >Tomoko glided across the official line into 1st and 2nd respectively.
      >
      >3:30 Robbie nailed the start for the men’s downwinder but couldn’t push his
      >big surfboard fast enough to keep up. Flash quickly sailed out in front and
      >maintained his position with a big purple 8.5 m2 Wipika. The rest of the
      >fleet battled it out with 5 m2 Wipika and 6 m2 Kiteski kites in light wind
      >dipping below 10 knots. The second position changed several times during
      the
      >18 minute ride with Don, Mike, and Cory rallying the entire race. Don had
      >his Wipika rigged differently in an attempt to extract more power from the
      >wind. However, Mike’s superior board speed gave him the edge for a 2nd
      place
      >finish. Cory snuck in under Don’s lines at the finish to place 3rd on his
      >old wood board. Don was 4th with Lou, Elliott and Robbie close behind.
      >
      >
      >
      >DAY 3 Slalom
      >
      >11:00-1:00 Kitesurfers and race organizers discussed the feasibility of
      >running the downwind slalom as planned, in only 10-15 knot wind.
      Eventually,
      >the course was set as a simple "out and back." Competitors launched ¼ mile
      >upwind from Kook’s Beach, sailed ½ mile out to the "triangle," rounded the
      >outside mark, and sprinted to the finish at Kook’s.
      >
      >Heat 1
      >
      >2:00 With his Sky Tiger inflated with power, Don blasted through the first
      >heat with a solid run. Since three sailors in the heat failed to complete
      >the course, Franceso Moretti ran a late but clean course to advance.
      >
      >Heat 2
      >
      >2:10 Chris Gilbert was disqualified for knocking (late heat 1 starter)
      >Franceso’s kite to the crowded beach. Robbie and Flash, both on fully
      >powered 8.5 m2 Wipikas, screamed through to course, finishing 1st and 2nd,
      >respectively.
      >
      >Heat 3
      >
      >2:20 With the only big kite in the third heat, Cory flew his 7 m2 Kiteski
      >Kite cautiously around the buoys to advance unopposed. The others lacked
      the
      >wind strength to complete the course.
      >
      >Heat 4
      >
      >2:30 Mauricio demonstrated that, with perfect technique, one could run the
      >course under-powered with 5 m2 kites. He advanced unopposed. Mike had opted
      >to try a 6 m2 Kiteski kite for the first time with his floaty board and
      >home-made control bar. He launched several times but never really got going
      >on the board.
      >
      >Women’s Heat 1
      >
      >2:40 Terese, Maria, Tomoko, and Cici all started within minutes of the
      >yellow flag with Terese and Maria sporting the best board speed. As Terese
      >neared the finish, a small puff blew her downwind just feet from the finish
      >buoy and she was unable to tack back around the mark despite shouts of
      >encouragement from Doc Doolittle on shore. Tomoko held on to a nice upwind
      >reach to place 1st. Cici and Maria surfed the lulls downwind to the next
      >beach unable to make the finish mark.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >Heat 2
      >
      >3:10 With a hurried sprint to the start, all four female competitors were
      >glad to have started only 1 minute after the yellow flag. This time, the
      >wind picked up a notch and Terese held on strong, making the course for the
      >slalom victory. Tomoko placed 2nd with Maria and Cici again, unable to make
      >the marks.
      >
      >
      >
      >Semi-Final #1
      >
      >Three big kites with skilled pilots attached made the 1st semi-final heat
      >spectacular. Don had trouble inflating his big Sky Tiger at the launch and
      >the left tip never fully inflated. That didn’t keep him from applying
      >pressure to the leaders. Robbie started in 1st but dipped his kite in the
      >triangle as he approached the outside mark. Flash went past and won the
      >race. Just as Don was catching Robbie, the big Wipika broke free from the
      >surf, and Robbie heroically rounded the mark in 2nd. Robbie held Don off
      the
      >final leg with burning speed and advanced to the final.
      >
      >Semi-Final #2
      >
      >Cory and Mauricio, the only two in the heat, just had to make the course to
      >advance to the final. Cory finished cautiously as Mauricio entered the
      >triangle. A 30 second lull dipping below 10 knots left Mauricio 20 meters
      >shy of the outside mark, and he secured 6th place in the slalom.
      >
      >
      >
      >Slalom Final
      >
      >In the minutes preceding the slalom final, the mood changed a bit from the
      >chaotic kite handling and traffic control, to the calm, focussed reserve of
      >the three remaining racers. Robbie, Cory, and Flash double-checked their
      >gear, and triple-checked their watches for that ever-critical start. In a
      >race that only lasts 90 seconds, 5 seconds late at the start can mean the
      >difference between first and last place. 12 minutes prior to the start,
      >Flash broke the tension, pretending to cut through Cory’s lines with a
      sharp
      >rock.
      >
      >Flash and Cory launched with 8 minutes to go, jockeying near position at
      the
      >committee boat. Robbie stayed on the beach until the 1 minute mark, then
      >slowly eased out to the line. He crossed within 2 seconds of the yellow
      flag
      >for an awesome start, showing his competitive knowledge and experience with
      >course racing. Flash and Cory were totally out of position. As they raced
      >across the line 15 seconds late, Cory edged upwind leaving Flash no more
      >than 2 meters between his shoulder and the outboard motor of the committee
      >boat.
      >
      >Robbie sailed directly towards the outside mark. Cory sailed high with
      Flash
      >on the middle course. Robbie rounded first but his lead was fading. Flash
      >rounded near the mark forcing Cory 50 meters wide. Cory recovered then hit
      >the turbo-boost, catching Flash in 10 seconds. Flash’s 8.5m Wipika was
      >holding steady, yet he dragged his hand to prevent his worst fear of going
      >out the front. Cory dipped under Flash with his 22 foot wingspan Kiteski
      >kite inches from the surf. Flash let out an audible groan as he slipped
      into
      >third. With his board speed over 30 knots, Cory closed the gap to 5
      seconds,
      >but couldn’t catch Robbie, the slalom champion.
      >
      >Freestyle Results:
      >
      >1. Flash Sky Tiger/ Wipika
      >
      >2. Cory Roeseler Kiteski
      >
      >3. Lou Wainman Wipika
      >
      >4. Robbie Naish Wipika
      >
      >Downwinder #1:
      >
      > 1.. Cory Kiteski
      > 2.. Flash Wipika
      > 3.. Mike Waltze Wipika
      >Downwinder #2:
      >
      > 1.. Flash Wipika
      > 2.. Mike Waltze Wipika
      > 3.. Cory Kiteski
      >Men's Slalom:
      >
      > 1.. Robbie Wipika
      > 2.. Cory Kiteski
      > 3.. Flash Wipika
      >
      >
      >OVERALL RESULTS
      >
      >Men
      >
      > 1.. Flash Sky Tiger/Wipika
      > 2.. Cory Kiteski
      > 3.. Robbie Wipika
      >Women
      >
      >1st (tie) Tomoko Okazaki Wipika
      >
      >1st (tie) Terese Roeseler Kiteski
      >
      >3rd Maria Souza Wipika
      >
      >
      >
      >Written by Cory Roeseler
      >
      >
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