O’Neill team rider Jalou Langeree has taken second place at the KSP World Cup finals in Maui, which took place last week at Ho’okipa!
The KSP World Tour Finals got underway in pumping surf at Ho’okipa, Maui, Hawaii last week. Anytime there’s an easterly component in the wind, you can expect that Maui will deliver. During one of the first days of the event, KSP live stream commentator Ben Meyer said, “It was great to finally see the guys and girls out there ripping at the point. The forecast looks very promising to finish the event in stellar conditions.”
And stellar they were the conditions … read all about Jalou’s adventures below ;-)
“We truly had excellent conditions at the KSP in Maui. Normally Ho’okipa is a spot where only surfers and windsurfers are allowed to enter the water. For this World Cup the local authorities made an exception, just like last year. Incredible to ride this spot with just your opponent in the water in front of loads of public on the shore!
I trained extensively for 2,5 weeks before the contest. I always think it’s a great feeling and very important to prepare well beforehand, to be fit and to have good knowledge of the spot you have to ride, well before the competitions. The conditions were amazing though, side off winds and excellent overhead sets!
Such a cool feeling to battle for the world title with the best 12 kite chicks in the world! My first and second heats went pretty well. I was a bit nervous though … this is the place where I was crowned World Champion last year, so I really wanted to win here this year!! The conditions kept improving as the competion ran on. In the semi finals I was up against the Brazilian Milla Ferreira and to me we looked like two wave magnets. I managed to win this heat though by better wave choices and more radical manoevers!
In the finals I had to take on Moona Whyte, a local girls from Oahu, who also won the tour stop at Ho’okipah last year. The battle was on from both sides! It was an amazing fight between us. I gave everything I had and this was for sure the best heat of the entire competition! When I got back to the beach I even got a standing ovation from everyone; they were all shouting and clapping their hands. Amazing experience! They were all certain I had won the title again this year. It was a close call though, but I did not want to cheer too soon … which was a good thing, looking back, as I came second unfortunately … the jury had decided Moona had won.
So happy with my second place but not satisfied … You never know for sure though, it still remains a jury sport. And I can honestly say a second place for me has an enormously motivating effect on me. I can’t wait to go to South Africa in a few weeks time and start my training schedule for next year and start working towards winning back my title in 2014!!
NEVER GIVE UP ;-)
P.S. I did take home a first place in the Big Air competition!”
Pics made by Richard Hallman.