EL NIDO, Palawan – Swedish ace Atte Kappel and his Filipina wife Jing Gajisan dominated the second leg of the ICTSI-Philippine Kiteboarding Tour Season 6 here last Jan. 11-13.
Kappel swept Bong Fernando and Philippine Kiteboarding Association (PKA) president Jay Ortiz in Twin Tip course racing master division.
Kappel also won in Hangtime event against Bong Fernando and Warner Janoya. Gajisan matched her husband’s success by topping the Twin Tip Course Racing and Hangtime.
Austrian Julia Tausch finished second, while Lynley Teng wound up in third in Twin Tip Course Racing.
In Hangtime , Tausch finished second behind Gajisan. Karolina Michniuk of Germany came in third. Other winners in the three-day event were Doque Delos Santos, who won the men’s Twin Tip Course Racing and men’s Freestyle; Bing Laroque, who topped the women’s Twin Tip Course Racing against Joyce Manahan and Karolina Michniuk; Neblier Mutya, who ruled the novice men’s division over Lloyd Uanan and Donald Bello; and Julia Tausch. who took top spot in the Freestyle Ladies division over Karolina Michniuk and Jing Gajisan.
The event is organized by the Philippine Kiteboarding Association (PKA), headed by Jay Ortiz and sponsored by International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).
Notably absent in the event also supported by Kite Club Palawan, Pukka Bar, Balay Cuyonon Eco Lodge, Cafe Ranchos, Petal Travel and Tours, Carmelita Homestay, Printhub, Piopio, Dive Sibaltan, Ursula Beach Club, Floresita Beach Resort, Headware and Tribu, Qi Resort and David John Travel and Tours was first-leg winner Christian Tio.
After El Nido, the series moves to Lakawon Island for the third leg on Feb.15-17, and Boracay for the fourth leg on March 1-3.
Supervising officials were Mars Gerbach (Competition Director), Andy Curnow (Race Director), Joanne Santos (Tour Organizer), Hendrik Ven de Perre (Head Judge), Ryan Cahilig (Freestyle Judge/ Race Marshal), Reo Mendoza (Rescue Marshal), Jack Agrabio (Marshall) and Joe Tindog (Runner).
Words by Robert Andaya
Photos by Michael Eijansantos