|The Second Annual ProKids Worlds in Bonaire
Bonaire - They came, they sailed and they conquered, all 95 Pro Kids representing over 9 countries around the globe. It was a vibrant weekend dazzling the senses. The beachfront and bay was chock full of brightly colored sails and bright blue rash guards. The trade winds were perfect allowing for full on planing conditions under a blazing August sun. The crowds were cheering and the DJ was pumping out Reggaeton, techno and local hits. BBQ chicken was grilling tantalizing the taste buds. It was a lively 3 day event for the 2nd Annual Starboard Pro Kids Freestyle Event on this Dutch Caribbean island.
The qualifiers held all over the globe brought a slew of young talent. German winner Max Droege was in the house showing off some nice freestyle moves. 16 year old Charlie Chauvet, the French winner was mesmerized by the Bonaire windsurf scene. Young Vincent Tremblay from Canada came early to train and mingle with the local hot shots. Dieter Van De Eyken from Belgium arrived 2 weeks previous to train. He no sooner landed and headed to the site to rig and sail. He stopped hours before returning to Holland. Jonas Staehelin came from Switzerland as did a huge posse of windsurf talents from Aruba and Curacao. It was a league of nations.
The stars were clearly Team Bonaire. It surely helps having the perfect training ground and being able to sail over 350 days a year. And that's what some of these kids do heading over right after school to the gin clear shallow bay. Young Kiri Thode won the crown showing off some dazzling moves including the Shove It and Gozada. Arubian, Sara Quita Offringa was a very close second executing a Puneta and several other cool moves such as the Spock 540. She is rising to the top and is someone we shall see at many podiums around the globe. Both Kiri and Sara Quita are riders for the event Sponsor, Starboard. JP team rider Mosje Vingerhoets came in third throwing some clean and high flat water loops sending the crowd in an uproar. Hours of practice paid off for this Bonairean teen.
In the end everyone was a winner. Each sailor received a certificate, a goodie bag and a prize. Many earned home made driftwood trophies. All walked away with memories of dancing, ice cream parties, and of course sailing. Photos were taken, email addresses were exchanged and everyone de rigged already talking about the next Pro Kids in 2007.
Special thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who made Pro Kids a reality:
Our Event Sponsors: Maduro and Curiels Bank Bonaire, Starboard, Bonaire Windsurf Place,Telbo UTS, Bits Bonaire, Kriyoyo Paint, TCB inc., KLM, Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations, Kooyman's, Coco Palm Garden, Ocean View Villas, Golden Reef Inn, Dakine, Jibe City, Aquaspeed, Rocargo, AMFO, Special Security Services, Prive Pro, Super Store Bonaire, Installatie Bedrrijf Oleana, Bonaire Partners, Habitat Resort, Eden Beach, Hot Sails Maui , Plaza Resort, Budget Bonaire, Windguru, Bonaire Gift Shop and Nettech NV.
A kid is crowned in Bonaire at the second annual Pro Kids. 16 year old Kiri Thode of Bonaire has been pronounced Pro Kid for 2006. Sara Quita Offringa sponsored by Starboard and Maui Sails placed second in a very competitive heat. Mos Vin gerhoets placed 3rd proving to be a worthy opponent. Mos's flat water loops were flawless. His one handed Flakas were impressive as well as his spock 540's. Kiri, another Starboard rider and also sailing for Gaastra threw a smooth Gozada as well as a Shove It and a One Handed Spock 540. Sara Quita in turn showed off her pro expertise executing a nice Funnel and Puneta. It was an adrenalin filled heat with good winds allowing for planing competition. Sara Quita just back from winning first place in the PWA's Fuertaventura event. Kiri also a pro on the PWA tour is 4th in the world currently in the men's freestyle category. Mos is a team rider for JP and is a worthy ambassador for his board sponsor.
The Baby Class was adorable with parents and little newbies sailing to the audience's delighted. After the heats Bonaire's brass and drum corp took to the stage preparing for the New Generation Dancers and the Unlimited Dancers. The finale was the Shakira dance contest. It was a lively and fun ending to the entertainment format.
The awards ceremony follows later today. For highlights see www.prokidworlds.com
Photo Courtesy of www.bonairecaribbean.com and Els Kroon
Bonaire - A recap of the 56 heats run from 9 AM to 8 PM Sat. includes some exciting results below. Today heats commenced at 9 AM with some nice breezes creating a great freestyle format for the final day of this great event. Sunday is a popular day at Sorobon and today record numbers of spectators are predicted to be high. The highlight of the day is the baby kids to compete at 3 PM. Kids ages 2-7 are set to compete and show their skills. After, Unlimited Dancers will perform along with New Generation Dance Troupe. The Brass and Drum Band, Bonaire's own version of Drumline is also set to perform. DJ Paco from Mambo Beach (Curacao) is also in the house.
Several riders sustained some injuries including Starboard/Hot Sails team rider, Bjorn Saragoza who cut his foot training with his dance troupe last night. Payo Soliano, Angulo rider has re broken his toe but hopes to compete. Silvienne St. Jago also injured her foot preventing her from continuing with the event.
Live Streaming Video is available at www.prokidsfreestyle.com. Thanks to Bits Bonaire and TELBO.
Our official weather site www.windguru.cz shows a nice breezes of 19-20 knots today.
Day 2 Results
Boys 8-9 years
1. Jurgen Saragoza BON
2. R. Da Costa Comez CUR
3. Maui Stomp CUR
Boys 11-12 years
1. Amado Vrieswijk BON
2. Dylan Robles BON
Boys 12-13 years
1. Ezri Heymans BON
2. Albert Jan Klijn CUR
3. Clifton Piar BON
Girls 8-9 years
1. Chanel Vrieswijk BON
2. Marvelly Velandia BON
Girls 10-11 years
1. Kelhi Nahray Rog CUR
2. Maria Louise Klijn CUR
Girls 12-13 years
1. Puck Vingerhoets BON
2. Astria Peter CUR
3. Chelsey Domacasse BON
Girls 14-15 years
1. Sara-Quita Offringa ARU
2. Andrea Simal BON
3. Samantha Diaz BON
Boys 14-15 years
1. Bjorn Saragoza BON
2. Mosje Vingerhoets BON
Boys 16-17 years
1. Kiri Thode BON
2. Jeager Sint Jago BON
1. Tati Frans BON
2. Choko Frans BON
Our Event Sponsors: Maduro and Curiels Bank Bonaire, Starboard, Bonaire Windsurf Place,Telbo UTS, Bits Bonaire, Kriyoyo Paint, TCB inc., KLM, Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations, Kooyman's, Coco Palm Garden, Ocean View Villas, Golden Reef Inn, Dakine, Jibe City, Aquaspeed, Rocargo, AMFO, Special Security Services, Prive Pro, Super Store Bonaire, Installatie Bedrrijf Oleana, Bonaire Partners, Habitat Resort, Eden Beach, Hot Sails Maui, , Plaza Resort, Budget Bonaire, Windguru, Bonaire Gift Shop and Nettech NV.
Bonaire - The wind continues to cooperate paving the way for some nice light wind freestyle. The 18+ winners today were Choko Frans first beating out his Pro brother Taty Frans. The winners of today's 16-17 year old boys heats were Kiri Thode (Gaastra/Starboard/Fiberspar) and placing second, Jaeger Sint Jago (Angulo Boards). In the 14-15 year old class Bjorn Saragoza (Starboard/Hot Sails) came in first and placing second was Hendrick Balentien (Angulo). It's a battle with the Starboard and Angulo team riders today. The winner of the 8-9 year olds was Jurgen Saragoza showing talent really does run in the family. Amado Vrieswijk in the 10-11 year olds. Heats are still running with the younger kids and the girls.
The nations represented today aside from the ABC islands include Holland, France, Switzerland, Canada, Germany and Belgium. It's a league of nations today in the Dutch Caribbean.
The beach is packed with sailors, swimmers and locals and tourists alike. Flags are blowing in the breeze and DJ Paco from Mambo Beach (Curacao) is pumping some hot Reggaeton music. Magnolia's famous BBQ is a delish lunch break and the Aquaspeed bar is the place to stay coo. It's a lovely afternoon in Lac Bay.
Bonaire- With over 95 kids competing Race Directors Tinho and Susie Dornellas decided the only way to get the heats accomplished in 2.5 days was to start the competition today at 9 AM. Winds are nuking in the judges stand high above the event site and out on the water white caps are peaking, a healthy wind for today's event. Susie and Tinho are running double ladder eliminations for the 14-17 year old group. After a solid afternoon of competition Friday with lighter winds the kids are prepared for a new day with a much improved forecast. Swiss visitor Jonas Staehelin gear is still in Puerto Rico but he still has hopes of borrowing some gear and advancing on the ladder. French Pro Kid Charlie Chauvet anxiously awaits his turn to how off his stuff. Local pro kids are impressed with his swift moves. Max Droege was seen at the windsurf party held last night at Hulandes Patio hanging with the Curacao posse. Today he is walking about with a taped foot due to a small injury. This should not prevent him from competing. And speaking of posse, that's what you have to call this group of over 20 hot shot sailors who are trained by Hilde Tuinbeek and Ingmar Schnitzler. Kiri Thode, Taty Frans and Sara Quita Offringa just flew in from Fuertaventura where Sara showed off some serious stuff giving her the women's title in European debut. She is a powerful contender to watch. Her adversary is local newbies, Andrea Simal Narva. Andrea took to the windsurf world last month learning to sail at Diva Women's Week and has been training hard with newbies Bonaire resident Beth Powell Winkler. Her effort were rewarded allowing her to advance yesterday. Canadian Vincent Tremblay is waiting his turn to compete. He is loving the social and windsurf scene here in Bonaire and is sure to return for future events. The young gun from Bonaire to watch is Dylan Robles. A few years back he didn't know much about sailing but yesterday he advanced to win his heats. Hours on the water in the perfect training ground can't hurt. As of press time Choko Frans has advanced to first place for morning heats. Heats are still running as the morning commences here in windy Bonaire. The public is encouraged to come on down to the action. Sorobon is alive with music and windsurf fun.