Lake Reschen presented itself on Day 3 of the Int. Snowkite Championship with terrific sunshine, a little fresh snow and wind. On Friday and Saturday already all five races have been held. Today a boarder cross was scheduled but because of a lack of snow it had to be cancelled. Instead the Speed Challenge was continued from the day before. The riders dared themselves on the ice to find the fastest one among them. Their rides were recorded via GPS by the KiteTracker app that was installed on iPhones that could be borrowed by the riders. The spectators could follow the results in real time on a screen via the live tracking function of the KiteTracker. Freestyle was officially cancelled because the conditions weren’t safe enough to run a contest, but the freestylers nevertheless showed their tricks in an expression session. In the afternoon the Int. Snowkite Champions were crowned.
The skier Florian Gruber and Michael Kasper fought a head-to-head battle in the Speed Challenge for the title as the fastest rider. They pushed each other and reached speeds of 75-80 km/h. By the time the wind freshened up Felix Kersten didn’t want to take defeat from his leadership of the previous day and joined this battle. Ultimately, he had to settle for second place with 87.95 km/h by a difference of just 0.15 km/h to Florian Gruber (GER) who was the fastest skier with 88.10 km/h. Third place took the Swiss Patrick Stahel with 87.73 km/h. In the Snowboard Men Speed Challenge, Andi Hanrieder was long ahead of the others with about 60 km/h. In the end, however, Lukas Vogeltanz (CZ) won with 75.34 km/h, putting Alex Korb (GER) in second place with 72.25 km/h. Fastest female boarder was Katerina Lancova (CZ) and fastest female skier Martina Brinz (GER).
After the Speed Challenge was completed, in the afternoon the best riders were called to the podium. Martina Brinz (GER) won the female skiing race and became German champion. The German snowboarder German Inga Wobker won the title as German champion as well as Int. Snowkite Champion 2013. Second became Eliska Parma (CZ) and third Katerina Lancova (CZ).
Last year’s runner-up Markus Pompl (GER) won both the German championship ski and overall victory ahead of Florian Gruber (GER) and Michael Kaspar (SUI). In the snowboarding category Reinhold Gehrer (AUT) won the title as Int. Snowkite Champion. Matthias Beck (GER) was second in the overall standings, but could also score the title as German champion with his performance. Lukas Vogeltanz (CZ) won bronze.
As freestyle was officially canceled due to lack of snow, the freestylers who came nevertheless showed their skills in an expression session which they judged themselves instead of a regular heat judging. The freestylers decided that Norwegian Andreas Toverud provided the best overall impression of snowboard freestyle action with a smooth front blind mobe, KGBs, and kiteloop s-mobes, followed by Jan Schiegnitz (GER) and Heinar Brandstötter (AUT). Daniel Schur (AUT) won the Expression Session in the skiing category. Alwin Egger (AUT) was voted second place. Veronika Holubova (CZ) was elected as best female freestyler.
Sunday was an amazing sunny day at Lake Reschen and provided both spectacular battles for the fastest riders as well as nominations of the Int. Snowkite Champions. Also a testival took place where everybody could test gear from Best, Ozone and JN. The Snowkite Championship team would like to thanks all the riders, the sponsors, all the contributors and volunteers, as well as the Tourist Association Resia for their active support.