- Title: VENEZUELA: KITESURFING - FIRST ROUND OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MARGARITA.
- Date: 17th April 2005
- Summary: MARGARITA, VENEZUELA (APRIL 17, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF THE CONTESTANTS PRACTISING KITESURFING 2. VARIOUS OF THE CONTESTANTS ON RAMP CIRCUIT IN FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND 3. CROWDS WATCHING THE COMPETITION 4. VARIOUS OF THE SEMI-FINAL BETWEEN DUTCH KITESURFER RUBEN LENTEN AND BRITAIN'S AARON HADLOW MARGARITA, VENEZUELA (APRIL 18, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LENTEN, H WINNER OF THE COMPETITION'S RAMPS CONTEST, SAYING: "In the first eliminatory round yesterday the wind was bad, but today the wind is better, this is going to be very good." 6. VARIOUS OF THE WOMEN'S FINAL BETWEEN NORWAY'S TUVA JANSEN, WINNER OF THE COMPETITION, AND JULIA SIMSAR FROM FRANCE. 7. AUDIENCE AND EVENT HOST WATCHING THE CONTEST. 8. THE TWO FINALISTS RUBEN LENTEN, WHO WON THE EVENT (LEFT) AND LEESHAI MILLER (RIGHT) 9. VARIOUS OF FINAL BETWEEN RUBEN LENTEN FROM THE NETHERLANDS AND LEESHAI MILLER FROM ISRAEL. 10. PRESS AND AUDIENCE WATCHING THE CONTEST. 11. PRIZEGIVING FOR THE WINNERS IN THE WOMEN'S RAMPS CONTEST, WITH GERMAN KRISTIN BOESE IN THRID PLACE, FRANCE'S JULIA SIMSAR IN SECOND PLACE AND NORWAY'S TUVA JANSEN IN FIRST. 12. PRESS. 13. PRIZEGIVING FOR THE WINNERS IN THE MEN'S RAMPS CONTEST, WITH MARC RAMSIER FROM SWITZERLAND (LEFT), LEESHAI MILLAR (RIGHT) AND RUBEN LENTEN, WINNER OF THE TOURNAMENT (CENTRE). Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MARGARITA, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Reuters ID: LVAAHLSEN0BWSANS0V8GM1QGN4RR
- Story Text: Kitesurfers from all over the world competed on some
of Venezuela's most spectacular beaches in the first round
of the World Championships
The Netherlands' Ruben Lenten and Norway's Tuva
Jansen were victors in the Ramps and Rails section of Stage
1 of the World Kitesurfing Championship, which took place
over the course of a week on the beaches of Coche and
Margarita islands in Venezuela.
Contestants battled through qualifying rounds on Sunday
(April 17), when the semi-finals also took place. On Monday
(April 18), the finalists in the men's and women's Ramps
and Rails contests came head to head.
Before the final took place, Lenten showed himself to
be upbeat about the contest. "In the first eliminatory
round yesterday the wind was bad, but today the wind is
better, this is going to be very good," he said.
In the women's final, Jansen faced France's Julia
Simsar, but the pirouettes she'd practised on the ramps and
rails over the past few months ensured her victory.
Lenten faced Israel's Leeshai Miller in the final, but
managed to steal the prize.
In the women's event, Germany's Kristin Boese, who came
in second in the freestyle competition in 2004, came in
third, while Britain's Aaron Hadlow, current freestyle
champion, took third position in the men's contest.
The Ramps and Rails competition closed Stage One of the
Polar Ice Venezuela kiteboarding World Cup 2005, and event
which over six days brought the biggest names in this new
water sports to Venezuela.
Kitesurfing combines windsurfing and wakeboarding, and involves the
kitesurfer launching into the air from the
waves where he hangs suspended for moments before
descending to catch the next one.
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