My year started off in Brazil, where I trained 2 months for upcoming season. When I got the news, that first stop of PKRA is in Panama, I was stoked to hear it – first of all, my good friend Triina from Estonia (who is one of my first kite friends) was spending her season teaching there and second of all I wanted to see Nitro City.
Just day before my flight to Panama, I took pretty hard crash in shallow water and I injured my finger. I thought it’s not gonna be bad and it will recover fast.
I came to Panama, spot called Punta Chame, 2 weeks before the competition to get used to the conditions. Unfortunately I could not really train with full power, cause my finger was still swollen and painful. I still wanted to compete, as it was not that bad.
There were these days, when Punta Chame bay was full of jellyfishes and as it turned out, Im super allergic against them. I got stung badly 2 days in the row and got really sick of it. Thats the reason, why I was wearing those flashy orange pants.
The riding conditions in Panama are choppy water and the wind is lighter in the morning, then stops at midday and picks up until sunset.
My trainings went pretty well before the competition and it was awesome to see so many good riders in the water. It’s really motivative.
The event started already on 19 February really early morning with men’s trials. The same day in the afternoon, we started with single elimination, where I was up against guess who? My friend Triina from Estonia. I decided to take my 10m2 for my heat, but as the wind increased, I ended up being pretty powered on my heat. I didnt manage to land many tricks and I took some crashes. Unfortunately this heat went for Triina, advancing over me with 0.5 points.
Next day we continued with doubles, where I was against polish rider Helena Brochocka. As I really wanted to climb up in doubles, I decided to start my heat with easier tricks and take a smaller kite. I asked Annelous to keep the 10m2 in the air, just in case. My heat started off pretty good, I landed sbend, 313, blind judge and I was going next for latemobe, but unfortunately I crashed my kite, which happened to be bit deflated, so I was not able to relaunch it. In that moment I paniced as I was trying to crawl out from competition zone to grab the other kite, coming out from bindings takes too much time. I was not really sure if I will get disqualified or not, so I didnt know if I should take the kite or not. I risked and I took the kite, but it was too late already, I didnt manage to land anything new anymore, so Helena won this heat.
I ended up on 9th place, which Im not very satisfied with. The life of the athlete can be tough sometimes, It’s always very hard to accept losing, but it’s part of the game. To be a good winner, you have to be good loser. It’s very important to learn out of it and analyze what can you do better.
It was my first PKRA and I learned a lot. I need to work on my heat plan, cause now I know the scoring system. The system is different from rest of the tours I entered before.
It was also very important to take part of the first stop, as from next stop you need to have PKRA ranking to enter the competition, so I was really happy to be there.
Im taking my flight to Madrid tomorrow and Im gonna train hard in Tarifa. The next event in Marocco starts in 3 weeks already. At the moment Im looking for some sponsors to make it there!