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Bahrain’s kite surfers soar to new heights

Bahrain News
Sun, 07 Jun 2015
By AHMED AL OMARI


A Bahrain-based kite surfing team who went up against the region’s finest finished first in the final of the second-ever Red Bull Kite The Waj competition yesterday.

Held off the coast of the Amwaj Islands, the three-day competition has featured 10 teams of two from Bahrain, the UAE, Oman and Egypt showing off an array of gravity-defying moves.

A two-member judging panel composed of international Red Bull athlete and renowned freestyle kite surfer Ruben Lenten and Egyptian Red Bull athlete Karim Shawky scored the teams on their air time, grab tricks and rotations.

Bahrain-based Aljo Locsin, 33, said it was a “shock” to take the top spot alongside his teammate Jeremy Remme, 30.

“It feels really good to win this year as I came in third last year,” said Mr Locsin.

“I was so shocked but to win doing something you love is an amazing feeling.

“The competition was tough and the teams from the UAE and Egypt were really putting on a great show.

“I guess the reason we won was because we didn’t crash much and pulled off our tricks well.”

Meanwhile, Mr Remme said the field of competition had been top-class this year, with everyone “bringing their A game”.

“The level of competition was high and everyone was competing so hard,” he told the GDN.

“It was way harder than I thought it was going to be.

“People were throwing bigger and bigger tricks getting amazing air. Afterwards I couldn’t move, I was aching so
bad – it is such good exercise.”

Bahrain was one of the best places in the world to kite surf, Mr Remme added, as the waters are flat and the winds are strong – allowing for huge stunts.

Other podium places went to Mohammad Obeid and Salem Saweybi from the UAE, who came in second and Mohanna Al Dossari and Mohammad Housni from Bahrain who took third.

ahmed@gdn.com.bh