The Lynaes Open was held over the weekend of the 10th and 11th June at the Lynaes Watersports centre.
The small Danish town is about 1hour north of Copenhagen on the edge of a fjord. It is well known for fishing and water sports for many years and is ideal for all standards providing flat shallow water for beginners which eventually becomes deeper 300 m out.
The Lynaes centre is run by Johan and his twin brother Jeppe who have built up the event to not only include CR:X for the first year but also the Danish Freestyle Tour, Windsurf and Paddleboard race. With a party night on Friday and Saturday night down the harbour the stage was set for a great weekend.
Registration saw 9 Foil boarders register and 12 Twip Tip for KITECROSS – Saturday morning people tested out the equipment in the variable wind – however the wind built enough to run foil boarding and the Races commenced at 3pm.
The racing was fierce and 3 races were completed back to back in a windward / leeward course.
Half Danish/ American Nioclai Sponholtz over for studies from San Francisco Yacht Club showed early good from in taking race 1 however he was not so lucky in Race 2 where he had a tangle which resulted in dropping to a 4th place however in race 3 he was back on top.
Others who did well were Bjorn Rune Jensen and André Østergaard who had been using the equipment for the last 2 months and ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively over the series.
Each race took approx 12 minutes to complete the 2 laps and it was perfect weather 6-10 knots flat and sunny. Every racer enjoyed competing on the CR:X and had big smiles at the end of the afternoon.
Saturday night saw a big party down the harbour with lovely food and music – however late nights were not to be had for many as the forecast for Sunday promised stronger winds.
Sunday dawned with a very light SW wind however it started to build and the course was set for KITECROSS. However the wind was not playing ball and continued to shift both up and down in strength and also in direction. This resulted in the relaying of the course several times before it finally settled down and we were ready to start at 1pm.
Heats were drawn for the KITECROSS and riders briefed over the figure of 8 2 lap course and obstacle. Heats were made up of 4 riders with a transition time of 3 minutes. All riders had a second chance so if they did not make it in their first heat they could go once again.
All riders were on 13m and Twin tips and many were surprised of how early they got planning. There were a few crashes in the first heats as riders got used to jumping over the sausage obstacle. However they soon got the idea of how to get over without crashing. There were still spills especially towards the finish line where riders were neck and neck blew out just meters from the line due to the speed and concentration they were using .
If you were a light rider it was definitely an advantage however Micheal showed great form as he battled it out with competitors half his age and did extremely well in coming 2nd.and also knocking out contender Nioclai from the losers final.
In the last heat of the day the wind came in and we all watched a close match between Micheal Hestbek, Denis Sioson and André Østergaard. However it was André first to the finish line with a victory jump over the finish line.
Prize giving was help at 4.30 pm by Torben Kormun NP distributor for Denmark and prizes were awarded for the top 4 in each category. There was also a great raffle for all the other competitors which meant nearly everyone got a prize.
The Results were-
1- Nioclai Sponholtz
2- Bjorn Rune Jensen
3- André Østergaard
1- André Østergaard
2- Micheal Hestbek
3- Denis Sioson
A big thanks to all involved – Torben and all the NP staff, Lynaes Watersports centre and all the staff