ATTE Kappel of Sweden and local bet Doque delos Santos go for back-to-back victories as they banner another crack international field vying in the second leg of the ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour Season 3 that kicked off Friday in Aqua Boracay.
The Swede ace and Flysurfer rider is again tipped as the man to beat in the centerpiece Masters Twin Tip Race as Kappel bested Philippine Kiteboarding Association president Jay Ortiz in the kickoff leg of the four-stage $40,000 circuit in Siargao last month.
But Ortiz and a slew of top riders from Australia, Germany and Poland are raring to foil his bid and fuel their own campaign in the three-day event.
Delos Santos also looms as a favorite in the Twin Tip Division after turning in five aces in five races to dominate the Siargao stop of the event.
Germany’s Kathrin Bogwardt, meanwhile, tries to improve on her runner-up finish to Jing Gajisan in the women’s Twin Tip section even as world junior No. 2 Christian Tio braces for a repeat showdown with Delos Santos in the Freestyle event.
Tio and Delos Santos shared top honors in Siargao after the final day was called off due to lack of wind. But with the condition expected to be at its toughest in Boracay, organizers expect a thrilling duel for the titles in various categories, including the Hangtime competition.
Meanwhile, Cagayan will host the penultimate leg on February 12-14 before the circuit winds up in Cuyo Island in Palawan on March 11-13. For details, call 632-638-9273 or 0917-4123888 or email PKAtour@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook at philippinekiteboardingtour.