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Event: PKRA Argentina 2010 Location: Bariloche, Argentina Date: 11/1/10-11/7/10 Date: 11-07-2011  
Date: 01-11-2010
Bariloche is like no other place you have ever seen, much less ever kiteboarded.  It is spectacularly gorgeous with scenic views you only see in postcards. Yes the wind is cold and the water is cold, mind you it is melted glacier water, but it is for sure paradise in its own way.  If you speak to any Argentinian they will tell you it is one of the most beautiful places in the world and it is.

Lake Nahuel Huapi is surrounded by steep mountains. On the south and west side of the lake you will see spectacular mountain peaks cover in snow all year round.  On the north side you have the mountains from the dessert and on the east side is the town of San Carlos de Bariloche.  This warm and welcoming town will remind you of any ski town, full of little shops, restaurants, cafes and chocolate stores.  In the winter this place is worldwide renowned for its great skiing and snowboarding.

You can kite almost everyday.  Even on days when the lake is flat and glassy in the morning by 3pm the wind will start to pick up as the land in the dessert has warmed up.  We were here for one week for the event and rode everyday.  Kiteboarding in Bariloche can be extreme.  The conditions can be rough since it can get very windy, cold, and the lake’s waters can get very choppy with 2-4’ rolling waves.  Did I mention it can be very cold?  7 degrees Celsius in the spring and up to 14 degrees Celsius in the summer, but maybe my opinion is just biased since I grew up in the tropics… or not. 
During competition we had to deal with these extreme conditions.  The races were hardcore and the freestyle was hard.  Everyone was unrecognizable with their hoodies on.  For the long distance race I had never raced in such windy conditions.  I was on a 6 meter super powered!  Going downwind I would just keep my kite almost at 12 and held on.  On the last day of the event we didn’t race because it was too windy.  Overall I placed 2nd in the long distance and 4th in the course racing. 

So you have heard about all these beautiful tropical places that everyone calls paradise.  Bariloche is a different kind of paradise well worth seeing.  If you are not too keen on ridding in cold water try to come during the summer months so it is not as cold.  I was here in the spring, in the beginning of November, and I am a chicken when it gets cold, but with good neoprene layers from NPX I was able to handle it.  Therefore I think anyone could handle it.  But if you definitely don’t want to deal with the cold water, then come in the winter to ride in the snow.  You will find that this place has something magical in every corner.  
Women's course race:

1. Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha)

2. Nayara Licariao

3. Kari Schibevaag

4. Melissa Gil (Cabrinha)

Women's long distance:

1. Caroline Adrien (Cabrinha)

2. Melissa Gil (Cabrinha) / Nayara Licariao

Men's course race:

1. John Heineken

2. Olivier Dansin

3. Julien Kerneur

Men's freestyle:

1. Youri Zoon

2. Andy Yates

3. Sebastien Garat

Women's freestyle:

1. Gisela Pulido

2. Bruna Kajiya

3. Karolina Winkowska

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