Sometimes you don't get get the things you want in life. I was leading overall going into the IKA World Tour final stop in Italy and a good result would of helped me gain the title. I wanted it so bad but it wasn't meant to be. I had a great year on tour winning every heat possible but came short in the last one....the Final in Italy. You get a feeling as an athlete, of how it's gone, and I left the water confident it was 1st or worst case 2nd. Being awarded 3rd was not what I expected and I think my face says it all at the final overall prize giving. Devastated! With Posito Martínez winning the event it meant there was a tie between us in points.
Being a sportsman all my life I know how it feels to lose by 1 point. Nothing however, can prepare you for losing on the same points. The last rule in a tie breaker states if nothing else can split it, the rider that performed best at that last event takes the title. Therefor Posito won the title and I congratulate him. It could not of gone to a nicer guy.
And that was that! As I'm told its a good achievement after what happened at the start of the year but from my perspective was a hard pill to swallow (I am digesting it now). I'll soon have another chance to go for it again and next time will feel so much better!
2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships Final Results:
Big Air Men:
1st Posito Martinez (DOM / Da Silva) - 1855 pts
2nd Lewis Crathern (GBR / North) - 1855 pts
3rd Marius Hoppe (GER) - 1830 pts