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Is­lan­der Lu­cas Arse­nault wins in­ter­na­tional open, fin­ishes se­cond at Cana­dian cham­pi­onship

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY mil­li­cent.mckay@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

Lu­cas Arse­nault had three top-three fin­ishes at the KiteClash compe- tition in Squamish, B.C.

Look­ing back, Lu­cas Arse­nault says there a few things he would like to change.

The Evan­ge­line na­tive re­lin­quished his ti­tle as Cana­dian kite­board­ing cham­pion dur­ing the Canada Day week­end, after com­ing se­cond in the Cana­dian por­tion of the Kite-Clash tour­na­ment to seven-time win­ner Sa­muel Medysky.

But the week­end wasn’t with­out its other vic­to­ries. He placed first in the in­ter­na­tional open and third in the big air com­pe­ti­tion.

Last year, Arse­nault brought home the Cana­dian ti­tle. He en­tered the tour­na­ment this year de­ter­mined to hold onto it.

“In the fi­nal there are some moves, look­ing back, that I maybe shouldn’t have tried,” said Arse­nault. “There are def­i­nitely things I would have al­tered…

“It was a re­ally close fi­nal though. I thought I had enough points, but I think it came down to half a point. It was tight.”

The three-day com­pe­ti­tion, from June 30 to July 2, at­tracted kite­board­ers from around the world hop­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the var­i­ous heats and classes.

On the se­cond day of the tour­na­ment Arse­nault was ready to get back out on the wa­ters, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­ter­na­tional open.

He would face Ewan Jas­pan, a Triple-S vic­tor from Aus­tralia, as well as fel­low Cana­dian ju­nior cham­pion Jack Rei­der.

He made it through the heat and was gear­ing up for the fi­nals.

He won.

“You al­ways have the mind­set to win, but to go out and do it was some­thing spe­cial,” he said, not­ing it’s not al­ways the best rider who wins, but the rider who’s hav­ing a good day.

“It was a bit dif­fi­cult out there. Gusts were re­ally strong. I was for­tu­nate to be hav­ing a good day be­cause there were def­i­nitely some guys out there with higher cal­i­bre than me.”

On the fi­nal day, Arse­nault was look­ing for­ward to the big air and rac­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

“I didn’t make it to the fi­nals in the races, but it was a great week­end and awe­some to rep­re­sent Canada over Canada Day week­end.”

He placed third in the Big Air com­pe­ti­tion with a 9.2 se­cond boost.

Arse­nault says he al­ready has KiteClash 2018 marked on his cal­en­dar.

“I’ll be try­ing to get the Cana­dian ti­tle back. We can’t let it slide to Sam for too long… seven years is a long time.”

Arse­nault’s next com­pe­ti­tion on the cir­cuit in­cludes two week­end events in Port­land, Ore.

KYLE TOUHEY PHOTO

Lu­cas Arse­nault com­petes at the 2017 KiteClash com­pe­ti­tion in Squamish, B.C.

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