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  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla: Day 4



    Pippa van Iersel and Liam Whaley combined their skills, prevailing over six other teams to win the super session
    Monday 7th October 2019
    Location: Dakhla, Morocco



    1). Liam Whaley and Pippa van Iersel - top team


    As the official GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla Freestyle discipline came to a close yesterday, we moved on to a fun event on day four, in the form of a team Game of K-I-T-E.


    In round one there were two heats with seven teams in the competition.


    Judging Criteria: Land or crash! 

    Format: Game of Kite - teams. Judges dictate the tricks that need to be completed in each round. One rider from each team attempts that trick in rotation. If they land it then great, but if they crash it, they get a letter. First two teams in each round one heat to collect the letters K-I-T-E would be eliminated, leaving the other two teams to advance. Basically it's 4 crashes and your team is out. 
In the super-final, the competition ran until there was just one team left - the winners

    Wind: 20 knots 



    2). The riders relished the chance to compete throwing unusual competition tricks, like Edgar Ulrich with this big kung fu pass!


    Round One Results:


    Heat 1:

    • 1st - Pippa van Iersel & Liam Whaley
    • 2nd - Mikaili Sol & Maxime Chabloz
    • 3rd - Nathalie Lambrecht & Louka Pitot
    • 4th - Alexandra Torres & Robby James


    Heat 2:

    • 1st - Paula Novotna & Romain Giuliano
    • 2nd - Rita Arnaus & Edgar Ulrich
    • 3rd - Therese Taabbel & Arthur Guillebert



    3). Liam, 100%




    Although this final was just for fun it was good to see the riders working as a team to land a really mixed variety of tricks - everything from a double front roll to double heart attacks as well as kite loop front rolls and more!


    We’re excited to see these super sessions develop over the years, pushing the all-round skills of the riders and the fun for the crowds.


    In the end, Pippa and Liam were pretty dominant, crashing just one trick out of eight between them, by which time all the other teams had been eliminated, crashing four times.




    • 1st - Pippa van Iersel & Liam Whaley
    • 2nd - Mikaili Sol & Maxime Chabloz
    • 3rd - Rita Arnaus & Edgar Ulrich
    • 4th - Paula Novotna & Romain Giuliano



    4). Game of 'Kite' team podium


    Rider Quotes:


    Liam: “When they announced yesterday that they would be doing this event, I quickly grabbed Pippa as my partner and it was good to do some tricks that we don’t usually train for. It was fun and I had no crashes, whereas Pippa had one, so I guess I’ll get more of the prize money, ha ha.”


    Pippa: “It was good, my team mate had no crashes, I had only one and I’m stoked to land a slim, which I’ve not done before!"


    Maxime: “I have to say the four tricks in the final were definitely not my sort of tricks. I never train them, but now I will!"


    Mika: "It was pretty interesting, I made all my tricks, whereas my partner Maxime was struggling, so ha, nothing more to say."


    GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla 2019, Day Four, Super session


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    Words: Jim Gaunt
    Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
    Video: Oliver Umpierre 

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