KIRSTY IS QUEEN OF THE DESERT!
Welsh wildcard and now local Dakhla resident stormed to the top of yesterday's women's Kite-Surf single elimination
Thursday 10th October 2019
Location: Dakhla, Morocco
Current discipline: Kite-Surf
Judging Criteria: Pure wave
Format: Single elimination. Up to 15 waves scored, top two scores count. Judges looking for power and fluidity throughout the turns and connecting sections
Wind: Lighter, up to 18 knots and cross-offshore
Waves: Small up to head high but jacking up nicely in front of Westpoint.
1). 2019 GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla, Morocco
The big news yesterday was that Dakhla resident for the last few years, Kirsty Jones, who is originally from Wales and has a vast amount of competition experience, including World Titles under her early career belt, won the women’s single elimination.
As the tour visits some really core kiteboarding locations through the year, there are always going to be some highly skilled riders motivated to enter certain competitions who are capable of causing an upset and disturbing the fight for the title. We saw the same with Jalou Langeree and Ninja Ricot taking the top two spots at Mauritius in the last round, while Kirsty showed an undeniable comfort and class here in these conditions at Westpoint, suiting her natural stance.
3). Kirsty, right at home and picking out the best waves
GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla 2019, Kite-Surf Day One
Tour leader Carla Herrera-Oria’s highest seeding meant that she was drawn against the event’s wildcard rider, but unfortunately for her, that wildcard was a previous world champion with amazing local knowledge as early as round two. Carla now has it all to do in the double elimination coming over the next few days.
4). Carla - tough draw in round two!
Kirsty meanwhile went on to beat one of the tour’s most improved female chargers, Australian Peri Roberts in the semi-final and then France’s Charlotte Carpentier in the final, who is currently lying in second on the tour.
5). Women's single elimination podium
So, Kirsty left a real trail of destruction in her wake on Wednesday and in winning the single elimination has projected herself straight to the double elimination final.
WOMEN’S SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULT:
- 1st Kirsty Jones (UK)
- 2nd Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)
- 3rd Catharina Edin (SWE)
- 4th Peri Roberts (AUS)
We left the competition yesterday halfway through round one of the men’s single elimination.
6). Med Ali Beqqali shredded through the qualifying heat!
The big news for today will be the return of Keahi de Aboitiz to GKA competition this year – you may remember he holds somewhat of a lucky charm over this spot! The live page’s live ticker will have the info and updates from the beach and details of when the conditions are filling in for the start of the livestream.
7). Keahi plotting his comeback!
QUICK UPDATE ON MEN’S SINGLE SO FAR:
HEAT 04 B
L Millard V P Afonso
One of the tours rapidly improving talents from Australia, Luke Millard took a good scalp here in the form of Pedro Afonso, and by a good margin of 9.53 to 4.34.
J Carew V H Bouceta
Tour number two ranked rider Australian James Carew eased his way into this event, catching just five waves but amassing a relatively big 13.14 from his two best waves.
HEAT 03 B
C Delannoy V O Perrineau
Battle of France was won by Perrineau in a surprise to many, 8.8 to 4.6 in light conditions.
HEAT 03 A
F Capuzzo V M Mansour
Typical workman’s performance from tour regular Capuzzo with 8 waves to 5 and a score of 9.96 from his two best waves to the Moroccan’s 4.68.
HEAT 02 B
G Harney V C Martin
A tricky one for the judges here with two up and coming riders. Graham Harney from Canada has done every event this year, while Charly Martin from Reunion Island massively impressed everyone with his full tilt wave approach in Mauritius. This battle went in Martin’s favour 10.73 to 9.13.
HEAT 02 A
M Monteiro V R Lafdali
The tour’s third ranked rider and previous Dakhla winner cruised through this heat, 12.5 to 5.33
HEAT 01 B
Anderson Reboucas V J Fernandez
The Brazilian showed his greater experience here having performed to a high level already this year, especially in Mauritius last time out. He took a comfortable 9.63 to 3.13 win.
HEAT 01 A
M Maji V S Joosten
Moroccan local M Maji pulled off a big win over one of the GKA Kite-Surf Tour’s major players here. It was a tightly contested heat with six waves to Simon and five to Maji, but local knowledge snuck it, 11.23 to 10.06
Words: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
Video: Oliver Umpierre