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  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla: Day 8

      Events

    Mitu Monteiro Wins Men’s Dakhla Single Elimination!

    Reece Myerscough rode bravely to reach his first ever final but the Cape Verdean's execution was clinical

    Friday 11th October 2019

    Location: Dakhla, Morocco

     

    Current discipline: Kite-Surf
    Judging Criteria: Pure wave / 16 minute heats
    Format: Single elimination. Up to 15 waves will be scored, the top two scores count. Judges looking for power and fluidity throughout the turns and connecting sections
    Wind: Light - riders on 12m kites
    Waves: Small but clean and peeling, up to shoulder high

     

    At the end of an action-packed afternoon, Cape Verdean Mitu Monteiro has claimed top step of the men's singe elimination podium! Perhaps in a surprise match-up he faced Canadian Reece Myerscough in the final heat who, having reached his first final, has had the best day of his kiteboarding career, knocking out current champion and tour leader Airton Cozzolino on his way through the quarter final and then bang-in-form Brazilian Pedro Matos in the semis.

     

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    1). Mitu - all smiles and back on top!

     

    Reece just looked so in tune with the small but technical conditions of the day, constantly blasting out turn after tight turn, injecting so much power into each hit. His best two wave average heat score remained high in each heat as he successfully worked the waves from the point all the way in, impressing the judges with the fact that his riding speed seemed to barely alter despite these conditions that were very mushy a lot of the time.

     

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    2). Reece - charging

     

    His quarter final victory against Airton was of course huge news and the champion's heat score of 14.4 wasn't a bad one, but as we saw all day, Reece was the busier rider in his heat, amassing seven waves to Airton's five and in the end managing to make the most of the sections when they eventually opened up.

     

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    3). Airton and Reece move on

     

    That heat ended with a protest from Airton after there was visible discussion out on the water between the riders when they were both on the same wave, but after a long delay in the competition while the judges and competitors discussed it, the protest was eventually over turned and Reece had a most famous scalp. He was running hot, his win was legitimate. Wave choice and maximising each and every opportunity was key; Reece's keenness was rewarded.

     

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    4). Carew was cropped by Matos

     

    Having beaten Keahi de Aboitiz in a ding-dong quarter final but then losing to Reece in the semis, Pedro Matos met the tour's 2nd ranked rider James Carew in the mini-final (James lost to Mitu in the semis). This was a tight and even match-up between two regular footers, team mates and travel mates, but in all fairness Brazilian Pedro rightfully claimed his first podium after hammering two waves all the way in with that varied and fluid approach that made him highlight of the day yesterday. A highest heat score of the day of 16.63 was his!

     

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    5). Mitu in constant motion

     

    In the end it was Mitu who, in the final heat earned the highest heat score with a huge 16.84. On both those plus-eight-point rides he punted several good off-the-lip airs and some of the most explosive hits in the critical section. Turn after turn and then an air off-the-lip that he combined into a 360 in the wave on landing, he then managed to continue to smash what remained of the small wave to bits on the inside shorebreak section.

     

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    6). Mitu in the sweet spot

     

    In winning the single elimination Mitu has propelled himself directly to the final of the double elimination and so can finish no lower than second overall at this event. The story is of course the same for Wednesday's women's single elimination winner, Kirsty Jones.

     

    The coming double elimination over the weekend will be one to savour on the livestream with Airton Cozzolino having to work his way up through more heats than he's used to after being knocked out today in the semis. There's nothing like watching Airton with the bit between his teeth, so make sure you tune in for that on the event live page here.

     

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    7). Podium stoke

     

    MEN'S SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULT:

     

    • 1 Mitu Monteiro (CV)
    • 2 Reece Myerscough (CAN)
    • 3 Pedro Matos (BRA)
    • 4 James Carew (AUS)

     

    GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla 2019, Kite-surf Day Three


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

     

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