Jump to content

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple!

  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Three


    Tee'd up for a big day on Monday!

    Sunday 8th September 2019
    Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing


    A much stronger wind was blowing early this morning and the first men’s Freestyle heats were on the water by 9am sharp. The agenda was packed and after a long and intense day of competition here at the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius event, which is taking place in front of the Heritage Resort in Bel Ombre, we’ve reached the women’s Freestyle semi final and men’s quarter final stage.


    This tees up a very important day tomorrow which will no doubt prove pivotal on the search for this year’s GKA Freestyle World Champion.



    1). The lagoon at Bel Ombre, in front of the Heritage C-Beach Club and Kite Globing



    2). Liam Whaley kept things tight and under control today


    No doubt the standout performer in the men was Nicolas Delmas. The French rider rode out of his skin for the highest heat score of the day with a 35.5 total in round two. Incidentally, he also amassed 31.3 from his four counting tricks in round one, but finished second to Gianmaria Coccoluto who, in spite of tangling his kite in a tree, punched his way up to 31.7 points to still go on to win the heat.



    3). Delmas destroyed his second round heat!


    There were several good performances throughout rounds one and two for the men, most notably from Liam Whaley, the 2015 World Champion from Spain looking imperiously smooth and untroubled. Current World Champ Carlos Mario had his round one heat done and dusted, unassailable with two tricks left to go and advanced directly to the quarters. It was a similar story for the tour’s current leader, Maxime Chabloz, who also eased through. A special note must go to Oswald Smith; the South African has reached the quarter finals and is the only rider competing in both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf wave disciplines this week. Having arrived here directly from Indo, he confessed that this is the first time he’s ridden freestyle in two months. When he’s on his game, he’s a bit of a freak and naturally gifted with a kite in his hands.



    4). Oswald Smith, all-rounder!


    In the women, current world champion, Brazilian Mikaili Sol, hasn’t had the easiest ride this season, but clawed her way back to the top of the overall leaderboard last time out in Fuerteventura, holding a narrow lead over Pippa van Iersel in second.


    Mikaili charged into her first heat today against Spaniard Claudia Leon, which produced one of the most entertaining and high standard of heats that we saw all day; tight and on a knife edge until the very last trick. Sol didn’t need a huge score on that trick, but we’ve seen her fail in the same situation this season.



    5). Mikaili powering through


    No upsets today though, she stomped a backside 315 to win, but in the end both women went through due to the way the heat draw fell with just ten women in the ladder. Both Mikaili and Claudia advanced, but Mikaili carries the higher seeding and the advantage of taking her trick attempts last in the semi-final.





    • Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE)
    • Claudia Leon (ESP)
    • Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
    • Paula Novotna (CZE)



    • Therese Taabbel (DEN)
    • Pippa van Iersel (NED)
    • Rita Arnaus (ESP)
    • Mikaili Sol (BRA)




    HEAT 13:

    • Joselito del Rosario (DR)
    • Nicolas Delmas (FRA)
    • Valentin Rodriguez (COL)
    • Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA)


    HEAT 14:

    • Oswald Smith (RSA)
    • Stefan Spiessberger (AUT)
    • Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
    • Carlos Mario (BRA)


    HEAT 15:

    • Arron Rosslee (RSA)
    • Juan Rodriguez (COL)
    • Adeuri Corniel (DR)
    • Liam Whaley (ESP)


    HEAT 16:

    • Posito Martinez (DR)
    • Louka Pitot (FRA)
    • Paul Serin (FRA)
    • Maxime Chabloz (SUI)


    So we’re set up for a big day tomorrow and expect a thrilling climax to both the men’s and women’s Freestyle! Will there then be time to switch back to the Kite-Surf wave? It’s literally all happening in Bel Ombre this week!


    Freestyle action at Bel Ombre, DAY 3, GKA Mauritius



    Words: Jim Gaunt
    Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Svetlana Romantsova
    Videos: Mintautas Grigas


    Sign in to follow this  
    Sign in to follow this  

    User Feedback

    There are no comments to display.

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By Martin Lark
      GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius - Fina Wrap-up!
      Tuesday 17th September 2019
      Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing
      After an unbelievable nine days of solid action for both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf disciplines of the GKA Kite World Tour that were competing side by side in Bel Ombre, a beautiful closing ceremony, hosted by the Heritage C-Beach Club and Kite Globing officially crowned the winners on Sunday.

      1). Bel Ombre - embedded in GKA history as one of the most classic events we've seen. We will be back!
      The competition ran hot and heavy for nine solid days, delivering one of the tightest finishes ever in the men's Freestyle with Adeuri Corniel taking the win with the last trick of the event and by just 0.01 points over Valentin Rodriguez. Mikaili Sol recovered from a scare in her semi-final to dominate the final and increase her lead at the top of the championship.
      In Kite-Surf, the reef at Bel Ombre was on fire all week and we saw heroes rise up and answer the call to shine. Airton Cozzolino proved unbeatable with a phenomenally wild and powerful approach in all angles of the waves and was joined by fellow barrel hunters, James Carew and Sebastian Ribeiro on the final podium - after Ribeiro completed a massive comeback in the double elimination.
      In the women's Kite-Surf local heroine Ninja Ricot performed a similarly impressive climb back up through seven heats to meet Jalou Langeree in the final, but Jalou was in a different class this event. Strapless Freestyle specialist Carla Herrera-Oria was pleased to reach the podium, a result that keeps her at the top of the championship! 

      2). Men's Kite-Surf, left to right: 3rd Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) / 1st Airton Cozzolino (CV) / 2nd James Carew (AUS)

      3). Women's Kite-Surf, left to right: 3rd Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP) / 1st Jalou Langeree (NED) / 2nd Ninja Ricot (MRU)

      4). Men's Freestyle, left to right: 3rd Liam Whaley (ESP) / 1st Adeuri Corniel (DR) / 2nd Valentin Rodriguez (COL)

      5). Women's Freestyle, left to right: 3rd Bruna Kajiya (BRA) / 1st Mikaili Sol (BRA) / 2nd Rita Arnaus (ESP)
      In Kite-Surf  – leaders Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera maintain their leads, as does Mikaili Sol in the women’s Freestyle, but Adeuri Corniel is the new leader of the men’s freestyle division, pushing Maxime Chabloz into second, and Carlos Mario into third. Find the season rankings here.
      The next round for both disciplines begins in Dakhla: 4 – 8th October for Freestyle and 9 – 13th for Kite-Surf. Dakhla will be the final round for Freestyle, while the Kite-Surf riders move onto their final event at Prea in Brazil in November.
      Words: Jim Gaunt
      Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide 
      Videos: Mintautas Grigas