Forces conspire against conclusion of mens Kite-Surf round one singles.
Saturday 7th September 2019
Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing
1). Heritage Bel Ombre reef looking splendid
No further action to report on day two (Saturday) at the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius. Lighter winds in the morning and a bigger swell meant the freestyle riders were released as the race crew wanted to try to complete the remaining eight heats (running two at a time) of the men's Kite-Surf first round of their single elimination heats in the waves. The forecast however looks promising and this is a long ten day waiting period.
The winds filled in more in the afternoon and race director Juan Antonio Aragon held the contest open until almost the last shred of workable daylight in the hope of running something. A particular characteristic of the reef here at Bel Ombre is that, although it picks up any small swell and turns it into good waves, there comes a point at which the swell actually becomes too big and the faces rise quickly but then closeout sharply.
Some riders rode the spot, but in the end the 14 knot onshore wind, stronger currents and greater swell meant that it just wasn’t consistent enough for riders to be able to smoothly ride out their bottom turns with line tension and as much control as the previous round one heats that were completed yesterday in much better cross-shore conditions.
The remaining heats of the men's Kite-Surf single elimination are as follows:
Francesco Capuzzo (ITA) V Louis Marvin (MRU)
Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) V Roderick Pijls (NED)
Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) V Daniel Kux (MRU)
Luke Millard (AUS) V Raoni Lemos (BRA)
Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Alessandro D’Ambrosio (ZAR)
Toni Ciliberto (ITA) V Jeremy Chan (MRU)
Airton Cozzolino (ITA / CV) V Brendon Labonne (MRU)
Graham Harney (CAN) V Jorn Donat (GER)
Sunday's forecast still looks like it's going to be onshore winds, but stronger and with a bigger swell further compromising the length of wave rides, so it's likely that the focus will switch to the Freestyle riders taking their turn to shine on the inside lagoon close to the beach.
Skipper's meeting is scheduled for 08.30am Sunday.
Words: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Svetlana Romantsova