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  • Martin Lark
    Martin Lark

    GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Two


    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:


    HEAT 5A
    Francesco Capuzzo (ITA) V Louis Marvin (MRU)
    HEAT 5B
    Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) V Roderick Pijls (NED)


    HEAT 6A
    Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) V Daniel Kux (MRU)
    HEAT 6B
    Luke Millard (AUS) V Raoni Lemos (BRA)

    HEAT 7A
    Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Alessandro D’Ambrosio (ZAR)
    HEAT 7B
    Toni Ciliberto (ITA) V Jeremy Chan (MRU)


    HEAT 8A
    Airton Cozzolino (ITA / CV) V Brendon Labonne (MRU)
    HEAT 8B
    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

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