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  • Martin Lark
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    GKA Kite World Tour Mauritius - Day One!

      Events

    Record number of registrations and solid waves for day one! 

    Friday 6th September 2019
    Words: Jim Gaunt
    Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

     

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    • Record 91 riders register for this double discipline event
    • 8 Kite-Surf heats completed for the men in solid waves

     

    Welcome to the Kite Globing / C-Beach Club spot at Bel Ombre in the southeast corner of the beautiful island of Mauritius. This is the second double event of three this season that will see both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf disciplines on the GKA Kite World Tour take place over the following ten days.

     

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    1). The first riders' briefing of a massive double event when you have 91 riders is a biggie!

     

    The Men's Kite-Surf round one began today (Friday) - find the full summaries of the eight heats that ran on this live page link.

     

    This southeast facing reef here at Bel Ombre picks up swell even when there's very little around the rest of the island, as you can see. The cross-shore wind begs the riders to show us maximum performance surfing and there's more of the same tomorrow!

     

    The stand out rider of the day was on the water in the first heat, Brazilian Pedro Matos. Smooth, powerful and confident, his vertical strikes and sense of finding the gap to get one more lip smack in as well as his ability to pick out the biggest waves of the session were very impressive.

     

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    2). Pedro Matos, firing up the first heat!

     

    Day One Men's Kite-Surf Results:

     

    HEAT 1
    Pedro Matos (BRA) beat Sylvester (MRU)
    HEAT 1B
    Charlie Wise (AUS) beat Arsenio Dias (CV)
    HEAT 2A
    James Carew (AUS) beat Joshua Emmanuel (SA)
    HEAT 2B
    Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) beat Simon Joosten (BAR)
    HEAT 3 A
    Reece Myerscough (CAN) beat Ricot (MAU)
    HEAT 3 B
    Oswald Smith (ZAR) beat Camille Delannoy (FRA)
    HEAT 4 A
    Mitu Monteiro (CV) beat Martin (MRU)
    HEAT 4 B
    Willow-River Tonkin (MRU beat Pablo Amores (ESP)

     

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    3). Australian Charlie Wise

     

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    4). Brazilian Sebastian Ribeiro

     

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    5). Camille Delannoy is a star of the tour, but lost out to Oswald Smith who has actually entered both the Kite-Surf and Freestyle disciplines! He's going to have his work cut out this week!

     

    Earlier on Friday, 91 riders from 25 nationalities registered for the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius as follows:

     

    Kite-Surf Men: 32

    Kite-Surf Women: 20

    Freestyle Men: 30

    Freestyle Women: 9

     

    The race crew put the emphasis on starting the Kite-Surf men on day one, with likely more of the same conditions for Saturday. Sunday currently looks more onshore and too big a swell for the southeast facing reef here to be workable for real wave riding, so we'll probably switch focus to freestyle in the lagoon at that time.

     

    WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM

     

    Photos by: @Ydwer and @Romantsovaphoto

    Edited by Martin Lark


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