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    The Final Day at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria

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    A last roll of the dice on Final Day at GKA Gran Canaria

    Sunday 16th June 2019 
    Words: Matt Pearce / Video: Mint Grigas / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova

     

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    1). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria

     

    Yesterday, on Saturday, the women made it through to the final rounds of the competition where Mikaili Sol overcame fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya to take her first event win of the 2019 GKA Kite World Tour season.

     

    An attempt was also made to run the final three men’s heats, but the wind just wasn't strong enough. However, because the men’s division had reached the semi-finals, the eight riders who'd made it that far were guaranteed an official result, so the focus had instead been on finishing the women’s competition.

     

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    2). Set Teixeira sprints back upwind during yesterday's attempt at the men's semi-finals

     

    Today though, on the final day of the event window, it all came down a last ditch effort to reach the men's final. With clear skies and none of the clouds that had been suppressing the wind this week, things were looking positive.

     

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    3). Arthur Guillebert - good to go!

     

    Unfortunately though, at 19:00 after a long day of waiting, it was clear the wind just was not going to reach the required strength for the men to hit the water.

     

    The riders would not be able to compete to see who would become the first ever male champion of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria.

     

    However, there is still an official result from the men's division and the below eight riders will all share first place rankings (and an equal share of the prize money) from this event.

     

    Scroll down to see the event results and how the overall tour rankings look at the end of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019.

     

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    4). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria

     

    MEN'S FINAL RESULTS

     

    • 1: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA)
    • 2: Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
    • 3: Liam Whaley (ESP)
    • 4: Maxime Chabloz (CH)
    • 5: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM)
    • 6: Valentin Rodriguez (COL)
    • 7: Carlos Mario (BRA)
    • 8: Set Teixeira (BRA)

     

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    5). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria

     

    WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS

     

    • 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
    • 2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
    • 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
    • 4: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

     

    GKA Freestyle World Cup - Gran Canaria - Day Three Highlights

     

    GKA Gran Canaria - Final Day

     

    GKA KITE WORLD TOUR FREESTYLE RANKINGS

     

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    6). Carlos Mario retains the top spot after this event

     

    MEN'S RANKING

     

    • 1: Carlos Mario (BRA)
    • 2: Maxime Chablos (CH)
    • 3: Valentin Rodriguez (COL)
    • 4: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA)
    • 5: Liam Whaley (ESP)

     

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    7). Mikaili Sol storms into first overall after her performance here in Gran Canaria

     

    WOMEN'S RANKINGS

     

    • 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
    • 2: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
    • 3: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
    • 4: Therese Taabbel (DK)
    • 5: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

     

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