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By Martin Lark
HEAVY HITTERS REGISTERED FOR ACTION AT GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA
The GKA Kite World Tour is in Sotavento, Fuerteventura, this week for the fourth GKA Freestyle World Cup stop of the season. 22 men and 12 women registered for the event this morning at the Rene Egli Watersports centre, and there's a host of riders in the ranks who are out to unseat current tour leaders Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol when the main event begins.
1). More flags than the United Nations!
In the men’s division, Carlos remains unbeaten this season but challenging conditions at the last two freestyle events haven’t enabled the men’s division to complete a final, so he retains the lead by default.
That means Maxime Chabloz, who came painfully close to beating Carlos in the only completed final of the season at Leucate in round one, is just 33 points behind and well within striking distance. Highly on-form Italian charger Gianmara Coccoluto looks odds-on for an event win this season and isn't far away in third, and there’s a tight points margin between him and Liam Whaley in fourth too.
Any one of these riders could make life hard for Mario here in Fuerte!
2). Carlos Mario sends one for the boys / buoys
In the women’s division, Mikaili has a bigger lead on points having been in two finals this season (one of which she won at the GKA Gran Canaria) but fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya and Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands are on her tail.
Mikaili may look hard to beat, but she hasn’t had her customary clean sweep of victories so far this year so her first place position is by no means unassailable.
3). Mikaili Sol during today's warm-up session
So, that means we’re in for a potentially pivotal week here at Playa de Sotavento, with two big double events still to come in Mauritius and Dakhla, plus Brazil still potentially in the calendar at the end of the season.
There's a plentiful supply of Calima trade winds on the forecast and the main event's set to start tomorrow at 10:30 GMT.
4). Glorious hues of blue at Playa de Sotavento
Official event page.
By Martin Lark
THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA 2019 BEGINS THIS WEEK!
The fourth freestyle fixture of the season, the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura, fires up on Friday and will run from the 19-24th July.
It'll take place at the legendary Sotavento, in the south of the island, a notoriously windy location that has played host to countless kiting and windsurfing World Tour stops over the years.
After two events with challenging conditions, Brazilian phenoms Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol are the top ranked riders, although their leads are anything but secure with a host of talented chargers in hot pursuit.
Besides the freestyle action, there's also a Big Air Invitational coming up at the event which will see strapless freestyle riders and freestyle kiteboarders competing together in mixed teams to see who can stick the most outrageous big air tricks. It's the first time something like this has happened in competition, so it should be something special!
Head to the official event page to find out more and to tune into the LIVESTREAM once the action starts rolling!
GKA Freestyle World Cup - Fuerteventura 2019 - Event Promo
Official event page.