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  1. Ancient Tides

  2. Egypt

  3. There is a group of those lucky amongst us who will find themselves on Luxury Kite Safari Boat somewhere on the cost of Egypt after they watch the video and click this link. Others, like me, will be left with these few minutes of wonderful pictures from the last cruises organized by Bigdayz.
  4. Soma Bay 2017

  5. Final Day at the El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-12 November 2017 The final day at the El Gouna RRD Centre Kiteboarding World Cup was nothing short of spectacular. With 7 heats back to back throughout the day, we saw perfect 10's, boundaries being pushed, tears, unfortunate injuries, and history being made for freestyle kiteboarding, as our champions for this 4th Elite League event were crowned in front of the fans on the beach of El Gouna. Women's Semi-Finals The day commenced with the completion of the Semi-finals for the Women. Heat 7 saw the ladies struggling slightly being the first on the water, dealing with gustier wind and choppy waters. Local wildcard Nathalie Lambrecht tried her best, but could not land the tricks she really wanted to perform. Therese Taabbel, Danish Champion, fought her hardest to advance to the final, but unfortunately it was not to be. Francesca Bagnoli from Italy managed to perform an amazing Slim Chance on her last trick attempt, and this secured her 2nd place, and opened the door to the finals. She was delighted at this results, making this her second Elite League final this season. Annabel van Westerop remained calm and composed throughout the heat, and finished 1st, delighted to once again be in the Elite League finals. 1). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Heat 2 saw our current World Champion Bruna Kajiya really prove her worth, as she rode solidly and with great confidence. Paula Novotna, the Czech charger, performed brilliantly and gave the World Champion a good run for her money. Both athletes went for huge Heart Attacks, scoring 9.4 for Novotna and 9.63 for Kajiya. As Novotna was determined to finish the heat in the highest position possible, she went for an impressive KGB as her final trick, and she advanced to the final, just behind Kajiya. Maureen Castelle performed well in the tricky conditions, along with Pauline Valesa, but neither of them could catch up to their fellow competitors. 2). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Men's Semi-Finals Heat 13 was unique, as it contained 2 former and one current World Champion, making it possibly the toughest heat of the event! Carlos Mario, Liam Whaley, Alex Pastor and Set Teixeira put on an unbelievable performance, as the athletes each fought to secure themselves a spot in the final. Carlos Mario opened the heat with a Heart Attack 7 as his first trick attempt, setting the standard high right from the start. He maintained his dominance throughout despite crashing his 2nd attempt in a rare mistake from the kiteboarding superstar. Mario continued landing tricks that scored within the 9's, casually and with ease. Meanwhile, there was a big battle for second place, where Alex Pastor tried his hardest, however it just was not enough, placing him in 4th position. Set Teixeira from Brazil also tried to remain focused to get to the final, but he would have to settle with 3rd position and a place in the Small Final. Liam Whaley was determined, and performed a nice Backside 317 and KGB5, managing to beat his opponents and would advance to the final alongside Carlos Mario here in El Gouna. Heat 14 was a Dominican affair, with three of the competitors originating from the Dominican Republic. Adeuri Corniel rode outstandingly well, with Luis Alberto Cruz hot on his heels throughout. Both riders advanced to the finals, leaving Posito Martinez and Alex Neto behind to compete in the Small Final. Men's Small Final Alex Pastor, former World Champion from Spain, went all in for the Small Final, wanting to make the best of a bad situation. He had a strong start landing 3 solid tricks back to back, which allowed him to maintain a good lead from the start. Set Teixeira was determined to follow close behind, and finish in 2nd, followed by Alex Neto and Posito Martinez. All 4 riders remained close in points for the duration of the heat, and final standings really came down to the final trick attempts. Women's Final The bar has certainly been raised for Women's kiteboarding as our 4 finalists proved during this event. The riding level was astonishing, as Bruna Kajiya, Current World Champion, stormed into her heat with a Backside 313 followed by an incredible Heart Attack. Paula Novotna from the Czech republic was eager to repeat her strong performance from her previous heat, and performed a Heart Attack of her own, also scoring points up in the 9's. Italian Francesca Bagnoli who is new to the Elite League, having qualified at the first event of the year in Leaucate, has certainly proven her talent and dedication, as she overtook Annabel Van Westerop from the Netherlands with an incredible KGB for her last trick attempt. She finished in 2nd place just 1.05 points behind the World Champion. Paula Novotna unfortunately seemed unable to maintain her focus during the heat, and missed out on a podium finish. Annabel Van Westerop gave it her all, and with her solid 4 tricks that she started her heat with, she secured 3rd place, making it her 3rd podium finish of the season. The level of kiteboarding amongst the female athletes was nothing short of exceptional during this women's final, which was won by non other than Bruna Kajiya! Final results for the Women: 1 - Bruna Kajiya 2 - Francesca Bagnoli 3 - Annabel Van Westerop 4 - Paula Novotna 3). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Men's Final Carlos Mario made history during the Men's final, with the most outstanding heat ever seen in WKL history. The Brazilian current World Champion landed 5 tricks scoring above 9, and two perfect 10's. The spectators, fans and fellow athletes could only watch on in astonishment. His performance has catapulted competitive kiteboarding into a whole new level, and his fellow competitors face a stern challenge to try and keep up with him. Luis Alberto Cruz rode phenomenally well, and was sitting in 2nd place, when he had an unfortunate crash on his 5th trick attempt. He had to withdraw from the heat, and was taken to hospital to be treated for a suspected broken rib. He is now recovering well. Despite not being present for the remainder of the heat, his solid scores meant that he still managed to finish with a 3rd place podium finish, a bit of compensation for having giving it his all and having to suffer the painful consequences. Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic crashed his first trick attempt, but then gained his momentum and consistently landed every other trick attempt with favourable scores, and was rewarded with 2nd place, the best result yet for this young and talented athlete. Liam Whaley entered this final with the focus on winning the event, as he had done previously in Leucate. He knew that it was all or nothing, he had to go big and take some risks in order to stand a chance at winning the heat, but unfortunately 4 crashes cost him dearly, and he was unable to climb his way back up. He finishes the event in 4th position. Carlos Mario wins the Elite League event here in El Gouna! 4). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Final results for the Men: 1st - Carlos Mario 2nd - Adeuri Corniel 3rd - Luis Alberto Cruz 4th - Liam Whaley 5). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Please view all results and scores from the competition here. The live stream was running throughout the day, with viewers tuned in from all corners of the globe to follow and support their favourite athletes. You can go back to re-watch all the action for the week here. WKL Media
  6. Elite League Day 2 at the El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-12 November 2017 Another day of wind and sunshine in El Gouna, Egypt. Day 2 of the Elite League allowed for the completion of Round 2 for the Women and Round 3 for the Men. The wind commenced with strong conditions in the early morning of 20 to 25 knots, and dropped in the early afternoon. Women's Round 2 The first heat of the day was Heat 5 for the ladies. This saw two french riders, Maureen Castelle and Pauline Valesa, keep a safe lead ahead of their competitors throughout the duration of the heat. Dutch riders Isabeau Galiart and Lidwij Hartog struggled to maintain their composure during this second round of competition, which meant that it was Valesa and Castelle who advanced to the semi-finals, yet another very strong performance from the French team. 1). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Rita Arnaus started Heat 6 with a look of solid determination, eager to replicate her incredible performance in Akyaka, and things seemed to heading the right way when she landed an outstanding Hinterberger Mobe scoring her 9.1 points. However, she encountered some difficulties with the remainder of her trick attempts, and unfortunately did not advance any further in the competition much to her disappointment. Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands had a difficult start but managed to regain some good traction, but unfortunately not enough for her to advance to the next round. Local wildcard Nathalie Lambrecht put on a great show, riding well and landing 5 of her 7 trick attempts, and this consistency allowed her to qualify for the semi-finals, much to the delight of her friends and family who were on the beach to support her. Danish Champion Therese Taabbel had a fantastic heat, feeling good from start to finish, and allowing her to advance after finishing in 1st position. 2). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Men's Round 3 Heat 9 was a tense battle between the new up-and-coming riders, Christian Tio and Maxim Chabloz, up against our Former World Champion Alex Pastor and Current No3 Set Teixeira. Maxime opened the heat with full confidence landing a nice Back Mobe 5. He continued riding consistently well throughout, but not pulling out high enough scores to let him advance. Christian Tio sat at the top of the scoreboard for much of the heat, but was knocked down to 3rd place at the very last moment by Set Teixeira who landed a massive Heart Attack 5 as his last trick and jumped from 4th to 1st much to his satisfaction. Alex Pastor, who managed to ride an impressive heat despite still being in pain from his hard crash yesterday, advanced to the semi-finals in 2nd place. It was a very intense heat with the new generation fighting hard, but finally it was experience and consistency that paid off for Teixeira and Pastor. 3). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Heat 10 saw Simone Lamusse from Mauritius struggle to find his composure. Despite starting off well, he crashed 4 of his trick attempts and that meant that he did not advance. Liam Whaley sat comfortably in 2nd position for much of the heat, until he crashed his last 3 trick attempts, which opened a door of opportunity for Stefan Spiessberger. Stefan had a lot pressure, needing at least 8.23 points for his last trick if he wanted to advance, and unfortunately he was unable to pull it off. Whaley advances to the semi-finals, together with Carlos Mario who crashed only once, and managed an incredible KGB7 scoring 9.27 points. It was stop and go for Heat 11, as the heat was postponed for one hour after the 4th round of tricks due to the decreasing wind conditions. However, the wind returned, and Arthur Guillebert was on fine form from the start, however he crashed two trick attempts at the end of the heat which pushed him out the top two. Posito Martinez returned to the heat riding full power and performed an aggressive BS317 scoring 8.63 points. It was up to Alex Neto from Brazil to respond, and he did so with an amazing Slim 7, scoring 8.83 points and boosting him up to 1st position. Hadlow rose to the occasion with a Slim 7 of his own, also giving him a nice score of 8.1 points, but it was Posito Martinez who managed to perform a 317 on his last trick attempt, catapulting him up into 2nd place, and leaving no room for Hadlow or Guillebert to advance. Neto and Martinez secured their spots in tomorrow's semi-finals. 4). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Val Garat from France rode an outstanding heat for Heat 12. He had a solid lead during the start, and rode with power and confidence landing every single one of his 7 trick attempts, including an outstanding KGB7 scoring him 9.13 points as his very last trick. Sadly though, he got knocked down to 3rd place by Dominican powerhouse Adeuri Corniel, who came through with great determination, landing an incredible Slim7 on his last trick scoring 8.67 and landing him in the top position right at the end of the heat, much to the disappointment of Garat, who had fought hard for the spot. Luis Alberto Cruz was on fire throughout the heat, performing several high-scoring tricks including a Backside 317, and he was ecstatic to be passing through to the Semi-finals together with his fellow Dominican, Corniel. Nicolas Delmas rode well for such a tough heat, but several crashes meant that he missed out on his chance to advance. 5). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup It was a day of enthralling action, with each heat leaving the spectators and followers of the live stream on the edge of their seats. Tomorrow we will be back with more, with the first possible start at 8.30am. WKL Media
  7. Elite League - Day 1 at the El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-12 November 2017 El Gouna was once again graced with good winds to start Day 1 of the Elite League event in Egypt. Slightly stronger and gustier than we have seen on previous days, it was sufficient to complete Rounds 1 and 2 for both the men and Round 1 for the women. The freestyle action was intense from the very start of Day 1. We witnessed many surprises, a few early exits, and a strong uprising of young kiteboarding talent ready to take on the established veteran riders. Men's Round 1 Set Teixeira from Brazil showed us he was on fine form during Heat 1. He put on a confident display of riding throughout, and was extremely happy to pass directly through to Round 3. Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic will be joining him, as he also showed determination to skip a round and advance through the competition. The other riders in Heat 1 were not as lucky, and struggled to really pull themselves together for this early start on the water. Alex Pastor, former World Champion, took a heavy crash on his 5th trick attempt and although he managed to relaunch his kite and return to shore, he was in pain and not feeling great, leaving him unable to perform his 6th trick attempt. This meant he had to battle through his next chance in Round 2. There were several amazing performances in Heat 2, but nothing could quite stand up to Carlos Mario, who managed to land 6 doubles in his 7 trick attempts, with 5 of them scoring higher than 9.5 points. Simply outstanding riding from the current WKL Champion, who looks to be firmly on course for another good result here in El Gouna. Former World Champion Aaron Hadlow also appeared to be in good form for his first heat of the event, despite having only arrived yesterday evening and not having had a chance to really test out the conditions. He came in 2nd, allowing him to join Carlos Mario passing directly to Round 3. 1). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Heat 3 was close between all 6 riders, with each of them riding consistently well, but it was Posito Martinez from the Dominican Republic who really managed to set himself apart with plenty of amplitude in his tricks, landing him in 1st place followed by Austrian Stefan Spiessberger who managed to land every one of his 7 trick attempts, included a nice Backside 315. Both of them will pass through to Round 3. Maxime Chabloz, the young 16 year old who won yesterday's Qualifier League, rode the heat of his life for Heat 4. Coming up again two former World Champions, Youri Zoon and Liam Whaley, he managed to face the stern challenge with defiance, and his high scores put him in 2nd position. It was Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic who sealed the deal landing every trick attempt and placing himself in 1st position just above Chabloz. Both young riders were ecstatic to advance to Round 3. Men's Round 2 The first big upset of the competition took place in Heat 5, which saw former World Champion Youri Zoon get eliminated from the competition, as he failed to really get his focus in place, landing only 2 good scoring tricks from his 7 attempts. This was a great disappointment for the Dutch rider, who had big objectives for this event. Jerome Cloetens from Spain/Belgium was unfortunately in the same boat as Zoon, as he also failed to land enough tricks for him to advance. The two French riders, Val Garat and Arthur Guillebert were both on fire as they gained several high scores, with Guillebert taking 1st place, and Val coming in 2nd just behind him. Both riders will advance to the next round. "I managed one thing today, and that was to ride the worst heat ever in my 13 years of competing. Props to me. " Youri Zoon Heat 6 saw another French rider remain firmly in the lead and that was Nicolas Delmas, who racked up some good tricks including a nice 317 to finish. Alex Neto felt the pressure right until the very last moment of the heat, where his KGB pushed him up into second position, allowing him to advance. This was a great relief for the Brazilian rider who has been dealing with an injury to his knee from earlier training here in Egypt. Local wildcard Omar Modrek defended himself well during Heat 7, receiving plenty of support from the local crowd on the beach, but it was Alex Pastor who put on an amazing performance after having recovered from his unpleasant crash earlier in the morning. Despite losing his kite during one trick attempt he managed to make an impressive comeback during this round, including a stylish KGB5 and took the win. Second place saw a fight between Robinson Hilario from the Dominican Republic and Simon Lamusse from Mauritius, but is was Lamusse who rose to the challenge and advanced to the next round together with Alex Pastor. 2). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Liam Whaley from Spain also managed to have a fantastic run in Heat 8. His signature style and powerful riding won him the heat, just above Christian Tio from the Philippines. Both riders advance to the next round, unfortunately eliminating David Tonijuan and Rens van der Schoot from the competition. 3). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Women's Round 1 Francesca Bagnoli has certainly proved that she is worthy of the Elite League during her time in Egypt so far. She has been riding consistently well and today was no different, as she stormed through her heat and took 1st place. Isabeau Galiart from the Netherlands rode consistently, and came in 2nd place, but unfotunately Maureen Castelle struggled this first heat as she crashed her 4 last trick attempts, but will still get another chance in the second round tomorrow. Annabel Van Westerop from Aruba landed an incredible Heart Attack at the end of Heat 2, scoring 9.17 points, and that, combined with her consistent riding gave her a strong lead for the heat. Pauline Valesa followed her in 2nd place, and Lidewij Hartog in 3rd. "I couldn't be happier with this first perfect day in Egypt, winning my first heat and receiving the highest trick score of all the girls!" Annabel Van Westerop 4). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup Paula Novotna from Czech Republic was on fire for Heat 3, with her final KGB scoring her 9.13 points. She was delighted to finish in 1st place, followed by Spanish Rita Arnaus, who also landed some powered tricks including a nice Heart Attack, and Therese Taabbel, Danish Champion, followed in 3rd. "Today was amazing. I'm stoked with my riding, and with the great support from my North Team mates on the beach. I am super excited for tomorrow." Paula Novotna 5). Elite League - El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup The last heat for the ladies showed an amazing effort from Vera Klabbers, the newly qualified Elite Rider, who landed 5 solid tricks, placing her in second place just a few points behind our Current Champion Bruna Kajiya. Local wildcard Nathalie Lambrecht came in 3rd. The Elite League competition continues tomorrow, with the skippers meeting called for 8.30am and the first possible start at 9am. Join us on our live stream to follow all the action! WKL Media
  8. Qualifier League Finals - El Gouna RRD Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-9 November 2017 The competitors awoke to a much windier day today in El Gouna, with the wind already blowing between 18 and 22 knots from their arrival at the competition site at the RRD Center, an ideal setting for the finals of the Qualifier League. Small Finals First in sequence was the Men's Small Final, which saw 6 participants battle it out on the water. The wind conditions were ideal for 9 metre kites. The riders each had 7 trick attempts during their heat, and each of them strived to make the most of each attempt, with every point counting. It was Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic, our former Cabarete event winner, who remained firmly in control throughout the 40 minute heat. He landed 6 tricks with solid scores and gained the advantage by landing an outstanding Backside 315, placing him just a fraction above French rider Arthur Guillebert, who also fought hard for a top position. Arthur was unlucky and had three crashes during his heat, but fortunately his trick scores were high enough for him to maintain his 2nd position. Gianmaria Coccoluto came in 3rd, after riding well but struggling to maintain the consistent scores that he needed. Paul Serin, Louka Pitot and Linus Erdmann came in 4th, 5th and 6th position for the Small Final, with the scores all coming in very close to each other. For the Women's Small Final, we saw newcomer Claudia Leon from Spain, just 16 years old, produce another impressive performance, landing an incredible Slim Chance scoring her 7.37 points, the highest scoring trick of the heat. Vera Klabbers however was not going to settle for anything less than the win, and with her powerful riding she gained four high scoring tricks, placing her in 1st position, a great result for the new Elite League rider. Pauline Valesa from France and local rider Nathalie Lambrecht had to settle for 3rd and 4th positions, after failing to land several of the tricks that they were aiming for. Finals The wind conditions were looking ideal for the ladies final, which saw Mikaili Sol rise to victory, by dominating her heat from start to finish. Sol landed every one of her 7 trick attempts, which included an outstanding Back Mobe which scored her 9.4 points, the highest score of the day. This was an amazing victory for the 13 year old, who is no doubt anxious to be able to start competing in the Elite League and prove her worth amongst the more experienced athletes. Francesca Bagnoli from Italy tried her hardest to chase her down with a great performance, but she had to settle for 2nd place. Therese Taabbel, Danish Champion, came in 3rd after landing several high scoring tricks including a nice Backside 313. In 4th position was Maureen Castelle from New Caledonia who unfortunately felt the pressure and crashed 6 of her 7 trick attempts. "It feels great to win finally after not doing so well in Holland. I've been training for two weeks with Fabio Ingrosso in Brazil to prepare for this, and I think that helped a lot. I improved my consistency a lot. It feels good to be the youngest girl, because you're beating girls who are a lot older, so it's really satisfying. I'm really happy with my performance, and I hope to do the same next time!" Mikaili Sol 1). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The Men's Final saw the wind speed decrease slightly, making it harder for the finalists to really put as much power into their tricks as they would like. Val Garat, one of the larger riders, struggled starting his heat with two crashes, but eventually managed to get his mind focused, and climb his way back up to finish in 3rd position. Anthar Racca from Mexico was hungry for a good result and rode with confidence throughout the final, but unfortunately two crashes cost him dearly and he had to settle for 2nd position, still an incredible result for the young Mexican rider. It was Maxime Chabloz , just 16 years old from Switzerland, who despite a slow start, managed to gain momentum and put on an outstanding performance, taking 1st place for the final and making this his best result for the year, after previously having won his age category at the Youth Cup. Manoel Soares from Brasil, Nicolas Delmas from France and Christian Tio from the Philippnes finished in 4th, 5th and 6th position. All athletes put on an amazing performance, but consistency was key to succeeding in such a difficult final. "It's amazing. It's cool because now I definitely know that I can compete in the Elite League next year. At the moment I won, I was speechless, and once I realised what had happened I was so happy. Again it was light conditions, but we all did our best." Maxime Chabloz 2. 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The prize giving for the Qualifier League was held on the beach, followed by registration for the Elite League riders. The Elite league event will be starting tomorrow , with the live stream also available to watch on our Facebook page and website. Thank you to all the Qualifier League participants for making it such an amazing event, and for pushing the level so high right from the start. The full results from the Qualifier League can be viewed here. WKL Media
  9. Day Two at the El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-9 November 2017 Daybreak in El Gouna was accompanied by ideal wind conditions once again, a treat for competitors and spectators alike. It is the perfect example of why this location in Egypt is so popular for kiteboarding, and remains a firm favourite particularly for freestylers. However the wind conditions dropped slightly during the morning and put the competition on hold until 3pm, when it resumed and both the Men's and Women's semi-finals were completed. 1). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt Men's Semi-Finals The semi-finals for the Men were continued from yesterday, starting with the completion of Heat 11. As the wind strength was decreasing, the Men struggled to ride with power even on their biggest kites, however Anthar Racca from Mexico still managed to remain firmly in control, and landed 5 of his 6 trick attempts. His scores remained high enough to give him a good lead, and a position in the Qualifier League final. Val Garat from France joins him, as he finished a few points behind in second place. Both riders remain firmly on course for a good finish at this Qualifier Event, Anthar Racca who will be focused on gaining entry to the Elite League in 2018, and Val Garat who will be wanting to maintain his position within the Elite. 2). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt Heat 12 for the Men continued, and with the lighter wind conditions, the heat lasted longer than usual. In order to make fair conditions for the riders, they are allowed a longer period to perform their tricks, waiting for the suitable moment. Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland seemed unfazed by the conditions and confidently landed every one of his six trick attempts. The young rider, who was winner of his category during the Youth Cup earlier this year, was please to secure himself a position in the final for this event. Frenchman and newly qualified Elite Rider Nicolas Delmas was just one point behind him and will also follow him through to the final. “The conditions were really light, but it was quite an advantage for me because I am one of the smaller riders, and at home I also have light wind conditions so I’m really used to it. I had a bit of luck, and a lot training, and it all worked out! “ Maxime Chabloz 3). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt Women's Semi-Finals The young Mikaili Sol from Brazil proved that she is a force to be reckoned with during Heat 7. Although she is still not old enough to compete in the Elite League (where the minimum age is 14) she continues to push her boundaries during each event, and today was another solid performance for her. With 4 sound scores during her heat, she cruised through to the finals comfortably. Maureen Castelle from New Caledonia was also up to the challenge, and landed several high scoring tricks giving her a well-earned position in the finals which will be held tomorrow. "It was great being under pressure again and I'm really glad that I finally did well! I've been training really hard for this and I'm hoping to do a lot better in Brazil and maybe get the wild card for the Elite event!" Mikaili Sol 4). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt Heat 8 saw two newcomers of the Qualifier League, Claudia Leon and Nathalie Lambrecht come face to face against two more experienced riders, Francesca Bagnoli from Italy, and Danish Champion Therese Taabbel. Bagnoli claimed the win, eager to position herself in the final, and Taabel was determined to join her, landing 5 of her 6 trick attempts, which placed her just above Spanish rider Claudia Leon. "The wind was quite light, but in the end we managed to run some heats with some good tricks. I'm very happy to have won my heat and make it to the final of the Qualifiers." Francesca Bagnoli 5). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The wind unfortunately dropped bringing the day's competition to a close. Tension hangs in the air for the Qualifier League riders as they need to battle for a good result to gain entry or remain in the 2018 Elite League. Competition resumes tomorrow, with a first possible start at 9.30am. More images from yesterday's action can be viewed here. WKL Media
  10. El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup - Qualifier League - Day One El Gouna, Egypt 7-9 November 2017 Day one in the idyllic freestyle spot of El Gouna started with a bang, with the renowned Egyptian winds blowing from the start. The skipper's meeting was held at 7.30 am, and the heats commenced directly after. Heats 1 to 10 of the Men's Qualifier were completed, and Heats 1 to 6 for the Women. Men's Round 1 Heat 1 of the Men's Qualifier League saw Dominican rider Luis Alberto Cruz dominate from the start. He successfully landed all of his tricks, which included a 317 and KGB. He was followed through to Round 3 by young up-and-coming rider Chistian Tio from the Philippines. Heat 2 saw the young Brazilian ripper Manoel Soares show some outstanding talent on the water, landing a massive 319 that scored him 8.17 points. His performance was exemplary, showing that the level of some of the Qualifier League riders is up to the level of the top Elite. Louka Pitot from Mauritius stomped a nice Front Blind Mobe and placed himself in second position, opening the door directly to Round 3. Heat 3 was a win for Italian North rider Gianmaria Coccoluto. Riding consistently, and landing an impressive Front Blind Mobe. German favourite Linus Erdmann rode a good heat and joins him in Round 3. Young Mexican rider Anthar Racca was on fine form in Heat 4, and managed to pull off a near-perfect Slim7, as well as an impressive Double Heart Attack. It was French rider Val Garat who came in 2nd position also ensuring his spot in Round 3. One of the youngest riders of the Qualifier League, Jeremy Burlando, came up against some of the top riders in Heat 5. He managed to hold his ground throughout the heat, finishing in 4th position and passing to Round 2, a great accomplishment for the 11 year old. French rider Lucas Ferreira suffered an unfortunate accident, injuring his knee and forcing him to withdraw from the heat. Fellow frenchman Paul Serin sealed the deal for 1st place, with Arthur Guillebert close behind him. The contest heated up during Heat 6 as Tom Bridge landed a clean Backside 317 and Slim 7, with style and power, clinching the win just ahead of Nicolas Delmas. Both riders progress directly to Round 3. Women's Round 1 After a short break, the Women's Round 1 was next in sequence. The El Gouna winds continued to blow, and increased slightly as the competition entered the afternoon. The youngest female rider from the WKl, Mikaili Sol was on fire as she landed solid tricks that included a Slimchance and Blind Judge. Elite rider Rita Arnaus from Spain also joins her advancing to Round 3. Local rider Anna Hashem performed well in Heat 2 and advanced to the next round. Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands gained a spot directly in Round 3. It was a tight run between Pauline Valesa and Francesca Bagnoli in Heat 3, but finally it was Italian Bagnoli who maintained her focus and gained the desired spot in Round 3, Valesa passing through to Round 2. 1). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The young 17 year old Claudia Leon from Spain impressed the judges and spectators with a great performance in Heat 4, beating her more experienced competitors and passing to Round 3. Maureen Castelle came in 2nd place after landing a nice S-bend to Blind. Men's Round 2 The optimal wind conditions allowed us to continue with Men's Round 2, where Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland improved on his earlier performance and landed a well executed Backside 317. He won the heat, followed by Simon Lamusse from Mauritius. Sergei Borisov had his eye on the win for Heat 8, and rode a stylish and powerful heat, giving him the 1st position. Rens van der Schoot was also determined to remain in the competition, and his focus and determination put him in second place. Robinson Hilario from the Dominican Republic was keen to gain a place in Round 3 during Heat 9, and his impressive 317 and Double Hinterberger Mobe 5 was enough to put him there. French rider Julien Krikken followed a few points behind him. Women's Round 2 Women's Round 2 was next in sequence, and it was local rider Natalia Lambrecht who showed great promise in her first WKL competition. She managed to beat her more experienced opponents, gaining her a well-deserved spot in the semi-finals. Therese Taabbel from Denmark will be joining her. From Heat 6, both French riders Pauline Valesa and Maureen Castelle will be passing through, after both ladies showed their competing experience above their fellow opponents. 2). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt Men's Semi-finals Christian Tio from the Philippines produced his best performance of the day in Heat 10, landing all of his tricks and finishing it off with an outstanding Slim 7 scoring 9.1 points, the highest score of the day. Definitely one to watch during this competition, he has now secured himself a position in the Qualifier League Final. Joining him will be young Brazilian hot shot Manoel Soares, who rode incredibly well all day and is firmly in contention for a podium spot for this Qualifier League event. 3). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The final heat of the day, Heat 11, was stopped after the third trick attempt, as the sun was setting and the visibility was no longer suitable. It will resume tomorrow morning with the first possible start at 9.30am. We remind you that the live stream will be running as from the 8th of November, but meanwhile you can view all ladders and the live scoring here. WKL Media
  11. El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup 2017 El Gouna, Egypt 7-9 November 2017 The World Tour returns to Egypt at the beautiful spot of El Gouna, 25 kilometres north of Hurghada. This stunning town that includes lagoons, islands and secluded sandy beaches, combined with a unique blend of traditional and modern arquitecture, is also known as one of the best kiteboarding locations in the World. The event will be hosted at the new RRD Center, where conditions are optimal for freestyle kiteboarding. Registration took place during the afternoon, and saw 36 men and 15 women register for the Qualifier League event, from over 22 different nationalities. You can expect to see many of the well known riders such as Val Garat and Linus Erdmann come up against some of the new up and coming riders such as Christian Tio or Mikaili Sol. One thing is for certain - The level will be high from the very start! Our live stream will be running as from Wednesday, but meanwhile, you can follow the action from the Qualifier League via our Facebook and Instagram. The Elite League event will commence on the 8th of November. WKL 2017 EGYPT El Gouna - Event Teaser. Stay tuned for a week full of freestyle action! WKL Media
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  13. WKL confirm event in Egypt, El Gouna

    WKL Egypt confirmed for elite and qualifier league Location: El Gouna - Egypt Dates: 5-7 November Qualifier League and 7-11 November Elite League The World Kiteboarding League are delighted to confirm the El Gouna RRD Center World Cup, this November, which will be held at the RRD Center by Creativity Surfing Egypt. The Qualifier League event will be the third Qualifier of 2017, giving an opportunity for the young up-and-coming riders to fight for a spot in the 2018 Elite League. It will be followed by the Elite League event, from 7th to 11th of November which will see all of the top freestyle riders battle it out for the 2017 World Title, which is sanctioned by World Sailing. The live stream will once again be running throughout the event to bring you all the action right to your screens at home. More information and details of both events can be found on the World Kiteboarding League website. The next upcoming event on the WKL calendar will be in Texel, Netherlands, this September. WKL Media
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