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  1. The competition during this year's Wind Voyager Triple-S has ended and we may expect final results any second. In the meantime, we invite you to see a video from the last day.
  2. AIR GAMES 2018 - BRAZILIAN CLEAN-UP OPERATION GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018
 Final Round: Fehmarn, Germany 24 – 28th August Monday 27th August, 2018, Report: Jim Gaunt, 
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide DELIVERANCE AT DAWN The first order of Monday’s dawn raid was to take care of the remaining women’s single elimination semi-final between Champion-elect Mikaili Sol and Pauline Valesa; Sol needing just this heat win to be assured of the Championship (on better count-backs than her closest rival Hannah Whiteley), come what may in the final and then the double elimination. It’s a challenge in itself to ride at your best at 6.30am, let alone when your first World Championship counts on it. Managing the mind of a 13 year-old can be difficult on many levels, but the Swiss 6x snowkiting World Champion and youth coach of excellence, Fabio Ingrosso, said that Mika was already up at 4.30am and came to wake him; a change from the distracted talent he was trying to keep focused in Sunday’s stop / start heats with up and down winds. 1). Mikaili, primed for success The strong forecast held true and delivered nature’s payback after a windless round one in Leucate. Riders would fully let loose and fly. After calmly testing the waters and her gear for a few minutes, coach Fabio’s final words to his young student were, “Show me the real Mika Sol.” She nodded, swang her kite towards the horizon and got down to business, setting the tone for what would be seven hours of back-to-back heats in which the full men’s and women’s double elimination ladders ran to completion and closed the season out. GKA Air Games - The 2018 Finals - Deliverance at Dawn 2). It’s more than a solo effort to become World Champion at just 13… though raw talent is of course the primary ingredient. Coach Fabio and Mika’s dad supporting from the sidelines Pauline and Mika are two of the slightest athletes on tour and French rider Pauline took the longest to adjust to the strong 28 - 32 knot conditions, having the bar ripped roughly out of her hands early on while trying to build handle-pass scores. Mika meanwhile landed a slim 5 before safely compiling a couple of solid kite loop scores. On Fabio’s signal Mika was in for a slick pit-stop, upping her kite size to a nine metre and grabbing her foot-strapped board. Nailing the double front board-off on her first attempt she was safely ahead with five good tricks to two. Red flag up: she was a 13 year-old World Champion, but there was little fanfare. If she went on to win the final against Hannah she’d be guaranteed a clear points gap with no count-backs necessary. 3). Mika’s double front board-off was hard to beat… alongside her slim 5s, kite loop bar spins and more! Hannah Whiteley has found that this mixed Air Games format perfectly suits her robust style of riding. The northwest of England is blustery and cold and can deliver every imaginable wind condition. Hers is therefore a committed style but she will have to wait until next season to “beat that little grom” from Brazil (as she affectionately calls the rider who is half her own age). Mika went on to maintain a 100% heat victory record this season – eventually beating Hannah once again in the double elimination final later in the day. Hannah retains the second position she's held all year and walks away from this tour with a strong training goal. “I’ve realised that this is my dream tour that pulls all aspects together. I will be fully focused to be as ready as I can be for 2019. Bring on the Cape Town training!” Credits also go to third place finisher, Dutch rider Pippa van Iersel who has made a big impact with her huge kite loops, powerful passes and strong vision for how she wants to represent female riding. You'll be seeing lots of her in the coming year. 4). Hannah, hustling for the win MEN’S DOUBLE ELIMINATION: Chomping at the bit to get into action, the men’s first double elimination heats started with those riders who took the earliest exits from the single elimination in vastly different conditions. The second elimination offers the chance for a rider to heroically march their way back up the ladder. In the midst of the men lurked a King of the Air specialist and it was time to shine for Lewis Crathern. 5). Lewis sending one of his many kite loop variations that saw him strongly advance Gaining fortune from a couple of heat byes, Lewis found himself projected up the ladder to face Dominican shredder Luis Alberto Cruz in heat #28A. Luis V Lewis was a fantastic heat and at 33 years-of-age Lewis is the oldest rider on the tour and showed that in high wind experience counts. Stacking each of his heats, he loaded the judge’s tablets with technical but flowing boogie loops (mega loops with a front roll) kite loop late back rolls, super controlled double front roll board-offs (not using the handle), high kung-fu passes and a couple of super powered back mobes. He progressed through five heats back-to-back and found himself suddenly having a potential say in the World Championship, lining up against Jesse Richman. 6). Playing to the conditions, Crathern had a killer series of heats At this point the focus of the story switches from Lewis to Jesse as the Hawaiian hit the water fully charged to launch his assault on a third world title. As he launched his kite on the beach he hooted characteristically, seemingly without a care in the world and stoked on the power in his kite. His enthusiasm is infectious and spread wildly as we closed in on the moment that the first ‘Air Games’ World Champion would be crowned. 7). Always sending, Jesse Jesse opened up his account with a huge boogie loop followed by a massive triple front roll off a kicker with each body rotation totally inverted. Within seconds he’d also landed a kung fu high handle-pass, already completing a high scoring trick in each of the three categories. Lewis was also registering good scores but was clearly a little more worn. After three tricks each there was already a sizeable eight point gap. Jesse looked ultra fresh and stomped a huge kite loop board-off; a relatively new move that’s handsomely rewarded and richly deserved. After the heat Lewis said, “I thought I had an advantage as I was well warmed up but Jesse did everything and I didn’t know he literally had the kite loop board-off in the bag like that!” Jesse faced Aaron Hadlow next in a huge heat of few mistakes. Quality and size evidently mattered over quantity and there was no margin for error with both riders getting the highest heat scores of the contest so far. Jesse prevailed with a whopping 27.64 to Aaron’s 25.93. Jesse’s overall impression score of 4.7 out of 5 was second only to his previous heat score of 4.8. He was nearing Air Games perfection. 8). The beauty of the double elimination is that the tension builds and builds as the higher placed riders enter the competition heat by heat towards the final stages. Jesse was itching to get going One competitor remained and we were gifted a winner-takes-all season showdown. If Carlos Mario won another final he and Jesse would finish the tour on equal points, but Carlos would win on count-backs having won more times than Jesse. If Jesse won (and he'd have to beat Carlos twice as he won the single elimination), the Hawaiian would have an overall points lead. If we weren't already aware of Carlos' natural talent, he was the only rider who didn’t warm up on the water at all. His first heat was the final and he went straight from launching his kite to the competition area and was tricking with dry hair. He was born ready to kite… Very different in their styles, experience and preferred conditions, Jesse on paper was more at home as a King of the Air winner, so decided to hit Carlos where it hurt early on with a massive kite loop board-off; a move that as yet we’ve not seen the Brazilian attempt. Jesse looked good all the way into landing but caught an edge in the white water and drifted away from his board. 9). Having landed two super clean kite loop board-offs, Jesse was unlucky to suffer two rough landings in chop. In smoother waters, could the story have ended differently? Jesse believes he was ‘just one butt check away’ at the start Carlos pounced, returning the favour and showed that he’s about more than just new school technicality, launching a solid kite loop with a late back roll. Jesse was up and riding again and tried the same trick again, failing again by catching a nasty bit of chop and no doubt expending energy and flow in his mind. 10). Carlos Mario engages kite loop mode The Hawaiian did get back on track and gained momentum towards the end of the heat but by then Carlos had landed an assured world class 317 – a flat spin wakestyle trick with two handle-passes. In normal freestyle conditions it’s a high scoring heat trick. In these conditions he knew the handle-pass category was his. Having only learnt board-offs for this World Tour, Carlos put down two fine examples, including a triple back roll variation. 11). Carlos and Jesse took each other all the way this season, having to be separated on count-back results, and have started this new Air Games world tour with an enourmous bang. The best of the best have lots of respect The final wasn’t as epic as the semis and in truth the damage was done in the first few minutes. Jesse himself said, “I felt good going into the heat and just gave it everything that I had right out of the gates. I didn’t get the scores I needed at the start of the heat and sometimes it goes like that, but Carlos is one of the most all round kiteboarders in the world and in technical freestyle I think he’s untouchable.” Adding to his two pure freestyle world titles, Carlos said that he had to train hard for the board-off but is super stoked to be crowned the most all-round twin-tip rider in the world. GERMANY RESULT: MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 3 Aaron Hadlow (UK) 4 Lewis Crathern (UK) WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 4 Pauline Valesa (FRA) 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 6,234 (Wins on countbacks with more wins) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 6,234 3 Maxime Chabloz (SWI) 5,871 WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 6,300 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 6,201 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 6,102 12). GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018 , Fehmarn, Germany STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS TO STAY UP TO DATE! FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  3. DAY 3 - WOMEN'S SINGLES GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018
 Final Round: Fehmarn, Germany 24 – 28th August Sunday 26th August, 2018, Report: Jim Gaunt, 
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide JUST… ONE… MORE... True seminal moments in sport are rare. At 13 years-of-age Mikaili Sol is on the verge of etching her name in the history books as one of only a handful of child prodigies who manage to fulfil their potential, enjoying immediate success with championship victory when they first burst onto the scene. 1). On the verge of victory, Mikaili Sol Aaron Hadlow won the first of his five titles when he was 15 in 2004. The most likely comparison is with Gisela Pulido. The Spaniard won her first kiteboarding world title at just ten years-of-age in 2004. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, who knew she’d manage to amass nine more and become the most successful rider in the sport? Aaron said today that whatever happens, Mikaili is set to dominate in the coming years. So who else won their first World Title at 13? A young windsurfer called Robby Naish. In doing so, he gave himself time to go on and do pretty okay… winning 23 more! Sol, a home schooled Brazilian who lives in Prea, needs just one more heat win to claim her first major World Championship. Agonisingly, her semi-final heat against French rider Pauline Valesa was cancelled half-way through this afternoon due to dropping wind conditions. The Brazilian had already edged a slight lead according to the judges’ scoring app. 2). Hannah’s ‘Air Game’ is strong Having finished second to Mikaili in each event this season, all Hannah Whiteley can do is take each heat as it comes, continue to win and hope her opponent somehow slips up. Winning the first semi-final after a close match-up with 19 year-old Dutch rider Pippa van Iersal (ranked 3rd), 3 x British Champion Hannah has already booked her place in the single elimination final. 3). Pippa van Iersel, always up for the battle, will contest the single elimination mini-final tomorrow (The Dutch charger also won the end of the day’s crowd show, the girl’s jet-ski kicker contest!) Essentially though, if Mikaili wins her semi-final when the competition re-starts tomorrow, she can then afford to lose the single elimination final against Hannah and still win the title (should the contest then run all the way through the double elimination, the worst position Mikaili can take home from this event would be third). Should Hannah win the double elimination and Mikaili loses another heat (leaving her in third) then they would finish on equal points = 6,234. At that point the championship would be worked out on count back results and, with Mikaili having taken two event wins to Hannah’s single victory, Sol would win*. 4). Hannah, praying for big winds... 5). Mikaili, keen to claim it! The reality is that Mikaili is an incredible talent for someone so young and has shown no signs of slipping. She has youth on her side with Hannah being literally twice her age, but could that lack of experience be her stumbling block? Hannah has to hope that not only can Germany continue to be a good luck charm for her results-wise, but that the more familiar, stormy, wet and strong, gusty winds that are forecast for tomorrow can see the competition break into the sort of kite-loop and big air territory that we’ve not seen truly come to life as yet this season. This is also the first event that riders have had to wear full wetsuits and it’s certainly something that Mikaili seems less comfortable with. Hannah fought for all her UK titles in similar conditions… Here’s how the singles ladder played out: GKA Air Games Germany - Day 3 - Women's Singles MEN - UPCOMING DOUBLE ELIMINATION 6). Men’s top four… who’s gonna step up to topple this lot in the doubles? On the men’s side could this switch in conditions play into Jesse Richman’s hands? Marginal tour leader coming into this event, he slipped up to Aaron Hadlow (who’s not in the running for the title) in the semis, leaving the door open for Carlos Mario who claimed a crucial single elimination win on Friday. Having finished third, Jesse needs to win two heats in the doubles to line-up an epic super final winner-takes-all shootout for the title with Brazilian Mario. 7). It’s four seasons in a day for Fehmarn this week! There are still four-and-a-half hours of competition to run before we reach that stage, so skipper’s meeting is at 6am tomorrow with a first possible start at 6.15. Set the alarms and line up the breakfasts for champions! *NB: There were four events in this World Tour, but the first event in Leucate had no wind for the contest window, so there was no result STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS TO STAY UP TO DATE! FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  4. MOONA MAKES IT HAPPEN AT 'SECRETS' IN THE WOMEN’S FINAL IN CAPE VERDE GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018 22nd February 2018: Sal Island, Cape Verde Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Day 5 event report: The Women's Final Defending GKA World Champion Moona Whyte sealed the deal yesterday at the GKA Cape Verde with a victory over Jalou Langeree in the finals - a perfect start to her 2018 season! After a couple of days of uncertainty, during which wavering conditions had kept the competitors on their toes, the decision was made to move the event to a spot called ‘Secrets’ after race director Juan Antonio recce’d there shortly after sunrise and found consistent shoulder-high waves and steady wind. 1). 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Cape Verde The entire event crew, including race officials, judges, media team and the final eight riders in the women’s division convoyed up to the spot and, a little after midday, it was on! Jalou and Charlotte Carpentier were on the water first and Jalou, who has been looking increasingly comfortable on her back hand throughout the event, took the win to move through to the semi-finals. Next came a much tighter heat that saw Portuguese Cape Verde transplant Inês Correia edge past Carla Herrera and claim her spot in the semis where she’d face Jalou. Moona Whyte took on Didi Lopes next. When Didi put her kite down during a lull in the wind, Moona kept up the pressure and racked up the points to continue on her steady progress towards the final rounds of the event. In the last heat of round three Marie Gautron, who was looking very comfortable in the more cross-shore conditions, beat Swiss rider Odile Cavin to book her place in the semis against Moona. From there it was straight into heat one of the semis as Jalou and Inês hit the water. Both riders are well experienced in proper ‘waves of consequence’ and, although the surf on offer wasn’t as sizeable as what we saw earlier in the week, conditions were challenging nonetheless. Inês’ riding style is much better suited to powerful, offshore waves like Ponta Preta and Jalou is more comfortable on her frontside but this is competition and being a well-rounded rider is key. Jalou rose to the challenge, linking fluid turns throughout the heat in stark contrast to Ines’ powered front-hand hacks and Jalou steadily racked up the points. 2).2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Cape Verde Jalou won the heat, although by a tight margin, and claimed the first spot in the final where she would be met by the winner of Moona and Marie’s semi-final heat. Marie rode well in that heat, recovering quickly after breaking a fin out of her board and having to change to another one mid-heat, but Moona had the upper hand throughout and by the end it was clear we’d be watching Moona take on Jalou in the final. After a short break it was on and, shortly after the heat began, the best sets of the day came rolling into Secrets! Both Jalou and Moona were on point with their wave selections, positioning themselves right on the peak as the tide dropped further and the reef became more exposed. No waves went to waste. Jalou was getting vertical in her turns, hitting the lip squarely before snapping back into the wave face while Moona was driving her tail free at every opportunity and executing each turn with her typical poise and control. The judges’ score sheets showed just how tight this heat was. There was less than two points in it overall, but Moona had done it and the heat was hers. It’s a great start to the season for Moona, especially with the next two events featuring right handers that suit her riding style. However, Jalou won’t be making it easy for her and, speaking after, Jalou said that she was now more motivated than ever to train on her back hand before the next event. We can expect her to be gunning for Moona when the GKA rolls into Dakhla, Morocco, from the 24th - 29th of April! WOMEN'S PODIUM 1: Moona Whyte (USA) 2: Jalou Langeree (NL) 3: Inês Correia (PL) 4: Marie Gautron (FRA) Stay tuned to our socials and follow our Insta stories for heat by heat updates as the day progresses. Facebook 
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  5. 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
  6. KiteFoil Gold Cup - Finals in Qatar - Day 1

    Reigning world champion Maxime Nocher opened his account with a bullet after a tricky day of light, shifty breezes at the KiteFoil GoldCup that tested riders’ skill and patience. But the Monegasque Formula Kite title holder was pushed all the way in the day’s only race by his biggest rival, France’s Axel Mazella, and snatched the win by barely 20m after two laps of the track’s near glassy waters. 1). KiteFoil Gold Cup Race organizers were able to squeeze in just one race ahead of the early sunset in the Arabian Gulf after the light airs of recent days prevailed on day one of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) GoldCup final in Qatar. The first effort to get the closing round of the “open” kitefoil world championship underway in breezes of 6kts faltered as many riders struggled to clear a wind shadow off The Pearl-Qatar island’s Qanat Quartier precinct beach. 2). KiteFoil Gold Cup For those who made it to the windward-leeward course the 6kts to 7kts breeze, flat waters and 18m and 19m foil kites were more than sufficient to achieve scorching speeds heralded by wind screaming in riders’ lines as they hit more than 25kts. A second attempt towards the end of the afternoon proved more successful as what little breeze there was swung off-shore, the smooth waters ensuring the margins between competitors remained extremely tight on the two laps of the track. 3). KiteFoil Gold Cup The 37 riders — including four women — will race in one fleet over the forthcoming three days as the race committee decided it would afford the greatest opportunity to run the most races, faced with short days and forecast settled conditions. Yet for Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, at 16 one of the fleet’s youngest riders, the light airs were right in his wheel-house and he picked up a strong fifth place, an ideal start as he bested many older and more experienced racers. Despite his youth, Vodisek knows the waters and is returning two years after competing in the course-board Asian Continental Championships, which were also hosted by the Qatar Sailing & Marine-Sports Federation. “This place is like my home spot, so it suits me,” he said. “I like it a lot. I was here a couple of years ago. I’m one of the youngest, but it’s always been like that. At first it was a bit strange, but it doesn’t bother me now.” 4). KiteFoil Gold Cup Another veteran of the Doha track who put in a blistering opening performance was Russia’s Elena Kalinina, 18. The KiteFoil GoldCup women’s tour leader, who romped home in twelfth spot, leaving many ordinarily faster men in her wake. Even after the first attempt aborted because of the fickle breeze, the light-wind diva was chomping at the bit and eager to race as she had been in her element blasting around the track framed by the Doha’s burgeoning skyscrapers and cranes. “It was good,” she said. “The wind was good for racing. I want to go. These are exactly the kind of conditions I like.” She found no arguments from Nocher who revels in flat waters and lighter airs that have invariably carried him to three successive Formula Kite world titles and earned him the 2015 IKA KiteFoil GoldCup crown. “It was perfect,” he said, winding his lines as he came ashore. “It was a little bit light, but OK. I was just ahead of Axel Mazella at the start line and I maintained the lead all the way round the course. I’m in poll position, so it’s a great start.” 5). KiteFoil Gold Cup But Mazella, 18, knows there is a long way to go, especially if the breeze picks up in the coming days. The GoldCup series’ leader, courtesy of his overall first round victory in Italy, realises that on his Banga foil and F-one Diablo2 kites that are identical to Nocher’s, he has to pace to win. “I started just behind Maxime Nocher, and he was just ahead of me on the upwind and downwind legs,” said Mazella. “At the finish he was only 20m ahead of me. I’ve got the speed. I just need to make a slightly better start. 6). KiteFoil Gold Cup Overall standings after one race. MEN 1 Maxime Nocher (MON, Banga/F-one) 1pt 2 Axel Mazella (FRA, Banga/F-one) 2pts 3 Maks Zakowski (POL, Moses/Ozone) 3pts 4 Blazej Ozog (POL, Moses/Flysurfer) 4pts 5 Toni Vodisek (SLO, Levitaz/Ozone) 5pts WOMEN 1 Elena Kalinina (RUS, Banga/Elf) 12pts 4 Gina Hewson (AUS, Levitaz/Ozone) 8pts 4 Ariane Imbert (FRA, Ozone) 38pts 4 Jade O’Connor (IRL, Banga/Elf) 38pts Full Results >> Text Credits: Ian MacKinnon Photo Credit: Shahjahan / IKA 2016 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup Finals - The Pearl - Qatar Day 1 Video
  7. KiteFoil Gold Cup - Finals in Qatar

    The stage is set for the final act of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup in what will surely be a thrilling showdown on the Arabian Gulf’s flawless flat waters. Leading contenders for the world championship crown in the “open” kitefoil class have been limbering up off The Pearl island’s Qanat Quartier, clocking blistering speeds in breezes of barely 5kts under cloudless skies. 1). KiteFoil Gold Cup The high-octane competition will feature 37 riders from 18 nations locked four days of tight, breathtakingly-quick action that kicks off tomorrow (Wed,16 Nov), framed by Doha’s towering and fast-evolving skyline. France’s Axel Mazella has put himself in poll position for the title with a victory in the GoldCup’s opening round in Gizzeria, Italy, in July. That win established the 18-year-old as series’ leader after he stamped his authority in a range of testing conditions — from the lightest breezes to punchy winds accompanied by big swells. But Mazella’s clear path to the crown is far from assured. The French teenager clinched victory in Italy by just one point, ahead of training parter, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher, who had reeled in Mazella, remorselessly chipping away at a commanding early lead. 2). KiteFoil Gold Cup Since that tense duel, Nocher turned the tables on his rival with a win at the IKA Formula Kite (foil) World Championships in China, his third successive title and the first of the foiling era. He is also reigning KiteFoil GoldCup champion. Yet if there is one rider determined to upset any victory lap, it will be Olly Bridge. Also just 18, the Rangy Briton has a devastating turn of speed and displays growing tactical awareness that secured the second podium spot in China, splitting his Gallic rivals. 3). KiteFoil Gold Cup All three contenders are strongest in light breezes, which could be important in the coming days as the promised uncharacteristically settled conditions mirror the zephyrs that have graced the track in the run-up to the GoldCup finale hosted by the Qatar Sailing & Marine Sports Federation. Whoever takes the title, they will have the honour of receiving it from Khalifa al-Suwaidi, president of the federation, which hosted the course-board Asian Continental Championships in 2014. Two years on, four Qatari riders will be competing on the international foiling stage for the first time. 4). KiteFoil Gold Cup But aside from the top three ranked riders, they will find themselves up against a formidable array talent, including Spain’s Florian Trittel, former world champion Florian Gruber (GER), Bulgaria’s Alexander Bachev, and Theo Lhostis (FRA). Among the women, former world champion Elena Kalinina (RUS), leading the KiteFoil GoldCup rankings, must be hot favorite to take the crown. She too has been out on her Banga foil and Elf Joker 18m kite scything effortlessly through the flat waters, a dramatic precursor of what is to come. 5). KiteFoil Gold Cup Text credits: Ian MacKinnon Photo credits: AK BijuRaj / IKA 2016 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup Finals - The Pearl - Qatar Practice Day video About IKA The IKA was formed to give an international platform to the skills and talents of competition kiteboarders throughout the world. Since 2008, the IKA has been developing competition formats and rules as a class association within World Sailing, with the ambition of securing kitesurfing an Olympics berth. Besides the potential Olympic kite racing format, several professional tours are sanctioned by the IKA, from freestyle through wave riding to the record breaking speed discipline. Additional programs of the IKA include cooperation with KB4Girls, focused on empowering women through the sport of kiteboarding, the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) Race centres which are offering training and coaching opportunities to sailors in south-east Asia, and the KTA Kite Kids’ program which is offering training and participation programs to children in emerging countries.
  8. MAURITIUS KITESURFING PRO GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE STOP #03 DAY THREE – THE FINAL ROUNDS AND THE LADIES! Le Morne, Mauritius, 8th September 2016 Photos: Toby Bromwich It was a long night's wait for Keahi de Aboitiz and Matchu Lopes who were first up in semi final number one. The waves were a little smaller than day two and the wind a little lighter at times, but as Patri McLaughlin said, “The waves were still really good, and One Eye is really good no matter how big it is!” Patri himself was up next against Brazilian Filippe Ferreira. Just four guys remained, but the action ran hot as riders traded waves and at times it was wave selection as much as performance that made the difference. Let's get into the photos and stories from the riders at GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle day three that saw the climax to the men's and women's competition - full report from the ladies coming up next time... SEMI FINAL #O1 KEAHI DE ABOITIZ (AUS) Vs MATCHU LOPES (CAPE VERDE) 1). “The wind looked okay and then as we started it dropped a bit. For me backside it was pretty offshore and quite light which made it hard. I saw Matchu got some good waves and had a feeling he'd won that one.” 2). “Yeah the wind was a little bit light, so I got a friend to wait outside the break before the heat with another kite in case the wind did drop – which it did. Luckily I managed to get the other kite, Keahi was underpowered and I managed to get a few waves, surfing them all the way in and finishing them off well. Yeah I made it and I'm stoked to get that over Keahi because he's such a good rider.” SEMI FINAL #02 PATRI McLAUGHLIN (HAWAII) Vs FILIPPE FERREIRA (BRAZIL) 3). “I live in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the wind is like this, more cross-shore from the left, but smaller, more like one metre wave height and I'm usually riding a 12 or ten, not six or eight. “I've been here twice before for F-One meetings and for the previous KSP competition where I lost to Patri in the quarters. Now I'm here again and I lost in the semi final, but it's okay, I'm really happy for my surf, I did well in my heat, and that's competition.” 4). “He´s a great rider and he had a really good heat. I just found my flow in this semi and had some really good waves, got a barrel and like four turns on the same wave, so I was pretty confident that I was going to advance to the final.” THE FINAL MATCHU LOPES Vs PATRI McLAUGHLIN 5). “I knew selecting the best wave of the set was going to be important, and I thought I did. I was out further and I let the first two go by and it was the third one which was the biggest lump in the swell, but you never really know what a bit smaller swell like this going to do when it hits the reef. When it's really big out there it's a bit easier to predict it. But today the swell could hit the shelf down there and close out, or it could line up really well, you don't really know. So it was challenging and then Matchu just turned around on the wave behind and it hit the reef perfectly, lined up and he got four good turns, so I'm sure that was one of his top scores. After that I was trying to hunt down a barrel and I got one, but it wasn't a really good wave. It was a good barrel - pretty wide, but it was short. I kicked out after that and then there were no more sets that came through, so I kind of knew he'd won, even out on the water.” 6). “Yeah Patri is a big wave rider, he just goes, does it and makes it. I just went out there and enjoyed the moment, tried to get the best of it, to make my two waves and get another one. I wanted to make something special and I just feel good, so stoked about it, man! “I've never done well here in competition before. It's my second time competing here, my first time was four years ago and I was so scared about the waves and the conditions; it was big... insane... crazy... and now for the second time being here I don't believe that I've got this win. I still think that you guys are joking with me!” 7). “Matchu got that one for sure, but he deserves it dude, he works so hard and I'm psyched to see him take the win. He's a really passionate competitor, so I'm happy for him. I just want to go kite big waves really, that's what I'm passionate about. I'm psyched with second place though, for sure. It's great.” MINI FINAL KEAHI DE ABOITIZ Vs FILIPPE FERREIRA 8). “The loser final was a lot better for me. The wind filled in and especially backside out here it's better to have a little more side-shore wind, which it was. I find I can get some good waves and that heat was good. I had a pretty good warm-up before the heat, figured the conditions out and had a lot of fun. The sets were better and it was basically non-stop waves. It's always fun going against someone that's backside too because you're both on the same playing field. I haven't ridden against Filippe in a while and it's good to see that he's ripping and stoked to come out on top of that one.” 9). "Yesterday the waves were bigger, and a different wind direction which I preferred. I'm really stoked with my fourth place though and I want to say thank you to my sponsors. I'm really happy!” 10). GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour Mauritius - Finals! 1st. Matchu 2nd. Patri 3rd. Keahi 4th. Filippe WOMEN The women took to the water straight after the men´s podium with nine girls competing. The probable favourite was local Ninja Bichler who also took the win at the KSP event when it was here in Le Morne in 2012. 11). Ninja - she's so comfortable here! More images and reaction coming tomorrow for this contest, but in the end as you all probably know, it was Ninja who prevailed in a tight final between three excellent female riders, with Brazilian Milla Ferreira (Filippe´s sister) coming second and Moona Whyte from Hawaii in third. 12). GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour Mauritius - Finals! Congratulations to all involved, from competitors to Carlos on video, SAR production for the drone, Toby on camera, organizers, judges and helpers. Great effort all round. Another spectacle is planned for the weekend here with the rider of this combination Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour taking to the lagoon to really put on a show for the crowds up close and, as always, very personal!
  9. This year's first 2016 GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour event, Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016, in Spain, ended with variable winds and moody weather. It was no surprise that in the event finale competed the 'old pals' - Matchu Lopez and Airton Cozzolino. Matchu was better this time and became the winner of Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016. Congratulations! Below, you can find the official text and photos from the event sent to us by GKA Media. TARIFA STRAPLESS KITESURFING PRO 2016 – THE FINALS Valdevaqueros, Tarifa, Spain, 3rd July 2016 Left tentatively hanging at the end of day three at the Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro on Friday, it felt like a long wait until the Levante wind eventually decided to kick in for the start of the semi finals on day four. A complete switch in wind direction from the Poniente of previous days, the morning started out very hot indeed, but that certainly also brought the crowds to Valdevaqueros, eagerly anticipating the mouthwatering performance potential from the four riders who would be vying for the first event win on the 2016 GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour. 1). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Valdevaqueros, Packed! Eventually a wind line started to approach the shore and within minutes the wind reading on the dial in the judge's tower hit 20 knots. At 4pm it was game on! SEMI FINAL #01: Matchu Lopez Vs Jan Marcos Riveras Slightly cross-offshore and punching through, the Levante left some lighter wind patches close to shore, however the kickers were holding up much more invitingly and this change in conditions meant we'd get to see how the riders could adapt to the different direction, and their ability to do tricks both ways. 2). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Jan Marcos Riveras Getting straight into the ten minute heat, the action ran hot. Jan Marcos started with a trademark tictac kite loop. Matchu hit back with a big kite loop back roll before the pair traded off with several regular and toeside air reverses. Jan Marcos repeatedly came in close and urged the crowd to cheer harder, which they did with each of his high, clean front rolls. 3). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Matchu Lopez Alas, the local star couldn't quite match the measured technicality of Matchu who obviously had his sights set on the final from the beginning. Throughout the contest the accomplished Cape Verdean consistently but steadily increased the extremity of his performances as the heats progressed. A clean front roll shuvit and a front to blind sealed his place in the final. SEMI FINAL #02: Paulino Perreira Vs Airton Cozzolino Here was a very intriguing match-up with two riders who have the closest in powered styles. Paulino and Airton had consistently nailed powered flat 3s, landing hard and fast – making them look far too easy considering the dedication it takes to master such a strapless manoeuvre. 4). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Paulino Pereira, Mid Kite Loop Paulino started with a big kite loop but crashed heavily. He didn't try that trick again in the heat, whereas Airton managed to stomp a couple. Paulino then landed his unique board-off, a frontside 3 and a very special backside 3 coming in over a small wave into the flats. The potential for what we're going to see when these guys get into proper waves later in the season is mind blowing. 5). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Airton As in the quarter finals, although Airton always rides with a great fire in his belly, he got off to a slow start in terms of successful landings. Soon finding form again, he retaliated with a massive frontside 3. From that point this heat was stacked with action, Airton managing to land eight tricks in a row on four tacks, doing enough both ways to impress the judges. His list of tricks included a clean front roll shuvit, back loop kite loop and toeside air reverse. He booked his place in the final to meet his great friend Matchu. MINI FINAL: Paulino Perreira Vs Jan Marcos Riveras The mini final was abandoned halfway through the heat due to dropping wind conditions. Just when we thought that was it for the day, the Levante peaked once more, delivering us the Saturday finale after all. At 7pm, Paulino and Jan Marcos hit the water again for a re-start. Looking more comfortable with the wind back up to 20 knots, knowing that this was their last heat in front of the packed beach, the boys rode with a more relaxed flair, obviously enjoying themselves, but it was the Portuguese rider who took the third spot on the podium, edging out Jan Marcos with more power and technicality. Both riders looked totally stoked to receive their trophies on Sunday after the best trick contest – showing just how much it means to finally have this developing contest scene, allowing them to push the sport and each other. THE FINAL: Matchu Lopez Vs Airton Cozzolino If you were a gambler, you'd likely have put your money on these two riders being likely to make the final. Although they would both point to Mitu Monteiro being the established legend in the strapless freestyle scene and mentor to them both over their years in Cape Verde, the healthy rivalry that these two good friends have developed, pushing each other harder and harder, is undeniable. Matchu was the first rider ever to land a triple front roll last year, while Airton continues to defy logic with his ability to master wakestyle-like tricks with immense power. 6). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 As in previous heats, Airton seemed too anxious in the opening minutes and was riding with a frenzy that led to crash after crash. Even tripping over a piece of chop on his way out on one run, visibly frustrated he smashed the water with his fist. Matchu meanwhile was lacing together a succession of aerials and rotations, all the while looking across to monitor Airton, taking advantage of his opportunity and building up a good tally of scores. Matchu's style is more aerial based. He mentioned before the heat that he'd continue with his style, hoping that the judges would reward his flow, over Airton's power. Among Matchu's best tricks were a double front roll and a double back roll with a grab. Both riders landed big kite loop crazy horse moves – undoubtedly the crowd's favourite. In the final count up they'd both landed very similar tricks, apart from the double front roll of Matchu, and the powered front and backside passes of Airton, who sealed victory with his immensely powered front roll shuvit. Had the final been run in super strong Levante conditions – would Airton have been so assured with his passes? We will perhaps get to find out later in the season as Sotavento in particular is notorious for its heavy winds. 7). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - The winner is announced The difference in the end was down to just 0.5 of a point on some judges' score sheets. After crashing three front roll shuvit attempts hard, Airton showed what a great competitor he is eventually stomping one of the best examples of that trick in the whole contest. Hard, fast and smooth. He was crashing early on because he was so committed to his tricks, but then as we frequently saw throughout this competition, he started landing and landing and landing... turning the screw on Matchu. 8). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - The podium: 1st Airton Cozzolino, 2nd Matchu Lopez, 3rd Paulino Pereira, 4th Jan Marcos Riveras SUNDAY – BEST TRICK AND BIG AIR CONTEST Riding with Woo devices attached to their boards, contest directors gave the crowds a final thrill on the last day of the contest window with a best trick contest in the howling Levante winds. Big kite loops were the order of the day and we saw some gnarly wipeouts go down close to shore, to huge gasps from the spectators. Getting that board back under your feet and landing solidly from height at speed takes nerve. Sadly Julien Kerneur was a casualty, being stretchered off to hospital with an ankle injury. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him at round two in Sotavento. 9). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Best trick finalists On a high after Saturday's result, Airton, Matchu and Paulino all made it to the final and were rightly joined by Mitu Monteiro. As the final heat of what has been an incredible contest with action on all five days, we were treated to one more full bore throwdown. Kite loop after kite loop went down, the crowds roared, but in the end it was Matchu's solid double front roll – easily the best of the contest made all the more viable in the strong winds, that earned him top spot on the podium. Airton finished second and registered the highest Woo jump reading with a height of 5.8 metres in the final. 10). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Airton's kite loop 11). Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 - Mitu Strikes Back in the Best Trick Contest The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour will see a mix of freestyle and wave events over the next few months, eventually resulting in the crowning of a GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year. The tour moves on to Sotavento in Fuerteventura in August, Mauritius in September, Dakhla - Morocco in October and Fortaleza in Brazil in November. This first event in Tarifa kicks things off as a purely strapless freestyle event. For more news, please follow the GKA Photos and text by: global-kitesports.org
  10. Athough the rewards from this year's Tripple-S have been distributed last weekend, we are still getting interesting bits from the event. Today, we present 2 videos concluding men and women's finals and a few words from the organizer. Congratulations to Slingshot winners - Karolina WInkowska and Sam Light! The top 4 women from Round 1 advanced into the Finals to compete in the REAL Slider Park. Competitors sessioned the park in what had become the established order for this year’s contest, starting on the North Rooftop Rail, then progressing to the KOA Kicker, the Liquid Force Reverse Rainbow Rail, the CORE SuperKicker, and finishing off with the John Wayne Cancer Foundation A-Frame Rail. The level of competition was through the roof, with perfect wind conditions for 4 of the world’s best female wakestyle riders to perform their top tricks and post their highest possible scores on each feature. At the end of competition, Wind Voyager Triple-S newcomer Karolina Winkowska edged out the competition to become the 2016 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational Champion. Congratulations to our other finalists Colleen Carroll, Bruna Kajiya, and Sensi Graves. All 4 Women’s Finalists will automatically receive an invite to the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. The top 12 finishers from Men’s Round 1 (top 4 men from each of the three Round 1 Heats) progressed to the Finals at the 2016 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. With the Men’s prize money stretching all the way out until 12th place, every rider in the finals knew they wouldn’t be going home empty handed. Competition was still fierce, however, as the difference between 12th place ($400 cash prize) and 1st place ($12,000 cash prize) was still very significant and worth fighting to the end for! With three attempts on every REAL Slider Park feature to nail down their best scores, competitors pulled out all the stops and started laying down the best moves in their repertoire. Christophe Tack even posted the event’s only perfect 10-point score with the first-ever 900 done off a kicker in kite park competition. At the end of competition, Sam Light emerged victorious for an unprecedented 4th win in the Men’s Division at the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. Congratulations to our other finalists for their outstanding performances. The top 16 Men’s Division competitors will automatically receive an invite to the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. Full 2016 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational Final Results Article taken from: TripleSinvitational.com Cover photo by: TripleSinvitational.com
  11. Medal races conclude the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships - for a first time on foiling kiteboards in both the regulated Formula Kite class and the open development KiteFoil class. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) stayed flawless in the 4 race medal series on the final day of the competition at Poetto Beach, Cagliari. 1). 2016 European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 6 With only the top 10 riders in the platinum fleet, the race committee of the Yacht Club Cagliari around Race Director Andy Curnow set up a 6 minute two lap course, providing new challenges to the fleet. With a spacious start line, tactics at the start played an important role. Nocher went into the medal races with an comfortable lead, and took not any risk to allow any upsets. The battle was expected between second ranked Olly Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) who was leading the event after the qualifying series. Only three points apart, and 40 points up for grabs throughout the four races, this was the highly anticipated match race. However, the young Briton playedit self as well, winning 2 races and scoring another 2 and 6, while Leccese lost ground in every race and finished never better than 5th. And from the back, orginially with 15 points behind expected to be the safe 4th place, Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) showed a consistant performance and it all came down to the final race where Leccese only had to stay within 4 places of Trittel. But Trittel scored a third place while Leccese lost ground in every manouvre, having him finishing in 8th, tied in points with the young spanish rider. The tie was broken through the better results in the medal series, and Trittel found himself with a surprising podium finish - a nice present at the day before his birthday. 2). 2016 European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 6 On the womens side of things, Kalinina never got in trouble, finishing a flawless event with another four bullets. For the Russian female champion this comes as a confirmation considering that she also won the 2014 and 2015 titles. Large crowds witnessed exciting close racing thoughout the whole week in champagne sailing conditions, leaving a smile on the face of competitors and officials alike. A complete schedule with a total of 52 races in make the 2016 an event to remember for everyone, and raised the bar to a high level for the upcoming competitions of the season. The event came to an end with the prizegiving on the beach, and the crowning of the 2016 European Champions. 3). 2016 European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 6 4). 2016 European Kiteboarding Championship - Day 6 U 18 1. Toni Vodisek (SLO) 2. Martin Dolenc (CRO) 3. Tomasz Glazik (POL) U 21 1. Olly Bridge (GBR) 2. Toni Vodisek (SLO) 3. Martin Dolenc (CRO) MASTER 1. Marvin Baumeister (GER) 2. Ivan Doronin (RUS) 3. James Johnsen (DEN) GRANDMASTER 1. Enrico Tonon (ITA) 2. Dario Piras (ITA) 3. Marco Calbucci (ITA) KITEFOIL WOMEN OVERALL 1. Elena Kalinina (RUS) 2. Steph Bridge (GBR) 3. Gina Hewson (AUS) FORMULA KITE WOMEN OVERALL 1. Elena Kalinina (RUS) 2. Steph Bridge (GBR) 3. Jade O'Connor (IRL) FORMULA KITE & KITEFOIL MEN OVERALL 1. Maxime Nocher (MON) 2. Olly Bridge (GBR) 3. Florian Trittel (ESP) Full results Photos by: internationalkiteboarding.org
  12. With no more wind on the final day of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding Grand Slam Leucate, Mario, Pastor, Zoon and Spiessberger ended up equal first in the men's draw, whilst in the women's draw, Kajiya, Valesa, Novotna, Rosa, Whitely and Van Westerop all take to the podium for a tied first place. 1). Shared Podiums on the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding Grand Slam Leucate This obviously isn’t an ideal situation for the riders, but sometimes these things cannont be helped. It will be interesting to see how this affects the rankings and mindset of the riders for the following events to come. Results 2016 Leucate Kiteboarding Grand Slam: MEN: 1. Zoon (NED, Slingshot) 2. Pastor (ESP, Airush) 3. Spiessberger (AUT, North) 4. Mario (BRA, Slingshot) 5. Whaley (ESP, Cabrinha) 6. Tonijuan (ESP, F-One) 7. Serin (FRA, Naish) 8. Martinez (DOM, Da Silva) 2). Shared Podiums on the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding Grand Slam Leucate WOMEN: 1. van Westerop (ARU, -) 2. Kajiya (BRA, Airush) 3. Novotna (CZE, North) 4. Whiteley (GBR, Best) 5. Rosa (BRA, Cabrinha) 6. Valesa (FRA, F-One) 7. Vieira (BRA, Gin) 8. Bagnoli (ITA, North) 3). Shared Podiums on the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding Grand Slam Leucate IKA Kiteboarding World Championships Overall standings after two rounds: MEN: 1. Carlos Mario (BRA, Slingshot), 2000 pts 2. Youri Zoon (NED, Slingshot), 1915 pts 3. Alex Pastor (ESP, Airush), 1855 pts 4. Stefan Spiessberger (AUT, North), 1615 pts 5. David Tonijuan (ESP, F-One), 1510 pts 6. Paul Serin (FRA, Naish), 1510 pts WOMEN: 1. Bruna Kajiya (BRA, Airush), 1915 pts 2. Annabel van Westerop (ARU, -), 1855 pts 3. Paula Novotna (CZE, North), 1755 pts 4. Hannah Whiteley (GBR, Best), 1675 pts 5. Estefania Rosa (BRA, Cabrinha), 1615 pts 6. Pauline Valesa (FRA, F-One), 1615 pts The third round of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships is scheduled to be held in Dakhla, Morocco, from 17 to 23 of June, 2016. More information, full results and rankings can be found at: worldkiteleague.com For full results and heat-by-heat tricks and scores please see the complete freestyle elimination ladder at: f-ridescoremobile.com Photos by: worldkiteleague.com
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