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  1. PAULA NOVOTNA WINS THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA! Sunday 21st July 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova Today, Paula Novotna won the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura at the end of an epic day packed with trials and tribulations in challenging conditions! Here’s how it went down. 1). Czech-ing in to first place! Round One Nathalie Lambrecht put down a marker early, nearly beating Bruna Kajiya and stomping a huge slim chance that scored 8.93 points. Bruna had to work hard to pull this one round, but some steady scores and her own high scoring slim chance secured her a victory in her opening heat. It was close though, and an impressive start from Swedish rider Lambrecht. 2). Bruna's experience shone through in the early rounds. Francesca Bagnoli won heat two with a smooth, calm and calculated display while Pippa van Iersel went for all-in, powerful trick attempts. Francesca was far more measured though and a slim chance (another slim!) gave her the edge. Realistically, if Pippa had stuck some of her wilder efforts she might have won this one and her hinterberger frontside 3 will have given Francesca something to think about. 3). Bagnoli bags the win. Paula Novotna won the third heat with a very complete performance. She was near faultless and only put a foot wrong once with a scrubbed landing on the way out of a back to blind. Rita Arnaus took second after a slow start ahead of Therese Taabbel in third. A heart attack on her final trick brought her closer to Paula, but the Czech Charger Novotna rounded out her heat with a 313 and frontside 3 hinterberger and there was no way anyone was catching her. 4). Paula Novotna was the standout rider from round one, combining high scores with ruthless efficiency. Mikaili Sol won the final heat of round one, giving a glimpse of what she’s capable of, but it was by no means a polished display. She scored big with a 315, a sizeable slim chance and a heart attack but she crashed her four other trick attempts. It was her sheer technical ability that got her through, but she was going to have to clean up her act to win in the later rounds. 5). Mikaili made it happen, but only just. Round Two Round two saw the conditions really begin to ramp up. Local rider Alexandra Torres impressed, winning the first heat to progress through to the semis alongside Maureen Castelle in second. In the second heat of the round, Nathalie Lambrecht sustained a heavy backside crash which temporarily knocked her out cold and she had to be helped from the water by the safety sled before being checked over in the back of an ambulance. Thankfully she was ok, but her event was over and Therese Taabbel won the heat ahead of Pippa van Iersel in second. 6). Therese laying her cards on the Taabbel. The Semi-Finals This was where things got really challenging, with winds gusting up to 35 knots and steadily building chop and it was clear that some of the riders hadn’t trained much in conditions like this. Bruna Kajiya looked unshakeable in the first semis heat, leading from start to finish, and a tight duel between Francesca Bagnoli and Pippa van Iersel came down to the wire with Francesca just missing a slim chance which meant that Pippa would progress through to the final. 7). Bruna seeking out the angles. The riders weren’t getting it any easier in the second semi-final heat, and at times it was a case of just unhooking, edging, and hoping that a gust didn’t hammer you before you went for a trick. Watching Mikaili Sol though, you might have thought she was riding in a different heat. She landed the highest score of the round for a backmobe (8.07) and the gusts weren’t phasing her at all (and if they were - she wasn't showing it). She took first with Paula Novotna in second and then it was on to the final! 8). Mikaili was almost on full form in the semi-finals, but it wasn't going to last. The Final Two former World Champs in the forms of Mikaili and Bruna, Pippa the Dutch ripper and an absolutely firing Paula Novotna. This was going to be good! Paula opened with a blind judge and Pippa hit back with a BS 313. The riders were on smaller kites, which are of course much quicker, so they were finding it hard at points to ride out of tricks without their kites overreacting to their steering input. Bruna and Mikaili just couldn’t seem to nail their landings and Mikaili then took a heavy slam on her third trick and was clearly in pain, holding her ear as she spoke to her trainer Fabio on the beach. 9). Paula powers on through the finals. She headed back out but wasn’t landing any tricks and, other than a tiny score for a very small raley, after six tricks she had next to no points on the board. Pippa van Iersel had managed to land an s-bend to blind which added to her high score from her first trick to solidify her position in second, but Paula was absolutely running away with the heat. She landed another 313, which would have been enough to win on its own, but she then added an ultra-powered blind judge 3 close to the shore to give herself a 12.33 point lead as the other riders came in for their last tricks. 10). Pippa scored her best podium finish of the season today. She was now unbeatable, and Pippa was safe in second, so who would take third? Bruna landed a blind judge on her sixth trick attempt and the odds were now in her favour. Mikaili looked as though she was starting to unravel, and was on the beach discussing with her coach whether or not she should even continue with the heat. However, like the warrior she is, she wasn’t about to quit just yet. No safe scores would do, it had to be all or nothing, and nobody could have expected what was to come. She lined up, edged, and then only went and landed the highest score of the day – a MASSIVE heart attack for 9.1 points! 11). When the pressure was on, Mika made it happen today. It was enough for third and, although it wouldn’t be enough to wrest second from Pippa, it still meant she’d made it to the podium. A heroic effort in the face of substantial odds, and what a result for Paula who was on fire from the very start today and fully deserved her victory. 12). Paula Novotna, Pippa van Iersel, Mikaili Sol, Bruna Kajiya WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Paula Novotna (CZE) 2: Pippa van Iersel (NLD) 3: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 4: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) On Monday, it's back to the men's division with eight semi-finalists ready to roll. Here's who'll be fighting for a place in the finals. SEMIS HEAT 1 Valentin Rodriguez Nico Delmas Adeuri Corniel Maxime Chabloz SEMIS HEAT 2 Gianmaria Coccoluto Louka Pitot Liam Whaley Carlos Mario GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Day Two Event page.
  2. THE MEN MAKE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS AND MAXIME STOMPS A PERFECT 10 Friday 20th July. 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Adam Sims After a couple of false starts due to changeable conditions, the main event got underway at 12:30 today. The riders had seven trick attempts available, and heat winners would progress on to round three while second and third place would go again in round two. Adeuri Corniel stormed the first heat with an impressive opening salvo that included a BS 317, a double heart attack AND a slim 7 to secure the win and then Gianmaria Coccoluto regained his composure after a slow start to win the second heat. 1). Adeuri 'Quadzilla' Corniel in round one After that, Maxime Chabloz put in an absolutely spell binding effort. He not only scored a perfect 10 for a backmobe 7, but he also walked away with the day's highest combined score too of 32.34. You can bet Carlos Mario was watching that one! 2). Calm, but crushing it. Two more performances of note came from former World Champs Liam Whaley and Carlos Mario. Whaley combined more technical tricks like his high scoring BS 317 with purely stylish moves like his ultra smooth double s-bend to blind. 3). Liam Whaley was on full form today Carlos went up in the final heat of round one against fellow Brazilian Alex Neto, and this was a super charged one. Neto opened with a double heart attack, and Mario matched him with a bigger, cleaner one to pull ahead (by just 0.13 points). The barrage continued with yet more high scores, and Mario landed a front blind mobe which Neto answered with a crowmobe 5. It was tight, but Mario then drilled home a BS 315, a KGB and a 317 to pull ahead. 4). Shot bro! Mens Round Two Round Up This round was crucial for the riders who’d failed to win their round one heats. Last chance to stay in the single eliminations and everything to play for. Stefan Spiessberger scored a convincing win in the opening exchange with a crowmobe and a slim chance early in the heat and he won with a trick still in hand. 5). Stefan won his round one heat with surgical precision Louka Pitot then beat Luis Calcano and Arthur Guillebert after Arthur ended up needing the medic’s attention after a heavy crash put him out of action. The wind had picked up by this point to around 25 knots and there were some nasty slams as the riders trucked into tricks fully powered. 6). Louka Pitot heading out from Playa de Sotavento Nico Delmas then took a storming lead in the next heat leaving Guiliano, Neto and Teixeira trading places in a battle for second. Set Teixeira clinched it in the end, and was getting very close to closing down Delmas too but it wasn’t to be. Nico took it, and it was on to round three. 7). Nico Delmas rode well today to earn a spot in the semi-finals Mens Round Three Round Up The pressure increased in this round – the quarter finals stage of the single eliminations. Adeuri amassed a massive points lead in the first heat and was the only other rider (alongside Maxime Chabloz) who managed a combined score above 30 today with a total tally of 31.77. Gianmaria Coccoluto was in pursuit, but Adeuri’s final trick – a double heart attack – put further distance between them and he won the heat comfortably. 8). Adeuri Corniel took on all comers on day one In the next heat, Louka Pitot opened up with a front blind mobe, crowmobe and heart attack to take an early lead while Maxime Chabloz had a shakier start with a low scoring BS 313. However, a clean backmobe 5 followed up with a 317 brought Maxime back into contention and then a front blind mobe pushed him passed Pitot into the lead. He didn’t land his last trick, but he didn’t have to. He’d already won and he was by far the standout rider today. 9). Right now, Maxime is the man to watch at this event Next up, Liam Whaley opened with a BS 317 that scored him a sturdy 7.47 points and he never stepped off the gas from there to win the heat. Today’s cross-off conditions were reminiscent of the famously challenging Levante winds he rides in at home in Tarifa, and he looked more than comfortable out there. He rode tactically, and was watching his competitors to see just how far he’d need to push it to beat them. Colombian rider Valentin Rodriguez mounted a late challenge against him and he landed a couple of high scoring tricks, but he wasn’t sticking them as readily as Liam and, in competition, that’s what matters. 10). Liam unleashed Carlos Mario was faultless from the start in the day's final heat. It looked like he was holding back a little, perhaps saving his riskier tricks for the semi-finals, but he stuck a double heart attack followed by a front blind mobe and a KGB without missing a beat. He’s a force of nature. He followed that up with a BS 315 to secure his position, but he finished the heat still (potentially) within reach of Nico Delmas who had a stellar day today and finished second to also go through to the semis. No huge scores from Carlos, but no crashes either and a very consistent run. Maybe he’s holding something back for tomorrow? We will see! 11). Carlos played it cool today.. but you can bet he'll be braced for battle in the semis. Today's action finished at the end Men's Round Three with eight semi-finalists ready to roll tomorrow. See who made it through below. SINGLE ELIMINATION SEMI-FINALISTS SEMIS 1 Valentin Rodriguez Nico Delmas Adeuri Corniel Maxime Chabloz SEMIS 2 Gianmaria Coccoluto Louka Pitot Liam Whaley Carlos Mario GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Day One Event page.
  3. HEAVY HITTERS REGISTERED FOR ACTION AT GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA The GKA Kite World Tour is in Sotavento, Fuerteventura, this week for the fourth GKA Freestyle World Cup stop of the season. 22 men and 12 women registered for the event this morning at the Rene Egli Watersports centre, and there's a host of riders in the ranks who are out to unseat current tour leaders Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol when the main event begins. 1). More flags than the United Nations! In the men’s division, Carlos remains unbeaten this season but challenging conditions at the last two freestyle events haven’t enabled the men’s division to complete a final, so he retains the lead by default. That means Maxime Chabloz, who came painfully close to beating Carlos in the only completed final of the season at Leucate in round one, is just 33 points behind and well within striking distance. Highly on-form Italian charger Gianmara Coccoluto looks odds-on for an event win this season and isn't far away in third, and there’s a tight points margin between him and Liam Whaley in fourth too. Any one of these riders could make life hard for Mario here in Fuerte! 2). Carlos Mario sends one for the boys / buoys In the women’s division, Mikaili has a bigger lead on points having been in two finals this season (one of which she won at the GKA Gran Canaria) but fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya and Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands are on her tail. Mikaili may look hard to beat, but she hasn’t had her customary clean sweep of victories so far this year so her first place position is by no means unassailable. 3). Mikaili Sol during today's warm-up session So, that means we’re in for a potentially pivotal week here at Playa de Sotavento, with two big double events still to come in Mauritius and Dakhla, plus Brazil still potentially in the calendar at the end of the season. There's a plentiful supply of Calima trade winds on the forecast and the main event's set to start tomorrow at 10:30 GMT. 4). Glorious hues of blue at Playa de Sotavento Official event page.
  4. THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA 2019 BEGINS THIS WEEK! The fourth freestyle fixture of the season, the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura, fires up on Friday and will run from the 19-24th July. It'll take place at the legendary Sotavento, in the south of the island, a notoriously windy location that has played host to countless kiting and windsurfing World Tour stops over the years. After two events with challenging conditions, Brazilian phenoms Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol are the top ranked riders, although their leads are anything but secure with a host of talented chargers in hot pursuit. Besides the freestyle action, there's also a Big Air Invitational coming up at the event which will see strapless freestyle riders and freestyle kiteboarders competing together in mixed teams to see who can stick the most outrageous big air tricks. It's the first time something like this has happened in competition, so it should be something special! Head to the official event page to find out more and to tune into the LIVESTREAM once the action starts rolling! GKA Freestyle World Cup - Fuerteventura 2019 - Event Promo Official event page.
  5. A last roll of the dice on Final Day at GKA Gran Canaria Sunday 16th June 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Video: Mint Grigas / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria Yesterday, on Saturday, the women made it through to the final rounds of the competition where Mikaili Sol overcame fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya to take her first event win of the 2019 GKA Kite World Tour season. An attempt was also made to run the final three men’s heats, but the wind just wasn't strong enough. However, because the men’s division had reached the semi-finals, the eight riders who'd made it that far were guaranteed an official result, so the focus had instead been on finishing the women’s competition. 2). Set Teixeira sprints back upwind during yesterday's attempt at the men's semi-finals Today though, on the final day of the event window, it all came down a last ditch effort to reach the men's final. With clear skies and none of the clouds that had been suppressing the wind this week, things were looking positive. 3). Arthur Guillebert - good to go! Unfortunately though, at 19:00 after a long day of waiting, it was clear the wind just was not going to reach the required strength for the men to hit the water. The riders would not be able to compete to see who would become the first ever male champion of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria. However, there is still an official result from the men's division and the below eight riders will all share first place rankings (and an equal share of the prize money) from this event. Scroll down to see the event results and how the overall tour rankings look at the end of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019. 4). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria MEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 2: Arthur Guillebert (FRA) 3: Liam Whaley (ESP) 4: Maxime Chabloz (CH) 5: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM) 6: Valentin Rodriguez (COL) 7: Carlos Mario (BRA) 8: Set Teixeira (BRA) 5). Final Day at GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL) 4: Rita Arnaus (ESP) GKA Freestyle World Cup - Gran Canaria - Day Three Highlights GKA Gran Canaria - Final Day GKA KITE WORLD TOUR FREESTYLE RANKINGS 6). Carlos Mario retains the top spot after this event MEN'S RANKING 1: Carlos Mario (BRA) 2: Maxime Chablos (CH) 3: Valentin Rodriguez (COL) 4: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 5: Liam Whaley (ESP) 7). Mikaili Sol storms into first overall after her performance here in Gran Canaria WOMEN'S RANKINGS 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Pippa van Iersel (NL) 3: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 4: Therese Taabbel (DK) 5: Rita Arnaus (ESP) www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  6. We regret to have to inform you today about the cancellation of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Malmö 2019. The event, which was to take place in Malmö/Sweden in August 2019, was cancelled by the organiser yesterday. The GKA was not involved in this decision, but we will offer our Freestyle World Tour riders voluntary compensation for any incurred non-refundable costs related to this event. We look forward to great competitions at the next GKA Freestyle World Cup in Vargas, Gran Canaria and are pleased to announce that in addition to the upcoming 2019 tour dates, exciting new GKA events are already scheduled for 2020! by: GKA Media Management
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