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  1. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius - Fina Wrap-up! Tuesday 17th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing After an unbelievable nine days of solid action for both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf disciplines of the GKA Kite World Tour that were competing side by side in Bel Ombre, a beautiful closing ceremony, hosted by the Heritage C-Beach Club and Kite Globing officially crowned the winners on Sunday. 1). Bel Ombre - embedded in GKA history as one of the most classic events we've seen. We will be back! The competition ran hot and heavy for nine solid days, delivering one of the tightest finishes ever in the men's Freestyle with Adeuri Corniel taking the win with the last trick of the event and by just 0.01 points over Valentin Rodriguez. Mikaili Sol recovered from a scare in her semi-final to dominate the final and increase her lead at the top of the championship. In Kite-Surf, the reef at Bel Ombre was on fire all week and we saw heroes rise up and answer the call to shine. Airton Cozzolino proved unbeatable with a phenomenally wild and powerful approach in all angles of the waves and was joined by fellow barrel hunters, James Carew and Sebastian Ribeiro on the final podium - after Ribeiro completed a massive comeback in the double elimination. In the women's Kite-Surf local heroine Ninja Ricot performed a similarly impressive climb back up through seven heats to meet Jalou Langeree in the final, but Jalou was in a different class this event. Strapless Freestyle specialist Carla Herrera-Oria was pleased to reach the podium, a result that keeps her at the top of the championship! 2). Men's Kite-Surf, left to right: 3rd Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) / 1st Airton Cozzolino (CV) / 2nd James Carew (AUS) 3). Women's Kite-Surf, left to right: 3rd Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP) / 1st Jalou Langeree (NED) / 2nd Ninja Ricot (MRU) 4). Men's Freestyle, left to right: 3rd Liam Whaley (ESP) / 1st Adeuri Corniel (DR) / 2nd Valentin Rodriguez (COL) 5). Women's Freestyle, left to right: 3rd Bruna Kajiya (BRA) / 1st Mikaili Sol (BRA) / 2nd Rita Arnaus (ESP) SEASON STANDINGS: In Kite-Surf – leaders Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera maintain their leads, as does Mikaili Sol in the women’s Freestyle, but Adeuri Corniel is the new leader of the men’s freestyle division, pushing Maxime Chabloz into second, and Carlos Mario into third. Find the season rankings here. The next round for both disciplines begins in Dakhla: 4 – 8th October for Freestyle and 9 – 13th for Kite-Surf. Dakhla will be the final round for Freestyle, while the Kite-Surf riders move onto their final event at Prea in Brazil in November. WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  2. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Nine

    Day of reckoning for Kite-Surf elite at Bel Ombre. DOUBLE ELIMINATION: ALMOST AT THE CLIMAX Saturday 14th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing Current discipline: Kite-Surf Judging Criteria: Pure wave – 20 minute heats / best 2 waves count from 15 possible waves Wind: Sideshore 15 – 22 knots Wave conditions: A mixed bag – clean, smackable, pitching, crumbling, big and small! Make of it what you will and grab the biggies. That’s it! Nine epic days later, two huge double eliminations complete in the men’s and women’s kite-surf division after a ragingly tight Freestyle competition earlier in the week. Here’s the story of how the two wave finals played out on the Heritage Bel Ombre reef, starting with the women’s final which was the event’s final show, finishing at just after 3pm. Scroll down for the men’s report. WOMEN’S FINAL: Jalou Langeree (NED) V Ninja Ricot (GER / MRU) Just like Sebastian Ribeiro, we saw another heroic comeback performance from Ninja Ricot in the women’s doubles today. In her seventh heat of the day (astonishingly her sixth back-to-back), Ninja (a German who has lived in Mauritius for many years) was still firing well, and volleyed up a quick pair of waves, gaining a 5.47 and 6.2, throwing a tasty 11.67 firmly into Jalou’s court. As the next set reared up, both women came in on the first wave; Ninja further upwind pulled away and let Jalou go at it, but the reigning World Champ managed just two turns causing no threat to Ninja’s tally. Jalou’s legs were clearly looking fresh, particularly coming off the top after such strong bottom turns. She was ultra fluid, kicking up a big fan of spray as she carved the board back beyond 180 towards the white water. Both these women have beautiful caving and progressive surf styles. When they throw themselves low into a bottom turn they turn just as sharply back up the face as the men. We have two of the top three women in wave kiting going head to head here (we’re missing Moona Whyte who was competing on home turf at a US event). Striking back hard on her fifth wave, Langeree was awarded with a high 7.7 and suddenly sitting on a two wave tally of 13.83. Strong. Ricot (formerly Bichler) is the island’s heroine having won two world tour events on Mauritius 2012 and 2016, had already managed a score of 13.17 against Edin a couple of hours earlier in round five and 14.1 in her single elimination heat against Jalou. (Jalou won that heat though with 15.77 from two waves, ejecting Ninja early, which is why Ninja had to fight her way up through so many double elimination rounds today). The long and short of that little narrative is that this heat was far from over… Ninja needed to only match Jalou’s 7.7 to take the lead. Jalou was scoring again, working three turns on the inside before punching out over a mini close-out to see Ninja on a big one. She reeled out one, two, three huge turns and then a fourth against the white water on the inside. Her rail was somehow just about holding on along with her legs on those last two turns – who knows how many bottom turns she made today? Somehow she then managed a tail slide at the end. That could be up in the 7s if the judges didn’t see too much of a faltering line with her tired legs. It took a while for that score to come in… it was a big moment. 6.73: just not quite enough. Jalou was getting stronger as the heat went on (this was her first heat of the day remember). Her turns were sharp and aggressive and she was shredding fluidly along the sections now. An 8.27 popped up on the livescore, a crushing blow from the world champion and she was sitting on 15.97, the highest heat score of the event. The waves continued – this set had been kind to the contest – but none of the remaining waves added to the score, despite some meaty hacks at the lip from both women. The wave count was very even, too: 13 waves to 12 in Jalou’s favour. Jalou’s tight and incisive top to bottom surfing is compact and controlled, keeping her right in the curling section all the time. Throughout the heat it’s fair to say that Ninja had the biggest hacks at the top of the biggest waves, but it was Jalou’s totally fluid, constant rail-to-rail surfing with speed and power that earned the biggest rewards from the judges. They may not have been the biggest waves in the set, but she worked them ideally to her strengths. 1). 1st Jalou Langeree 15.97, 2nd Ninja Ricot: 12.93, 3rd Carla Herrera Oria 2). Carla Herrera Oria, Jalou Langeree, Ninja Ricot RESULT: Jalou Langeree wins the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius Kite-Surf division! 1st Jalou Langeree 15.97 2nd Ninja Ricot: 12.93 3rd Carla Herrera Oria There were other good performances in the women’s event, particularly from Aussie charger Peri Roberts who re-found her bottle and was powering through some big turn combinations and had the judges off their seats on the tower when she pulled into a solid barrel! She was swallowed hole but brave as hell. (#Peripithunter) Olivia Jenkins showed more of her true colours. Having got comfortable with the spot, the Brit who resides in Hawaii rode with more pace and power today, halted in the end, as six riders were, by Ninja. Kitesurfing Waves | Sebastian Ribeiro Wins 7 Heats in the Doubles | Day 8 | Gka Mauritius Friday 13th proved lucky for Sebastian Ribeiro. After a disappointing early exit in round two of the single elimination at the hands of James Carew, the Brazilian powered through seven heats in the double elimination and was lined up to get his revenge in his semi-final match up against Carew. Sebastian met James Carew in the men’s first heat of the day – the semi-final. The Duotone team mates went toe-to-toe, wave-for-wave in an all out back side power surfing assault. As predicted the wave count was high with a minute to go: 12 for James, 13 for Ribeiro; James ahead by a whisker. Sebastian’s surge through the double elimination finally came to a finish. He won seven heats yesterday after a disaster in the single elimination and somehow worked his way up to the podium. SEMI-FINAL RESULT: Carew wins 15.06 to 14.8 and would face single elimination winner Airton Cozzolino in another final – this time for the overall event win. Sebastian finished the event in third position. Congrats! Someone get that man a beer! 13.15 – MEN’S FINAL Buckle-up boys and girls it’s: James Carew (AUS) V Airton Cozzolino (CV) James snuck into a pitching wave on his first run, got a big cover up and managed to sneak out through a little gap in the front door. Meanwhile Airton was on the biggest wave of the day. ‘Are you kidding?’ we screamed in the media room. His wave riding is just so staggeringly powerful. Bam-bam-bam, turn after turn, huge spray at the lip every time. 7.87 first wave, 7.5 for his second. 15.37 versus James’ 9.42 after two waves. Oh yes, this final was ON! Remember, if James could beat Airton in this heat, he’d force a super final and they’d go at it again as Airton had to be beaten twice as the single elimination champion. Airton looked better able to take advantage of the ‘dirtier’ sections on his hacking frontside approach, cutting back into the wave whenever an off-the-lip wasn’t possible. James, however, was unleashing thunderous hits right at wave’s peak, battering the crumbling lip line into submission. Although he’d learnt from the single elimination final against Airton that focusing too much on chasing a barrel wasn’t a reliable strategy, he knew that if there was a sniff of a big one it needed to be his. He closed the deficit; three turns for a 6.95 brought him up to 11.7, still trailing Airton’s 15.37. James then switched his approach and started tacking back and forth in the upwind corner. He was looking for a wall with potential to throw and bailed early on a couple of waves even though they looked well set-up for multiple hits. He must have seen Airton’s combination strikes. In 17 years, I have never seen anyone bottom turn as hard and tight on their frontside as Airton. He actually comes out of his turn with more speed, rather than less, which means that his smacks at the top of the wave are simply outstanding. Pure power surfing. Eight waves in and his first two scores still remained his best, however. Airton’s the ultimate competitor. Like a world class sprinter he can power out of the blocks, start on a high and put his opponent under pressure from the start. It was a quiet few minutes for Australian Carew until he managed a 5.23, taking him up to 12.18. He worked his way all the way down a really long wave from one side of the competition box to the other but managed only three turns because there had been so much white water to evade. Wave ten for Airton was spectacular and obviously going to get a big score. An 8.83 dropped, made up of the most vertical, animalistic succession of turns and hits – perfectly at the lip every time and never out of the critical section. I hope we can show you that wave in full on the highlights video. It was absolutely incredible. Waves started to shape up bigger and right at the end of the heat James pulled in looking for the cover up once more. It didn’t happen. A minute later he got another opportunity – this time he went in and pulled out punching emphatically through the curtain. It wasn’t massive or particularly deep, but he’d found one and it was worth 8.07, bringing him up to 15.02… In the end the difference was that 8.83 wave where Airton plugged his brain directly into the main power supply of the wave and let the voltage flow through his body, charging that face as hard as any wave has ever been kited from start to finish. Total destruction. The riders were going so hard that they filled their allotted 15 wave count with five minutes left to go, so it then turned into a free session… and there were highlights! Airton banked into yet another turn, brushed his fingers in the water as he looked up and saw the chance for shade. He allowed his turn to slow and bring him up the wave where he re-set his rail, pulled in and punched through the curtain. Sadly, no score showed up on the scoreboard – it was wave 17! Once again a packed heat from these two and an absolute joy to watch: 15 counting waves each. There’s the bell. School’s out. 3). Men's podium: 1st Airton Cozzolino, 2nd James Carew, 3rd Sebastian Ribeiro RESULT: Airton Cozzolino is the Mauritius champion: 16.7 to 15.02. 1st Airton Cozzolino 2nd James Carew 3rd Sebastian Ribeiro Kitesurfing Waves Men’s & Women’s Finals | Day 9 | Gka Mauritius WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  3. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Eight

    Ribeiro runs riot through the men's doubles. DOUBLE ELIMINATION: ALMOST AT THE CLIMAX Friday 13th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing 1). Right on time all day, Ribeiro Current discipline: Kite-Surf double elimination Judging Criteria: Pure wave – 18 minute heats / best 2 waves count from 15 possible waves Wind: Sideshore 18 - 28 knots Wave conditions: Clean, but also very peaky ranging from head high to double overhead and often closing out. Demanding at times, glorious at others! 2). Sebastian Ribeiro Friday 13th! Good evening from the Heritage Resort lagoon in Bel Ombre where the men's double elimination has been rolling hot and heavy today. Friday 13th proved lucky for Sebastian Ribeiro. After a disappointing early exit in round two of the single elimination at the hands of James Carew, the Brazilian powered through seven heats in the double elimination and is lined up to get his chance at revenge: James Carew awaits the re-match tomorrow. Here's how the last heat of the day went down: 17.40pm - One more scalp to Ribeiro = 7 wins today for the Brazilian! 3). Sebastian was reading the spot like a book by the end Last heat of the day - round 8: Heat 33 Oswald Smith V Sebastian Ribeiro The sets looked strong at the start of the heat and Ozzie was the first to strike, a quick one-two combo on an uneven face; big punches from the South African. Looking on from out back Sebastian let a wave pick him up for a better view as he watched Ozzie’s form. He knew the scale of the task at hand, turned back to the horizon and letting the big wall roll on. 4). Just one chance to get it right today for Ozzie after a sublime performance to finish third in the single eliminations. Although fresh, it can be so hard to roll straight into a heat cold when the other rider is so dialled in. It's tough at the top! The Brazilian took the next wave, did his familiar foot switch, bringing his left foot forward to his favoured backside stance and dropped down. Almost immediately the wave turned into a freak, breaking towards him from both sides. He U-turned sharply to abort and just managed to drive backwards through the wave’s peak before it enveloped him. A moment later he was dropping in again, this time flowing rhythmically up and down, showing the judges his super vertical combinations, extreme in the way he positions his head down as he pivots in the lip - fins free almost every time. 5). Timing, positioning, awareness... and stamina Ozzie found a peak that pinched up oddly into a sharp triangle. He tried to pull under but had to abort, straight lining towards the reef as the face collapsed. Sebastian had two good scores of 7.27 and 6.47 which gave him a solid 13.74 / 7.37 lead. This fight for the podium still had eight minutes left. Ozzie wasn’t having any luck finding the longer more shapely rides, but remember Sebastian had been out there doing heats in the morning and then solidly since 4pm. He’d seen all states of tide and seemingly knew when to chance a run to the inside and when not to. Seven waves each with seven minutes to go. Ozzie, frontside, bailed on two waves in a row that just didn’t steepen up, he popped over the back and looked left to see Sebastian absolutely steaming in on a bomb, maximum pace - but would the peak throw over? No, he had to straight line it as it closed out behind him. Yet again the Brazilian found a good one, floated beautifully along a large stretch of white water, took a big drop and immediately banked hard, effortlessly smooth, leaving him to glide almost mechanically around yet another top turn two metres above the shallow reef. He may only have got two big turns, but it’s his approach, speed control and timing that was making these waves perhaps look more useful than they really were. 6). Sebstian took local star Willow-River Tonkin-Shakes out of the competition in round five. Willow was having the time of his life though, like always Friday the 13th, riding lucky heat number 7 of the day - all the headlines are his. He raced along one more wave near the end of the heat and pulled in beneath a lip that started pitching. For a second we thought he’d somehow exit the white water like a hero again. But no. Ozzie had a real good go on a couple at the end, but pushing super hard dropped down off a brutal lip smack and couldn’t stay on the board. Like a warrior, Sebastian put the day's final beast to bed, finding the cleanest face of the entire heat and cruised through a few lazy turns. He knew he’d done it and his legs were shot. Looking over to the rapidly dropping, golden sun, his thighs must have been burning hot. He's gonna need help to walk tonight and, once back on the beach, said in a complete daze that he'd had to massage his leg while going back upwind because it had stopped working during his last barrel attempt! Ribeiro won - 13.74 to 7.37 and will face James Carew next in the semi final on Saturday morning. 7). 19 year old Charlie Wise stood out in each of his heats in this event. There were several riders who ripped today, but the Australian is definitely a raw wave talent. Sadly for him, he came up against a rampant Ribeiro in round 3 who was dead-set on making up for lost ground in the singles SEBASTIAN'S SCALPS Round 8, heat #33: Oswald Smith Round 7, heat #32: Jan Marcos Riveras Round 6, heat #31: Pedro Matos Round 5, heat #30B: Willow-River Tonkin-Shakes Round 4, heat #29B: Jeremy Chan Round 3, heat #27B: Charlie Wise Round 2, heat #25A: Alessandro D'Ambrosio Sebastian Ribeiro Wins 7 Heats in the Wave Doubles | Day 8 | Gka Mauritius WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  4. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Seven

    Jalou Langeree claims victory in the women's single elimination! SINGLE ELIMINATION: WOMEN'S FINALS AND MEN'S DOUBLES START Thursday 12th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing 1). Jalou led the charge at Bel Ombre Completing the women’s single elimination heats that began yesterday, we reached a well contested final between the two leading contenders who had to battle it out for the title at the final event of the season in Brazil last year. Carla Herrera Oria, a strapless freestyle specialist who is adapting to waves, and eventual 2019 title winner, Jalou Langeree, a highly respected double wave world champion who had to develop her freestyle game last year to help her over the line in winning the 2018 crown. THE WOMEN’S FINAL Jalou Langeree (NED) V Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP) Eight minutes and four waves into the heat, Jalou had a best two wave score of 13.53, already higher than Carla had managed so far in the competition, so with the pressure off to some extent, as is the case when you relax, the waves seemed to come to her. Every approach back in to the reef she seemed to be able to pick the faces that would hold up best and demonstrated to the judges her flowing and fluid style, repeatedly letting her fins loose during her top turn. 2). Carla Herrera-Oria, getting into her groove in waves Carla, however, it must be said is much improved in waves, but reaching the final here is a solid bonus for her in terms of the championship – which she leads through her excellent strapless freestyle results at other events. The Spaniard put everything into this heat having made it this far, careering down from the lip, turning back up and leaving her turns as late as she could at the top, dropping steep and then banking hard again. Her seventh wave gave her a 5.47, pushing her up to 9.47 overall, still chasing down Jalou’s 13.53 that she maintained from waves two and four neat the start of the heat. Six minutes remained… eight waves to seven registered, with Carla bagging most. That didn't matter though; just the two best scores count. 3). Jalou letting the tail loose Jalou chased all her waves in close and seemed more comfortable when engaging repeatedly with the lip. There have been fewer big waves so far in the final, but with four minutes left a new set came in. Jalou faded right into the foam giving herself more of an open face and then attacked, managing just two turns though before hopping over the back early to ensure she’d still have time to catch one of the remaining waves in the set. Carla did the same. 4). Jalou burning turns in front of the judges' platform at the reef Seconds later Jalou was being escorted in on a clean wall. She held her rail, waited for the lip to feather, cut up and turned right underneath the lip… safe and secure… she dropped in again and smacked the lip once more before the entire 30 yard section to her left boomed shut as the section closed out. The set’s end was looming, as was the heat, and Jalou had picked another growing lump. Obviously coming hard off the top she kicked up a big fan of spray beyond the mass of white water on the wave in front of her that we were having to peer over. She repeated the process on her next turn so there was no mistaking the calibre of her control. Bang-tidy, she looked good. One minute left and the scores were still 13.53 v 9.47. Closeout followed closeout for the next 30 seconds; both women had wisely managed to not chase those ones in. Jalou made three turns on what was surely her last wave, but behind Carla was frantically outrunning a massive wall of white water. As the wave took form she started an evenly timed assault, managing only two turns before the shallows sent the wave into meltdown. In the end it wasn’t enough. Jalou had done it! 5). The finalists unite WOMEN’S SINGLE ELIMINATION FINAL RESULT: 1st Jalou Langeree wins the women’s single elimination: 13.53 2nd Carla Herrera takes second: 9.47 6). Jalou Langeree, leading lady WOMEN’S MINI-FINAL Sophia Abreu (BRA) V Maria Kinkina (BUL) 7). Sophia Abreu almost had third position in her grasp in this her first ever competition Battle of the newcomers proved a pretty stylish affair with both riders cutting clean and repeated hacks down the line. The scores were really tight throughout, but in the end, and probably fair on balance from what we saw throughout the whole single elimination, Kinkina snuck her way ahead of the Brazilian onto the last step of the podium at her first GKA event! Look out for these two ladies over the coming months. They’ve taken their surfing abilities into kiting and with some more competition experience, we hope to see them challenging Jalou in the wave stakes more closely soon! MINI FINAL RESULT: 3rd place women’s single elimination: Maria Kinkina (BUL) 6.7 4th place women’s single elimination: Sophia Abreu (BRA) 6.33 8). Bulgarian Maria Kinkina 9). Women's single elimination Kite-Surf result, left to right: 4th Sophia Abreu, 3rd Maria Kinkina, 1st Jalou Langeree, 2nd Carla Herrera-Oria Prior to all that, the day was still young when we were gifted an early treat and in a different heat draw fate, if these two hadn’t met in round three, Jalou V Ninja could have easily been the final. QUARTER FINAL 1 Jalou Langeree (NED) V Ninja Ricot (MRU / GER) When you come to Mauritius, you always have to beat Ninja Ricot if you want to win the crown. Formerly Ninja Bichler, she was the 2016 GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Mauritius Champion and the 2012 winner when the KSP ran the tour here, so is the undisputed queen of waves on this island. 10). Jalou and Ninja - maximum respect The first six waves for each rider seemed to rush by in this heat, it was action packed. With seven minutes remaining the score was 15.54 to 14.1 in Jalou’s favour. If Ninja could get one more 7 point score to match Jalou’s 2 x 7s, she’d be right there. Jalou slotted her highest score of 7.8 on her ninth wave after a steady and consistent barrage of great scores, mostly over the 6.5 mark throughout. Ninja wasn’t far behind on the scoreboard, but her points for each individual wave were some way below those of Jalou’s. With just two waves counting though, things can change quickly, so the heat remained close with three minutes left on the clock: 15.77 for Jalou and 14.1 to Ninja. 11). Ninja and Jalou trading waves At the end of the heat the wave count was 14 to Jalou and 12 to Ninja – a high standard and second only to themselves in their previous heats on day six. Jalou commented that this was one of the best heats of her career – lots of respect between these two. Jalou won and went through to the semi-finals: Score - 15.77 Ninja will return in the double eliminations coming over the next couple of days: Score - 14.1 12). Jalou and Ninja heading back upwind to the launch at Bel Ombre MEN’S DOUBLES The men’s doubles resumed on completion of the women’s singles, starting with the riders who were ejected first in the single elimination and given the chance to re-enter the competition with a large list of competitors in front of them. As before, they'd ride in 20 minute man-on-man heats. 13). One of the tour's top performers this year, Simon Joosten from Barbados, advanced past and knocked out South Africa's infamous big air merchant, Josh Emmanuel The double elimination ladder continues like that, with riders having to advance through several rounds before they can reach the top finishers from the single elimination. Eventually the ladder narrows to become a simple case of the winner staying on the water to meet the next best rider from the singles, until someone is eventually left to face yesterday's winner, Airton Cozzolino, who already waits in the final. 14). Willow, emerging dramatically from a superb barrel, and then loading up another special move moments later - check the GKA Socials tomorrow for the flossing action - well, we can't let him get away with that one, eh?! The day ended with the last shred of usable light, a golden sunset glimmering across the water as local rider Willow-River Shakes-Tonkin emerged from a long, deep barrel, earning a 9.07. We've seen similar barrels get a fraction higher towards a perfect 10, but rather than continue to work the remaining wall of the wave, Willow decided that it was a moment worthy of letting go of the bar and swinging his hands by his side - rocking the floss manoeuvre. Willow is a man who lets his emotions lead him, but his instincts to pull high and slip in and out of that tube have propelled him into round 3 of the double elimination, beating Louis Marvin, another local. Women's Single Elimination Final Waves | Day 7 | Gka Mauritius The action continues tomorrow, skippers for the riders is at 09.00 (GMT +4) WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  5. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Six

    Cave man CarewIt is what it is... and today it was spectacular! MEN'S SINGLE ELIMINATION: THE FINALS Wednesday 11th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing 1). Oswald Smith 2). Graham Harney The reef builds steeply from the ocean floor here at Bel Ombre and as such sometimes struggles to allow a big swell to steadily pitch. The abrupt nature of this reef’s shape can really jack up a smaller swell though, and today’s reduced ocean pulses made powerful contact with the shallow coral structure to produce superb, clean, mid-to-large waves over the reef. Conditions continued to deliver all day, inspiring some outstanding performances – high skills were richly rewarded. 3). Open sesame - Airton kindly rings the doorbell and waits for an invitation We re-joined the men’s single elimination with two heats still to complete in round two, between Kiko Roig Torres and Jeremy Chan, and then Airton Cozzolino versus Graham Carney. Airton started the day fully charged from the get-go at 09.30am. The head-high to double overhead cross-shore conditions looked to suit him down to the ground. Some people had been commenting that perhaps this wouldn’t be his event as there are better pure kite’surfers’ here than him, and that sometimes he’s a bit too aggressive with his kite when judges are looking for a pure surf style, but all that went out of the window when faced with a reef that demanded respect in order to avoid the eventual big close-outs. 4). Upper cut, square on the jaw, the wave faltered under Airton's attack Airton, however, showed no respect and went at his heats like an animal uncaged. Fearless and fast, his pin-point accuracy and incredible ability to read every section perfectly was foreboding for any competitor. In beating Graham Harney, the double World Champion from Cape Verde found himself lined up against local rider Jeremy Chan, who had famously knocked Cozzolino out at the same round three stage of this competition in 2016 (giving Matchu Lopes enough of an opportunity to take full advantage, winning that event, and eventually the 2016 Championship by the smallest of margins later in the year). To say he had been looking forward to revenge was probably an understatement. 5). Jeremy Chan - looking for the barrel to upset Airton's path once more! James Carew was continuing his own no-holds-barred approach on his backside, saying that he felt that the size and form of today’s wave suited his radical driving turns and know-no-limits barrel hunting. Event MC this time (through shoulder injury) Matchu Lopes says, “He’s powerful, radical, always positive – he’s full-send all the time; success or failure. Whether he’s ill or injured, it doesn’t matter, he’s a powerhouse that takes a huge force to take down.” (James picked up an ankle strain when training earlier in the week, and looked to be limping a bit still on the beach – watching him on the water, you wouldn’t know, though). 6). Cave man Carew The Australian came through a tight backside heat against his team mate Pedro Matos. Up next was Oswald Smith who had just ejected Mitu Monteiro, lying second in the Championship. A surprise? Depends on your perspective. South African Smith doesn’t do the whole tour and was riding fast and loose, having already reached the quarter finals of the twin-tip Freestyle earlier in the week and now in his preferred discipline was looking very dangerous, totally at home hacking waves on his front hand, nothing to lose, grabbing a nice cover up barrel on his way past Mitu. 7). James and Ozzie - at it, hell for leather for 20 minutes 8). Look at me! Commanding attention - the judges had a tough job on today SEMI-FINAL 01: Carew V Smith was one of the most thrilling heats of the day, packed with solid rides. 8.9 and 7.73 were James’ best two scores out of a haul of 13 wave attempts; the most we’d seen piled into a heat so far. Ozzie wasn’t far behind on ten waves, with a 7.3 high score of his own, but the super powerful Australian backsider confirmed his almost sure destiny of making it to the final, such has been the consistent calibre of his heat performances here so far. 9). Carew - backside verticality - a skill honed in 'Straya, employed against the best Back on Airton’s side of the draw, in his quarter final re-match with Jeremy Chan there were no close calls. Having scored a 9.7 on his seventh wave, Airton hooked onto another big swell for wave eight. Dropping in he carved incisively back up, turned sharply at the top, stalled and then hit the gas full bore into a sick barrel, punched through the curtain, but no need to adjust – his weight was perfect – he went straight into another powerful bottom turn, detonated the lip, air dropped back into the wave, made another two turns and kicked out, shaking his hand by his side and looking up to the sky with thanks. He knew how rad that was… did the judges? Yes they did – 10 POINTS. Airton went on to overcome Jan Marcos Riveras in the semi-final, who had performed with his usual composed and clinical wave attack, but just couldn’t hang on to Airton’s coat tails this time. THE FINAL Airton Cozzolino (CV) V James Carew (AUS) The wave size, structure and power were perfectly suited for these two to put everything into their performances. Airton charging frontside / James hacking on his back hand – this would be one to savour. Right at the start Airton dropped in and James followed suit on the big wave following directly behind; the two white Duotone’s marching down-the-line together. Airton turned first, super fast, careering out of his bottom turn propelling maximum speed to the lip… one, two, three times he battered the peeling peak, squeezing everything out of every wave. James couldn’t match him on that one. Most waves in the first few minutes were at least head-high while some way beyond. 10). Meaty sections James knew how much success he’d had chasing barrels (he scored a 9.5 doing so in his first heat of the competition way back on day one). A few minutes into the heat his intentions were clear, fading in once, then twice, he found the pitch he wanted third time on the huge face, held his line, entered a cavernous pit… but didn’t come out. Reflective of Airton’s fully armoured approach, on one wave Airton found white water closing in behind and in front of him when the face became seemingly affected by two different swell directions. He eyed the point of impact and dissected both waves straight down the middle – a dagger to the snarling dragon’s heart. He’s just so compact and powerful; a warrior with unshakable energy and determined to take the iron throne. Time and again both riders pulled in at the first hint of a throwing lip, but it wasn’t yielding fruit. James continued to pick bombs and switched up his approach, gouging gnarly bottom turns and launching himself at the lip, however couldn’t quite make the hefty air drops back down when the throwing wave pitched him forward. Airton, meanwhile, found more consistency in his own big off-the-tops (favourably frontside) successfully landing at pace back into the wave. 11). It was always coming in the final - Airton Just after halfway through the 20 minute heat James started to come back, pulling the deficit back to just three points. But, almost inevitably, Airton pulled in to a section and emerged from the whitewater. A head flick to clear his vision he banked straight into another turn, sliding his fins out on the wave’s white water coping. He had that look of confidence that we’ve seen so often. With eight minutes left neither rider had scored more than a seven point ride in the final, and the best two wave score was standing at 14.33 / 11.3 in Airton’s favour. On his eighth trick, James poached a 6.8 score, suddenly it was tighter: 14.33 – 13.83. Airton managed to lock into a big one just seconds later, it looked good but he had to do one massive turn around a white section and then it all closed out. No change in scores. The frontside / backside competition has been pretty even through the entire single elimination competition, but in the end Airton was able to impress the judges with just a few more moments of flair, showing his comfort in repeatedly letting his tail loose at the top of the wave, something James was limited by a little more on his back hand. Airton also managed to find the waves that held up for longer, nailing five turns on his last wave, rewarded with a 7.93. There would be one last gasp attempt from the Australian when James had pulled almost level with a 7.4, but alas, it just wasn’t enough and visually, in terms of his constantly dynamic approach, Airton deserved the win despite the close scoreline. However, competition is what it is – and here it’s the best two waves that count. James oh so nearly had him. FINAL SCORE Airton: 15.16 James: 14.43 12). James and Airton with GKA tour manager, Tom Hartmann MINI-FINAL Ozzie grabbed the last podium position in the mini-final against Jan Marcos Riveras. Ozzie’s wave attack was tight and constantly in the pocket. Jan Marcos continued to find size out the back, but Ozzie is just so explosive when he comes off the bottom: bam – always huge spray punching right under the lip. He found a few golden moments towards the end and pushed Jan Marcos off the podium. 13). High times for Ozzie The South African is surely the most all-round competitive rider in the sport right now (he also competed in world tour slalom racing in the past, currently competes in the King of the Air and finished runner-up at the MegaLoop Challenge this summer). #skillhogger SINGLE ELIMINATION STANDINGS 1 Airton Cozzolino (CV) 2 James Carew (AUS) 3 Oswald Smith (RSA) 4 Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) 14). The boys of Bel Ombre The women’s event also got underway today, reaching the end of round two. Find the results on the Kite-Surf event page, and a full wrap coming tomorrow on completion of their round. 15). Jalou Langeree is off to a great start in the women's singles Men's Singles Final | Day 6 | Gka Mauritius The action continues tomorrow, skippers for the riders is at 09.00 (GMT +4) WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova and Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  6. Wave Event On – GKA Mauritius Day 5

    Time for Barrels at Bel Ombre! MEN'S SINGLE ELIMINATION: ROUNDS ONE AND TWO Tuesday 10th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing 1). GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius - Wave Event After an enthralling day of Freestyle final action on Monday, we switched back to the continuation of the Kite-Surf discipline, with the men’s single elimination out on the reef behind the Heritage Lagoon in Bel Ombre. There were some really big waves coming through, challenging the reef to hold up the faces as long as possible. It took a while for most riders to build their confidence through the 20 minute heats in these shallow waters, working their way up and down the big marauding faces. 2). Charlie Wise Francesco Capuzzo won his first heat this morning and was the first rider to update us on how the conditions really felt: “The wind is shifting a bit, but okay and the waves are quite big, though closing out occasionally. If you pick the right one it’s fun because they’re between two and three metres on the face.” The waves continued to beat in, holding form and size before becoming playable, steeper and quicker for the final 40 metre sections. The predictability of the foam, breaking left to right as we looked at it seemed consistent – but for the riders it was difficult to manage the moment to either start linking turns, or delay until the time to pull the pin, take a high line and try to thread the barrel. Jeremy Chan, a local rider, infamous for having knocked Airton Cozzolino out of the competition in 2017, once again used his local knowledge to show the judges how to really work a wave all the way to the inside. 3). Airton - fanging it When Airton Cozzolino entered the competition in heat 8A, suddenly the waves looked different; somehow more approachable and easier to read. They weren’t, but judge Torrin Bright commented to me that his extreme mastery to maintain line tension wherever he is on the wave, whether punching the lip and dropping back in from three metres up, or gouging the hell out of a bottom turn, is testament to just how many hours that man spends on the water in his life. It’s more than anyone I’ve seen. 4). Ready to thread the needle He was the first rider to go full throttle for a barrel, getting covered up for at least 15 metres; sadly not coming out, but his lines sliced the cascading lip sharply for several seconds and drew whoops from the judging tower. Aggression, high wave count and an extremely varied wave attack; his opponent Bart Labonne is a solid rider, and must have rued drawing Airton first round. Who doesn’t? 5). GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius - Wave Event 6). GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius - Wave Event Elsewhere young guns Pedro Matos and Charlie Wise had a close backside / frontside battle. Brazilian Matos focussed more on trying to catch the bigger waves further upwind / deeper, obviously seeing an advantage with steady drawn out, smooth carves, while Charlie was very athletic on his front hand, working the smaller sections downwind, getting lots of turns on the inside. Matos took it by a whisker. 7). James Carew discovers a cave The highlight of the day came in heat 9A: a battle between Duotone team mates, both backsiders; James Carew and Sebastian Ribeiro. James’ wave count was not only high, but expertly selected – and he scored an outstanding 9.5 for a very deep barrel. Brave! Somehow Sebastian’s wave selection just never panned out, whether it was down to wrong position, poor luck, or James just being a wave magnet… 8). Carew Covered in glory - 9.5 Oswald Smith (also reached the quarter finals in Freestyle yesterday) recovered in his heat against Reece Myerscough after putting his kite in the drink on his first wave and then taking ten minutes trying to relaunch it in the strong current. In the end James Carew was still hanging around the reef to watch the action and kited over to swap kites with Ozzy. With five minutes left in the heat Ozzy found advantage being frontside compared to Reece’s backside approach and seemed more comfortable in that stance on these waves, linking several turns on a few waves, managing to catch a biggish one too. 9). Mitu Monteiro knew when to change his game Last heat of note, local shredder Willow-River Tonkin-Shakes versus the maestro Mitu Monteiro. Both locked into a full-on barrel hunt, catching great walls of water out back, knowing the reward for a barrel could be enough to win a heat with a single wave. They each had lots of attempts, but in the end realised the hunt wasn’t proving successful (but was nevertheless respectable!), so registered a late flurry of turns, with Mitu proving he had the upper hand. HEAT RESULTS FROM DAY 5 R2 HEAT 12 – HEAT POSTPONED Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Jeremy Chan (MRU) R2 HEAT 11B (W) Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) 3.69 V Raoni Lemos (BRA) 2.13 R2 HEAT 11A (W) Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA) 6.83 V Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) 6.13 R2: HEAT 10B (W) Mitu Monteiro (CV) 10.74 V Willow River Tonkin (MRU) 6.17 R2: HEAT 10A (W) Oswald Smith (RSA) 8.27 V Reece Myserscough (CAN) 6.53 R2: HEAT 9B (W) Pedro Matos (BRA) 12.17 V Charlie Wise (AUS) 11.4 R2: HEAT 9A James Carew (AUS) 15.83 V Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) 10.07 R1: HEAT 8B: (W) Graham Harney (CAN) V Jorn Donat (GER) R1: HEAT 8A: (W) Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA) V Brendan Labonne (MRU) R1: HEAT 7B: (W) Jeremy Chan (MRU) V Toni Cilliberto (ITA) R1: HEAT 7A: (W) Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Alessandra D’Ambrosio (RSA) R1: HEAT 6B: Raoni Lemos (BRA) V Luke Millard (AUS) R1: HEAT 6A: (W) Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) V Daniel Kux (MRU) R 1: HEAT 5B: (W) Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) V Roderick Pijls (NED) R1: HEAT 5A: (W) Francesco Capuzzo (ITA) V Louis Marvin (MRU) Kitesurfing Wave Action Compilation | Day 5 | Gka Mauritius WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Report: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  7. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Four

    Heart Attack 7 Heaven - Freestyle Finals Showdown Monday 9th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing Day 4 started at the quarter final stage for the Freestyle men's division, while the women had already progressed to the semis. The heats were packed with incredibly high trick scores throughout, but there was heartbreak. Long-term competitor, Stefan Spiessberger, re-dislocated his shoulder at the start of the second quarter final. Very out of character, reigning champion Carlos Mario also injured his knee during the warm-up for his semi-final... 1). Carlos Mario was lucky Maxime Chabloz didn't capitalise Mario's sudden withdrawal offered the chance to this year's new tour leader, Maxime Chabloz, to really capitalise on points. Could he take advantage? 2). Liam Whaley In the first men's semi-final Posito Martinez scored the day's joint highest trick score with a 9.9 for a heart attack 7, but the Dominican would finish in third, agonisingly just 0.27 off qualifying for the final. Liam Whaley's 9.6 for a KGB7 on his penultimate trick had moved him into first, where he finished, just ahead of brave Valentin Rodrigues who was repeatedly landing incredible manoeuvres. They both progressed to the final. 3). Valentin Rodriguez The second semi-final would have been the best heat of the event, had it not been for semi-final number 1. In the end Adeuri Corniel took it after a super close heat throughout, with the top three riders all finishing on 33 points, with the decimals making the difference. Adeuri beat Delmas by 0.3, while Maxime Chabloz was left to rue the chance to extend his lead at the top of the championship by missing a good take-off and getting a really low trick score on his final attempt, missing out on the final by 0.7 points! 4). Nicolas Delmas was second, but into his first final! MEN'S FINAL Valentin Rodriguez / Nicolas Delmas / Liam Whaley / Adeuri Corniel All four were all worthy finalists, and once again it came down to the last trick. Adeuri had led the whole final up to the last trick when Rodriguez had slipped into the lead. Adeuri needed a straight 9 to win... and somehow he did it! Scoring a sweet 9 for a heart attack 7. He robbed the young Columbian of his first win, beating him by just 0.01! So close! 5). Adeuri with a stomped 317 WOMEN The women's event re-started from the semi final stage. Rising star and probably most improved female this season, Spaniard Claudia Leon, led much of the heat, but on trick six she opened the door for Brazilian championship chaser Kajiya with a poor Hinterberger 5. Bruna capitalised with a superb front roll to wrapped to take first, but Leon followed her through to the final in second. 6). Bruna Kajiya In the second semi final Mikaili Sol overcame a scare after finding herself on zero points after four tricks! She switched on and made her remaining three tricks count very highly, eventually going through alongside an on-form Rita Arnaus. 7). Mikaili made it... eventually, and with only three tricks counting, not four! WOMEN'S FINAL Mikaili Sol / Claudia Leon / Bruna Kajiya / Rita Arnaus A different Mikaili came out for the final and she put on a flawless display of well timed hammer-blows to her opponents. Bruna stayed with her for the first half of the heat before she crashed a crucial front blind mobe on trick four. Mikaili turned the screw with a neat and technical KGB, scoring 8.53. She went on to become uncatchable on trick six with a super cool slim 5, earning her a whopping 9.13 points. 8). The action was intense! 9). Rita stoked with her best ever result: 2nd Rita Arnaus continued to impress and what a day she had – cool and consistent but, above all, very clean with her kite low. The pocket-sized Spaniard dropped a very fluid heart attack, scoring 8.37, which meant she regained second place and pushed Bruna into third, with Leon fourth. So, that's the Freestyle wrapped up, and we'll be back on Tuesday when the focus switches to the Kite-Surf wave discipline. 10). Women's finalists 11). Men's finalists Freestyle Finals - Day 4 - Gka Mauritius WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Svetlana Romantsova Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  8. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Three

    Tee'd up for a big day on Monday! Sunday 8th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing A much stronger wind was blowing early this morning and the first men’s Freestyle heats were on the water by 9am sharp. The agenda was packed and after a long and intense day of competition here at the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius event, which is taking place in front of the Heritage Resort in Bel Ombre, we’ve reached the women’s Freestyle semi final and men’s quarter final stage. This tees up a very important day tomorrow which will no doubt prove pivotal on the search for this year’s GKA Freestyle World Champion. 1). The lagoon at Bel Ombre, in front of the Heritage C-Beach Club and Kite Globing 2). Liam Whaley kept things tight and under control today No doubt the standout performer in the men was Nicolas Delmas. The French rider rode out of his skin for the highest heat score of the day with a 35.5 total in round two. Incidentally, he also amassed 31.3 from his four counting tricks in round one, but finished second to Gianmaria Coccoluto who, in spite of tangling his kite in a tree, punched his way up to 31.7 points to still go on to win the heat. 3). Delmas destroyed his second round heat! There were several good performances throughout rounds one and two for the men, most notably from Liam Whaley, the 2015 World Champion from Spain looking imperiously smooth and untroubled. Current World Champ Carlos Mario had his round one heat done and dusted, unassailable with two tricks left to go and advanced directly to the quarters. It was a similar story for the tour’s current leader, Maxime Chabloz, who also eased through. A special note must go to Oswald Smith; the South African has reached the quarter finals and is the only rider competing in both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf wave disciplines this week. Having arrived here directly from Indo, he confessed that this is the first time he’s ridden freestyle in two months. When he’s on his game, he’s a bit of a freak and naturally gifted with a kite in his hands. 4). Oswald Smith, all-rounder! In the women, current world champion, Brazilian Mikaili Sol, hasn’t had the easiest ride this season, but clawed her way back to the top of the overall leaderboard last time out in Fuerteventura, holding a narrow lead over Pippa van Iersel in second. Mikaili charged into her first heat today against Spaniard Claudia Leon, which produced one of the most entertaining and high standard of heats that we saw all day; tight and on a knife edge until the very last trick. Sol didn’t need a huge score on that trick, but we’ve seen her fail in the same situation this season. 5). Mikaili powering through No upsets today though, she stomped a backside 315 to win, but in the end both women went through due to the way the heat draw fell with just ten women in the ladder. Both Mikaili and Claudia advanced, but Mikaili carries the higher seeding and the advantage of taking her trick attempts last in the semi-final. WOMEN’S SEMI FINAL LINE-UP: SEMI-FINAL 01 Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE) Claudia Leon (ESP) Bruna Kajiya (BRA) Paula Novotna (CZE) SEMI-FINAL 02 Therese Taabbel (DEN) Pippa van Iersel (NED) Rita Arnaus (ESP) Mikaili Sol (BRA) MEN’S QUARTER FINALS (ROUND THREE): HEAT 13: Joselito del Rosario (DR) Nicolas Delmas (FRA) Valentin Rodriguez (COL) Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) HEAT 14: Oswald Smith (RSA) Stefan Spiessberger (AUT) Arthur Guillebert (FRA) Carlos Mario (BRA) HEAT 15: Arron Rosslee (RSA) Juan Rodriguez (COL) Adeuri Corniel (DR) Liam Whaley (ESP) HEAT 16: Posito Martinez (DR) Louka Pitot (FRA) Paul Serin (FRA) Maxime Chabloz (SUI) So we’re set up for a big day tomorrow and expect a thrilling climax to both the men’s and women’s Freestyle! Will there then be time to switch back to the Kite-Surf wave? It’s literally all happening in Bel Ombre this week! Freestyle action at Bel Ombre, DAY 3, GKA Mauritius WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Svetlana Romantsova Videos: Mintautas Grigas
  9. GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius: Day Two

    Forces conspire against conclusion of mens Kite-Surf round one singles. Saturday 7th September 2019 Location: Bel Ombre, Mauritius at C-Beach Club / Kite Globing 1). Heritage Bel Ombre reef looking splendid No further action to report on day two (Saturday) at the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius. Lighter winds in the morning and a bigger swell meant the freestyle riders were released as the race crew wanted to try to complete the remaining eight heats (running two at a time) of the men's Kite-Surf first round of their single elimination heats in the waves. The forecast however looks promising and this is a long ten day waiting period. The winds filled in more in the afternoon and race director Juan Antonio Aragon held the contest open until almost the last shred of workable daylight in the hope of running something. A particular characteristic of the reef here at Bel Ombre is that, although it picks up any small swell and turns it into good waves, there comes a point at which the swell actually becomes too big and the faces rise quickly but then closeout sharply. Some riders rode the spot, but in the end the 14 knot onshore wind, stronger currents and greater swell meant that it just wasn’t consistent enough for riders to be able to smoothly ride out their bottom turns with line tension and as much control as the previous round one heats that were completed yesterday in much better cross-shore conditions. The remaining heats of the men's Kite-Surf single elimination are as follows: HEAT 5A Francesco Capuzzo (ITA) V Louis Marvin (MRU) HEAT 5B Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) V Roderick Pijls (NED) HEAT 6A Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) V Daniel Kux (MRU) HEAT 6B Luke Millard (AUS) V Raoni Lemos (BRA) HEAT 7A Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Alessandro D’Ambrosio (ZAR) HEAT 7B Toni Ciliberto (ITA) V Jeremy Chan (MRU) HEAT 8A Airton Cozzolino (ITA / CV) V Brendon Labonne (MRU) HEAT 8B Graham Harney (CAN) V Jorn Donat (GER) Sunday's forecast still looks like it's going to be onshore winds, but stronger and with a bigger swell further compromising the length of wave rides, so it's likely that the focus will switch to the Freestyle riders taking their turn to shine on the inside lagoon close to the beach. Skipper's meeting is scheduled for 08.30am Sunday. WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Svetlana Romantsova
  10. GKA Kite World Tour Mauritius - Day One!

    Record number of registrations and solid waves for day one! Friday 6th September 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Record 91 riders register for this double discipline event 8 Kite-Surf heats completed for the men in solid waves Welcome to the Kite Globing / C-Beach Club spot at Bel Ombre in the southeast corner of the beautiful island of Mauritius. This is the second double event of three this season that will see both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf disciplines on the GKA Kite World Tour take place over the following ten days. 1). The first riders' briefing of a massive double event when you have 91 riders is a biggie! The Men's Kite-Surf round one began today (Friday) - find the full summaries of the eight heats that ran on this live page link. This southeast facing reef here at Bel Ombre picks up swell even when there's very little around the rest of the island, as you can see. The cross-shore wind begs the riders to show us maximum performance surfing and there's more of the same tomorrow! The stand out rider of the day was on the water in the first heat, Brazilian Pedro Matos. Smooth, powerful and confident, his vertical strikes and sense of finding the gap to get one more lip smack in as well as his ability to pick out the biggest waves of the session were very impressive. 2). Pedro Matos, firing up the first heat! Day One Men's Kite-Surf Results: HEAT 1 Pedro Matos (BRA) beat Sylvester (MRU) HEAT 1B Charlie Wise (AUS) beat Arsenio Dias (CV) HEAT 2A James Carew (AUS) beat Joshua Emmanuel (SA) HEAT 2B Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) beat Simon Joosten (BAR) HEAT 3 A Reece Myerscough (CAN) beat Ricot (MAU) HEAT 3 B Oswald Smith (ZAR) beat Camille Delannoy (FRA) HEAT 4 A Mitu Monteiro (CV) beat Martin (MRU) HEAT 4 B Willow-River Tonkin (MRU beat Pablo Amores (ESP) 3). Australian Charlie Wise 4). Brazilian Sebastian Ribeiro 5). Camille Delannoy is a star of the tour, but lost out to Oswald Smith who has actually entered both the Kite-Surf and Freestyle disciplines! He's going to have his work cut out this week! Earlier on Friday, 91 riders from 25 nationalities registered for the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius as follows: Kite-Surf Men: 32 Kite-Surf Women: 20 Freestyle Men: 30 Freestyle Women: 9 The race crew put the emphasis on starting the Kite-Surf men on day one, with likely more of the same conditions for Saturday. Sunday currently looks more onshore and too big a swell for the southeast facing reef here to be workable for real wave riding, so we'll probably switch focus to freestyle in the lagoon at that time. WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM Photos by: @Ydwer and @Romantsovaphoto
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