Jump to content

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple!

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'matchu lopes'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Categories

  • News
  • Guides
  • Gear
  • First Look
  • Reviews & Tests
  • Interviews
  • Events
  • Travels & Lifestyle
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Sponsored
  • Miscellaneous

Forums

  • General
    • The General Discussion
    • Kite Questions & Answers
    • Polls
  • Styles & Disciplines
    • Kiteboarding Freeride
    • Kiteboarding Freestyle
    • Kitesurfing Wave Riding
    • Kitefoil Freeride
    • Kitefoil Racing
    • Kitesurfing Course, Slalom & Speed Racing
    • Buggying
    • Landboarding
    • Snowkiting
  • Gear
    • Kite Gear
    • Repair, Building and Modification of Gear
    • Lost, Stolen & Found
  • Events & Travel
    • Kite Events
    • Kite Spots
    • Travel
  • Miscellaneous
    • Off Topic
    • Site Feedback & Help
  • Sandy Hook Kitesurfers's Discussion
  • KITEZONE KITEBOARDING CLUB's Discussion
  • Atlantic City Kitesurfers's Discussion

Categories

  • General Videos
  • Styles & Disciplines
    • Kiteboarding Freeride
    • Kiteboarding Freestyle
    • Kitesurfing Wave Riding
    • Kitefoil Freeride
    • Kitefoil Racing
    • Kitesurfing Course, Slalom & Speed Racing
    • Buggying
    • Landboarding
    • Snowkiting
  • Gear
    • Kites
    • Kiteboards
    • Accessories & Landkiting Equipment
  • Events
    • Kiteboarding Events
    • Landkiting Events
    • Snowkiting Events
  • Spots & Travels
    • Most Beautiful Kite Spots
    • Spots
    • Travels
  • Miscellaneous
    • Crashes
    • Pro Riders
    • User's Videos
  • Sandy Hook Kitesurfers's Videos
  • KITEZONE KITEBOARDING CLUB's Videos

Categories

  • Kites
    • Inflatable Kites
    • Foil Kites
    • Landkiting Kites
  • Boards
    • Twin Tip Boards
    • Directional Boards
    • Foil Boards
  • Accessories
    • Control Bars
    • Footstraps & Bindings
    • Harnesses
    • Wetsuits & Drysuits
    • Landkiting Accessories
    • Miscellaneous
  • Sandy Hook Kitesurfers's Adverts

Calendars

  • Kitesurfing Events
  • Buggying & Landboarding Events
  • Snowkiting Events

Categories

  • Brochures & Catalogs
    • Airush
    • Cabrinha Kiteboarding
    • Crazyfly Kiteboarding
    • Duotone
    • Eleveight
    • F-One
    • Gaastra
    • HQ
    • Manera
    • Naish Kiteboarding
    • North Kiteboarding
    • Shinn
    • Ozone
    • Peter Lynn
  • Manuals
    • Airush
    • Best Kiteboarding
    • Blade
    • Cabrinha Kiteboarding
    • Core Kiteboarding
    • Crazyfly Kiteboarding
    • Duotone
    • Eleveight
    • Flexifoil
    • Flysurfer
    • F-One
    • Gaastra
    • Naish Kiteboarding
    • North Kiteboarding
    • Ocean Rodeo
    • Ozone
    • Slingshot
    • Peter Lynn
    • Wainman Hawaii
    • Zeeko

Marker Groups

  • Members

Found 21 results

  1. The Duotone Kiteboarding Ozdyssey

    Four of the best wave kite-surfers were on a mission to discover the wave of their dreams...
  2. 12th June 2018: Viana do Castelo, Portugal Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide 1). Time to party! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide After five long days during which the riders of the KSWT just could not catch a break when it came to the wind, today, on the final day of the event window, their prayers were answered. The El Nortada winds arrived and the comp was on! Watch the wrap-up video here, then get the full run down below as well as results and links to images and media. GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018 - Portugal Final Action KICK OFF 2). Jalou rigging up / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide The day began with a light northerly and very minimal swell so the decision was made to focus on 100% strapless freestyle with the women’s single eliminations kicking off first. This was going to be a challenge for some of the women as not all of them have been regularly training in strapless freestyle but those who have rose to the challenge, setting themselves apart from the off. 3). Jalou gets foot loose / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Both Jalou Langeree and Moona Whyte, the tour’s two top ranked riders, are far more focused on wave riding but they’ve been training their strapless freestyle and it showed today. At the start of the season, Carla Herrera Oria had been the only female rider really pushing the freestyle element of her riding but now Moona, Jalou and Ines Correia have levelled up and Carla no longer has the monopoly in that area. In fact, Moona and Jalou’s strapless freestyle ability is now so improved that they booked their fourth final heat of the season against one another in the single eliminations with Moona taking the win which put her in a strong position ahead of the doubles. 4). Carla focuses in at the skippers meeting / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide THE MEN’S DIVISION TAKES THE STAGE With an entire event full of heats to get through (and one day in which to do it) it was then straight into the men’s division with the riders competing in eight minute heats, again with a 100% focus on strapless freestyle. 5). Pedro Matos is going to be a real contender on this year’s tour / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Brazilian chargers Sebastian Ribeiro and Pedro Matos showed early in round two how their winter strapless freestyle training has paid off (Pedro won his first heat with a super-strong performance and he’s only been training freestyle properly for a year now) and then Mitu Monteiro exploded into the event with the biggest rodeo air of the day so far! 6). Best Rookie Rafael makes his debut / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Matchu Lopes also had a strong first heat and he was clean, composed and near faultless in a tough match-up against tour rookie Rafael Da Souza. This is Rafael’s first event on the KSWT so it was a baptism of fire as far as first heats go but he pushed Matchu hard (even Matchu said so!) and earned himself the ‘Best Rookie’ award for his efforts. 7). Respect was due after Matchu and Rafael’s heat / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide When Airton hit the water in the round two he broke out the first handlepass of the event and stomped it clean! The wind was ratcheting up and it was only going to get stronger. Airton deals well with punchy conditions – was it going to be his day once again? THE PUSH TOWARDS THE FINAL ROUNDS From round three the men’s field began to thin out and, by the time the semi-finals came around, it was down to just four of the tour’s heavyweights – Keahi, Mitu, Matchu and Airton. Any one of them is capable of winning a final, so this was going to be tough! 8). Airton on the charge / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide 9). Mitu’s rodeos were stand out – he was going big! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide The heats were super tight, but Airton pulled ahead of Mitu with some of the biggest airs of the day and Matchu beat Keahi with the first triple frontroll ever landed in competition to claim his place in the finals against Airton Cozzolino. If felt a little like a flashback to the 2017 season, during with Airton and Matchu met in a number of finals, and Airton opened with a backloop tic-tac kiteloop and he was going huge as the wind ramped up even further. 10). Matchu makes it happen / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Matchu wasn’t to be deterred though. He answered back with a barrage of his own brand of freestyle trickery including a double front shuvit, leaving everyone on the beach guessing who must have clinched it. However, while it wasn’t to be announced until the closing ceremony which would take place after the women’s double eliminations, it turned out that Matchu had done enough to seize the day! It’s a massive win for him after a couple of lacklustre events so far this season and he’ll no doubt be stoked with his performance. 11). Thanks for the heat – but I gotta run! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide He wouldn’t be sticking around to enjoy the celebrations though, because as soon as he left the water he was whisked away to the airport to fly to Mauritius for a product shoot. He didn’t even know he’d won yet! The life of a kitesurf rockstar... 12). It wasn’t Keahi’s day today – but he’s as stylish as they come! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Keahi took third after a very tight heat against Mitu and, while Mitu had been going big all day, Keahi’s smooth, methodical approach allowed him to rack up the points ahead of Mitu to clinch the win. Keahi will no doubt have been disappointed not to have had the chance to take on Airton or Matchu in the main final but he still retains his second place position overall, so you can expect him to come charging out of the gates when the tour touches down in Tarifa in just a couple of weeks from now. 13). Airton exits Viana do Castelo at the end of the KSWT Portugal / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide THE WOMEN HIT THE WATER ONCE MORE 14). Charlotte Carpentier – one to watch! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide By this point the wind was really ramping up, with most of the women riding their smallest kite sizes. F-One team rider Charlotte Carpentier impressed the judges with a solid technical level, earning herself ‘Best Rookie’ and ‘Best Trick’ for her pop shuvit three, and Ines was pushing hard to make good on her promise of finally beating Moona and Jalou but it was the top two – Moona and Jalou – who would make it to the final. They both struck early with smooth varial airs and backrolls, and were going trick for trick throughout the heat but Moona was just that bit more consistent and sealed the deal. 15). Moona with a stylish grabbed rotation / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide This means that she now pulls ahead into first place overall for the second time this year and, speaking after, she admitted that she was justifiably stoked! 16). Carla can! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Ines had ridden well all day landing some impressive tricks including board-off backrolls but Carla Herrera Oria managed to pull ahead of her in the double eliminations to seal the deal and take third place. 17). Ines in the air / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide So it was full-tilt on the final day here in Viana do Castelo but, after a challenging week, the riders and crew will no doubt be stoked to walk away with a result after a week spent on tenterhooks at the mercy of El Nortada! Check the video below to see how Matchu reacted to stomping his triple front roll – trick that propelled him to the final. GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Portugal 2018 - Matchu's Triple Front Roll RESULTS MEN 18). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal. 1: Matchu Lopes (ESP/CV) - That's not Matchu - his prize was collected by a friend! 2: Airton Cozzolino (ITA/CV) 3: Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS) 4: Mitu Monteiro (CV) WOMEN 19). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal. 1: Moona Whyte (USA) 2: Jalou Langeree (NL) 3: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP) 4: Ines Correia (PRT) BEST TRICK – MEN – AIRTON COZZOLINO (ITA/CV) 20). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal. BEST TRICK – WOMEN – CHARLOTTE CARPENTIER (FRA) 21). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal. BEST ROOKIE – MEN – RAFAEL DA SOUZA (BRA) 22). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal. BEST ROOKIE - WOMEN - CHARLOTTE CARPENTIER (FRA) 23). GKA Kite-surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal.
  3. Matchu Maximises His Momentum for Mauritius!

    Matchu Lopes Takes the Championship Title to the Wire by Defeating Freestyle Favourite Airton Cozzolino in the Final in Fehmarn GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Round Four: Germany 20th August 2017: Fehmarn, Germany Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Joern Pollex Matchu flies the flag for Cape Verde / Photo: Joern Pollex It was straight into the semi-finals at 10am today after the riders stormed through the first three rounds of the main event and the quarter-finals yesterday. Could Paulino Pereira go beyond his best (but consistent) third place finish? Julien Kerneur had the potential to score his first GKA Kite-Surf World Tour podium, or would we get another sensational showdown in the final between heavyweight unhooker Airton, whose dominant strapless freestyle performances have led many to wonder if he can actually be beaten on flat water this season, versus the ultra-fluid, smooth and stylish Matchu. Matchu is the reigning champion, but ideally needed a win here in Germany to close the sizable gap and stand a better chance of taking the fight to tour leader Airton in the final round in Mauritius next month. Matchu puts his best foot forward in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex SEMI FINAL #1: MATCHU LOPES Vs JULIEN KERNEUR Matchu got off to a solid start in the first semi-final heat of the day, beating Julien Kerneur who’s made an outstanding comeback at this event. Matchu seemed reserved in the opening couple of minutes, perhaps luring Julien into a false sense of security before he struck hard with a stomped air-3 and a one-footed front roll. Julien fought back with a nice kiteloop and came close on an unhooked pop to blind but Matchu then sealed the deal and his route to the finals with a frontroll shuvit. He even went for a backside flat-3 in the final seconds of the heat - a trick we’ve not yet seen him attempt on this year’s tour. Airton powers into an air-3 in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex SEMI FINAL #2: PAULINO PEREIRA Vs AIRTON COZZOLINO Paulino Pereira then took on Airton Cozzolino in the second semi which was a ‘battle of the handlepasses’ from the start. Airton is undoubtedly the most advanced rider in this highly technical area of strapless freestyle, but Paulino is catching him up with each event. The Portuguese rider stuck a shifty-3 in response to Airton’s before coming excruciatingly close to matching Airton’s backside flat-3 with one of this own. Paulino pushed Airton all the way but his execution wasn’t quite there and Airton went through to another final against Matchu. Paulino punts it into third / Photo: Joern Pollex MINI FINAL: PAULINO PEREIRA Vs JULIEN KERNEUR Before the final showdown could happen it was down to Julien and Paulino to do battle for third place. It's fair to say that Paulino's pretty well acquainted with third place at this stage and he opened with a big air reverse followed by a rodeo and then followed it up with a stylish unhooked air reverse into a surface pass. He narrowly missed a frontroll shuvit but he'd done enough to beat Julien who struggled to make up ground as the final minutes ticked away. Julien Kerneur made a storming return to competition at this event, making his way past some big names on the tour to secure a birth in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex From there all eyes were on the final. Airton and Matchu were chomping at the bit and a huge crowd lined the beach - finally it was on! THE FINAL: MATCHU LOPES Vs AIRTON COZZOLINO Airton nailed a flat-3 almost immediately and followed it up with a shifty-3. Initially it looked as though he would overrun his opponent with sheer technical ability and rapid trick count, but Matchu didn’t buckle under the pressure. He came back at Airton with a perfectly landed board-off backloop kiteloop and a big rodeo. Airton focused in on trying to stick another handlepass (which was proving difficult on his 12m kite as the wind built) and Matchu seemed to sense that this was his moment and upped the pressure. Airton pulled out all the stops in the final but it was to be Matchu's day / Photo: Joern Pollex He landed a huge tic-tac kiteloop and then a big superman backroll while Airton seemed to further frustrate himself going for yet another shifty-3 and, although he eventually landed one in the final minute, it wasn’t enough. Matchu had done it with his first event win of the year! Matchu spots his landing and his first victory of 2017/ Photo: Joern Pollex The crowd and his fellow competitors went wild as Matchu was announced as the winner with everyone happy to see him win an event after what’s been a tumultuous tour for him at times this year. It was a significant moment as championship contender Mitu Monteiro slipped away down the rankings going out in the third round here in Germany, so Matchu has moved up to second place, closing on Airton with just one event left to go. Matchu's moment / Photo: Joern Pollex TOP FIVE AFTER GERMANY 1. Airton Cozzolino: 3580 points 2. Matchu Lopes: 3210 3. Paulino Pereira: 3160 4. Mitu Monteiro: 3080 5. Keahi de Aboitiz: 2760 A COUPLE OF MAURITIUS SCENARIOS If Airton finishes 4th or worse and Matchu finishes 2nd or better, Matchu will be champion. If Matchu wins the contest, but Airton reaches the final, Airton will be champion. The main event for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Fehmarn is now complete but there are seven days left in the event period with a lot still going on at the Kitesurf World Cup festival. The wind looks even stronger tomorrow so a big-air event should go off and the HydroFoil Pro Tour is also in town having had their first day of racing today (Sunday). Some of the Kite Park League crew are also here to put on a display over the obstacles and meanwhile, off the water, there are parties every night, packed brand tents, a live music stage and more besides! www.kitesurfworldcup.org Follow the GKA on social media to stay updated. Facebook 
Instagram
 YouTube Web Find the full GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 event schedule here:
 www.global-kitesports.org/world-tours/wave/
  4. 2017 GKA Tarifa Strapless Final Report

    Yesterday's faltering winds brought about the abandonment of the final, but the Levante winds built overnight and, as the crowds began to gather on Valdevaqueros beach on Sunday morning, a powerful wind was already blowing from the left with a forecast of up to 40 knots. Airton and Matchu were released onto the water at 11.45am to warm-up and their eagerness to get down to business was clear as they tacked back and forth gesturing to the race officials that they were ready to go. 1). Trick for Trick in the Opening Exchanges © Ydwer van der Heide The flags went up and Matchu opened his account with a beautiful double front roll early in the heat while Airton threw a huge crazy horse kite loop to the crowd's delight. From there they traded blows on each tack with Matchu coming agonizingly close to landing a triple front! 2). Matchu Pushed His Front Rolls and Almost Landed a Triple © Ydwer van der Heide Matchu then shifted focus to multiple attempts at a double front shuvit but this would prove to be his undoing as he just couldn't make them stick. Airton responded with a salvo of powered tricks blending wow factor with technical difficulty and a 313 handlepass followed by some big kiteloops and a huge back roll saw him build up an impressive points lead. His front roll shuvit in the final seconds of the heat left things in no doubt. 3). Airton Was Soon Into His Groove, Belying the Strong Conditions © Ydwer van der Heide Of course, nothing is ever certain in competition and there followed a tense period as the crowd and riders awaited an announcement. Airton came straight back to shore and landed his kite as he waited for the judge's call while Matchu stayed offshore, as if pre-empting the result. When Airton was announced as winner the crowd erupted in applause and, while many had been rooting for local riders throughout the event, their appreciation of Airton's riding across the last five days was clear to see! 4). Magnanimous in Defeat, Matchu Gives It Up For Airton (Along With a Few Close Friends! © Ydwer van der Heide 5). The Final Main Event Podium, Where Paulino Pereira Was Also Announced as 3rd Place Winner Ahead of Jan Marcos Riveras From the Mini-Final Yesterday © Ydwer van der Heide The big-air event followed as an extravaganza for the fans and also gave riders who had exited the competition in the earlier rounds an opportunity to compete again in a simple format that favored height and power rather than technicality. This suited Luis Brito's riding style and he was able to bring his array of crowd-pleasing tricks to the fore, progressing through the rounds and into the mini-final against Keahi de Aboitiz. However, he couldn't match Keahi's large, powered rotations which earned him third place. 6). Luis Brito © Ydwer van der Heide Local hero Gustavo Arrojo and Airton went head-to-head in the final. Gustavo went big from the off, staying out the back where the wind was strongest and perfectly timing his jumps with the lulls and gusts of the Levante to achieve maximum height while the home crowd cheered him on. 7). Keahi de Aboitiz © Ydwer van der Heide However, it was Airton with his huge boosts and rotations who would take the win with yet another finish atop the podium today. 8). Gustavo Arrojo © Ydwer van der Heide Speaking after the event, Airton said, “I’m grateful to win here for the third time. Without the Tarifa crowd this wouldn’t be possible. Matchu is a very tough competitor and I feel the pressure when I compete against him.” 9). Airton's Huge Back Roll © Ydwer van der Heide Matchu was clearly disappointed not to come away with the win but it seems he shares his friend Airton's love of the Tarifan beaches. “This place is special because of the beach and the people and I want to thank everybody involved in the contest. I always want to do my best in Tarifa, and I hope to win here one day for Spain!” 10). Matchu, Already Thinking About Morocco © Ydwer van der Heide 2017 RANKINGS AFTER ONE EVENT IN TARIFA: Airton Cozzolino (ITA) Matchu Lopes (CV / SPN) Paulino Pereira (POR) Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) Ralph Boelen (FRA) Sandro Pisu (ITA) Camille Dellanoy (FRA) Luis Brito (CV) Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS) Antonio Ciliberto (ITA) Jose Maria Neto (POR) Kiko Roig (SPN) Uli Rebollo (SPN) Gustavo Arrojo (SPN) David Marin (SPN) Carla Herrera Oria (SPN) Simon Jossten (BAR) Fonsy Delgado (SPN) Claudio Tabares (SPN) Josep Daniel (SPN) Jhon Palacios (SPN) Elvis Jose Almeida (CV) So now, as the sun sets on Tarifa, we look ahead to the next event just two weeks away in Dakhla, which is scheduled as a 'combo' event where riders will be expected to combine strapless freestyle ability and wave riding skills. Of course we look forward to bringing you the daily updates and highlights throughout the event. Remember to check out the action video wrap-ups (with the final one in production) via Facebook and YouTube.
  5. 2017 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Tarifa Day Four

    After three days of pumping Poniente winds the direction switched 180 degrees to 'Levante', usually infamous in its ferocity, but there was certainly no hurry in it getting up to speed. By midday the area in front of the Tangana beach bar was searing in heat and anticipation. 1). Hurry Up and Wait © Ydwer van der Heide Eventually the first real ruffles on the water from the east were seen, enough to release the four remaining riders onto the water to warm-up: Jan Marcos Riveras and Paulino Pereira would contest the 3rd place final before finalists Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino brought about a climax that had been on simmer for 24 hours. 2). Airton - Whipping Up the Crowds During the Warm-Up © Ydwer van der Heide The Levante backed off and the Tarifan locals who work within the GKA crew murmured that it didn't look likely to return. It wasn't until after 6pm that the Levante kicked in again and made its way close enough to the shoreline for the riders and judges to take their positions. 3). Pressure Pod: the Race Crew Willed the Conditions to Come In © Ydwer van der Heide Jan Marcos Riveras and Paulino Pereira were able to take to the water for the mini-final as they battled it out for third place. The wind was lighter on the inside but it didn't stop both riders throwing trick after trick close in to shore to the delight of an absolutely mobbed Playa de Valdevaqueros. Paulino finished the heat with a flat-3 handlepass just before the buzzer sounded. No results released yet: we're looking forward to hearing the judges' final verdict which will be announced tomorrow. 4). Paulino © Ydwer van der Heide As the mini-final drew to a close, Airton and Matchu were already pacing the shoreline; knowing the importance of drawing first blood on this five stop GKA Kite-Surf World Tour. As they launched off the beach the excitement was at fever pitch and the crowd cheered them on as they walked to launch just a few feet from the throng. 5). Jan Marcos Riveras © Ydwer van der Heide Frustratingly, less than halfway into the heat, the wind began to drop and, although both riders were just about managing to hold an upwind line and landing lower height technical tricks, with time still in his pocket, and in keeping with the constant progression and wow factor we've seen this week, the decision was made by Race Director Juan Antonio Aragon to abandon the heat there. 6). Matchu © Ydwer van der Heide . A tense period followed with the riders' differing characters coming to the fore. During the pause in proceedings Matchu landed his kite almost immediately, preferring to preserve his energy and keep his mindset straight as he awaited a possible restart. Meanwhile Airton stayed on the water tacking back and forth throwing tricks close into the beach as if trying to taunt his opponent. Perhaps he simply can't stay still and his nerves are better handled when he simply keeps his tempo high. 7). Matchu Maintains His Chill When the Heat Gets Abandoned © Ydwer van der Heide Either way, the message was clear: Airton would be ready to go as soon as the nod was given. However, with the conditions showing no sign of improving, the decision was made to call time on proceedings for the day. 8). Keen for Kiteboarding © Ydwer van der Heide The crowds slowly dispersed. As we write this report, the Levante has already kicked in. Tomorrow's conditions promise an entirely different story with a ferocious delivery of up to 40 knots forecasted. The first possible start is scheduled for 11.30am and there's no doubt we're on for an epic showdown contrasting the displays of technical mastery earlier in the week in near perfect, smooth Poniente winds. Matchu and Airton will not only be contending with each other. When the red flag drops, they'll be staring down a raging bull in the form of Levante, too. The final will be followed by a big-air event in the early afternoon which should provide some pretty spectacular scenes as well. Check out the highlights from yesterday's heats for an idea of what to expect in tomorrow's final!
  6. The riders were briefed just after 1pm today by Race Director Juan Antonio Aragon and head judge Dani Jimenez and today's aim would be to complete the quarter and semi finals with an option to progress onto the finals as well. There were slightly lighter winds forecasted than yesterday but, as the riders left to prep their gear, the windline could already be seen advancing towards the shore and the first heats began at 1.30pm. 1). Jan Marcos Riveras, at home in the stronger winds @ Ydwer van der Heide The first heat saw Jan Marcos Riveras composed from the off as he despatched fellow North teamrider Ralph Boelen with some big backroll kiteloops close into shore as the home crowd cheered him on. He would go on to face Airton Cozzolino in the semi final but couldn't match his barrage of powered, technical tricks. Speaking after his heat he said he felt positive about the result and is already looking ahead to tomorrow's mini final in which he'll battle Paulino Perreira for third place. Airton's first heat against Mitu Monteiro was today's standout performance and judge Mallory de la Villemarque proclaimed it the best heat he's ever seen. 2). Airton, always starts his heats with a bang @ Ydwer van der Heide Airton went huge from the off with massive back rolls and rodeos as well as a front roll shuvit three but his pièce de resistance was yet another powered 313 handlepass! Mitu held nothing back of course and pulled out his new trick, a double back roll rodeo with a kiteloop, to great applause but, while it impressed the judges, it wasn't enough to overcome Airton's display that blended height, power, 'wow factor' and technicality securing his path to tomorrow's much anticipated final. 3). Mitu is bringing his unhooked game to the table this year too @ Ydwer van der Heide Airton will meet his close friend and fellow Cape Verdean rider Matchu Lopes who had displayed a slightly more relaxed approach in the early heats but that was a distant memory today and he dispatched Camille Delannoy and then Paulino Perreira to book his place in the final. 4). Matchu Lopes, stoked to make another final and a re-match with Airton tomorrow @ Ydwer van der Heide His style is very different to Airton's but his riding is still technical and a clean double front shuvit sealed the deal for him. Tomorrow's final won't be his first against Airton but he says he's relishing the opportunity to put it all on the line in the strong Levante winds that are forecasted and will come in cross-offshore from the left. 5). Paulino Pereira knows that the front roll shuvit is key to making finals @ Ydwer van der Heide Paulino didn't make it easy for Matchu though and rode with his customary power and zeal but the slight drop in winds during the last couple of heats of the day didn't suit his powerful riding style. Keeping a cool head is key at this level of competition and, after the heat, he recognised that his focus on trying to land a front roll to shuvit had caused him to lose momentum against Matchu. He's positive about tomorrow's mini-final against Jan Marcos though and has done well to maintain his competitive level over the winter as he juggles training with his full-time job as a mechanic in the Portuguese airforce. 6). Big call for the crew: good conditions, but the decision was taken to now wait for the Levante wind and the huge weekend crowds @ Ydwer van der Heide 7). The final four: Airton, Jan Marcos, Matchu and Paulino @ Ydwer van der Heide Tomorrow we expect a big crowd on the beach at Valdevaqueros for the finals with riders' briefing scheduled for 1pm with a first possible start at 1.30pm! GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017: Tarifa Day Two Video GKA Kite-Surf World Tour: Tarifa Semi-Final Action Video
  7. Matchu Lopes

    Accomplishments : 3° Place on Freestyle Strapless 2015 5° Place on Wave World Championship 2014
  8. GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR, ROUND 2: SOTAVENTO FINAL DAY Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 6th August 2016 All Photos: Tom Brendt / Tillmanns Team 1). Boarder-X racing gave the crowds one last dose of excitement! Kiteboarding has the ability to impress, and this event has successfully blended elite and technical competition with a massive spectacle element for the crowd... thanks also in no small part to the excellent Rene Egli event MCs who have commentated brilliantly with information and good humour through each heat. 2). Long term Rene Egli event MC Roberto Hofman gets reaction from Airton. First news from today is the release of two more great edits from the Tillmanns Team, really showing the essence of strapless freestyle. DAY FIVE VIDEO BOARDER-X SEND-OFF As the wind continued here at Sotavento on Saturday, and as we have such a motivated and fun group of riders on this tour who are keen to ride as much as possible, organisers decided to try a boarder-cross competition, offering yet more varied entertainment. 3).Riders ran to the water and put the power down as quickly as possible in the race to the first buoy. Three heats literally 'raced' by before we had one final of six riders. These guys are freestylers, not racers, so the starts were a little chaotic with a 'bunny' (judge) running along the beach with a flag – once he'd passed each rider then they were able to start. Waiting for the bunny to come was sometimes too much for certain 'competitive' riders. But in the end it was Matchu Lopes who prevailed in the final, completing the M shaped downwind course that involved jumping over two long sausage buoys and completing some form of aerial 360 over the finish line. 4).Negotiating the tricky sausage! Boarder-X has become a sure fire way of keeping the fun levels high at any kiteboarding event, and introducing it to the strapless freestyle discipline was no different. Good skills from everyone and there was definitely a freestyle element to the racing here! As a fitting end to what has been one of the most fun events in recent memory, a 'crazy drummer' band appeared on the beach just after the official closing awards ceremony, causing an impromptu dance session with the riders and crowd. 5). Jan Marcos won 'Best Spirit' award - it's hard to hold him back most of the time! This event took us all back to the early, vibrant and authentic days of freestyle competition – when progression and technical difficulty was as important as atmosphere and the show. Congratulations to everyone involved, and we cannot wait until the next round in Mauritius when we're moving into waves! Until then, good winds everyone! FINAL RESULTS 6). GKA Sotavento Wave & Strapless Freestyle, Round 2, Final Day GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE: ROUND 2 SOTAVENTO 1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / Ion / Red Bull 2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion 3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still BIG AIR 1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / Ion / Red Bull 2 Luis Brito (Cape Verde) Advance / Chupa Chups 3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still EXPRESSION SESSION 1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / Ion / Red Bull 2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion 3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still BOARDER-X 1 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion 2 Jan Marcos Rivera (DR) North / Ion 3 Sandro Pisu (Italy) North / Ion / Wipeout / Windwaveclub 2016 GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR STANDINGS AFTER TWO EVENTS: 1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / Ion / Red Bull 2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion 3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still 4 Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) North / Ion / Wet 5 Sandro Pisu (Italy) North / Ion / Wipeout / Windwaveclub
  9. GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR: RENE EGLI, SOTAVENTO EXPRESSION BEST TRICK SESSION! Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 4th August 2016 Photos: Jim Gaunt / GKA (unless stated) So, on to today, day four. After yesterday's full bore sessions, that not only included the climax to the main strapless freestyle event, but also a full 'Best Trick' contest (both won by Airton by the way), we felt that as we have the luxury of continuing strong conditions at the awesome Rene Egli Sotavento spot, we could allow the contest to breathe by running an expression session. Riders were encouraged to really let go and show us their take on the sport, taking advantage of mixing small wave attack with an array of fun freestyle moves. The crowd would act as an extra judge for the final, and it was up to the riders to court their approval any way they could... as you'll see. 1). Airton. Close enough? Photo: Tom Brendt / Tillmanns Team Not much more information required here in words, the riders' action did all the talking. Their best tricks included Airton's incredibly long, high speed barefoot, Paulino's huge kite loop crazy horse, Jan Marcos' signature full height front rolls with lots of style, Pisu's impressive aerials off-the-lip, Matchu's cool front roll combos mixed in with fluid wave turns and of course Luis Brito's handstands, spins, crazy horses... and more! We should have called this session, the 'Who Can Have the Most Fun on the Water' session! After three heats, six riders ended up in one big final that ran for 20 minutes. EXPRESSION SESSION GALLERY 2). Let's start with a bang, or a smack! When the waves really kick in during the next part of the tour... Paulino Pereira is going to be all over it. His back hand snaps are something else. 3). Teaming up for double crowd points! Matchu Lopes and Jan Marcos Riveras 4). Sandro Pisu coming off the mini-lip close in! 5). No, I love you guys! Matchu Lopes winning favour... 6). ...before coming back into the beach, switching gears and driving his car past the grandstand... neeeeow! 7). Meanwhile... look out for Luis Brito, he likes to fly two kites! 8). ... and take girls for a ride during the final heat! 9). Airton was getting serious... 10). But not for long. He soon got the waterskis out! And rode for miles! 11). Camille Delannoy prefered walking on water 12). Ralph pinged around the sky with kite loops 13). And Matchu was sure he'd scored a ten! The expression session / Best trick resutts: Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / Ion / Red Bull Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Channel Boards / Underwave / Still Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) North / Ion / Wet Luis Brito (Cape Verde) Advance / Chupa Chups Sandro Pisu (Italy) North / Ion / Wipeout / Windwaveclub Watch the Facebook livestream of the final on the GKA Facebook page. Stay tuned tomorrow, we may have one more surprise! Here are the GKA Strapless Freestyle Grand Slam Fuerteventura - Day 3 & 4 Video Highlights For more news, please follow the GKA: Facebook Instagram Twitter www.global-kitesports.org
  10. GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE, ROUND 2: SOTAVENTO QUARTERS, SEMIS, FINALS AND A BIG AIR BONANZA! Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 3rd August 2016 After almost two weeks of non-stop action, the forecast could finally – perhaps - be receding in terms of wind here in Sotavento over the next few days. Rene Egli hosted the windsurfing World Cup before this GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle kitesurfing contest, and in order to ensure a complete result in the best conditions possible, the race crew pushed ahead today with the first quarter final at 12 noon sharp, intending to push all the way through to the final before lunch. The riders certainly dished up a feast of entertainment! 1). A Thrill a Minute Blowing slightly less than yesterday during the early rounds today, the winds soon increased, averaging 30 knots, with gusts up to 36. Riders found themselves planning their big moves in the gusts, and their more technical tricks in the lulls. There was plenty of gamesmanship out there today and the crowd revelled in the show. The main event indeed concluded before lunch with an insane display, especially in each of the semis and the final, and then in the afternoon a full Big Air contest ladder ran, which was duly lapped up by the spectators. QUARTER FINALS – MAIN EVENT: SANDRO PISU VS JAN MARCOS RIVERAS: 2). A slow start for the morning, but in this contest there's no time for that in these knockout stages. A heat can pass seemingly in an instant, as it must have for Jan Marcos Riveras who had to concede to Italian Sandro Pisu's slight increase in speed, and also landing a surface pass and crazy horse kite loop. Jan Marcos's back loop kite loop wasn't quite enough. MATCHU LOPES VS CAMILLE DELANNOY: 3). Camille landed a kite loop and front roll, but he couldn't quite find enough to beat Matchu's variety, who landed a front to blind, toeside air 3 and back rolls. In truth, there was no question Matchu wasn't going to make the final today. He's so hungry, but Camille has done France proud in this contest - the crowd will attest to that! PAULINO PEREIRA VS RALPH BOELEN: 4). Stacks of front and back rolls from each rider would have left the result hard to pick, but Paulino is simply an extremely consistent, fast and powerful performer. He may have missed his frontside 3, but landed several nice air reverses, too... and threw caution to the wind with more powerful kite loops, requiring commitment on landing! AIRTON COZZOLINO VS JOSE MARIA NETO: 5). Airton is just so very impressive. He has so many front roll variations such as shove its and also to toeside with extreme power and smooth execution. The new Portugese rider on tour still managed to land his special toeside air 360 and front roll, but Airton stepped onto the beach from another planet today. SEMI FINALS: MATCHU LOPES VS SANDRO PISU: 6). A nervy start to the semis with Matchu anxious to go one better than his second place in the last event, while Sandro had never reached this far in an international contest. Matchu notched up a front roll, front to blind, front shove it and double front. Sandro came off second best with a front roll and butt checked crazy horse kite loop, but also managed an air reverse on the inside for the crowds. AIRTON COZZOLINO VS PAULINO PEREIRA: 7). In a similar twist of fate, the two most similarly styled, powered riders met again in the semis, in what is surely the heat of the year so far. Airton was on fire with a super stylish and very uniquely executed inverted grabbed front roll before laying out a powerful front shove it as if it was routine. He nailed another new trick - a nose grab to toeside with a surface pass as well as a toeside air 360. Paulino fought hard with powerful front rolls, a front side 3 (air pass) and kite loop crazy horse, however, capping off his performance and illustrating just how far he can go when required, Aiton landed the most perfect mega loop crazy horse we've seen to date. 3RD PLACE FINAL: SANDRO PISU VS PAULINO PEREIRA: 8). Paulino landed his first double front roll, a massive crazy horse kite loop and stylish grabbed back roll and outranked Pisu who couldn't find the technicality or power to match the dominant Portuguese rider. THE FINAL: MATCHU LOPES VS AIRTON COZZOLINO: 9). For the second time in as many contests these two great friends found themselves as huge rivals this season. Although they evidently have huge respect for each other, once the green flag goes up, it's battle on. An amazing show, worthy of the final. Both riders landed mostly similar tricks again (front shove it, double front, front to toeside) but the speed and commitment from Airton gave him the win. He also nailed two impressive kite loop crazy horses with near perfect landings which, as you'll see in upcoming videos, was rare in such challenging conditions. 10). GKA Sotavento Wave & Strapless Freestyle The main event result: 1st: Airton Cozzolino (Italy) North / Ion / Red Bull 2nd: Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / Ion 3rd: Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Channel boards / Underwave / Still 4th Sandro Pisu (Italy) North / Ion / Wipeout / Windwaveclub BEST TRICK CONTEST: 11). Luis Brito, giving them more... after asking for more! As a huge bonus for the loyal crowds, the best trick contest served up the perfect visual desert after lunch. Running all the way through to the final result, Sotavento beach turned into Crazy Horse Town – with 75% judged on height, and 25% on performance. Although there was the oddly impressive huge forward and shove it, the menu was largely about huge kite loop attempts... and although he eventually finished second to Airton's insane aerial prowess and control, it was Cape Verdean Luis Brito who claimed the hearts in the crowd with his flambuoyant, visual and brave display. Paulino Pereira again finished third here and displayed massive commitment in his loops, putting a huge crack across his board on one particularly savage landing. Props to all. 13). GKA Sotavento Wave & Strapless Freestyle The best trick result: 1st: Airton Cozzolino (Italy) North / Ion / Red Bull 2nd: Luis Brito (Cape Verde) Advance / Chupa Chups 3rd: Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Channel boards / Underwave / Still 4th: Ralph Boelen (France) North / Ion The Tillmanns Team will produce another daily action wrap up video that we'll share tomorrow morning. Tomorrow's plan is for a best trick contest. Things just don't stop out here! Huge thanks to organisers and hosts Rene Egli Fuerteventura for what has been a clean, professional (and very windy!) event. In the main music tent Major Lazer will play to thousands tonight. Did we mention the parties? They're epic! Here's the GKA Strapless Freestyle Grand Slam Fuerteventura - Day 2 Video Highlights For more news, please follow the GKA: Facebook Instagram Twitter www.global-kitesports.org
  11. GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR ROUND TWO, DAY TWO BLOWING THE DOORS OFF AT SOTAVENTO! Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 2nd August 2016 Day two and the start of the main event here in Sotavento brought some intense action on the water and the crowds got the chance to really see what this new kitesurfing discipline is all about. And entertainment factored highly! 1). Spectators at Rene Egli beach at Sotavento! Two sessions saw us rattle through the eight heats of round one in the morning and eight more in the afternoon, bringing the contest to the quarter final stages to come from tomorrow. The crowds here at the Rene Egli centre in Sotavento have already experienced ten back-to-back days of windsurfing slalom and freestyle World Cup competition in the build up to this kitesurfing strapless freestyle contest, but everyone agreed that this is the first time that the crowds have truly erupted in appreciation of the huge entertainment. 2).There were times today that, in genuine appreciation of the crowd's involvement. the riders would run by on a lap of honour, amping the atmosphere up even further. The Rene Egli team have been running world class events here in windsports for over 30 years because it's awesomely windy! We are literally on the edge of this new discipline and watching it develop further with each stop of this tour this year. Last month at round one in Tarifa we had consistent 20 knot conditions each day and riders looked comfortable, yet stylish. During the warm-up day yesterday and throughout all of today, the wind reading barely ever dropped below 30 knots and regularly gusted 40, meaning riders were on their six and eight metre kites. Adaptation as well as innovation is what's required here and the 17 riders are rising to the challenge. The speed at which they are attempting to land after their crazy horse kite loops sends a shudder down your spine... but they're going for it, and the crowd are loving it! Here's a brief rundown of the heats from today: HEAT 01: Theo de Ramecourt Vs Sandro Pisu: 3).Solid start from Sandro the Italian, with clean front roll and air reverses, whetting the crowd's appetite. HEAT 02: Thorben Jasper Vs Jan Marcos Riveras: 4).Easing into the Sotavento event, Jan Marcos, who finished 4th in Tarifa, looked supremely comfortable in these really strong winds, in particular during his massive front rolls. Thorben is a local Fuerte rider and looked to be lapping up the experience, but couldn't match Jan Marcos' control. HEAT 03: Tundra Max Vs Camille Delanoy: 5). Camille rode with a huge smile throughout the warm-up yesterday and kept it constant today. A hugely entertaining rider from France, he took the win with a massive, clean double front roll. His was a special show and set the tone for the rest of the day. HEAT 04: Matchu Lopes Vs Jose Deniz Medina: 6). Cool, calm and collected, Tarifa's runner-up has fire in his eyes for this event, but as we saw last time, Matchu is very steadily increasing his performance. Matchu just makes it all look so casual. A front to blind was his best trick over the local Fuerteventura rider, but within the heat he also laid down a massive crazy horse kite loop and Jesus walk in close for the crowds. HEAT 05: Francesco Maffei Vs Ralph Boelen: 7). A really good, close heat of very equal riders who are following the whole tour this year, but Ralph had a bit more height and variation with high front rolls, crazy horse loops and big board off kite loops. Francesco landed big front rolls and air reverses and, as a first time rider on tour, the Italian looked good. HEAT 06: Kuba Juras Vs Paulino Pereira: 8). Paulino finished 3rd in Tarifa and started this event intent on equalling that position at least. He has some of the most powerful front rolls in the fleet – they almost look like S-bends. Good speed on both tacks saw him through without sweat. HEAT 07: Luis Brito Vs Jose Maria Neto: 9). Close heat, but Jose Maria landed a front roll in difficult conditions, as well as his signature move, a toeside air reverse 3 – the only time we've seen it landed on this tour so far. Brito got huge crowd points with a Jesus walk and crazy horse. HEAT 08: Jose Bolanos Vs Juanfra Cabrere Vs Airton Cozzolino: 10). Airton came out of the blocks like a beast this morning. So much control, yet seemingly riding right on the edge of explosion. His secret to success: riding away from impending doom. So powered and clinical. A joy to watch for the fellow pros and the crowds. A tough heat and yet surely a joy to share the heat with him for the local riders. ROUND TWO HEAT 09: Tundra Max Vs Juanfra Cabrera Vs Jose Denis Medina: 11). Juanfra and Jose carried the flag for the Canaries through to the next round as Canadian Tundra Max struggled in a tough dog-eat-dog knock out heat and still on borrowed kit thanks to the airline still having not supplied his gear from the flight! HEAT 10: Jan Marcos Riveras Vs Kuba Juras: 12). Jan Marcos is fast becoming a crowd favourite at each tour stop and he was back with his unique slow, high front rolls and air reverses. Kuba's clean back roll wasn't enough come the final count. HEAT 11: Camille Delannoy Vs Luis Brito: 13). Luis from Cape Verde busted out one of the biggest crazy horse kite loops of the contest in what was surely the heat that drew the most whoops and hollers. A big mix of tricks from two flambuoyant riders, but it was the French rider Camille who advanced, especially for his huge front roll and massive boost in front of the crowd (yes, including a fist pump!). HEAT 12: Matchu Lopes Vs Jose Bolanos: 14). Matchu, collected, calm, composed and injecting enough fuel to walk away with the win. Front roll, double front... methodical and consistent. Plus Jesus walk and front roll to toeside with a reverse for good measure. HEAT 13: Ralph Boelen Vs Theo de Ramecourt: 15). Two French riders with big smiles for each other this heat. A workman like performance from each rider though with not much to pick between them, but in the end Ralph eeked out more height and more consequence in the control of his front and back rolls. HEAT 14: Paulino Pereira Vs Thorben Jaspen: 16). Bags of skills on show again from Paulino, emphasising his immense ability on both tacks. Air reverses and big crazy horse manoeuvres mixed with super stylish tweaks – this Portuguese rider is a rapidly evolving talent. His crazy horse showed the crowd just why it's called a crazy horse... yeeee haaa! HEAT 15: Jose Maria Neto Vs Juanfra Cabrera: 17). It's evident that Jose Maria is a close friend and riding partner of Paulino – both riders exhibiting a tight, clinical and especially powered style, yet Jose Maria has command of a very unique move – that even the judges have had to adapt the name of - the toeside air reverse 3 – taking off in toeside and doing a flat 360, landing in toeside, powered. Nice! HEAT 16: Airton Cozzolino Vs Jose Deniz Medina: 18). What can be said about Airton – he's in his element – strong winds, challenging conditions, cameras and crowds close-in. Massive front roll shuvits and insanely powered kite loops – though as yet he didn't land a really powered one... but they're coming. Air reverses and front rolls are now mandatory in his routine...as is landing hot! Quarter finals and the start of the big air tomorrow! Quarter finals line-up: Sandro Pisu Vs Jan Marcos Riveras Camille Dellannoy Vs Matchu Lopes Ralph Boelen Vis Paulino Pereira Jose Maria Neto Vs Airton Cozzolino Here's the GKA Strapless Freestyle Grand Slam Fuerteventura - Day 1 Video Highlights For more news, please follow the GKA: Facebook Instagram Twitter www.global-kitesports.org
  12. FUERTEVENTURA DAY ONE: GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR ROUND 2 Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 1st August 2016 1). GKA - Sotavento Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour - Day One The GKA event team and strapless freestyle tour riders have arrived at Sotavento in Fuerteventura at the Rene Egli kitesurfing and windsurfing spot for six days of what should be incredible strapless freestyle competition for round two of the GKA Wave and Strapless Freestyle tour. 17 riders registered for the contest this morning and this afternoon they had the opportunity to warm up and get used to the conditions here in front of the crowds. The rest of the week has strong winds forecast for each afternoon, presenting different opportunities as well as challenges for the riders in this new discipline. 2). GKA - Sotavento Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour - Day One The event team at Rene Egli have been running windsurfing world cup events here for 31 years and elite kitesurfing world championship events for the last 12 years. It's certainly iconic in terms of its history. Let's hope we can make some more this week! 3). Matchu Lopes is looking to go one better than his second place finish in Tarifa, and has been training hard here in Fuerte for the last couple of weeks Ahead of tomorrow's first rounds, here's the list of riders who will be competing for the win over the next few days. AIRTON COZZOLINO (Italy) North / ION / Red Bull MATCHU LOPES (Cape Verde) North / ION PAULINO PEREIRA (Portugal) Ozone / Channel Boards / Underwave / Still JAN MARCOS RIVERAS (Dominican Republic) North / ION SANDRO PISU (Italy) North / ION / Wipeout / Windwaveclub RALPH BOELEN (France) North / ION CAMILLE DELANNOY (France) F-One / Manera LUIS BRITO (Cape Verde) Advanced / Chupa Chups JOSE MARIA NETO (Portugal) Ozone / HB Surf Kite / Still / Palm 3 sunglasses / 2Korpus TUNDRA MAX TACHTERIS (Canada) FRANCESCO MAFFEI (Italy) Cabrinha / DK / Kurtis eyewear THEO DE RAMECOURT (France) Cabrinha / NP THORBEN JASPER (Germany) Core / Ride Engine Canaries KUBA JURAS (Canary Islands / Spain) North / Pozo Wind / Ride Engine JUANFRA CABRERA DE ROSARIO (Canary Islands/Spain) Wainman Hawaii / Slash Surfboards, Strapless kite and surf school. JOSE BOLANOS (Canary Islands / Spain) Wainman Hawaii / Slash Surfboards, Strapless kite and surf school. CURRENT STANDINGS Please visit the GKA website for the current standings after round one in Tarifa last month by clicking here.. THE STORY SO FAR: Text and photos by: global-kitesports.org
×