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  1. Duotone Team House (Brazil)

    Duotone Freestyle Team: Gianmaria Cocoluto, Valentin Rodriguez, Craig Cunningham, Artem Garashenko, Francesca Bagnoli, Hannah Whiteley, Paula Novotna, Valentin Garat, Xander Raith, Julia Castro, Mikaili Sol and Noe Font in "Duotone Team House".
  2. A Brazilian Battle in the Women's Final at GKA Gran Canaria Saturday 15th June 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Video: Mint Grigas / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). Mikaili Sol In the second semis showdown, Rita Arnaus and Pippa van Iersel were leading from early in the heat and were soon locked into a duel for first place. The young Dutch rider van Iersel was consistently landing decently scored tricks but Rita stuck a slim chance for 7.67 points and, with only one trick attempt left, Pippa couldn't match her. 2). Bruna on the charge in the semi-finals The first heat was between Mikaili, Bruna Kajiya and Therese Taabbel and the sequence would continue where the riders left off on Friday which meant each competitor already had two scores on the board. Mikaili opened with a KGB for 7.97 but Bruna wasn't far behind with a back to blind (6.67) and Therese was consistently scoring in the high fives. Mikaili then racked up another high score with a 7.93 for a heart attack and then she upped the anti further with a back mobe that scored her 8.07! That meant that in one heat she'd just landed the three highest scoring tricks of the whole event so far and had secured the biggest combined score too - 31.04. Insane! Bruna wasn't far behind her though, and at the final count they were both through to the final. 3). Mikaili Sol's first event of the season in Leucate didn't go to plan - today she put that behind her In the second semis showdown, Rita Arnaus and Pippa van Iersel were leading from early in the heat and were soon locked into a duel for first place. The young Dutch rider van Iersel was consistently landing decently scored tricks but Rita stuck a slim chance for 7.67 points and, with only one trick attempt left, Pippa couldn't match her. 4). Hannah Whiteley showed her class, but it was too little too late Hannah Whitely and Natalie Lambrecht, the two taller riders, had both been struggling in light conditions early in the heat but Hannah managed a double back to wrapped to pull into third on her last trick. It wouldn't be enough to make it into the top two though, and Rita won to go through to the finals alongside Pippa in second. 5). Rita reacts to the news that she'd gone through to the finals THE FINAL Bruna drew first blood, opening with two high scores for an s-bend to blind and a back to blind but Mikaili answered back with a slim chance, a back to blind and then a super clean heart attack to pull into the lead. Bruna wasn't about to take that lying down though, and she stomped a double back to wrapped to regain the lead with a substantial combined score of 28.24. She still had three trick attempts in hand, but was already leading comfortably. Bruna was going to be tough to beat but a storm was brewing beneath her with Mikaili in second, Rita close behind her in third and Pippa in fourth, but by a slim margin. 6). Mikaili sends a back mobe with Kajiya in the background Sol then retook the lead with a back mobe which brought her combined score to 29.47 and Bruna now had one trick attempt left and just one chance to answer back. Her last trick was an s-bend to blind and she landed it clean, but it wasn't enough. Before Mikaili had even done her last trick, she'd already won the heat! Although the top spot was secured, the battle for third place was still raging at this point and Rita's early form was looking shaky as she crashed her last two trick attempts. This gave Pippa her chance, and she stuck an s-bend to blind and a back to blind in rapid succession. All Rita could do was look on as Pippa pulled in to third...by just 0.37 points! 7). All smiles after a long day of waiting pays off It's a strong finish for Pippa, building on her fourth place finish from earlier this year in Leucate. The fact that her mother was there to watch her make the podium no doubt added to the stoke! 8). Mikaili Sol (BRA), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), Pippa van Iersel (NL), Rita Arnaus (ESP) WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL) 4: Rita Arnaus (ESP) GKA Freestyle World Cup - Gran Canaria - Day Three Highlights So that wraps up the women's division at this event but the men still have scores to settle. Tomorrow's the final day of the event window and the last chance to run the men's semi-finals and finals! www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  3. The Sum of 5

    Since the announcement of "The Sum of 5” with Hannah Whiteley, Mikaili Sol, Francesca Bagnoli, Paula Novotna and Colleen Carroll in the main roles, the Duotone's video has been the most expected premiere in the kiteboard world. Today we know that it was worth waiting for! “We are not here to sell you on a dream. A video filled with smoke and mirrors. The perfect day doesn’t exist. The perfect session, the perfect trip… Moments of perfection are relative, intangible, unpredictable. They happen when every little detail comes together, with just the right timing.”
  4. WKC Cumbuco - Elite Championship - The Finals

    19th to 21st of November Qualifier Championships 21st to 25th of November Elite Championships The small final and main finals took place today at Duro Beach, Cumbuco, with ideal conditions and a beach packed with hundreds of spectators. The Men’s Small Final was first in sequence, followed by the Women’s final and concluding with the Men’s Final. 1). WKC Elite Championship in Cumbuco, Brazil. Men’s Small Final The small final was a battle between 4 strong athletes to place themselves from 4th to 8th position for this final event of the year. Set Teixeira entered the small final riding with confidence and power. He landed a good Backside 317 and a KGB 5, finishing in 1st place for the small final and giving him the 5th position for this event. Anthar Racca remained extremely close behind and landed an incredible Slim 7 amongst his attempts. Local rider Kalu de Sousa has had a fantastic event, making it to the small final on only his second Elite Championship event and finished the small final in 2nd place. Gianmaria Coccoluto from Italy did not manage his best heat, but he did land an impressive KGB5 amongst his attempts, and finished in 4th. 2). WKC Elite Championship in Cumbuco, Brazil. Women’s Final We witnessed an incredibly high level of riding from our four female finalists in Cumbuco today. Our World Champion, 14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil was on fire from the start, landing three tricks that scored in the 9´s. It was the first ever final for Pippa van Iersel on only her second WKC Elite event, and what a performance she gave! She clearly proved that she is a new big player in female kiteboarding, and once again landed a massive Heart Attack scoring 8.17 points on her second trick attempt. Francesca Bagnoli has been in every WKC final this year, and she once again rode incredibly well. Her Hinterberger mobe was beautifully executed and scored her 8.07 points. Our local wildcard Estefania Rosa has also had a positive event, coming all the way up through winning the qualifiers. She landed a a good array of tricks but struggled with several crashed attempts towards the end of the heat. Mikaili Sol sealed the deal with her exceptional performance today in Cumbuco, and is now our 2018 World Champion, an incredible accomplishment for this 14 year old athlete. Francesca Bagnoli finished 2nd, and Pippa Van Iersel came in third, her first podium position on the WKC. 3). WKC Elite Championship in Cumbuco, Brazil. Men’s Final Our final WKC event of the year saw an absolutely outstanding level of performance from all 4 male finalists, each of them hungry for the top podium spot. Erick Anderson maybe the most unknown name in the final, but his riding level was up there with the very best. He landed tricks with incredible power and height, and rode one of his best heats. Liam Whaley, our Former World Champion seemed to feel the pressure at the start, but came back with a massive 8.53 points for his Backside 317 on his 4th trick attempt. Adeuri Corniel just went massive and fully powered, in his typical style, landing solid high scores throughout the heat. His KGB7 was spectacular and scored him 9 points. But it was our current Champion Carlos Mario who once again proved to the World that he is at the very top of his game. He landed a Heart Attack 7 and a Backside 319, and came back to the beach to his hundreds of supporters to share and celebrate his victory. It was an emotional final that saw such incredible drive and performance from all participants, and once again Carlos Mario was crowned as 2018 World Champion. Cumbuco, Brazil has been an incredible location to host this final stop of the year, and the perfect conditions we saw each day allowed all athletes to truly push themselves to the limit. 2018 has been a fantastic year, and today’s action was the icing on the cake. Congratulations to all of our athletes for the passion and determination they all showed during this competition! WKC Media
  5. WKC Akyaka Podium

    WKC Turkey is a wrap! An exceptional event, with all athletes performing to an extremely high level. We are witnessing a new generation of rising freestyle talent, and these are exciting times. The final standings for the event are as follows: Men: 1st Carlos Mario 2nd Adeuri Corniel 3rd Maxime Chabloz 4th Valentin Rodriguez 5th Youri Zoon 6th Set Teixeria 7th Stefan Spiesberger 8th Alex Pastor 1). 2018 World Kiteboarding Championship in Akyaka, Turkey. Women: 1st Mikaili Sol 2nd Paula Novotna 3rd Francesca Bagnoli 4th Claudia Leon 2). 2018 World Kiteboarding Championship in Akyaka, Turkey. The full rankings can be viewed here. 3). 2018 World Kiteboarding Championship in Akyaka, Turkey. All of the week's action from the LIVE stream can be re-watched on our YouTube Channel. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, and to the organizers and athletes for this incredible first stop of the WKC. View all results and ladders for the competition here. The next event for the WKC with be in Dakhla, Morocco, next November. WKC Media
  6. AIR GAMES 2018 - BRAZILIAN CLEAN-UP OPERATION GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018
 Final Round: Fehmarn, Germany 24 – 28th August Monday 27th August, 2018, Report: Jim Gaunt, 
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide DELIVERANCE AT DAWN The first order of Monday’s dawn raid was to take care of the remaining women’s single elimination semi-final between Champion-elect Mikaili Sol and Pauline Valesa; Sol needing just this heat win to be assured of the Championship (on better count-backs than her closest rival Hannah Whiteley), come what may in the final and then the double elimination. It’s a challenge in itself to ride at your best at 6.30am, let alone when your first World Championship counts on it. Managing the mind of a 13 year-old can be difficult on many levels, but the Swiss 6x snowkiting World Champion and youth coach of excellence, Fabio Ingrosso, said that Mika was already up at 4.30am and came to wake him; a change from the distracted talent he was trying to keep focused in Sunday’s stop / start heats with up and down winds. 1). Mikaili, primed for success The strong forecast held true and delivered nature’s payback after a windless round one in Leucate. Riders would fully let loose and fly. After calmly testing the waters and her gear for a few minutes, coach Fabio’s final words to his young student were, “Show me the real Mika Sol.” She nodded, swang her kite towards the horizon and got down to business, setting the tone for what would be seven hours of back-to-back heats in which the full men’s and women’s double elimination ladders ran to completion and closed the season out. GKA Air Games - The 2018 Finals - Deliverance at Dawn 2). It’s more than a solo effort to become World Champion at just 13… though raw talent is of course the primary ingredient. Coach Fabio and Mika’s dad supporting from the sidelines Pauline and Mika are two of the slightest athletes on tour and French rider Pauline took the longest to adjust to the strong 28 - 32 knot conditions, having the bar ripped roughly out of her hands early on while trying to build handle-pass scores. Mika meanwhile landed a slim 5 before safely compiling a couple of solid kite loop scores. On Fabio’s signal Mika was in for a slick pit-stop, upping her kite size to a nine metre and grabbing her foot-strapped board. Nailing the double front board-off on her first attempt she was safely ahead with five good tricks to two. Red flag up: she was a 13 year-old World Champion, but there was little fanfare. If she went on to win the final against Hannah she’d be guaranteed a clear points gap with no count-backs necessary. 3). Mika’s double front board-off was hard to beat… alongside her slim 5s, kite loop bar spins and more! Hannah Whiteley has found that this mixed Air Games format perfectly suits her robust style of riding. The northwest of England is blustery and cold and can deliver every imaginable wind condition. Hers is therefore a committed style but she will have to wait until next season to “beat that little grom” from Brazil (as she affectionately calls the rider who is half her own age). Mika went on to maintain a 100% heat victory record this season – eventually beating Hannah once again in the double elimination final later in the day. Hannah retains the second position she's held all year and walks away from this tour with a strong training goal. “I’ve realised that this is my dream tour that pulls all aspects together. I will be fully focused to be as ready as I can be for 2019. Bring on the Cape Town training!” Credits also go to third place finisher, Dutch rider Pippa van Iersel who has made a big impact with her huge kite loops, powerful passes and strong vision for how she wants to represent female riding. You'll be seeing lots of her in the coming year. 4). Hannah, hustling for the win MEN’S DOUBLE ELIMINATION: Chomping at the bit to get into action, the men’s first double elimination heats started with those riders who took the earliest exits from the single elimination in vastly different conditions. The second elimination offers the chance for a rider to heroically march their way back up the ladder. In the midst of the men lurked a King of the Air specialist and it was time to shine for Lewis Crathern. 5). Lewis sending one of his many kite loop variations that saw him strongly advance Gaining fortune from a couple of heat byes, Lewis found himself projected up the ladder to face Dominican shredder Luis Alberto Cruz in heat #28A. Luis V Lewis was a fantastic heat and at 33 years-of-age Lewis is the oldest rider on the tour and showed that in high wind experience counts. Stacking each of his heats, he loaded the judge’s tablets with technical but flowing boogie loops (mega loops with a front roll) kite loop late back rolls, super controlled double front roll board-offs (not using the handle), high kung-fu passes and a couple of super powered back mobes. He progressed through five heats back-to-back and found himself suddenly having a potential say in the World Championship, lining up against Jesse Richman. 6). Playing to the conditions, Crathern had a killer series of heats At this point the focus of the story switches from Lewis to Jesse as the Hawaiian hit the water fully charged to launch his assault on a third world title. As he launched his kite on the beach he hooted characteristically, seemingly without a care in the world and stoked on the power in his kite. His enthusiasm is infectious and spread wildly as we closed in on the moment that the first ‘Air Games’ World Champion would be crowned. 7). Always sending, Jesse Jesse opened up his account with a huge boogie loop followed by a massive triple front roll off a kicker with each body rotation totally inverted. Within seconds he’d also landed a kung fu high handle-pass, already completing a high scoring trick in each of the three categories. Lewis was also registering good scores but was clearly a little more worn. After three tricks each there was already a sizeable eight point gap. Jesse looked ultra fresh and stomped a huge kite loop board-off; a relatively new move that’s handsomely rewarded and richly deserved. After the heat Lewis said, “I thought I had an advantage as I was well warmed up but Jesse did everything and I didn’t know he literally had the kite loop board-off in the bag like that!” Jesse faced Aaron Hadlow next in a huge heat of few mistakes. Quality and size evidently mattered over quantity and there was no margin for error with both riders getting the highest heat scores of the contest so far. Jesse prevailed with a whopping 27.64 to Aaron’s 25.93. Jesse’s overall impression score of 4.7 out of 5 was second only to his previous heat score of 4.8. He was nearing Air Games perfection. 8). The beauty of the double elimination is that the tension builds and builds as the higher placed riders enter the competition heat by heat towards the final stages. Jesse was itching to get going One competitor remained and we were gifted a winner-takes-all season showdown. If Carlos Mario won another final he and Jesse would finish the tour on equal points, but Carlos would win on count-backs having won more times than Jesse. If Jesse won (and he'd have to beat Carlos twice as he won the single elimination), the Hawaiian would have an overall points lead. If we weren't already aware of Carlos' natural talent, he was the only rider who didn’t warm up on the water at all. His first heat was the final and he went straight from launching his kite to the competition area and was tricking with dry hair. He was born ready to kite… Very different in their styles, experience and preferred conditions, Jesse on paper was more at home as a King of the Air winner, so decided to hit Carlos where it hurt early on with a massive kite loop board-off; a move that as yet we’ve not seen the Brazilian attempt. Jesse looked good all the way into landing but caught an edge in the white water and drifted away from his board. 9). Having landed two super clean kite loop board-offs, Jesse was unlucky to suffer two rough landings in chop. In smoother waters, could the story have ended differently? Jesse believes he was ‘just one butt check away’ at the start Carlos pounced, returning the favour and showed that he’s about more than just new school technicality, launching a solid kite loop with a late back roll. Jesse was up and riding again and tried the same trick again, failing again by catching a nasty bit of chop and no doubt expending energy and flow in his mind. 10). Carlos Mario engages kite loop mode The Hawaiian did get back on track and gained momentum towards the end of the heat but by then Carlos had landed an assured world class 317 – a flat spin wakestyle trick with two handle-passes. In normal freestyle conditions it’s a high scoring heat trick. In these conditions he knew the handle-pass category was his. Having only learnt board-offs for this World Tour, Carlos put down two fine examples, including a triple back roll variation. 11). Carlos and Jesse took each other all the way this season, having to be separated on count-back results, and have started this new Air Games world tour with an enourmous bang. The best of the best have lots of respect The final wasn’t as epic as the semis and in truth the damage was done in the first few minutes. Jesse himself said, “I felt good going into the heat and just gave it everything that I had right out of the gates. I didn’t get the scores I needed at the start of the heat and sometimes it goes like that, but Carlos is one of the most all round kiteboarders in the world and in technical freestyle I think he’s untouchable.” Adding to his two pure freestyle world titles, Carlos said that he had to train hard for the board-off but is super stoked to be crowned the most all-round twin-tip rider in the world. GERMANY RESULT: MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 3 Aaron Hadlow (UK) 4 Lewis Crathern (UK) WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 4 Pauline Valesa (FRA) 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 6,234 (Wins on countbacks with more wins) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 6,234 3 Maxime Chabloz (SWI) 5,871 WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 6,300 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 6,201 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 6,102 12). GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018 , Fehmarn, Germany STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS TO STAY UP TO DATE! FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  7. MIKA AND MARIO TAKE ON ALL COMERS TO RETAIN THEIR PODIUM POSITIONS ON FINAL DAY Sunday 15th July, Cabarete, Dominican Republic Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Carlos Gonzales, Oli Dadswell and Genesis Reyes At the end of four non-stop days of competition the Brazilians finished on Saturday atop the podium with the unstoppable Mikaili Sol taking her second event win of the season to make it ‘two from two’ before Carlos Mario topped his first GKA Air Games event podium. It’s been an incredible week here in Cabarete with perfect conditions everyday but one since the riders arrived in town and this afternoon was a fitting finale to the main event in pumping conditions on Cabarete Beach. 1). The finalists on day five THE MEN HIT THE WATER AND JESSE LETS LOOSE By the end of play on Friday the field had been narrowed down to just nine men and Robinson Hilario and Adeuri Corniel were first up. Hilario’s riding style suits the Air Games format. He’s very comfy with the old-school / big-air side of things, but Adeuri was matching him trick for trick on a bigger kite than anyone else and he stuck some huge board-off rotations which he trucked into at full speed. 2). Adeuri on the advance Adeuri recently became the twin-tip racing (TT:R) Youth World Champion and will be representing the DR this October at the Youth Olympic Games, so he knows a thing or two about going flat-out and was taking a similar approach in his heats on Saturday. He had the momentum and he kept the charge to beat Louka Pitot in his next heat before taking out Friday’s top performing local rider, Luis Alberto Cruz. It looked like he might go all the way as he prepared for his heat against Jesse Richman. When he hit the water against Jesse he looked a little flustered though, maybe the occasion was getting to him or maybe it was the non-stop barrage of double elimination heats he’d just battled through. He soon regained his composure though and was pretty quickly matching Jesse for height and beginning to look like a real contender for the podium positions - with the home crowd fully behind him on the beach. 3). Jesse Richman – on the limit as per usual After a huge triple front roll and a massive board-off front roll Adeuri was looking pretty dominant, but then Jesse hit back with a series of massive half cabs, board-offs and a kiteloop double half cab before sealing the deal with a board-off double front roll to beat the local lad and progress to the next round. 4). Half cab hero - Jesse Jesse then went up against Paul Serin who’d beaten him on day three in the single elimination mini-final. The French rider was smooth, clean and playing a tactical game, but Jesse’s calculated (and maybe sometimes not-so calculated) ‘all-in’ approach was bearing fruit and, while he took some heavy crashes, he only needed three high scoring tricks to take the win. He did it – but only by 0.5 points! #tight 5). Paul Serin sending! With a guaranteed podium position in the bag, Jesse’s relentless march up the table continued and next he beat Posito Martinez in what, from the beach, looked like one of the tightest heats of the entire event. Posito struck first with a massive boogie loop before Jesse stuck a huge board-off rotation and another double half cab. In the dying seconds, it looked like Posito might have been in with a serious chance when he stuck a lofty backside board-off handlepass to toeside, but Jesse had already done enough by this stage and he would be taking on Carlos Mario in a bid for his second event win of the season. 6). Posito sprints up the beach for an equipment change – a key tactic that all of the competitors have employed this week to make sure they’re riding the right board or kite when going for big air or focusing on wakestyle tricks Jesse began on his bigger kite and was putting it all on the line from the start, but Carlos opened with a faultless double heart attack before following up with a clean kiteloop nine, scoring himself two tens in the process. The young Brazilian WKL Champion then came in, grabbed his strapped board and stuck a massive board-off triple front roll in the last minute. Before he and Jesse even left the water, it was pretty clear who’d clinched it. 7). Carlos ‘The Machine’ Mario living up to his name! Carlos was on fire and this win underlines the point that he’s not just a new school freestyle fanatic. He went from landing cutting edge wakestyle moves to doing board-off triple frontrolls. He’s the full package! PODIUM POSITIONS REMAIN IMPENETRABLE IN WOMEN’S DIVISION 8). Rita Arnaus airs The women’s division was down to six riders by the start of Saturday and Valesa drew first blood by taking out Rita Arnaus in a closely contested heat (Rita went straight to the judges tower to check her scores – she knew it’d been close). Valesa then fell to single-eliminations third placer Pippa van Iersel, who’s consistently thrown some of the most powered passes we’ve seen in the women’s division at this event. Hannah Whiteley then stopped her climbing any higher up the ladder with some huge tweaked nosegrab frontrolls backed up with super stylish big-air moves. So, this meant it would be Hannah and Mikaili meeting once again in their third final of the year (including the single elimination from earlier this week). 9). Hannah Whiteley pulls out all the stops against Mikaili in the final Hannah kicked things off with a sizeable ‘superwoman’ board-off, some massive grabbed rotations and a super-clean blind judge. Mikaili was ready to respond, sticking a big triple front roll which she followed up with a double front roll board off to toeside and then a STOMPED slim chance to take the win. 10). Mikaili Sol soars to glory Hannah and Mikaili have distinguished themselves at the top of the women’s division so far this season but Mikaili seems to have an ability to find another gear when it comes to crucial heats like this one. She didn’t have a massive lead over Hannah today, but she was smooth, consistent and wasn’t making many mistakes. At this level that’s what it takes! The main event is now complete but there’s still action coming up on Sunday in the Expression Session! Find current 2018 tour rankings here! GKA Air Games Cabarete 2018 - Day Four STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AS THE EVENT PROGRESSES FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  8. THE FINALS DRAW NEAR AS LOCAL HEROES LAUNCH AN ASSAULT UP THE ELIMINATION LADDER Saturday 14th July, Cabarete, Dominican Republic Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Carlos Gonzales and Genesis Reyes We’re getting down to the sharp end of the competition here at the GKA Air Games Cabarete and Friday saw the competitive field whittled down to just six women and seven men as the final stages of the double eliminations beckon. MEN 1). Set Teixeira battled hard yesterday but couldn't quite rise to Robinson's performance The men were on the water first and Set Teixeira, Carlos Mario’s long-time friend from back home in Cumbuco (arguably the kiting world’s other freestyle hotbed alongside Cabarete), won his first heat comfortably to progress to the second round. Unfortunately for Set, he then encountered F-One team mate and local rider Robinson Hilario and, while Set may have the upper hand in terms of technical freestyle ability, Robinson had him when it came to raw power and height and he took the heat, knocking Set out of the running. 2). Local shredder Robinson Hilario spins to win It was in this round that the Cabarete contingent began their charge up the elimination ladder and Luis Alberto Cruz was going all-out just as his performance yesterday had suggested he would. Huge airs and board-offs, coupled with what was perhaps the biggest double-handlepass of the event so far, saw him progress comfortably through to the next round, where he would take on talented young Columbian rider Valentin Rodriguez. 3). Luis Alberto Cruz is something of a triple threat when it comes to competition – experienced, well rounded and a rider who thrives on the pressure of taking out big names at his home spot! Luis’ relentless onslaught of back-to-back crowd pleasers and huge air-passes continued and he dispatched Valentin to book his place in tomorrow’s final elimination stages. The last time there was a major international event in Cabarete, Luis won it, and beat the world’s top freestyle riders (all of them) in the process. The man’s flat-out dangerous when competing here at his home spot and we can expect big things from him tomorrow when he hits the water against Nicolas Delmas. 4). It’s never easy to have to change your gear at the last second, but Louka adapted and overcame the challenge today! Straight after that, Louka Pitot (riding borrowed gear which makes his performance all the more impressive) beat big air specialist Marius Hoppe by 0.02 points to progress on to the next round where he’ll take on Ariel Corniel or Robinson Hilario depending on the outcome of their upcoming heat tomorrow. It’s a big win for Louka, but he’ll have his work cut out against either one of these Cabarete heavyweights in front of a home crowd! At the end of day four, these are the seven guys still in the mix! 1: Carlos Mario (BRA) 2: Posito Martinez (DOM) 3: Paul Serin (FRA) 4: Jesse Richman (USA) 5: Nicolas Delmas (FRA) 6: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM) 7: Louka Pitot (MRU) THE WOMEN Rita Arnaus kicked off proceedings in the women’s division today by beating impressive local youngster, Paula Herrmann, before Pauline Valesa defeated fellow French rider, Maureen Castelle. 5). Rita Arnaus unhooked and, so far, unbeaten after two heats Maureen and Pauline are very equally matched in the freestyle stakes, both of them having done well at WKL events in the past, but Pauline was just that bit smoother today and was landing bigger rotations a little more cleanly, which helped tip the balance in her favour against Maureen. 6). Pauline leaves the beach after her heat – cool, calm and pushing on! Pauline will face Rita next as they both try to push up into the podium positions. Rita joked on the beach that she was going to break Pauline’s legs before their heat tomorrow, but it’s pretty likely that she didn’t mean it (probably!). Here are the six women who’ll be going at it tomorrow in the closing elimination heats. 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL) 4: Osaia Reding (FRA) 5: Pauline Valesa (FRA) 6: Rita Arnaus (ESP) The double eliminations should conclude today (Saturday) on what may well be the final day of the event. Stay tuned to our socials for all the updates. Find current tour rankings here. GKA Air Games Cabarete 2018 - Day Four STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AS THE EVENT PROGRESSES FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  9. CARLOS MARIO AND MIKAILI SOL SEIZE THE SINGLE ELIMINATIONS Friday 13th July, Cabarete, Dominican Republic Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Carlos Gonzales and Ivan Mendez Another jam-packed day of competition yesterday (Thursday) at the Air Games Cabarete 2018 as the single eliminations wrapped up and the riders pitched into the doubles. 1). Mikaili Sol – triple front roll Wednesday’s closing heats left the event site wrapped in suspense with just the final single elimination rounds to complete in both the men’s and women’s division and Thursday kicked off with a huge final in the women’s division with experienced freestyle competitor Hannah Whiteley taking on the 13 year-old rising star Mikaili Sol. Parallels are already being drawn between Mikaili and Gisela Pulido at the start of her career and today the young Brazilian showed that the hype may well be justified. Hannah is a seriously tough opponent and more than belonged in the final, but Mika’s methodical approach to her heat gave her the edge and she stuck a huge triple front roll, a massive front roll board-off and a clean slim chance on her way to victory. 2). Hannah Whiteley, always fights hard, whatever the battle In the battle for third, young Dutch charger Pippa van Iersel took on Osaia Comaille Reding. Osaia was pushing Tarifa podium finisher Pippa all the way, but when she over-sent a kiteloop and came down hard, injuring her hip in the process, Osaia was out of the fight. Pippa immediately rushed to help her and Osaia was quickly plucked from the water and is thankfully expected to make a full recovery, but the heat had to be finished early as a result. Pippa had still done enough to win by that point though so she clinched her podium position fair and square, deserving to be up there alongside Hannah and Mikaili. 3). Pippa – powered and passing MEN: The competition swiftly moved on to the men’s finals after a truly standout heat in the semis that saw Jesse Richman succumb to local legend Posito Martinez. Nobody’s been going bigger than Jesse and Posito at this event, but Posito pulled ahead and earned his place in the final against Carlos Mario who’d already booked his spot after beating Frenchman Paul Serin. 4). Posito smiling on the job. The man enjoys his work! 5). Jesse rode hard today, but this time poise defeated power. This was a true clash of the titans. The home crowd was going wild for Posito and it looked at points like he might have had the edge on the amplitude, landing a particularly clean (and big) triple backroll with a handle-pass, but Carlos was way ahead on technicality with a front blind mobe, a kiteloop seven and then a huge double half cab to seal the deal! 6). Carlos Mario It was then down to Paul Serin and Jesse to duke it out for third place and Jesse was breaking out his customary massive half cabs, he stuck a kiteloop front to blind and then came crucially close on a kiteloop seven (just losing the bar as he touched down). Jesse’s a risk taker, and sometimes that strategy pays off for him, but today Paul’s cleaner and perhaps slightly more tactical approach had done the job and he pushed past current tour leader Jesse to third. 7). Paul's old school French flair Paul’s been on fire at this event, riding well and working with the judging criteria like a true competitor. He knows when to switch between his boots and straps boards and alternate between powered wakestyle moves and big-air tricks. His boogie loop attempt was one of the best we’ve seen so far here in Cabarete. He’d changed down to a ten metre to go for it and, with a couple more knots, he’d no doubt have stomped it clean! Once the single elimination results were announced it was on to the doubles and the riders who’d exited the event early in the singles were gunning hard for retribution in this, their last chance to stay in the competition. 8). Rita Arnaus made a solid start in the doubles Rita Arnaus, who’d missed the singles due to an injured foot, pushed through the pain to knock Gina Binh out in her first heat of the event and then Paula Valesa beat Suami Cavallo to continue on to her next heat which will take place on Friday when she faces her friend and fellow French woman, Maureen Castelle. 9). Brazilian charger Set Teixeira gets back in the game In the men’s division, freestyle charger Set Teixeira overcame his surprise early exit in the singles and he’ll take on Cabarete-raised ripper Robinson Hilario next. Local rider Andri Ramirez also rekindled his chances by beating Esteban Hernandez from Colombia, but it may be a case of being ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ for him now as he has to take on Luis Alberto Cruz, a past winner of this event, in his next heat! Easier said than done… WRAP-UP VIDEO BELOW: GKA Air Games Cabarete 2018 - Main Event - Day Three SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS MEN 1: Carlos Mario (BRA) 2: Posito Martinez (DOM) 3: Paul Serin (FRA) 4: Jesse Richman (USA) 10). 2018 Gka Air Games in Cabarete WOMEN 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL) 4: Osaia Reding (FRA) 11). 2018 Gka Air Games in Cabarete The double eliminations continue today. Stay tuned to our socials for all the updates. Find current tour rankings here STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AS THE EVENT PROGRESSES FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  10. Jeep Tarifa Pro - Final Day

    JESSE RICHMAN AND MIKAILI SOL SET THE GKA AIR GAMES STANDARD The first Air Games winners take the stage in Tarifa on the final day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro Jeep Tarifa Pro - Final Day Climax - Air Games and Women's KSWT The first order of Sunday business, the last day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro, was to complete the women’s KSWT strapless freestyle contest. Local specialist Carla Herrera Oria had stamped her authority on the discipline with the win over a stoked Johanna Catarina from Sweden and Charlotte Carpentier from France. 1). Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 This pure strapless freestyle discipline (rather than wave riding, which this tour also incorporates) is yet to fully blossom for the women and this was the first time that enough women had registered for a pure strapless freestyle event for them to have their own ladder, which was great to see! Carla managed to land a board-off, a one footer, an air reverse, a back roll foot switch combination and some good big airs as well. AIR GAMES The GKA Kiteboarding World Tour Air Games hasn’t had the easiest start since inception this year. The first event at the Mondial du Vent in Leucate had no wind; the first time that event at that spot in France hasn’t had wind in 20 years! This week Tarifa kept us waiting until the sixth and final day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro to truly deliver for the Air Games! 2). Jesse mid kite loop double half-cab Two short afternoon sessions in the week had brought us almost to the semi final stages of the men’s single elimination, but the women were yet to hit the water for the first time. The Air Games format requires riders to complete tricks in three categories: big air (can include board-offs), handle-passes and kite loops and an added element of excitement certainly came from the moments that the riders decided that they’d done enough in the handle-pass and kite loop categories and that it was time to come in, change up a kite size and switch board for one with foot straps rather than boots. Calling their support teams into a frantic hustle of action on the shoreline, the crowd seemed to feed off this obvious extra tactical layer. 3). Hannah Whiteley All 11 girls absolutely rocked it today in different ways. Their different approaches were appreciated by all, from the big air spins, loops and board-offs of Angely Bouillot and Bibiana Magaji, to the fantastic all round performances of French rippers Maureen Castelle and Pauline Valesa. However they weren’t able to reach the final stages such was the calibre of the top four at this event. 4). Mikaili mid double front roll board-off Ably assisted by her training coach Fabio Ingrosso (who also coaches men’s second place finisher Maxime Chabloz) Mikaili Sol (just 13 years old!) absolutely nailed her heat structure. She said afterwards, “When I realised early on that the tricks I’d chosen for each category were scoring highly, I stuck with those in each heat and just tried to go bigger and bigger with them. I did an S-mobe handle-pass, a double front board off and a boogie loop.” Coach Fabio Ingrosso could be seen gently gesturing to her each time she approached shore to stay calm. He later said, “I told Mikaili, ‘You’re only 13, you have nothing to prove, but if we get a top four finish then that’s already fantastic.’ We practice this sort of game of kite during training when I tell her to go out and do big spins, so she really enjoyed this event.” 5). Hannah Hannah Whitely is a fearsome competitor and her outwardly beaming personality belies a passionate competitive drive. A three time British Freestyle Champion in the past, she combined accomplished and relatively big board-offs with her command of new school drive. 6). Pippa van Iersel If Dutch 18 year-old Pippa van Iersel hadn’t drawn Mikaili Sol in the semi final, she would have been a real contender for top spot today. Her wakestyle power is incredible with huge pop and a low kite and when she landed her 313s today with speed, all the guys were giving her credit. Her kite loops were also the biggest in the women’s division and we’re looking forward to seeing what she can really do when the wind further picks up! AIR GAMES MEN When Nicolas Delmas and Maxime Chabloz both unleashed massive kite loop front blind mobe attempts merely 20 yards from the shore with the first 20 seconds of their heat, it was clear that the boys had built up a lot of anticipation as they’d been made to wait two days to complete their last heat of round four. 7). 17 year-old Swiss Maxime Chabloz, new school power An intense battle between two well matched new school riders, the first half of their heat delivered the ultimate in powered freestyle and the excitement only grew when each came in to the beach during the final minutes to quickly change boards, but neither had left enough time to actually land a board-off! So it was Maxime who was adjudged to have done enough, carried through by a kite loop 7 where Nicolas had only managed a 3. 8). Posito Martinez On his way to winning the competition Jesse Richman overcame Dominican CrazyFly sponsored rider, Posito Martinez, who has hugely impressed this week with a natural flair for combining technicality with a seemingly better gear set up for going big in lighter winds. However when it came to absolutely nailing big scoring and fresh moves in each category at key moments, Jesse’s vast experience saw him through. When he failed once at a trick, the Hawaiian came straight back and nailed the same trick on his second attempt; not only cleanly, but even bigger to be sure. 9). Carlos Mario Carlos Mario is widely hailed as the most natural new school freestyle rider on the planet and is the most recent WKL pure freestyle World Champion. His absolute speed, power and seeming faultless ability to naturally add double handle-pass combinations to both the kite loop and handle-pass categories, he also gains huge amplitude and arguably goes as high in powered freestyle as he does when some other riders are sending basic big jumps. However, not all his landings were the cleanest today and his adaptation to board-offs was the weakest of the top riders. But it won’t take him long to adjust and it’s highly likely that with some focus he’ll be able to apply some radical innovation. 10). Jesse It was important to get the Air Games off to a good start at this the second event, to give the riders and public a really positive experience, to iron out the format with rider’s meetings this week… and with the fuse now lit we look forward to round three which starts in just a matter of days in Cabarete, Dominican Republic on the 9th July! Jesse Richman and Mikaili Sol may have set the standard and delivered the Tarifan crowds a real show with wow factor, but the pack have now bought into the game. They also now have eight days to train for this new format before round three, which could be enough to catch up! THE JEEP TARIFA PRO 2018 | SINGLE ELIMINATION WINNERS 11). Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 KITE-SURF MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA) 2: Matchu Lopes (CV / SPN) 3: Mitu Monteiro (CV) 4: Jan Marcos Riveras (DR / SPN) 12). Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 KITE-SURF WOMEN 1: Carla Herrera Oria (SPN) 2: Johanna Catharina (SE) 3: Charlotte Carpentier (FR) 4: Bianca Anna Eindhoven (NL) 13). Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 AIR GAMES MEN 1: Jesse Richman (USA) 2: Maxime Chabloz (CH) 3: Carlos Mario (BR) 4: Posito Martinez (DR) 14). Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 AIR GAMES WOMEN 1: Mikaili Sol (BR) 2: Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3: Pippa Van Iersel (NL) OVERALL RANKINGS These first Air Games results set the season rankings as this is the first event with a result. On the Kite-Surf World Tour, Airton Cozzolino still leads the men’s tour, but Matchu Lopes has moved up to third overall while Keahi de Abotiz’s suprisingly early exit from the single eliminations sees him slip to fifth. KSWT MEN 2018: 1 Airton Cozzolino – 8367 points 2 Mitu Monteiro – 8037 3 Matchu Lopes – 7971 4 Jan Marcos Riveras – 7872 5 Keahi de Aboitiz – 7740 Her win in Tarifa has seen Carla Herrera Oria take advantage of the absence of Moona Whyte and Jalou Langeree to take the lead (before one season discard). KSWT WOMEN: 2018: 1 Carla Herrera Oria – 8103 2 Charlotte Carpentier – 7641 3 Moona Whyte – 6267 4 Jalou Langeree – 6234 5 Ines Correia – 6069 4: Gina Bihn (DE) by: global-kitesports.org Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Toby Bromwich
  11. The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions

    Congratulations to our 2017 Qualifier League Champions! It is with great pleasure that we announce our 2017 Qualifier League Champions, after the conclusion of our final Qualifier League event in El Gouna, Egypt. This year's 2017 Qualifier League Tour was composed of three stops, Leucate, Texel and El Gouna. These events provided a great opportunity for young talent to prove their worth and gain entry into the Elite League for 2017. The Qualifier League saw the participation of over 40 men and 15 women from over 22 different nationalities. Though the objective of this League is to form a platform for young up-and-coming athletes to adapt to the WKl competition system and gain experience in preparation for the Elite, what we have seen is outstanding talent right from the very start. With athletes as young as 11 years old, it is a glimpse into the future of competitive kiteboarding, and we have no doubt that this will be reflected in freestyle kiteboarding in the years to come. We proudly present you our top three podium finishers for both the Men and Women. These are the Elite riders of the future, so keep your eyes on these new talents, as you will be seeing plenty of them in the near future! 1). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions Men's Qualifier League Winners 2017 1st - Nicolas Delmas - France This 20 year old rider from a small town close to Montpellier in France, has taken the Qualifier League by storm this year. He has shown an outstanding level on both the Elite and Qualifier Leagues, and finishes this season with a 1st place for the Qualifier League 2017. "This year has been a really important one for me. I achieved my goal, which was to be in the Elite League this year. I also won the Qualifier League competition, so I am really happy about this result, which will allow me to compete in the Elite League next year as well. It has always been a dream of mine to be qualified on the world tour. Now I have achieved it and I travel around the world and share amazing moments with the other riders. The level is very high and there is a long way to reach the top of the Elite League, but I am more motivated than ever to attack the new year." Nicolas Delmas 2). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions 2nd - Maxime Chabloz - Switzerland It's been an incredible year for this young 16 year old rider from Switzerland. After taking podium wins at the Youth Cup in Costa Brava, and at the Qualifier League in El Gouna, he can end the season knowing that he gave it his all, and with a solid and well-deserved result. "It feels very good to be second in the Qualifier League because I started the year with a 13th place in Leaucate, then I managed to jump up to 4th in Texel and take the win in El Gouna. This has given me an amazing 2nd place overall right behind my team mate Nicolas Delmas and infront of my good friend and training partner Christian Tio. It's an even greater feeling to know that I am now able to compete in the Elite League for 2018, which was my most important goal for 2017." Maxine Chabloz 3). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions 3rd - Christian Tio - Philippines Christian Tio, also just 16 years of age, stormed into our first event of the year in Leucate with his powerful and stylish riding, allowing him entry into the 2017 Elite League. Originating from the Philippines, this RedBull athlete has closed the season with a fantastic 3rd place for the Qualifier League. We can expect to see plenty of big action from Christian during 2018. "My first year competing in the WKL has been a steep learning curve, getting to ride together with so many good athletes, has made me want to push more. During the last year I have traveled more than ever before, and have been making new experiences all the time. Making it into the WKL elite league early in the year has pushed me to train and and keep focused. With training in both Sri Lanka and Brazil this year, in addition to WKL events I have learnt a lot, but still need to keep pushing." Christian Tio 4). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions 5). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions Women's Qualifier League Winners 2017 1st - Maureen Castelle - France Maureen has spent a lot of time training hard both in her home spot of Noumea, and also in France training with the French team. This has had an incredibly successful result for her, giving her 1st place finish and securing her spot in the Elite League for 2018. Her strong performance throughout the year has been exceptional. "This year my main goal was to integrate the WKL elite tour. And for that I trained hard at home in Nouméa. I knew that my whole year was going to be played on one competition in France during the qualification at the Mondial du vent. I managed to reach my goal, and all this year on the elite WKL tour was only happiness! I'm waiting for one thing to be able to continue next year. This year it was a first for me to compete on the world tour. It was a good experience, and I know now that's what I like to do. I like to overtake myself again and again to go as far as possible in the competition. Travel and discover new spots around the world and also one of the things that make me appreciate every moment. I always keep in mind that I am extremely lucky to be able to do what I do and I am very grateful. I am very happy to be able to continue on the world tour next year, the level of girls is constantly increasing and being allowed the best will be more and more difficult. It's always motivating to be able to ride with girls who have a great level, it motivates me and pushes me to progress again and again. I’m eager that next year begins to continue this adventure. But in the meantime it’s time to train!" Maureen Castelle 6). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions 2nd - Mikaili Sol - Brazil/US Mikaili Sol has proved that she is one to watch out for, at only 13 years of age, she took the win at the Qualifier League event in El Gouna. A young rider with great promise, she is itching to get started in the Elite League, which requires her to be 14 years old to compete. This year sees Mika join the World Class Kite Academy, which will allow her to combine her studies along with kite training in the best spots around the World. We look forward to seeing plenty more from this young Brazilian talent! "I spent several weeks training with Fabio Ingrosso in Brasil to prepare, and I think that helped a lot. I improved my consistency a lot. It feels good to be the youngest girl, because you are beating girls who are a lot older, so its really satisfying. Im really happy with my performance, and I hope to do the same next season!" Mikaili Sol 7). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions 3rd - Verka Klabbers - Netherlands Vera Klabbers has had an exceptional season, qualifying for the Elite League at the start of the year, and now finishing the season with a 3rd place in the Qualifier League. Combining her university studies together with competing, she is doing an amazing job of staying on top and progressing her riding with every competition. We can expect to see plenty more from Vera in 2018! "I am happy to finish 3rd and be on the podium of the Qualifier League of 2017. At the beginning of the year I Qualified myself for the Elite league and for the rest of the year i have been competing in both leagues. By finishing 3rd in the overall ranking of the Qualifiers I can keep my spot in the Elite league the coming season . I am happy and motivated to compete again next year and let's see where the future takes me." Vera Klabbers 8). The 2017 WKL Qualifier League Champions As the 2017 season draws to a close, we have one final event left of the Elite League before we can see the final rankings, and who will be climbing up to the Elite, and who will not qualify. We would like to congratulate all of the Qualifier League riders for their hard work and motivation during this 2017 season, showing that the level is extremely high right from the start. The future of kiteboarding is bright! WKL Media
  12. Qualifier League Finals - El Gouna RRD Kiteboarding World Cup El Gouna, Egypt 7-9 November 2017 The competitors awoke to a much windier day today in El Gouna, with the wind already blowing between 18 and 22 knots from their arrival at the competition site at the RRD Center, an ideal setting for the finals of the Qualifier League. Small Finals First in sequence was the Men's Small Final, which saw 6 participants battle it out on the water. The wind conditions were ideal for 9 metre kites. The riders each had 7 trick attempts during their heat, and each of them strived to make the most of each attempt, with every point counting. It was Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic, our former Cabarete event winner, who remained firmly in control throughout the 40 minute heat. He landed 6 tricks with solid scores and gained the advantage by landing an outstanding Backside 315, placing him just a fraction above French rider Arthur Guillebert, who also fought hard for a top position. Arthur was unlucky and had three crashes during his heat, but fortunately his trick scores were high enough for him to maintain his 2nd position. Gianmaria Coccoluto came in 3rd, after riding well but struggling to maintain the consistent scores that he needed. Paul Serin, Louka Pitot and Linus Erdmann came in 4th, 5th and 6th position for the Small Final, with the scores all coming in very close to each other. For the Women's Small Final, we saw newcomer Claudia Leon from Spain, just 16 years old, produce another impressive performance, landing an incredible Slim Chance scoring her 7.37 points, the highest scoring trick of the heat. Vera Klabbers however was not going to settle for anything less than the win, and with her powerful riding she gained four high scoring tricks, placing her in 1st position, a great result for the new Elite League rider. Pauline Valesa from France and local rider Nathalie Lambrecht had to settle for 3rd and 4th positions, after failing to land several of the tricks that they were aiming for. Finals The wind conditions were looking ideal for the ladies final, which saw Mikaili Sol rise to victory, by dominating her heat from start to finish. Sol landed every one of her 7 trick attempts, which included an outstanding Back Mobe which scored her 9.4 points, the highest score of the day. This was an amazing victory for the 13 year old, who is no doubt anxious to be able to start competing in the Elite League and prove her worth amongst the more experienced athletes. Francesca Bagnoli from Italy tried her hardest to chase her down with a great performance, but she had to settle for 2nd place. Therese Taabbel, Danish Champion, came in 3rd after landing several high scoring tricks including a nice Backside 313. In 4th position was Maureen Castelle from New Caledonia who unfortunately felt the pressure and crashed 6 of her 7 trick attempts. "It feels great to win finally after not doing so well in Holland. I've been training for two weeks with Fabio Ingrosso in Brazil to prepare for this, and I think that helped a lot. I improved my consistency a lot. It feels good to be the youngest girl, because you're beating girls who are a lot older, so it's really satisfying. I'm really happy with my performance, and I hope to do the same next time!" Mikaili Sol 1). 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The Men's Final saw the wind speed decrease slightly, making it harder for the finalists to really put as much power into their tricks as they would like. Val Garat, one of the larger riders, struggled starting his heat with two crashes, but eventually managed to get his mind focused, and climb his way back up to finish in 3rd position. Anthar Racca from Mexico was hungry for a good result and rode with confidence throughout the final, but unfortunately two crashes cost him dearly and he had to settle for 2nd position, still an incredible result for the young Mexican rider. It was Maxime Chabloz , just 16 years old from Switzerland, who despite a slow start, managed to gain momentum and put on an outstanding performance, taking 1st place for the final and making this his best result for the year, after previously having won his age category at the Youth Cup. Manoel Soares from Brasil, Nicolas Delmas from France and Christian Tio from the Philippnes finished in 4th, 5th and 6th position. All athletes put on an amazing performance, but consistency was key to succeeding in such a difficult final. "It's amazing. It's cool because now I definitely know that I can compete in the Elite League next year. At the moment I won, I was speechless, and once I realised what had happened I was so happy. Again it was light conditions, but we all did our best." Maxime Chabloz 2. 2017 RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup in El Gouna, Egypt The prize giving for the Qualifier League was held on the beach, followed by registration for the Elite League riders. The Elite league event will be starting tomorrow , with the live stream also available to watch on our Facebook page and website. Thank you to all the Qualifier League participants for making it such an amazing event, and for pushing the level so high right from the start. The full results from the Qualifier League can be viewed here. WKL Media
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