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  1. F-One - We Are One

    '23 years of trying out new things 18 years of trips around the world 2019 - We are One...'
  2. GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla: Day 10

    Airton Completes Amazing Eight Heat Comeback to Win Dakhla! Carla Herrera-Oria also reached the women's final, meaning that she, Airton and Mikaili have all done enough to secure their world titles at this event! Monday 14th October 2019 Location: Dakhla, Morocco On the tenth and final day of the GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla Airton Cozzolino yet again took the headlines with an incredible eight back-to-back heat winning comeback in the men’s Kite-Surf double elimination. In doing so the Cape Verdean has also ensured that he’ll retain his World Championship crown. 1). Dakhla Kite-Surf result men: Winner Airton Cozzolino (CV), 2nd Mitu Monteiro (CV), 3rd Reece Myerscough (CAN) In the women’s Carla Herrera-Oria also fought bravely through the entire double elimination, facing down five heats and reaching the final for her own re-match against Kirsty Jones. In guaranteeing her second place finish at the event, Carla too has done enough to win her first World Title. 2). Dakha Kite-Surf result women: Winner: Kirsty Jones (GBR), 2nd Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP), 3rd Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) Mikaili Sol won the women’s Freestyle event earlier in the week and she too will retain her Freestyle World Title, now making her a three time World Champion (she also has four junior World Titles) at just 14 years-of-age. 3). Mikaili Sol and her coach Fabio Ingrosso have done it again The men’s Freestyle will go down to the wire at the final round in Brazil, as will the remaining podium male and female podium positions in both disciplines. 4). Freestyle podium winners from earlier in the week. Find the Freestyle season rankings here Dakhla has delivered on all levels as the penultimate event of the season with wind on each of the ten days, justifying its status as one of the best and most all-round kitesurfing locations in the world. The Freestylers completed their nail biting competition in the first five days on Dakhla’s famous big lagoon in front of Dakhla Attitude, before the competition crew moved to Westpoint where the Kite-Surfers competed for the remaining half of the event window. GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla 2019, Final Day KITE-SURF DOUBLE ELIMINATION WEEKEND CATCH-UP MEN: A double elimination ladder can sometimes feel like an endless competition, but at a constantly windy location like Dakhla, where time allows for it, once the single elimination cards fall into place and the big names who lost early start to re-enter the competition, it becomes very exciting. 5). Mitu Monteiro was lying in wait in the finals having won the single elimination Eventually the elimination ladder narrows when most of the riders have been eliminated to leave a single line of back-to-back heats that a rider must win in order to reach the final where, in this case, Mitu Monteiro was already waiting as men’s single elimination winner. After a long wait until mid afternoon on Saturday, Airton began his comeback against Charly Martin, a rapidly rising 14 year-old wave talent from Reunion Island. 6). No matter the size, Airton attacks it with the same critical accuracy As fortune would have it, the waves were smaller and the sets more infrequent, so the format changed from pure wave to now allowing the best freestyle trick score (from six attempts) and the best two wave scores to count. Few riders can of course match Airton when it comes down to a single trick score with such consistency and, when he has a taste for revenge, no one attacks waves with such intensity. 7). Airton's back roll tic tac - a huge back pocket manoeuvre that he has on lockdown Having dealt with young Martin, Airton lined up a huge match-up against another single elimination quarter final loser, Keahi de Aboitiz. We’re used to seeing these two do battle in finals, but this was where the competition really lit up as it was now a pure knock-out system: ‘win your heat and take on the next highest finisher’. 8). Keahi eventually landed a double shuvit, but it wasn't enough... Scores remained close throughout with Keahi’s typically smooth and fluid surf style against Airton’s ferocious attack. Airton’s big back roll tic-tac to switch stance is a high scoring freestyle move that he can seemingly always pull out and was the difference for most of the heat. We held our breath as Keahi finally managed to land the double shuvit he’d been trying for his last two heats, but it was butt checked quite heavily and couldn’t bring him up to Airton’s heat score of 20.03. 9). Seven of Airton's eight heat winning run. The Charly Martin heat came just before... As Airton picked off his challengers one by one there was a sense of inevitability about what he was setting out to achieve. The more he rides and gets into his flow, the better he becomes and in a way having back to back heats is better for him, but even Airton can start to get tired. His last two heats of the day were epic battles against James Carew and then Pedro Matos - time to pull out his trusted dragon slayer - his unhooked backside 3 handle-pass off a wave kicker. Phenomenal. The wind and light faded just ahead of his semi-final re-match against Reece Myerscough. 10). Airton was exhausted on Saturday night and relieved of the break... WOMEN: In the women’s single elimination, Dakhla resident wildcard originally from Wales, Kirsty Jones, was peerless in her fluid wave approach and did the most damage possible. Drawn against tour leader Carla Herrera-Oria in round one of the single elimination, the Spaniard was promptly beaten by Kirsty and found herself facing the unenviable task of working her way back through the double elimination from the very bottom. 11). Kirsty WOMEN’S DOUBLES: The women’s double elimination had begun on Friday afternoon and, by the end of Saturday evening, Carla had herself battled through five heats - as with Airton the adjusted competition format played to her strengths as the most accomplished freestyler on tour right now. However, her backside wave approach in these smaller waves made her flow and wave connection more difficult, so all her heats were closely contested in the end. 12). Carla has made more of her wave game this season - hence her position at the top of the leaderboard! Peri Roberts was her first victim on Saturday, a new charger from Australia on tour this season who is improving event to event. Carla’s back-roll board-off the difference between them in this otherwise fairly even backside duel. 13). Peri Roberts Swede Catharina Edin put up the highest wave score in the next heat, but again Carla’s freestyle prowess carried her through, this time pulling the advantage from a front roll board-off. 14). Charlotte - still all smiles and holding onto second place going into the last round in Brazil! The semi-final against Charlotte Carpentier was an important heat as these are the top two riders in the championship. It was very tight too, but Charlotte only managed two waves and one freestyle trick in the heat (you could say she was efficient!) Carla’s tic tac was judged better than Charlotte’s straight air and with that, although the maths was still being calculated, Carla had done enough to secure the title! SUNDAY’S FINALS Conditions had really dropped away, but there was a little wind. The forecast showed for it to die through the day so the men’s semi final ran in what became a pure wave shore break showdown. 15). Reece Myerscough - still stoked to achieve a career best result of third in Dakhla REECE V AIRTON Opportunities were scarce but both riders challenged themselves to catch the jacking waves closer and closer in to shore. Nearing the end of the heat Airton somehow sensed that a little pulse of energy was going to turn into something workable and it did. He fired in four turns in very close succession, getting a 5.23 score and took the lead: 11.03 to 10.53. His sixth heat win in a row was complete. There was only Mitu left, and he’d have to beat him twice if he wanted to claim the event win. 16). Time for yet another livestream interview, Airton! KIRSTY V CARLA Focus switched to the women’s final between Kirsty Jones and Carla Herrera-Oria in what were very difficult conditions. Kirsty’s second wave did most of the damage - taking full advantage of the most open face in the heat, carving out a 5.7 score. She went on to slowly increase her second wave score throughout the heat and finished with a two wave tally of 10.33 to 6.06. 17). Kirsty cleaning up in close A multiple world champion in the past, Kirsty said that she was so pleased to win. “It’s disappointing that the waves weren’t better for the final, but I’m just so happy. The girls have convinced me to work on my strapless freestyle, so let’s see what happens. Right now I feel very motivated to come back.” MITU V AIRTON (PART 1) The wind then turned more offshore and with the higher tide taking effect the waves flattened off. The competition remained on hold until finally at 5.20pm the final between single elimination winner Mitu Monteiro and Airton Cozzolino was on. These weren’t the dream conditions for the tour, but the freestyle and wave combination format is what the future of strapless riding is about and sometimes World Championships are wrestled out in a dog fight. What isn’t in doubt is that the vision and ability of these riders really can inspire us to look at our own ordinary conditions very differently. 18). Fins out, always - this time Airton pushing round to complete a 360 Both riders got into wave action within the first two minutes. Airton looked incredibly hungry, managing six hits on one wave, such is the intensity of his riding and how he can manage to pack in a succession of tight turns – pure surf style. Mitu matched him almost wave for wave and this turned into a titanic battle, including a barrage of fins-out hacks, airs off-the-lip and wave 360s in the pocket. The separation came with freestyle - Airton having landed a particularly big back tic-tac to switch, scoring 7.27. After a nail biting final flurry of wave attacks from both riders, in the end Airton won by 20.37 to 17.43, forcing a super final. MITU V AIRTON: THE SUPER FINAL The two Cape Verdeans - great friends and the best of foes - went at it again in the same vein. Mitu made several beautiful airs, somehow always riding them out and he looked to be linking the sections for longer, though Airton seemed to have the upper hand in actual wave selection. 19). Wakeboarding on a strapless surfboard. Airton deals a killer blow Airton eventually picked a vertical kicker on the way out and landed a big, powerful unhooked backside 3! He scored a massive 9.17 points… it was almost perfect and couldn’t have been done better in wakeboard boots. The reigning Champion moved way out in front with 22.97 points, while Mitu was back on just 12 points, still yet to register a freestyle move. If anyone could come back though it was Mitu… These two are so inspiring to watch and it blows the mind to think what they’re doing with their kites as well as their boards to maintain such speed and flow. The scores had moved on with more waves to 24.17 to 17.45 in Airton’s favour. Mitu’s better wave riding had brought him to within around 8 points. Mitu came in on the inside, not looking for a kicker, working off the flats… he unhooked and landed a pop to blind and span 360 out… a fairly new trick for him and it was clean, but not as good as Airton’s. He got 6.16… The score: 24.17 to 21.1. What more could Mitu do? Three minutes left… 20). Mitu - maximising every little opportunity to show power Mitu found a set wave in the closing moments - could he improve on his lowest wave score of 6.63? He managed just three turns unfortunately and turned off the back… 50 seconds left. Airton was heading in on another wave… but suddenly downwind and into the sunlight Mitu completed a neat backside 3! Amazing drama - what would it score? 21). Mitu has beaten Airton this season in the best of conditions at round one at Punta Preta in Cape Verde. Today he lost in small waves - but what we love about these two is their passion to ride and compete in whatever they find in front of them. Both riders did all they could and yet again had gifted us with an amazing show. Airton’s two best wave rides were a 7 and an 8 which, when added to his backside 3 that had scored 9.17, gave him a 24.76 final total. Mitu’s two best waves were worth 6.63 and 8.3 and then that unhooked backside 3 off the flats right at the end… got 7.83. So Airton had done it. One of the best comebacks we’ve ever seen, completing his eight heat winning streak through the double elimination and beating Mitu Monteiro TWICE! 22). Airton AIRTON WINS THE EVENT: 24.17 to 22.76 Airton: “I have no words, I was pretty nervous but I just went for it and I’m so stoked. Big thanks to my friends and everyone online who supported me, to my trainer and also my caddy for the day Francesco Cappuzzo! Amazing. Yes!” Mitu: “Against Airton you never know what he’s going to do. It’s a shame we didn’t get bigger waves, but it’s always fun to ride with him on the water. So I’m happy and now I look forward to Brazil.” 23). Still bros... Kite-Surf Instagram Freestyle Instagram Kite-Surf Facebook Freestyle Facebook Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Video: Oliver Umpierre
  3. ...Mitu Monteiro, a Cape Verdean kitesurfing pro and former world champion, attempts to cross the 12 volcanic islands of his native archipelago completely solo...
  4. The Search of Surge

    Today, we're presenting an amazing, almost hypnotizing video from Duotone, in which we can see almost 10 minutes of wave riding at the highest level. Tiago Azzi is responsible for the artistic side of the film in which you can see Sebastian Ribeiro, Pedro Matos, James Carew, Airton Cozzolino and Mitu Monteiro.
  5. The Last Call From Cabo Verde

    Results, Rankings and Full Media Share from the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde Sunday 2nd, March Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide 1). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. So, with yesterday's strapless freestyle Super Session and closing ceremony complete, that's it from the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. 2). Airton wins the Super Session with a stomped 313 / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide The competitors and crew have been beyond privileged to experience Ponta Preta at its absolute best and nobody could have asked for a better start to the season. Find the final event results below as well as the 2019 season rankings and media to share as well. GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde Results 3). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. MEN 1: Mitu Monteiro - CV 2: Airton Cozzolino - CV 3: James Carew - AUS 4: Matchu Lopes - ESP 4). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. WOMEN 1: Moona Whyte - USA 2: Inês Correia - PL 3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE 4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA Strapless Freestyle Super Session Results 5). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino - CV 2: Arsenio Dias - CV 3: Tony Cili - ITA 6). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. WOMEN 1: Sabine Beukeleers - BEL 2: Carla Herrera Oria - ESP 3: Charlotte Carpentier - FRA GKA Kite-Surf World Cup 2019 Overall Rankings 7). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. MEN 1: Mitu Monteiro - CV 2: Airton Cozzolino - CV 3: James Carew - AUS 4: Matchu Lopes - ESP 5: Francesco Cappuzzo - ITA 8). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. WOMEN 1: Moona Whyte - USA 2: Inês Correia - PL 3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE 4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA 5: Frances Kelly - CAN Website / Facebook / YouTube
  6. Mitu and Moona hold tight at the top to prevail at Ponta Preta. Thursday, 28th February Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Gabriele Rumbolo 1). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. After four days of absolutely all-time conditions at Ponta Preta, Mitu Monteiro and Moona Whyte retained their first place positions from the single eliminations and won the doubles on Thursday to become the champions of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde! It was edge-of-the-seat viewing and an absolute barrel-fest throughout as Airton Cozzolino and Inês Correia launched all-out assaults, fighting their way through four consecutive heats each to make the finals. Here’s how it went down. 2). Comrades in Cape Verde / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MEN’S DIVISION Airton began his relentless march up the double elimination ladder with a victory over Sebastian Ribeiro. He opened with a perfect barrel and took the lead early but, when he went in to change boards, Sebastian began closing gap with seamless surf-style lip smacks. Airton returned to the point though, regained his flow and notched up a 9.23 to move through to the next heat. 3). Airton opens up / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Airton then went up against Francesco Cappuzzo who was clinical and smooth on his backhand but he couldn’t match Cozzolino for sheer force and power. Airton was riding away from waves and manoeuvres that you wouldn’t have thought possible if you weren’t seeing it with your own eyes and he literally head-butted his way out of a collapsing barrel at one point! 4). Cappuzzo eyeing down the line / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide. Then came one of the tightest heats yet as Airton met Matchu Lopes. Matchu struck early with a flowing backhand and switch front hand display and was leading the heat by the halfway point. Airton then threaded his way into a barrel before accelerating out of the pocket, smashing the lip to pieces and then launching into a hands-free 360 air reverse to take the win with a complete display of wave riding prowess that covered all the bases! 5). Not bad considering Matchu's riding switch! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Another one down - next up was James Carew. This was a clash of the titans between two absolute powerhouses. James drew first blood with a high scoring wave and was leading the heat by halftime but Airton evened the scores and then, with 12 seconds left on the clock, he pulled into a barrel and sealed the deal over the young Aussie. On to the final! 6). Carew beat Cozzolino in the singles - the doubles was payback time / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide. By this point the crowd was at fever pitch. Either way a Cape Verdean son was going to take it, but would it be the original maestro Mitu or Airton the new wave charger? 7). They don't call him The Maestro for nothing / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide On his first wave, Mitu seamlessly snapped and stalled his way into a barrel before Airton hit back, air dropping into an absolute bomb. His work rate was immense, storming back up the point after every wave and racking up the rides but Mitu wasn’t phased and by halfway Airton needed a 9.21 to take the lead. That’s by no means out of the question for him, but Mitu had the momentum and Airton couldn’t rise to his barrel riding barrage. In the closing minutes Mitu managed yet another long, deep tube ride before launching a huge straight air off the lip to roars of applause from the onlookers. 8). Team CV / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide By the end of the heat, even though they hadn’t yet seen the scores, the spectators knew who’d taken it and so too did Airton. Both riders are true champions with the utmost respect for one another and the adoration of the home crowd. They high fived out on the water and rode a wave in together as Cape Verdean flags flew high over Ponta Preta! 9). Legitimate legends / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide WOMEN’S DIVISION The first heat saw Inês and Odile, two European transplants who now call Cape Verde home, going head-to-head. Odile was riding well but she couldn’t match Correia’s vertical hacks in the critical sections and Ines took the heat and moved forward to face Canadian rider Frances Kelly. 10). Correira cracks one off the top / Photo: Gabriele Rumbolo Frances has a true surf, fluid riding style and was tackling some heaving set waves but a lack of experience in offshore conditions like this meant she couldn’t stand up to Inês and so Correia’s upward charge continued. 11). Charlotte charges! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide She then beat Charlotte Carpentier, who has consistently trucked into the heaviest waves on offer at this event (including some triple overhead monsters on day two), and then went straight into a closely fought heat against Johanna Catharina Edin. 12). Eyes on the prize / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide JC’s been training hard over the winter in Indo and at home in Tarifa and was linking committed, carving turns and she actually had the better wave selection at some points in the heat. However, Correia’s surging bottom turns and snaps off the lip were hard to deal with and she won the heat and was on her way to meet Moona in the final. 13). Correia continues her onslaught up the ladder / Photo: Gabriele Rumbolo This was the match-up many people had foreseen over the last three days and Correia, also a former World Champion, was gunning for it having lost out to Moona and Jalou Langeree last year here in Cape Verde. Inês scored a good combo to kick things off and was drifting her board through stylish tail slides as the waves began to really jack up with the pushing tide that was causing the swell to rebound off the reef. 14). Moona, feeling no pressure at Ponta Preta / Photo: Gabriele Rumbolo By the halfway point, it looked like we might be seeing another Ponta Preta local atop the podium but with six minutes to go Moona took the lead with an 8.47, the highest scoring wave in the woman’s division at this event. From there she was untouchable with the biggest combo score of the women's competition - 16.04 points! There would be no rerun and no second act. Moona had taken it first time round! 15). Moona hacks a turn on the inside / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide FINAL RESULTS 16). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. MEN 1: Mitu Monteiro - CV 2: Airton Cozzolino - CV 3: James Carew - AUS 4: Matchu Lopes - ESP 17). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. WOMEN 1: Moona Whyte - USA 2: Inês Correia - PL 3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE 4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde 2019 | FINAL DAY So, with the main event complete, that means Mitu and Moona now lead the overall World Cup rankings after this first event at which we’ve been beyond fortunate to see Ponta Preta at its most potent. If you didn’t catch the livestream then you NEED to watch the highlights video. It doesn’t get much better than what we saw yesterday! Website / Facebook / YouTube
  7. It's down to the last men and women standing at Ponta Preta Thursday, 28th February Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide 1). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde The relentless pace of competition continued yesterday in Cabo Verde as a field of 52 riders was whittled down to just 12 with six men and six women still in the competition. The waves were slightly smaller than on previous days but they were still in steady supply with solid conditions across another nine hours of heats in the double eliminations. Nine hours is a long time to stay glued to the livestream, so if you didn’t catch all of the action here are some of the key performances. 2). Airlines Cozzolino / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide COZZOLINO ON THE COMEBACK Airton’s early exit in the single-eliminations had lit a fire under him and on the evening of day two he was riding alone until sunset, prowling through the Ponta Preta line-up like a caged beast out for revenge. Yesterday he rode like a man possessed. In his first heat he launched huge airs off the lip (no mean feat in offshore conditions) alongside several cover-ups, including the best barrel of the competition so far. He followed up on that with a perfect ten in his next heat against Djo Silva and then, with two minutes to go, he managed two barrels and an aerial on one wave. He then found a wave with 30 seconds left and tucked ANOTHER barrel to seal the deal. He not only scored the highest single wave of the day, but also the highest combined heat score of event with a 10 and a 9.17! Mitu is at the top of the table right now having won the singles handily but Airton is absolutely on fire and a final between these two would be something else! 3). Inês looking right at home / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide CORREIA TAKES CONTROL Inês didn’t shine like she might have been expected to in the single eliminations and she exited quite early on day two. Given her ability in the surf and her knowledge of this wave (she lives here), many people had been expecting her to at least reach the final but no matter - yesterday she made up for it. She was on another level in the women’s division, expertly selecting her waves and intuitively reading each face. She put in powered top-to-bottom turns and took the highest scoring wave among the women with an 8.17 as well as the highest combo of 14.17. You can bet she’ll be eyeing Moona in the top spot! 4). Reece Myerscough off the top / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MYERSCOUGH MAKES HIS MARK Reece Myerscough from Canada has to be the most improved rider in the men’s division at the moment. His level has gone through the roof over the winter break and on day three he was riding Ponta Preta with as much power and conviction as the locals. He topped off his storming lip hacks with two olly front-rolls on the wave and he’s the only rider to have done so here in Cabo Verde. 5). Odile on the inside / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide CAVIN GETS COVERED UP Swiss rider Odile, who lives in Sal, took the first barrel of the event in the women’s division, deftly tucking in to the pocket as the home crowd went wild. She nearly managed a second one before getting smashed by the lip (it definitely wasn’t down to lack of commitment) but she was still the most consistent rider in her division on day three. 6). Sebastian Ribeiro - as smooth as it gets / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide RIBEIRO REGAINS POSITION Sebastian Ribeiro from Brazil is a former pro surfer and one of the tour’s top wave riders and there aren’t many competitors who can beat him in a 100% wave heat. His comparatively early exit against James Carew in the singles hadn’t blunted his edge though and he put in a very complete performance yesterday. He beat Paulino Pereira to earn his spot in the final six and Paulino was absolutely charging too with some deep, slotted barrels. Sebastian just did that bit more though, nearly matching Paulino’s time in the ‘green room’ and combining that with some textbook cutbacks. Him and Airton were the standout riders in the men’s division and it stands as a testament to the level of riding on the tour that simply getting barrelled isn’t always enough to win a heat or even get more than a mid-ranging score! FINAL RIDERS IN THE DOUBLE ELIMINATIONS MEN 1: Mitu Monteiro - CV 2: James Carew - AUS 3: Matchu Lopes - CV / ESP 4: Francesco Cappuzzo - ITA 5: Sebastian Ribeiro - BRA 6: Airton Cozzolino - CV / ITA WOMEN 1: Moona Whyte - USA 2: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE 3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA 4: Frances Kelly - CA 5: Ines Correia - PL 6: Odile Cavine - SUI Kitesurfing at Ponta Preta, Cabo Verde | GKA Kite - Surf World Cup Cabo Verde 2019 Website / Facebook / YouTube
  8. Moona Whyte and Mitu Monteiro storm the single eliminations on an action-packed day two at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde. Wednesday, 27th February Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide 1). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde kicks off! Yesterday we saw another non-stop day of heats as both the men and women wrapped up the single eliminations during nine hours of competition. The run of insane conditions continued with Ponta Preta delivering absolutely pumping waves, reaching double overhead and above. The main stories of the day? Well, Mitu Monteiro scored a perfect 10, Moona Whyte made an epic return to competition and James ‘Storm Boy’ Carew underlined how much of a true force of nature he really he is by making it to the final against Mitu. That’s just some of what went down. Here are a few highlights. 2). Carew carves / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide JAMES CAREW James has been a man on fire here at the GKA Cabo Verde. The Australian managed to unseat Airton Cozzolino in the quarter finals (on Airton’s home break no less) in a nail-biting quarter final heat. Airton was leading for much of it with solid aerials off the lip and super-powered hacks but James kept answering back with his muscular, surf-influenced style. In the last minute, James caught a huge bomb and was able to rack up turn after vertical turn to take the lead with seconds left on the clock. James would go on to face Mitu in the final and, had he not been up against the most experienced Ponta Preta local in existence, he could well have topped the single elimination podium. 3). Mitu exits the green room / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MITU MONTEIRO Mitu didn’t have the event he might have hoped for last year in Cape Verde but right now he’s looking pretty much untouchable. He opened his account on day two with the highest score of the event up to that point - 9.87 - in his opening heat but in the final he went one better notching up a perfect 10, combining faultless top-to-bottom turns with a barrel (his second of the heat) to take the win against James. 4). Moona makes a comeback in Cabo Verde / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MOONA WHYTE Moona missed the latter part of last year’s tour due to a back injury but she’s back with a bang here in Cabo Verde. Her ability to seek out the critical sections on the bigger faces was unsurpassable and she was the only female rider who managed to get covered-up and ride away from it. She’s so relaxed out on the water too, never flustered by what her opponents are doing. She finished day two at the top of the women’s division and, at this 100% wave-focused event, she's going to be very hard to beat when the double eliminations continue. 5). A solid performance from the Italian waterman Cappuzzo / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide FRANCESCO CAPPUZZO Yesterday Francesco Cappuzzo put in his best performance since joining the tour. He took one of the biggest waves of the day in his heat against Carew and was stacking up solid rides on both his front and backhand. He wasn’t going for aerials and he didn’t get barrelled, but his backside hacks were something else and his capacity for getting good and vertical off the lip in challenging offshore conditions was seriously impressive. 6). Matchu composed and in control / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MATCHU LOPES Matchu was ultra-consistent. He has this wave so well dialled, expertly reading the different sections and methodically seeking out barrels on his backhand. He nearly stuck the best floater of the event so far, and he’s looking very strong ahead of the double eliminations. 7). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde kicks off! SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS MEN 1: Mitu Monteiro - CV 2: James Carew - AUS 3: Matchu Lopes - CV / ESP 4: Francesco Cappuzzo - ITA 8). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde kicks off! WOMEN 1: Moona Whyte - USA 2: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE 3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA 4: Frances Kelly - CA After the single elimination finals it was on to the doubles and the men made it through the first round before the conditions began to deteriorate and the heats were halted. GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde 2019 | DAY 2 Website / Facebook / YouTube
  9. Mitu Monteiro

    Prizes: WAVE DISCIPLINE : 1x WORLD CHAMPION 2008 3x VICE WORLD CHAMPION 2010\2011\2012
  10. Mitu Monteiro and His Family

    Mitu Monteiro is, without a doubt, one of the greatest stars of kitesurfing. We are all well aware that not many can keep up with him on waves. Today, we have a unique opportunity to see if he's just as determined when it comes to being a husband and a father.
  11. Five Minutes with Mitu Monteiro

    Hello Mitu, welcome to Brazil! First, tell us who you are. My name is Oteniel Jorge Monteiro, that's my real name, but everybody knows me as Mitu Monteiro, because my grandmother started calling me Mitu and then everybody came to know me as Mitu. I came from a poor family in Cape Verde, and my mother needed to work and she didn´t have money to pay a babysitter, this is a long story, you know? My passion for the sea has started during these early years when I was home alone while my mom was at work. When I was 6 years old and I used to go to the pier, to see boats coming and going so fast. For me it was like a magic, and I wanted to do the same thing!. I found some scraps of wood and built a small boat. All my passion for the sea came from there. 1). Mitu Monteiro And now in 2016 you are back in Brazil for the third time as part of the Surfin Sem Fim downwinders - this time with your beautifull family. Are you and your family enjoying the time here in Brazil? For me it is magic to be here. The northeast of Brazil is the best spot for doing long distance dowind kite trips. The water is warm, you are always close to the shore, is not so deep, there is wind every day, the view is beautiful, the food is good, the hotels are fantastic… Everything just comes together here... Some other places you can do nice downwinders, but Brazil is different. Here, it's pure nature. Sometimes you are in the water, and there is nothing, you are in the desert. Suddenly you arrive in the green, and there is a river. There is a lot of contrast. I think only in Brazil you can see something like that. In some places, the car is really close to you - you can see the people's reactions, when you think you will arrive, and then you have farther to go… And this was the first time I looked back, and it is really cool, because when you look back you realize that we are really in the middle of nowhere! It's a really nice feeling. I just used my stoke for kitesurfing to go from one side of the country to the other. We just crossed 3 Brazilian states, to do that traveling by kite is massive! Also, you get a lot of experience. I improve my riding a lot on these trips, some parts are flat, so I can try strapless tricks, on other parts there are some waves where you can do some surf moves. This year, I brought my family with me because I want to share this passion with them. When I talk to my wife about Brazil, she understands, but now she can see with her own eyes, and ride with me in the water. I took my son with me in between my legs on my kiteboard, and this was a totally new experience for him. When he goes back to school, and the kids talk about what they did on vacations, my son will tell crazy stories about kitesurfing with his father, alligators, eagles - our adventures. This is a unique experience for a 4 year old kid; he will remember it for all of his life. 2). Mitu Monteiro Any other adventures around the world? After the first time I came to Brazil, when I came back to Cape Verde, I met this girl that asked if I had some projects. I thought about the long distance trips that I had done with Surfin Sem Fim, and said to her that maybe I could try a crossing between two islands in Cape Verde, Ilha do Sal to Ilha de Boavista, wich would be about 1:30 hours riding. To this, she replied: why don’t you cross all the islands of Cape Verde? And I said: Whaaaaaaat?????? I think all of this is coming from Surfin Sem Fim. The first time I did some really long riding was with Surfin Sem Fim. If I did 600 kilometers in Brazil, so maybe it actually could be possible to connect all of the islands. So we started to organize this project, and last year I finally made it, and it was incredible! When I started the project, it was something personal, but in the end was similar to when I won the title, it was something for my country! When I arrived on each island, lots of people would be there waiting for me, sometimes people stood 3 or 4 hours at the beach waiting. When I got to the beach, everybody wanted to talk to me, it was not so easy because I was really tired. They wanted to know if I saw some sharks, if I was not tired, these kinds of things… Some people brought me food; they thought I would be super hungry. It was a fantastic experience, because I managed somehow to connect all the Cape Verde islands together. I brought emotion from one end of the islands to the other. On one of the islands, there was this boy with a plastic bag in his hands like a kite, and he said: "I am Mitu Monteiro!". This was really emotional! Sometimes, when I arrived at the beach, I just wanted to cry, because there was a lot of emotion, all the kids coming… I remember when I arrived at Boa Vista, there was this woman (just like my mum), she said: Oh Mitu, I was scared, what if something happened to you… And she gave me a big hug. This was an amazing trip, it was something really special, a shared memory for everyone. And I can say that Surfin Sem Fim inspired me a lot to do this! 3). Mitu Monteiro And how did kitesurfing became part of your life? It all started with a boat that I made from scraps. This was the beginning of my story. Then I started bodyboarding, surfing, and when I was 12 years old I started to windsurf with a board that I found on the trash. Then when I was 17 years old I started kitesurfing, with a guy who had a 2 line wipika, and that was my beginning. In 2003 I had a opportunity to be part of the first kitesurfing competition in Cape Verde, and it was the first wave master I made. The competition was in Ponta Preta, where the wind is offshore; it was difficult to manage in the waves. I used a kind of twin tip, a really strange board. After that, I started to ride my surfboard with the kite, and it was my first time strapless. It was not because I wanted to do strapless, but it was because I had no choice, my board was like that. So, did you have sponsorship at that time? Sponsorship came later, maybe in 2005 / 2006, they started giving me some kites. Then I won some contests in Cape Verde. The first year that I did the whole tour was 2008, the year I won my world title, and after that everything changed. My sponsors started to invest more, and it also opened the door also for my country. It was the first time that someone from Cape Verde won something! Lots of people waiting for me at the airport, screaming, it was a big party… It was really nice, for me and for my country. And there were the other kids from Cape Verde that came together, everybody wanted to be like Mitu. Yeah, then everybody had a dream. I remember this movie in which Matchu (Lopes) was really young, saying that he wanted to be like Mitu. Airton (Cozzollino) was the same. It is because we are born there, we come from the same, you know? For me it was so cool, because I opened the door for a lot of other young riders from Cape Verde. Now, you can see, Airton has become a world-class rider, we have Matchu, there is Luis (Brito) as well… And we have other younger kids coming up as well. Now it is really happening! In Cape Verde, strapless became like a religion. Everybody here rides strapless, we don’t have many twin tips. We have some really good conditions there. An Interview Conducted By Andre Penna for Surfin Sem Fim 28 of September, 2016
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