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  1. THE MEN MAKE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS AND MAXIME STOMPS A PERFECT 10 Friday 20th July. 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Adam Sims After a couple of false starts due to changeable conditions, the main event got underway at 12:30 today. The riders had seven trick attempts available, and heat winners would progress on to round three while second and third place would go again in round two. Adeuri Corniel stormed the first heat with an impressive opening salvo that included a BS 317, a double heart attack AND a slim 7 to secure the win and then Gianmaria Coccoluto regained his composure after a slow start to win the second heat. 1). Adeuri 'Quadzilla' Corniel in round one After that, Maxime Chabloz put in an absolutely spell binding effort. He not only scored a perfect 10 for a backmobe 7, but he also walked away with the day's highest combined score too of 32.34. You can bet Carlos Mario was watching that one! 2). Calm, but crushing it. Two more performances of note came from former World Champs Liam Whaley and Carlos Mario. Whaley combined more technical tricks like his high scoring BS 317 with purely stylish moves like his ultra smooth double s-bend to blind. 3). Liam Whaley was on full form today Carlos went up in the final heat of round one against fellow Brazilian Alex Neto, and this was a super charged one. Neto opened with a double heart attack, and Mario matched him with a bigger, cleaner one to pull ahead (by just 0.13 points). The barrage continued with yet more high scores, and Mario landed a front blind mobe which Neto answered with a crowmobe 5. It was tight, but Mario then drilled home a BS 315, a KGB and a 317 to pull ahead. 4). Shot bro! Mens Round Two Round Up This round was crucial for the riders who’d failed to win their round one heats. Last chance to stay in the single eliminations and everything to play for. Stefan Spiessberger scored a convincing win in the opening exchange with a crowmobe and a slim chance early in the heat and he won with a trick still in hand. 5). Stefan won his round one heat with surgical precision Louka Pitot then beat Luis Calcano and Arthur Guillebert after Arthur ended up needing the medic’s attention after a heavy crash put him out of action. The wind had picked up by this point to around 25 knots and there were some nasty slams as the riders trucked into tricks fully powered. 6). Louka Pitot heading out from Playa de Sotavento Nico Delmas then took a storming lead in the next heat leaving Guiliano, Neto and Teixeira trading places in a battle for second. Set Teixeira clinched it in the end, and was getting very close to closing down Delmas too but it wasn’t to be. Nico took it, and it was on to round three. 7). Nico Delmas rode well today to earn a spot in the semi-finals Mens Round Three Round Up The pressure increased in this round – the quarter finals stage of the single eliminations. Adeuri amassed a massive points lead in the first heat and was the only other rider (alongside Maxime Chabloz) who managed a combined score above 30 today with a total tally of 31.77. Gianmaria Coccoluto was in pursuit, but Adeuri’s final trick – a double heart attack – put further distance between them and he won the heat comfortably. 8). Adeuri Corniel took on all comers on day one In the next heat, Louka Pitot opened up with a front blind mobe, crowmobe and heart attack to take an early lead while Maxime Chabloz had a shakier start with a low scoring BS 313. However, a clean backmobe 5 followed up with a 317 brought Maxime back into contention and then a front blind mobe pushed him passed Pitot into the lead. He didn’t land his last trick, but he didn’t have to. He’d already won and he was by far the standout rider today. 9). Right now, Maxime is the man to watch at this event Next up, Liam Whaley opened with a BS 317 that scored him a sturdy 7.47 points and he never stepped off the gas from there to win the heat. Today’s cross-off conditions were reminiscent of the famously challenging Levante winds he rides in at home in Tarifa, and he looked more than comfortable out there. He rode tactically, and was watching his competitors to see just how far he’d need to push it to beat them. Colombian rider Valentin Rodriguez mounted a late challenge against him and he landed a couple of high scoring tricks, but he wasn’t sticking them as readily as Liam and, in competition, that’s what matters. 10). Liam unleashed Carlos Mario was faultless from the start in the day's final heat. It looked like he was holding back a little, perhaps saving his riskier tricks for the semi-finals, but he stuck a double heart attack followed by a front blind mobe and a KGB without missing a beat. He’s a force of nature. He followed that up with a BS 315 to secure his position, but he finished the heat still (potentially) within reach of Nico Delmas who had a stellar day today and finished second to also go through to the semis. No huge scores from Carlos, but no crashes either and a very consistent run. Maybe he’s holding something back for tomorrow? We will see! 11). Carlos played it cool today.. but you can bet he'll be braced for battle in the semis. Today's action finished at the end Men's Round Three with eight semi-finalists ready to roll tomorrow. See who made it through below. SINGLE ELIMINATION SEMI-FINALISTS SEMIS 1 Valentin Rodriguez Nico Delmas Adeuri Corniel Maxime Chabloz SEMIS 2 Gianmaria Coccoluto Louka Pitot Liam Whaley Carlos Mario GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Day One Event page.
  2. GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa - Day Six Wrap

    WE WERE RUNNING... AND RUNNING GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa day six - final wrap Sunday 7th July, 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide The taste of final day glory on a 'super Sunday' of cross discipline kiteboarding competition in front of a packed Valdevaqueros beach at the Bibo Beach Club was oh so close... Tarifa you tease! After five frustrating days of competition, taunted by low lying cloud which pushed back the thermal winds, or voodoo local effects playing hocus pocus right in front of the race director's eyes, we arrived at the beach this morning and were greeted by a very different scene: clear skies and the Poniente blowing. 1). Smashing out heats on Sunday Over 80 riders registered for this event, one of only a few truly cross-discipline official World Championship events ever seen, and with such strangely absent conditions this week, there were a lot of heats to get through. All riders were on the same page though and accepted a slightly shortened format for their heats in order to fight collectively for a result. We flew through the afternoon heats, seeing both Men's and Women's Freestyle and Men's Kite-Surf strapless freestyle on the water, often switching from one discipline to the next in back-to-back heats. It was a real optical feast of kiting on the beach! 2). Demo zone Maxime Chabloz continued his impressive charge towards the title this year, achieving the highest Freestyle heat score of the day, which was second only to Adeuri Corniel's opening heat tally of over 34 on day four. 3). Cross-pollenation of riders - Kite-Surf rider Jan Marcos Riveras gives Freestyler Adeuri Corniel advice after watching the heat scores on the livestream Pippa van Iersel and Therese Taabel actually made it to the women's Freestyle final on Sunday, but as the wind dropped just before the second semi-final ran, sadly for them, with only 10 riders in their competition, as they hadn't eliminated over 50% of the competitors, the result doesn't stand. 4). Hard lines for Pippa van Iersel and Therese Taabbel who made it to the final Of course we had already reached a final result for the women's Kite-Surf strapless freestyle back on day three, with Carla Herrera-Oria claiming back-to-back event victories and moving ahead in the championship. 5). Women's official Kite-Surf strapless freestyle podium The Kite-Surf men had reached the quarter final stage before Sunday began. They managed to get through two quarter final rounds, won by Simon Joosten and Mitu Monteiro but the result rocks back to the quarter final stage, and is an official result with shared points for the top eight, due to the number of competitors eliminated. 6). Kite-surf men quarter finalists Race director Juan Antonio Aragon is all too aware of how the World Championship point system works and, up against an incredibly tough time frame in the end, with a drought of normal conditions at this time of year here in Tarifa, by hook and by crook, we have an official points result for both men's disciplines and the women's Kite-Surf strapless freestyle. This time on Friday night, with the way the forecast was looking, we'd have taken that! So... onwards and upwards! 7). Local star Liam Whaley was looking good for a home town take down 8). Feeling the squeeze - Stefan Spiessberger The top finishing riders crowded on to their respective podiums and, just after GKA Secretary General Joergen Vogt had completed an ear piercing rendition of Happy Birthday to Mitu Monteiro, event organiser Jaime Herraiz took to the mic to thank everyone. “What can I say? Of course we're a little disappointed with the wind this week, but you guys know me, and know that I like a challenge. So we will be back bigger and stronger next year and Tarifa will always have a place for all of you. Good luck with the rest of the world tour and we look forward to welcoming you all back!” 9). Airton, round 2 Men's strapless freestyle, day 4 It really has been a strange event. Tarifa has been a loyal venue for the GKA and it has always provided truly classic moments. Airton Cozzolino delivered a real heat of brilliance on Thursday, and we'll hold on to that memory. As Jaime went on to conclude, “We won't let the wind beat our spirit!” The wind brought us together and we saw a really united atmosphere this week, with riders like Carlos Mario riding a strapless surfboard alongside Mitu Monteiro. The two codes of expression-based kiteboarding disciplines came together and shared the emotions of competition together. 10). Mitu Monteiro and, yes, Carlos Mario! For sure we all leave here as a tighter unit and who knows what the future holds? Will we see world class Freestyle riders training hard to compete in two disciplines next year... in order to become the ultimate kiteboard rider? Don't put it past them! What we do know is that the current Freestyle riders will be back in action at Sotavento on Fuerteventura, Spain from 19 - 24th July for round four, before heading to Bel Ombre on the beautiful island of Mauritius, where we'll see another double discipline event go off with Freestyle and Kite-Surf (wave discipline), from the 6th - 15th September! Here's a summary of how far we reached in Sunday's competition after a busy, vibey day at Valdevaqueros: Women's Freestyle Semi-Finalists Pippa van Iersel Therese Taabbel Pauline Valesa Maureen Castelle Claudia Leon Paula Novotna Nathalie Lambrecht Mikaili Sol Men's Freestyle Semi-finalists (Official Result) Gianmaria Coccoluto Luis Alberto Cruz Adeuri Corniel Maxime Chabloz Jerome Cloetens Stefan Spiessberger Liam Whaley Carlos Mario 11). Men's Freestyle, (missing Maxime Chabloz) Men's Kite-Surf Strapless Quarter finalists (Official Result) Kiko Roig Torres Simon Joosten Pedro Matos Mitu Monteiro Toni Ciliberto Jan Marcos Riveras Anderson Reboucas Airton Cozzolino GKA Kite World Cup 2019 Tarifa - Final Day Highllights www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  3. Airton and Carla win Sunday Super Session at GKA Sylt Sunday 30th June, 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). Airton wins again! Sunday was the final day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt and, after a couple of lay days, the wind was back with a steady 17-20 knots blowing cross-on from the left. That meant that conditions were prime for a strapless freestyle Super Session to round out the event! The riders would be competing in two twenty minute qualifying heats to earn a spot in the final with ten riders on the water in each heat. Riders were being judged solely on their highest scoring trick, so it was going to be fast and furious with the top three men and top two women progressing to the final. 2). Airton on the assault Airton was absolutely on fire in the opening heat. He stuck two backside 3s and then finished off with a 313 to win the heat comfortably and he went through to the final alongside Kiko Roig Torres and Pedro Matos. In the women's division, Capucine Delannoy and Charlotte Carpentier progressed to face the top placers from the following heat. 3). Paulino pulls out the stops In the second heat, Mitu Monteiro and Paulino Pereira both stomped clean BS3 handlepasses to match Airton’s unhooked antics from heat one while Simon Joosten impressed with powered yet fluid hooked in manoeuvres. His front roll shuvit 3 was super stylish and he too went through alongside Mitu and Paulino. Carla Herrera Oria was the standout female rider with a backroll to revert and a backroll rodeo and she cruised her way in to the final as well alongside Susanne Schwarztrauber. 4). Carla has cemented her rep as the top performer in women's strapless freestyle right now As soon as the final kicked off, Airton went all in to win once again with yet another FS3 followed by a BS3 and he was leading on technical skill but he wasn't the only rider pushing it. Simon Joosten secured second with a faultless backroll shuvit, and Paulino took third with a front roll tic tac and a double backroll tic tac which both scored well. 5). Simon Joosten has had a breakout performance at this event - let's see if his form continues in Tarifa In the women’s division, Carla was the clear winner with a backroll rodeo and Charlotte came second with an air to blind and a board-off. She also came very close on a 360 shuvit, making the landing but crashing straight after. Susanne Schwarztrauber took third with some clean aerials off the kickers on the inside. So that means that Airton and Carla have been atop the podium three times this week, having already won both the single and double eliminations in the main event. Their victories here in Sylt have also created some movement in the overall tour rankings! Check them out below GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt results 6). Airton Cozzolino, James Carew, Mitu Monteiro GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP SYLT - MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV) 2: James Carew (AUS) 3: Mitu Monteiro (CPV) 4: Simon Joosten (BRB) 5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM) 7). Carla Herrera Oria, Charlotte Carpentier, Susanne Schwarztrauber GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP SYLT - WOMEN 1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP) 2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) 3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU) 4: Peri Roberts (AUS) 5: Capucine Delannoy (FRA) 8). Airton Cozzolino, Simon Joosten, Paulino Pereira, Carla Herrera Oria, Charlotte Carpentier, Susanne Schwarztrauber STRAPLESS FREESTYLE SUPER SESSION MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino 2: Simon Joosten 3: Paulino Pereira WOMEN 1: Carla Herrera Oria 2: Charlotte Carpentier 3: Susanne Schwarztrauber GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt | DAY 5 | Super session and Awards ceremony GKA KITE WORLD TOUR 2019 KITE-SURF RANKINGS MEN'S TOP FIVE 1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV) 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV) 3: James Carew (AUS) 4: Paulino Pereira (PRT) 5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM) WOMEN'S TOP FIVE 1: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) 2: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP) 3: Frances Kelly (CAN) 4: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU) 5: Irina Jenni (CHE) www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  4. Carla and Cozzolino hold tight to win the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt Thursday 27th June, 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mint Grigas 1). The finalists Today in the double eliminations, after two days of ceaseless competition, Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria defended their top place positions from Wednesday's single elimination finals to win the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt! They took on all comers in strong onshore conditions, riding in extended 10 minute heats in which competitors were judged for a combination of 60% strapless freestyle and 40% wave riding. It was a great test of the mixed format discipline, with competitors riding to the conditions and showing what can be done when technical freestyle skill and wave riding ability combine at a high level. Here's how it happened! 2). Doing it for Cabo Verde! Airton airs again! Airton had taken on Mitu in the singles on Wednesday, but today he had to overcome James Carew to hold on to his top spot. Both riders opened up with precision front hand wave riding, absolutely raking into bottom turns and wringing every last hit out of the beach break conditions. Carew was looking dangerous, hooking into one wave and combining powered hacks with a board-off off the lip and back into the wave. Fresh off the back of beating Mitu to make it to the final, he had the momentum and with a little over two minutes to go he was in the lead and Airton was under threat. Airton hadn't stuck a handlepass, but he was channeling so much power into each and every turn and seamlessly integrating strapless freestyle tricks into his wave assaults. It was tense when the buzzer went, but as the scores came through Airton was announced the winner.. by just 0.27 points. An ultra-tight margin, but it was enough! 3). Airlines Cozzolino Carew and Mitu James didn't get an easy ride to the final. He had to get past none other than Mitu Monteiro first and he had to do it twice because the heat was repeated after a safety jet-ski obstructed Mitu late in the heat. The first time round, Mitu hadn't been on the same form as in the single eliminations, but when the heat restarted he exploded off the starting blocks with a huge backroll board-off. James took an early lead though with a high scoring wave which he followed up with a front roll tick tack and he was clearly determined to hold on to his ticket to the final. On the second attempt, Mitu landed a super clean backroll rodeo finger flip and he was ahead on technical ability, but James was making more from the wave portion of the scoring. 4). Mitu wasn't going down without a fight, but he couldn't stop Carew today Mitu was closing the gap though, and he landed perhaps the best kiteloop backroll of the event with just two minutes left on the clock. Carew then responded with a clean 360 shuvit off the wave before Mitu stuck a backroll board-spin into a tick tack just before the buzzer. It was impossible to guess who'd won as the klaxon sounded. However, as the scores went up it was clear that James had prevailed for the second time, and he who would go through to take on Airton for the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt title. 5). Job well done mate! James beat Joosten To earn a spot against Mitu, James had first had to settle a score with Simon Joosten who beat him into fourth in Wednesday's single elimination mini-final. Carew started with a kiteloop board-off and Joosten answered with a faultless kiteloop backroll. James then began to focus more on the waves with a nice floater off the lip while Joosten opted for an even bigger kiteloop backroll. Simon then realised that he'd have to look towards the waves as well if he was going to beat James, but while he can certainly match him for strapless tricks he wasn't able to rise to his level in the surf and James won, securing his podium position with Simon settling for fourth. 6). Carew launches his way into third place and beyond Jan Marcos goes on the offensive Jan Marcos Riveras has an uncanny ability to do well in double eliminations and he was on fire in today's doubles. First off, he beat Camille Delannoy coming into the heat like a section-seeking missile, finding the best waves of the heat and launching a huge kiteloop board-off off the lip of a wave and back on to the face before nonchalantly riding away (#NoClaim). Then he pushed past Paulino Pereira, riding to the conditions and tactically choosing to focus more on strapless freestyle scores (which were worth more due to the way criteria was set out) while Paulino zoned in on the waves. Jan Marcos won the heat by 1.5 points, and it looked like he might go all the way to the podium but James stopped him in his tracks with a combination of high scoring wave rides and some innovate strapless tricks. 7). The man loves a double elimination! Women's Division: Carla retains the top spot Carla Herrera Oria was, frankly, unassailable today. Having already comfortably won the single eliminations, she was able to watch the battle play out beneath her as the other riders in the division vied for a chance to take her on for first place. When Charlotte Carpentier saw off a challenge from Susi Scwarztrauber, it meant that she'd face Carla for the second time in as many days. Charlotte had a good opportunity in this heat, with more points available than there had been yesterday for wave riding, and she sought out some nice sections in amongst the onshore carnage. Carla was on another level though. She's indisputably the top female strapless freestyler right now, but her wave riding has also advanced in recent months. Today though she linked technical tricks like front roll board-offs with fluid toeside rides and she won the heat by a substantial 23.6 points. That's a huge margin for a final! 8). Carla crushes the competition The battle for third Elsewhere in the women's division, some spirited exchanges happened as the riders fought for third place. Susi Schwarztrauber overcame an equipment failure early in her heat to beat Peri Roberts, who was posting some of the highest wave riding scores of the day in the women's division. 9). Susi was justifiably stoked with third place today Aussie rider Peri actually had the top single score in that heat for a solid opening ride, but she struggled to find another hittable section after that while Susi opted for smaller hits (and more of them) to edge past on points. 10). Peri Roberts racked up rides on both tacks in the Sylt shore break Peri did manage to retain fourth though in the face of a challenge from talented young rider Capucine Delannoy. Other than Carla, Capucine (who's only 14 years-old) displayed the highest strapless freestyle level of all the women today and was the only other rider landing rotations. With a bit more experience in competition and in the waves, she'll be one to watch! 11). The younger Delannoy eyes her landing FINAL RESULTS 12). Airton Cozzolino, James Carew, Mitu Monteiro MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV) 2: James Carew (AUS) 3: Mitu Monteiro (CPV) 4: Simon Joosten (BRB) 5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM) 13). Carla Herrera Oria, Charlotte Carpentier, Susanne Schwarztrauber WOMEN 1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP) 2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) 3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU) 4: Peri Roberts (AUS) 5: Capucine Delannoy (FRA) GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019 | DAY 2 | FINALS www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  5. Carla and Cozzolino win Singles and advance to Double Elimination finals at GKA Sylt! Wednesday 26th June, 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). Not just pros. Also bros! A huge day here in Sylt for day one of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt main event. At the end of 11 hours of non-stop competition, both the men and women have made it through the single eliminations, which were judged on 100% strapless freestyle, and the men have now progressed into the doubles with only eight riders left in the event. Airton Cozzolino Mitu Monteiro Simon Joosten James Carew Kiko Roig Torres Camille Delannoy Paulino Pereira Jan Marcos Riveras Here’s how it went down today.. Airton and Mitu meet again Cape Verdean legends Airton and Mitu met in a final for the second time this season in what was an absolutely stellar heat. It was fast-paced from the start with both riders slamming in high scores straight away and at the halfway point, tour leader Mitu was out in front. A double front roll to revert put him even further ahead but Airton responded with a huge front roll to revert and an even bigger backroll tick tack and with three minutes to go, took the lead. 2). Mitu looks masterful Mitu then retook first position with just 90 seconds on the clock with a surgically clean front roll shuvit and, with 30 seconds to go, he looked almost unbeatable with an enormous 42.13 point overall score. However, this was where Airton played his trick card and he busted out a 313 for a whopping 9.5 points (out of ten) to win the heat by just 1.48 points. They’d both notched up the highest combo scores of the entire event and Airton had stuck the top scoring single trick too! 3). Airton brings out the big guns Joosten jumps Carew Barbadian rider Simon Joosten is not a new face on this tour having competed in Tarifa in the past, but whatever training he’s been doing over the winter seems to have paid off! He was absolutely on fire today, charging through the early rounds with some of the highest combo scores of the day and he was the first rider to rack up a 30 + point score - essential for any rider to even get close to the finals. 4). Simon Joosten proved himself a force to be reckoned with today He went up against James Carew in the mini-final and the tempo of his riding was unreal. Carew was riding well, opening with some clean tricks like a toeside front roll, but Joosten won the heat with 37.46 – the third highest combo score of the event behind Airton and Mitu - and he had some solid tricks in there including a backroll board-off tick tack, which has proved to be a popular trick so far at this event. 5). Carew wasn't going down without a fight though Kiko Roig Torres tears it up Kiko gave Airton a proper run for his money in their round three match-up and it wasn’t until Airton fired into a handlepass that he finally pulled ahead of Kiko. Kiko’s relentless salvo of strapless trickery continued in the doubles and he won two challenging heats against talented Canadian newcomer Graham Harney and Italian waterman savant Francesco Capuzzo to secure his place among the last eight riders still in the event. 6). Young Jedi Kiko Roig Torres is overcome by Airton - but only just Paulino - Still Portuguese. Still powerful Paulino underlined his prowess as a formidable all-rounder today with some storming performances in the double eliminations. The most notable was his heat against Brazilian shredder Pedro Matos in round three. By this point, the judging criteria was now being split 70% strapless freestyle / 30% waves and, in the tricky onshore conditions, he nabbed the best ride of the day linking up a couple of powered hacks at the lip and finishing off with a slick wave 360. He also landed some big grabbed rotations and came crucially close to a huge board-off kiteloop in that heat as well. 7). They call him the 'Portuguese Powerhouse' for a reason Camille Delannoy pushes through the pain Camille’s come into this event with a badly broken finger but, although it’s not yet fully healed, he couldn’t face missing the action. By end of the single eliminations he was in quite a lot of pain from it but, as the pressure intensified, he pushed through that with a series of powerful performances in the doubles. In the last heat of the day, he beat an on-form Reece Myerscough in an all-or-nothing attempt to stay in the competition and it’s hard to imagine how he managed some of the full-tilt kiteloop variations and lip hacks that helped him secure victory. Winning six heats in a row with a broken finger ain’t easy.. but he managed! 8). Camile Delannoy - a tough competitor and no mistake Carla Herrera Oria storms the women’s division No doubt emboldened by the absence of the women’s tour top three, Carla knows she has a real opportunity to move up in the rankings at this event. Today, she clearly separated herself from the rest of the women’s division as the absolute standout strapless freestyle rider among them. In the final against Charlotte Carpentier, Charlotte took an early lead but Carla then unleashed a blistering barrage of tricks to build a massive points margin with some high scores including a front roll board-off (7.83 points) and a backroll to revert (8.63 points). She finished with a massive 24.36 point lead to underline exactly why she’s the tour’s top female strapless freestyle rider right now. 9). Carla can SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS 10). Airton Cozzolino, Mitu Monteiro, Simon Joosten, James Carew MEN 1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV) 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV) 3: Simon Joosten (BRB) 4: James Carew (AUS) 11). MCarla Herrera Oria, Charlotte Carpentier, Susanne Schwarztrauber, Peri Roberts WOMEN 1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP) 2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) 3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU) 4: Peri Roberts (AUS) 12). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt, Germany 13). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt, Germany GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019 | DAY 1 | Men’s and Women’s Singles www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  6. Registration Day at GKA Sylt

    Registration Day - GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt Tuesday 25th June, 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova The GKA Kite World Tour is back in action this week in Sylt in Germany’s North Frisian Islands for what could be a potentially pivotal event on this year's tour. The tour’s strapless contingent is about to get back in the mix for the second time this season with overall rankings up for grabs and a very promising forecast on the horizon right through until the weekend. 1). Solid crew in Sylt 35 riders are registered for the event - 26 men and 9 women - and we’re sure to see some key battles going down throughout the week as the competitors vie for position in this mixed-format event in which riders will be judged for both wave riding and strapless freestyle ability. There's plenty of opportunity for some of the lower ranked riders to make real progress here as well. Men's fourth seed Matchu Lopes will not be competing here in Sylt due to a shoulder injury which has been plaguing him since late in the 2018 season. 2). Matchu's not competing, but he's still here for his bros! It was a tough decision for him to make, but he’s chosen to take the time to recover properly and will likely miss the rest of the season. That leaves room to manoeuvre for the riders further down the table though, particularly as sixth ranked rider Sebastian Ribeiro will also be missing this event. 3). Mitu Monteiro - the man to beat right now Of course, breaking into the top three will be no mean feat for anyone. Mitu Monteiro is currently in first after a stellar performance at the season opener in Cape Verde, with Airton Cozzolino in second and James Carew in third. All three of those riders are capable of making (and winning) a final, whether strapless freestyle or wave-focused, but there's a bevy of talent who'll be hot on their tails all week so it's all to play for. 4). Airton unfazed at this morning's registration In the women’s division, the table has been blown wide open due to the absence of the entire women’s top three - Moona Whyte, Ines Correia and Johanna Catharina Edin. However, there’s still a nine-strong roster of riders, including German competitors Sonja Bunte and Susanne Schwartztrauber. And, with the top three conspicuous by their absence, you can bet that fourth ranked Charlotte Carpentier and Carla Herrera Oria (currently in seventh) will be looking to pounce on the opportunity of a top place finish! 5). Charlotte Carpentier is in prime position to make up some serious ground at this event GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019 | REGISTRATION DAY There was no wind today on the opening day, but strong cross-on winds from the right and some building swell are due to kick in tomorrow morning. If that happens, it will make for solid beach break wave riding conditions which are forecasted to last right through until Saturday. www.gkakiteworldtour.com
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