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  1. One last blast in the Best Trick competition on Day Five in Fuerteventura Wednesday 24th July, 2019 Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). Arthur Guillebert makes the pass in today's Best Trick comp. It was the last day of the event today in Sotavento at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura. After four days of relentless wind (it’s been blowing non-stop since the event began), some of the riders were still keen for more so it was time for the Best Trick competition. There would be three heats - strapless freestyle, men’s twintip and women’s twintip - and riders would have five trick attempts each. Scores were awarded for 50% height and 50% technical ability and, with the wind pushing past 30 knots and into big air territory, that meant the competitors would be able to ride to the conditions and send it! 2). Pippa pulls the trigger Pippa van Iersel won the women’s heat against Alexandra Torres with some sizeable kiteloops, and it was a strong showing from the young Dutch rider whose winters in Cape Town and summers in Tarifa have helped her develop her boosting ability. 3). Kiko Roig Torres takes the win. In the strapless freestyle heat, Kiko Roig Torres built on his already standalone performances in yesterday’s team Big Air event with a convincing win. Big rotations and cleanly executed landings set him apart, but some close scores from Pedro Matos and Anderson Reboucas kept him on his toes. 4). Lewis Crathern had the upper hand when it came to height! The third and final heat was a seven man clash in which the male twintip riders showed a really diverse range of styles. Some opted for old school moves like board-offs and deadmans, while others went for freestyle-influenced tricks or kiteloop / megaloop variations. 5). Arthur Guillebert will be happy with his result today after sustaining a heavy crash in the Main Event. Arthur Guillebert won the heat with a massive backside 317, but he was pushed all the way by Lewis Crathern who scored three tricks over 7 points while also sticking the best loop of the heat. Lewis might well have beaten Arthur on his last trick attempt, but a lull in the wind thwarted him as he lined up for a boogie loop resulting in a low score with no more chances available to him. 6). Nelson Gomez booting it into the great beyond. Lewis had to settle for second while Nelson Gomez from Colombia took third with a trick far older than he is himself - a massive deadman board-off! It was a fitting end to an awesome event where the conditions have delivered day after day. The action on the water has been stellar, with Adeuri Corniel and Paula Novotna surging to victory ahead of the usual suspects in their divisions. The overall rankings have now shifted with Maxime Chabloz moving into first place ahead of Carlos Mario as Pippa van Iersel closes in on Mikaili Sol at the top of the women’s table. See full results and tour rankings below. GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura results 7). Adeuri Corniel, Maxime Chabloz, Gianmaria Coccoluto, Carlos Mario GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA - MEN 1: Adeuri Corniel (DOM) 2: Maxime Chabloz (CHE) 3: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 4: Carlos Mario (BRA) 8). Paula Novotna, Pippa van Iersel, Mikaili Sol, Bruna Kajiya GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA - WOMEN 1: Paula Novotna (CZE) 2: Pippa van Iersel (NLD) 3: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 4: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 9). GKA Kite World Tour - Freestyle World Fuerteventura 2019 BEST TRICK COMPETITION TWINTIP MEN 1: Arthur Guillebert (FRA) 2: Lewis Crathern (GBR) 3: Nelson Gomez (COL) TWINTIP WOMEN 1: Pippa van Iersel (NLD) 2: Alexandra Torres (ESP) STRAPLESS FREESTYLE MEN 1: Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) 2: Pedro Matos (BRA) 3: Anderson Reboucas (DEU) 10). Adeuri Corniel, Paula Novotna GKA KITE WORLD TOUR 2019 FREESTYLE RANKINGS MEN'S TOP FIVE 1: Maxime Chabloz (CHE) 2: Carlos Mario (BRA) 3: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 4: Liam Whaley (ESP) 5: Adeuri Corniel (DOM) WOMEN'S TOP FIVE 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2: Pippa van Iersel (NLD) 3: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 4: Therese Taabbel (DNK) 5: Rita Arnaus (ESP) GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Big Air Invitational Event page.
  2. KITEBOARDERS AND STRAPLESS FREESTYLERS JOIN FORCES IN A BIG AIR BATTLE! Tuesday 23rd July 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Adam Sims Today was an all-time first in competitive kite sports as kiteboarders and strapless freestylers joined forces in the GKA Fuerteventura Big Air Invitational. The plan was simple: two teams of four - consisting of two twintip riders and two strapless freestylers - would go head to head in a battle for the skies to see who had the best big air ability. Of course, the dynamics of going big on a regular kiteboard as opposed to a strapless surfboard are very different, but the essence of airtime is the same and the riders’ scores would mostly depend on how high they went, as opposed to the technicality of their tricks. 1). TEAM A left to right: Oswald Smith (RSA), Kiko Roig Torres (ESP), Joselito Del Rosario (DOM), Reece Myerscough (CAN) 2). TEAM B left to right: Lewis Crathern (GBR), Carlos Mario (BRA), Pedro Matos (BRA), Anderson Reboucas (DEU) Each rider was allowed 15 trick attempts (with the top four counting) and they would compete in two man heats until the final, which would be a four man heat. Kiteboarders would compete against one another, as would strapless riders, and then in the final they’d all be on the water together. It was going to be a show! 3). Joselito sends one for the team! ROUND ONE Lewis Crathern was a standout rider in the opening round. He was arguably the most experienced big air specialist taking part and he was going huge on an 11 metre kite. His front roll board-off was one of highest jumps of the day and a sent dangle-pass out the back clinched the win for him against Joselito Del Rosario. 4). Lewis on the loose. Reece Myerscough was on fire as well. He beat Pedro Matos in a very tight heat and his riding was some of the best we’ve ever seen from him in a non-wave riding event. He won that heat (by a single point!) with a faultless rotated tic-tac finger flip, which was as smooth as you like. 5). Unleash the Reece. ROUND TWO The wind was ramping up to past 30 knots by this point and the round began with an exciting showdown between Lewis and Oswald Smith. Lewis was going for more classic big air moves, while Oswald was opting for his customary freestyle-infused riding. Ozzie stuck some nice handlepasses, including a big shifty frontside 3, but Lewis was going way higher and his boogie loop out the back was legit! 6). Oswald Smith trying to get level with that kite in round two. Kiko Roig was supremely dialled in to the conditions (and they weren't easy) and he hammered big rotation after big rotation close to shore to beat Pedro Matos in their round two heat. As the last round loomed, it was down to the teams to decide between them who would represent them in the finals. In the end, each team put forward their highest scoring riders of round two and then it was game on! Kiko Roig Torres and Joselito Del Rosario would represent Team A and Carlos Mario and Pedro Matos would represent Team B. 7). Kiko Roig Torres throws himself into a rotation in round two. THE FINAL Carlos opened with four high scores which gave his team a healthy lead and Joselito was going big too, but he couldn’t match Mario for height and smoothness of execution. However, this heat would be decided by the combined scores of both the strapless rider and the kiteboarder representing their team and that meant that Joselito would have a helping hand from Kiko, the top strapless freestyler in the competition. Kiko could see he’d need to up the ante if they were going to win, and he stomped a kiteloop tic-tac front roll to even up the scores so that, with only a few minutes on the clock, there was now just 1.1 points between the teams. 8). Carlos Mario casually boosts over the mountain. Carlos had his team on the beach keeping him updated, so he knew what was needed. A big double-front board-off from him added to their overall tally but Joselito and Kiko were stomping trick after trick and the scores were stacking up. A kiteloop from Pedro Matos might have made all the difference, but that’s a tall order in gusty wind and choppy water and it wasn’t to be. Kiko and Joselito had amassed the points they needed and they won the final for ‘Team A’! 9). Joselito Del Rosario, Kiko Roig Torres, Oswald Smith, Reece Myerscough GKA FUERTEVENTURA BIG AIR INVITATIONAL WINNERS TEAM A Joselito Del Rosario (DOM) Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) Oswald Smith (RSA) Reece Myerscough (CAN) UP NEXT... The riders will be back at it tomorrow afternoon for a freestyle expression session from 14:30 onwards. Event page.
  3. CORNIEL CROWNED GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA CHAMPION! Monday 22nd July 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova Yesterday Paula Novotna won the women’s division here at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura 2019, and today Adeuri Corniel won the men’s with the most powerful performance of the entire event! Here’s how it happened round by round... 1). Corniel the Conqueror! Semi-Finals The action kicked off at 11:35 this morning with the first semi-finals heat. Adeuri opened with a double heart attack for 8.6 but Maxime bested that with a BIG BS 317 for 8.73 and the duel was on! Corniel then took the lead with a slim 7 for 9.17 points and a hefty 317 but, as the end of the heat neared, Chabloz was closing in with an even bigger slim 7 for 9.33 points. Corniel was still in the lead though and, while that would have perhaps changed if Maxime had landed his backmobe 7 attempt, he retained his position. Corniel and Chabloz went through with Nico Delmas and Valentin Rodriguez exiting the event. 2). Gianmaria Coccoluto stood on his first GKA Kite World Tour podium today. In the second semis heat the riders went blow-for-blow, trick-for-trick. None of them were opting for ‘bankers’ (easy tricks for safe points) and the lead was changing every time one of them touched down. At the halfway point though, it was Louka Pitot and Gianmaria Coccoluto in the top two positions while former World Champs Carlos Mario and Liam Whaley were down in third and fourth. 3). Carlos climbed back from the brink in the semi-finals. Liam and Carlos needed to make their move, but Liam was getting unlucky with his timing and lining up for tricks, edging and releasing to find that he’d missed the gusts and didn’t have enough power to land the trick he was aiming for. Carlos was having similar difficulty, but when he finally stuck a heart attack five for 9.07 points he was able to move into first. Gianmaria then seized the top spot from him with a 319, the first of the event, to go through to the final with Carlos while Louka Pitot and Liam Whaley were knocked out of the running. 4). Whaley the warrior - Liam was unlucky today, but his relentless focus shone through. The Finals So now it was down to the wire with Gianmaria Coccoluto, Carlos Mario, Adeuri Corniel and Maxime Chabloz about to face off. The wind was picking up to 30 knots in the gusts and the event title was on the line. Carlos surged into first place early with a clean front blind mobe but Adeuri still had the momentum after his semi-finals win and he hammered home a MASSIVE double heart attack to move ahead of Mario. The riders were sizing down to eight metre kites as Chabloz took the top spot with a backside 315 and he managed to hold it for all of a couple of minutes before Carlos Mario nailed a 317 to take it from him. 5). A last ditch effort, but it didn't pay off. It looked like Carlos might pull away with the heat from here on (as he often does) but Adeuri had other ideas and a huge 319 earned him 9.49 and knocked Mario off the first place spot. It was so big and powered that, had he not scrubbed the landing a little, it would probably have scored him a 10! The final was now Adeuri’s to lose with Carlos down in fourth due to the efforts of Gianmaria and Maxime who were battling for second. Corniel slotted a KGB just to make sure he had a decent points buffer and Maxime Chabloz was now the only person who could potentially take first from him – and he was going to need a 9.29 to do it! 6). Adeuri was holding down insane amounts of power today! Maxime had one option. He had to do a backmobe 7 - a trick that had earned him the only perfect 10 of the event when he'd landed it on day one. He headed out the back, went for it and made it, but he'd butt-checked his landing so it wasn't perfect... but would it do? No it wouldn't! The judges only awarded him a 7.6 for it and it wouldn’t be enough. He’d secured second, but Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic had won with a gargantuan combined score of 36.03! 7). Maxime Chabloz goes for broke. Adeuri is a prodigious talent no doubt, but at the start of this event many people would have had their money on Carlos Mario or Maxime Chabloz. To have overcome such a stacked field is not only a huge achievement for him, but may also signal a potential changing of the guard at the top of the division so it's doubly impressive! Check the final standings after that beast of a heat below. 8). Adeuri Corniel, Maxime Chabloz, Gianmaria Coccoluto, Carlos Mario MEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Adeuri Corniel (DOM) 2: Maxime Chabloz (CHE) 3: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 4: Carlos Mario (BRA) UP NEXT... That's the Main Event completed, but the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura is not over yet. This afternoon, the riders were out warming up for tomorrow's Big Air event which will see mixed teams of kiteboarders and strapless freestylers going head-to-head in a battle for the skies. GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Men's Finals Day Highights Event page.
  4. PAULA NOVOTNA WINS THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA! Sunday 21st July 2019 Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova Today, Paula Novotna won the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura at the end of an epic day packed with trials and tribulations in challenging conditions! Here’s how it went down. 1). Czech-ing in to first place! Round One Nathalie Lambrecht put down a marker early, nearly beating Bruna Kajiya and stomping a huge slim chance that scored 8.93 points. Bruna had to work hard to pull this one round, but some steady scores and her own high scoring slim chance secured her a victory in her opening heat. It was close though, and an impressive start from Swedish rider Lambrecht. 2). Bruna's experience shone through in the early rounds. Francesca Bagnoli won heat two with a smooth, calm and calculated display while Pippa van Iersel went for all-in, powerful trick attempts. Francesca was far more measured though and a slim chance (another slim!) gave her the edge. Realistically, if Pippa had stuck some of her wilder efforts she might have won this one and her hinterberger frontside 3 will have given Francesca something to think about. 3). Bagnoli bags the win. Paula Novotna won the third heat with a very complete performance. She was near faultless and only put a foot wrong once with a scrubbed landing on the way out of a back to blind. Rita Arnaus took second after a slow start ahead of Therese Taabbel in third. A heart attack on her final trick brought her closer to Paula, but the Czech Charger Novotna rounded out her heat with a 313 and frontside 3 hinterberger and there was no way anyone was catching her. 4). Paula Novotna was the standout rider from round one, combining high scores with ruthless efficiency. Mikaili Sol won the final heat of round one, giving a glimpse of what she’s capable of, but it was by no means a polished display. She scored big with a 315, a sizeable slim chance and a heart attack but she crashed her four other trick attempts. It was her sheer technical ability that got her through, but she was going to have to clean up her act to win in the later rounds. 5). Mikaili made it happen, but only just. Round Two Round two saw the conditions really begin to ramp up. Local rider Alexandra Torres impressed, winning the first heat to progress through to the semis alongside Maureen Castelle in second. In the second heat of the round, Nathalie Lambrecht sustained a heavy backside crash which temporarily knocked her out cold and she had to be helped from the water by the safety sled before being checked over in the back of an ambulance. Thankfully she was ok, but her event was over and Therese Taabbel won the heat ahead of Pippa van Iersel in second. 6). Therese laying her cards on the Taabbel. The Semi-Finals This was where things got really challenging, with winds gusting up to 35 knots and steadily building chop and it was clear that some of the riders hadn’t trained much in conditions like this. Bruna Kajiya looked unshakeable in the first semis heat, leading from start to finish, and a tight duel between Francesca Bagnoli and Pippa van Iersel came down to the wire with Francesca just missing a slim chance which meant that Pippa would progress through to the final. 7). Bruna seeking out the angles. The riders weren’t getting it any easier in the second semi-final heat, and at times it was a case of just unhooking, edging, and hoping that a gust didn’t hammer you before you went for a trick. Watching Mikaili Sol though, you might have thought she was riding in a different heat. She landed the highest score of the round for a backmobe (8.07) and the gusts weren’t phasing her at all (and if they were - she wasn't showing it). She took first with Paula Novotna in second and then it was on to the final! 8). Mikaili was almost on full form in the semi-finals, but it wasn't going to last. The Final Two former World Champs in the forms of Mikaili and Bruna, Pippa the Dutch ripper and an absolutely firing Paula Novotna. This was going to be good! Paula opened with a blind judge and Pippa hit back with a BS 313. The riders were on smaller kites, which are of course much quicker, so they were finding it hard at points to ride out of tricks without their kites overreacting to their steering input. Bruna and Mikaili just couldn’t seem to nail their landings and Mikaili then took a heavy slam on her third trick and was clearly in pain, holding her ear as she spoke to her trainer Fabio on the beach. 9). Paula powers on through the finals. She headed back out but wasn’t landing any tricks and, other than a tiny score for a very small raley, after six tricks she had next to no points on the board. Pippa van Iersel had managed to land an s-bend to blind which added to her high score from her first trick to solidify her position in second, but Paula was absolutely running away with the heat. She landed another 313, which would have been enough to win on its own, but she then added an ultra-powered blind judge 3 close to the shore to give herself a 12.33 point lead as the other riders came in for their last tricks. 10). Pippa scored her best podium finish of the season today. She was now unbeatable, and Pippa was safe in second, so who would take third? Bruna landed a blind judge on her sixth trick attempt and the odds were now in her favour. Mikaili looked as though she was starting to unravel, and was on the beach discussing with her coach whether or not she should even continue with the heat. However, like the warrior she is, she wasn’t about to quit just yet. No safe scores would do, it had to be all or nothing, and nobody could have expected what was to come. She lined up, edged, and then only went and landed the highest score of the day – a MASSIVE heart attack for 9.1 points! 11). When the pressure was on, Mika made it happen today. It was enough for third and, although it wouldn’t be enough to wrest second from Pippa, it still meant she’d made it to the podium. A heroic effort in the face of substantial odds, and what a result for Paula who was on fire from the very start today and fully deserved her victory. 12). Paula Novotna, Pippa van Iersel, Mikaili Sol, Bruna Kajiya WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS 1: Paula Novotna (CZE) 2: Pippa van Iersel (NLD) 3: Mikaili Sol (BRA) 4: Bruna Kajiya (BRA) On Monday, it's back to the men's division with eight semi-finalists ready to roll. Here's who'll be fighting for a place in the finals. SEMIS HEAT 1 Valentin Rodriguez Nico Delmas Adeuri Corniel Maxime Chabloz SEMIS HEAT 2 Gianmaria Coccoluto Louka Pitot Liam Whaley Carlos Mario GKA Freestyle World Cup | Fuerteventura 2019 | Day Two Event page.
  5. 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.
  6. HEAVY HITTERS REGISTERED FOR ACTION AT GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA The GKA Kite World Tour is in Sotavento, Fuerteventura, this week for the fourth GKA Freestyle World Cup stop of the season. 22 men and 12 women registered for the event this morning at the Rene Egli Watersports centre, and there's a host of riders in the ranks who are out to unseat current tour leaders Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol when the main event begins. 1). More flags than the United Nations! In the men’s division, Carlos remains unbeaten this season but challenging conditions at the last two freestyle events haven’t enabled the men’s division to complete a final, so he retains the lead by default. That means Maxime Chabloz, who came painfully close to beating Carlos in the only completed final of the season at Leucate in round one, is just 33 points behind and well within striking distance. Highly on-form Italian charger Gianmara Coccoluto looks odds-on for an event win this season and isn't far away in third, and there’s a tight points margin between him and Liam Whaley in fourth too. Any one of these riders could make life hard for Mario here in Fuerte! 2). Carlos Mario sends one for the boys / buoys In the women’s division, Mikaili has a bigger lead on points having been in two finals this season (one of which she won at the GKA Gran Canaria) but fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya and Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands are on her tail. Mikaili may look hard to beat, but she hasn’t had her customary clean sweep of victories so far this year so her first place position is by no means unassailable. 3). Mikaili Sol during today's warm-up session So, that means we’re in for a potentially pivotal week here at Playa de Sotavento, with two big double events still to come in Mauritius and Dakhla, plus Brazil still potentially in the calendar at the end of the season. There's a plentiful supply of Calima trade winds on the forecast and the main event's set to start tomorrow at 10:30 GMT. 4). Glorious hues of blue at Playa de Sotavento Official event page.
  7. THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA 2019 BEGINS THIS WEEK! The fourth freestyle fixture of the season, the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura, fires up on Friday and will run from the 19-24th July. It'll take place at the legendary Sotavento, in the south of the island, a notoriously windy location that has played host to countless kiting and windsurfing World Tour stops over the years. After two events with challenging conditions, Brazilian phenoms Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol are the top ranked riders, although their leads are anything but secure with a host of talented chargers in hot pursuit. Besides the freestyle action, there's also a Big Air Invitational coming up at the event which will see strapless freestyle riders and freestyle kiteboarders competing together in mixed teams to see who can stick the most outrageous big air tricks. It's the first time something like this has happened in competition, so it should be something special! Head to the official event page to find out more and to tune into the LIVESTREAM once the action starts rolling! GKA Freestyle World Cup - Fuerteventura 2019 - Event Promo Official event page.
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