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  1. 2019 GKA Kite-Surf World Champions Crowned!

    GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CHAMPIONS 2019 The final event of the GKA Kite-Surf season saw sparks fly on the water as Prea delivered four days of perfect strapless freestyle conditions and sensational action last week. Monday 18th November 2019 Location: Prea, Brazil 1). 2019 GKA Kite-Surf World Champions: Airton Cozzolino, Carla Herrera-Oria 2). Airton - 3 x GKA Kite-Surf World Champion! Airton Cozzolino earned his hat-trick of GKA World Championship crowns (his fourth career title) from the top step of the 'Ceara Kite Pro' podium, the season's sixth and final Kite-Surf event in Prea. Meet the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2019 Men’s Champion Airton Cozzolino! 3). Carla - her first World Title! Like Airton, Carla Herrera-Oria was also assured of her World Championship crown before the Prea event. The Spaniard may have been ousted from the Prea event's pole position by an incredible display of cross-over skill acquisition by Mikaili Sol on home soil, but that takes nothing away from a superb season for Carla. As one of the pioneering women in strapless freestyle, her dedication paid dividends and her first world title comes from two event wins and two second positions in her four counting events. Meet the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2019 Women’s Champion Carla Herrera-Oria! HOW THEY DID IT Featuring six events this year, riders can discard their two worst results from six to give them their overall season points finish. Airton's final scorecard is therefore impeccable, with four wins, mixing wave and strapless freestyle victories, demonstrating his incredible mastery of all-round surfboard riding. 1st Sylt, Germany 1st Mauritius 1st Dakhla, Morocco 1st Prea, Brazil (Incidentally, his two discarded results were a 2nd position at Cape Verde (losing to Mitu) and a share of the top points in Tarifa when the contest didn't reach a full conclusion – so this truly was a stellar year for the Cape Verdean star). 4). Our champions at Prea Carla's top four results are made up of: 1st Sylt, Germany 1st Tarifa, Spain 2nd Dakhla, Morocco 2nd Prea, Brazil (The pure wave events of Cape Verde and Mauritius attract a handful of specialist wave riders from around the world, making the competition even harder, but make no mistake, Carla has vastly improved her performance in waves and her steadfast dedication to competition riding will no doubt see her becoming a solid force in that arena too over the coming years.) MEN'S PODIUM The fight was on between Mitu Monteiro (CV) who was holding second position and James Carew (AUS) who was chasing close behind, lying third in the 2019 rankings going into the Prea event. The pair met in a hugely significant match up in the Prea single elimination semi-final that saw James hold his nerve and land a superb series of technical toe-side and powerful kite loop combinations for victory. He held a two heat advantage over Mitu in the doubles, in which Mitu managed to overcome Pedro Matos before then losing out to Camille Delannoy. Mitu then needed to rely on the French rider beating James in the next heat if he was to hold on to second in the championship. Vive le France – Camille knocked the Australian out. Beers for Camille on Mitu, then! 5). Men's final season podium MEN'S 2019 GKA KITE-SURF FINAL RANKINGS: 1 Airton Cozzolino (CV) (Duotone, ION) 10,450 2 Mitu Monteiro (CV) (F-One, Manera) 10,203 3 James Carew (AUS) (Duotone, ION) 10,170 4 Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) (Duotone, ION) 9,725 5 Pedro Matos (BR) (Duotone, ION) 9,725 6 Simon Joosten (BAR) (Duotone, ION) 9,560 7 Reece Myerscough (CAN) (Ocean Rodeo) 9,378 8 Francesco Cappuzzo (ITA) (RRD) 9,312 9 Anderson Reboucas (BR) (Duotone, ION) 8,999 10 Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) (Duotone, ION) 8,867 WOMEN'S PODIUM As two of the tour's most consistent entrants over the last two seasons, Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) and Johanna-Catarina Edin (SWE) have shown a continued development of ability in both wave and strapless freestyle. It was the French rider, however, who locked down her nearly season long-advantage over the Swede to claim the second place silverware. 6). Women's final season podium WOMEN'S 2019 GKA KITE-SURF FINAL RANKINGS: 1 Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP) (Ocean Rodeo) 8,334 points 2 Charlotte Carpentier (FRA) (Core) 8,070 points 3 Johanna-Catarina-Edin (SWE) (Duotone, ION) 7,938 4 Frances Kelly (CAN) (Ocean Rodeo) 7,740 5 Peri Roberts (AUS) (Naish) 7,707 6 Susanne Schwarztrauber (GER) 7,641 7 Irena Jenni (CZ) 7,476 8 Sonja Bunte (GER) (Duotone, ION) 7,179 9 Capuccine Delannoy (FRA) (F-One, Manera) 5,937 10 Sabine Beukeleers (BEL) 5,838 THANK YOU Congratulations to our champions but also to all riders who competed at this year's GKA Kite-Surf World Cup events. All have helped contribute to pushing the sport and the growing family-feel that's always evident in this discipline. Finally, a huge thanks to all the individual event hosts and their hard working teams, but especially so this month to Rancho do Peixe in Prea, who have once again staged an unforgettable event, both on and off the water. Words: Jim Gaunt Photos: Svetlana Romantsova Video: Mintautas Grigas www.gkakiteworldtour.com
  2. Golden Gruber grabs victory in kitefoiling nailbiter. 16 October 2019 1). Florian Gruber Former world and European champion Florian Gruber (GER) won two consecutive races in the final to become the first men’s Kitefoil Racing ANOC World Beach Games champion. As the second-placed qualifier, Gruber had to win two races before highest qualifier Nicolas Parlier [FRA] won one in order to fulfil his gold medal dream. In a tight first race, the German edged past Parlier at speeds of around 50 kilometres per hour to keep himself in contention, with just six seconds separating first and fourth place. In the second, Parlier missed a mark and had to tack back, leaving the race open for the German to speed past and claim a sensational victory. 2). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games Speaking after his win, Gruber said, “I wouldn’t believe it if someone had told me before the race. Nico had a really good regatta and I had also some really good races so we were battling a lot, and then to start with a win in the final, we were tied, so it was all for the last race. “I just had a good start and I think almost a perfect race, no single mistake, and it was nice to have a close fight until the last round.” He added that the windy conditions at Katara Beach, pushing highs of 11 knots today, also helped. “It was my conditions today. I really liked it and I had a really good feeling. I train quite often with the 21 square metre kite. It was a bit shifty and patchy out there and in Bavaria on the lakes [where I train] I have these conditions, so I think it was good for me.” 3). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games The Frenchman outperformed Gruber throughout the opening series races, taking four bullets and a second place to the German’s one bullet, two second and one third places, but nonetheless said he was pleased with his result. “On a shorter course that is only six minutes long, it’s hard to come back if you make one mistake” he commented. “But Florian did really good racing and had two good races so I’m pleased for him. “I did what I could and I’m happy to finish second.” Guy Bridge came in third in both races to collect the first medal for Great Britain at Qatar 2019, while in fourth was Alexander Bachev (BUL), who made it into the final via a controversial semi-final decider which came down to jury decision after the Bulgarian protested the initial result. Meanwhile Parlier admitted he had hoped for better in the final after a stunning week of racing. 4). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games New Zealander Sam Bullock, who crossed the finish line first, was disqualified for crossing Bachev on the first starboard tack. Bachev was thrilled with the result, despite missing out on a medal. “I’m elated," he said. “It felt so good to be in the final with the rest of the guys. The conditions were tricky, I barely made it through the semi-finals, but I’m super happy to have raced in the finals and it was really great fun.” Men's Kitefoil Racing Gold - Gruber Florian (GER) Silver - Parlier Nicolas (FRA) Bronze - Bridge Guy (GBR) Full results: results.awbgqatar.com
  3. 2019 ANOC World Beach Games

    World champion Daniela Moroz sails to gold at ANOC World Beach Games 15 October 2019 1). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games After a stop-start week of competition, on finals’ day there was no holding back for American Daniela Moroz, who stormed to victory in the women’s Kitefoil Racing. The four-time and defending Formula Kite world champion dominated all three days of competition at the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019, winning five of seven opening series races earlier in the week to enter the final as the highest qualifier. This meant she only needed to win one race to grab the gold, which she did in style, leading from the outset to romp to victory over second-placed Julia Damasiewicz (POL). 2). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games “I knew I wanted to go right next to the boat, so I did that really well, and then we had a really big [wind] shift just before the start, so I think I read into that really well and played it off well,” Moroz said after her win. “I’ve won pretty much every title I can get this year which was my goal for the year so I’m really happy with that and it feels awesome. It’s been a really good year, probably the best of my career so far.” Damasiewicz was not disappointed with her showing, coming from behind in the final to overtake semi-final qualifiers Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Breiana Whitehead (AUS) and bag Poland its first medal at the Qatar 2019 Games. 3). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games She said, “Now I’m so happy not really about this second place but about the fact I am closer to Daniela. I am a fan of her and I want to catch her someday. So that’s an amazing feeling, to be so close.” Despite a difficult week, with several delayed and rescheduled races, and the eighth planned opening series race cancelled due to low winds, Moroz was delighted with her experience at the Games. “I just think that I’m out having fun for just another session in the afternoon with a bunch of my friends,” she said, when asked how she copes with changes to the schedule. “We might have to wait, but in the end we’re just having fun.” Tomorrow (16 October), the men will take to their foils for the semi-finals. With Frenchman Nicolas Parlier and Florian Gruber of Germany already through, the 12 highest qualifying competitors from the opening series races will battle it out for two remaining places in the final. 4). 2019 ANOC World Beach Games Guy Bridge (GBR) will be looking to top semi-final group A after both his mother, Steph, and brother, Oliver, failed to make it to the finals, while Brazilian Bruno Lobo will be seeking redemption in group B after he fell from first to third in the dying moments of the seventh and last race yesterday (14 October) after hitting a jellyfish. Semi-finals are scheduled to begin at 14:00, while the final is scheduled for 15:00. Formula Kite Women's Individual Competition Results: Gold - Daniela Moroz (USA) Silver - Julia Damasiewicz (POL) Bronze - Elena Kalinina (RUS) Full results: results.awbgqatar.com
  4. 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia - Day 1

    Thrillingly-tight contests at KiteFoil World Series final in Italy in punchy Mistral winds. 03 October 2019 1). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The opening duels of the four-stop KiteFoil World Series final being played out on the Italian resort island of Sardinia threw up breathtakingly-close racing in gusty and shifty Mistral winds that tested even the most experienced athletes. But with the world title at stake, tour leader Slovenia’s Toni Vodisek, 19, suffered a streak of bad luck, failing to finish either of the day’s last two races after breaking his power line and subsequently his bridles when his 11m kite inverted in the offshore breezes gusting to 28kts. The teenager had opened his title quest at the Sardinia Kiteboard Grand Slam with scintillating racing, lifting two bullets and a second that at one stage took him to the top of the standings in a titanic struggle with France’s Théo de Ramecourt. 2). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia De Ramecourt took three bullets from the day’s six races to go top overall and was even able to shrug off a crash on a nail-biting drag race to the finish that saw him eventually cross the line just off Cagliari’s Poetto Beach in fourth. The Frenchman just lost out in the tense finishing battle with the resurgent fellow countryman Nico Parlier and Britain’s Connor Bainbridge third and fourth respectively after battling around the Gulf of Angels track on two lengthy, leg-burning upwind beats. France’s Axel Mazella was controlled and consistent, picking up a pair of seconds and a trio of thirds, that earned him second spot in the rankings. But with three days of the regatta—sponsored by Regione Sardinia tourism and the City of Cagliari still run, everything is still to play for. 3). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia The women’s series’ leader with three victories, the US’s Daniela Moroz, 18, suffered her own misfortune when she was disqualified from the day’s fifth race for crossing the start line early. But the four-time Formula Kite world champion is so far ahead in the 24-strong women’s group racing in the mixed fleet of 66, that none seem able to challenge her charge to close out the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) 2019 KiteFoil World Series title race. Poland’s Julia Damasiewicz, 14, had a stellar outing on her 9m kite, taking two seconds in the women’s group that gave her second spot overall in spite of the gusty and shifty breezes that left her drained at day’s end. 4). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia “One of the races was the most difficult of my life,” said Damasiewicz. “As I was going downwind my kite inverted and went down. I fixed it on the water but it took about five minutes and I finished way back. After that I thought ‘it’s the end, I’m done’. But I went out again and I’m happy with my place now.” Théo de Ramecourt was thrilled with his performance that took him to the top of the order in one of the most competitive fleets assembled to fight for a share of the €20,000 purse at the regatta, organised by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari. “It’s an amazing feeling being able to go so fast on the water,” said De Ramecourt. “We’re all pushing really, really hard. Even if it’s really pretty gusty, the water’s super-flat. This is definitely some of the fastest racing I’ve ever done.” 5). 2019 KiteFoil World Series, Sardinia Mazella, who triumphed at the Formula Kite Europeans last week, agreed with his rival but revelled in the thrillingly-close action with wafer-thin margins separating the top of the order. “It was really difficult both the super-high level of the competition and the conditions,” said Mazella. “In the second part of the day the wind got stronger, but I didn’t have time to switch to my 9m kite and continued on the 11m and was very overpowered. Really, really fast—35kts to 37kts downwind. Because it was shifty, I’d make five or six tacks going upwind to get the lifts. I’m happy.” Top five men after six races (one discard) 1 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 11pts 2 Axel Mazella (FRA) 13pts 3 Nico Parlier (FRA) 15pts 4 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 17pts 5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 28pts Top five women after six races (one discard) 1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 83pts 2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 116pts 3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 135pts 4 Ellie Aldridge (GBR) 136pts 5 Leonie Meyer (GER) 143pts 2019 Kitefoil World Series Final Cagliari - Day 1 Full results: www.kitefoilworldseries.com
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