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Check out the video report from Day 5 of competition in Cape Verde and watch the highlights of the Women’s Finals.

On day five of the opening round in Cape Verde, eight women remained in the contest. As the swell had dropped at Ponta Preta, the crew headed north on the island of Sal to a spot called ‘Secrets’ where the women went to surf-style business to the end!

Kitesurf Cape Town

Posted: 23rd Februar 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Enjoy this little clip shot in Cape Town!

Locations: Blouberg/Cape Town, Langebaan – Main Beach, Langebaan – Shark Bay

Filming and Editing by Action Edit

Moona makes it happen at ‘Secrets’ in the Women’s Final in Cape Verde.


Moona in the semi-finals against Marie / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

Defending GKA World Champion Moona Whyte sealed the deal yesterday at the GKA Cape Verde with a victory over Jalou Langeree in the finals – a perfect start to her 2018 season!

After a couple of days of uncertainty, during which wavering conditions had kept the competitors on their toes, the decision was made to move the event to a spot called ‘Secrets’ after race director Juan Antonio recce’d there shortly after sunrise and found consistent shoulder-high waves and steady wind.


Secrets surprise / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

The entire event crew, including race officials, judges, media team and the final eight riders in the women’s division convoyed up to the spot and, a little after midday, it was on!

Jalou and Charlotte Carpentier were on the water first and Jalou, who has been looking increasingly comfortable on her back hand throughout the event, took the win to move through to the semi-finals.


Charlotte Carpentier scopes it out / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

Next came a much tighter heat that saw Portuguese Cape Verde transplant Inês Correia edge past Carla Herrera and claim her spot in the semis where she’d face Jalou.


Carla Herrera has impressed at this event but today wasn’t to be her day / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

Moona Whyte took on Didi Lopes next. When Didi put her kite down during a lull in the wind, Moona kept up the pressure and racked up the points to continue on her steady progress towards the final rounds of the event.


Moona making no mistakes / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

In the last heat of round three Marie Gautron, who was looking very comfortable in the more cross-shore conditions, beat Swiss rider Odile Cavin to book her place in the semis against Moona.

From there it was straight into heat one of the semis as Jalou and Inês hit the water. Both riders are well experienced in proper ‘waves of consequence’ and, although the surf on offer wasn’t as sizeable as what we saw earlier in the week, conditions were challenging nonetheless. Inês’ riding style is much better suited to powerful, offshore waves like Ponta Preta and Jalou is more comfortable on her frontside but this is competition and being a well-rounded rider is key. Jalou rose to the challenge, linking fluid turns throughout the heat in stark contrast to Ines’ powered front-hand hacks and Jalou steadily racked up the points.

Jalou won the heat, although by a tight margin, and claimed the first spot in the final where she would be met by the winner of Moona and Marie’s semi-final heat. Marie rode well in that heat, recovering quickly after breaking a fin out of her board and having to change to another one mid-heat, but Moona had the upper hand throughout and by the end it was clear we’d be watching Moona take on Jalou in the final.


Marie Gautron in the semis / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

After a short break it was on and, shortly after the heat began, the best sets of the day came rolling into Secrets! Both Jalou and Moona were on point with their wave selections, positioning themselves right on the peak as the tide dropped further and the reef became more exposed. No waves went to waste.


Jalou leaning into another final / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

Jalou was getting vertical in her turns, hitting the lip squarely before snapping back into the wave face while Moona was driving her tail free at every opportunity and executing each turn with her typical poise and control.

The judges’ score sheets showed just how tight this heat was. There was less than two points in it overall, but Moona had done it and the heat was hers.


The podium! / Image: Ydwer van der Heide

It’s a great start to the season for Moona, especially with the next two events featuring right handers that suit her riding style. However, Jalou won’t be making it easy for her and, speaking after, Jalou said that she was now more motivated than ever to train on her back hand before the next event. We can expect her to be gunning for Moona when the GKA rolls into Dakhla, Morocco, from the 24th – 29th of April!

WOMEN’S PODIUM

1: Moona Whyte (USA)
2: Jalou Langeree (NL)
3: Inês Correia (PL)
4: Marie Gautron (FRA)

St Barth

Posted: 23rd Februar 2018 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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While many of the world’s top slalom sailors may be training in Europe - Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) 9th overall in 2017 and Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui), who finished last season as the vice-world champion have decided to spend their winter training in the tropical paradise of St. Barth.

Antoine and Delphine about their latest edit: St Barth delivered amazing conditions this winter and we were able to sail everyday in foil or slalom! We had a great time and begin to tune our equipment 2018 S2Maui VENOM and Starboard. We are already very happy about the performance of our equipment.

Delphine: “My goal this year is to win a World Championship title and I hope we will have a great tour and great battles with all my opponents Sarah-Quita [Offringa], Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360), Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) and all the other women. I am already excited to go to our 1st event in Japan!”

Antoine: “I had a great season last year in foil and slalom discipline and I hope to do the same for 2018. My goal is to reach the top 5 this year even if I know the level on the water is super high! Can’t wait to be on the start line this year!”

You can see Antoine Questel and Delphine Cousin Questel training in St Barth by visiting @ vimeo.com/256205422

Benjamin Beholz and Joshua Emanuel hitting up the cable in Cape Town! Check out a short clip from their fun wakeboard session at Blue Rock.

The Dirty Habits Production crew spent 2 days at Kite Beach capturing the sickest action at the Red Bull King of the Air 2018 on and off the water. Watch their nice short film!

Filmed and edited by: Craig Howes, Stan de Wit, Sem Lingerak, Jop Heemskerk, Graham Howes.

Dutch rider Dylan van der Meij escaped the European winter and went to Thailand. Watch him playing and having fun on the water!

Gollito Estredo

Posted: 22nd Februar 2018 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / NorthSails) captured an incredible 8th PWA Freestyle World Championship last season - denying Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne Sails) a maiden world crown for the second year in a row - after winning both events in Fuerteventura and Germany.

The King of Freestyle has hinted that he will now start to focus more on the waves as he becomes the latest freestyler to attempt to win world titles in multiple disciplines. The Venezuelan has recently been in Argentina to entertain the crowds with his usual swagger and style.

You can see Gollito Estredo ripping it up in Argentina by clicking here.

Take a look at the action from round 4 till the Men’s final at Ponta Preta.