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Mitu Monteiro and Moona Whyte are the big champions of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde! Check the report below.

Mitu and Moona hold tight at the top to Prevail at Ponta Preta

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Gabriele Rumbolo

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 today 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.

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.

He 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. He literally head-butted his way out of a collapsing barrel at one point!

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!

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!

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?

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.

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!

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.

Frances has a nice, 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.

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.

JC’s been training hard over the winter in Indo and at home in Tarifa and was linking committed, carved 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.

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 due to a pushing tide that was causing the swell to rebound off the reef.

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 competition – 16.04 points! There would be no rerun and no second act. Moona had taken it first time round!

FINAL RESULTS

MEN
1: Mitu Monteiro – CV
2: Airton CozzoIino – CV
3: James Carew – AUS
4: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP

WOMEN
1: Moona Whyte – USA
2: Inês Correia – PT
3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA

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 keep an eye out for the highlights coming up soon. It doesn’t get much better than what we saw today!

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Take a look at the double elimination highlights on day three of the GKA Cape Verde 2019!

Filmed by Mintautas Grigas

“The Sum of 5” is out, starring Hannah Whiteley, Mikaili Sol, Francesca Bagnoli, Paula Novotna and Colleen Carroll. A must watch for today!

Passion and persistence are unrelenting forces that drive athletes Hannah Whiteley, Mikaili Sol, Francesca Bagnoli, Paula Novotna and Colleen Carroll to push past their existing limitations. Despite their differences in background, discipline, personality or style, these five women come together as a single unit to create something that is more than the sum of their parts. We present to you, The Sum of 5.

Credits:
Presented by – Duotone Kiteboarding
Video by – Vincent Bergeron
Additional footage by – Toby Bromwich & Nicolas Zimmermann
Production Manager – Colleen Carroll

Produced by – Boards & More
Music:
C Funk – Funkorama Persued – Niska Wahl ( CNOIR – 891567)
Harsh Reality – Shaw (KT190 – 320555)
Put it Down – Tokimonsta (Feat Anderson Paak)
Roses Thorn – Tokimonsta
Sore – Tokimonsta
Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts – Jacqueline Taieb

#WINDSURFLIFE Episode 1

Posted: 1st März 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Maciek Rutkowski (Challenger Sails) has just released the first episode of his new series #WINDSURFLIFE which sees the Pole telling the tale of his first time at Pe'ahi Jaws on a 25-40 foot forecast.

Maciek Rutkowski: "Riding Jaws is not just about the act itself. In the first episode of his new series Maciek shows what exactly goes into the once-in-a-lifetime experience. And why it is so scary."

To see episode 1 of #WINDSURFLIFE visit @ https://youtu.be/uuonAhlV6fo

The third day of competition in Cape Verde had nine hours of heats in the double eliminations. Check here the report.

IT’S DOWN TO THE LAST MEN AND WOMEN STANDING AT PONTA PRETA

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

The non-stop pace of competition continued yesterday in Cabo Verde as a field of 52 riders was whittled down to just 12 – six men and six women.

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.

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 another wave with 30 seconds left and tucked into 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!

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!

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.

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.

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

These 12 riders will be back in action today with the podium positions up for grabs!

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com