Archive for Mai 27th, 2022

We’re excited to be able to announce the following individuals were voted as the leading contenders for the GKA Rider of the Year Award by a panel of industry professionals, representatives, brand managers, media creators and journalists. 

Please watch the video below, read the bio info about the contenders and then cast your vote! (You can only vote once). 

VOTING CLOSES 7TH JUNE

(The public vote counts as 33% of the overall vote alongside a specialist legends & pioneers committee and GKA Kite World Tour judges, crew and event partners)

 

Mikali Sol GKA Awards

MIKALI SOL 

Mikali Sol is widely considered one of the best female freestyle Kitesurfers of all time. Mika has pushed female kitesurfing to another level, showcasing an array of freestyle and big air tricks that no other female riders are yet to land. 

By the age of 14 Mika was already 4x junior World Youth Champion and in 2018 Mika made her mark in the kiteworld as she became the GKA Freestyle World Champion. From then on Mika has dominated the women’s freestyle competition and recently took home her 4th consecutive world title. Her biggest achievement to date was being the first female to land a double handle pass in competition at the GKA Superkite in Brazil 2021. This single maneuver pushed women’s freestyle to the next level. 

Mika’s goals for the future are to continue to elevate the level of womens’ kitesurfing and show the world what she is capable of. 

Visit Mika’s website: www.mikailisol.com

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Capucine Delannoy GKA Awards

CAPUCINE DELANNOY

Capucine Delannoy first discovered her drive for competition when she began slalom ski racing. However, when her parents decided to relocate to the Beautiful Brazilian coastlines of Prea she discovered her love for kitesurfing.

 

Alongside her brother Camille Delannoy, Capucine began competing in the Kite-Surf discipline in 2019. At just 15 years old Capucine secured her first competition win in the GKA Distance Battles against the reigning world champion Mikali Sol. 

In 2021 Capucine won two of the GKA Kite World Tour stops showcasing exceptional kite-surf maneuvers that no other female riders have landed. Capucine has been crowned Vice World Champion and Junior World Champion in 2021.

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PIPPA VAN IERSAL

Pippa Van Iersal is one of the most progressive and dynamic riders on the GKA World Tour. The talented Dutch rider competes in both freestyle and big air and has had podium finishes in both disciplines. It was clear from the start that Pippa would be a tough competitor to beat. At her first international competition Pippa made it all the way to the podium, throwing down some huge maneuvers. She has continued to place in the top three on the GKA Freestyle World Tour and placed 3rd overall at the end of 2021. 

Pippa has also been at the foreground of the women’s big air scene and in 2021 she won both the BAKL events in France and Brazil. To top the 2021 year off Pippa received an international sponsorship deal with the popular surf brand, O’neill.

Visit Pippa’s website here: http://pippavaniersel.nl/ 

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ANGELY BOUILLOT

Angely Bouillot will go down in history as one of the pioneering females in womens’ big air. The talented kitesurfer started her sports career in ski racing and would occasionally go kitesurfing on her summer holidays.

However, after receiving some comments about her natural ability to kitesurf, at the prime age of 25 Angely decided to turn all her attention to kitesurfing. This was one of the best decisions Angely could have made as she quickly began to gain attention amongst other big air riders. After training all the big air maneuvers in Leucate, Angely decided to submit a wildcard entry video into the Redbull King Of The Air.

After being turned down for three years running in 2020 Angely’s wildcard entry was accepted and she would go down in history as the first female ever to compete in the KOTA. Amongst her other achievements Angely won the Queen is Born in 2019, one of the first ever all female big air events.

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Bruna Kajiya GKA Awards

BRUNA KAJIYA

Arguably one of the greatest female freestyle riders of all time, Bruna is 3 x Freestyle World Champion and 6x Vice Freestyle World Champion. Bruna began kitesurfing in 2004 after seeing kitesurfing from her classroom window. Ever since she has been pushing the womens’ freestyle discipline and was the first woman ever to land a double handle pass (also known as a BS315.)

After competing on the World Tour for over 10 years Bruna continues to elevate womens’ freestyle and is currently ranked 2nd on GKA Freestyle World Tour. As well as her three world titles, Bruna has also been 5x Brazilian Champion, 2 x Triple S Champion, and 1 x Latin American Champion.

 

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RITA ARNAUS

The highlights of an excellent 2021 for Rita Arnaus was being crowned Vice World Champion 2021 and landing a new sponsorship deal with Porsche and Duotone. Rita’s determination, passion for the sport and strict training regime have helped bring her to the top of her disipline. 

Rita began kitesurfing when she was just 16 years old at her home spot in Sant Pere Pescador.

Rita fell in love with freestyle kitesurfing and competed in her first international competition just two years after learning to kitesurf. As well as being one of the top 3 best female freestyle kitesurfers in the world, Rita has also been crowned Spanish Freestyle Champion on multiple occasions.

 

Visit Rita’s website here: www.ritaarnaus.com

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Jalou GKA Awards

JALOU LANGEREE

Jalou Langeree is a household name in the world of kitesurfing. She won her first world Championship in 2012 and proceeded to win again in 2015 and 2018. Jalou has been a true pioneer in the womens’ strapless discipline, pushing women’s wave-riding to another level.

After competing on the world tour for over 15 years Jalou is now taking a step back from competition and instead focusing her attention on sharing her 20 years of kitesurf knowledge with other girls in the sport.

Visit Jalou website here: jaloulangeree.com

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Marcela GKA Awards

MARCELA WITT

Marcela Witt is a Kite-surfer from the beautiful north shores of Brazil. She began kitesurfing at a young age in Rio de Janeiro as her Father and Grandad had taken up the sport. From then on Marcela has dedicated her life to kitesurfing. She is the Brazilian Kite-surf Champion and she recently won the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Morocco 2021.

Amongst winning world cup events, Marcela has also been setting world records in her free time. She was recently the first woman ever to kite-surf Nazare Portugal in 2021 and she was also the first woman to Kite-surf in Antarctica. Not only does Marcela compete in Kite-surfing but she is also an avid wingfoiler. In 2021 Marcela was crowned South American Wingfoil World Champion.

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Vote for the Women’s Best Move of the Year here

Vote for the Men’s Rider of the Year here

Vote for the Men’s Best Move of the Year here

Vote for the Social Contribution of the Year here

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We’re pleased to be able to announce the following individuals were voted as the leading contenders for the GKA Move of the Year Award by a panel of industry professionals, representatives, brand managers, media creators and journalists.

Please watch the video below, then scroll down to read the bio info about the contenders and then scroll down further to cast your vote! (You can only vote once).

VOTING CLOSES 7TH JUNE

(The public vote counts as 33% of the overall vote alongside a specialist legends & pioneers committee and GKA Kite World Tour judges, crew and event partners)

MIKALI SOL
SMOBE 7

MIKALI SOL ON BEING THE FIRST EVER FEMALE TO LAND AN SMOBE 7

“I have landed this trick several times but I had never caught it on film. I was so stoked to actually get a video of it and be the first ever female to land a Slim 7. I have now landed not only BS315, But landed my 317 in competition and now my Slim 7.

It is super exciting to bring the level of female kiting up another notch! I have been practicing my doubles for about a year. Before I started my doubles, I really focused on getting my singles to a competent level with height and power so when I started my doubles I was prepared and less likely to get injured.”

 

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Mikaili Sol GKA Awards

ANGELY BOUILLOT
DOUBLE BACK ROLL MEGALOOP

ANGELY BOUILLOT ON THIS HIGHLY EXTREME DOUBLE BACKROLL MEGALOOP

“I just tried it and I landed it, that’s all there is to it. A moment of exhalation, freedom completely letting go of everything. Time stops, like when I would ride the Carousel at 2 and a half years old.”

 

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Angely GKA Awards

CAMILLE LOSSERAND
STRAPLESS BACK ROLL TIC TAC

 

CAMILLE LOSSERAND ON HER IMPRESSIVE STRAPLESS FREESTYLE MANOEUVRE

“This trick is definitely special for me as I landed it for the first time last year in Tarifa, my home town. It gives you such a nice feeling of freedom when you land it. I can now see that all my hard work and perseverance, training everyday was well worth it.

I was always looking at the boys on the water doing this trick with double and even triple tic-tac so it gave me a big motivation to land this one too.”

 

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Camille Losserand GKA Awards

CAPUCINE DELANNOY
STRAPLESS DOUBLE FRONTROLL

 

CAPUCINE DELANNOY ON THIS TECHNICAL STRAPLESS FREESTYLE MANOEUVRE

“The double front roll is by far my favorite trick!  I landed it for the first time 2 years ago, it was during quarantine; I was only training with my brother and he was doing 3 rotations while I was only doing 1, so I thought I had to go for a second rotation. I’m currently the only girl landing this trick.”

 

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Capucine Delannoy GKA Awards

KAROLINA WINKOWSKA
CRAIL GRAB FRONT TO BLIND

KAROLINA WINKOWSKA ON HER INNOVATIVE FREESTYLE TRICK

“We filmed this trick on my last day at Taiba lagoon in Brazil. I was landing this trick every now and again before, but every time I wanted to film it, I couldn’t land one. So luckily on my last day, it wasn’t enough wind for the boys but glory wind for the ladies. This said we got an empty left tack, which is quite rare in Taiba, and I got to land this banger!”

 

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Karolina Winkowska GKA Awards

ALICE RUGGIO
MEGALOOP LATE BACKROLL

ALICE RUGGIO TALKS ABOUT HER RADICAL MEGALOOP LATE BACKROLL

“The Megaloop Late Backroll is special to me because at first I thought it impossible to land. When I finally landed it, it was an indescribable emotion! This trick is very very important in my discipline, especially in the women’s category. I was only able to practice this trick a week before the lord of tram 2021 in France, because in my city there is almost never strong enough wind to try it.”

 

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Alice GKA Awards

MOONA WHYTE
MULTIPLE TURNS ON A WAVE 

MOONA WHYTE ON HER POWERFUL FRONTSIDE SLASHES

“This session was one of my all time favorites at home in Hawaii. There were steep sections in the wave which allowed for a surf-style approach which is always my goal when kiting.”

 

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Moona WhyteGKA Awards

MOONA WHYTE
BARRELL

MOONA WHYTE ON THIS IMPRESSIVE BARREL

“Getting barreled is something I’ve been working on for the last few years, and has been a huge challenge for me. This is a shorter, smaller one but still is the best feeling in wave riding no matter the size!”

 

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Moona Whyte GKA Awards

PIPPA VAN IERSAL 
DOUBLE BACK ROLL MEGALOOP

PIPPA VAN IERSAL ON THIS RADICAL DOUBLE BACK ROLL MEGALOOP 

“On this day I had my first kite session where I was allowed to do tricks after I injured both knees 4 months earlier. The same day, we had a green light for Lords of the Tram. I promised my physio and myself that I would only compete if I could see this as a training session. So I did. I went out and had a lot of fun during this competition and I felt super confident with my riding after being out for a while. I had the biggest smile.

Just being on the water again with everyone was such a great feeling. The backroll kiteloop lateroll is my favorite trick. I didn’t expect to do it so fast after my injury but I felt good and thought, why not? So I went for it, the feeling of it is just insane…”

 

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Pippa Van Iearsal GKA awards

THERESE TAABBEL
HEART ATTACK

THERESE TAABBEL ON THIS POWERFUL HEART ATTACK 

“Since coming back from my ACL injury, I was slowly building back my confidence in my tricks. I had not done the Heart Attack since before my injury, so that day everything just felt right.”

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THERESE TAABBEL GKA AWARDS

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To vote for the Female Rider of the Year Award – click here

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GKA Social contribution of the year award 2022

We’re excited to be able to announce the following individuals were voted as the leading contenders for the GKA Social Award of the Year by a panel of industry professionals, representatives, brand managers, media creators and journalists. 

These individuals have worked in very unique ways to go beyond their roles purely as kiteboarding professionals, to give something back to their communities, environment or the sport itself. 

Please read the bio info about the contenders and then scroll to the bottom of this page to cast your vote! (You can only vote once). 

VOTING CLOSES 7TH JUNE

Willow River Tonkin

 

WILLOW-RIVER TONKIN 

Willow-River Tonkin is a phenomenon in the waves and has built a career around his powerful turns, legendary tube rides and smooth style. Growing up in Mauritius, he has always been connected to the ocean. Just months after learning to kitesurf, Willow was sponsored by Core Kiteboarding and has been sharing his passion for the sport ever since, traveling around the world as an excellent ambassador for the spirit of kitesurfing. 

More impressively, however, is Willow’s attitude–he has an air of positivity and optimism that influences everyone around him and is almost certainly what secured his position as a GKA Social Award nominee. Just 22 years old, Willow is the youngest nominee for the award but he’s practiced altruism from an early age. He has raised thousand of euros for Ekuthuleni, an Early Childhood Development Centre, and he has plans in the works to establish a non-profit. Willow’s motto is “The act of giving, continues giving”.

Visit Willow’s website: willow.surf/

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GRAHAM HOWES

The creator and mastermind behind Dirty Habits–a lifestyle and content brand that pushes life to the limits–Graham is a professional kiteboarder known for his stunt tricks, mega-loops and relentless riding style. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Graham is committed to introducing others to the sport that’s given him so much. His focus has always been on inspiring and motivating the next generation of kiteboarders and he has served as a mentor for young and talented riders and provided a path for them to become professional kitesurfers.

Recently Graham has opened up about his personal lifelong struggle with ADHD and epilepsy and a 2019 diagnosis of depression. He is passionate about strengthening the community of support for extreme athletes dealing with mental health issues. His current goals are to become a role model and advocate for mental health awareness and has just completed work on a 30-minute documentary on mental health in extreme sports. Graham is also in the process of launching the Dirty Habits Foundation to provide a platform to support athletes and projects that can make a difference and inspire social change. “My goal has always been to inspire people to live their best lives, and to become the person that they are capable of being.”

Visit Grahams’s website: shop.dirtyhabits.com

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MITU MONTEIRO

Wave Master World Champion, Mitu Monteiro is a true waterman. Raised by a single mother, living in a small fishing village in Cabo Verde, Mitu grew up by the ocean but had no access to gear and very little money. His passion for kitesurfing developed over years of playing in the waves and discovering different crafts to do so, first with plastic water bottles stuffed in a bag, then with a discarded windsurf board, and finally with a kite. His status as an icon of strapless riding was originally born out of a lack of gear–he wanted to ride at Punta Prea but didn’t have a board and so he took his surfboard. That fateful decision led to a decade-long career as a professional athlete and waterman. Mitu is acknowledged as a pioneer of the discipline of strapless kitesurfing but has had an even more incredible impact on the sport through his leadership, and ability to give back.

Today Mitu’s primary focus is on giving back to his community by empowering the local kids of Cabo Verde to get on the water. He requires that they maintain a certain level in their academics and pushes his students to maintain good grades. He’s also an advocate for the ocean and has recently launched a petition to protect Punta Prea. His influence on the younger generation and drive to protect the environment make him a well-deserved nominee for the GKA Social Award of the Year.

Visit Mitu’s website: mitumenteiro.net

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LEWIS CRATHERN

4x British Kitesurfing champion, Lewis Crathern is an inspiration and legend in the sport. Known for his big air dominance and style, Lewis has competed in 10 straight Red Bull King of the Air events. He is also an 8x Kitesurfing Armada Ambassador and is currently ranked 5th Overall at the Cape Town King of the Air. His mega jump over the Brighton Pier in 2010 was a career-defining moment for Lewis and solidified his status as a major player in extreme kiteboarding.

Perhaps more important than his athletic achievements is Lewis’ determination to give back to the sport and impact and inspire others to learn to kiteboard. Through his Wonderful Wind Tour, he visits schools across the UK and engages students in topics related to the wind–from kiteboarding to the environment to staying healthy. Lewis also uses kiteboarding as a powerful tool to raise awareness for climate change and works in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council to spread awareness and sustainability messaging. Finally, Lewis works as a speaker and commentator and lends his voice to inspire others to better themselves. Through interactive talks and seminars, he inspires his audiences to think optimistically and unlock their potential.

Visit Lewis’ website: lewiscrathern.com

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To vote for the Female Rider of the Year – click here

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We’re excited to be able to announce the following individuals were voted as the leading contenders for the GKA Rider of the Year Award by a panel of industry professionals, representatives, brand managers, media creators and journalists. 

Please watch the video below, then scroll down to read the bio info about the contenders and then scroll down further cast your vote! (You can only vote once). 

VOTING CLOSES 7TH JUNE

(The public vote counts as 33% of the overall vote alongside a specialist legends & pioneers committee and GKA Kite World Tour judges, crew and event partners)

WORDS: Holly Keenan

Airton Cozzolino GKA Awards

AIRTON COZZOLINO

Airton Cozzolino is a true pioneer behind strapless kitesurfing. The 4x World Champion made history when he was the first ever person to compete in the RedBull King Of The Air in 2020 on a strapless board.

Airton discovered kitesurfing when he was just 12 years old. He lived in Ilha Do Sal, a small island off of the Cabo Verde archipelago, in North West Africa, where there are optimal conditions for kite-surfing. His breakout year was in 2011 when he won his first Kite-Surf world championship title. He then proceeded to win another three world titles in 2016, 2017 and 2019 in the Kite-surf discipline. 

 Alongside his many competition wins Airton was also the first rider to land a frontside 315 on a strapless board. This is an extremely technical trick that many twintip riders struggle to land themselves.

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Marc Jacobs GKA Awards

MARC JACOBS 

Marc Jacobs began his kitesurfing in 2005 when he was just 13 years old. He started his kitesurfing career in twintip freestyle and is 12 x New Zealand Kiteboarding Champion.

Jacobs competed on the World Freestyle Tour for over 10 years and in 2013, he was crowned PKRA Vice World Champion. Nevertheless, Marc’s biggest achievement in his kitesurfing career was when he won the 2021 Red Bull King of the Air. After the 2019 Redbull KOTA event Jacobs made it his goal to win the KOTA and his hardwork and devotion to the discipline clearly paid off, managing to be crowned King after having learned all the latest moves bigger and better on his weaker switch tack. A massive achievement. 

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Giel Vlugt GKA Awards

GIEL VLUGT

Giel Vlugt began his kitesurfing career just two years ago when he received his first sponsorship deal from Core Kites.

This marked the moment when he decided to dedicate his life to kiteboarding. In just his first year as a professional kitesurfer Giel achieved 1st place at the Big Air Kitefest event in Egypt and 2nd in the BAKL Full Power Tarifa Big Air contest. At the end of 2021 Giel competed in the RedBull KOTA for the first time and placed 4th overall.

Nevertheless, Giel’s most memorable moment so far in his kitesurfing career was when he won the Full Power Tarifa Big Air Contest in 2022, defeating reigning big air champions such as Liam Whaley. His signature moves of 2022 that he suddenly seems able to do on command are the breathtaking S-loop and the boogie double loop late frontroll – huge steps forward in the next level consistency of big air kiteboarding.

 

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Charles Brodel GKA

CHARLES BRODEL

Charles Brodel is one rider at the forefront of this new, evolving discipline, hydrofoil freestyle. His competitive journey in kitesurfing commenced in Landkite racing and freestyle where he found kite flying to be most exhilarating.

He is 2x landkite Junior French Champion and is the Landkite Race Champion 2017. In 2019 Brodel also won the Champion du monde Speed Crossing on a twintip. Nevertheless, Brodel’s highlight moment was when he was crowned the  KiteFoil Freestyle World Championships in 2021. During this event Brodel posted several world firsts in competition such as the Brodel Flip  and the one foot fuselage grab. He has more or less owned the extreme big air foiling space and will aim to claim the GKA Big Air World Championship title in Tarifa in June. 

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James Carew GKA Awards

JAMES CAREW

One rider who took 2021 by storm is the Australian kitesurfer, James Carew. James started competing on the GKA World Tour in 2018 and quickly moved up the rankings to great acclaim; easily rookie of the year. By 2019 Carew was ranked 3rd overall on the immensely competitive GKA Kite-Surf World Tour and from then on James only had one goal on his mind, world champion.

Carew’s explosive style of wave riding and fierce determination saw his strapless freestyle skills match his prowess in the surf and in 2021 he was crowned the GKA Kite-Surf World Champion, beating some of the most prestigious riders on the tour, including friend and rival, Airton Cozzolino. Besides competition James also enjoys surfing/ kite-surfing in big waves and recently released a video of his kite-surfing at the big wave spot, Nazare in Portugal.

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Maxime Chaboloz GKA awards

MAXIME CHABLOZ

Maxime Chabloz is arguably the most versatile athlete on the GKA Freestyle World Tour. Maxime grew up in the Swiss Alps with the mountains and the lakes on his doorstep. These idyllic conditions provided him with the perfect playground to work on freestyle kitesurfing and freestyle skiing.

2021/2022 has been Maxime’s most successful years as an athlete as he placed second overall on the GKA Freestyle World Tour. Remarkably he also won an immensely impressive Ski Freeride World Championship earlier this year. Compounding his unique all-round riding skills and competitive ability, he won the GKA Freestyle Distance Battle in 2020 and placed 3rd on GWA Wingfoil World Tour in Tarifa 2020.

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Janek GKA Awards

JANEK GRZEGORZEWSKI

Janek Grzegorzewski has been described by many as the future of kitesurfing. He has elevated Big Air Kitesurfing with his endless innovation on his megaloops.

At the age of 18 Janek won the Junior World Kitesurfing Championships and received an invitation to the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air competition in 2020 and 2021.  Although he didn’t make it to the podium, Janek did receive the highest trick score in competition history with a whopping 9.4 point score. 

In 2021 Janek won both the Big Air Kite League in Tarifa And the BAKL in Brazil, beating prestigious riders such as Liam Whaley.  Unfortunately Janek had a brutal fall before the BAKL event 2022 in Tarifa and is now on the road to recovery, ready to come back stronger than ever for the end of the 2022 season.

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GKA Men's rider of the year contender Jesse Richman

JESSE RICHMAN

Jesse Richman is a renowned big air kitesurfer and a big wave kiteboarder. He is arguably one of the most decorated kitesurfers in the world as he holds 7 world titles, 2 KOTA titles and has been crowned kiteboarder of the year 4 times.

Jesse began competing on the GKA World Tour when he was just 14 and spent nearly 8 years on the tour. However, after winning a few world titles Jesse decided to turn his attention to big wave surfing.  He has surfed and kite-surfed Jaws countless times and currently holds the world record for Kite-surfing the biggest wave ever in Nazare Portugal 2017. 

Jesse’s razor sharp focus and unwavering perseverance has helped him come back from many injuries. He continues to ride Jaws and compete in the Red Bull KOTA.

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We’re pleased to be able to announce the following individuals were voted as the leading contenders for the GKA Move of the Year Award by a panel of industry professionals, representatives, brand managers, media creators and journalists.

Please watch the video below, then scroll down to read the trick and rider info and then scroll down further to cast your vote! (You can only vote once).

VOTING CLOSES 7TH JUNE

(The public vote counts as 33% of the overall vote alongside a specialist legends & pioneers committee and GKA Kite World Tour judges, crew and event partners)

MAXIME CHABLOZ 
BACK MOBE 7

MAXIME ON THIS HIGHLY TECHNICAL FREESTYLE TRICK:  

“A mobe 7 always feels special to me because, at the events today I’m one of just a few riders who can do it and I think I’m pretty much the only one that does it on a daily basis.

This clip was shot while training for the GKA Freestyle finals at the Superkite Brazil last year, just before I had to go back to Switzerland for a week of military service, and then back to Brazil for the Superkite!”

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Maxime Chaboloz gwa awards

ANDREA PRINCIPI
S-LOOP

ANDREA PRINCIPI ON HIS EXTREME S-LOOP:

“When I do this trick the feeling is incredible. I don’t have words to describe how I feel…It is pure adrenaline. The S-Loop is not that technically difficult compared to other tricks but it requires a huge amount of risk which I am willing to take.” 

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ANDREA-PRINCIPI GKA Awards

JOSHUA EMANUEL 
SUPER LOOP

JOSHUA EMANUEL ON THIS RADICAL SHORT-LINE KITELOOP:

“This trick is called the SUPERLOOP. It’s something I have been pushing on short lines to see how low you can get the kite below you. I still believe you can get the kite completely below you but I am still awaiting the perfect conditions for this. The feeling of a kite pulling you back down towards the water is indescribable. For a moment you are suspended in time, waiting for the kite to pull you back up to safety.”

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Josh Emanuel GKA Awards

AIRTON COZZOLINO
STRAPLESS 315

AIRTON COZZOLINO ON THE FIRST EVER STRAPLESS 315 TO BE LANDED:

“Yeah this trick cost me a lot of time and effort. There was one point when I almost quit as it just seemed unattainable. But, my girlfriend told me not to quit and that I should keep trying. So, I kept pushing harder in the gym and on the water and finally the day arrived. I’ve dreamed of landing this 315 for a long time, so I was over the moon when I achieved it.”

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airton Cozzolino GKA Awards

CHARLES BRODEL 
BOARD-OFF KITELOOP ON A FOIL

CHARLES BRODEL ON THE FIRST EVER BOARD OFF KITELOOP ON A FOIL

“This trick was one of the scariest tricks I have ever tried with my foil ! I started horizontally, with my feet close to the foil, it was scary. On my first try it felt impossible to control the foil during the loop because it flew away with the wind. But now I have a technique where I use my elbow to be able to hold it into the wind. I was so happy to be the first one to land this on a foil !!! In my mind it was impossible to land it because of the high speeds on the landing, but somehow I managed it!”

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Charles Brodel GWA Awards

CAMILLE DELANNOY
STRAPLESS TRIPLE FRONTROLL

CAMILLE DELANNOY ON HIS FLUID STRAPLESS TRIPLE FRONTROLL

“Triple front roll is a tricky one. It’s probably one of the hardest strapless tricks to land and the outcome is always uncertain. Even if you get the timing right you’re never sure that the board is going to stay in place in the last rotation and landing one is always a special feeling!”

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Camille Delannoy GKA Awards

GIEL VLUGT
S-LOOP

GIEL VLUGT ON THIS RADICAL NEW BIG AIR MANOEUVRE

“For the Lords of the Tram competition I can remember having the S-Loop in my game-plan and I wanted to make sure it would be extreme but, I definitely didn’t plan for it to be that crazy. I am 100% convinced that I would have gotten rid of the board if this was in a training session because my heart literally stopped. The biggest adrenaline rush I have ever had by a mile! I started training for this trick two months prior to the Lords of tram competition but I never knew it would turn out this good.”

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Giel Vlugt GKA Awards

GIEL VLUGT
BOOGIE LOOP LATE FRONT ROLL

GIEL VLUGT ON THIS REVOLUTIONARY BOOGIE LOOP

“This trick is special to me since I have been dreaming of performing this move for more than half a year before I attempted it. I was also the first guy to ever land it and it just feels so crazy because I see the kite make 3 loops which is absolutely hypnotizing. To top it all off I like to make an extra rotation to go with the downloop just before I land. It is a trick that comes with a lot of risk but the reward is worth it.”

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GIANMARIA COCCOLUTO
BLIND JUDGE 9

COCCOLUTO ON THIS TEXTBOOK BLIND JUDGE 9

“For me this trick is special, because it opened my mind up to how much we can achieve in kitesurfing. THAT WHY WHEN I LANDED I WAS NOT THAT STOKED, I want to be the first rider to land a BS10 !!

 I have been thinking about BS10 for a long time. All the riders keep asking me to try it but I never have because I am alway waiting for the right moment. Previous to this clip I had never tried a BS319 before! This was my First attempt. When my mind tells me I am prepared to attempt the trick then I go for it.

 I landed it with no crash, it was perfect.”

 

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TOM BRIDGE
BLIND BACKSIDE 5

TOM BRIDGE ON THIS INNOVATIVE FREESTYLE MANUVURE

“Yeah it was nice to land. I’ve thought about the trick for a while but never really given it a proper go. I had done blind backside 3s about six months prior to this so I knew it wouldn’t be too tricky to pop it into blind. It only took a couple tries to get the right pop. It’s a bit of a body twister but for some reason it just works. 

“I doubt it’s that important in the sphere of kiting but then again what really is? I guess it’s all about who you ask personally. I don’t think it’s reinventing the wheel but it was pretty fun to do.”

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JANEK GRZEGORZEWSKI
FRONT ROLL CONTRA BOARD-OFF

This was the highest scoring trick (9.4) ever landed in the Red Bull King of the Air – which Janek casually dropped at the event in November 2021. Need we say more?!

 

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Janek

JESSE RICHMAN 
KITE-RELEASE WAVE RIDE

Likely the most all-round kiter on the planet, this winter, Jesse went beyond the realm and ditched his kite at Jaws, Maui to take advantage of being towed into this incredible monster barrel!  

 

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Jesse Richman

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2022 Le Défi Wind

Posted: 27th Mai 2022 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The Défi Wind 2022 opened this Thursday, May 26 in Gruissan, in the perfect way: with a roaring Tramontana and riders in great shape! Read below for the story of an epic afternoon on the first day of the 20th Défi Wind.

XXL Conditions

We were expecting a strong Tramontana, and the forecast did not disappoint with howling winds greeting competitors on the opening day! Eole has thus put on its party clothes this Thursday morning, determined to blow as hard as possible for the 1200 riders ready to try and tackle the mighty the Tram. 

The morning started with winds of more than 30 knots and continued to strengthen throughout the day, sometimes exceeding 40 knots. A beautiful “apocalypse according to St Bur”, to use the words of the Challenger Pierre Godet.

Suffice to say that on the water, it was a huge challenge for the sailors, who were all determined to exceed their limits and write their own story in history. We can only praise their bravery and determination, given the white knuckle challenge on May 26, especially since more than 300 sailors experienced their first Défi Wind! The thighs of many have been burning after brutal 10km reaches! Congrats to all of those sailors, who completed the ultimate challenge.

Men's

Among the 1200 riders, are many of windsurfings elite racers and the favourites have all negotiated their way through a tricky field to make a solid start to the Défi Wind. One of the most interesting observations so far is that the majority of the big names have elected to use fins - let’s see if that changes if the wind drops even just a little. After a superb rabbit start, which is the great tradition of the Défi Wind, "The Mecca of windsurfing", the serious things began with a beautiful (and muscular) fight to buoy 1, where the Italian - Bruno Martini (JP / NeilPryde) came in first followed by Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) and Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde). However, Albeau managed to gybe down the inside of his team mate, Martini, and was able to exit with the lead. Albeau would continue to lead into the second, but behind him Nico Warembourg (Patrik / Patrik) surged into contention after mounting a quite brilliant come back. The last saw an epic battle between Albeau, Warembourg & Mortefon, but in the end Albeau just held off the challenge of Warembourg to claim the opening victory of the week ahead of his French companions. Behind the top 3 were Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Cédric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), who completed the top 5. Meanwhile, Johan Soe, who is only 18 deserves a special mention for claiming a superb 8th place. 

Pierre Mortefon spoke to Wind Magazine after the race: “The start was not too aggressive, it was watched for a minute and after that it was war until the first buoy. It's good to be back, it allows you to see who is going fast! It was great running into everyone again and it was tough fight on the first lap… I managed to get away well with a few others, but I let go a little before the end because I knew I needed to pace myself if I wanted to stay alive until the finish line… In the end, we fought like crazy until the end!”

Women's

Among the women, it was the winner of the 2015 Challenge, Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) who did best (84th overall), just ahead of the winner of the 2019 Challenge, Delphine Cousin (FMX Racing / S2Maui) (90th), Femke van der Veen (96th) and Justine Lemeteyer (97th), who thus place more than 1,000 riders behind them. Fourth in the PWA Slalom 2021 ranking, Briton Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) (143rd) completes the Top 5.

Catchup

We were waiting with curiosity and impatience for the match between the fins and the foils, but today, it was clearly an advantage for the fins! As hoped by Nico Warembourg in particular, the arrival of the ultra-strong wind will have favoured the fins, giving rise to superb battles on the course.

A great foil specialist, Lucas Guiraud debriefs at the microphone of Windmag: “I left on a foil, there were 35 average knots, I felt great. But above the Ayrolle, there are big piles of seaweed accumulating, I had to stop four times and each time lost between five or ten places that I still recovered more or less. I finish around fortieth place (41st, editor's note). Nothing is decided, tomorrow the Tramontana is less strong and it should be an advantage for the foils. There were many great battles, I only saw smiles on the water, it was awesome!”

Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails): “We had really good wind, 35-40 knots, with stronger gusts. I had a very good start, I forced myself not to go too fast to see how my legs reacted. I'm happy, I'll be able to push more in the next race! I finish 16th, I am very happy. I think there was too much wind for the foils, I was next to Nicolas Goyard at the start and I was faster than him (top speed 34 knots for Bjorn). If there is a little less wind tomorrow, that would be perfect for me, but it was a really great race…”

Tristan Algret (North Sails): “I was really competitive with the new Norths, I think I was in the top 15 on three quarters of the first leg, then I took off in a laughing stock, I got myself into a huge jail! Physically it was hard, but it was really good to fight again with everyone. It's the real Challenge race, the one where you're afraid of going face-to-face when you meet guys... You sometimes say to yourself "what the hell am I doing here?, but it was good, it was good!”

Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA SAIls) (2014 PWA Wave world champion, 58th in round 1): “The feelings were quite good, I stayed the whole race fighting with two other guys, it was cool. I had a good board, I was going fast, at my level. I left a minute after the start, but I'm happy with my performance and my speed, and the race went by pretty quickly. Only one small fall so that's fine (smile)! It's good when there's strong wind like that... I was on a 4m wave sail and I was struggling with slalomers who had 5m and a few cambers... It's a bit of survival, not everything was decided by the gear! It's funny, you scare yourself a little with the world, the chop, the big gusts, you're sometimes on the limit and it's really cool..."

All eyes are now on tomorrow, Friday, which also promises to be epic with new races in sight...

Current Ranking 2022 Le Défi Wind - Men’s
*After 1 Race

1st Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Nicolas Warembourg (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL)
4th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
5th Cedric Bordes (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)
6th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)
7th Basil Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
8th Johan Soe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7)
9th Ingmar Daldorf (NED | Tabou / GA Sails)
10th Malte Reuscher (ITA | Tabou / GA Sails)

Current Ranking 2022 Le Défi Wind - Women’s
*After 1 Race

 1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Delphine Cousin (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
3rd Femke van der Veen (NED | AV Boards / Point-7)

Full ranking can be found here.