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Carlos Mario’s dream of becoming a kiteboarding world champion has finally come true. Watch the Brazilian prodigy in action!

The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions

There could not have been a more perfect ending to our 2016 season than this final at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro in New Caledonia. This location provided the World Kiteboarding League athletes with optimal conditions to demonstrate their power and talent. Throughout the year we have seen an unbelievable level of riding, that keeps raising the standard of freestyle kiteboarding to another level.

3rd Overall Men – Alex Pastor

As a former World Champion, Alex Pastor from Spain knew what he wanted to work towards this year. He has demonstrated skill and talent, and is always certain to add plenty of style to his riding. He had some unfortunate luck in his final heat here in New Caledonia, injuring his hand, and did not ride as well as he had been anticipating. However, his good results through the year lead him to this 3rd position in the overall rankings.


2nd Overall Men – Youri Zoon

Youri Zoon, 2x former World Champion from the Netherlands also had his eye on the number one position this year. His last World Title was back in 2011, and this was his opportunity to get back to the top. He has been riding unbelievably well throughout the year, and put on an extremely impressive performance in this final in New Caledonia. Unfortunately that number one spot was not quite within his grasp, but 2nd overall is a demonstration of his talent and perseverance.


1st Overall Men – Carlos Mario

To describe the level of riding that Carlos Mario has achieved throughout this year is no easy feat. He has shown such incredible talent and performs every trick with such ease that there are times when he seems almost super-human. This young rider from Cauipe is fully deserving of this years Overall Title, and we are excited to see how will continue to push the level of competitive kiteboarding in 2017.


Please view the video about Carlos Mario’s path to the title right here.

3rd Overall Women – Annabel Van Westerop

2016 was a year of many changes for Annabel Van Westerop of Aruba. Changing sponsors, starting University and learning how to combine student life with competitive kiteboarding. We are delighted to see that this female athlete has what it takes to manage all of those elements and still stay at the very top of the kiteboarding elite. We look forward to seeing her climb even higher in 2017.


2nd Overall Women – Hannah Whiteley

It was great to have Hannah Whiteley from the UK at every stop of the tour this year. She has shown us that she is a force to be reckoned with. Lots of power and strength go into Hannah’s riding, and it has certainly paid off giving her this 2nd position overall.


1st Overall Women – Bruna Kajiya

Simply said, Bruna Kajiya from Brazil has raised the bar for Women’s kiteboarding. Pushing herself and her fellow competitors, it has been nothing short of spectacular watching her fight to maintain her top position throughout this year. We are extremely happy to see her achieve this year’s Overall title.


Please view Bruna Kajiya’s road to success here.

2016 was an incredible year, and an opportunity for the WKL to gradually build up the foundation for a high quality World Kiteboarding Tour. 2017 will be our opportunity to perfect that. We look forward to a variety of stops across the globe, and to providing you with the opportunity to follow and enjoy the best level of competitive kiteboarding available.

Carlos Mario is the male 2016 WKL Freestyle Champion. This video highlights his achievement over the different World Kiteboarding League events of 2016.

Bruna Kajiya is the female 2016 WKL Freestyle Champion. This video highlights her achievement over the different World Kiteboarding League events of 2016.

The final day at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro was full of adrenaline and high emotions. Both the Men’s and Women’s finals were completed, and the day ended with the crowning of this year’s World Kiteboarding League Overall Champions.

The Women’s final saw Bruna Kajiya start off strong and dominate the heat with her style and power. The brazilian rider landed a perfectly executed 315, Heart Attack and KGB. The other three athletes in the heat were fighting hard for the remaining podium positions, and the 2nd position went to Annabel Van Westerop from Aruba who rode an extremely strong heat, Hannah Whiteley taking 3rd and Paula Novotna in 4th.


The Men’s final was a festival of double handle passes, with the men showing an insane level of riding right from the start of the heat. All of the competitors went for 317’s and Backside 7’s, but it was Carlos Mario from Brazil who was determined to win this competition and pulled a nearly perfect Heart Attack 7 which left all the spectators speechless. He continued with amazing high-scoring tricks like a Hinterberger 9, Slim 9, KGB7 and the first ever 3110 landed in competition, which unfortunately did not have a solid landing so did not score as high as the spectators were anticipating. Former World Champion Youri Zoon demonstrated some incredible power and focus by landing and very clean Slim7 and Backside 317 gaining a 2nd position. Set Teixeira from Brasil showed some outstanding talent during this final heat, and landed a 317, KGB7 and Heart Attack 5, giving him 3rd place at this event. Marc Jacobs from New Zealand rode extremely well but needed a few higher scoring tricks to get on the podium. He was followed by Alex Pastor from Spain who took several unfortunate crashes and injured his hand, complicating the heat for him. David Tonijuan from Spain also landed several great doubles, and he finished this event in 5th position.


The final results for the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro in New Caledonia are:

1st – Bruna Kajiya
2nd – Annabel Van Westerop
3rd – Hannah Whiteley
4th – Paula Novotona


1st – Carlos Mario
2nd – Youri Zoon
3rd – Set Teixeira
4th – Marc Jacobs
5th – Alex Pastor
6th – David Tonijuan


We would like to thank all of our event partners and sponsors, as well as all the spectators and fans who tuned into our amazing live stream on Facebook.

Day 5 at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro saw the completion of Men’s Round 3, Heat 7 and 8, as well as the mini final. This means that both Men’s and Women’s finals will both be run tomorrow.

The day started off with slightly lighter wind conditions. The race director wanted to ensure that these Men’s heats were run in optimal conditions so the start was slightly delayed until we had the best wind possible.


Heat 7 saw Alex Pastor from Spain and Youri Zoon from the Netherlands dominate the heat with many doubles. The both went back and forth from 1st position to 2nd position by landing KGB5’s, 317’s, Backside 7’s and Heart Attack 5’s but Youri managed to edge his way to the top and take the win. David Tonijuan also showed some perfectly executed tricks, landing a nice Heart Attack, Hinterberger 5 and Crow Mobe 5. This positive result gave him a spot in tomorrow’s final alongside Pastor and Zoon.


Heat 8 saw local rider Arthur Guillebert show some great riding, with a wonderful home crowd to support him on the beach. Carlos Mario from Brazil put on an outstanding display, showing us all exactly why he is currently in that number 1 position. He landed 6 double handle passes for his heat including a Backside 319, which didn’t have the cleanest landing, so lost points, but was extremely impressive non the less. He landed three tricks that scored over a 9 in this heat, the highest score we have seen during the event so far. New Zealand rider Marc Jacobs will also be joining him in the finals alongside Set Teixeira who initially struggled during his heat and crashed his first three attempts, but then managed to regain territory landing a Slim7 and 317.


The Men’s Mini Final saw Stefan Spiessberger, Jerome Cloetens, Val Garat and Antoine Fermon battle against each other, but it was Stefan Spiessberger who landed a big 317 as well as a nice grabbed Slim5 and Backmobe 5. This gave him 7th place overall for this competition, followed by Antoine Fermon who was very happy with his 8th position at this event. Jerome Cloetens put on a solid display of riding throughout the day giving him 9th position, and Val Garat 10th.

Tomorrow will be a big day with the completion of both the Men’s and Women’s finals. Live Stream will be running as from 12 midday, so tune in to see our interviews with all of the finalists and some fantastic live coverage of the heats. This will also be the day for the crowning of this year’s World Kiteboarding League 2016 Champions, so be sure not to miss it.


Today saw a solid four hours of non-stop freestyle action here in New Caledonia. Women’s Round 3 and 4 were completed as well as men’s Round 2, before the tide dropped down and competition was called off for the day.


Women’s Round 3 Heat 5 started once again with fairly light wind conditions. The athletes were using 10m to 13m kites and had to fight to gain speed and height for their tricks. After four tricks per rider the judges decided to postpone the heat due to the dropping winds. Bruna Kajiya was in the lead with a good Front to Blind, and she was followed by Annabel Van Westerop who showed solid riding throughout. The heat was resumed after a 45 minute break as the wind speed increased. This enabled the girls to put on a great display of powered tricks. It was Kajiya who won the heat earning her a place directly in the finals, and local rider Maureen Castelle passed through to the next round alongside Annabel Van Westerop.

For Heat 6 it was Hannah Whiteley from the UK who reigned supreme, landing a great KGB and Back Mobe despite tangling her kite lines in the middle of her heat and having to change equipment, earning herself a spot in tomorrow’s finals. Paula Novotna and Rita Arnaus placed 2nd and 3rd earning themselves a spot in the next round.

The last Women’s heat of the day saw 4 girls fight for one last chance to join Kajiya and Whiteley in the finals. All four athletes put on an insane display of powered KGBs, Heart Attacks, Slimchances and Hinterberger 3s but it came down to Annabel Van Westerop and Paula Novotna who managed to just place themselves above the others. They were delighted to be joining in the Women’s Final that will take place tomorrow.


Men’s Round 2 Heat 5 saw Spanish rider David Tonijuan lead the heat with a powered 317 and Heart Attack, executed with commitment and style. He was closely followed by Paul Serin who landed a good Slim5 and Back Mobe 5. Both riders passed to the next round.


Stefan Spiessberger dominated Heat 6 landing a 317 and a Backside 315, and he was followed by local rider Arthur Guillebert who showed great power and style but crashed his last three tricks. Both pass through to Round 3.


Our live stream was once again running from 9 am through to 5pm allowing everyone to enjoy every minute of the action. We will be back once again tomorrow morning at the same time.

Day three commenced with some promising wind, sunny skies and ideal tide conditions. The event commenced at 11am, with Men’s Round 1 Heat 2. The full round was completed for the Men, as well as Round 2 for the Women.


For the start of Heat 2 the wind conditions were still fairly light, with the competitors using 13m and 14m kites. The athletes struggled to go big but 2x World Champion Youri Zoon dominated the heat with a powerful KGB5, 317 and Backside 315. He was followed closely by French rider Val Garat who also nailed a nice KGB5 but couldn’t back it up with his Slim7 that he crashed. Fortunately, he nailed a nice Front Blind Mobe and Crow Mobe 5 meaning that it was him who would be joining Youri Zoon and passing directly to the third round.


Local rider Guillebert rode extremely well. He was powerful and stylish finishing 3rd in his heat, and joining him in Round 2 is Sebastian Garat.

For Men’s Heat 3 the athletes were still using large kites and struggling to find enough height to score doubles. Marc Jacobs from New Zealand scored the top position, opening with a massive Hinterberger 5, backed up with a good KGB5. Brazilian rider Set Teixeira also landed a nice Slim7 and Backside 315, gaining second place and joining Jacobs in Round 3. Paul Serin and David Tonijuan rode solid heats and will both pass through to Round Two.

Men’s Heat 4 saw Brazilian man of the moment Carlos Mario land a massive Slim 7 that gave him an easy win. He also nailed a Heart Attack 5 to jump through to Round 3. Jerome Cloetens came in second just 0.02 points in front of newcomer Simone Lamusse. Cloetens landed a clean Front Blind Mobe and KGB while Lamusse scored a Hinterberger 5 and perfect Double Heart Attack. Sergey Sotov from Russia will also be joining Lamusse in Round 2.


On the Women’s side, it was Pauline Valesa who was victorious in her battle with fellow local rider Marine Duprat. They both landed S-bend to Blind, Back to Blind and 313‘s but Valesa rode with slightly more power and scored the win.

We saw a great heat between Rita Arnaus from Spain and local rider Maureen Castelle. Rita was on fire and landed her 7 trick attempts including a great Slimchance and S-bend to Blind. Castelle rode with a lot of style and landed a nice Back to Blind but she unfortunately suffered too many crashes and lost her lead, leaving Rita to pass through to the next round.


Competition was called of as the tide became too low. Skipper’s meeting has been called for 10 am tomorrow with the first possible start at 10.30 am.