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Airton Cozzolino and Kirsty Jones are the Dakhla Kite-Surf champions. Watch the highlights of the final day of competition at Dakhla Attitude.

Airton Cozzolino and Jalou Langeree are the GKA Mauritius champions. Watch the highlights of the final day of competition at Bel Ombre, Mauritius.

Video by Mintautas Grigas

Here is Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro and James Carew ripping with the new Neo 2020. Take a look at Duotone product clip!


Posted: 10th Juli 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Follow Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro and Pedro Matos on a ‘Ozdyssey’ in Western OZ, as they chase the swell of their dreams.

Watch the highlights from the Finals on Day 2 of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019. Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria defended their Single Elimination victories and both won the Doubles.

Stay tuned for the strapless freestyle Expression Session in Sytl!

Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria claim the first places at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019.

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Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria victorious at GKA Sylt

Thursday 27th June
Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova

The Double Eliminations wrapped up today at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt with Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria defending their Single Elimination victories and winning the Doubles!


Men’s Division

1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV)
2: James Carew (AUS)
3: Mitu Monteiro (CPV)
4: Simon Joosten (BRB)
5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM)

Women’s Division

1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)
2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)
3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU)
4: Peri Roberts (AUS)
5: Capucin Delannoy (FRA)


Airton Cozzolino and Jalou Langueree take the 2018 Kite-Surf World Tour titles.

Sunday 16th December
Report: Matt Pearce
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
Videos: Mintautas Grigas

After a few days of faltering winds, a fair bit of waiting and consistent but mostly onshore surf, Point Danger delivered cross-off winds and peeling waves for an epic final round in the men’s single eliminations.

Done and dusted / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

On the last day with any reliable wind on the forecast we watched Keahi de Aboitiz beat Sebastian Ribeiro in a world class final to take the KSWT Torquay title (and on his birthday no less).

Ribeiro takes second / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The women’s single elimination had wrapped up the day before and their results were announced alongside the men’s with Jalou crowned the winner after a testing single elimination round that saw the women competing in some of the toughest conditions of the event at nearby Thirteenth Beach.

Tropical feels at Thirteenth Beach / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Today the riders were back on the point at 08:00 AM for a possible start to the double eliminations but, although there were clear blue skies and some beautifully clean lines rolling over the reef, the wind wasn’t up to strength and there would be no more heats run on the final day of the event.

With no doubles being completed, the results from the single eliminations now count as the official results for this event which makes Keahi and Jalou the first ever KSWT Torquay winners!


Jalou’s win here also secures her first ever GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Title after a hard fought season in which she’s battled Moona Whyte and Carla Herrera Oria for the top spot since the first event back in February in Cape Verde.

Focus pays off for Carla / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Carla finishes the year in second, a strong result for her given her relative inexperience in the waves before she joined the tour in 2017. With Jalou currently planning a break from competition in 2019 you can bet Carla’s eyeing her chances at a tour title next season!

Charlotte rigging up before her opening single eliminations heat / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Charlotte Carpentier had a challenging time of it at this event crashing out early in the single eliminations after losing to Australian rider Jennie Milton. This has been an impressive debut year for her on the tour though and a series of steadily progressing strapless freestyle performances throughout the season had given her a good base of points before this event began so she retains her third place position overall.

JC – stoked on cookies and stoked on third place in 2018 / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Johanna Catharina Edin will no doubt be overjoyed with her performance this week. She scored third place and although it doesn’t move her any higher in the overall rankings she still finishes the season in fourth and that’s a solid final position at the end of her first year on tour. She’d aimed for a top five finish and she stuck it. Let’s see if she can build on that in 2019!

Moona on the way to first place in Viana do Castelo / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Moona Whyte sadly missed this event and last month’s KSWT Brazil after injuring her back at home in Hawaii but second place earlier this year in Cape Verde and two first place finishes in Portugal and Viana do Castelo had seen her already amass enough points to round out the season in fifth place.


In the men’s division there’s no change at the top and Airton, who started this event with an unsurpassable lead, still finishes the season in first place with his second KSWT World Title in the bag!

Job done! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

It’s been a huge year on tour for him during which he’s proven himself close to unbeatable in the strapless freestyle stakes while also showing that he’s able to win convincingly in the waves after his victory at the opening tour stop at Ponta Preta in Cape Verde.

Airton on the attack / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

He started this season hoping for a clean sweep at the title and it hasn’t quite worked out that way but with five wins from seven events he’s not had a bad run at it!

This isn’t the first time Keahi has pulled the rug out from under Airton at a final event though and his victory here means he now takes second place overall ahead of Matchu. In 2016 he beat Airton in the final event in Dakhla and last year he won the final event in Mauritius to deny Airton a clean finish on the way to his first ever KSWT title.

Matchu meets Mitu in the mini-final / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

So Matchu now finishes 2018 in third overall while Mitu Monteiro retains fourth. After yesterday’s final, Mitu admitted that he’d been eyeing a top three finish for this season and a win at this event would have secured that for him but it was not to be.

You can bet he’ll be coming back even harder next year though and we all know he’s still got the ability to take event wins so let’s see what he brings to the table when the tour kicks off in Cape Verde in February 2019!

Eyes on 2019 / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Mitu’s F-One teammate Camille Delannoy came into this event fresh off the back of the KSWT Brazil where he had his best performance in the last two years taking second place against Airton. Here in Torquay he made it to the semi-finals earning himself enough points to finish the season in fifth overall.

Camille on day one at the KSWT Torquay / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Camille’s been pushing hard to make it into the top five this season so he’ll be happy with his final standing and, at just 19 years-old, he has a bright future if he can keep building on his 2018 successes.



1: Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS
2: Sebastian Ribeiro – BRA
3: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP


1: Jalou Langeree – NL
2: Carla Herrera Oria – ESP
3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE


Men: Beau Pilgrim – AUS
Women: Jennie Milton – AUS



1: Airton Cozzolino – CV / ITA
2: Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS
3: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP
4: Mitu Monteiro – CV
5: Camille Delannoy – FRA


1: Jalou Langeree – NL
2: Carla Herrera Oria – ESP
3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA
4: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
5: Moona Whyte – USA


Watch the highlights from the men’s single elimination final between Airton Cozzolino and Camille Delannoy.

Video by Mintautas Grigas

Watch Airton Cozzolino shredding strapless in Caños de Meca, in the province of Cádiz, Spain!

Report from the Big Air Competition, with a strapless hangtime record!

The Big Air competition is supposed to be the secondary discipline for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour if there’s time to run a show once the main event has been completed. Today at Sotavento was anything but secondary to anything. The action was mental!

The Big Air contest riders ended up playing catch the sky hook this afternoon at GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Fuerteventura with some very unusual upper level winds that saw some competitors not just getting extra lift once or twice… Airton in fact registered one incredible slice of hang-time at 20 seconds by repeatedly heli-looping his kite overhead! He just kept going… and going!

Hooked and holding on! Airton disappears…

When he eventually landed out of the competition zone all the riders, crew and crowd were on their feet, head in hands, speechless at what they’d just seen in this quarter final.

Airton pulled himself up, looked back the beach (which was now a long way upwind of him) and we could see him waving back at the crowd wondering himself quite what had just happened?

His head was surely still spinning because that was the second crazy air fish he’d caught that hour. In his previous heat in the third round against Arsenio Dias, he’d had another similar experience, boosting high and then flying, up, up up and just hovering. Perhaps he was trying to find a way back to his home planet? He landed that jump at the end of a 15 second flight. The beach erupted; it was goosebumps all round.

Up in the tower we were quickly refreshing our memories and Macs with the details of Jesse Richman’s hangtime record of 22 seconds that he set way back in 2007, also with a freak gust that he managed to tap into and somehow harness control of in Germany.

But I’ve never seen anything like it. So that’s two riders in 20 years of the sport, over a decade apart, who have experienced 20 seconds of hang-time… and Airton did it without straps. It was just silly.

Aaaanyway, Airton didn’t actually make the final! Although he was landing sick tricks like his now signature huge back roll double tick-tack, Mitu Monteiro himself managed to hook into a wild series of lifts out back and navigated a long and undulating helicopter ride, knocking Airton out at his own game!

Of course, you might be able to hook one, but can you keep the fish on the line? And then land it? Any good fisherman will tell you the thrill is in the chase and playing the fish till it tires. Mitu rode that gust till it had nothing more to give, covered 100 metres, and landed in the final.

He met Australian James Carew to fight for the win after 16 riders had competed in a dingle elimination format. The heats were judged slightly higher on height today in the windier conditions, up from 60 to 70% from yesterday, with another 30% of points available technical difficulty. In other words what you do while you’re up there. Judges weren’t just looking for straight airs, but the motivation is primarily to go as big as possible.

One trick would take it and with no overall impression, the aim was to just send it!

Mitu is stoked for James and his first win!

It’s amazing what these riders can achieve in big wind conditions. Looking back over three years of strapless freestyle competition, many of these riders have done every event and their progression has been such that they’ve taken what was a show discipline and created a fully legit sector of a combination wave and strapless freestyle world tour. Reverting back to the show element like this Big Air comp, the riders were in their element, holding down up to ten metre kites in 30+ knots on a surfboard.

Being strapless the whole journey and technique of big air is so different. From the very first moment you take off, it’s technical. Watch this video of riders talking about Airton’s skills with extended interview text to understand a little more. The obvious thrill for any spectator, kiter or not, is that moment when they’re careering back towards the water as the kite climbs back up through the window from a kite loop and everyone on the beach wills them to be able to somehow get their board underfoot for a fast but stable landing.

Mitu caught another big air out back in the final, but perhaps thankfully, James Carew took his first event win with a damn fine high back roll, with a shuvit 360 at the apex, catching the board, placing it into the infamous ‘rodeo’ position between his legs, sending a kite loop and then piloting his way back down to a stomped planing landing. A move that he only cracked today (but managed it several times). When asked why he didn’t take the board in hand and flip it for a tick tack like everyone else, he said, “Nah, I’m rubbish with my hands, so I flipped it with my feet!”

Podium winners, left to right: Mitu Monteiro (CV) 2nd, James Carew (AUS) 1st, Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA) 3rd, Matchu Lopes (SPN) 4th

Fair enough. Congrats to him and to all riders for reminding us how much fun and laughter a kiting competition can bring when the contenders are all mates, stood on the shoreline and hollering each other to ‘kite loooop’!


1 James Carew (AUS)
2 Mitu Monteiro (CV)
3 Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA)
4 Matchu Lopes (SPN)
5 Keahi de Aboitiz (AUD)
5 Paulino Pereira (POR)
5 Gustavo Arrojo (SPN)
5 Simon Joosten (BAR)
9 Camille Delannoy (FRA)
9 Ralph Boelen (FRA)
9 Jakub Juras (POL)
9 Arsenio Dias (CV)
9 Francesco Capuzzo (ITA)
9 Reece Myerscough (CAN)
9 Laurens Meyer Kittel (GER)
9 Thorben Jasper (GER)

Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Tom Brendt