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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco | The Final Day

Posted: 31st Oktober 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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It was a long wait, but Dakhla delivered once again and by 4.30pm the wind kicked in, and the remainder of the competition was completed, allowing Airton Cozzolino to win the event here in Dakhla. For the women, both Semi-Finals were completed before the wind unfortunately dropped.

Two of the most powerful riders on tour, Pedro Matos and Airton Cozzolino, went face to face in this potent final in Dakhla, Morocco. The wind was lighter than yesterday afternoon, but the sets were coming through and these experienced athletes were very careful with their wave selection. 

Airton came into this event with incredible energy and positivity. Just after his very first heat, he said he was determined to take the win at this event, and he has been unbeatable during each and every moment on the water. Pedro Matos put up a good battle, managing to match his scores right until the last wave, but Airton had the advantage and his last wave scored 7.73 points proving that here in Dakhla this week, he was unstoppable. Airton Cozzolino takes the much-deserved win of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco.

Everyone today was being negative, saying it wouldn’t be windy, but I just knew it would be good,” said Airton. “I kept the positive energy going, and I just had a feeling it would all work out. I’m so grateful to all of my family, friends and sponsors for supporting me. I couldn’t be happier.”

The Men’s Small Final was next in sequence, where the new World Champion James Carew faced Sebastien Ribeiro, who returned to this event after almost two years of not competing, more motivated than ever. This Small-Final could not have been closer, with James scoring 16.40 points and Sebastian just gaining the advantage with 16.74 points, meaning the Brazilian gains a well-deserved podium here in Dakhla, a great come-back for this season. 

The Women’s Semi-Finals saw a delighted Marcella Witt defeat Catharina Edin in a light wind battle,  locking down her spot in the final. This was then followed by young Capucine Delannoy, who knocked out Peri Roberts during the second Semi-Final, scoring an amazing 8.63 points for her 5th wave. 

An attempt was made to run the Women’s Final between Capucine Delannoy and Marcella Witt, but the sun went down making it extremely hard for both the riders and the judges, meaning the final heat was cancelled.

The final result for the Women here in Dakhla is joint 1st place for Marcella Witt and Capucine Delannoy, and joint 3rd place for Catharina Edin and Peri Roberts.

The prize giving ceremony was held at the Dakhla conference center, and was attended by all of the crew, athletes and local authorities.  

We would like to thank the sponsors, organisers, crew and athletes for this amazing event in Dakhla, Morocco. Year after year, Dakhla provides an amazing location for this World Tour stop, and we look forward to returning in 2022.

 

All of today’s this week’s action was live-streamed on our website, Youtube and Facebook pages.  You can re-watch each day of competition.

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco | Day Four

Posted: 30th Oktober 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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Dakhla surprised us all for Day 4, providing great conditions from the start. The wind was steady, the waves were gradually increasing, and the riders were stoked to be able to head out on the water and get the competition rolling. We completed all of the Men’s Quarter and Semi-Finals, Women’s Quarter-Finals, and even crowned two new World Champions.

We stormed our way through Men’s Round 5. After a long week, the objective to finish the competition and achieve a result was everyone’s main focus.

All eyes were on the water for Heat 30, the moment everyone has been waiting for – James Carew vs Charly Martin. This was the make or break moment for James, as winning this heat would automatically make him 2021 World Champion. Charly put up a good fight, and scored 9.80 points, but James was absolutely on fire, and was loving every moment of this heat. He gained an overall score of 15.13 points, and cruised towards the shore ready for his moment of glory. James Carew claimed his first World Title, and can now switch his focus to winning this event here in Dakhla. 

I don’t know if I believe it yet,” said James “Guys, if you’re watching at home, thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be here without a lot of you. I’m feeling emotional but a few more heats to go in this contest. I’m here to win, I’m not just thinking about the World Title, but it’s a dream come true.” 

The Foum Labouir conditions kept firing throughout the afternoon. We gradually moved through Men’s Round 6, maintaining the 20 minute heats, with the riders going head to head for a spot in the Semi-Finals.

Sebastien Ribeiro continued with his fine form at this event, knocking out Italian rider Francesco Capuzzo. The Brazilian power continued as Pedro Matos stormed through and eliminated Nicola Abadjiev. The live-stream was on fire as Reece Myserscough battled it out in an incredibly close heat against Airton Cozzolino. Airton just managed to dial in to what the judges were really looking for, and his speed, power and style just gave him the edge over Reece, and he locked down his spot in the Semi-Finals.

The last heat of Men’s Round 6 saw our new World Champion James Carew continue on his amazing performance, and he advanced to the Semi-Finals over Anderson Reboucas.

The Men’s Semi-Finals were intense heats, with the riders focused on every second of competition, and seizing every opportunity that came their way. Wave selection was the key element that allowed an athlete to advance over their competitor. Pedro Matos vs Sebastian Ribeiro was a Brazilian showdown, where we watched as Matos, renowned for his confident riding, showed no mercy and knocked his fellow Brazilian out of the competition. 

James Carew vs Airton Cozzolino was yet another fierce heat, and possibly the most epic moment of the day, as both riders remained close in points throughout. It came down to the last moments, but it was Airton who went all in and knocked our new World Champion out of competition. Tomorrow he will face Pedro Matos in our Dakhla finals. 

That was so much fun,” said Airton. “Seriously, one of the best heats I’ve had. I’m stoked for James to be World Champion now, but I’m here to win this event. It’s firing.”

Women’s Rounds 4 and 5

Charlotte Carpentier and Carla Herrera had been waiting several days to be able to complete Heat 11, and today the moment finally arrived. It was extremely close throughout, but Charlotte ended up knocking Carla out of the competition in a very close heat, securing her spot in Round 5.

As the wind continued, so did Women’s Round 5. Here we saw Catharina Edin, Marcella Witt and Capucine Delannoy all advance to the Semi-Finals. For Heat 15, all focus was on Peri Roberts vs Charlotte Carpentier. The conditions were perfect for this essential heat, and Peri put her heart and soul into each wave. Her perseverance paid off and she rode her last wave all the way into shore to claim her new title of World Champion. What a day for our two Aussie competitors, both taking home their World Championship titles.

At 7.30pm the competition concluded for the day, as the sun set over the spot, ending an incredible 8 hour run of competition. Tomorrow is the last day of competition here in Dakhla, and the first possible start has been called for 10 am.

All of today’s action was live-streamed on our website, Youtube and Facebook pages. We will be live for each day of competition here in Dakhla so that you can witness every moment of this final kite-surf event of the season.

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco | Day Three

Posted: 29th Oktober 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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It was a long and complicated day of competition in Dakhla, Morocco, as the inconsistent conditions led to a lot stops and starts. The entire crew and athletes pushed as hard as possible to advance through the heats, finally completing 7 full heats of Men’s Round 4.

Men’s Round 4

The conditions gradually started improving during Men’s Round 4. During each two-man heat, the athletes fought hard as only one person would advance to the next round. The judging criteria remained the same as previous days, 22 minute heats with each rider allowed ten waves, and the top two scores counting. Wave selection was everything, and riders had to choose wisely if they wanted to really make the most out of the difficult conditions. The riders who advanced into Round 5 and remained in the competition were local rider Ali Beqqali, Hendrick Lopes, Gray Foster, Yaris DellomoCamille Delannoy, Airton Cozzolino, Mounim Maji and Charly Martin. 

The highest score of Round 4, and from the entire event so farwent to none other than Airton Cozzolino, who was on a mission and hungry to advance, with a total score of 18.13, the highest score of the event so far. 

“My focus now is really to win this event,” explained Airton. “To get the World Championship title now will be complicated, as James only has to win one heat. But I’m motivated to do my best here, and winning the event would be perfect.”

 

Various attempts were made to advance with the competition, firstly with Women’s Round 4, Heat 11 which was Carla Herrera from Spain vs Charlotte Carpentier from France, and secondly with Men’s Round 5, Heat 23, but both heats were cancelled within minutes due to a deterioration in wind conditions. 

After a long day of waiting and many attempts, the Race Director called it a day at 7pm. There are still two days left of competition, and we are all hoping for enough wind to make it an epic final event of the year. Skippers meeting has been called for tomorrow, with the first possible start at. 

All of today’s action was live-streamed on our website, Youtube and Facebook pages. We will be live for each day of competition here in Dakhla so that you can witness every moment of this final kite-surf event of the season.

Check our Instagram stories for regular behind-the-scenes updates throughout the competition.

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco | Day Two

Posted: 28th Oktober 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The traditional Dakhla winds failed to materialise in the early morning, so the competition was on hold until the early afternoon. At 14:00 the green flag went up and we blasted our way through Round 3 of the Women’s Elimination.

Foum Labouir is known as an epic wave spot, and we still hold hope that it will deliver the goods during this week-long competition.

Round 3 Action

The wind and wave conditions were marginal, but with a complicated forecast for the coming days, the race director, Juan Antonio Aragon, decided to start the heats. Considering how our last event in Denmark ended with no result due to lack of wind, the pressure is on to be able to run this final event of the year. Although not ideal, the conditions were deemed suitable to run the competition.

Advancing directly to Round 5 we saw Catharina Edin, Marcella Witt, Capucine Delannoy and Peri Roberts. In tough conditions, they each managed to make the most of the complicated situation. Advancing through in 1st position allowed each of them to rest during Round 4. 

 

Peri Roberts will need to win her next heat in Round 5 if she wants to be crowned World Champion here in Dakhla. This is a huge achievement for her, as she has only been on tour for little more than a year. 

It took 3 days just to arrive in Dakhla and there were many complications for some people, but we all finally made it! It’s a shame that the conditions aren’t providing right now because I know how great this spot can be. I’m a little embarrassed about my performance today, as I wanted to showcase my riding as I know it. My fingers and toes are crossed that we can get the event finished and I’ll be praying to the wind gods tonight!

For now, everyone hopes for a positive forecast in order to complete this event and give an amazing show to end the season. 

All of today’s action was live-streamed on our website, Youtube and Facebook pages. We will be live for each day of competition here in Dakhla so that you can witness every moment of this final kite-surf event of the season.

Check our Instagram stories for regular behind-the-scenes updates throughout the competition.

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco | Day One

Posted: 27th Oktober 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Morocco Kicks Off! 

The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup returns to Dakhla, one of the most spectacular locations of the GKA Kite World Tour

Dakhla, Morocco welcomed back the World Tour athletes for the 11th edition of the Prince Moulay El Hassan Kite-Surf World Cup at the world-renowned spot of Foum Labouir. This location is known for epic waves and consistent wind, making it the ideal place for the final kite-surf event of this year. 

The pressure is high after our last event in Denmark where no result was achieved due to the lack of wind, so it all comes down to this week here in the Moroccan desert. The top contenders will leave nothing to chance, with the World Titles hanging closer than ever. 

There are various scenarios that could make or break a World Champion at this final event. If Australian leader James Carew makes it into the Quarter Finals, he will officially be crowned as World Champion here in Dakhla. However, if he gets knocked out, the door is left open for Matchu Lopes, Pedro Matos and Airton Cozzolino, who are not going to give up without a fight. 

For the women, Peri Roberts is ready to stand her ground, and will also be crowned World Champion if she reaches the Semi-Finals. In the case that Roberts gets knocked out,  Charlotte Carpentier and Johanna Catherina Edin both stand a chance if they reach the finals and win this event. 

Registration and Opening Ceremony

There are 30 men and 9 women of 14 different nationalities registered to compete at this final kite-surf event of the year. The opening ceremony took place at the event site of Foum Labouir next to West Point hotel. Local authorities welcomed the athletes and organization for the 11th edition of this event. 

The Day One Action

The event kicked off at 12.45 pm with Men’s Round 1 where the winners of each heat advanced directly to Round 3. It was Samuel Michaille, Ali Beqqali, Pablo Amores and Hendrick Lopes who moved through. Round 2 gave an opportunity to Reda Lafdali and Achraf Bentajar who also advanced into Round 3 and remained in the competition. 

The sun came out and the wind conditions started to stabilise as we entered Round 3, where the big names came out and the title race started to heat up. The criteria remained the same, and athletes were given 10 waves with the top two scores counting. Three athletes per heat battled to advance directly to Round 5, which is a massive advantage both mentally and physically, allowing them to rest during Round 4. 

There were some standout performers from this round such as Sebastien Riberio from Brazil who had the highest score of the day with 16.3 points. Canadian rider Reece Myerscough also rode a fluid heat. The conditions were not easy, although the wind was stable, the sets were few and far between, meaning the riders had to really make the most of every wave that they caught. Current leader James Carew ended the day with a strong and dominant performance for Heat 14, showing that he means business and has come to this event with only one objective: To win his very first World Champion title. 

“I’m so stoked to win my heat, but at the same time I’m still nervous as I haven’t competed since Cabo Verde, which was almost two years ago,” said Sebastien Ribeiro. “For my first wave, I was trying to just surf and stay calm. I said to myself, just do what you need to do. Then I started to really warm up. It’s a lot of different feelings, and I’m just really stoked to be here.”

The action will continue tomorrow with Round 4 of the Men and Round 1 of the Women. Things will start to get interesting as we reach the elimination rounds, where only the strongest will remain standing. 

The first possible start has been called for 10am, so be sure to tune in as we may possibly crown a new World Champion if the conditions allow. 

Be sure to follow all of the action LIVE right here.

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark 2021 | Final Day

Posted: 11th September 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The competition in Hvide Sande concluded today, unfortunately with no wind, but with an overall fantastic experience of everything that this wonderful location offers.

It was an earlier start than usual today, with the skipper’s meeting taking place at 7am, with the intention of taking advantage of any possible wind that would allow us to complete the event.

The wind forecast changed constantly throughout the week, but finally it was just not enough to get the event underway. Hvide Sande is an amazing location, which usually offers fantastic kiting conditions. It has been unlucky to not be able to showcase these amazing conditions with our competitors and live-stream, but everyone who has been present for this event leaves with a feeling of appreciation for this area, and for the wonderful people who worked hard to make this event happen.

 

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What happens now?

It’s not often that an event cannot start due to lack of wind for the full duration, but unfortunately when you depend on nature, these things happen.

Each rider who attended the event, received 30 points towards their ranking. Focus now shifts to our next event, in Dakhla, Morocco, where Peri Roberts and James Carew will be looking to maintain their leads, but the other riders will try to close in on them.

“So unfortunately the suitable conditions did not materialise this week,” says head judge Mallory de la Villemarque. “This means that the title-race now moves to Dakhla. This gives both James and Peri an even better possibility of becoming World Champions, which would be the first time for both. Nothing is certain, but we know that the fight in Dakhla will be very exciting. Dakhla usually consists of a mixed format event, so we are hoping for a good swell to provide a great event and exciting battle for the top spots.”

Next event on the horizon

The GKA riders will have just a short break now, and will then head to Dakhla, Morocco from the 27th to the 31st of October for the next kite-surf event. Expect to see some amazing action at this classic spot, along with a live-stream to bring you all of the action directly as it happens.

Famed as one of the world’s hotspots for kitesurfing, there are good ground swells that hit this coast and wrap around the points which makes it perfect for a combo wave and strapless freestyle event with cross-onshore winds. 

Be sure to follow all of the event online!

We would like to thank all of the riders, fans, local organisers and crew for making this event in Denmark happen. 

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark 2021 | Day Five

Posted: 10th September 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The competition remained on hold for Day 5, but the riders were kept occupied with a beach clean, fishing excursion and a host of other beach activities here at the spot in Hvide Sande.

Keeping the spot clean

It’s important for the GKA Kite World Tour to encourage positive habits when it comes to our environment and ocean. Today, GKA riders participated in a beach clean-up organized by om-hu.dk. The ocean is our playground, it’s our source of inspiration, thrill, and home to millions of Earth’s plants and animals. Without the oceans, we wouldn’t exist.

Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. We only have one planet Earth. Let’s take care of it.

We also visited a local recycling studio called Omhu. They organise regular beach clean-ups. Here, they collect the plastic fishing crates which are often washed up on the shore after falling off fishing boats. These are taken to their recycling studio where they are shredded, melted, and moulded into surf fins are other objects. These are then sold in their shop as souvenirs from the area. 

“Spending time in the outdoors and in nature is so much more enjoyable when there is no trash, “explained Katrine, co-founder of Omhu. “I realised this after spending time outside walking my dog each day, and so we decided to do something about it. Using trash as a resource, and making something amazing with it is what it’s all about for us.”

 

Fishing Trip 

Whilst the event was still on hold several riders decided to take a local fishing trip to discover some of the more traditional activities that Hvide Sande offers.

Matchu Lopes, Capucine Delannoy and Francesco Cappuzzo ventured out with a local fishing crew to see what they could catch! 

“It was really nice to go on this fishing excursion,” said Francesco. “We went through some really beautiful areas, and stopped to fish at several different spots. I caught one fish, but Capucine did even better and caught four! We released them all. We spent a nice couple of hours in total, and it was great to see a different side of Hvide Sande.”

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark Schedule

Tomorrow will be the final day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark.

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 6.30am tomorrow morning.

Tune in to our website to follow all the action!

Live-Stream Show Denmark Day Five

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark 2021 | Day Four

Posted: 9th September 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The competition did not commence today due to the lack of wind, but we launched our new  “In the bag” series during the morning live-stream show, that highlights the gear each rider is currently using. We also sat down with Susi Schwarztrauber to discuss working while on tour, cosmetics, and women supporting women.

“In the Bag”

An athlete has to be prepared for all conditions when coming into competition, that’s why we’ve created the “In the bag” series, where riders empty out their boardbags and show us what they travel with. A technical talk that goes through all their favourite set-ups, you can re-watch it all right here. Today we dug into the board bags of Reece Myerscough, Camille Delannoy and Catharina Edin

Hvide Sande Destination

Today was a great opportunity to visit some of the well known sights of Hvide Sande. Several riders made a trip to the lighthouse, which was built in 1906, and made their way up the 228 steps to the top, which offers stunning views across the area. 

Another popular activity in Hvide Sande is the cable park, which is a great full-size cable with good modules and offers a perfect activity for windless days. The riders managed to get out there and enjoy several hours of riding.

 

Conversations with Susi

During the down-time today, we took a moment to talk to one of our female athletes on tour, Susi Schwarztrauber. This week, as we have been patiently waiting for the wind, we noticed Susi always glued to her laptop, working away in a corner. It turns out that the life of this female athlete is much more than just riding and competing, and she is a super entrepreneur on the side. 

“I’m actually a pharmacist, and somehow I ended up competing on the GKA Kite World Tour at the sametime,” explained Susi. “Back in 2019, I just decided to try one of the competitions. I wanted to see how I could face up alongside some of the best in the world. I ended up in Punta Preta in 5 metre waves for my first competition. It was super tough, but I just really pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I just got hooked, and now it’s 2021 and here I am. The downside, of course, is that you have to fund yourself, and as a pharmacist it was so hard to find a job that allowed me the flexibility I needed to continue travelling,but I didn’t want money to keep me from my biggest passion, which was wanting to compete.”

It’s often difficult for athletes to find the funding and support that they need to be able to compete full time, and for Susi, it was about finding a balance between her work life, and her passion for kiteboarding.

“I’m really lucky to have Core who really support and help me. Finding sponsors and support takes a lot of effort and work. I put a massive effort into being here where I am.”

Susi was very fortunate to eventually land a perfect remote job, developing food supplements, which allowed her to continue travelling whilst working in her chosen industry. During events, you will see her focused and concentrated on her work until the wind kicks in, which is when she switches from work-mode to competition-mode.

Susi manages to do even more than a full time job whilst competing on the World Tour, she is also an entrepreneur, and is currently creating her own line of cosmetics for active women. 

“We are badass women. We like to play in the dust, yet we are still feminine. We are not perfect,that’s not our reality. When it comes to cosmetics, there is something really missing for women who are exposed to outdoor conditions, and that is what I have been working on,” she explains. “As I’m a pharmacist and a water sports lover, I really wanted to tackle the needs of women similar to myself. I have vitiligo, which is a pigmentation disorder. That’s why sun protection has always been so important to me. It’s taken us one and a half years to develop so far. We’ve tested it a lot, the texture, the perfume, everything. At this point now we are working on the branding and packaging, and being environmentally conscious is very important to us. We hope to be able to launch next spring.”

How does a competitive athlete with a full-time job find the time to do all of this? “It can be crazy. I was at the last event in Sylt, and I was in my wetsuit taking a work call right before my heat. It takes a lot of dedication. For now, I still have the energy for it, and I’m motivated,” she says. “I really believe that women need to support other women, and not always see each other as competition. If we don’t support each other then who will? Here on tour, I’m just surrounded by badass women. I’m so proud to be here with them. You have to realise that the girl next to you is not your opponent. So now I’m proud to be developing a brand that is by women, for women, and this is really important to me.”

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark Schedule

The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark is taking place from the 6th -11th of September. 

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow morning.

We will be LIVE with our event show tomorrow from 10am to 11am CET with our new tech-talk series – “In the bag”. Tune in to our website to follow all the action!

Live-Stream Show Denmark Day Four

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark 2021 | Day Three

Posted: 8th September 2021 by Gemma Hamaini in Allgemein
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The waiting game continued today as Hvide Sande teased us with another windless day. The tension amongst the riders was high as they anxiously awaited the start of competition.

The race director, Juan Antonio Aragon, held the skipper’s meeting at 9am on Day 3 of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Denmark. As he explained, although the forecast for the day was not particularly optimistic, anything can happen at this location, and it’s important to be ready in case the wind suddenly picks up.   

Today’s Live-Stream Show

The live-stream show was on from 10am to 11am with Jo Ciastula and Gemma Hamaini. Today they were joined live by Peri Roberts, Pedro Matos and Capucine Delannoy, who discussed life on tour, the past event in Sylt, and what it takes to be a champion. You can re-watch the full show on Youtube.

“In The Bag” Coming Tomorrow

Whilst the wait for wind was on, we took a little time to chat with several riders about what equipment they were planning on using here in Denmark, and we went into details about their preferences, equipment tuning, and preferred set-up.

“So I’m about to go through all of my boardbag with Jo,” said Reece Myerscough. “We will go through all my boards and my kites, and talk about what I’m working on in terms of new shapes. It’s going to be interesting, so you will definitely want to watch this on the show tomorrow!”

“I normally travel with about 16 kilos of gear, which is not too bad,“ explained Kiko Roig Torres. “7 to 14m Lift kites and 6, 8 and 10m Session kites for wave-riding. I always have one kite that I use for freestyle, and one kite for wave-riding.” 

To get a full view of all current gear that everyone is using, tune in tomorrow morning at 10am for the live-stream show.

Catch-up with Karolina

Legendary rider Karolina Winkowska has been one of the biggest names in freestyle and park kiteboarding for the last ten years, so some may find it unusual to see her name pop up here as a registered competitor on the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour. Karolina has three Freestyle World Champion titles under her belt, and two Triple-S wins. After a few years out of the competitive kite scene, we spent some time with the legend herself to find out what has motivated her to come back to the World Tour, and become involved in the Kite-Surf discipline. 

“At the end of 2019, I was feeling really worn out. After competing non-stop for so many years, I just needed a break. I was in Australia looking at my calendar for the upcoming year, and was just like, I can’t do this. It’s so much travelling, “ explained Karolina. “Then the pandemic happened. I was stuck in Australia thinking, what do I do now? So I just embraced it, and focused on surfing. I surfed as much as possible.”

Karolina ended up spending most of the pandemic in Australia, mainly surfing, but also kiting. There were no flights home to Poland, and with all travel and competitions cancelled for the foreseeable future, her plans for the year changed in an instant.

After the break due to the pandemic, Karolina finally started to feel the yearning for competition return. She has competed in various sports since she was a little girl, including skiing and snowboarding, and really felt a need to return to competition.

“My competitive career was put on hold due to the pandemic. Park events were pretty much cancelled. Competition is my skill. Some people are good at painting, or solving jigsaw puzzles, but for me, competing is in my nature. I needed that feeling again. I love going to events and meeting people. So I just wanted to go to an event, ride with the best female riders in the world, and get that extra motivation for my riding again.”

As someone who has mainly focused on freestyle and park riding, the transition to wave-riding or strapless freestyle hasn’t been so easy. 

“I’m definitely stronger in wave-riding than in strapless freestyle, but coming to this event gives me an extra test to push myself. Strapless riding is definitely new to me, but I enjoy it. It takes a lot of time, and it’s very technical. I need to spend more time on this, but I have the motivation.”

Karolina has been a pioneer in freestyle riding, constantly pushing the boundaries and laying the groundwork that we see in women’s competition today.

“The level is increasing from event to event in women’s competitions now. The women are all pushing it, and it feels great to join them, but my goal this time is different. I used to compete to win, and that really dragged me down psychologically. I didn’t want to come 2nd, 3rd or last. I had to win or I would feel bad. But now my mindset is so different. I want to get my ass kicked, I want to have fun, ride with other girls, so I figured it would be fun to come to these events, and it’s been great.”

So what lies in her competitive plans for the rest of the year?

“I’m thinking about going to Brazil for the freestyle competition. I’ll see first how things evolve with the pandemic.”

No matter what Karolina decides to do next, it’s an honour to have her back on tour. The more women we have competing and pushing the boundaries of the sport, the better.

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark Schedule

The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark will be taking place from the 6th -11th of September. 

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow morning.

We will be LIVE with our event show from 10am to 11am with interviews, tech talks and much more. Tune in to our website to follow all the action!

Live-Stream Show Denmark Day Three

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark 2021 | Day Two

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Report: Gemma Hamaini / All photos: Lukas Stiller / Video: Mintautas Grigas

For the second day running, athletes and crew were on standby awaiting the suitable conditions for the start of competition.

It was an early start for the crew and riders at Hvide Sande today with the skipper’s meeting taking place at 8am. The wind forecast had been looking optimistic, however upon arrival at the beach, the weather was overcast and the wind was not yet suitable. 

Juan Antonio Aragon, the GKA race director, kept everyone on half hour calls, but by 6pm, when the wind failed to materialise, the competition was called off for the day. The riders remain positive, knowing how this location can change fast, and when the conditions are good it is a true paradise.

With four days of competition remaining, the focus is firmly on the upcoming forecast, which will allow us to run the contest as soon as there is a suitable window.

 

The Live-Stream Show

Whilst the athletes were waiting to spring into action, the live-stream crew were busy preparing the LIVE news show which took place from 10am to 11am. Today they were joined by Matchu Lopes and Francesco Cappuzzo for live interviews where they discussed the local spot, travelling challenges during the pandemic, tour life and much more. 

Matchu Lopes gave a great insight during his live interview, on what keeps him motivated after so many years on tour. The competitive spirit and drive between the top competitors is a key element.

“I’m one of the few riders who has been on the GKA tour since the very beginning,” said Matchu. “Seeing the progression, and now being here in Denmark, seeing this battle for the title between James, Airton, Pedro and myself also in the mix, is really impressive. After almost 14 years competing it really keeps me motivated. Seeing the focus these guys have, like James, the way he trains, the way he prepares himself, how he looks at the other guys in the water, it’s motivating and intriguing. It keeps me motivated now when I’m at home, it helps me push myself, and improve the things I’m not so good at, such as power, height, and now I’m really pushing for that. Thanks to these guys, we are all pushing each other’s progression.  We’ve gone from front rolls to board offs and now kiteloops with multiple rotations, more height, power, tough landings, breaking a board per session, it’s tough and you’re taking risks in every session.”

For Francesco Capuzzo, he explained to us how he has already been at the spot here in Hvide Sande for 10 days, and has had some amazing kite sessions.

“This is my second time here in Denmark. I first came here two years ago to Klitmøller for a windsurf event,“ explained Francesco. “I’ve been here for ten days now training with James Carew and Airton Cozzolino. We had some really good days with 1.5 metre waves and side-shore wind. The spot is amazing and I know I can do really well here. Hopefully we will be able to score these kinds of conditions later in the week.”

The focus now shifts to the coming days, particularly from Friday onwards where the forecast is looking more promising. The skipper’s meeting has been called for tomorrow at 9am.

 

Be sure to tune in once again tomorrow morning to the LIVE show at 10am CET.

 

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark Schedule

The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark will be taking place from the 6th -11th of September. 

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 8am tomorrow morning.

We will be LIVE with our event show from 10am to 11am with interviews, tech talks and much more. Tune in to our website to follow all the action!

 

Live-Stream Show Denmark Day Two

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