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Highlights of the second day of competition in Dakhla, Morocco, at the African Kiteboarding Championships. Check it out!

Jonas Ouahmid won the African Kiteboarding Championships held in Dakhla, Morocco. Check the report!

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Day two of the African championships saw the completion of the double elimination with stronger and gustier wind conditions than we saw yesterday.

The athletes battled through the heats, with the double elimination giving each rider a second opportunity to improve on yesterday’s performance.

Yassine Bouceta had a fantastic day, climbing up through the doubles until he came to face yesterday’s finalist Laarbi Edderkaoui. After injuring his knee yesterday, Laarbi was ready to get back into action and fight for a spot in the podium. Yassine was fired up, even after a full day of competition, and he landed a good array of tricks including a clean backside 313. Laarbi landed several good tricks of his own including a heart attack, but was being cautious on his landings due to his injury. They both fought hard for the spot but it was Yassine who took the win and advanced to the next heat. Laarbi would have to settle for a 4th place finish at this event.

Yassine’s next challenge would be to face Abdou Moutaouakil, who performed extremely well yesterday, finishing in second place. Abdou once again pulled out all the stops, timing each trick carefully to avoid the strong gusts, and landing big tricks such as his powerful backmobe. Abdou managed to advance which once again lead him to face 16 year old Jonas Ouahmid in the final.

Jonas and Abdou both opted for full power freestyle final, going for tricks such as heart attacks and backside 313s despite the difficult and strong wind conditions. It was an extremely close final, but it was young Jonas Ouahmid who managed to take the win with his well executed and powerful tricks.

“It was a hard day of competition today, with strong and gusty wind. The level was really high, and Abdou did a great job also. I’m super happy to have won this event, and I’m looking forward to doing more competitions this year on the GKA Kite World Tour.” Jonas Ouahmid

The final results for the African Championships are:
1st – Jonas Ouahmid
2nd – Abdou Moutaouakil
3rd – Yassine Bouceta
4th – Laarbi Edderkaoui

It has been a wonderful event here in Dakhla, Morocco, hosted by Dakhla Attitude. The GKA will be returning to this location in October 2019 for the Freestyle and Kite-surf World Cup.

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Check out the highlights for Day One at the African Kiteboarding Championships in Dakhla, Morocco.

Video by Mintautas Grigas

The first edition of the African Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships just started in Dakhla. Check bellow the report from Day 1.

GKA Press:

The first edition of the African Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships commenced today in Dakhla, Morocco, hosted by Dakhla Attitude.

Registration took place at 9 am, where 18 top freestyle athletes signed up for this championship, and for a chance to gain one of the 4 wildcards that will be awarded for the GKA Kite World Tour event that will take place in Dakhla in October.

The riders competed in two man heats, with an 8 minute duration, where the riders had to perform their best freestyle tricks. The consistent wind and perfect freestyle conditions allowed for the entire single elimination to be completed by the late afternoon .

Jonas Ouahmid, who is one of the young World Tour competitors, showed his experience and capability during the first rounds, and put on a fantastic overall performance.

As the wind conditions increased to a slightly gustier 25 knots, it all came down to 4 athletes in the semi-finals. Laarbi Edderkaoui, Jonas Ouahmid, Abdrahim Moutaouakil and Soufiane Hassouni, all strong and experienced freestyle athletes, each hoping to secure their spot in the final.

Jonas Ouahmid rode an incredibly heat, and knocked out his rival Laarbi Edderkoui, with Laarbi unfortunately sustaining a knee injury on his final trick attempt. He will no doubt be back in action tomorrow for the double elimination.

Abdrahim Moutaouakil and Soufiane Hassouni also faced a close battle as they went neck and neck, both riding full power throughout the second semi-final. It was a close call, but it was Moutaouakil who advanced into the final after riding a solid, technical heat.

The single elimination final was between Jonas Ouahmid and Abdrahim Moutaouakil, both riders who have plenty of experience in competition. Jonas opened with a massive double heart attack, showing that he was hungry for the win, with Abdrahim then throwing down an amazing Slim 5 in response. This final was a pure freestyle showdown, with plenty of power, kites low, lots of style and fantastic execution. It was a very close call as the red flag went up, with Jonas Ouahmid taking the win.

The African Kiteboarding Championship resumes tomorrow for the double elimination, with the Skipper’s meeting called for 11 am and the first possible start at 11.30am.

Follow GKA Freestyle for all of the updates from the event!

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Slice of Life 2018 – with Tom Court

Posted: 5th März 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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A short recap of Tom Court’s “Slice of Life” trips from 2018. Watch good times in Dakhla, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

Jake Kelsick // 4 Things You Should Know!

Posted: 16th November 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Jake Kelsick spent an amazing week kiteboarding in Dakhla. He made a video explaining 4 things everyone should know about riding in Western Sahara!

The finals for both the Men and Women were held today at Dakhla Spirit, with perfect conditions for the last day of Competition in Morocco.

Women’s Final

The level of riding from all 4 female finalists was incredible throughout this heat, showing how female freestyle is evolving rapidly throughout each event. Paula Novotna had a storming start to the final, opening with a powered Backside 313. She followed it up with an impressive Heart Attack scoring 8.43 points. The Czech rider was clearly on good form today for this final, and had her eye on a podium spot from the start. She had a good lead for the start of the heat until Mikaili Sol Landed a massive 8.67 Back Mobe and shot up to the first position. Therese Taabbel landed an incredible Slim Chance scoring 7.87 points for her 5th attempt. Francesca Bagnoli from Italy worked her way through her attempts gradually, and ended her heat with an outstanding Hinterberger Mobe scoring her 9.33 and placing her in 2nd position, just 0.01 points behind Mikaili Sol!

The Women’s Final results were:

1st Mikaili Sol – Brazil
2nd Francesca Bagnoli – Italy
3rd Paula Novotna – Czech Republic
4th Therese Taabbell – Denmark

Men’s Final

What an exceptional men’s final we witnessed in Dakhla today! All four athletes were going massive and truly taking advantage of the Dakhla freestyle conditions. Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic was on fire from the get go. Each trick he performed with even more height and power, his Slim 7 scoring him 9.3 points. Current World Champion Carlos Mario put on an exceptional performance as always, landing a perfect 10 for his Heart Attack 7 on his third trick attempt. Set Teixeira from Brazil landed some clean tricks with amazing execution such as his Heart Attack 5 and his 317. It was a tough heat for young talent Maxime Chabloz, who couldn’t quite ride the heat he wanted today, and he had to settle with a Backside 315 as his top score. It was once again an epic final that saw all athletes performing at their highest level.

The Men’s Final Results:

1st – Carlos Mario – Brazil
2nd – Adeuri Corniel – Dominican Republic
3rd – Set Teixeira – Brazil

The finals for both the Men and Women were live broadcast on Bein sports, as well as live on facebook and youtube with Extreme and World Sailing.

The prize giving ceremony was held in the afternoon in Dakhla city, with the presence of all athletes, crew and government officials.

WKC Dakhla was a hugely successful event, and the WKC would like to thank Dakhla Spirit and Soufiane Hamaini for hosting this event, as well as all the other sponsors and partners.

The third stop of the WKC is coming up on the 19th of November at Duro Beach, Cumbuco, Brazil. See you there!

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

Jake Kelsick // Two Things Every Kiteboarder Should Do In Dakhla!

Posted: 10th November 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Jake Kelsick points up two of his favorite things to do when kiteboarding in Dakhla. Can you guess what they are?! Watch his new episode and find out!

The penultimate day of the Elite Championship in Dakhla was blessed once again with ideal freestyle wind conditions. The competition commenced at 1pm, completing the Women’s Semi-finals and the Men’s Small Final.

Women’s Semi – Finals

Heat 7

Heat 7 was first in sequence. 14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil put on a strong performance that once again served to enhance her reputation as a top freestyle kiteboarder. With a very solid array of tricks, she received many high scores including a 9.4 KGB and a 9.73 Double Heart Attack. Francesca Bagnoli kept up a steady rhythm behind her, landing a powered Heart Attack scoring 8.6 points. She advances to tomorrow’s finals together with Sol.

Heat 8

Therese Taabbel performed solidly for Heat 8, as the landed a Slim Chance scoring 8.33. Although she crashed her last two attempts, she had accumulated a good lead and advanced into the final. Paula Novotna from the Czech republic joins her after also riding a consistent heat and gaining some high scores.

Men’s Small Final

Gianmaria Coccoluto from Italy was once again on fine form today, as he successfully landed trick after trick, including a powerful 317. Val Garat managed 4 solid tricks, and despite crashing several attempts, he landed a Slim 7 on his last trick to seal the deal. He finished the heat in second position. Arthur Guillebert followed a fraction of a point behind him, and Anthar Racca in 4th, after also riding well throughout the event.

Tomorrow the event comes to a close with both the Men’s and Women’s finals programmed for 3pm local time. Tune in to the live stream, or the live TV Broadcast on Bein sports.

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

It was another windy day in Dakhla, Morocco for the start of Round 3 for the Men. The good conditions continued throughout the day, allowing the completion for Round 3 and the Semi-Finals for the Men and Round 2 for Women, with lots of twists and turns, and unexpected exits.



Heat 13

It was a close start for all 4 athletes in Heat 13, as it all came down to the final trick. Anthar Racca landed 4 solid tricks to start but then had several crashes which cost him points. Adeuri had a rough start but fixed the situation with a big Backside 317. He managed to maintain his lead and advances to the Semi-finals. Anthar Racca looked set to join him, just knocking out Kalu de Sousa and Stefan Spiessberger in a tight heat for all riders.

Heat 14

Heat 14 sadly saw Former World Champion Youri Zoon sustain an injury to his knee, and withdraw from the competition. Very bad luck considering how well he had been riding for the start of the heat. Set Teixeira from Brazil wasted no time, and landed a big KGB amongst his tricks. Despite crashing his last attempt, he advances to the Semi-finals, joined by young Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland. Louka Pitot from France came very close to advancing but could not quite score enough in his last attempts to get the second position.

Heat 15

After a short lunch break the competition continued with Heat 15, another tight race to qualify for the Semi-finals from all 4 riders. Val Garat maintained his good, consistent riding landing an 8.87 Slim 7, and managed to just stay ahead of his competitors. Gianmaria Coccoluto and the young Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia remained extremely close throughout the heat, with Coccoluto landing a Backside 315 and a 317. Rodriguez pushed his hardest but unfortunately crashed his last three trick attempts and failed to advance. Jerome Cloetens from Spain/Belgium also could not quite land all the tricks he was aiming for and did not advance.

Heat 16

Heat 16 was packed with lots of tough competition, as current World Champion Carlos Mario hit the water to compete against wildcard Jonas Ouahmid, and two french riders Arthur Guillebert and Romain Giuliano. Carlos landed an impressive Backside 317 and Slim 7, but all riders struggled a little with the gustier wind and choppy water conditions. Arthur Guillebert worked hard to keep up with him, and landed 5 of his 7 trick attempts, his effort was rewarded and he joins Carlos Mario in the Semi – Finals. Ouahmid and Giuliano both rode well in the tough conditions but unfortunately could not advance to the next round.

Women’s Round 2

Heat 5

The first Women’s heat of Round 2 went to Pippa Van Iersel from the Netherlands, who landed a powered Backside 313 and S-bend to Blind. She took the lead and passed through to the Semi – finals, and she was joined by Osaia Reding from France, who was delighted to be joining her.

Heat 6

It was a great day for Spanish rider Rita Arnaus who took Heat 6 by storm, performing a fantastic S-bend to Blind, Slim 5, and Backside 313. She was clearly happy with her solid performance and she advances to the Semi-finals. Maureen Castelle follows her through, landing an impressive Hinterberger Mobe. Claudia Leon rode a good heat but couldn’t quite keep up to the rhythm of her more experienced counterparts.

Men’s Semi Finals

Semi – Final 1

Adeuri Corniel was unstoppable for Heat 17, going big on each attempt and stomping an amazing Slim 9 scoring 9.27 points. Set Teixeira creeped up close behind him and landed several great attempts gaining many scores in the 8’s. Gianmaria Coccoluto wasn’t going down without a fight, and landed a clean KGB5 and Heart Attack 5, but sadly missed out on advancing to the final after struggling with his final two attempts.

Semi-final 2

Heat 18 started off with a bang, as all 4 competitors went huge right from the start, their desire to reach the finals was evident in each trick attempt. The level was insanely high, each rider pushed harder and harder with an eye to reaching the podium here in Dakhla. Current World Champion Mario stomped an outstanding Heart Attack 7, scoring a perfect 10, with perfect execution. Maxime Chabloz performed a powered Slim 7 scoring him 9.43 points. Carlos Mario advances to the final together with Maxime Chabloz, with Anthar Racca narrowly missing out on the spot.

This was just a taster of the insane action that we will see in Saturday’s finals! Tomorrow the competition continues with the Women’s semi – finals and the men’s small final. Be sure to tune in to the live stream!

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com