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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

Mikaili Sol and Adeuri Corniel claimed the Mauritius freestyle event win. Watch the highlight video of the women’s and men’s finals.

RESULT MEN’S FINAL:

1 Adeuri Corniel (DR) 36.2 points
2 Valentin Rodriguez (COL) 36.19
3 Liam Whaley (ESP) 32.56
4 Nicolas Delmas (FRA) 24.46

RESULT WOMEN’S FINAL:

1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 33.99
2 Rita Arnaus (ESP) 27.01
3 Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 25.03
4 Claudia Leon (ESP) 18.23

Watch the highlights of Day Two, with the Finals of the Women’s freestyle competition.

Edit by Adam Sims

Women’s Final Results
1: Paula Novotna (CZE)
2: Pippa van Iersel (NLD)
3: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
4: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)

On the final day at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2019, there was a strapless freestyle Super Session. Check the report.

GKA Report

Sunday 30th June
Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova

It’s the final day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt and the wind has returned with steady cross-on conditions from the left.

That means it’s time for a strapless freestyle Super Session! The riders will compete to see who can throw the absolute best trick for the crowds with €1000 up for grabs.

Riders will be competing in two twenty minute heats with a final heat to follow. Men and women will ride together in the heats, with the top three men and top two women progressing.

Check back here for heat-by-heat reports and follow the action on GKA social channels.
First Possible Start – 12:45

Heat 1

Airton was absolutely on fire in this heat. He stuck a backside 3, then another, and then finished off with a 313 to win the heat comfortably and he went through to the final alongside Duotone teammates Kiko Roig Torres and Pedro Matos.

Capucine Delannoy ses herself apart once again as one of the best strapless freestyle riders in her division and Charlotte Carpentier also went through.

Heat 2

The handlepass heat! Mitu and Paulino both stomped clean BS3s to match Airton’s unhooked antics from the previous while Simon Joosten impressed with a high tempo of tricks. His frontside shuvit 3 was particularly steezy and he progressed through to the finals alongside Mitu and Paulino.

Carla Herrera Oria was the standout female rider with a backroll to revert and a backroll rodeo and she also progressed through to the final heat alongside Susanne Schwarztrauber.

Finals

Airton went all in once again in this heat with yet another FS3 and BS3 so he has the edge on technical skill but he’s not the only rider killing it.

Simon Joosten nails a backroll shuvit which isn’t something we’ve seen done many times on this tour and Paulino is no longer going for handlepasses but he’s putting in stronger performances with a front roll tic tac and a double backroll tic tac which scores well.

Mitu posts some decent scores, but a line tangle with Paulino takes up precious time.

In the women’s division, Carla is the clear leader with a backroll rodeo and it looks like Charlotte will probably have secured second with an air to blind and a board-off. She also came very close on a 360 shuvit, making the landing but crashing straight after so that won’t count towards her score unfortunately.

RESULTS

Women
1: Carla Herrera Oria
2: Charlotte Carpentier
3: Susanne Schwarztrauber

Men
1: Airton Cozzolino
2: Simon Joosten
3: Paulino Pereira

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

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!

Mikaili Sol wins at Playa de Vargas, in Gran Canaria. Check it all here!

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Mikaili Sol wins the GKA Gran Canaria!

Saturday 15th June

Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mint Grigas

The riders battled their way through to the semi-finals yesterday on the second day of the GKA Gran Canaria in super challenging conditions. By the end of the day, round three was complete, so the eight male riders who’d made it to the semis were guaranteed a joint first place if no further heats were able to run.

For the women however, they still needed to complete the semi-finals to get a result so the pressure is on today!

Recap on the action from day 2 in the highlight video below and stay tuned for updates when the heats start rolling!

CONDITIONS: 15+ knots. Riders on 11-12 metres
HEATS BEGIN AT 19:00

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS 1
B. Kajiya / M. Sol / T/. Taabbel
Event picks up where the riders left off yesterday and each competitor has two tricks on the board.

Mika sticks a KGB for 7.97 – the highest women’s score so far. Bruna not far behind with a B2B (6.67) and Therese consistently landing in the high fives.

Mika sticks another high score with a 7.93 for a heart attack. Two highest scores of the event – and in the same heat! Her coach is on the beach talking her through the heat.

Mika absolutely insane in this heat. She just landed an 8.07 for a back mobe which means she’s now landed the three highest tricks of the event almost consecutively.

Mika wins with an insane performance and combined score of 31.04. The three highest scoring tricks and the biggest combo score of the event in one heat. No biggie..

WOMEN’S SEMI FINALS HEAT 2
P. Van Iersel / R. Arnaus / M. Lambrecht / H. Whiteley
Riders out on 12-13 metre kites and all landing opening tricks in the high fours (three raleys to blind and a blind judge). Hannah looking underpowered on a 12 but making it work.

Rita Arnaus doing well in this heat on a 12 metre RPM and she sticks a back to blind for 5.87. Leading well after two tricks but then Pippa van Iersel comes back from fourth with an s-bend to blind into second and she’s now closing on Rita.

Taller riders having to run back upwind in between tricks due to light conditions but Rita Arnaus is absolutely crushing it and she lands a slim chance scoring 7.67 but Van Iersel pulls ahead with some consistent scores including a 313.

Whitely then gets a solid gust of wind late in the heat and lands a double back to wrapped (second highest trick of the heat) but Van Iersel now has the momentum and keeps consistently sticking landings.

The dual between Arnaus and Van Iersel continues and with two tricks still to run, Rita pulls ahead again with an s-bend to blind. Van Iersel needs 7.95 to win this now. Unfortunately, her last trick was a BS 313 which only scored her 5.83. Rita wins the heat!

MEN’S SEMI FINALS HEAT 1
L. Cruz / S. Teixeira / V. Rodriguez / M. Chabloz
Conditions: Riders on 12-13 metres
Cruz strikes first with a 317 (7.07). Teixeira and Rodriguez then both land front blind mobes but Rodriguez’ is cleaner and bigger and he moves into second.

WIND DROPS – HEAT ABANDONED – ON TO THE WOMEN’S FINAL

WOMEN’S FINAL
B. Kajiya / P. Van Iersel / R. Arnaus / M. Sol
Bruna is looking strong from the off with an s-bend to blind for 5.87 points and she then stomps a front to blind and a B2B, two high scores.

Mika Sol’s riding super consistently though with a slim chance followed by back to blind and then a super clean heart attack for 7.7 to pull into the lead ahead of Bruna. This is now becoming a proper battle between the old guard and the new school!

Bruna’s not having it though, and she then lands a double back to wrapped to pull into the lead with a substantial combined score of 28.24. She’s still got three trick attempts in hand, and is comfortably leading this heat.

Rita Arnaus is close behind Mika in second with consistent scores averaging around 6 points and Pippa Van Iersel is only a couple of points behind.

Mika Sol then retakes the lead with a blind mobe and she now has a combined score of 29.47.

Each rider now has one trick to go, but Bruna’s gone for an s-bend to blind and that won’t score her highly enough to beat Mika.

MIKA WINS WITH ONE TRICK ATTEMPT STILL IN HAND!

WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
4: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Check out the highlights of the final day of the GKA Freestyle World Cup in Leucate, France.

GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate comes to an end on Day Six of the event window. Carlos Mario and Francesca Bagnoli are the big winners in Leucate. Check the summary report bellow!

GKA Report
Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova

HEAVY WINDS, OCCASIONAL MEGA LOOPS AND STRONG COMMITMENT FOR PURE FREESTYLE PREVAILED AT PORT LEUCATE

What a result from the first Freestyle event of the season! A big surprise having moved from La Franqui yesterday to the kickers and open beach at Port Leucate. Big winds, big performance and perhaps a big surprise with Francesca Bagnoli from Italy taking her first win, while champion Mikaili Sol only managed to rescue second place with her last trick in the women’s. And it WAS a rescue. The Brazilian is beatable – something we doubted and tees up the rest of the season beautifully!

In the men’s, Carlos Mario showed the mark of a champion and also staged his own comeback, stopping Maxime Chabloz from claiming his first event win, but all bets are on the Swiss rider breaking his top-step duck this season. A valiant Valentin Rodriguez, just 16 from Colombia, took third. In many ways, he was the big news of this event on the men’s side.

Leucate was scheduled to be a pure freestyle event in this mixed event series. 30+ knot conditions saw some riders voluntarily throwing big kite loops… so out mouths are watered for more big aerial antics when we get to round two in Gran Canaria in June, which is scheduled to be run in a mixed freestyle / big air format. Bring it on!

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Check out the highlights from Day 5 in Leucate. On a long day of action, the competition progressed all the way to the men’s semi’s and women’s finals.

The small final and main finals took place today at Duro Beach, Cumbuco, with ideal conditions and a beach packed with hundreds of spectators. The Men’s Small Final was first in sequence, followed by the Women’s final and concluding with the Men’s Final.

Men’s Small Final

The small final was a battle between 4 strong athletes to place themselves from 4th to 8th position for this final event of the year. Set Teixeira entered the small final riding with confidence and power. He landed a good Backside 317 and a KGB 5, finishing in 1st place for the small final and giving him the 5th position for this event. Anthar Racca remained extremely close behind and landed an incredible Slim 7 amongst his attempts. Local rider Kalu de Sousa has had a fantastic event, making it to the small final on only his second Elite Championship event and finished the small final in 2nd place. Gianmaria Coccoluto from Italy did not manage his best heat, but he did land an impressive KGB5 amongst his attempts, and finished in 4th.

Women’s Final

We witnessed an incredibly high level of riding from our four female finalists in Cumbuco today.

Our World Champion, 14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil was on fire from the start, landing three tricks that scored in the 9´s. It was the first ever final for Pippa van Iersel on only her second WKC Elite event, and what a performance she gave! She clearly proved that she is a new big player in female kiteboarding, and once again landed a massive Heart Attack scoring 8.17 points on her second trick attempt. Francesca Bagnoli has been in every WKC final this year, and she once again rode incredibly well. Her Hinterberger mobe was beautifully executed and scored her 8.07 points. Our local wildcard Estefania Rosa has also had a positive event, coming all the way up through winning the qualifiers. She landed a a good array of tricks but struggled with several crashed attempts towards the end of the heat. Mikaili Sol sealed the deal with her exceptional performance today in Cumbuco, and is now our 2018 World Champion, an incredible accomplishment for this 14 year old athlete. Francesca Bagnoli finished 2nd, and Pippa Van Iersel came in third, her first podium position on the WKC.

Men’s Final

Our final WKC event of the year saw an absolutely outstanding level of performance from all 4 male finalists, each of them hungry for the top podium spot. Erick Anderson maybe the most unknown name in the final, but his riding level was up there with the very best. He landed tricks with incredible power and height, and rode one of his best heats. Liam Whaley, our Former World Champion seemed to feel the pressure at the start, but came back with a massive 8.53 points for his Backside 317 on his 4th trick attempt. Adeuri Corniel just went massive and fully powered, in his typical style, landing solid high scores throughout the heat. His KGB7 was spectacular and scored him 9 points. But it was our current Champion Carlos Mario who once again proved to the World that he is at the very top of his game. He landed a Heart Attack 7 and a Backside 319, and came back to the beach to his hundreds of supporters to share and celebrate his victory. It was an emotional final that saw such incredible drive and performance from all participants, and once again Carlos Mario was crowned as 2018 World Champion.

Cumbuco, Brazil has been an incredible location to host this final stop of the year, and the perfect conditions we saw each day allowed all athletes to truly push themselves to the limit. 2018 has been a fantastic year, and today’s action was the icing on the cake. Congratulations to all of our athletes for the passion and determination they all showed during this competition!

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com