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Stay tuned for all the action at Sotavento! The GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura 2019 is coming, from 19 – 24th July.

The GKA Kite World Cup 2019 is now in Tarifa. Check out the highlights of Day 1.

Watch the highlights of the final day in Sylt, with a super session and the awards ceremony.

Next up – the GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa which starts on the 2nd of July!

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

With no wind on Day 4, the riders of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt joined forces with local kiters and surfers to take part in a 100 person paddle out to raise awareness about the issue of plastic ocean pollution. The climate change is impossible to ignore!

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.

GKA Report:

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!

FINAL RESULTS

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)

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

On Day 1 the Men’s and Women’s Single Eliminations were completed in Sylt. Check out the highlights!

The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup kicked off in the Island of Sylt, Germany. Watch the video from the opening day.

Today was the registration day for the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt. Check the report below.


A strong crew in Sylt

Tuesday 25th June

Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova

The GKA Kite World Tour is back in action this week in Sylt in Germany’s North Frisian Islands for what could be a potentially pivotal event on this year’s tour. Overall rankings are up for grabs and it looks like the conditions are going to be pretty stellar too with a solid forecast on the cards right through until the weekend.

This week will see the tour’s strapless contingent getting back in the mix for the second time this season.

35 riders are registered for the event – 26 men and 9 women – and we’re sure to see some key battles throughout the week as the riders vie to better their position in the overall season rankings.


Matchu’s not competing, but he’s still here for his bros!

There’s plenty of opportunity for some of the lower ranked riders to make real progress at this event too. In the men’s division, fourth seed Matchu Lopes will not be competing here in Sylt due to a shoulder injury which has been plaguing him since late in the 2018 season.

It was a tough decision for him to make, but he’s chosen to take the time to recover properly and will likely miss the rest of the season. That leaves room for manoeuvre for riders further down the table though, particularly as sixth ranked rider Sebastian Ribeiro will also be missing this event.


Mitu Monteiro – the man to beat right now

Of course, breaking the top three will be no mean feat for anyone. Mitu Monteiro is currently in first after a stellar performance at the season opener in Cape Verde, with Airton Cozzolino in second and James Carew in third. All three of those riders are capable of making (and winning) a final, whether strapless freestyle or wave-focused (and this event is likely to be a split between the two), but there are some solid riders on their tail so it’s all to play for this week.


Charlotte Carpentier is in prime position to make up some serious ground at this event

In the women’s division, the table has been blown wide open due to the absence of the entire women’s top three – Moona Whyte, Ines Correia and Johanna Catharina Edin. However, there’s still a nine-strong roster of riders, including German competitors Sonja Bunte and Susanne Schwartztrauber. And, with the top three conspicuous by their absence, you can bet that fourth ranked Charlotte Carpentier and Carla Herrera Oria (currently in seventh) will be looking to seize on the opportunity of a top place finish!


Peri Roberts from Australia is also here in Sylt for her first event of the season

There was no wind today on the opening day, but strong cross-on winds from the right and some swell are due to kick in tomorrow morning.

If that happens, it will make for solid beach break wave riding conditions which are forecasted to last right through until Saturday..

If that happens, it will make for solid beach break wave riding conditions which are forecasted to last right through until Saturday..

Stay tuned for the action tomorrow once the main event gets underway.

First possible start tomorrow (Wednesday) – 09:00

Find heat ladders here.

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com