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The World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) are now one new unified World Tour. From 2019 onwards, the GKA will represent the professional freestyle kiteboarding and professional wave-kitesurfing.

Read here the GKA press release:

NEW UNITY IN INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL KITESPORTS – FUTURE OF FREESTYLE COMPETITIONS SECURED UNDER GKA LEADERSHIP

The world of professional freestyle kiteboarding competition has seen many changes in the past years, lending to uncertainty within the community as well as an unfavorable perception from the outside.

From 2019 onwards, professional freestyle kiteboarding will be officially represented by the Global Kitesports Association (GKA), with the aim of helping this immensely popular discipline regain the trust of community and public alike.

After years of separation between professional freestyle kiteboarding and professional wave-kitesurfing, both disciplines are now united in one organisation: the GKA.

The GKA is the only organisation authorised by World Sailing to officially hold competitions in all expression disciplines in international kitesports.

The new, united format of world championships is called the GKA KITE WORLD TOUR, with distinct event names according to the discipline executed at an event: GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP and GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP (wave & strapless freestyle). The former tour (WKC in 2018) and event names will no longer be used.

Under the leadership of the Global Kitesports Association, the future of competitive kitesports is finally secured and freestyle kiteboarding and wave-kitesurfing are represented within the GKA equally and with full respect to their respective unique character.

Youri Zoon, Chairman of the Kite Riders United (KRU):

After several years of uncertainty, last year the WKC managed to create a solid platform in terms of freestyle competition standards, with a very effective competition format and with an incredible live stream and media distribution that included live television broadcasting, a first for this sport. In order to unify the future of kiteboarding, the WKC have decided to join forces with the GKA, so that all competition disciplines can now come under one umbrella. We hope this will give more power to the sport, and help create a successful and sustainable tour with the same platform of freestyle that we already know.

“The new tour will also open the door to different formats, such as big air. In my opinion, kiteboarding is not only about one single discipline, but about all disciplines coming together to create a strong image and platform for our much-loved sport.

“After many tough years for freestyle kiteboarding, I am very much looking forward to the coming years, with the help of the GKA and the riders to put our sport up where it deserves to be. Although I will be riding my last competition this year, I still want to ensure the positive development of freestyle. A new era, a new tour and a new generation of kiteboarders. Good luck to all!

Dr. Jörgen Vogt, Secretary General of the Global Kitesports Association (GKA):

This mutually agreed governance structure brings clarity to the kitesports community at large and is the base for a prosperous development of our sport and for the advantage of professional riders in all disciplines. One World Tour with two disciplines (wave and freestyle) under one umbrella now fulfills the assumption for raising the public awareness of this sport and making kitesports even bigger. Professional riders of all performance disciplines will be able to build up their professional sports career on the ground of a reliable, sustainable and financially strong World Tour.

The full 2019 calendar and formats for FREESTYLE and KITE-SURF World Cup events on the GKA KITE WORLD TOUR coming soon.

Source: global-kitesports.org

The final 9 kiteboarders to make up the 18-man Red Bull King of the Air 2019 have been announced. The 2019 event takes place on the windiest day between the 26th of January and 10th of February 2019.

Check media release below and find out who will be in Cape Town!

FINAL NINE PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED FOR RED BULL KING OF THE AIR 2019

Video entries are now closed for the most prolific big-air Kiteboarding contest in the world. After much deliberation the last nine participants have been chosen and they now secure their place for the final showdown with the hope of taking the title of Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Champion.

Confirmed for the 2019 event are Kevin Langeree, Liam Whaley and Lewis Crathern along with past champions Jesse Richman, Aaron Hadlow and 2017’s winner Nick Jacobsen who missed out on a chance to defend his title due to injury.

Amongst some of the familiar faces like Ruben Lenten, Jerrie Van De Kop and South Africans Josh Emanuel and Ross Dillon Player in the mix, there are also a couple of new names to join the field. GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Champion, Carlos Mario will make his debut at the event.

“I wanted to compete in the event but I was nervous about it. I had a fear and I didn’t like doing freestyle in stronger winds. But after this GKA Air Games season and competing in stronger winds and doing big kite loops, I feel much more ready to compete in Red Bull King of the Air,” says the Brazilian. Mario is joined by Posito Martinez fellow first-timer of the Dominican Republic.

The renowned kiteboarding competition will return to Kite Beach, Cape Town – arguably the Cape’s Mecca for Kitesurfing – for the second time early next year and will have a window period of two weeks in late January and early February 2019 with the competition being run on the windiest day.

Fans are encouraged to keep an eye on the Red Bull King of the Air 2019 website to stay up to date on the final competition days and get ready for the action – Save the date and get ready for some of the most epic airs!

The 18 confirmed participants, in alphabetical order are:
Aaron Hadlow (UK) (2015, 2016 winner)
Aurelien Petreau (France)
Carlos Mario (Brazil)
Gijs Wassenaar (Netherlands)
Jerrie Van De Kop (Netherlands)
Jesse Richman (USA) (2013 winner)
Joshua Emanuel (South Africa)
Kevin Langeree (Netherlands) (2014, 2018 winner)
Lasse Walker (Netherlands)
Lewis Crathern (UK)
Liam Whaley (Spain)
Marc Jacobs (New Zealand)
Nick Jacobsen (Denmark) (2017 winner)
Posito Martinez (Dominican Republic)
Ross Dillon Player (South Africa)
Ruben Lenten (Netherlands)
Sam Light (UK)
Steven Akkersdijk (Netherlands)

Source: RedBull

Here is Hannah Whiteley’s entry for the big air competition in Cape Town! Check out her video.

Filmed by: Jop Heemskerk

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

It was a rainy start to day three in Cumbuco, Brazil, but by 11am the clouds opened up and the competition commenced. Both the Men’s and Women’s semi-finals were completed with amazing conditions, with 8 male and 8 female athletes battling for a position in tomorrow’s finals.

Men’s Semi – Final One

An incredible level of riding was displayed from the very start as these 4 powerful athletes performed highly technical tricks from the very start of the semi-finals. Gianmaria Coccoluto performed incredibly, opening with a massive Backside 317 and followed it up with a Heart Attack 7 scoring 9.23 that left the crowds in a frenzy. It was incredibly well executed, and really raised the bar during this difficult semi-final heat. Liam Whaley was going big, and landed a fantastic Slim 7 that gave him the lead on the 5th trick attempt. Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic started with three strong tricks but two consecutive crashes put some pressure on him towards the end of the heat. He needed to land some good tricks if he wanted to get into the finals. Meanwhile, Kalu de Sousa was landing trick after trick, but not managing to go as big or as powered as we have seen from him in previous days. Whaley, Corniel and Coccoluto had almost even points up until the very last trick attempt. Coccoluto came so close to a spot in the final, but he crashed his final attempt and it sadly cost him the spot, but what an amazing performance for this Italian rider. Liam Whaley took the win for this incredible semi-final, followed by Adeuri Corniel. Both athletes advance to tomorrow’s final.

Men’s Semi- Final Two

Current World Champion Carlos Mario rode with his usual power, executing incredible tricks back to back. His second attempt was a massive Heart Attack 7 scoring him 9.7 points. Erick Anderson once again proved that he is becoming a big name in kiteboarding, and he landed an outstanding KGB 7 scoring him 9.67 points. Mario waited until 5th attempt to really wow the crowds with an incredible Hinterberger Mobe 9, scoring 9.93 points and solidifying his lead. Anthar Racca, Erick Anderson and Set Teixeira entered a tough battle for the second spot, and Teixeira pulled out a beautifully executed 317 scoring him 9.17 to help boost him up in second, but then Anderson did a 317 of his own and stole the spot. Anderson joins Carlos Mario in tomorrow’s finals.

Women’s Semi- Finals One

Pippa van Iersel once again proved that she is comfortable in these conditions as she rode a storming heat, landing a Hinterberger Mobe and another outstanding Heart Attack. She truly stepped up her game today and advanced into a well deserved first place to take her into the final. Rita Arnaus and Estefania Rosa were close in points and both pushed as hard as they could to join Van Iersel in the final, and it was local wildcard Estefania Rosa who grabbed the spot and will be joining the top females in tomorrow’s final.

Women’s Semi-Finals Two

Current leader, 14 year old Mikaili Sol was unstoppable for this Semi-final, and she landed a mix of very well executed tricks. Francesca Bagnoli remained extremely close behind her, and even with the wind conditions dropping she rode a good heat and advanced to the final together with Mikaili Sol. Dioneia Vieira and Paula Novotna both landed good tricks, but they also struggled with a few crashed trick attempts after going for some big tricks that did not allow them to progress any further at this event. With this win, young Mikaili Sol has already won the 2018 World Title, an incredible feat for this young athlete!

The action continues tomorrow, with the first possible start at 11 am, so be sure to tune into our Facebook Page or to our Youtube Channel.

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

Cumbuco, Brazil, once again delivered the goods for the second day of Elite Championship freestyle action. The Men’s Round 2 was completed, together with the Women’s Rounds 1 and 2.

Heat 10

Heat 10 was first in sequence, continuing from yesterday, where the heat was postponed after the 4th trick attempt due to the dropping wind. Erick Anderson, the local Wildcard, continued to build upon yesterday’s strong performance, ending his heat with a nice Backside 317 and Hinterberger Mobe 7. He advanced to the next round, and joining him was Louka Pitot from France, after succeeding on keeping his lead from yesterday.

Heat 11

Stefan Spiessberger rode a nice and clean selection of tricks for Heat 11, landing him a spot in Round 3. The second place was a battle between three french riders, Romain Giuliano, Julian Krikken and Edgar Ulrich. It was Giuliano who managed to break through and join Spiessberger in Round 3.

Heat 12

Liam Whaley went all in for Heat 12, landing every single trick attempt, including a powered Slim7. He finished the heat with a fantastic overall score, locking down his spot in the next round. Young Colombian Valentin Rodriguez joined him after landing some big tricks of his own.

Women’s Round 1

Heat 1

The Women were next in sequence, and Rita Arnaus completed her heat with great confidence and consistent riding. The talented Spanish rider landed a solid Hinterberger Mobe and and a Backside 313. She was delighted to pass directly to Round 3, with Therese Taabbel and Nathalie Lambrecht passing to Round 2.

Heat 2

Vera Klabbers was back to competition after missing our Dakhla event due to injury. She rode well with a focused approach, and landed a massive Slim Chance scoring 7 points for her final trick. This allowed her to advance directly to Round 3, with Paula Novotna and Dioneia Vieira passing to Round 2.

Heat 3

Pippa Van Iersel from the Netherlands left us speechless with her massive 9.3 Heart Attack in Heat 3. Mikaili Sol, our current leader, did not disappoint, and landed a fantastic Slim Chance and KGB amongst her attempts. She advances to Round 3, with Van Iersel and Maureen Castelle passing to Round 2.

Heat 4

Francesca Bagnoli is having a fantastic season so far, and today was a great opening for her final event of the year. She landed a Slim Chance and nice Hinterberger Mobe to ensure her spot in Round 3. Estefania Rosa and Kristina Belogorskaya will have another chance in Round 2.

Men’s Round 3

After a short break, Men’s Round 3 was resumed, which would allow the top two athletes to advance to the semi-finals.

Heat 13

We saw some incredible riding from Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic, landing an impressive KGB7 scoring 9.93 points. He kept a lead throughout the heat, but the remaining three competitors faced a tough battle in the fight to advance in second place. Anthar Racca, Louka Pitot and Luis Alberto Cruz were close in points and kept pushing each other harder. Pitot pulled out all the stops and landed a Backside 315 and KGB5, finishing the heat with a good total score of 29, but it still wasn’t quite enough to catch up to Anthar Racca from Mexico, who advances to the next Round together with Adeuri. Luis Alberto Cruz and Pitot were sadly unable to advance.

Heat 14

Heat 14 saw three local Brazilians – Kalu de Sousa, Erick Anderson and Alex Neto, faced french athlete Val Garat. Kalu De Sousa has been making a name for himself during our last events, and today was no exception. He gained a total score of 31.14 points and gained himself a spot in the semi-finals. Erick Anderson continued on his strong performance, and joins De Sousa in the semi-finals.

Heat 15

Set Teixeira had a slow start for Heat 15, but made an incredible comeback towards the end of his heat, landing a Front Blind Mobe and securing his spot in the semi- finals. Gianmaria Coccoluto performed exceptionally well and joins him in the next round. Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia performed well and almost made it through, but got knocked out together with Stefan Spiessberger towards the end of the heat, much to their disappointment.

Heat 16

Current World Champion once again showed his domination in heat 16, landing big tricks for each attempt. His effortless style led him easily through to the semi-finals. The bigger battle taking place was for the other three riders in the heat, who wanted to take that second spot. Maxime Chabloz was feeling good, and landed a superb 319 scoring him 9.07 points, however it all came down to his final trick, which he crashed, sadly eliminating him from the competition. Liam Whaley seemed to be feeling the pressure, riding against some of the newcomers that have been competing in the Elite Championships during his absence, but he made up for it by scoring 9.23 points for an outstanding Slim 7. His consecutive KGB5 allowed him to lock down his spot in the semi-finals. Romain Giuliano opened with a nice 317 but then crashed, losing his kite. Thanks to caddy-of-the-year Louka Pitot, he could complete his heat as Pitot body dragged all the way out to him to give him his own equipment. He gave it a solid effort, but was knocked out together with Chabloz.

Women’s Round 2

Heat 5

At 3pm it was time for the women to head into their second round. The conditions were tricky for the women, as they battled a fairly big shore break. Local wildcard Estefania Rosa had a storming heat as she landed trick after trick and secured herself a spot in the Semi-finals. Dioneia Vieira, also local athlete, joins her.

Heat 6

Paula Novotna got straight to the point during Heat 6, and landed solid tricks with a committed performance to advance to the next round. Pippa van Iersel was determined to join her, and fought hard with Therese Taabbell for the spot, but Therese’s crash on her final trick attempt ender her hopes of advancing, and it went to Novotna and Van Iersel.

The action continues tomorrow, with the skipper’s meeting called for 8.30 am and a first possible start at 9.30 am, so be sure to tune into our Facebook Page or to our Youtube Channel.

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

We were welcomed once again with perfect conditions in Cumbuco, Brazil for Day One of the Elite Championship. The Men’s Qualifier Championship was first in sequence as the final heat still needed to be completed, followed by Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Elite Championship.

Men’s Qualifier Championship Final

There were four contenders for this impressive Men’s Final, that commenced at 9.30 am at the beautiful spot of Duro Beach. Louka Pitot from France had another fantastic start, showing the same clean precision he had performed with on previous days. He landed a great KGB 5, Backside 315 and a 317. Juan Rodriguez from Colombia has truly made a name for himself during this Qualifier Championship event, and opened with a powerful Double Hinterberger Mobe 5. Local rider Erick Anderson rode with style and power, clearly familiar and comfortable with the conditions at his home spot. He performed a spectacular Slim 7 scoring 8.3 points. Alex Neto from Brazil struggled for the start of his heat but gradually built up his scores as the heat progressed. It was a spectacular final that all came down to the last two trick attempts. The final Qualifier results are:

1 – Erick Anderson
2 – Juan Rodriguez
3 – Louka Pitot
4 – Alex Neto

Elite Men’s Round 1

The Men were first in sequence, and each heat of Round 1 had 3 competitors, where the 1st advanced to Round 3, and 2nd and 3rd get a second chance in Round 2. Each athlete had 6 trick attempts, with their top 4 scores counting.

Heat 1

The Elite Championship commenced at 11.15 am. Austrian athlete Stefan Spiessberger opened with a nice Crowmobe 5, a unique choice for an opening trick. Gianmaria Coccoluto was riding confidently and completed the heat with a good stack of scores. He passed through directly to Round 3. Jonas Ouahmid from Morocco and Spiessberger passed through to the 2nd round.

Heat 2

Set Teixeira was firing through Heat 2 landing trick after trick. He racked up plenty of solid scores, and locked down the position directly to Round 3. Julien Krikken from France and Joselito del Rosario from the Dominican Republic pass through to Round 2.

Heat 3

Valentin Rodriguez, the young 16 year old from Colombia, started with a bang, scoring 8.27 for his opening Backide 317, setting the bar high from the start. Local athlete Kalu de Sousa once again performed consistently, with only one crashed trick attempt. He cleared his way directly through to Round 3, withRodriguez and Guillebert getting a second chance in Round 2.

Heat 4

Former World Champion Liam Whaley is back in action, and we are delighted to see him recovered from his injury and back to competitive freestyle. He had a rough start to heat 4, with two crashes, but he was not about to let that get to him. He made an incredible recovery with a powered Backside 317 and an outstanding Front Blind Mobe. Just as it looked like he was going to cruise his way to Round 3, Alex Neto landed an insane KGB 7 scoring a perfect 10, sending the crowds on the beach into a frenzy. What an incredible moment for Neto, as he locked down his spot in Round 3. Whaley and Rodriguez pass through to Round 2.

Heat 5

Heat 5 was an extremely close call between Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic and Val Garat from France. Val Garat needed to go for a good score on his last attempt, but his Backside 317 scored 7 points, just a fraction from what he needed. Cruz advanced to Round 3, with Garat and Giuliano passing to Round 2.

Heat 6

Adeuri Corniel was a man on a mission today. He landed an insane 319 for his second attempt, scoring 9.17 points and putting him in the lead. Despite several crashes, his scores were high and he took the spot directly in Round 3. Anthar Racca was very close to catching him, but crashed his last attempt and will get a second chance in Round 2 together with Edgar Ulrich from France.

Heat 7

Louka Pitot and Maxime Chabloz were neck and neck for Heat 7, with Chabloz just snatching the lead from Pitot on the penultimate trick attempt. Jerome Cloetens from Spain was close behind, but couldn’t quite catch up to his fellow competitors. Pitot and Cloetens advance to Round 2.

Heat 8

What an incredible effort we witnessed from local rider Erick Anderson as he came up against our current World Champion Carlos Mario for Heat 8. Both Mario and Anderson performed some incredible tricks, with an outstanding Heart Attack 7 scoring 9.37 for Mario. The current World Champion advanced to Round 3, with Anderson and Serin passing to Round 2.

Men’s Round 2

At 2.30 pm the action continued with Men’s Round 2, where each heat had 4 competitors, and only two advanced to the next Round.

Heat 9

Anthar Racca rode a superb heat against Garat, Del Rosario and Ouahmid. He performed a well calculated heat, with tricks including a Backside 317 and Slim 7. Val Garat pushed hard to catch up to him but settled for 2nd place. Garat and Racca advanced to Round 3, with Ouahmid and Del Rosario sadly missing out.

Heat 10

Erick Anderson progressed through Heat 10, even as the conditions deteriorated he landed a good combination of tricks. He maintained a good lead for the duration of the heat, and advanced into Round 3. It was a battle for the second spot between Louka Pitot and Arthur Guillebert, who both fought hard for the opportunity to advance. The heat was abandoned after the 5th round of tricks due to the wind dropping, and will be resumed early tomorrow morning.

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

The day commenced with ideal conditions and a promising forecast at Duro Beach, Cumbuco, allowing for the completion of full Women’s Qualifier Championship, and up to the third trick attempt of the Men’s Qualifier final.

Heat 6

The completion of Heat 6 was first in sequence. Here, Brazilian athlete Alex Neto stormed his way through, landing a powered Slim 7 scoring him 8.27 points. He continued to rack up the scores and passed directly through to Round 3. Stino Mul and Erisverton Ribeiro pass through to Round 2.

Heat 7

Heat 7 saw local rider Manoel Soares battle agains Moroccan Jonas Ouahmid, both riders hoping to advance directly to Round 3. Manoel started strong, landing a powered Backside 317, and continued his good riding with a Front Blind Mobe and Backmobe 5. Ouahmid commenced with a Double Heart Attack followed by a Slim 5. The strong performance from Soares put him through to Round 3, and Ouhmid together with Mendes pass through to Round 2.

Heat 8

Our Qualifier Championship winner from Dakhla, Gianmaria Coccoluto, started the event with a bang, landing a big Front Blind Mobe followed by a powered Backside 317. He continued racking up the scores and grabbed the spot in Round 3. Felipe Macedo followed by Lau Duprez advanced to Round 2.

Men’s Round 2

Men’s round 2 was next in sequence, and saw the trick attempts now reduced to 6, instead of 7. The stakes were higher for the second round, which saw only two riders from each heat advance to Round 3.

Heat 9

Things got serious during Round 2 as the athletes had to fight hard in order to finish in the top two positions of their heats. Heat 9 went to Brazilian rider Marcelino Santos who rode a committed heat and landed a varied array of good tricks. Elite rider Paul Serin from France goes through to Round 2, followed by David Ribeiro.

Heat 10

Young Moroccan rider Jonas Ouahmid delivered another good performance as landed some solid tricks such as his Double Heart Attack. He went for some massive moves off the kickers, fully committed, and his effort paid off as he passed through to Round 3. Sergei Borisov from Russia had to fight hard against Brazilian Paulo Roque, as they were neck and neck until the final trick attempt. Borisov was rewarded after landing a good Backside 315 for his final trick attempt, and he joins Ouahmid in the next round.

Heat 11

It was an impressive start to Heat 11, which saw all 4 athletes landing similar tricks with even scores. It wasn’t until the 3rd trick attempt that some athletes started to gain an edge on their opponents. Stijn Mul rode a fantastic heat, landing a Slim 5 to open, followed by a Hinterberger Mobe and KGB. Colombian athlete Juan Rodriguez fought hard to stay at the top, and landed a powerful Hinterberger Mobe 5 and Double Heart Attack, riding with plenty of style and power. South African athlete Aaron Rosslee locked down some solid scores for the start of the heat, together with George Dufty from the UK, but both riders struggled with their final attempts and couldn’t manage to keep up the momentum. Mul went for a massive Backside 317 boosted off the kickers for his final attempt, and scored 6.7 points to secure his spot in the next round but it was Colombian talent Juan Rodriguez who took the win, landing an outstanding Backside 317 on his last attempt to secure the top spot.

Heat 12

Once again, last years wildcard, Erick Anderson, was on fine form. He threw down trick after trick, with his powerful 317 scoring him 8.53 points. He clearly had an objective to once again win the event Wildcard, and his performance was a demonstration of that. He cruised through the heat with ease, finishing in 1st place and securing his spot in Round 3. Another Brazilian rider, Mateus Mendes, put in a good effort to keep up with him, and also advanced through to the next round, sadly eliminating Joao Lucas and Lau Duprez from the competition.

Women’s Round 1

The women took to the water at 11.30 am, ready display their talent and fight for a spot in the Qualifier Championship finals.

Heat 1

Brazilian competitor Estefania Rosa showed her experience for this first Women’s heat of the day, as she landed her tricks confidently. Elite rider, Pippa Van Iersel from the Netherlands started the heat with an impressive Backside 313, but then struggled to land her next trick attempts. Both Van Iersel and Rosa pass through to the final, after Nathalie Lambrecht and Alina Kornelli struggled to land all of their trick attempts.

Heat 2

It was a pleasure to watch local athlete Dioneia Vieira, back competing with the WKC, and she proved her worth as the landed every trick attempt, including a clean S-bend to Blind. She cleared her way easily into the finals. Elite Championship athlete Kristina Belogorskaya from Russia joined her.

Men’s Round 3

Heat 13

At midday, it was Men’s Round 3 next in sequence. New young rider to the WKC Edgar Ulrich performed well, opening the heat with a clean Slim 5 and KGB. Brazilian athlete Alex Neto was also on fire and landed a powered Slim 7 that scored him 8.5 points. He finished the heat with a

KGB and cleared his path into the Semi-finals, together with Edgar Ulrich.

Heat 14

There were 4 strong riders in Heat 14, each of them willing to battle it out on the water for their opportunity to enter the Qualifier Championship Semi-Final. Kalu de Sousa from Brazil remained firmly in control. He commenced the heat with a powered Backside 317, and continued to land trick after trick. Jonas Ouahmid started the heat well with a clean Double Heart Attack, but lost concentration after his 4th attempt, when he assisted his fellow competitor Anthar Racca who lost his kite whilst performing his trick. Racca sadly did not make it back out for the remained of the heat. That left the battle for second place between Paul Serin and Ouahmid, and it was young Moroccan Ouahmid who stole the spot in the semi-finals.

Heat 15

Louka Pitot was once again fully focused for heat 15, landing a big Front Blind Mobe to open the heat, followed by a Heart Attack. His powerful approach paid off and he completed the heat in 1st place. Colombian Juan Rodriguez also had a clear goal to reach the semi-finals, and his riding did not disappoint the judges. Amongst his attempts was a clean Double Heart Attack and a Double Hinterberger Mobe5, and his clean riding was rewarded with the second spot in the semi-finals.

Heat 16

Gianmaria Coccoluto was aiming to reach the Qualifier Championship final, however he could not quite pull out his best tricks during Heat 16, until his very last attempt, a very clean 317 with a solid landing, catapulted him up into 2nd place. Local rider Erick Anderson performed exceptionally well, and his opening 319 scored him 8.17 points. Despite two crashes, he advanced easily into the semi-finals, together with Coccoluto. Soares and Mul were unfortunately eliminated at this round despite riding well throughout the heat.

Women’s Small Final

The women struggled during the small final with the heavy shore break, but it was Nathalie Lambrecht who persevered and took the lead. Maria Vassilau followed in second, Alina Kornelli in 3rd and Any Nuppenau in 4th.

Men’s Semi Finals

Heat 17

As the athletes endured the tough conditions, we saw some superb action for heat 17, with the riders pushing themselves harder than ever in order to secure a spot in the Qualifier Final. It was all down to the final 6th trick attempt, where Alex Neto managed to jump up to the first position, Juan Rodriguez from Colombia into 2nd, with both riders advancing to the finals. Kalu de Sousa and Gianmaria Coccoluto, two extremely strong riders from the Elite Championship, were knocked out.

Heat 18

Brazilian powerhouse Erick Anderson delivered a high performance, showing his confidence and determination as he fought for a spot in the Qualifier Final. His massive KGB5 scored him 8.5 points, and he managed to maintain a lead over his fellow competitiors. Louka Pitot was absolutely on fire, and rode the best heat we have seen from him so far. His Backside 317 which was powerful and well executed, scored him 8.5 points. He follows Anderson into the Qualifier Championship final.

Women’s Qualifier Championship Final

The women’s Qualifier Final went to local rider Estefania Rosa, who closed the heat with an impressive S-bend to Blind. Rosa was delighted to take the win at her home spot, and will be receiving the Wild Card for the Elite Championship commencing tomorrow. Pippa van Iersel placed second, riding a good heat and landing a powered Hinterberger Mobe. Another local athlete, Dioneia Vieira, placed third, and also wins a spot in the Elite Championship.

The final Qualifier Championship results are:

1 – Estefania Rosa
2 – Pippa van Iersel
3 – Dioneia Viera
4 – Kristina Belogorskaya

Men’s Small Final

Kalu de Sousa kept up the strong performance by commencing his heat with a massive Backside 317. He worked hard for the win and finishes the Qualifier Championship in 5th position.

Edgar Ulrich took 6th place, a wonderful result for the newcomer.

The day come to an end after the 2nd trick attempt of the Men’s Qualifier Championship final, as the wind conditions suddenly deteriorated. The finals will resume first thing tomorrow morning.

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The WKC once again returns to the spectacular Duro Beach, Cumbuco, Brazil for our final event of the year.

The registration for the Qualifier Championship commenced at 9am, and saw a fantastic turn out of 27 men and 8 women from 14 different countries sign up. The Qualifier Championship is an opportunity for the riders to enter into the Elite for 2019, but also an opportunity to win the wildcard into the Elite Championship event here this week.

The Qualifier Championship is a ideal opportunity to spot new up-and-coming talent from local and international riders. The competition commenced at 1.30 pm local time. The winners from the heats in Round 1 advance directly to Round 3. Those placing 2nd and 3rd pass to Round 2, and those finishing 4th are eliminated from the Qualifier Championship.

Men’s Round 1

Heat 1

The level was high from the very start, and Louka Pitot from France set the tone from the get go. He stormed through his first heat of the competition landing a varied array of tricks including a clean Backside 315 and Crowmobe 5. He cleared his way directly through to Round 3. Juan Rodriguez from Colombia also performed well and came in close behind, he passed through to Round 2, together with Marcelino Santos.

Heat 2

Heat 2 gave us a glimpse at some amazing new talent, as local rider David Ribeiro who is just 10 years old, landed some impressive tricks such as his Hinterberger Mobe and Slim Chance. He advanced to the next round. Aron Rosslee rode a strong heat and landed a nice Back Mobe and Heart Attack, passing through to the next round in second position. Julian Krikken passed through directly to Round 3, landing a solid Heart Attack and Hinterberger Mobe 5 and finished his heat in 1st place.

Heat 3

Another great performance was seen from local rider Kalu de Sousa who advanced directly to Round 3 after riding a solid heat and landing a Double Heart Attack and Hinterberger Mobe 5. Russian Athlete Sergey Borisov and Joao Lucas from Brazil pass through to Round 2.

Heat 4

Erick Anderson was last years wildcard winner at this event, and his performance today once again did not disappoint. He opened with a nice Front Blind Mobe and followed it up with a series of clean tricks. Anthar Racca from Mexico landed a powered Backside 317 amongst several other good trick attempts, placing him 1st and passing to Round 3, and Brazilian Paulo Rogue 3rd, passing to Round 2 together with Anderson.

Heat 5

Edgar Ulrich, young rider from France, successfully defended his spot throughout his heat, and landed a solid Double Heart Attack amongst his tricks. He placed himself in 1st position and advanced directly to Round 3. Paul Serin, also from France passed to Round 2, followed by George Dufty from the UK.

Heat 6 was postponed after the second trick attempt, due to the decreasing wind conditions. Competition will be resumed tomorrow morning, with the skipper’s meeting called for 8am and the first possible start at 8.30 am.

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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!

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