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Tom Court was in Turkey following the World Kiteboarding Championship event held in Akyaka. Check out his video about this freestyle tour.

WKC Akyaka came to an end. Here is the podium.

WKC Turkey is a wrap! An exceptional event, with all athletes performing to an extremely high level. We are witnessing a new generation of rising freestyle talent, and these are exciting times.

The final standings for the event are as follows:

1st Carlos Mario
2nd Adeuri Corniel
3rd Maxime Chabloz
4th Valentin Rodriguez
5th Youri Zoon
6th Set Teixeria
7th Stefan Spiesberger
8th Alex Pastor

1st Mikaili Sol
2nd Paula Novotna
3rd Francesca Bagnoli
4th Claudia Leon

The full rankings can be viewed here.

All of the week’s action from the LIVE stream can be re-watched on our YouTube Channel.

Thanks to everyone for tuning in, and to the organizers and athletes for this incredible first stop of the WKC.

View all results and ladders for the competition here.

The next event for the WKC with be in Dakhla, Morocco, next November.

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Day Two in Akyaka, Turkey was another complete day of freestyle action. Solid wind conditions throughout the day allowed for the completion of Round 2 for both the Men and Women, and the first two heats of Round 3 for the Men.

For the Freestyle discipline, all riders get 7 trick attempts during their heat, with the top 4 scores counting. The riders are judged on a combination of height, power, technical difficulty, execution and innovation. All the performed tricks are divided into different categories.

What is very clear at this event, is that there is no such thing as an easy heat. All riders have fought extremely hard right from the first round, the level has increased exponentially since last year, so each heat means the riders have to give it their all, or they will quickly be left behind.

Men’s Round 2 Heat 9 was the first of the day, picking up from yesterday, the heat was resumed from the 4th trick attempt. Posito Martinez from the Dominican Republic continued to build upon his good performance from yesterday, landing each trick attempt and securing his spot in Round 3. Joining him was Stefan Spiessberger from Austria, who remained focused and advanced together with Posito.

Heat 10 saw Belgian/Spanish rider Jerome Cloetens and Louka Pitot from France battle against Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland and Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic for the top two spots. The points remained close throughout the heat, but it was eventually Luis Alberto who climbed to the top spot followed by Chabloz, both of whom will pass through to the next round.

For Heat 11, it was 17 year old newcomer Nino Liboni from France who showed the determination necessary to finish in the top position. He rode a good heat, and will be joined in the next round by fellow Frenchman Val Garat, who narrowly made his way through, despite injuring his leg and struggling to finish the heat.

Mexican rider Anthar Racca rode incredibly well for Heat 12, landing a big Slim7 scoring 8.27. He was incredibly happy to have improved on yesterday’s performance, and he passed through to the next round in 1st place. Joining him was Arthur Guillebert from France who just managed to snatch the spot from Paul Serin.

Round 2 of the women was next in sequence, starting with heat 5. Two local riders, Leila Kut and Gisel Ozen faced some tough competition, coming up against young Spaniard Claudia Leon, and Russian rider Kristina Belogorskaya. Leon was on fine form today once again, and landed a nice Slim Chance scoring 7.1 points. She cleared the heat with confidence and passed to the next round. Bologorskaya was delighted to be joining her.

Therese Taabbel suffered a bad heat on Day One of the competition, but was clearly on form today, putting on a great performance of powered riding like we are used to seeing from her. She rode solidly landing a great BS313. Paula Novotna was determined to show us what she is made of, finishing her round of tricks with a massive Heart Attack scoring 8.5 points and giving her the win. Taabbel and Novotna pass through to the next round, with Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands sadly not making it through.

Round 3 was next in sequence, as there was a struggle to complete the heat due to shifting wind conditions. After a short break, the heat was resumed after the wind shifted and came in from the opposite direction, stronger and gustier than we have seen in Akyaka so far. Maxime Chabloz, however, did not disappoint, and did a massive Heart Attack 7 scoring 8.3, just managing to keep control of his landing close to the beach. Chabloz maintained his consistent scores, finding the balance between going big and maintaining control, and cleared his way through to Round 4. Young Colombian Valentin Rodriguez gave it his all, fully overpowered, and it paid off as he joins Chabloz in the semi-finals, sadly knocking out big names Nicolas Delmas and Posito Martinez.

The gusty conditions continued for Heat 14 and the athletes struggled to perform their chosen tricks, the frustration evident on their faces after each attempt. Stefan Spiessberger managed to keep it together, and landed a good Backside 315 on his last attempt, it paid off and he passed through to the semi-finals. Set Teixeira also managed to cope exceptionally well, and climbed his way up to 1st spot, joining Spiessberger in the next round. Gianmaria Coccoluto was so close but missed his chance, and was eliminated together with Luis Alberto Cruz.

Heat 15 was abandoned after the 3rd trick attempt, but will be resumed tomorrow morning.

The WKC live stream was running all day, hosted by Bas Koole and Tom Court. If you missed it, you can re-watch all of the event on our facebook page.

To see the ladders and scores from each heat, please visit our website.

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow, with the first possible start at 11am. Be sure to tune in!

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The first day of competition in Akyaka was a huge success, with Round 1 for both the men and women completed.

Akyaka is well know for its summer trade winds, which kicked into action at midday for the first day of Elite Freestyle Competition. The day commenced with Men’s Round 1, as the wind speed reached 13 to 16 knots average. This was a challenge for the riders in Heat 1 who generally perform better with stronger wind conditions. Youri Zoon, former World Champion from the Netherlands put on a strong performance despite the light wind, and landed all 7 of his trick attempts, placing him in 1st place and opening the door directly to Round 3. Val Garat from France rode confidently on his new Duotone equipment and landed a nice Slim 7 on his last trick attempt, placing him in 2nd. Joselito del Rosario from the Dominican Republic landed an impressive BS315, but 3 crashed trick attempts placed him 3rd.

Alex Pastor, Former World Champion, was dominating from the get-go, clearly eager to be back at freestyle competition. He landed each of his 7 trick attempts with good scores and cleared his way to Round 3. Young French newcomer Nino Liboni was motivated to show the Elite what he was made of. He landed several good tricks but two crashes cost him points and placed him 2nd. Julien Krikken from France pushed himself hard, almost landing on the beach several times, but missed a couple of attempts and finished in 3rd position for Heat 2 of the day.

The wind conditions increased slightly for Heat 3 which was a close one between all three competitors. Gianmaria Coccoluto, new Italian talent in the Elite Championship, showed his determination and placed himself in 1st position, followed closely by Arthur Guillebert from France and Jerome Cloetens from Spain/Belgium. Each competitor performed well and it was proof that there are no easy rounds in the Elite Championships, as the level is extremely high right from the start.

Set Teixeira from Brazil showed us what he is made of for Heat 4, landing a series of solid tricks that included a high scoring KGB5. Paul Serin from France landed only 4 of his 7 trick attempts, but the solid scores placed him in 2nd, with young newcomer Louka Pitot from Mauritius nailing a Double Heart Attack, but finishing 3rd against his other competitors.

Heat 5 went to French rider Nicolas Delmas, who stomped each trick and passed directly to round 3. Posito Martinez from the Dominican Republic and Lucas Ferreira from France had to settle for 2nd and 3rd, giving them a second chance in the next round.

Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia was on fire for the start of Heat 6, and blasted his way through trick after trick, getting a 9.67 for his Heart Attack 7. It was an incredible performance for this young rider who is new to the Elite Championship. He passes directly through to Round 3. Stefan Spiessberger landed a nice KGB5, and passes to the 2nd round, together with Rens van der Schoot coming in 3rd, but getting a second chance in Round 2.

Adeuri Corniel is back for this season as a force to be reckoned with. He stormed into his heat, landed every single trick attempt, including a very nice KGB7, securing his spot in Round 3. Fellow Dominican Luis Alberto Cruz was not far behind, and also managed to land all 7 attempts. He passes through in 2nd place followed by Anthar Racca from Mexico, who landed a good BS317 but had three crashes which cost him points.

The final men’s heat of the day was Heat 8, another exceptional performance from our current World Champion, Carlos Mario. Since his outstanding results last season, he proved that he has not rested in these last months, opening the heat with a massive Heart Attack 7 scoring 9.6 He followed through landing every trick attempt, with 3 of them scoring in the 9’s. He cruised comfortably through to Round 3. Maxime Chabloz, just 17 years old from Switzerland, has been training hard throughout the year, and it showed in his performance, as he landed the first ever Back Mobe 7 seen in competition, though the landing cost him points. He finished the heat in 2nd place, followed by local Turkish rider Serkhan Erkek who faced a tough heat but had plenty of support from the local fans across the beach!

The Women’s Round 1 was next in sequence, where Spanish athlete Rita Arnaus showed her fine talent, landing a solid Heart Attack scoring 7.6. She was delighted to perform well in her heat, and advanced directly to Round 3. Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands opened with a good S-Bend to Blind and landed in 2nd place, followed by local wildcard Gisel Ozen, who showed good effort against the Elite Women.

Heat 2 gave Mikaili Sol her long awaited opportunity to finally compete in the Elite Championship, as this year she turns 14. She rode well and landed solid tricks throughout, including a powerful Heart Attack that scored her 8.73 points. Paula Novotna from the Czech Republic showed her strength and powerful riding, landing a nice S-Bend to Blind, but did not score enough in total to put her directly through to Round 3. Paula will go through to Round 2 tomorrow, together with local Turkish rider Leyla Kut.

French athlete Maureen Castelle won Heat 3, and secured her Round 3 spot. Another new face to the Elite Championship was up against her, Kristina Belogorskaya, who landed a good S-Bend to Blind but couldn’t quite top the performance of Castelle. Kristina and Therese Taabbel from Denmark will both have another opportunity tomorrow in Round 2.

The final women’s heat of the day was Claudia Leon from Spain against Francesca Bagnoli from Italy. Leon is another new face to the Elite Championship, and at just 17 years of age, proved that she has the level to be competing amongst the best. Both athletes were neck and neck through out the heat, with Leon landing an outstanding Heart Attack scoring 8.47. Bagnoli responded with a Heart Attack of her own, scoring slightly lower at 8.43. Both women put on an fantastic performance, and finally it was Francesca Bagnoli who passes through to Round 3 directly, winning by less than 1 point.

The final heat of the day was Men’s Round 2 Heat 9, which was postponed after three trick attempts due to the decrease in wind, but will be continued tomorrow.

The skipper’s meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow with a first possible start at 11am. The focus will be on completing Round 2 for both men and women.

Our live stream will running from tomorrow, hosted by Bas Koole and Tom Court.

The WKC are delighted with the completion of a fantastic first day, with optimal freestyle conditions, wonderful atmosphere on the beach, and great energy and motivation from all of our athletes. Tune in tomorrow to enjoy the whole experience with us!

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Registration for the first World Kiteboarding Championship of the year took place today in Akyaka, Turkey, a location well know for its reliable summer winds and optimal freestyle conditions.

This Elite League event saw 24 males and 11 females, of 15 different nationalities register for this first freestyle World Cup event of the season.

This is the second consecutive year that Akyaka Kite Beach hosts the World Cup, and spectators and athletes are all looking forward to five days of outstanding freestyle action. The top kiteboard athletes in the World are all present, including our current World Champion, Carlos Mario, runner up Set Teixeira, as well as former World Champions Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. The Men’s Elite division will also see some new faces such as Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia and Louka Pitot from France. Liam Whaley is unfortunately injured so will be missing this first event of the season.

The female event will also see some new faces, such as the up and coming Brazilian talent Mikaili Sol, who at just 13 years of age is anxious to show what she can do up against the Elite mix. Claudia Leon from Spain is another new young face ready to go big. The top female athletes from last year are also present, including Paula Novotna, Rita Arnaus and Francesca Bagnoli.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the start of the competition, eager to see lots of new faces and plenty of talent, after a long 8 months of preparation, the athletes are eager to get back to freestyle competition and see who will be crowned World Champion for this season.

World Kiteboarding Championship in Akyaka, Turkey will be live streamed on our Facebook and Youtube, as from Thursday 6th of September. Be sure to tune to follow the entire event live.

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From Sept 28th-30th 2018, Achill Island will host once again the Battle For The Lake event. Check out the trailer!

Take a look at the best moments of the 2018 edition of Canada’s largest kiteboarding competition, the Kite Clash, held in Squamish BC.

Video by Antoine Verville

The 2018 edition of the Cape Hatteras Wave Classic will be held from September 15th-21st on the shores of Cape Hatteras. Watch here the trailer of this great event!

Take a break and watch the recap video from the 2018 Patagonia Hood Jam, the second round of the Kite Park League held at the Slider Project Park in Hood River, Oregon.

Video by Vincent Bergeron

The World Kiteboarding Championships is returning this September. The 2018 Tour will kick-off in Akyaka, Turkey, on the 5th to 9th of September.

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The picturesque town of Akyaka, Turkey, will welcome the World Kiteboarding Championships for the second consecutive year, on the 5th to 9th of September 2018.

Akyaka makes an ideal choice for the start of the WKC 2018 season, offering warm, clear waters and reliable thermal winds at this time of year.

The season will kick off with this ELITE World Kiteboarding Championship event, seeing the top 24 men and 12 women in the World come up against each other in these optimal flat-water, freestyle conditions.

All of the biggest names will be present, such as our current World Champion Carlos Mario from Brazil, as well as fellow Brazilian Set Teixeira, former World Champion Alex Pastor from Spain, or Austrian Champion Stefan Spiessberger…all of whom are focused on succeeding this season! Current number 2 Liam Whaley will sadly miss the first event of the season due to an injury which he recently sustained, we will hopefully see him recovered in time for Dakhla for our second tour stop.

For the Women, current Queen of Freestyle Bruna Kajiya of Brazil will be back looking for another winning season, but how will she deal with the current competition that includes newcomer to the Elite League, Mikaili Sol? Francesca Bagnoli from Italy, Paula Novotna from the Czech Republic and Rita Arnaus from Spain have all been training hard in preparation for the start of the season, so let’s see what all these talented athletes have in store for us!

The World Kiteboarding Championships in Akyaya will be fully live-streamed on facebook and youtube, which means you can enjoy all of the action and commentary live, including rider interviews, slow-motion replays and live scoring!

Save the date and prepare for the return of the best athletes in freestyle kiteboarding!