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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.

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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.

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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.

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Watch the highlights of the final day of competition at Ponta Preta, the kick off to the 2019 season.

Mitu Monteiro and Moona Whyte are the big champions of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde! Check the report below.

Mitu and Moona hold tight at the top to Prevail at Ponta Preta

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide and Gabriele Rumbolo

After four days of absolutely all-time conditions at Ponta Preta, Mitu Monteiro and Moona Whyte retained their first place positions from the single eliminations and won the doubles today to become the champions of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde!

It was edge-of-the-seat viewing and an absolute barrel-fest throughout as Airton Cozzolino and Inês Correia launched all-out assaults, fighting their way through four consecutive heats each to make the finals. Here’s how it went down.

MEN’S DIVISION

Airton began his relentless march up the double elimination ladder with a victory over Sebastian Ribeiro. He opened with a perfect barrel and took the lead early but, when he went in to change boards, Sebastian began closing gap with seamless surf-style lip smacks. Airton returned to the point though, regained his flow and notched up a 9.23 to move through to the next heat.

He then went up against Francesco Cappuzzo who was clinical and smooth on his backhand but he couldn’t match Cozzolino for sheer force and power. Airton was riding away from waves and manoeuvres that you wouldn’t have thought possible if you weren’t seeing it with your own eyes. He literally head-butted his way out of a collapsing barrel at one point!

Then came one of the tightest heats yet as Airton met Matchu Lopes. Matchu struck early with a flowing backhand and switch front hand display and was leading the heat by the halfway point. Airton then threaded his way into a barrel before accelerating out of the pocket, smashing the lip to pieces and then launching into a hands-free 360 air reverse to take the win with a complete display of wave riding prowess that covered all the bases!

Another one down – next up was James Carew. This was a clash of the titans between two absolute powerhouses. James drew first blood with a high scoring wave and was leading the heat by halftime but Airton evened the scores and then, with 12 seconds left on the clock, he pulled into a barrel and sealed the deal over the young Aussie. On to the final!

By this point the crowd was at fever pitch. Either way a Cape Verdean son was going to take it, but would it be the original maestro Mitu or Airton the new wave charger?

On his first wave, Mitu seamlessly snapped and stalled his way into a barrel before Airton hit back, air dropping into an absolute bomb. His work rate was immense, storming back up the point after every wave and racking up the rides but Mitu wasn’t phased and by halfway Airton needed a 9.21 to take the lead.

That’s by no means out of the question for him, but Mitu had the momentum and Airton couldn’t rise to his barrel riding barrage. In the closing minutes, Mitu managed yet another long, deep tube ride before launching a huge straight air off the lip to roars of applause from the onlookers.

By the end of the heat, even though they hadn’t yet seen the scores, the spectators knew who’d taken it and so too did Airton. Both riders are true champions with the utmost respect for one another and the adoration of the home crowd. They high fived out on the water and rode a wave in together as Cape Verdean flags flew high over Ponta Preta!

WOMEN’S DIVISION

The first heat saw Inês and Odile, two European transplants who now call Cape Verde home, going head-to-head. Odile was riding well but she couldn’t match Correia’s vertical hacks in the critical sections and Ines took the heat and moved forward to face Canadian rider Frances Kelly.

Frances has a nice, fluid riding style and was tackling some heaving set waves but a lack of experience in offshore conditions like this meant she couldn’t stand up to Inês and so Correia’s upward charge continued.

She then beat Charlotte Carpentier, who has consistently trucked into the heaviest waves on offer at this event (including some triple overhead monsters on day two), and then went straight into a closely fought heat against Johanna Catharina Edin.

JC’s been training hard over the winter in Indo and at home in Tarifa and was linking committed, carved turns and she actually had the better wave selection at some points in the heat. However, Correia’s surging bottom turns and snaps off the lip were hard to deal with and she won the heat and was on her way to meet Moona in the final.

This was the match-up many people had foreseen over the last three days and Correia, also a former World Champion, was gunning for it having lost out to Moona and Jalou Langeree last year here in Cape Verde.

Inês scored a good combo to kick things off and was drifting her board through stylish tail slides as the waves began to really jack up due to a pushing tide that was causing the swell to rebound off the reef.

By the halfway point, it looked like we might be seeing another Ponta Preta local atop the podium but with six minutes to go Moona took the lead with an 8.47, the highest scoring wave in the woman’s division at this event. From there she was untouchable with the biggest combo score of the competition – 16.04 points! There would be no rerun and no second act. Moona had taken it first time round!

FINAL RESULTS

MEN
1: Mitu Monteiro – CV
2: Airton CozzoIino – CV
3: James Carew – AUS
4: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP

WOMEN
1: Moona Whyte – USA
2: Inês Correia – PT
3: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
4: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA

So, with the main event complete, that means Mitu and Moona now lead the overall World Cup rankings after this first event at which we’ve been beyond fortunate to see Ponta Preta at its most potent.

If you didn’t catch the livestream then keep an eye out for the highlights coming up soon. It doesn’t get much better than what we saw today!

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Take a look at the double elimination highlights on day three of the GKA Cape Verde 2019!

Filmed by Mintautas Grigas

The third day of competition in Cape Verde had nine hours of heats in the double eliminations. Check here the report.

IT’S DOWN TO THE LAST MEN AND WOMEN STANDING AT PONTA PRETA

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

The non-stop pace of competition continued yesterday in Cabo Verde as a field of 52 riders was whittled down to just 12 – six men and six women.

The waves were slightly smaller than on previous days but they were still in steady supply with solid conditions across another nine hours of heats in the double eliminations.

Nine hours is a long time to stay glued to the livestream, so if you didn’t catch all of the action here are some of the key performances.

COZZOLINO ON THE COMEBACK
Airton’s early exit in the single-eliminations had lit a fire under him and on the evening of day two he was riding alone until sunset, prowling through the Ponta Preta line-up like a caged beast out for revenge. Yesterday he rode like a man possessed. In his first heat he launched huge airs off the lip (no mean feat in offshore conditions) alongside several cover-ups, including the best barrel of the competition so far.

He followed up on that with a perfect ten in his next heat against Djo Silva and then, with two minutes to go, he managed two barrels and an aerial on one wave. He then found another wave with 30 seconds left and tucked into another barrel to seal the deal. He not only scored the highest single wave of the day, but also the highest combined heat score of event with a 10 and a 9.17!

Mitu is at the top of the table right now having won the singles handily but Airton is absolutely on fire and a final between these two would be something else!

CORREIA TAKES CONTROL
Inês didn’t shine like she might have been expected to in the single eliminations and she exited quite early on day two. Given her ability in the surf and her knowledge of this wave (she lives here), many people had been expecting her to at least reach the final but no matter – yesterday she made up for it.

She was on another level in the women’s division, expertly selecting her waves and intuitively reading each face. She put in powered top-to-bottom turns and took the highest scoring wave among the women with an 8.17 as well as the highest combo of 14.17. You can bet she’ll be eyeing Moona in the top spot!

MYERSCOUGH MAKES HIS MARK
Reece Myerscough from Canada has to be the most improved rider in the men’s division at the moment. His level has gone through the roof over the winter break and on day three he was riding Ponta Preta with as much power and conviction as the locals. He topped off his storming lip hacks with two olly front-rolls on the wave and he’s the only rider to have done so here in Cabo Verde.

CAVIN GETS COVERED UP
Swiss rider Odile, who lives in Sal, took the first barrel of the event in the women’s division, deftly tucking in to the pocket as the home crowd went wild.

She nearly managed a second one before getting smashed by the lip (it definitely wasn’t down to lack of commitment) but she was still the most consistent rider in her division on day three.

RIBEIRO REGAINS POSITION
Sebastian Ribeiro from Brazil is a former pro surfer and one of the tour’s top wave riders and there aren’t many competitors who can beat him in a 100% wave heat. His comparatively early exit against James Carew in the singles hadn’t blunted his edge though and he put in a very complete performance yesterday.

He beat Paulino Pereira to earn his spot in the final six and Paulino was absolutely charging too with some deep, slotted barrels. Sebastian just did that bit more though, nearly matching Paulino’s time in the ‘green room’ and combining that with some textbook cutbacks.

Him and Airton were the standout riders in the men’s division and it stands as a testament to the level of riding on the tour that simply getting barrelled isn’t always enough to win a heat or even get more than a mid-ranging score!

FINAL RIDERS IN THE DOUBLE ELIMINATIONS

MEN
1: Mitu Monteiro – CV
2: James Carew – AUS
3: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP
4: Francesco Cappuzzo – ITA
5: Sebastian Ribeiro – BRA
6: Airton Cozzolino – CV / ITA

WOMEN
1: Moona Whyte – USA
2: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA
4: Frances Kelly – CA
5: Ines Correia – PL
6: Odile Cavine – SUI

These 12 riders will be back in action today with the podium positions up for grabs!

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Watch some of the action on day two of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde 2019.

Filmed by Mintautas Grigas

On Day Two Moona Whyte and Mitu Monteiro won the Single Eliminations at Ponta Preta. Check the report below!

MOONA AND MITU STORM THE SINGLE ELIMINATIONS

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

Yesterday we saw another non-stop day of heats as both the men and women wrapped up the single eliminations during nine hours of competition.

The run of insane conditions continued with Ponta Preta delivering absolutely pumping waves reaching double overhead and above.

The main stories of the day? Well Mitu Monteiro scored a perfect 10, Moona Whyte made an epic return to competition and James ‘Storm Boy’ Carew underlined how much of a true force of nature he really he is by making it to the final against Mitu. That’s just some of what went down. Here’s a few highlights.

JAMES CAREW
James has been a man on fire here at the GKA Cabo Verde. The Australian managed to unseat Airton Cozzolino in the quarter finals (on Airton’s home break no less) in a nail biting quarter final heat. Airton was leading for much of it with solid aerials off the lip and super-powered hacks but James kept answering back with his muscular, surf-influenced style.

In the last minute, James caught a huge bomb on which he was able to rack up turn after vertical turn and he took the lead with seconds left on the clock. James would go on to face Mitu in the final and, had he not been up against the most experienced Ponta Preta local in existence, he could well have topped the single elimination podium.

MITU MONTEIRO
Mitu didn’t have the event he might have hoped for last year in Cape Verde but right now he’s looking pretty much untouchable. He opened his account on day two with the highest score of the event up to that point – 9.87 – in his opening heat but in the final he went one better notching up a perfect 10 for one wave that combined faultless top turns with a barrel (his second of the heat) to take the win against James.

MOONA WHYTE
Moona missed the latter part of last year’s tour due to a back injury but she’s back with a bang here in Cabo Verde. Her ability to seek out the critical sections on the bigger faces was unsurpassable and she was the only rider in her division managing to get covered-up and ride away from it.

She’s so relaxed out on the water too and never seems to get flustered by what her opponent’s doing. She finished day two at the top of the women’s division and, at this 100% wave-focused event, she’s going to be very hard to beat her when the double eliminations continue.

FRANCESCO CAPPUZZO
Yesterday Francesco Cappuzzo put in his best performance since joining the tour. He took one of the biggest waves of the day in his heat against Carew and was stacking up solid rides on both his front and backhand. He wasn’t going for aerials and he didn’t get barrelled, but his backside hacks were something else and his capacity for getting good and vertical off the lip in challenging offshore conditions was seriously impressive.

MATCHU LOPES
Matchu was ultra-consistent. He has this wave so well dialled, expertly reading the different sections and methodically seeking out barrels on his backhand. He nearly stuck the best floater of the event so far, and he’s looking very strong ahead of the double eliminations.

SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS

MEN
1: Mitu Monteiro – CV
2: James Carew – AUS
3: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP
4: Francesco Cappuzzo – ITA

WOMEN
1: Moona Whyte – USA
2: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA
4: Frances Kelly – CA

After the single elimination finals it was on to the doubles and the men made it through the first round before the conditions began to deteriorate and the heats were halted.

The riders are back into the doubles today with everything to play for.

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