Posts Tagged ‘Matchu Lopes’


Posted: 10th Juli 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Follow Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro and Pedro Matos on a ‘Ozdyssey’ in Western OZ, as they chase the swell of their dreams.

“Utopia in St Brandon”, a must watch for today! It was filmed in a paradise called St Brandon, Mauritius. Watch Duotone team: Matchu Lopes, Reno Romeu, Tom Hebert, Hannah Whiteley and Jerome Bonieux, enjoying incredible sessions at this beautiful and windy playground.

Matchu in Indonesia

Posted: 23rd Oktober 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Nice video by Matchu Lopes! Watch the talented rider from Cape Verde shredding in Indonesia.

Let’s recap Matchu Lopes performance and victory in Portugal, at the 3rd stop of 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Viana do Castelo.

Travel to New Zealand with Colleen Carroll, Reno Romeu and Matchu Lopes! Watch them exploring the wild country of NZ. With rain or sunshine, from flat water and strong winds to pumping waves, the riders enjoyed this amazing adventure.

Watch the wrap-up video of the final day of competition at Viana do Castelo, Portugal!

Matchu and Moona pounce on last day in Portugal – GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018

After five long days during which the riders of the KSWT just could not catch a break when it came to the wind, today, on the final day of the event window, their prayers were answered. The El Nortada winds arrived and the comp was on!


Jalou rigging up / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The day began with a light northerly and very minimal swell so the decision was made to focus on 100% strapless freestyle with the women’s single eliminations kicking off first. This was going to be a challenge for some of the women as not all of them have been regularly training in strapless freestyle but those who have rose to the challenge, setting themselves apart from the off.

Jalou gets foot lose / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Both Jalou Langeree and Moona Whyte, the tour’s two top ranked riders, are far more focused on wave riding but they’ve been training their strapless freestyle and it showed today. At the start of the season, Carla Herrera Oria had been the only female rider really pushing the freestyle element of her riding but now Moona, Jalou and Ines Correia have levelled up and Carla no longer has the monopoly in that area.

In fact, Moona and Jalou’s strapless freestyle ability is now so improved that they booked their fourth final heat of the season against one another in the single eliminations with Moona taking the win which put her in a strong position ahead of the doubles.

Carla focuses in at the skippers meeting / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide


With an entire event full of heats to get through (and one day in which to do it) it was then straight into the men’s division with the riders competing in eight minute heats, again with a 100% focus on strapless freestyle.

Pedro Matos is going to be a real contender on this year’s tour / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Brazilian chargers Sebastian Ribeiro and Pedro Matos showed early in round two how their winter strapless freestyle training has paid off (Pedro won his first heat with a super-strong performance and he’s only been training freestyle properly for a year now) and then Mitu Monteiro exploded into the event with the biggest rodeo air of the day so far!

Best Rookie Rafael makes his debut / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Matchu Lopes also had a strong first heat and he was clean, composed and near faultless in a tough match-up against tour rookie Rafael Da Souza. This is Rafael’s first event on the KSWT so it was a baptism of fire as far as first heats go but he pushed Matchu hard (even Matchu said so!) and earned himself the ‘Best Rookie’ award for his efforts.

Respect was due after Matchu and Rafael’s heat / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

When Airton hit the water in the round two he broke out the first handlepass of the event and stomped it clean! The wind was ratcheting up and it was only going to get stronger. Airton deals well with punchy conditions – was it going to be his day once again?

Airton on the charge / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide


From round three the men’s field began to thin out and, by the time the semi-finals came around, it was down to just four of the tour’s heavyweights – Keahi, Mitu, Matchu and Airton. Anyone of them is capable of winning a final, so this was going to be tough!

Mitu’s rodeos were stand out – he was going big! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The heats were super tight, but Airton pulled ahead of Mitu with some of the biggest airs of the day and Matchu beat Keahi with the first triple frontroll ever landed in competition to claim his place in the finals against Airton Cozzolino.

If felt a little like a flashback to the 2017 season, during with Airton and Matchu met in a number of finals, and Airton opened with a backloop tic-tac kiteloop and he was going huge as the wind ramped up even further.

Matchu makes it happen / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Matchu wasn’t to be deterred though. He answered back with a barrage of his own brand of freestyle trickery including a double front shuvit, leaving everyone on the beach guessing who must have clinched it.

However, while it wasn’t to be announced until the closing ceremony which would take place after the women’s double eliminations, it turned out that Matchu had done enough to seize the day! It’s a massive win for him after a couple of lacklustre events so far this season and he’ll no doubt be stoked with his performance.

Thanks for the heat – but I gotta run! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

He wouldn’t be sticking around to enjoy the celebrations though, because as soon as he left the water he was whisked away to the airport to fly to Mauritius for a product shoot. He didn’t even know he’d won yet! The life of a kitesurf rockstar..

It wasn’t Keahi’s day today – but he’s as stylish as they come! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Keahi took third after a very tight heat against Mitu and, while Mitu had been going big all day, Keahi’s smooth, methodical approach allowed him to rack up the points ahead of Mitu to clinch the win. Keahi will no doubt have been disappointed not to have had the chance to take on Airton or Matchu in the main final but he still retains his second place position overall, so you can expect him to come charging out of the gates when the tour touches down in Tarifa in just a couple of weeks from now.

Airton exits Viana do Castelo at the end of the KSWT Portugal / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide


Charlotte Carpentier – one to watch! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

By this point the wind was really ramping up, with most of the women riding their smallest kite sizes. F-One team rider Charlotte Carpentier impressed the judges with a solid technical level, earning herself ‘Best Rookie’ and ‘Best Trick’ for her pop shuvit three, and Ines was pushing hard to make good on her promise of finally beating Moona and Jalou but it was the top two – Moona and Jalou – who would make it to the final.

Ines in action / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

They both struck early with smooth varial airs and backrolls, and were going trick for trick throughout the heat but Moona was just that bit more consistent and sealed the deal.

Moona with a stylish grabbed rotation / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

This means that she now pulls ahead into first place overall for the second time this year and, speaking after, she admitted that she was justifiably stoked!

Carla can! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Ines had ridden well all day landing some impressive tricks including board-off backrolls but Carla Herrera Oria managed to pull ahead of her in the double eliminations to seal the deal and take third place.

So it was full-tilt on the final day here in Viana do Castelo but, after a challenging week, the riders and crew will no doubt be stoked to walk away with a result after a week spent on tenterhooks at the mercy of El Nortada!

Check the video below to see how Matchu reacted to stomping his triple front roll – trick that propelled him to the final.



1: Matchu Lopes (ESP/CV)
2: Airton Cozzolino (ITA/CV)
3: Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS)
4: Mitu Monteiro (CV)


1: Moona Whyte (USA)
2: Jalou Langeree (NL)
3: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)
4: Ines Correia (PRT)





Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

The men’s final rounds at the climax of this year’s GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Mauritius this week. Could Airton Cozzolino maintain his lead and fend off 2016 Champion Matchu Lopes? Matchu needed to beat Airton by two positions. Third place in the championship was also still up for grabs. Game on at One Eye!

Watch Matchu Lopes ripping strapless at home, in Cape Verde!

Matchu Lopes takes the Championship Title to the wire in Freestyle Final in Fehmarn.

Matchu flies the flag for Cape Verde / Photo: Joern Pollex

It was straight into the semi-finals at 10am today after the riders stormed through the first three rounds of the main event and the quarter-finals yesterday.

Could Paulino Pereira go beyond his best (but consistent) third place finish? Julien Kerneur had the potential to score his first GKA Kite-Surf World Tour podium, or would we get another sensational showdown in the final between heavyweight unhooker Airton, whose dominant strapless freestyle performances have led many to wonder if he can actually be beaten on flat water this season, versus the ultra-fluid, smooth and stylish Matchu.

Matchu is the reigning champion, but ideally needed a win here in Germany to close the sizable gap and stand a better chance of taking the fight to tour leader Airton in the final round in Mauritius next month.

Matchu puts his best foot forward in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex


Matchu got off to a solid start in the first semi-final heat of the day, beating Julien Kerneur who’s made an outstanding comeback at this event. Matchu seemed reserved in the opening couple of minutes, perhaps luring Julien into a false sense of security before he struck hard with a stomped air-3 and a one-footed front roll. Julien fought back with a nice kiteloop and came close on an unhooked pop to blind but Matchu then sealed the deal and his route to the finals with a frontroll shuvit. He even went for a backside flat-3 in the final seconds of the heat – a trick we’ve not yet seen him attempt on this year’s tour.

Airton powers into an air-3 in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex


Paulino Pereira then took on Airton Cozzolino in the second semi which was a ‘battle of the handlepasses’ from the start. Airton is undoubtedly the most advanced rider in this highly technical area of strapless freestyle, but Paulino is catching him up with each event. The Portuguese rider stuck a shifty-3 in response to Airton’s before coming excruciatingly close to matching Airton’s backside flat-3 with one of this own. Paulino pushed Airton all the way but his execution wasn’t quite there and Airton went through to another final against Matchu.

Paulino punts it into third / Photo: Joern Pollex


Before the final showdown could happen it was down to Julien and Paulino to do battle for third place. It’s fair to say that Paulino’s pretty well acquainted with third place at this stage and he opened with a big air reverse followed by a rodeo and then followed it up with a stylish unhooked air reverse into a surface pass. He narrowly missed a frontroll shuvit but he’d done enough to beat Julien who struggled to make up ground as the final minutes ticked away.

Julien Kerneur made a storming return to competition at this event, making his way past some big names on the tour to secure a birth in the semis / Photo: Joern Pollex

From there all eyes were on the final. Airton and Matchu were chomping at the bit and a huge crowd lined the beach – finally it was on!


Airton nailed a flat-3 almost immediately and followed it up with a shifty-3. Initially it looked as though he would overrun his opponent with sheer technical ability and rapid trick count, but Matchu didn’t buckle under the pressure. He came back at Airton with a perfectly landed board-off backloop kiteloop and a big rodeo. Airton focused in on trying to stick another handlepass (which was proving difficult on his 12m kite as the wind built) and Matchu seemed to sense that this was his moment and upped the pressure.

Airton pulled out all the stops in the final but it was to be Matchu’s day / Photo: Joern Pollex

He landed a huge tic-tac kiteloop and then a big superman backroll while Airton seemed to further frustrate himself going for yet another shifty-3 and, although he eventually landed one in the final minute, it wasn’t enough. Matchu had done it with his first event win of the year!

Matchu spots his landing and his first victory of 2017/ Photo: Joern Pollex

The crowd and his fellow competitors went wild as Matchu was announced as the winner with everyone happy to see him win an event after what’s been a tumultuous tour for him at times this year. It was a significant moment as championship contender Mitu Monteiro slipped away down the rankings going out in the third round here in Germany, so Matchu has moved up to second place, closing on Airton with just one event left to go.

Matchu’s moment / Photo: Joern Pollex

Airton maintains a good lead but the wave at One Eye can be a great leveller as the world’s best wave riders are attracted to the event. As Airton found last year, slipping up in just one heat in Mauritius can be costly and could cost him the 2017 title that’s he’s still clearly the favourite for.

1. Airton Cozzolino: 3580 points
2. Matchu Lopes: 3210
3. Paulino Pereira: 3160
4. Mitu Monteiro: 3080
5. Keahi de Aboitiz: 2760

If Airton finishes 4th or worse and Matchu finishes 2nd or better, Matchu will be champion.
If Matchu wins the contest, but Airton reaches the final, Airton will be champion.

The main event for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Fehmarn is now complete but there are seven days left in the event period with a lot still going on at the Kitesurf World Cup festival. The wind looks even stronger tomorrow so a big-air event should go off and the HydroFoil Pro Tour is also in town having had their first day of racing today (Sunday). Some of the Kite Park League crew are also here to put on a display over the obstacles and meanwhile, off the water, there are parties every night, packed brand tents, a live music stage and more besides!