Posts Tagged ‘Moona Whyte’

Namotu Island is the new dream destination of “Sessions with Moona”. This trip had it all: kitesurfing, foiling and surfing. Watch Moona Whyte having great fun on the water in Namotu!

Stay tuned for the next episode from Australia.

This time Moona Whyte was in Fiji with Keahi de Aboitiz. Watch them scoring some epic barrels! Stay tuned for more fun sessions somewhere in the globe.

Follow Moona Whyte on a backyard session on the North Shore of Oahu. Watch another fun episode of “Sessions with Moona”! And stay tuned for her adventure in Australia, is coming soon!

The new episode of “Sessions with Moona” was shot in Cape Verde, during her stay there for the GKA Kitesurfing World Tour stop at Ponta Preta. Watch and enjoy some of Moona Whyte’s epic sessions in the Atlantic ocean.

Travel to Marshall Islands with Moona Whyte and watch the new episode of “Sessions with Moona”. This time she explores the most remote kite spots and epic surf breaks.

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!

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

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.

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Sessions with Moona Ep. 11 – Best of 2018

Posted: 29th Dezember 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Let’s recap Moona Whyte’s best sessions around the world this year. Watch the new episode of her series!

Sessions with Moona Ep. 10 – Injury

Posted: 8th Dezember 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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In this episode of “Sessions with Moona”, Moona Whyte gives us an insight into her back injury. Check it out!

Follow Moona Whyte in one of her sessions in Cabarete, earlier this summer. Watch episode 9 of Moona’s series!