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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.

Follow GKA Freestyle for all of the updates from the event!

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Watch David Tonijuan exploring some outstanding spots in Western Sahara! Here is his video from the latest trip to Morocco.

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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The penultimate day of the Elite Championship in Dakhla was blessed once again with ideal freestyle wind conditions. The competition commenced at 1pm, completing the Women’s Semi-finals and the Men’s Small Final.

Women’s Semi – Finals

Heat 7

Heat 7 was first in sequence. 14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil put on a strong performance that once again served to enhance her reputation as a top freestyle kiteboarder. With a very solid array of tricks, she received many high scores including a 9.4 KGB and a 9.73 Double Heart Attack. Francesca Bagnoli kept up a steady rhythm behind her, landing a powered Heart Attack scoring 8.6 points. She advances to tomorrow’s finals together with Sol.

Heat 8

Therese Taabbel performed solidly for Heat 8, as the landed a Slim Chance scoring 8.33. Although she crashed her last two attempts, she had accumulated a good lead and advanced into the final. Paula Novotna from the Czech republic joins her after also riding a consistent heat and gaining some high scores.

Men’s Small Final

Gianmaria Coccoluto from Italy was once again on fine form today, as he successfully landed trick after trick, including a powerful 317. Val Garat managed 4 solid tricks, and despite crashing several attempts, he landed a Slim 7 on his last trick to seal the deal. He finished the heat in second position. Arthur Guillebert followed a fraction of a point behind him, and Anthar Racca in 4th, after also riding well throughout the event.

Tomorrow the event comes to a close with both the Men’s and Women’s finals programmed for 3pm local time. Tune in to the live stream, or the live TV Broadcast on Bein sports.

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It was another windy day in Dakhla, Morocco for the start of Round 3 for the Men. The good conditions continued throughout the day, allowing the completion for Round 3 and the Semi-Finals for the Men and Round 2 for Women, with lots of twists and turns, and unexpected exits.



Heat 13

It was a close start for all 4 athletes in Heat 13, as it all came down to the final trick. Anthar Racca landed 4 solid tricks to start but then had several crashes which cost him points. Adeuri had a rough start but fixed the situation with a big Backside 317. He managed to maintain his lead and advances to the Semi-finals. Anthar Racca looked set to join him, just knocking out Kalu de Sousa and Stefan Spiessberger in a tight heat for all riders.

Heat 14

Heat 14 sadly saw Former World Champion Youri Zoon sustain an injury to his knee, and withdraw from the competition. Very bad luck considering how well he had been riding for the start of the heat. Set Teixeira from Brazil wasted no time, and landed a big KGB amongst his tricks. Despite crashing his last attempt, he advances to the Semi-finals, joined by young Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland. Louka Pitot from France came very close to advancing but could not quite score enough in his last attempts to get the second position.

Heat 15

After a short lunch break the competition continued with Heat 15, another tight race to qualify for the Semi-finals from all 4 riders. Val Garat maintained his good, consistent riding landing an 8.87 Slim 7, and managed to just stay ahead of his competitors. Gianmaria Coccoluto and the young Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia remained extremely close throughout the heat, with Coccoluto landing a Backside 315 and a 317. Rodriguez pushed his hardest but unfortunately crashed his last three trick attempts and failed to advance. Jerome Cloetens from Spain/Belgium also could not quite land all the tricks he was aiming for and did not advance.

Heat 16

Heat 16 was packed with lots of tough competition, as current World Champion Carlos Mario hit the water to compete against wildcard Jonas Ouahmid, and two french riders Arthur Guillebert and Romain Giuliano. Carlos landed an impressive Backside 317 and Slim 7, but all riders struggled a little with the gustier wind and choppy water conditions. Arthur Guillebert worked hard to keep up with him, and landed 5 of his 7 trick attempts, his effort was rewarded and he joins Carlos Mario in the Semi – Finals. Ouahmid and Giuliano both rode well in the tough conditions but unfortunately could not advance to the next round.

Women’s Round 2

Heat 5

The first Women’s heat of Round 2 went to Pippa Van Iersel from the Netherlands, who landed a powered Backside 313 and S-bend to Blind. She took the lead and passed through to the Semi – finals, and she was joined by Osaia Reding from France, who was delighted to be joining her.

Heat 6

It was a great day for Spanish rider Rita Arnaus who took Heat 6 by storm, performing a fantastic S-bend to Blind, Slim 5, and Backside 313. She was clearly happy with her solid performance and she advances to the Semi-finals. Maureen Castelle follows her through, landing an impressive Hinterberger Mobe. Claudia Leon rode a good heat but couldn’t quite keep up to the rhythm of her more experienced counterparts.

Men’s Semi Finals

Semi – Final 1

Adeuri Corniel was unstoppable for Heat 17, going big on each attempt and stomping an amazing Slim 9 scoring 9.27 points. Set Teixeira creeped up close behind him and landed several great attempts gaining many scores in the 8’s. Gianmaria Coccoluto wasn’t going down without a fight, and landed a clean KGB5 and Heart Attack 5, but sadly missed out on advancing to the final after struggling with his final two attempts.

Semi-final 2

Heat 18 started off with a bang, as all 4 competitors went huge right from the start, their desire to reach the finals was evident in each trick attempt. The level was insanely high, each rider pushed harder and harder with an eye to reaching the podium here in Dakhla. Current World Champion Mario stomped an outstanding Heart Attack 7, scoring a perfect 10, with perfect execution. Maxime Chabloz performed a powered Slim 7 scoring him 9.43 points. Carlos Mario advances to the final together with Maxime Chabloz, with Anthar Racca narrowly missing out on the spot.

This was just a taster of the insane action that we will see in Saturday’s finals! Tomorrow the competition continues with the Women’s semi – finals and the men’s small final. Be sure to tune in to the live stream!

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Competition commenced at 12 midday with optimal conditions and a high tide. Round 2 for the Men was completed together with Round 1 for the Women.

Heat 1 –

French rider Louka Pitot opened the day with a solid Front Blind Mobe and Double Heart Attack, a nice start for Heat 1. Austrian rider Stefan Spiessberger crashed his first attempt but made up for it landing solid tricks for his remaining attempts including a Front Blind Mobe and a Backside 315. His perseverance was rewarded with a spot in Round 3. Joining him was Louka Pitot who rode a good heat playing it safe and locking down his spot in the next round.

Heat 2 –

There were difficulties to complete Heat 2 after several stops and starts due to dropping wind conditions. After a short lunch break the heat was finally resumed at 3.30 pm starting with the 4th attempt. Young rider Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland landed a good array of tricks, riding his 13m kite. His Slim 7 scored him 7.77 points. Anthar Racca from Mexico remained close behind him throughout the heat. It all come down to the final trick attempts, where Raccalanded a powered Backside 317 but it wasn’t quite enough to catch up toChabloz. Both riders however advance to the next round.

Heat 3 –

Alex Pastor was sadly unable to compete in Heat 4, due to an injury to the knee he sustained previously. This left three riders to battle it out for the two spots open in the Round 3. It was close between both French riders Romain Giulianoand Val Garat. It was Garat who succeeded in winning landing a clean KGB5 in his attempts.

Heat 4 –

Another difficult heat to complete was Heat 4, as the wind continued to go up and down. Jerome Cloetens from Spain/Belgium continued on his strong performance form previous days. He opened with a Good KGB followed by a Front Blind Mobe. Local wildcard Jonas Ouahmid put on an incredible performance, landing a Double Heart Attack and an amazing Backside 315 scoring him 7.53 points. He won the heat and passed through to Round 3. Paul Serin rode solidly landing several well scoring tricks, and it all came down to the last attempt, where Jerome managed to land his Double Hinterberger Mobe and claim the spot in the next round.

Women’s Round 1

Heat 1

14 year old Mikaili Sol from Brazil stormed into her heat, repeating her strong performance from our last event in Akyaka. She landed an outstanding Heart Attack scoring 8.27 points for her first trick attempt, and followed it up with a 9.4 KGB, 9.07 Back Mobe and perfect 10 for her incredible Double Heart Attack.It was an outstanding start to the competition for the young shredder. She advances directly to Round 3. Maureen Castelle started well but struggled to land three of her attempts. Young newcomer Osaia Reding landed several good tricks for her first Elite event, but not quite enough to catch up to her two competitors.

Heat 2

Qualifier Championship winner Francesca Bagnoli was up against Spanish rider Claudia Leon for Heat 2. We saw fantastic riding from both women, as Leonlanded a 6.37 Slim Chance and a 6.8 S-bend to Blind. It was a strong performance, but not quite enough to top the 8.97 Heart Attack from Bagnoli. Bagnoli advances to Round 3 and Leon gets another chance in Round 2.

Heat 3

Therese Taabbel from Denmark rode an exciting heat for the final heat of the day. She landed a powerful Back to Blind and S-bend to Blind. It was a close call with Rita Arnaus who started with clean Back to Blind scoring her 6.1 points, which she followed up with a Hinterberger Mobe and Slim Chance. Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands crashed a few trick attempts but made up for it with her massive KGB scoring 8.47 points. It all came down to the last moments, and finally it was Taabbel who advanced directly to Round 3, followed by Van Iersel and Arnaus. It was an amazing performance from all three women who really pushed each other to go bigger on each trick attempt.

Heat 4

Women’s Heat 4 was the final heat of the day, between Paula Novotna from the Czech Republic and Kristina Belogorskaya from Russia. Novotna gave us a taste of her powerful riding landing a good S-bend to Blind and Hinterberger Mobe. Belogorskaya stuggled crashing several of her attempts, but did land a nice S-bend to Blind of her own. Paula finished a solid round of tricks and advances to Round 3, whilst Belogorskaya passes to Round 2.

The competition continues tomorrow with Round 3 for the Men, and Round 2 for the Women. Be sure to tune in to the live stream!

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

The top freestyle kiteboarders have all arrived in Dakhla for the start of what is set to be an incredible week of action. The wind took longer to kick in today, and the Round 1 for the Men commenced at 3pm. The full round was concluded by 6pm.

Heat 1 –

The first heat of the day was a close one for all three riders, Valentin Garat from France, Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia and Louka Pitot from France/Mauritius. Rodriguez was keen to once again make a name for himself at this event, and managed to pull out some impressive riding from the very start, including a massive Heart Attack 5 scoring 9.03. He just managed to place himself above Garat, meaning he passes directly to Round 3. Garat rode a good heat, despite two crashed trick attempts, and finished in second position followed by Louka Pitot who started the heat well with a Front Blind Mobe and well executed Backside 315, but failed on his last two attempts. Both Garat and Pitot will have another chance in Round 2.

Heat 2 –

Former World Champion Alex Pastor came up against the winnner from yesterday’s Qualifier Championship, Gianmaria Coccoluto, and Lituanian newcomer Domantas Jusionis. Coccoluto continued on yesterday’s strong performance, and cleared an impressive heat with well scored tricks, including a Backside 317 and Heart Attack 5. Alex Pastor started off strong with his KGB5 followed by his Backside 315, and finished the heat with well executed Slim7 scoring 8.2, but it wasn’t enough to advance in 1st place, as he struggled with his knee injury. Coccoluto advances directly to Round 3 after riding an outstanding heat, whilst Pastor and Jusionis will pass to Round 2.

Heat 3 –

Jerome Cloetens from France/Belgium has been riding impressively well throughout the event, and today was no exception. His trick list included a Double Heart Attack and Backside 315, but he unfortunately crashed two trick attempts which cost him points. Former World Champion Youri Zoon from the Netherlands struggled to catch up to him, but made up for it towards the end of the heat with clean Slim7 scoring 8.77 which boosted him up into 1st position, allowing him to pass directly to Round 3. Cloetens and Joselito del Rosario will get a second chance in Round 2.

Heat 4 –

Set Teixeira from Brazil had a great start to the event, landing his tricks very consistently and with good scores. He managed to gain a large lead above his other competitors, guaranteeing him the spot in Round 3. Paul Serin rode hard to try and catch up to him, and young competitor Edgar Ulrich also from France was not far behind. Both Ulrich and Serin will have a second chance in Round 2.

Heat 5 –

Adeuri Corniel has just arrived to Dakhla fresh off winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Buenos Aires. He proved that he is a versatile rider and performed some impressive tricks during his heat, such his opening Backside 317 or his KGB5. French athlete Julien Krikken pushed hard to keep up with him, landing a good Double Heart Attack. Young rider Romain Giuliano is new to the Elite Championship, and had some tough competition to deal with for his first heat. Adeuri passed directly to Round 3, and Giuliano and Krikken get another attempt in Round 2.

Heat 6 –

Kalu de Sousa is another talented brazilian rider, and his performance did not disappoint for Heat 6. He lead the way through most of the heat, and landed a solid Backside 317, scoring 8.2 points. Austrian rider Stefan Spiessberger started the heat well, but two crashed attempts meant that he could not catch up to Kalu. Rens van der Schoot from the Netherlands also had a hard time, landing 3 tricks but crashing his other attempts. Kalu passes directly to Round 3, Spiessberger and Van der Schoot get another attempt in Round 2.

Heat 7 –

Heat 7 was another heat full of young talent. Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland and Arthur Guillebert from France were neck and neck throughout the heat, but Arthur Guillebert managed to gain the lead landing an impressive Backside 317and Heart Attack 5. He finished the heat in first place and advances directly to Round 3, a great performance from the 21 year old frenchman. Maxime Chabloz and Lucas Ferreira pass to Round 2.

Heat 8 –

The final heat of the day saw an impressive performance from local wildcard Jonas Ouahmid who opened with a solid Double Heart Attack, and nice Backside 315. Anthar Racca from Mexico pushed hard after a slow start and stomped a great Slim7 scoring him 7.3 points. Current World Champion Carlos Mario of course did not disappoint, and landed 6 high scoring tricks including his Backside 317, Heart Attack 5, and KGB5. He cleared himself the way directly to Round 3, as Racca and Ouahmid had to settle for Round 2.

The day concluded after the completion of Round 1. The competition continues tomorrow with the Skipper’s meeting called for 10.30am and the first possible start at 11.30am.

Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com