Posts Tagged ‘Strapless kitesurfing’

Watch Roderick Pijls scoring some undiscovered waves in Dakhla, Morocco. Enjoy his brand new video “Camping in the desert”!

Jalou Langeree was in Morocco for the KSWT stop in Dakhla. Before the event started, she had some time to explore the coastline. Watch and enjoy the highlights of her Moroccan desert trip!

Film: Mintautas Grigas
Film + Edit: Roderick Pijls

Episode 3 of “Sessions with Moona” was shot at her home spot in Hawaii. Follow Moona Whyte on a fun session in Oahu!

Stay tuned for Moona’s next session in Morocco!

A nice drone footage picturing Rodolphe MacKeene riding strapless at his home spot in St Barthélémy, in the Caribbean. Enjoy!

TIME TO TALK TECH AND SHARPEN THE TOOLS – DAY THREE GKA KITE-SURF WORLD TOUR PORTUGAL


Jalou Langeree, Johanna-Catarina Edin, Moona Whyte and Evelien Bolle all faced off against each other on last year’s KSWT at the final tour stop in Mauritius. This event will be the first time they’ve all competed together this season / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

So the wind kept the riders and crew waiting once again today here at the KSWT Portugal. It had looked promising at this morning’s skippers meeting which prompted a flurry of activity as the riders rigged up for a possible start to men’s round one but the wind backed off as the rain came in and it never quite reached the required strength as the day wore on.


It’s great seeing Theo Demanez back on the tour. He suffered a ruptured spleen earlier this year after a bad crash to the ribs which caused him to miss the last two events but he’ll be hoping to make up for lost time here in Viana do Castelo! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

However, nobody was about to waste the day and so the riders used the time to fine tune their gear, do some light wind flying on the beach and go foiling as well. It was also a great opportunity for some of them to explain how they choose their gear for different conditions and strapless freestyle and wave events.


Rafael Costa Souza getting pumped. This is his first event on the GKA KSWT and, while he’s a relatively unknown rider, he’s got a strong strapless freestyle level. Let’s see what he can pull out of the bag when the wind kicks in / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

In the video below, Ocean Rodeo team rider Reece Myerscough takes us through the quiver he’s carrying on this year’s KSWT.

The judges also seized the opportunity to take a fresh look at the tools of their own trade, revisiting footage from previous events and discussing judging criteria. As the level of riding seen at KSWT events continues to evolve, and talented new riders continue to emerge, it’s key for the race crew to revisit the judging process from time to time and today was ideal for that.


Tour legend Mitu Monteiro catches up with the judges. There aren’t many strapless riders who’ve seen more competitive heats in their careers than this guy! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

After the event wrapped up for the afternoon, some of the riders suited up for a surf while others headed up to the awesome indoor pump track that sits under the hotel at Feel Viana. Turns out Tony Cili’s an absolute shredder on a skateboard!


Tony Cili – a charger on the water and on wheels / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The forecast looks much improved across the coming days so let’s see how things play out when the riders hit the beach for tomorrow’s skippers meeting.

It’s show time at Ponta Preta, in Cape Verde! Watch local kiters shredding at their playground.

The wind didn’t quite come through on the second day of the KSWT Portugal so the riders went out to explore Viana do Castelo. Watch the video from the day 2!

Watch Charlie Wise and James Storm Carew shredding in Viana do Castelo, Portugal!

The riders of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour are in Viana do Castelo this week from the 07-12th of June for the third event of the season and the first ever GKA event in Portugal. Here are the scenes from today!

46 riders from 16 different countries registered today, with another strong turnout in the women’s division that consists of 13 competitors from around the world here at Cabedelo beach in front of Hotel Feel Viana.


The spot / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

And what a spot the riders find themselves at! A popular surf beach that also benefits from the reliable el nortada winds, Cabedelo is protected by a large sea wall that makes for glassy wave riding conditions downwind of it on the lengthy, unbroken left-handers. The waves are rarely huge, but they’re clean and consistent making this place look like a real-life wave pool when it’s on.


Race director Juan Antonio Aragon outlines the plans! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Today had begun with heavy rainfall and the first skippers meeting of the event was delayed until just after lunch but then it was a quick turn around as the wind began to build and the riders headed to the beach for a possible start to men’s division round one.


Local rider Joao Stopani gearing up / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The winds looked promising to begin with but, after waiting until late afternoon, the decision was made to bring things to a close with a solid looking forecast for later in the week.


James Carew and Pedro Matos after a pre-comp warm-up yesterday / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

So today was light on action with more rainfall than wind, but the skies have now cleared and we’re sure to see some noteworthy clashes this week as the battle for rankings continues with growing rivalries simmering away in both divisions. Click here for a refresher on the situation as it stands going into the KSWT Portugal.


The crew meets the major of Viana do Castelo / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

The day wrapped up with the official opening ceremony to declare the event underway and now it’s all about tomorrow when the riders will be back on Cabedelo beach hoping to start the event in earnest. Stay tuned for updates as it unfolds!

The GKA KSWT has landed in Portugal at Viana do Castelo for the event that runs until 12th June. The action will be taking place on Cabedelo Beach in front of event host, Feel Viana Hotel.

At this time of year Viana do Castelo benefits from the reliable El Nortada winds as well as solid Atlantic swells. This will be the third right hand wave for the tour in 2018 and the main wave spot is protected by a sea wall making for ultra-clean, glassy wave riding conditions – a perfect playground for a World Tour event!

Reigning champ Airton Cozzolino has been steadily building his lead since round one in Cape Verde, but Keahi de Aboitiz has maintained consistent pressure from second place. With the tour about to reach its halfway point, if anyone’s going to unseat Airton, then this event is crucial.


Airton Cozzolino – the man to beat / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Things are also hotting up in the women’s division with top ranked riders Jalou Langeree and Moona Whyte now level on points, so this is a chance for someone to pull ahead. However, Portuguese rider Inês Correia has been unshakable in third place so far this season and she’s made it clear that her eyes are on the higher podium positions. She’ll be hot on the heels of Moona and Jalou as she competes in front of her native fans!


The women’s top four – Jalou Langeree, Moona Whyte, Inês Correia, Carla Herrera Oria / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

There are also sure to be some serious showdowns in the men’s top ten as heavyweights like Mitu Monteiro and Sebastian Ribeiro battle for a place on the podium. Tour legends Matchu Lopes and Paulino Pereira will also no doubt be hoping to rekindle their 2018 title chases after a couple of challenging events for them both in Cape Verde and Dakhla.


Powerhouse Paulino is poised for Portugal / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

So it’s all to play for this week in Viana do Castelo and, with strong winds due from Thursday and a very promising looking swell kicking in as well, it looks like a solid third stop to the season is coming up!