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Kevin Langeree and Lasse Walker headed out to Cape Point to check some massive wind conditions. Watch the boys jumping high in South Africa!

Filming end editing: Ryan Osmond

This is Enrico van de Laar’s video entry for the King of The Air 2020. Watch Dutch rider jumping with 50 knots of wind in Noordwijk, Holland!

Crazy storm session at home

Posted: 12th November 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Sam Light shows us how fun it was riding at home in 40 knots of wind! Watch and enjoy his video shot at Hayling Island.

Moona Whyte has a new episode of her series “Sessions with Moona”. This time, she takes us to Australia where she spent a rainy week with Keahi de Aboitiz. Watch them chasing wind and waves in OZ!

Check out the newest KEVVLOG and see Kevin Langeree enjoying strong wind and big waves during the Cape Hatters Wave Classic 2019.

On the final day of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019, there was no wind to complete the Men’s division. Check below the GKA report.

GKA Report:

Sunday 16th June

Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mint Grigas

Yesterday, Mikaili Sol won the women’s division at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria. Today, it was the turn of the men with just three heats left to run.

Unfortunately though, at 19:00 after a long day of waiting, it was clear the wind just was not going to reach the required strength for the men to hit the water.

The riders would not be able to compete to see who would become the first ever male champion of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria.

However, there is still an official result from the men’s division and the below eight riders will all share first place rankings (and an equal share of the prize money) from this event.

Scroll down to see the event results and how the overall tour rankings look at the end of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019.

MEN’S FINAL RESULTS

1: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA)
2: Arthur Guillebert (FRA)
3: Liam Whaley (ESP)
4: Maxime Chabloz (CH)
5: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM)
6: Valentin Rodriguez (COL)
7: Carlos Mario (BRA)
8: Set Teixeira (BRA)

WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
4: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

UPDATED GKA KITE WORLD TOUR FREESTYLE RANKINGS

MEN’S RANKING

1: Carlos Mario (BRA)
2: Maxime Chablos (CH)
3: Valentin Rodriguez (COL)
4: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA)
5: Liam Whaley (ESP)

WOMEN’S RANKINGS

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
2: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
3: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
4: Therese Taabbel (DK)
5: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

A new episode of Kevin Langeree’s vlog is out! I’s about the RedBull Megaloop Challenge 2019, the windiest contest he has ever competed in. Take a look!

On the second day of the main event only a few heats were completed at Playa de Vargas, in Gran Canaria.

GKA Report:

Friday 14th June

Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova

Yesterday the riders made it close to the semi-final rounds here at the GKA Gran Canaria after a full day of heats and now, on day two of the main event, they’re ready to get back into the action.

The wind’s been keeping them waiting this morning, building up to 14-16 knots at points, but it’s not been consistent enough to get the heats rolling.

Now the wind’s filling in though and the riders are on standby waiting for green light.

First heat to run will be heat 15 – men’s round three. After men’s round three’s complete, the women will be up for round two.

Check the heat order below.

Conditions update 17:50: Riders out warming up on 12-13 metre kites
Heats about to start

HEATS BEGIN

HEAT 15
J. Del Rosario / L. Cruz / L. Whaley / P. Martinez
Luis Alberto Cruz leads from early on with a 317 for his first trick that earns him 7.3 points. The lightest rider in the heat, he continues to lead while Liam Whaley drops down to fourth. The light wind is making things challenging for the riders in this heat.

After two stoppages due to failing wind, Whaley pulls it round going from fourth to first with a double heart attack (6.83) and BS315 (7.07).

Cruz pulls back in front with a front blind mobe (6.83) and then Whaley retakes the lead with a back mobe five (6.23). Just two tricks left and Liam only leads by 1.53 points.

Riders now relying on kickers to get enough height to land wakestyle tricks. Luis does a BS 313 just to get some scores on the board and pull ahead of Liam but it’s not a high enough scoring move.

With only two tricks left available, Posito Martinez comes back to the brink and into second place with a 317 (7.37) and is now within reach of Whaley if he can land a 7.2 or more.

Liam Whaley then lands an FS7 (7.07) to put some distance between him and Martinez but Luis Alberto Cruz claws his way back to second with BS315 (6.53) and it all comes down to Martinez who is the only rider with a trick left to do. He needs an 8.07 for first and a 6.93 for second, which is doable.

But he crashes, and Liam wins the heat to go through to semis along with Luis Alberto Cruz.

HEAT 16
S. Teixeira / P. Serin / C. Mario / L. Pitot
Teixeira opens up an early lead with a few clean tricks including a BS315 (7.13) and he follows that up with double heart attack (6.97). Leading well now with Carlos Mario down in fourth after three trick attempts.

Mario hits back with KGB5 (highest heat score at 7.57) to climb to third.

Mario ramps up the pressure with solid 8+ point scores to win the heat with a combined score of 31.31 – one of the highest of the event so far.

WOMEN’S HEAT 6
Pippa van Iersel / Bruna Kajiya
Pippa opens with a BS 313 (6.07) and Bruna, keen to get past her round one loss to Natalie Lambrecht, answers back with an s-bend to blind which only scores her 3.4. She’ll need to do more than that.

Bruna then regains composure with two more landed tricks, including a solid scoring back to blind (6.6) and she pushes past Pippa who can’t match Bruna for consistency.

From here, Bruna runs away with it while Pippa crashed four tricks in a row and. Bruna finishes up with a back to wrapped for 7.7 points (one of the highest scoring tricks of women’s division so far at this event). Bruna wins by 19.7 points!

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS – HEAT 2
B. Kajiya / T. Taabbel / M. Sol
Conditions: Riders on 10-11 metre kites
Mika Sol firing straight out the gates with a slim chance (7.07) and an s-bend to blind (5.37).

WIND DROPS OFF – HEAT CANCELLED.
NO FURTHER HEATS TODAY.

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Watch lolo BSD shredding on flat water lagoons on Northern France!

Spot: Berck-sur-Mer (Northern France)
Wind: 15-18 knots

Rain, thunder showers and lack of wind stopped the competition on Day Three of the 2019 Pascucci KiteFoil World Championships. Check here IKA report.

OLYMPIC AMBITIONS UNLOCK RESOURCE BONANZA FOR KITEFOIL RACING

Dreams of capturing coveted Olympic medals when kitefoil racing makes its debut at the 2024 Games in Paris has prompted nations to invest heavily in kiteboarding programmes to unearth and hone top athletes.

The dynamic of kiteboard racing on display at the 2019 Pascucci KiteFoil World Championships being fought out on northern Italy’s Lago di Garda has altered dramatically since the sailing discipline won Olympics inclusion last year.

Now a number of countries with strong sailing backgrounds and big Olympic ambitions have fielded large national squads, often made up of extremely young athletes who will reach their peak by the time the mixed team kitefoil relay graces Marseilles venue.

But on day three of the world championships off Campione del Garda—supported by Regione Lombardia—rain and thunder showers stopped the reliable Ora thermal winds from building and prevented any racing.

The results of the four races from the opening day’s qualifying series will seed the the 87 men into “gold”, “silver” and “bronze” flights for the final two days of competition to decide the 2019 world champion, while the 30 women will continue their own separate series.

With the French holding three of the top five spots—including reigning and former world champions Nico Parlier and Maxime Nocher—they are well placed to come out on top.

While the world championships are for individual athletes, the French sailing federation (FFV) is looking to the future and has pumped resources into the team, funding two coaches, Ariane Imbert and Antoine Weiss.

Veteran kite racer Imbert’s conditioning and training programme includes a series of four-day training camps in Montpelier for the nation’s top four men and one woman. Weiss’s responsibility is for eight younger athletes, three girls and five boys.

“The change is a lot since kiteboarding became an Olympic discipline,” said Weiss. “The money available has multiplied three or four-fold since that decision. Since this year, with the Games inclusion, the federation put us in the Olympic programme.”

Those kind of resources also afford the French team the luxury of having two coach boats on the water at the world championships, allowing Weiss and Imbert to focus more closely on their charges.

The large number of national coach boats on the water off Campione Univela, especially evident as the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) trialled the mixed team relay kitefoil race format for the first time, is a dramatic illustration of the step-change.

If anything the British team, backed by the British Kitesports’ Association (BKSA) through the governing Royal Yachting Association (RYA), is even better resourced. It boasts two coaches and a physiotherapist at the world championships.

he British have a strong roster of men in Olly and Guy Bridge, and Connor Bainbridge, who are being guided by professional sailor Stevie Morrison. But beyond multiple former world champion Steph Bridge, the ranks of kiteboarding women were thin.

An appeal for women to join the Olympic kitefoil programme drew 130 applicants from diverse sports and disciplines. But coached by Jonnie Hutchcroft, that was whittled down to six, most of them already top-level dinghy sailors.

“The object is to bring the girls up to speed by the end of the year,” said Hutchcroft. “But we want them competitive by September. Basically we feel we will need three teams competing at any point to be successful in the end.”

Britain’s Olympic sailing success pushed the RYA to back kiteboarding in the belief it could replicate the record in kiteboarding.

“Olympic medals are what it’s all about,” said Mark Nicholls, RYA senior manager. “But our goal is also to have the maximum number of people on the water having a good time. There’s no better way to inspire them than by winning Olympic medals.”

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five men after four races (one discard)

1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 3.0pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 4.0pts
3 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 4.0pts
4 Théo de Ramecourt (FRA) 5.0pts
5 Maxime Nocher (FRA) 5.0pts

2019 Formula Kite Worlds top five women after three races

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 3.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 6.0pts
3 Breiana Whitehead (AUS) 14.0pts
4 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 15.0pts
5 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 15.0pts

Source: formulakite.com