Carew Closes in on Title Number Two


James Carew (AUS) 17.37 / Leonardo Grangeiro (BRA) 11.03
Gabriel Benetton (BRA) 19.43 / Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) 17.07
Matchu Lopes (ESP) 17.54 / Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) 15.24
Pedro Matos (BRA) 17.53 / Hendrick Lopes (SUI) 16.76


Pedro Matos (BRA) V Matchu Lopes
Gabriel Benetton (BRA) V James Carew (AUS)

The championship now comes down to Matchu Lopes chasing James Carew down, but he needs James to lose in the semi-finals.

Matchu came through a tight quarter final against Nicola Abadjiev. Clearly down about his performance with several missed tricks, Lopes hopes that was just an ‘off-day’.

Matchu will ride in the first semi-final against Pedro Matos. If Matchu loses that heat, the Championship will be James Carew’s.

But… if Matchu beats Pedro, the pressure shifts to the second semi-final.

Regardless of what Matchu achieves, though… if James Carew can beat the highest performer of the event, Brazilian Gabriel Benetton in the second semi-final, then the Australian will be assured of claiming back-to-back World Championships.

Should Gabriel beat James in the second semi-final and Matchu goes on to win the event, then Matchu will be top of the world for the second time in his career, having previously won the first GKA Kite World Tour title in 2016.

So… is there much riding on all this then? You bet there is!