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Rosa and Martinez win 2016 Freestyle World Championship titles in nailbiting finale

It was a typical start for the second-to-last day of the event, blue skies once again covered the Sardinian coast with a slightly lighter strength breeze than the previous two days. The wind was still very contestable however with most riders using between eleven to fourteen square meter kites. As the finals had all been run the previous day, today was used to complete the heats for the lower placed rankings. The big question for the day of course being whether Martinez could win two heats and come back for a 5thplace finish and secure himself the world title! In his first heat Martinez faced fellow Dominican rider Del Rosario, the heat was a strange one with Del Rosario performing almost all of his tricks outside of the box, both riders on the beach and judges were wondering whether this had in fact been scripted from the start? Del Rosario had a cheeky looking smile on his face which makes us think it likely that it was. Martinez progressed from this first heat to go up against the local Italian rider Contini. This final heat kept everyone on the edge of their seats as it looked like the pressure had …

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Freestyle and Big Air action kicks off in Porto Pollo

Riders and staff rose to both sunshine and wind this morning. At the ten o’clock skippers meeting the call was made to start with the Freestyle draw and then move on to the Big Air as the wind was forecast to increase later in the day. In round one of the Mens Freestyle Corniel was upset by the young British prodigy Tom Bridge, Corniel was sent to round two but managed to take out Hoppe in convincing form securing himself a place in the quarter finals. Hendrick Burgers also put up a valiant effort against the explosive Dominican rider Martinez, however he fell just short of securing himself a victory. The Aruban was forced into round two where he sealed a pretty convincing win over the Italian rider Cantini with some of his trade mark Front Blind Mobes. The quarterfinals are where the action will heat up with three man heats all stacked with the best riders. Both Corniel and Martinez have a great chance of taking out the world championships this event so no doubt the pressure on them will be high. Will there be some more upsets? Tune in tomorrow to find out! In round one of the …

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Sardinia Grand Slam Day 3

At last, the wind has arrived and the kiters’ sails can finally be unfolded. Today is the official start of the Sardinia Grand Slam, the World Kite League finals (organised by the GLEsport with the technical-sports support of the Sporting Club Sardi…

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