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The World Kiteboarding League Overall 2016 Champions

The 2016 World Kiteboarding League Champions There could not have been a more perfect ending to our 2016 season than this final at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro in New Caledonia. This location provided the World Kiteboarding League athletes with optimal conditions to demonstrate their power and talent. Throughout the year we have seen an unbelievable level of riding, that keeps raising the standard of freestyle kiteboarding to another level. 3rd Overall Men – Alex Pastor As a former World Champion, Alex Pastor from Spain knew what he wanted to work towards this year. He has demonstrated skill and talent, and is always certain to add plenty of style to his riding. He had some unfortunate luck in his final heat here in New Caledonia, injuring his hand, and did not ride as well as he had been anticipating. However, his good results through the year lead him to this 3rd position in the overall rankings. 2nd Overall Men – Youri Zoon Youri Zoon, 2x former World Champion from the Netherlands also had his eye on the number one position this year. His last World Title was back in 2011, and this was his opportunity to get back to the top. …


Aircalin Kitesurf Pro New Caledonia Final Day

The final day at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro was full of adrenaline and high emotions. Both the Men’s and Women’s finals were completed, and the day ended with the crowning of this year’s World Kiteboarding League Overall Champions. The Women’s final saw Bruna Kajiya start off strong and dominate the heat with her style and power. The brazilian rider landed a perfectly executed 315, Heart Attack and KGB. The other three athletes in the heat were fighting hard for the remaining podium positions, and the 2nd position went to Annabel Van Westerop from Aruba who rode an extremely strong heat, Hannah Whiteley taking 3rd and Paula Novotna in 4th. The Men’s final was a festival of double handle passes, with the men showing an insane level of riding right from the start of the heat. All of the competitors went for 317’s and Backside 7’s, but it was Carlos Mario from Brazil who was determined to win this competition and pulled a nearly perfect Heart Attack 7 which left all the spectators speechless. He continued with amazing high-scoring tricks like a Hinterberger 9, Slim 9, KGB7 and the first ever 3110 landed in competition, which unfortunately did not have a …


Aircalin Kitesurf Pro New Caledonia Day Five

Day 5 at the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro saw the completion of Men’s Round 3, Heat 7 and 8, as well as the mini final. This means that both Men’s and Women’s finals will both be run tomorrow. The day started off with slightly lighter wind conditions. The race director wanted to ensure that these Men’s heats were run in optimal conditions so the start was slightly delayed until we had the best wind possible. Heat 7 saw Alex Pastor from Spain and Youri Zoon from the Netherlands dominate the heat with many doubles. The both went back and forth from 1st position to 2nd position by landing KGB5’s, 317’s, Backside 7’s and Heart Attack 5’s but Youri managed to edge his way to the top and take the win. David Tonijuan also showed some perfectly executed tricks, landing a nice Heart Attack, Hinterberger 5 and Crow Mobe 5. This positive result gave him a spot in tomorrow’s final alongside Pastor and Zoon. Heat 8 saw local rider Arthur Guillebert show some great riding, with a wonderful home crowd to support him on the beach. Carlos Mario from Brazil put on an outstanding display, showing us all exactly why he is …


Aircalin Kitesurf Pro New Caledonia Day Four

Today saw a solid four hours of non-stop freestyle action here in New Caledonia. Women’s Round 3 and 4 were completed as well as men’s Round 2, before the tide dropped down and competition was called off for the day. Women’s Round 3 Heat 5 started once again with fairly light wind conditions. The athletes were using 10m to 13m kites and had to fight to gain speed and height for their tricks. After four tricks per rider the judges decided to postpone the heat due to the dropping winds. Bruna Kajiya was in the lead with a good Front to Blind, and she was followed by Annabel Van Westerop who showed solid riding throughout. The heat was resumed after a 45 minute break as the wind speed increased. This enabled the girls to put on a great display of powered tricks. It was Kajiya who won the heat earning her a place directly in the finals, and local rider Maureen Castelle passed through to the next round alongside Annabel Van Westerop. For Heat 6 it was Hannah Whiteley from the UK who reigned supreme, landing a great KGB and Back Mobe despite tangling her kite lines in the middle …


Aircalin Kitesurf Pro New Caledonia Day Three

Day three commenced with some promising wind, sunny skies and ideal tide conditions. The event commenced at 11am, with Men’s Round 1 Heat 2. The full round was completed for the Men, as well as Round 2 for the Women. For the start of Heat 2 the wind conditions were still fairly light, with the competitors using 13m and 14m kites. The athletes struggled to go big but 2x World Champion Youri Zoon dominated the heat with a powerful KGB5, 317 and Backside 315. He was followed closely by French rider Val Garat who also nailed a nice KGB5 but couldn’t back it up with his Slim7 that he crashed. Fortunately, he nailed a nice Front Blind Mobe and Crow Mobe 5 meaning that it was him who would be joining Youri Zoon and passing directly to the third round. Local rider Guillebert rode extremely well. He was powerful and stylish finishing 3rd in his heat, and joining him in Round 2 is Sebastian Garat. For Men’s Heat 3 the athletes were still using large kites and struggling to find enough height to score doubles. Marc Jacobs from New Zealand scored the top position, opening with a massive Hinterberger 5, …

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