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Keahi de Aboitiz Mauritius

AIRton Clinches The Championship While KEAHI is King at One Eye

High drama as Airton takes the title after a six-year wait while Keahi rules the Eye. The GKA Mauritius finalists / Photo: @Ydwer So, where to begin after a dramatic end to the men’s division at the GKA Mauritius finals and the crowning of a new world champion today in Le Morne? 

Today began with the first heat of the quarter-finals and the stakes were high. The race for the championship title was down only to Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino but Paulino Pereira would have to beat Brazilian charger Sebastian Ribeiro and then contend with Keahi de Aboitiz to still be holding his third place ranking by the end of the day. First up, Keahi took on Mauritian young gun Willow-River Tonkin-Shakes in heat 25. Willow has impressed everyone at this event having earned the Best Rookie award due to his string of strong performances and serial barrel-hunting but Keahi is about as tough an opponent as you can get and Willow couldn’t deal with his sheer mastery of One Eye. Willow-River Tonkin wins Best Rookie award / Photo: @Ydwer Ever the stoke-merchant, Willow wasn’t phased in the slightest and why should he be? For an 18 year-old guy …

Keahi de Aboitiz Mauritius

AIRton Clinches The Championship While KEAHI is King at One Eye

High drama as Airton takes the title after a six-year wait while Keahi rules the Eye. The GKA Mauritius finalists / Photo: @Ydwer So, where to begin after a dramatic end to the men’s division at the GKA Mauritius finals and the crowning of a new world champion today in Le Morne? 

Today began with the first heat of the quarter-finals and the stakes were high. The race for the championship title was down only to Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino but Paulino Pereira would have to beat Brazilian charger Sebastian Ribeiro and then contend with Keahi de Aboitiz to still be holding his third place ranking by the end of the day. First up, Keahi took on Mauritian young gun Willow-River Tonkin-Shakes in heat 25. Willow has impressed everyone at this event having earned the Best Rookie award due to his string of strong performances and serial barrel-hunting but Keahi is about as tough an opponent as you can get and Willow couldn’t deal with his sheer mastery of One Eye. Willow-River Tonkin wins Best Rookie award / Photo: @Ydwer Ever the stoke-merchant, Willow wasn’t phased in the slightest and why should he be? For an 18 year-old guy …

Fuerteventura

All Action Day 2 in Fuerteventura – GKA World Tour Round 3

Main event action and riders begin to drop on Day Two GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 – Round 3: Sotavento Luis Brito back in familiar waters / Photo: @Ydwer A steadily building wind greeted the riders today as they prepared to pitch into the main event. Before round one kicked off a handful of riders competed in three heats to gain their seedings and local riders Kuba Juras (originally from Poland) and German transplant Thorben Jasper looked perfectly at home in the Sotavento conditions while crowd pleaser Luis Brito clearly relished being back in Sotavento nailing a variety of flamboyant tricks from the off. There are always plenty of fans in Sotavento! / Photo: @Ydwer Round one then got underway with Matchu winning the first heat after a slightly reserved but smooth performance against Italian Tony Cili. Keahi followed with what was undoubtedly the most polished, and complete, display of the day with everything from low angle technical tricks like powered toeside pops to wrapped to big rotations and board-offs. Keahi’s always quick to play down his own strapless freestyle level but is going to be one to watch at this event. A Tarifan duel followed in which Gustavo Arrojo …

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