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KSWT Torquay – 2018 Kite-Surf World Tour titles decided in Torquay

Airton Cozzolino and Jalou Langueree take the 2018 Kite-Surf World Tour titles. Sunday 16th December Report: Matt Pearce Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas After a few days of faltering winds, a fair bit of waiting and consistent but mostly onshore surf, Point Danger delivered cross-off winds and peeling waves for an epic final round in the men’s single eliminations. Done and dusted / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide On the last day with any reliable wind on the forecast we watched Keahi de Aboitiz beat Sebastian Ribeiro in a world class final to take the KSWT Torquay title (and on his birthday no less). Ribeiro takes second / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide The women’s single elimination had wrapped up the day before and their results were announced alongside the men’s with Jalou crowned the winner after a testing single elimination round that saw the women competing in some of the toughest conditions of the event at nearby Thirteenth Beach. Tropical feels at Thirteenth Beach / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Today the riders were back on the point at 08:00 AM for a possible start to the double eliminations but, although there were clear blue skies …

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KSWT Torquay – Day Four – Single Eliminations Wrap Up

Keahi de Aboitiz and Jalou Langeree win the Single Eliminations. Check the report below. Saturday 15th December Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Report: Matt Pearce Videos: Mintautas Grigas Matchu prepares / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide It was another early start this morning as the men rigged up in the dark preparing for a 06:00 AM kick off at Point Danger. The wind was more side shore than yesterday with a slightly improved swell angle as well which made for some decent conditions and the day’s first heat – heat 10b featuring Matchu Lopes and Jarrod Snow – was on the water shortly after sunrise. Matchu icking off day four and the single eliminations / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Matchu took the heat convincingly with a super clean no-handed wave 360 and fellow Cape Verdean wave seeking savant Mitu Monteiro then came up with a masterful backhand performance to win the following heat against Paulo Aurelio. Next up wave riding heavyweights Sebastian Ribeiro and local legend James Carew went at it for a place in the quarter finals. James is one of the tour’s standout up-and-comers but Sebastian used to compete on the QS pro surfing tour and his …


Is Airton Cozzolino really from another planet?

His opponents deliver their thoughts PAULINO PEREIRA “Pfff, maybe in the next life I can get up to his level. There’s always one guy on the tour that’s an alien. In freestyle it was the same back in the day with Aaron. Airton is doing the same; he’s pushing the sport and we’re trying to go with him, but it’s really hard. He’s so technical and aggressive but he makes it look so clean. It’s amazing to see.” Hear more reaction and check the mind blowing action in this video: KEAHI DE ABOITIZ “It’s been insane to see Airton, especially at these last few events, because he’s able to do almost anything. Wave riding has perhaps been his slight weakness in the past, but in Cape Verde he was on fire and here in a strapless freestyle event at Sotavento he was on another level. It’s been crazy to see someone going that big and that powered. But yeah, in conditions like this he’s a huge inspiration.” MALLORY DE LA VILLEMARQUE (JUDGE) “The thing that really stands out is his commitment in all his tricks. The height, the amplitude, the speed; everything. He puts 1,000% in all the time. “In …


Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 Final Day – Jesse Richman and Mikaili Sol win the Air Games

The first Air Games winners take the stage in Tarifa on the final day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro. The first order of Sunday business, the last day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro, was to complete the women’s KSWT strapless freestyle contest. Local specialist Carla Herrera Oria had stamped her authority on the discipline with the win over a stoked Johanna Catarina from Sweden and Charlotte Carpentier from France. This pure strapless freestyle discipline (rather than wave riding, which this tour also incorporates) is yet to fully blossom for the women and this was the first time that enough women had registered for a pure strapless freestyle event for them to have their own ladder, which was great to see! Carla managed to land a board-off, a one footer, an air reverse, a back roll foot switch combination and some good big airs as well. AIR GAMES The GKA Kiteboarding World Tour Air Games hasn’t had the easiest start since inception this year. The first event at the Mondial du Vent in Leucate had no wind; the first time that event at that spot in France hasn’t had wind in 20 years! This week Tarifa kept us waiting until the …


GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Portugal – Exploring Viana

Get to know Viana do Castelo – Day Four GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Cabadelo beach / Photo: Diogo Cardoso It might not have been the best week for wind here in Viana do Castelo so far but that doesn’t take anything away from what an incredible location this is. Before the event began, a number of the KSWT riders were in Viana early to train before the event and some of them scored solid days on the reeling rights of Cabedelo beach. For an idea of what it’s like when the conditions are on in Viana, click here to watch Charlie Wise and James Carew’s video filmed just before the KSWT Portugal. Righteous rights! / Photo: Juvenal Vieira (Feel Viana) This is the first time the tour has visited Portugal, and it’s got a lot of potential to become a firm favourite of the KSWT. If you’re thinking about checking out Viana do Castelo yourself, then here’s an overview of what you need to know. CONDITIONS Generally speaking, this area gets some of those most consistent wind on the entire Portuguese coastline. The most reliable months for wind are from May to September, when the thermic El Nortada winds blow …


GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Round 3: Portugal begins today!

The GKA KSWT has landed in Portugal at Viana do Castelo for the event that runs until 12th June. The action will be taking place on Cabedelo Beach in front of event host, Feel Viana Hotel. At this time of year Viana do Castelo benefits from the reliable El Nortada winds as well as solid Atlantic swells. This will be the third right hand wave for the tour in 2018 and the main wave spot is protected by a sea wall making for ultra-clean, glassy wave riding conditions – a perfect playground for a World Tour event! Reigning champ Airton Cozzolino has been steadily building his lead since round one in Cape Verde, but Keahi de Aboitiz has maintained consistent pressure from second place. With the tour about to reach its halfway point, if anyone’s going to unseat Airton, then this event is crucial. Airton Cozzolino – the man to beat / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Things are also hotting up in the women’s division with top ranked riders Jalou Langeree and Moona Whyte now level on points, so this is a chance for someone to pull ahead. However, Portuguese rider Inês Correia has been unshakable in third place …

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