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The winners crowned in Cape Verde – GKA Cape Verde 2018

As the riders and the GKA crew prepare to head home it’s time to look back at what has been a stellar start to the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour. Throughout January the event organisers, race officials and competitors had been salivating over the images and footage that were being circulated around social media of Ponta Preta going off and at least a few people had been (perhaps tentatively) gearing themselves up for a massive start to the season. However, as the event drew closer the wind died down a little and the swell backed right off. In the last week before the event, many of the riders who’d travelled here early to practise found themselves looking at a totally flat Ponta Preta which is quite out of character at this time of year. Then, on the morning of registration day with the wind already blowing, Ponta Preta began to show signs of life. Mitu and Djo Silva, the legendary local organisers of the event who have a deep knowledge of the conditions on the island, gave the riders and crew the heads up – the swell was fast approaching! Arsenio Dias / Image: Ydwer van der Heide From there …

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GKA Kite-Surf World Tour: Cape Verde 2018 – Women’s Finals

Check out the video report from Day 5 of competition in Cape Verde and watch the highlights of the Women’s Finals. On day five of the opening round in Cape Verde, eight women remained in the contest. As the swell had dropped at Ponta Preta, the crew headed north on the island of Sal to a spot called ‘Secrets’ where the women went to surf-style business to the end!

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Women’s Finals – GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018 Cape Verde

Moona makes it happen at ‘Secrets’ in the Women’s Final in Cape Verde. Moona in the semi-finals against Marie / Image: Ydwer van der Heide Defending GKA World Champion Moona Whyte sealed the deal yesterday at the GKA Cape Verde with a victory over Jalou Langeree in the finals – a perfect start to her 2018 season! After a couple of days of uncertainty, during which wavering conditions had kept the competitors on their toes, the decision was made to move the event to a spot called ‘Secrets’ after race director Juan Antonio recce’d there shortly after sunrise and found consistent shoulder-high waves and steady wind. Secrets surprise / Image: Ydwer van der Heide The entire event crew, including race officials, judges, media team and the final eight riders in the women’s division convoyed up to the spot and, a little after midday, it was on! Jalou and Charlotte Carpentier were on the water first and Jalou, who has been looking increasingly comfortable on her back hand throughout the event, took the win to move through to the semi-finals. Charlotte Carpentier scopes it out / Image: Ydwer van der Heide Next came a much tighter heat that saw Portuguese Cape …

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Airton Airs to Victory: GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Cape Verde

Airton airs to victory on home turf at Ponta Preta! Bringing it home for Cape Verde! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Sunday’s solid swell continued on through Monday, so it was a lightning-quick start at Ponta Preta as the riders prepared to pitch straight into round four of the men’s division for the third day at the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour opening round of 2018 in Cape Verde. Nobody could have expected such an early exit for one of Cape Verde’s favourite sons, Matchu Lopes! / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Pedro Matos beat Matchu Lopes in the first heat – the upset of the event up to that point – before Jan Marcos Riveras dispatched Camille Delannoy and Keahi de Aboitiz booked his place in the semi-finals ahead of Djo Silva. Jan Marcos jamming hard / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Local shredder Elvis Jose Almeida Nunes then came out on top against Tarifan rider Gustavo Arrojo before Airton Cozzolino beat Aussie charger James Carew with the performance of the round – breaking out the grabbed backroll off the lip before landing back on the wave once again. Next up Ismail Adarzane knocked Ralph Boelen out of the …

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