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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 …

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KSWT Torquay – Day Three – Single Eliminations

The single eliminations roll on at KSWT Torquay – Day Three Check GKA report below. Friday 14th December Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Report: Matt Pearce Videos: Mintautas Grigas THE WOMEN’S DIVISION REACH THE FINAL AND THE MEN TEAR INTO ROUND TWO Early doors at Point Danger / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide It was an early start today at Point Danger with the riders on the spot and rigging up at 05:30 ready to pitch back into the women’s division single eliminations. The first heats were rolling by 07:00 and Carla Herrera kicked things off beating Anna Williams as she began her push for a shot at the top of the podium (remember, this is a winner takes-all-event between Carla and Jalou Langeree – who finishes on top wins the Championship!) Carla carves / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Next up, tour number four Johanna Catharina Edin from Sweden narrowly edged past Duotone teammate Lyde Heckroodt from South Africa in a tight heat. Both riders had to work hard to find point scoring sections but they made it work with well executed cut backs, milking the waves for all they were worth. It was hard to tell which one …

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The women take the stage on day two

The first heats get underway at Thirteenth Beach. Read here the report. Wednesday 12th December Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Report: Matt Pearce Videos: Mintautas Grigas KSWT Race Director Juan Antonio Aragon was out scouring the coastline early this morning checking out the potential of some nearby beaches after today’s forecasts had suggested better conditions might be found at one of the many kite spots that dot the area around Torquay. He struck gold at Thirteenth Beach, a popular spot among the local kiters where 20 knot side shore winds and a five foot swell were rolling in so the decision was made to move the comp there right after the morning riders briefing. Taking cover at Thirteenth Beach / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Competitors and crew jumped into the wagons and headed down there and then the women were up first for round one of the single eliminations. It was a gut check for the riders huddled behind the judges tower hiding from the driving rain coming in from the Southern Ocean but the AP flag went up and the first heats of the KSWT Torquay were on! Frances hits the water in heat one / Photo: Ydwer …

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The women take the stage on day two

The first heats get underway at Thirteenth Beach. Read here the report. Wednesday 12th December Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Report: Matt Pearce Videos: Mintautas Grigas KSWT Race Director Juan Antonio Aragon was out scouring the coastline early this morning checking out the potential of some nearby beaches after today’s forecasts had suggested better conditions might be found at one of the many kite spots that dot the area around Torquay. He struck gold at Thirteenth Beach, a popular spot among the local kiters where 20 knot side shore winds and a five foot swell were rolling in so the decision was made to move the comp there right after the morning riders briefing. Taking cover at Thirteenth Beach / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Competitors and crew jumped into the wagons and headed down there and then the women were up first for round one of the single eliminations. It was a gut check for the riders huddled behind the judges tower hiding from the driving rain coming in from the Southern Ocean but the AP flag went up and the first heats of the KSWT Torquay were on! Frances hits the water in heat one / Photo: Ydwer …

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Ceara Kite Pro – Big Air Wrap-Up in Brazil

The Ceara Kite Pro came to a close on Saturday with a big air competition. Check the report below. Saturday 24th November Report: Jim Gaunt Photos: Ydwer van der Heide Videos: Mintautas Grigas Unofficial big air extravaganza closes out the Ceara Kite Pro Four action packed days in Prea, Brazil for round six of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour came to a close on Saturday with a big air competition. This unofficial result doesn’t count towards the overall World Championship ranking, but with pride on the line as well as performance momentum propelling the winner positively onwards towards the final round in Australia next month, the beach crowd was treated to one more afternoon of aerial acrobatics. Man and machine, Airton Cozzolino Two tricks counted for each rider in the heats, with judges awarding 70% of the score for height and 30% for technicality. Kiko stoked to make his first ever final!! 17 year-old Spaniard Kiko Roig has impressed all week and reached the final against Airton Cozzolino but couldn’t topple the reigning World Champion who was riding high after his main event win yesterday. Carla back to winning ways against Jalou In the women’s unofficial big air event Carla …

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