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WKL Youth Cup 2017 – Event Summary

The final day arrived here at the WKL Youth Cup, ending a fantastic 5 day event with incredible wind conditions, and showcasing all of the up-and-coming talent that we hope to see in the Elite league very soon. The WKL works closely with the Clean Ocean Project as our charity partner, and each day we organized a beach clean with the competitors, to ensure that we leave the beach after the event even better than how we found it. Teaching the young riders to be environmentally conscious and to take care of the beach and ocean is an important foundation. The prize giving ceremony for the 79 registered athletes was held at the Ballena Alegre Camping at 4pm. The WKL would like to congratulate all the winners from each category, as well as all the participants, for making it such a special event. All participants were awarded a Diploma for participation in the WKL Youth Cup. A raffle was also held, where everyone won a prize from our various sponsors. Thank you to Cabrinha who generously donated two boards, bindings, hats and T-shirts, to Manera for donating wetsuits and t-shirts, and to North Kiteboarding, for also donating a selection of …


WKL Youth Cup 2017 – Day Three – Action in the Finals

Day three at the WKL Youth Cup in Costa Brava was a glimpse into the future of kiteboarding. All categories displayed an extremely high level of riding. The wind remained consistent throughout the day, so all heats were completed, and the finals were run back to back until 6pm. The first final to be held was the Girls 8-14, which saw a 4 girls face each other for a podium position. Mikaili Sol had a difficult heat, and was unable to land her usual array of tricks. She crashed several of her attempts, but did manage a nice S-Bend to Blind scoring 8.3 at the last moment. Roux managed to land all of her tricks, but unfortunately they did not score high enough to place her in the top position. Anna Hashed similarly landed 4 of her 6 attempts, but none of the girls could beat Osaia Reding who landed a clean S-Bend to Blind and Blind Judge, and rode consistently through the heat, giving her the advantage and the first position for this category. For the Girls 15-18 Category final it was Spanish rider Claudia Leon who dominated with 4 completed handle-pass tricks. Pippa Van Irsel from the Netherlands …


WKL Youth Cup 2017 – Day Two

Day two at the Youth Cup in Costa Brava was yet again action-packed from start to finish. Heats were completed from various categories as the thermal wind blew steadily around 15 to 18 knots throughout the day. The skippers meeting for the talented young riders took place at 11am, followed by a clinic and presentation from Bill Eastburn from the World Class Kite Academy. It gave the riders a chance to explore the opportunity for this unique combination of high school education that takes it’s students around the World and allows them to train on the water regularly as well as staying on top of their studies. By midday, the thermal wind on the beach at the Ballena Alegre Camping kicked in and the event got underway. The first heat of the day was for the boys aged 15-16 category. Tom Bridge from the UK took the win landing a clean Backside 315 and Double S-Bend 3. Antoine Mermet was anxious to secure the second position to pass through to Round 2 and landed a powerful Heart Attack and Back Mobe to secure his spot. Christian Tio from the Philippines has been one of the riders gaining attention lately, and …

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