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WKC Akyaka – Registration Day

Registration for the first World Kiteboarding Championship of the year took place today in Akyaka, Turkey, a location well know for its reliable summer winds and optimal freestyle conditions. This Elite League event saw 24 males and 11 females, of 15 different nationalities register for this first freestyle World Cup event of the season. This is the second consecutive year that Akyaka Kite Beach hosts the World Cup, and spectators and athletes are all looking forward to five days of outstanding freestyle action. The top kiteboard athletes in the World are all present, including our current World Champion, Carlos Mario, runner up Set Teixeira, as well as former World Champions Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. The Men’s Elite division will also see some new faces such as Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia and Louka Pitot from France. Liam Whaley is unfortunately injured so will be missing this first event of the season. The female event will also see some new faces, such as the up and coming Brazilian talent Mikaili Sol, who at just 13 years of age is anxious to show what she can do up against the Elite mix. Claudia Leon from Spain is another new young face ready …


WKL Cumbuco – Day One – Wildcard Qualifiers

Perfect wind conditions welcomed us for the start of the Wildcard Qualifiers today at Duro Beach, Cumbuco, where the Men’s and Women’s competition was completed, and the two wildcards for the Elite Event were awarded. The level of riding from the national riders in Brazil is incredibly high, and today was an ideal opportunity to showcase the local talent. The Men’s ladder consisted of 3 rounds, a total of 4 heats. The 11 competitors did their best tricks in Rounds 1 and 2, until it came down to the top 6 male competitors for the final. All the athletes fought their hardest with their eye on the prize, but it was Erick Anderson who claimed the win, after crashing only one of his seven trick attempts. This means that the Men’s wildcard goes to Anderson, and he will be competing in the Elite League event starting tomorrow. For the Women’s Qualifier, there was a total of two heats. A first 4 woman heat, followed by a final where the top two would battle it out for entry into the Elite League event. The final of the Wildcard Qualifier came down to two competitors, Dioneia Vieria, an experienced competitor, and young …


WKL Cumbuco – Registration Day

The World Tour returns to the perfect and picturesque kitesurfing spot of Cumbuco, located 25 kilometres North West of the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. This spot needs no introduction for kiteboarding fanatics, as it has long been known as one of the best spots in the World, thanks to its ideal wind conditions and balmy temperatures. This week Duro Beach will host the final Elite League event of 2017, where we will see our champions crowned! The event will commence tomorrow, 6th of December, with a Wildcard Qualifier, which is open to Brazilian riders. There are 11 men and 4 women registered for this Qualifier, which will see one wildcard given for the Men and another for the Women, to compete in the Elite League event. The pressure is high to see which of the talented local riders will be joining the top riders in the World! The Elite League event will commence on the 7th of December, and this will see the top 24 men and 12 women of over 15 different nationalities fight for the World Title. Carlos Mario from Brazil has managed to keep his lead, but Liam Whaley from Spain is still in with a shot! …


Elite League Day 1 – El Gouna RRD Centre Kiteboarding World Cup

El Gouna was once again graced with good winds to start Day 1 of the Elite League event in Egypt. Slightly stronger and gustier than we have seen on previous days, it was sufficient to complete Rounds 1 and 2 for both the men and Round 1 for the women. The freestyle action was intense from the very start of Day 1. We witnessed many surprises, a few early exits, and a strong uprising of young kiteboarding talent ready to take on the established veteran riders. Men’s Round 1 Set Teixeira from Brazil showed us he was on fine form during Heat 1. He put on a confident display of riding throughout, and was extremely happy to pass directly through to Round 3. Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic will be joining him, as he also showed determination to skip a round and advance through the competition. The other riders in Heat 1 were not as lucky, and struggled to really pull themselves together for this early start on the water. Alex Pastor, former World Champion, took a heavy crash on his 5th trick attempt and although he managed to relaunch his kite and return to shore, he was …


Amarok Kiteboarding World Cup – Day One

The WKL are delighted to be in Akyaya, the beautiful and unique town located in south-western Turkey. The event is being held at the stunning bay of Gökova, where its reliable thermal winds have been blowing consistently every day since the WKL team arrived. This is the third Elite League Event of 2017 and this stop sees 22 men and 13 women registered, from over 13 different nationalities. The skipper’s meeting was held at 10am and the event got under way at midday as the thermal winds started blowing. Men’s Round 1, Heat 1 was first to kick off the event. Set Teixeira from Brazil stormed his way through the heat, landing an impressive array of tricks including a huge Front Blind Mobe. Former World Champion Alex Pastor from Spain followed him through to Round 3 landing a grabbed KGB 5 amongst his other well scoring tricks. For Heat 2, Brazilian rider Alex Neto stole the show. He landed a nice KGB 5 scoring him 7.27 and an equally good Double Heart Attack. Former World Champion Youri Zoon from the Netherlands managed to squeeze his way into 2nd position, even though he was frustrated with the light wind conditions. He …

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