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WKC Dakhla – Qualifier Championship – Finals Day

Dakhla once again delivered the goods for Day Three of the Qualifier event. The wind blowed a steady 20 knots, allowing the completion of all the Qualifier Championship finals in optimal conditions. Women’s Finals The ladies were on fire for the start of the female finals, fully powered up and ready to go. Francesca Bagnoli performed an outstanding Heart Attack scoring 9.17 points. She rode a fantastic heat landing trick after trick with power and style. Rita Arnaus from Spain kept up to her rhythm, landing a clean set of tricks including a Backside 313 and Back to Blind. Therese Taabbel, Danish Champion, had a difficult start crashing her first two trick attempts, but she recuperated landing a great S-bend to Blind, followed by a Back to Blind. Pippa Van Iersel,young rider from the Netherlands, went for several good, powerful tricks, but struggled to land and crashed various attempts. She made up for it with an impressive Heart Attack on her 6th trick attempt, but it wasn’t enough to climb further up the ladder. It was a thrilling final from all 4 participants, showing outstanding level and talent for the Qualifier Championship Final. Qualifier Championship Women’s Final Results – 1st …


WKL Texel – Qualifier Event – Day 3

The final day of the Qualifier League event started with a bang, as the heats kicked off at 8 am directly after the skipper’s meeting. This was the final day for the Qualifier League, so every moment of wind had to be used to its full potential. Men’s Qualifier Heat 3 was first in sequence. Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland started his heat with strength and power, and managed to take the win, despite crashing his last two tricks. French rider Louka Pitot followed though behind him managing to land 4 of his 6 trick attempts with consistent scores. Heat 4 went to Italian rider Gianmaria Coccoluto who showed his experience landing each of his 6 trick attempts including a nice Slim Chance 5. Young Colombian rider Juan Rodriguez will also join him in Round 3 after riding well and racking up some solid scores such as a 6.1 for his Heart Attack. Both riders passed directly to Round 3. The inconsistent wind conditions caused some delays with Heat 5, as it was postponed after the first three trick attempts. The on-shore wind conditions made it difficult to perform tricks, with the riders landing very close to the shore. After a …


WKL Texel – Qualifier Event – Day 1

Day One at the 2017 Texel Brunotti Kiteboarding World Cup The beautiful island of Texel, in the Netherlands, plays host to the Brunotti Kiteboarding World Cup. Texel is a wonderful location, that offers reliable wind conditions at this time of year. The Qualifier League will be first to commence, with the Elite League event following on Wednesday. The Qualifier League events are essential for any riders wishing to qualify for the 2018 Elite League. The battle holds some strong names in freestyle kiteboarding, such as Mexican rider Anthar Racca, Nicolas Delmas from France, Christian Tio from the Philippines or Linus Erdmann from Germany. On the ladies side, the level remains as high, with riders such as Spanish Rita Arnaus, Danish rider Therese Taabbel and local Dutch rider Vera Klabbers, all who are looking to secure their spot in the 2018 Elite League. Registration for the Qualifier League event took place from 8 am to 10 am, with 52 registered riders, 39 men and 13 women, from over 17 different nationalities. The ladders for the start of the Qualifier League are as follows: The Skipper’s meeting was held at midday, anticipating an afternoon start for competition, but unfortunately the suitable wind …

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