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WKL Texel – Final Day

Today was the final day of the Texel Brunotti Kiteboarding World Cup, a one week event that unfortunately left us without enough wind to complete the competition.

For the Qualifier League, the first round was completed for both the Men and the Women. …


WKL Texel – Day 2 – Elite League

The winds unfortunately failed to materialise for Day 2 of the Texel Brunotti Kiteboard World Cup Elite League event, but that did not dampen the spirits of the riders or the fans! There was plenty to do and see around the competition area throughout the day. The brand testing area was buzzing with people taking a look at the latest gear from a variety of brands. There was also autograph signing from the Brunotti riders during the morning. For the evening, the WKL held a beach barbecue and party in collaboration with Paal17, and with the music provided by the Sublime Fm DJ’s. The WKL are delighted to announce that they have increased their television reach to include Globosat of Brazil, one of the biggest broadcasters in the World. Having two current Brazilian World Champions, this is wonderful news to support the development of the sport within their home countries. This is in addition to our current television distribution which includes key broadcasters such as Sky Sports in the UK, SFR in France, Ziggo in the Netherlands, TV3 in Spain, OSN in the Middle East, North Africa and Caucusses, amongst many others. We will be on the live stream tomorrow …


WKL Texel – Elite League – Day One

The Elite League riders were greeted to a sunny morning at the competition site on the island of Texel for the first day of competition. Men’s Heats 1 and 2 were completed, alongside 5 tricks of Heat 3, before it was postponed due to the dropping winds. Heat 1 saw Spanish former World Champion Alex Pastor get off to an uncharacteristically slow start, with several crashes before he finally managed to land several high scoring tricks including a stylish KGB 5. This put him up to second place, opening the door directly to Round 3. Set Teixeira from Brazil was on fire right from the start, opening up with an impressive Backside 317 that scored him 8.17 points, and placed him first in this heat. It was Youri Zoon from the Netherlands who dominated Heat 2, delighted to be competing in his homeland and feeling the support from his fans on the beach. He rode a great heat and landed a 317 scoring him 8.03 points, placing him in second position. Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic was on a mission to succeed, and stomped 5 high scoring tricks including a 317 and BS315, that placed him just above …


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 League – Day 2

2017 Texel Brunotti Kiteboard World Cup – Day 2 – Qualifier League An early skipper’s meeting was called for Day 2 of the Qualifier League event, with the intention of starting the competition as early as possible, with the light conditions that were forecasted. The winds on the island of Texel continued to tease the riders and organisation throughout the day, with several moments where it looked like it was about to fill in. Several riders headed out to test the conditions, but it dropped again before there was a chance to commence competition. Finally at 6pm, the wind picked up and the Qualifier Event began, with Men’s heats 1 and 2 completed. Men’s Heat 1 saw Russian rider Sergey Borisov get off to a strong start, landing every single trick throughout his heat and giving him the win. His experience and confidence was visible from the first moment. Young Mexican rider Anthar Racca came in second, landing three solid tricks including a nice double heart-attack. He will be joining Borisov in Round 3. It was Tom Bridge from the UK who lead the way through Heat 2, landing a nice Back Mobe 5 and Front Blind Mobe, riding consistently …


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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