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Unpolished with Stefan Spiessberger: Turkey

The third episode of “Unpolished”, starring Stefan Spiessberger, follows Austrian rider in Turkey, during the WKC stop in Akyaka. Take a look! Polishing: Lidewij Hartog Cinematography: Lidewij Hartog Production: The Preacher Music: Jesse Morrow – Locked, Laxcity – Empty Canvas, Dexter Britain – Rough Concentration.

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WKC Akyaka – Podium

WKC Akyaka came to an end. Here is the podium. WKC Turkey is a wrap! An exceptional event, with all athletes performing to an extremely high level. We are witnessing a new generation of rising freestyle talent, and these are exciting times. The final standings for the event are as follows: Men: 1st Carlos Mario 2nd Adeuri Corniel 3rd Maxime Chabloz 4th Valentin Rodriguez 5th Youri Zoon 6th Set Teixeria 7th Stefan Spiesberger 8th Alex Pastor Women: 1st Mikaili Sol 2nd Paula Novotna 3rd Francesca Bagnoli 4th Claudia Leon The full rankings can be viewed here. All of the week’s action from the LIVE stream can be re-watched on our YouTube Channel. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, and to the organizers and athletes for this incredible first stop of the WKC. View all results and ladders for the competition here. The next event for the WKC with be in Dakhla, Morocco, next November. WKC Media Source: worldkiteboardingchampionships.com

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WKC Akyaka – Day Four

WKC Akyaka – Report from the Finals Day The competition commenced at 2pm in Akyaka, Turkey today, with the Small Final, the Women’s Final and the Men’s Final all completed in perfect wind conditions. Men’s Small final was first in sequence, and Youri Zoon, former World Champion from the Netherlands was on fine form from the first moment. He pulled out some solid tricks including a good BS317 and KGB5, and finished with an amazing Slim 7 which scored him 9 points. The dutch rider was happy with his performance, which placed him in 5th place for this first event of the year. Set Teixeira from Brazil was close behind him landing some great tricks including a nice KGB5 scoring 7.83. He fought hard but finished just behind Zoon in 6th place. Stefan Spiessberger from Austria takes 7th place, landing several good, technical tricks, and Alex Pastor from Spain takes the 8th position, riding well but crashing three of his trick attempts. The level of the riding was high throughout this heat, and all athletes performed with power and skill. The Women’s final was next in sequence, and the young Mikaili Sol wasted no time at all, opening with a …

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WKC Akyaka – Day Three

Report from Day Three in Akyaka, Turkey. Day Three saw the completion of the Semi-finals for Men and Women, with the reliable Akyaka thermal winds commencing at midday as was forecasted. Heat 15 was first in sequence, after being cancelled yesterday after the 3rd trick attempt. This heat saw two Former World Champions, Alex Pastor and Youri Zoon, head against two up and coming athletes, Nino Liboni and Arthur Guillebert. Alex Pastor continued on his strong performance from yesterday, and was absolutely in his zone throughout the heat, looking calm and collected as he landed trick after trick in his classic AP style, finishing the heat with a nice KGB5. Youri Zoon was feeling good, and landed a nice KGB5 of his own. Despite crashing his last trick attempt, he advances just behind Alex Pastor into the Semi-Finals. Heat 16 was a tough competition from the very start. Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic blasted out a nice Backside 317 to get things going. Carlos Mario, our current World Champion, was on fire as usual, and for his third trick attempt he pulled out an incredible Heart Attack 7, scoring 9.73. He followed it through with a Hinterberger Mobe 9, …

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WKC Akyaka – Day Two

Day Two in Akyaka, Turkey was another complete day of freestyle action. Solid wind conditions throughout the day allowed for the completion of Round 2 for both the Men and Women, and the first two heats of Round 3 for the Men. For the Freestyle discipline, all riders get 7 trick attempts during their heat, with the top 4 scores counting. The riders are judged on a combination of height, power, technical difficulty, execution and innovation. All the performed tricks are divided into different categories. What is very clear at this event, is that there is no such thing as an easy heat. All riders have fought extremely hard right from the first round, the level has increased exponentially since last year, so each heat means the riders have to give it their all, or they will quickly be left behind. Men’s Round 2 Heat 9 was the first of the day, picking up from yesterday, the heat was resumed from the 4th trick attempt. Posito Martinez from the Dominican Republic continued to build upon his good performance from yesterday, landing each trick attempt and securing his spot in Round 3. Joining him was Stefan Spiessberger from Austria, who remained …

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WKC Akyaka – Day One

The first day of competition in Akyaka was a huge success, with Round 1 for both the men and women completed. Akyaka is well know for its summer trade winds, which kicked into action at midday for the first day of Elite Freestyle Competition. The day commenced with Men’s Round 1, as the wind speed reached 13 to 16 knots average. This was a challenge for the riders in Heat 1 who generally perform better with stronger wind conditions. Youri Zoon, former World Champion from the Netherlands put on a strong performance despite the light wind, and landed all 7 of his trick attempts, placing him in 1st place and opening the door directly to Round 3. Val Garat from France rode confidently on his new Duotone equipment and landed a nice Slim 7 on his last trick attempt, placing him in 2nd. Joselito del Rosario from the Dominican Republic landed an impressive BS315, but 3 crashed trick attempts placed him 3rd. Alex Pastor, Former World Champion, was dominating from the get-go, clearly eager to be back at freestyle competition. He landed each of his 7 trick attempts with good scores and cleared his way to Round 3. Young French …

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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 …

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