The Visit Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup Finals kicked off with twenty registered athletes set to compete at the paradise Fuwairit Kite Beach, Qatar.
As we’re poised for the final heats of the year, six riders are in the running for a chance at the world titles. On the women’s side, there are two clear title contenders where Mikaili Sol (USA) needs to place first to win the world championship, although if Bruna Kajiya (BRA) places just third or higher, then she will steal the crown.
“We started the year in Qatar and we had really good wind that felt really nice, so that makes me very excited for the final as I have such great memories. I’m feeling super happy as after my home spot in Brazil, Qatar is my favourite stop.” – Bruna Kajiya
“This year has been challenging for me personally and professionally and I wasn’t able to compete in the Dunkirk event due to injury, so the competition is slightly out of my control. If I get to compete in the finals then I still have a chance for the world title. Let’s see what’s ahead and then start planning for the next year.” – Mikaili Sol
For the men, four riders are going into battle to be the world champion. Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) will defend his title if he wins the event. Coccoluto, Maxime Chabloz (SUI) and Carlos Mario (BRA) are in with a chance even if they place second or third, depending on the scores of the other top riders. However, Arthur Guillebert (FRA) will need to win the event to claim the title if Mario places fifth or lower, as well as Cocoluto and Chabloz placing fourth or lower. As the wind continued to build, there was everything to play for.
“I have just come from Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town so I’ve switched disciplines and my mind is now fully focused on freestyle. The wind is looking lighter, so we need to be more technically focused and with less power. The competition is on and for sure I will try my best.” – Arthur Guillebert