Winners claim Big Air world titles in Tarifa

Swiss rider Camille Losserand was the architect of a remarkable upset when she won the world title in the Surfboard division at the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Kite World Championships in Tarifa, Spain.

Losserand overhauled reigning world champion, France’s Capucine Delannoy, with a stunning performance that left her streets ahead of rivals in the four-berth final at the end of a day of tricky conditions.

“At the beginning there was not so much wind, but by the finals it was good,” she said. “So I managed to do my tricks—even a new trick—so I’m feeling super-stoked. It feels amazing. i couldn’t be more stoked. I’m feeling super-happy to be here with my family. They were motivating me so much. Amazing.”

France’s Charles Brodel showed his complete mastery of the breath-taking Hydrofoil Big Air discipline when he landed his second consecutive crown at the opening of the world championships.

Brodel had won the Hydrofoil contest in last year’s maiden Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Kite World Championships, which also played out on Tarifa’s Balneario beach. Brodel swept aside all-comers with his spectacular, high-flying kite loops and boards offs. It is his fourth Hydrofoil world title.

Only the Netherlands’ teenager Jamie Overbeek came close to troubling the Frenchman. Overbeek, 17, lost out in the thrilling four-man final by little more than one point and took the second podium step for the second year in a row.