Standout performances came from a clutch of Brazilians, including Gabriel Benetton, Sebastian Ribeiro and Pedro Matos, who came fourth overall after running up against an ‘on fire’ Cozzolino.
Australia’s James Carew suffered at the Italian’s hands too. The reigning world champion made a shock exit before the quarter finals after he was defeated in a heat for the first time in three years.
But it was the Cape Verdeans who ruled the roost in front of their ecstatic home fans.
“This is the best podium we have had in a long time,” said Cozzolino. “Sharing it with Mitu and Matchu—we’ve spoken about this since we were kids. It’s a dream come true. I’m superstoked with my result. The season has still a long way to run and I’m going to do my best to come out on top.”
Monteiro was similarly elated. “It’s so nice to have it here at home, to have my friends on the podium with my here in Cape Verde—is really, really nice. I’m super-stoked.”
That’s a wrap for the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Cape Verde. Now we’ll take a break, with the next kite-surf event due up at the beginning of August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Stay tuned and follow all the updates.
GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cape Verde 2023
1 Matchu Lopes (ESP)
2 Mitu Monteiro (CPV)
3 Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
4 Pedro Matos (BRA)
1 Moona Whyte (USA)
2 Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
3 Kesiane Rodrigues (BRA)
4 Bruna Kajiya (BRA)