GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018
Final Round: Fehmarn, Germany 24 – 28th August
Intro and captions: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
Jesse Richman started this event with a slim lead over second placed rider, and two time freestyle world champion, Carlos Mario. If either of them manages to go on and win this event, they will win the World Championship. Carlos Mario has moved himself a step closer to a third world title by winning the single elimination contest which ran to completion on this the first day in Germany.
Read the day’s full report here, which includes the action video and reaction.
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Mikaili Sol, 13 years-old, on the verge of winning the women’s World Championship, should get her final campaign in action this weekend
It’s all about the Air Games
A strong showing from local German talent here in Fehmarn with 7 riders earning their Air Games wings
Pippa van Iersal. Fantastically fierce
Jesse is shooting for his third career World Title. Is he uptight about it? ‘Course not!
Double 0 heaven
GKA chief Joergen Vogt is stoked with this first year for the Air Games with four events nearly completed. (There are also 7 events in the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in 2018. Is he busy? A bit…)
International flavours at Friday’s opening ceremony
Lithuania in the house
The boys from Brazil: Set Teixeira and Carlos Mario
Luis Alberto Cruz from the DR has all the amplitude and a few seasons ago managed to claim victory on home soil against the big players on the old WKL tour. He’s a massive talent and knows how to get height all right!
Mirky work in round one for local rider Jan Birgdorfer
Luis Alberto Cruz stacking his heat
Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland has exploded onto the tour this year, claiming a podium in Tarifa and finishing 4th here in the singles. His focus will move to the pure freestyle championship in Turkey next month where he’s tipped for big things, too
Everyone loves a van conversion. Judges’ lookout on the beach.
Hadlow: bags of big air style
Hannah Whiteley has consistently finished second this year. Can she go one better and possibly sneak the championships?
Lewis Crathern punting a sent pass
Set Teixeira is a freestyle master but was perhaps surprisingly stopped earlier than usual in round two by Valentin Garat in a close heat
Louka Pitot is another rising freestyle talent
Carlos Mario – handle-pass machine
Here he is again. That’s right, looking like he’s been doing board-offs forever!
Marius Hoppe rode with passion and pumped up the local crowd
Jesse, all-in… always
Luis Alberto mid-317
Dark and stormy with patches of brilliance was the order of the day yesterday
Maxime Chabloz sending it hard
Luis Alberto Cruz hooks into a good gust
Nicolas Delmas is a new school freestyle charger – bringing the kite-loop handle-pass into play
The all important ‘pit stop’, switching the gear to straps and a bigger, flatter kite for maximum big air points
Aaron’s board-off that saw him score vital points that made all the difference at the end of a heat. He had this locked down over ten years ago and reached deep into his locker to dust it off again yesterday
Jesse – staying fired up in dropping temperatures
And firing on all cylinders
The emperor looks on, contemplating the rise of these new freestyle phantom menaces
Carlos … hogging all the handle-pass points again
Carlos nails another
Hadlow and Richman in the semi-final
Carlos claims victory
Respect, Carlos and Aaron
One up with one to play (or two if someone manages to beat him at their first attempt when they meet Carlos in the double elimination final. Should that be Jesse Richman, we’ll be into a super final heat to decide the Championship!)
Left to right: 3rd Jesse Richman, 1st Carlos Mario, 2nd Aaron Hadlow, 4th Maxime Chabloz