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Kiteboarding Youth Cup 2016

GKA - Stovento Wave & Strapless Freestyle, Round Two, Day Six - Final Day

GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR, ROUND 2: SOTAVENTO 
FINAL DAY

Sotavento, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 6th August 2016

 

All Photos: Tom Brendt / Tillmanns Team 

Border-X racing gave the crowds one last dose of excitement!

Kiteboarding has the ability to impress, and this event has successfully blended elite and technical competition with a massive spectacle element for the crowd... thanks also in no small part to the excellent Rene Egli event MCs who have commentated brilliantly with information and good humour through each heat.

Long term Rene Egli event MC Roberto Hofman gets reaction from Airton 

First news from today is the release of two more great edits from the Tillmanns Team, really showing the essence of strapless freestyle.

DAY FIVE VIDEO:

Showing some incredible slow motion footage from the previous day's action, with comments from Paulino Pereira.

FINAL VIDEO:

Highlights from the whole event!

BOARDER-X SEND-OFF

As the wind continued here at Sotavento on Saturday, and as we have such a motivated and fun group of riders on this tour who are keen to ride as much as possible, organisers decided to try a boarder-cross competition, offering yet more varied entertainment. 

Riders ran to the water and put the power down as quickly as possible in the race to the first buoy

Three heats literally 'raced' by before we had one final of six riders. These guys are freestylers, not racers, so the starts were a little chaotic with a 'bunny' (judge) running along the beach with a flag – once he'd passed each rider then they were able to start. Waiting for the bunny to come was sometimes too much for certain 'competitive' riders.

 

But in the end it was Matchu Lopes who prevailed in the final, completing the M shaped downwind course that involved jumping over two long sausage buoys and completing some form of aerial 360 over the finish line. 

Negotiating the tricky sausage!

Boarder-X has become a sure fire way of keeping the fun levels high at any kiteboarding event, and introducing it to the strapless freestyle discipline was no different. Good skills from everyone and there was definitely a freestyle element to the racing here!

 

As a fitting end to what has been one of the most fun events in recent memory, a 'crazy drummer' band appeared on the beach just after the official closing awards ceremony, causing an impromptu dance session with the riders and crowd. 

Jan Marcos won 'Best Spirit' award - it's hard to hold him back most of the time!

This event took us all back to the early, vibrant and authentic days of freestyle competition – when progression and technical difficulty was as important as atmosphere and the show.

 

Congratulations to everyone involved, and we cannot wait until the next round in Mauritius when we're moving into waves!

 

Until then, good winds everyone!

FINAL RESULTS:

GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE: ROUND 2 SOTAVENTO

1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / ION / Red Bull

2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / ION

3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still

 

EXPRESSION SESSION

1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / ION / Red Bull

2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / ION

3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still

 

BOARDER-X

1 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / ION

2 Jan Marcos Rivera (DR) North / ION

3 Sandro Pisu (Italy) North / ION / Wipeout / Windwaveclub

 

2016 GKA WAVE & STRAPLESS FREESTYLE TOUR STANDINGS AFTER TWO EVENTS

1 Airton Cozzolino (ITA) North / ION / Red Bull

2 Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) North / ION

3 Paulino Pereira (Portugal) Ozone / Xenon Boards / Underwave / Still

4 Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) North / ION / Wet

5 Sandro Pisu  (Italy)  North / ION / Wipeout / Windwaveclub

 

 

Find the full breakdown of results on the GKA website, here:

 

www.global-kitesports.org

The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour will see a mix of freestyle and wave events over the next few months, eventually resulting in the crowning of a GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year. After Sotavento in Fuerteventura the tour moves on to Mauritius in September, Dakhla  - Morocco in October and Fortaleza in Brazil in November. This first event in Tarifa kicks things off as a purely strapless freestyle event.

 

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