Round Six: Prea, Brazil
GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018
Report: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
Videos: Mintautas Grigas
A HOT LIVE LAUNCH IN BRAZIL
LIVESTREAM: Watch the event live on the GKA Facebook page or on the website today!
The main event begins today with skippers’ meeting at 9:30 AM (GMT-3) and a first possible start at 10:00 (GMT-3).
Yesterday’s registration for round six of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour on Tuesday 20th November saw 33 men and 8 women register to compete at the stunning Prea beach at The Ceara Kite Pro.
Among the competitor list for this penultimate 2018 season event are tour favourites such as Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes and Mitu Monteiro as well as 2x World Champion Jalou Langeree who is making her comeback in the women’s event as she tries to chase down Carla Herreira-Oria.
Perhaps the biggest new face is Gollito Estredo from Venezuela – a 9x windsurfing freestyle World Champion! A great friend of Airton Cozzolino and Francesco Capuzzo (another windsurfing world tour competitor on the GKA Tour), we’re amped to see what he will bring!
The GKA’s first event in Brazil coincides with the first livestream broadcast for the Kite-Surf World Tour. Prea is one of the most consistent and stronger wind venues on this coast, so it’s going to be a huge week of action that kicks-off today!
The judging criteria has also had a tweak to allow for the livestream format. In the heats we’ll see riders attempting one trick on each tack as the judges are looking for height and quality over quantity.
We’re expecting averages of 25 knot conditions for the competition with judges taking a rider’s best 8 scores from different trick categories to accumulate their overall score.
The trick scores will be awarded based on four criteria:
Height and amplitude
The forecast is pumping for today’s first day of competition.
If you’re a fan of big winds and big airs tune in for the LIVE STREAM from TODAY.
WHERE TO WATCH?
Catch all the action on the Preá event page on the GKA website here.
Or watch it on the GKA Facebook page here.
Watch the highlight video of yesterday’s warm-up action and registration shot around the beautiful grounds of Rancho do Peixe, hosts for KSWT round six, below.
Find the men’s and women’s current rankings here.
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