Virgin Kitesurf World Championships
Prince Moulay el Hassan Kiteboarding World Cup
Dakhla, Morocco – 2015
Dakhla, Morocco – A thrilling Finals Day of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships at the Prince Moulay el Hassan Kiteboarding World Cup Dakhla 2015 saw Liam Whaley (ES) and Karolina Winkowska (PL) claim the Freestyle victory at Dakhla Attitude in perfect conditions. The Big Air titles go to Kevin Langere (NL) and Gisela Pulido (ES) after winning their super finals. Already on Tuesday Keahi de Aboitiz and Jalou Langeree became winners of the wave discipline. Overall it has been a magical start into the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships season 2015.
A sensational Finals Day at Dakhla Attitude saw Liam Whaley (ES) claim the first Virgin Kitesurf World Championships Freestyle win against current world champion Christophe Tack (BE) while World Champion Karolina Winkowska (PL) took down last year’s Dakhla’s winner Gisela Pulido (ES).
Liam put on an unbelievable performance throughout the competition and delivered the highest heat total of the event in the semi-final today, a 39.6. Entering his 5th year on the Tour, Liam consistently delivered mind-blowing tricks and great variety to become the first to win the men’s Freestyle competition under the new Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC). On his way to the Final, Liam previously dispatched Paul Serin (FRA) and Youri Zoon (NL).
The VKWC saw Karolina Winkowska (PL) battle Gisela Pulido (ES) in an epic clash. Karolina looked composed and stylish, claiming the win at the first event of the season. The win today is Karolina’s 2nd victory in Dakhla (having previously won the event in 2013).
Karolina was patient and put together a well-constructed heat with a variety of powerful manoeuvres, including a KGB (a difficult trick seldom seen in the women’s competition). She put on a display many crowd-pleasing moves and at the end of the heat she won with a commanding lead over Gisela.
The women’s podium was completed by Bruna Kajiya (BR) on third place and Annelous Lammerts (NL) finishing fourth.
Kitesurf Legend Kevin Langeree (NL) claimed victory today at the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships Big Air competition battling in 25 knots winds and a field of the world’s best riders to take out the first event of the 2015 VKWC season.
Langeree’s “go-for-broke” approach in the Final saw the star achieve the highest scores of the entire event, showcasing commitment, strength and confidence. Marc Jacobs (NZ) powerful riding style earned him a second spot in the podium followed by young Hawaiian Jesse Richman (US), and Oswald Smith (ZA).
Gisela Pulido (ES) dominated the big air discipline proving as she did in Tarifa 2014 that she knows how to go big. A close second was earned by Hanna Whiteley (UK) who deserves the title of most improved rider of the 2015 season. Annelous Lammerts and Therese Taabbel earned third and fourth respectively.
On Tuesday perfect wind and wave conditions enabled strong heats at the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships Wave competition in Dakhla. The wave discipline winners are Jalou Langeree and Keahi de Aboitiz. Both of them fought their way to the final where Jalou was able to win against Moona Whyte and Keahi managed to succeed against Pedro Henrique. The women’s podium was completed by Ines Correira on third place, and Kari Schibevaag finishing fourth. Sebastian Ribiero became third on the men’s mini final after winning against Mitu Monteiro who finished fourth.
Over the course of two weeks in magical Dakhla we had near perfect conditions for all disciplines for an excellent first event of the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships.
Kitesurfing at its best – another day with ideal conditions in #Dakhla2015. Riders were able to demonstrate their skills in exciting heats of Freestyle and Big Air. The women finished round 1 & 2 of Freestyle as well as round 1, 2 & 3 of Big Air while the men completed round 2 & 3 of Freestyle and also round 1, 2 & 3 of Big Air. These are the results:
Tomorrow the Big Air super final of men and women and further freestyle heats are scheduled – Stay tuned!
Today the women and men freestyle qualifiers came to an end. At the women’s final round Dioneia Vieira, Hannah Whiteley and Katarzyna Lange were fighting for the two available spots for the first half of the VKWC 2015 Freestyle tour stops. At a very close heat between all three of them Dioneia managed to win the qualifiers with a solid Front to Blind and a Back Mobe. Hannah demonstrated her skills with a Back Mobe and a 313 finishing second in the women’s qualifier final. Therefore Dioneia and Hannah will be part of the women’s pre-qualified freestyle riders for the first half of the season 2015.
Katarzyna managed to land a Back to Blind and a Blind Judge and earned the local wildcard spot for the women’s freestyle competition in Dakhla 2015.
The final list of 11 women elite riders for the first half of the tour is:
They will be joined with one local wildcard rider at each of the tour stops.
At the men’s freestyle qualifiers the final round was full of intense action. Jerome Cloetens, Carlos Mario, Patrick Blanc, Ariel Corniel, Julien Leleu, Jerrie Van De Kop, and Paul Serin were able to win their heats and qualified for the remaining 7 spots of the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships.
The final list of 22 men elite riders for the first half of the tour is:
They will be joined by two local wildcards riders at each of the tour stops.
Day two of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships has been a long day with beautiful wave and wind conditions. Competitors were happy to be able to ride at Oum Labouir – a famous wave location on the Atlantic coast of Dakhla’s peninsula. After qualifiers last week, competition took place with a full ladder of 24 strong male and 12 excellent female competitors. Jalou Langeree won the women’s competition and Keahi de Aboitiz finished first on the men’s. Enjoy the highlights of the day…
Congratulations to the #VKWCDakhla2015 wave discipline winners Jalou Langeree and Keahi de Aboitiz! Both of them fought their way to the final where Jalou was able to win against Moona Whyte and Keahi managed to succeed against Pedro Henrique. The women’s podium was completed by Ines Correira on third place and Kari Schibevaag finishing fourth. Sebastian Ribiero became third on the men’s mini final after winning against Mitu Monteiro who finished fourth.
It has been a long day with beautiful wave and wind conditions – a good stat into the new Virgin Kitesurf World Championships. Competitors were happy to be able to ride at Oum Labouir – a famous wave location on the Atlantic coast of Dakhla’s peninsula. After qualifiers last week, competition took place with a full ladder of 24 strong male and 12 excellent female competitors. Here are the full results of both dingle eliminations:
Unfortunately it has been another day with light wind conditions in Dakhla. Only two heats of the men freestyle qualifiers could be finished. There were many other things to do – enjoy the video highlights of day #1.