Paulino Pereira joins the GKA Judge Team

For those who don’t know Paulino Pereira, he’s been competing on the GKA Kite World Tour in the Kite-Surf discipline for four full seasons. Whilst competing in 2019 Paulino opened a kite school in Portugal Costa da Caparica, Bela Vista Beach. Since then he has been slowly moving towards a different goal – spending more time managing his school and focusing on the media side of kitesurfing. During the event in Sylt, we caught up with the multi-talented man to ask what pushed him to join the GKA team.

Why did you decide to join the GKA Judging panel? 

I was shooting with my sponsors in Cape Verde during the lockdown and Mallory de la Villemarque (Head judge on the tour) and I were having kite sessions together. He told me that my experience could be of great value on the World Tour and that they were currently looking for a new judge. At the time when he asked me to join I was running my kite school in Portugal called Wave4life and I also had my online shop called Kingzspot Watersports but still had some spare time in-between.  I had previously competed in both strapless/twin-tip disciplines and had great knowledge of the sport; so I said yes. 

Why did you decide to join the GKA Judging panel? 

I was shooting with my sponsors in Cape Verde during the lockdown and Mallory de la Villemarque (Head judge on the tour) and I were having kite sessions together. He told me that my experience could be of great value on the World Tour and that they were currently looking for a new judge. At the time when he asked me to join I was running my kite school in Portugal called Wave4life and I also had my online shop called Kingzspot Watersports but still had some spare time in-between.  I had previously competed in both strapless/twin-tip disciplines and had great knowledge of the sport; so I said yes. 

What value do you think you’ll bring to the tour?

The difficulty with judging is that it requires you to fully understand the technicality and hardship of a trick to provide a fair score. Since I have learned the majority of the tricks myself I understand the difficulty of these tricks and can therefore provide a fair score. For example, in wave riding, when starting the wave with an air it can look very impressive but, it is a lot easier than first surfing the wave and then throwing the air in the middle of the surf because you have to have the perfect timing. The rider insights that I have, I believe can benefit the tour and make for more accurate scoring in kite-judging. I have also competed in the twin-tip discipline as well so I can provide a lot of knowledge about this side of the sport too. 

What are your plans for the future?

For the future, I plan to continue with my kite school but pay more attention to the younger generation and training them for competition. In particular, I plan to train the junior foil racers for the Olympics. Whilst continuing to do all these activities I will of course still be chasing the wind and swell and pushing my limits in kitesurfing.

What do you aside from kitesurfing?

One of my other favourite hobbies aside from kiting is car drifting! I am a trained aircraft mechanic so I do all the car preparations and mechanics myself. This sport is similar to kiting in the way that it is high adrenaline which I thrive off. I hope to continue working as a judge for the GKA as I have had such a great experience here in Sylt working with a brilliant team of judges! 

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Riders Approach to the Pandemic | Day Four of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2021

We had a light breeze of around 12-13 kts which was enough wind for the organisers to run a wing and foil exhibition, and to showcase the latest toys.
The light winds also provided us with the opportunity to catch up with the riders and find out how they spent their time and kept fresh during the pandemic.

JAMES CAREW

First on our list was the top dog and champion of the competition here in Sylt, James Carew (AUS). James managed to escape his home country and go chasing waves and wind around South America and Europe.

‘At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided not to stay in Australia because the rules were so strict and it would have been nearly impossible for me to travel out of Australia to train somewhere else. Instead, I decided to travel to the south of Brazil in search of some great swell so I would be able to focus on surfing for a change. After Brazil, I headed to Tarifa for a few months. In Tarifa, I was able to push my level in strapless freestyle as I was training with Airton who is one of the riders I truly admire. He was throwing down huge Boogie Loops and Board-Offs, really pushing the big air side of strapless freestyle. Seeing Airton doing all these crazy manoeuvres motivated me to try them too. By the end of Tarifa I felt pleased with my riding and I felt prepared to finally get back into competition.

Whilst I am very happy to take 1st place here in Sylt, winning is not everything for me. What I care about most when I compete is that I go out there and put on the best possible performance I am humanly capable of. Coming back off the water and knowing that I have done this is what matters to me most, regardless of whether I win or lose.’

CAPUCINE DELANNOY

The new queen of strapless freestyle Capucine Delannoy (FRA) has truly managed to set herself apart from the other girls here in Sylt. So, what’s her secret?

‘My brother Camille is my real inspiration and is the reason my level has improved so much. Training with him everyday is the main reason I have improved so quickly. I would often be watching him on the water landing triple front rolls whilst I was only landing one and I was thinking to myself  “I can’t be doing just one front roll when he is doing three”, so I decided to go for the double and I landed it.

My dad is also very supportive. He comes to every competition with us and he films us on the beach a lot so we can then go home and watch our tricks back. This can be extremely useful as it helps me to improve, by putting my kite a little higher or bending my knees more for example. Without this support from my father and my brother I really would not be at the level I am riding today.’

Capucine has been spending at least three hours on the water everyday, which is why her level in strapless freestyle has gone up exponentially. In Cape Verde last year Capucine placed 5th and now, in Sylt, she seems to be the strongest female rider we have on the GKA Kite-Surf Tour.

REECE MYERSCOUGH

Reece Myerscough (CAN) is another impressive rider we have been keen to catch up with as he did exceedingly well in the competition here in Sylt, making it to the semi finals. Reece spent his lockdown in the surf town of Torfino in Canada.

I liked the competition here in Sylt as these are the kind of conditions I am used to. The water is also warmer here than it is in Canada so you won’t hear me complaining about the cold! I was stoked on my performance at this competition, particularly because in the first round of my heat I broke my finger when the board smashed into it. Nevertheless, I carried on riding and still managed to make it to the final rounds.

Reece’s journey into kiteboarding was not the typical route. ‘My family owns Ocean Rodeo so I have been flying kites my whole life. I started competing when I was around 19 years old and honestly it has been such a crazy experience for me. It was a little intimidating when I first joined as I’ve only ever seen the top riders in videos but once you take that leap of faith and get into competition mode it’s worth it and all the riders are very welcoming.’

CATHARINA EDIN

In contrast to other riders who have been jetting round the world the Swedish sensation, Catharina Edin (SWE), took another approach to the pandemic and decided this was the perfect opportunity to go back to her roots in Sweden and move to Holland for training.

‘After I came back from the Cape Verde competition last year Tarifa, where I had been living, had gone into a complete lockdown, so I packed my bags and headed to safer grounds in Sweden. It was like the pandemic didn’t exist in Sweden as we could go wherever we wanted with no restrictions. I was making full use of this and staying active outside by either cycling or kiting every day. Cycling has been a great alternative to kiting for me as I have had two or three bad knee injuries in the past and cycling has helped speed up the healing process.

My first trip after nearly four months in Sweden was to Holland. The kite scene in Holland is really good as you have riders like Jalou Langeree and Ruben Lenten shredding on the water. When Jalou told me there was a space free in her house I jumped at the opportunity and packed my bags and moved to Holland!

Now I am training with Jalou regularly and I am already starting to see a big improvement in my riding. It was great to have a few months of downtime in Sweden but the kite scene is small and there are not many girls to share the sport with. However, in Holland, I can train with some of the best kiters in the world and enjoy the stoke of the sport with other female riders.’

PERI ROBERTS

Another audacious Aussie who has proven themselves this competition is Peri Roberts (AUS). Peri was lucky enough to escape the lockdowns in Australia and spend the winter months training in the picturesque location of Maui.

‘I originally went to Maui to shoot the product launch for Naish but then I decided to stay there as it was too hard to get back to Australia. For the first month in Maui I was busy shooting but once that had finished I could simply relax and embrace the Island lifestyle. I was living the dream. Kiting, training, and exploring all that the beautiful Island has to offer. 

It was a struggle to stay in Maui for too long as my visa only lasted three months. So to solve this problem I headed over to Mexico and chased some insane 20ft swell’s which completely pushed me out of my comfort zone. After being in Mexico for a few weeks I started to feel extremely sick and was hospitalised as I had a picked up a viral stomach infection. Luckily, just after a day of being in the hospital, I was able to leave Mexico city and head back to more familiar grounds.

After returning to Maui they announced that they would be holding a GKA Kite-Surf event here in Sylt. This meant I had six weeks to go into full, beast mode and learn some new strapless freestyle tricks.’

Growing up in the surfers’ paradise of Newcastle, Peri has only ever trained wave riding and proved her exceptional skills in Cape Verde where she took home second place. Nevertheless, Peri did not fail to impress in Sylt as she had an impressive repertoire of freestyle moves showing that all her training in Maui had payed off.

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Riders Approach to the Pandemic | Day Four of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2021

We had a light breeze of around 12-13 kts which was enough wind for the organisers to run a wing and foil exhibition, and to showcase the latest toys.
The light winds also provided us with the opportunity to catch up with the riders and find out how they spent their time and kept fresh during the pandemic.

JAMES CAREW

First on our list was the top dog and champion of the competition here in Sylt, James Carew (AUS). James managed to escape his home country and go chasing waves and wind around South America and Europe.

‘At the beginning of the pandemic, I decided not to stay in Australia because the rules were so strict and it would have been nearly impossible for me to travel out of Australia to train somewhere else. Instead, I decided to travel to the south of Brazil in search of some great swell so I would be able to focus on surfing for a change. After Brazil, I headed to Tarifa for a few months. In Tarifa, I was able to push my level in strapless freestyle as I was training with Airton who is one of the riders I truly admire. He was throwing down huge Boogie Loops and Board-Offs, really pushing the big air side of strapless freestyle. Seeing Airton doing all these crazy manoeuvres motivated me to try them too. By the end of Tarifa I felt pleased with my riding and I felt prepared to finally get back into competition.

Whilst I am very happy to take 1st place here in Sylt, winning is not everything for me. What I care about most when I compete is that I go out there and put on the best possible performance I am humanly capable of. Coming back off the water and knowing that I have done this is what matters to me most, regardless of whether I win or lose.’

CAPUCINE DELANNOY

The new queen of strapless freestyle Capucine Delannoy (FRA) has truly managed to set herself apart from the other girls here in Sylt. So, what’s her secret?

‘My brother Camille is my real inspiration and is the reason my level has improved so much. Training with him everyday is the main reason I have improved so quickly. I would often be watching him on the water landing triple front rolls whilst I was only landing one and I was thinking to myself  “I can’t be doing just one front roll when he is doing three”, so I decided to go for the double and I landed it.

My dad is also very supportive. He comes to every competition with us and he films us on the beach a lot so we can then go home and watch our tricks back. This can be extremely useful as it helps me to improve, by putting my kite a little higher or bending my knees more for example. Without this support from my father and my brother I really would not be at the level I am riding today.’

Capucine has been spending at least three hours on the water everyday, which is why her level in strapless freestyle has gone up exponentially. In Cape Verde last year Capucine placed 5th and now, in Sylt, she seems to be the strongest female rider we have on the GKA Kite-Surf Tour.

REECE MYERSCOUGH

Reece Myerscough (CAN) is another impressive rider we have been keen to catch up with as he did exceedingly well in the competition here in Sylt, making it to the semi finals. Reece spent his lockdown in the surf town of Torfino in Canada.

I liked the competition here in Sylt as these are the kind of conditions I am used to. The water is also warmer here than it is in Canada so you won’t hear me complaining about the cold! I was stoked on my performance at this competition, particularly because in the first round of my heat I broke my finger when the board smashed into it. Nevertheless, I carried on riding and still managed to make it to the final rounds.

Reece’s journey into kiteboarding was not the typical route. ‘My family owns Ocean Rodeo so I have been flying kites my whole life. I started competing when I was around 19 years old and honestly it has been such a crazy experience for me. It was a little intimidating when I first joined as I’ve only ever seen the top riders in videos but once you take that leap of faith and get into competition mode it’s worth it and all the riders are very welcoming.’

CATHARINA EDIN

In contrast to other riders who have been jetting round the world the Swedish sensation, Catharina Edin (SWE), took another approach to the pandemic and decided this was the perfect opportunity to go back to her roots in Sweden and move to Holland for training.

‘After I came back from the Cape Verde competition last year Tarifa, where I had been living, had gone into a complete lockdown, so I packed my bags and headed to safer grounds in Sweden. It was like the pandemic didn’t exist in Sweden as we could go wherever we wanted with no restrictions. I was making full use of this and staying active outside by either cycling or kiting every day. Cycling has been a great alternative to kiting for me as I have had two or three bad knee injuries in the past and cycling has helped speed up the healing process.

My first trip after nearly four months in Sweden was to Holland. The kite scene in Holland is really good as you have riders like Jalou Langeree and Ruben Lenten shredding on the water. When Jalou told me there was a space free in her house I jumped at the opportunity and packed my bags and moved to Holland!

Now I am training with Jalou regularly and I am already starting to see a big improvement in my riding. It was great to have a few months of downtime in Sweden but the kite scene is small and there are not many girls to share the sport with. However, in Holland, I can train with some of the best kiters in the world and enjoy the stoke of the sport with other female riders.’

PERI ROBERTS

Another audacious Aussie who has proven themselves this competition is Peri Roberts (AUS). Peri was lucky enough to escape the lockdowns in Australia and spend the winter months training in the picturesque location of Maui.

‘I originally went to Maui to shoot the product launch for Naish but then I decided to stay there as it was too hard to get back to Australia. For the first month in Maui I was busy shooting but once that had finished I could simply relax and embrace the Island lifestyle. I was living the dream. Kiting, training, and exploring all that the beautiful Island has to offer. 

It was a struggle to stay in Maui for too long as my visa only lasted three months. So to solve this problem I headed over to Mexico and chased some insane 20ft swell’s which completely pushed me out of my comfort zone. After being in Mexico for a few weeks I started to feel extremely sick and was hospitalised as I had a picked up a viral stomach infection. Luckily, just after a day of being in the hospital, I was able to leave Mexico city and head back to more familiar grounds.

After returning to Maui they announced that they would be holding a GKA Kite-Surf event here in Sylt. This meant I had six weeks to go into full, beast mode and learn some new strapless freestyle tricks.’

Growing up in the surfers’ paradise of Newcastle, Peri has only ever trained wave riding and proved her exceptional skills in Cape Verde where she took home second place. Nevertheless, Peri did not fail to impress in Sylt as she had an impressive repertoire of freestyle moves showing that all her training in Maui had payed off.

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20.08.21 – Pressemitteilung

Kein Wind – Ruhepause beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt schreiben Autogramme am Brandenburger Strand / Besucher:innen genießen milden Tag auf dem Eventgelände

Beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt hatten die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt am Freitag ihre erste Ruhepause. Der Wind war zu schwach, um eine weitere Supersession auszutragen. Die Aktiven waren aber nicht untätig, sondern schrieben am Brandenburger Strand fleißig Autogramme. Airton Cozzolino, der aktuelle Weltmeister und Sieger des Best Trick Contests, wagte einen Ausflug auf die Nordsee. Der 27-jährige Mann von den Kapverdischen Inseln zeigte beim Foilen, dass schon eine leichte Brise ausreicht, um mit dem Kite oder Wing über das Wasser zu gleiten. Die Besucher genossen einen milden Tag auf dem Eventgelände, begutachteten das aktuelle Kitesurf-Material, nahmen an Gewinnspielen teil und stärkten sich an den Ess- und Getränkeständen. Der Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt geht noch bis Sonntag und endet mit der offiziellen Siegerehrung.

Über den Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt kehren nach einem Jahr Pause wieder an die Nordseeküste zurück. Vom 17. – 22. August werden 36 Fahrer:innen beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt ihr großes Repertoire an spektakulären Tricks und atemberaubenden Manövern in der Welle und am Himmel über Westerland zeigen. Beim Tourauftakt der Disziplin „Kite-Surf“ und einzigem Stopp der Global Kitesports Association (GKA) in Deutschland kämpft das hochkarätige internationale Starterfeld um den prestigeträchtigen Sieg am Brandenburger Strand, ein Preisgeld von 30.000 Euro und wichtige Weltranglistenpunkte. Veranstalter des Events ist die Hamburger Agentur Act Agency, die den Kitesurf World Cup bereits zum 15. Mal ausrichtet.

Veranstalter Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup
Act Agency ist u.a. Marktführer im Bereich Lifestyle Watersports Events. Dazu gehören die international bedeutendsten Veranstaltungen in den Sportarten Kitesurfen, Windsurfen und Stand up Paddling. Insbesondere auch durch den Windsurf World Cup Sylt, den Act Agency seit 1990 veranstaltet hat sich das Unternehmen in der Sportmarketingbranche einen Namen gemacht.

Der Beitrag 20.08.21 – Pressemitteilung erschien zuerst auf Kitesurf World Cup.

20.08.21 – Pressemitteilung

Kein Wind – Ruhepause beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt schreiben Autogramme am Brandenburger Strand / Besucher:innen genießen milden Tag auf dem Eventgelände

Beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt hatten die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt am Freitag ihre erste Ruhepause. Der Wind war zu schwach, um eine weitere Supersession auszutragen. Die Aktiven waren aber nicht untätig, sondern schrieben am Brandenburger Strand fleißig Autogramme. Airton Cozzolino, der aktuelle Weltmeister und Sieger des Best Trick Contests, wagte einen Ausflug auf die Nordsee. Der 27-jährige Mann von den Kapverdischen Inseln zeigte beim Foilen, dass schon eine leichte Brise ausreicht, um mit dem Kite oder Wing über das Wasser zu gleiten. Die Besucher genossen einen milden Tag auf dem Eventgelände, begutachteten das aktuelle Kitesurf-Material, nahmen an Gewinnspielen teil und stärkten sich an den Ess- und Getränkeständen. Der Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt geht noch bis Sonntag und endet mit der offiziellen Siegerehrung.

Über den Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt kehren nach einem Jahr Pause wieder an die Nordseeküste zurück. Vom 17. – 22. August werden 36 Fahrer:innen beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt ihr großes Repertoire an spektakulären Tricks und atemberaubenden Manövern in der Welle und am Himmel über Westerland zeigen. Beim Tourauftakt der Disziplin „Kite-Surf“ und einzigem Stopp der Global Kitesports Association (GKA) in Deutschland kämpft das hochkarätige internationale Starterfeld um den prestigeträchtigen Sieg am Brandenburger Strand, ein Preisgeld von 30.000 Euro und wichtige Weltranglistenpunkte. Veranstalter des Events ist die Hamburger Agentur Act Agency, die den Kitesurf World Cup bereits zum 15. Mal ausrichtet.

Veranstalter Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup
Act Agency ist u.a. Marktführer im Bereich Lifestyle Watersports Events. Dazu gehören die international bedeutendsten Veranstaltungen in den Sportarten Kitesurfen, Windsurfen und Stand up Paddling. Insbesondere auch durch den Windsurf World Cup Sylt, den Act Agency seit 1990 veranstaltet hat sich das Unternehmen in der Sportmarketingbranche einen Namen gemacht.

Der Beitrag 20.08.21 – Pressemitteilung erschien zuerst auf Kitesurf World Cup.

19.08.2021 – Pressemitteilung

Spektakulärer Best Trick Contest am Brandenburger Strand
/ Supersession beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt / Kitesurf-Weltelite begeistert die Zuschauer:innen mit einem Trick-Feuerwerk

(Westerland, 19.08.2021). Nach den spektakulären und spannenden Wettkämpfen im Strapless Freestyle und Wave ging die Action beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt am Donnerstag weiter. Für die Kitesurf-Artist:innen stand die Best Trick Supersession auf dem Programm, bei der nur das beste Luftmanöver in die Wertung kam. Dabei benoteten die internationalen Kampfrichter technische Schwierigkeit, Style und Höhe der Ausführungen. Bei Windstärken von knapp fünf Beaufort boten die Weltklasse-Athlet:innen dem Publikum am Brandenburger Strand erneut eine beeindruckende Show.

Capucine Delannoy war bei den Damen, wie an den ersten beiden Wettkampftagen, nicht zu schlagen. Die erst 15 Jahre alte Französin zeigte eine Reihe von spektakulären Tricks und siegte schließlich mit einer fantastisch ausgeführten „One Foot Frontroll“. „Der Wind war heute nicht so stark wie an den Vortagen, trotzdem konnte ich meine besten Tricks zeigen. Es war ein toller Wettbewerb und ich hatte sehr viel Spaß auf der Nordsee“, sagte die Siegerin. Die Plätze zwei und drei belegten ihre Landsfrau Clemence Derrien und die Schwedin Johanna-Catharina Edin. Beste deutsche Starterin war Giulia Böhmerle aus Lübeck auf Platz fünf.

Auch der aktuelle Weltmeister Airton Cozzolino brannte auf der Nordsee ein Trickfeuerwerk ab. Der Mann von den Kapverdischen Inseln sicherte sich mit einem fast perfekten „Big Flat 3“ und einem Score von 9,43 Zählern bei maximal zehn möglichen Punkten den Sieg. „Ich habe eine perfekte Welle als Rampe erwischt und konnte den Trick mit viel Power durchziehen“, so Airton Cozzolino nach seinem Erfolg. Die Podiumsplätze zwei und drei gingen an Matchu Lopes aus Spanien und den Franzosen Camille Delannoy. Der 16-jährige Keanu Merten aus Saarbrücken war auch beim Best Trick Contest stärkster deutscher Athlet. Der Wahlspanier zeigte erneut sein großes Potenzial und verpasste den Einzug in den Finallauf nur knapp.

Über den Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt kehren nach einem Jahr Pause wieder an die Nordseeküste zurück. Vom 17. – 22. August werden 36 Fahrer:innen beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt ihr großes Repertoire an spektakulären Tricks und atemberaubenden Manövern in der Welle und am Himmel über Westerland zeigen. Beim Tourauftakt der Disziplin „Kite-Surf“ und einzigem Stopp der Global Kitesports Association (GKA) in Deutschland kämpft das hochkarätige internationale Starterfeld um den prestigeträchtigen Sieg am Brandenburger Strand, ein Preisgeld von 30.000 Euro und wichtige Weltranglistenpunkte. Veranstalter des Events ist die Hamburger Agentur Act Agency, die den Kitesurf World Cup bereits zum 15. Mal ausrichtet.

Veranstalter Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup
Act Agency ist u.a. Marktführer im Bereich Lifestyle Watersports Events. Dazu gehören die international bedeutendsten Veranstaltungen in den Sportarten Kitesurfen, Windsurfen und Stand up Paddling. Insbesondere auch durch den Windsurf World Cup Sylt, den Act Agency seit 1990 veranstaltet hat sich das Unternehmen in der Sportmarketingbranche einen Namen gemacht.

Der Beitrag 19.08.2021 – Pressemitteilung erschien zuerst auf Kitesurf World Cup.

19.08.2021 – Pressemitteilung

Spektakulärer Best Trick Contest am Brandenburger Strand
/ Supersession beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt / Kitesurf-Weltelite begeistert die Zuschauer:innen mit einem Trick-Feuerwerk

(Westerland, 19.08.2021). Nach den spektakulären und spannenden Wettkämpfen im Strapless Freestyle und Wave ging die Action beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt am Donnerstag weiter. Für die Kitesurf-Artist:innen stand die Best Trick Supersession auf dem Programm, bei der nur das beste Luftmanöver in die Wertung kam. Dabei benoteten die internationalen Kampfrichter technische Schwierigkeit, Style und Höhe der Ausführungen. Bei Windstärken von knapp fünf Beaufort boten die Weltklasse-Athlet:innen dem Publikum am Brandenburger Strand erneut eine beeindruckende Show.

Capucine Delannoy war bei den Damen, wie an den ersten beiden Wettkampftagen, nicht zu schlagen. Die erst 15 Jahre alte Französin zeigte eine Reihe von spektakulären Tricks und siegte schließlich mit einer fantastisch ausgeführten „One Foot Frontroll“. „Der Wind war heute nicht so stark wie an den Vortagen, trotzdem konnte ich meine besten Tricks zeigen. Es war ein toller Wettbewerb und ich hatte sehr viel Spaß auf der Nordsee“, sagte die Siegerin. Die Plätze zwei und drei belegten ihre Landsfrau Clemence Derrien und die Schwedin Johanna-Catharina Edin. Beste deutsche Starterin war Giulia Böhmerle aus Lübeck auf Platz fünf.

Auch der aktuelle Weltmeister Airton Cozzolino brannte auf der Nordsee ein Trickfeuerwerk ab. Der Mann von den Kapverdischen Inseln sicherte sich mit einem fast perfekten „Big Flat 3“ und einem Score von 9,43 Zählern bei maximal zehn möglichen Punkten den Sieg. „Ich habe eine perfekte Welle als Rampe erwischt und konnte den Trick mit viel Power durchziehen“, so Airton Cozzolino nach seinem Erfolg. Die Podiumsplätze zwei und drei gingen an Matchu Lopes aus Spanien und den Franzosen Camille Delannoy. Der 16-jährige Keanu Merten aus Saarbrücken war auch beim Best Trick Contest stärkster deutscher Athlet. Der Wahlspanier zeigte erneut sein großes Potenzial und verpasste den Einzug in den Finallauf nur knapp.

Über den Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt
Die besten Kitesurfer:innen der Welt kehren nach einem Jahr Pause wieder an die Nordseeküste zurück. Vom 17. – 22. August werden 36 Fahrer:innen beim Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup Sylt ihr großes Repertoire an spektakulären Tricks und atemberaubenden Manövern in der Welle und am Himmel über Westerland zeigen. Beim Tourauftakt der Disziplin „Kite-Surf“ und einzigem Stopp der Global Kitesports Association (GKA) in Deutschland kämpft das hochkarätige internationale Starterfeld um den prestigeträchtigen Sieg am Brandenburger Strand, ein Preisgeld von 30.000 Euro und wichtige Weltranglistenpunkte. Veranstalter des Events ist die Hamburger Agentur Act Agency, die den Kitesurf World Cup bereits zum 15. Mal ausrichtet.

Veranstalter Land Rover Kitesurf World Cup
Act Agency ist u.a. Marktführer im Bereich Lifestyle Watersports Events. Dazu gehören die international bedeutendsten Veranstaltungen in den Sportarten Kitesurfen, Windsurfen und Stand up Paddling. Insbesondere auch durch den Windsurf World Cup Sylt, den Act Agency seit 1990 veranstaltet hat sich das Unternehmen in der Sportmarketingbranche einen Namen gemacht.

Der Beitrag 19.08.2021 – Pressemitteilung erschien zuerst auf Kitesurf World Cup.

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2021 – Best Trick Competition

Only good vibes here in Sylt, where the maelstrom of the last few days has been replaced with summer sunshine. Having crowned our champions of the main event, the riders could now relax and have fun on the water. 

With clear skies and a lighter breeze, it was perfect for the Best Trick competition to be held. But first the expression session provided the riders with a chance to showcase the crazy maneuvers they have been working on during the off season and for the riders to see what tricks they might need to add to their repertoire to get onto the top spot of the podium next time round.

For the Best Trick comp the judges decided to run fifteen minute heats, with one best trick counting… The ultimate strapless showdown. As the wind was looking lighter than previous days the judges were looking at technicality in tricks rather than height.

First up in the men’s heat we had Airton Cozzolino (ITA), Kiko Torres (ESP), Elvis Nunes (CPV) and Hendrick Lopez (CHE). Airton was back with vengeance after his big loss yesterday in the semi finals; he skyrocketed into this first heat smashing out a massive Flat 3 off a wave scoring a 9.

Then – when we thought we had seen the best he had on offer – he attempted a Flat 7 off a wave! Everyone on the beach held their breath, but unfortunately he couldn’t quite stick the landing. Considering this is a trick that top twintip riders struggle to land though, he was forgiven… And hopefully, we’ll see him pull it off in Denmark.

In the second heat of the men’s round we had Camille Delannoy putting on a great show, landing a very clean double Front Roll and a spectacular Kiteloop Tic Tac taking him through to the finals.

In the finals of the men’s expression session we saw Matchu Lopes really upping his game after his disappointment yesterday… He was going for some huge Flat 3s showing that he is more than capable of taking on the legendary Cozzolino.

“I landed a flat 3 many years ago but I hadn’t attempted it in a while as I have been working on other maneuvers. The expression session was the perfect time to try it though as we had light wind with small kickers! After a few attempts the muscle memory started to come back to me and I was stoked to land one.”

It was a close call between the two shredders but Airton was hungry for the win and, in the ongoing battle between the two groundbreaking riders, came out on top this time around 

Final Standings in the mens division:

  1. Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
  2. Matchu Lopes (ESP)
  3. Camile Delannoy (FRA)

In the women’s best trick competition we had Clemence Derrien (FRA) pull off some impressive maneuvers with a super stylish front roll board off.

But it was Capucine Delannoy (FRA) who was showing us why she is the worthy winner of this event as she landed a flawless frontroll one foot. Capucine has clearly been training hard over the previous months as she has completely dominated here in Sylt. 

Final standings in the women’s division:

  1. Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
  2. Clemence Derrien (FRA)
  3. Catharina Edin (SWE)

With the bar raised once again, and the progression of the strapless side of the sport continuing to blow minds! Tomorrow will be a well earned rest day for the riders and on Saturday the forecast is looking good to run a surf competition.

 Make sure to check out the highlight video from today’s best trick competition below!

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GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2021 – Best Trick Competition

Only good vibes here in Sylt, where the maelstrom of the last few days has been replaced with summer sunshine. Having crowned our champions of the main event, the riders could now relax and have fun on the water. 

With clear skies and a lighter breeze, it was perfect for the Best Trick competition to be held. But first the expression session provided the riders with a chance to showcase the crazy maneuvers they have been working on during the off season and for the riders to see what tricks they might need to add to their repertoire to get onto the top spot of the podium next time round.

For the Best Trick comp the judges decided to run fifteen minute heats, with one best trick counting… The ultimate strapless showdown. As the wind was looking lighter than previous days the judges were looking at technicality in tricks rather than height.

First up in the men’s heat we had Airton Cozzolino (ITA), Kiko Torres (ESP), Elvis Nunes (CPV) and Hendrick Lopez (CHE). Airton was back with vengeance after his big loss yesterday in the semi finals; he skyrocketed into this first heat smashing out a massive Flat 3 off a wave scoring a 9.

Then – when we thought we had seen the best he had on offer – he attempted a Flat 7 off a wave! Everyone on the beach held their breath, but unfortunately he couldn’t quite stick the landing. Considering this is a trick that top twintip riders struggle to land though, he was forgiven… And hopefully, we’ll see him pull it off in Denmark.

In the second heat of the men’s round we had Camille Delannoy putting on a great show, landing a very clean double Front Roll and a spectacular Kiteloop Tic Tac taking him through to the finals.

In the finals of the men’s expression session we saw Matchu Lopes really upping his game after his disappointment yesterday… He was going for some huge Flat 3s showing that he is more than capable of taking on the legendary Cozzolino.

“I landed a flat 3 many years ago but I hadn’t attempted it in a while as I have been working on other maneuvers. The expression session was the perfect time to try it though as we had light wind with small kickers! After a few attempts the muscle memory started to come back to me and I was stoked to land one.”

It was a close call between the two shredders but Airton was hungry for the win and, in the ongoing battle between the two groundbreaking riders, came out on top this time around 

Final Standings in the mens division:

  1. Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
  2. Matchu Lopes (ESP)
  3. Camile Delannoy (FRA)

In the women’s best trick competition we had Clemence Derrien (FRA) pull off some impressive maneuvers with a super stylish front roll board off.

But it was Capucine Delannoy (FRA) who was showing us why she is the worthy winner of this event as she landed a flawless frontroll one foot. Capucine has clearly been training hard over the previous months as she has completely dominated here in Sylt. 

Final standings in the women’s division:

  1. Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
  2. Clemence Derrien (FRA)
  3. Catharina Edin (SWE)

With the bar raised once again, and the progression of the strapless side of the sport continuing to blow minds! Tomorrow will be a well earned rest day for the riders and on Saturday the forecast is looking good to run a surf competition.

 Make sure to check out the highlight video from today’s best trick competition below!

210714 KSWC 2021 KeyVisual Website 1920x417px RZ

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Super Session – Best Trick

Ein Wettbewerb für Überflieger. Am dritten Tag der Veranstaltung zeigten die Kiter und Kiterinnen noch einmal in einer Super Session was sie drauf haben. Die Zuschauer sahen spektakuläre Sprünge, waghalsige Manöver und eine breite Auswahl an nicht geglückten Tricks. Die Juroren bewerten hierbei die Einzigartigkeit, Attraktivität und Schwierigkeit der Tricks. Wichtig war, dass sie inklusive Landung auf dem Brett flüssig durchgeführt wurden. James Carew wollte auch hier den Sieg mit nach Australien nehmen, landete aber mehr im Wasser als auf dem Brett, so dass Airton Cozzolino sich klar auf dem ersten Platz positionieren konnte. Bei den Kiterinnen sicherte sich eneut die erst 15-jährige Capucine Delannoy klar den Sieg.

Ergebnisse:

1. Airton Cozzolino

2. Matchu Lopes

3. Camille Delannoy

 

1. Capucine Delannoy

2. Clemence Derrien

3. Catherina Edin

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