25 November 2022
The first day of the last World Cup of the season was opened by the men in the discipline of kite-surf, where the two best waves ridden and the best freestyle trick of each rider are scored. The strong and partly gusty wind meant that especially the Brazilian local riders were able to show their skills under these conditions and thus put the leading riders of the World Tour under pressure. In the end it was Pedro Matos (BRA) and Matchu Lopes (ESP) who won their heats with their elegant style...
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil Wold Cup Taiba, BRA, 2022 - Highlights of Day 1
25 November 2022
On the 2nd day of the World Cup, the riders were surprised by difficult conditions in the form of low tide and smaller waves in rounds 3 and 4. Now it was up to who could handle these conditions the best. Ali Beqqali (MAR), who is currently ranked 4th on the World Tour, had to admit defeat to the unfamiliar conditions early on and lost his heat to Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) and with it his chances of becoming World Champion. Brazilian Gabriel Bennetton showed in round 5 that he knows this spot ve...
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil Wold Cup Taiba, BRA, 2022 - Highlights of Day 2
26 November 2022
Day 3 of the World Cup in sunny Taiba, Brazil was one that Australian James Carew is unlikely to forget in a hurry. All season long it was a neck-and-neck race between him and Matchu Lopes from Spain, which now demanded a winner in Taiba. So both riders had to win their heats in the semifinals to put pressure on the other. James Carew (AUS) had a tough start to his day of competition, struggling early on with a broken leash and later a broken board after a rough landing. Nevertheless, the Aus...
GKA Kite-Surf & Hydrofoil Wold Cup Taiba, BRA, 2022 - Highlights of Day 3
2 February 2023
As was forecast, conditions continued to deliver the lighter southerly winds on day two of the Visit Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup, though a positive start was made to the competition and the line-up for the women’s final is complete. The riding fleet is very compact at this event with just 16 men and eight women. The level amongst the competitors is incredibly high, but with this reduced fleet the men started directly at the quarter final stage, with four heats of four riders. There wou...