GKA Kite-Surf World Cup | Cape Verde 2020 | Competition Day 2
The second day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour got off to a smooth start this morning at Kite Beach. The wind was (slightly) more favorable than yesterday, with around 25 knots blowing cross onshore, the swell was coming in a little bigger too. We ran a Pure Wave format with 14 minute heats, and three minute breaks in between. Men were riding 7-9m2 kites and women were riding 6-9m2 kites. The sun came out, the crowds were dancing and the riders were excited to get on the water! Titik Lopes CV got the day off to a great start by scoring 11.46, the highest complete score for the men’s division in the first heat. He took Toni Ciliberto IT out of the competition and moves forward to Round 5, where he will take on Simon Joosten BB. The women were not so lucky with the conditions this afternoon, the changing tides turned the waves into tricky mush, pushing the women to work hard for their points, and overall scores were low. This was not the case for Stella Groschupf DE. The young German impressed the crowds, and had them cheering when she scored 7.0 the highest single point of the day. The last turn on this wave had GKA beach commentator Jo Ciastula jumping out of his seat, and helped Stella win the highest combined score of the day, a solid 12.30. She will face Charlotte Carpentier FR in Round 3 tomorrow. We’re excited to watch these two battle it out in Round 3! The second heat of the day was just as exciting with Pedro Matos BR letting his Brazilian surfing experience shine through with some powerful hacks, and by ripping back on the tail of his board. He landed an insanely stylish 360 in the final seconds of his heat scoring a respectable 11.13. He moves into Round 5 where he will be facing local favourite Djo Silva CV.