Well done Kirsty, 2nd in PKRA Dakhla
Kirsty Jones just showed an amazing performance at the PKRA Wave event in Dakhla, Morocco, finishing 2nd!
The second tour stop of the PKRA season just officially finished with a closing ceremony celebrating the event and honoring the champions of the competition. The tour already came to Dakhla the 5th time! The 2014 PKRA Kiteboarding World Cup Dakhla came to a close after 4 consecutive days of fierce competition.
The wave discipline in Dakhla saw an incredible pool of talent coming together after very few wave events in 2013. As the first wave stop of the 2014 PKRA tour, riders are hungry for more!
With a mix of regular and goofy footers reaching the podium, riders from around the globe pushed the levels of progressive kite surfing. Despite smaller conditions than was seen at last years event, competitors were very happy nonetheless.
In this field of the best athletes of the world, Kirsty Jones, North Kiteboarding, showed her outstanding talent and experience and finished 2nd overall. Well done Kirsty!
Catching Trade Winds - The EVO Episode out now !
The KJ Experience Mauritius
Just came back from another really amazing trip to Mauritius, however this time it was not for a competition or photo shoot, but instead to run my KJ Experience kitesurf & yoga courses, helping other passionate kiters progress in their kiting, and experience the magic of Mauritius and its waters. Something thats much more rewarding than getting on a podium, winning a trophy, or getting that classic image in a magazine, is helping others to feel the stoke of the sea and kiting, and experience the inner calm of yoga. Seeing others progress, trying new manoeuvres, pushing their limits, sharing experiences, feelings, wipeouts, then being united and calmed at the end of the day with a stretching, therapeutic yoga session in a beautiful environment , is really rewarding. My KJ Experience courses seem to attract very special, interesting people, kiters from all over the world, who I feel very blessed to have met and shared time with. Each and every one brings their own unique energy, personality, riding style, aims, and humour, which creates an amazing atmosphere on and off the water!
Thanks to all of you special people who participated on the recent course in Mauritius, and to my amazing sponsors North Kiteboarding and ION who allow me to push my own limits in the sea, riding with the most revolutionary, incredible equipment! In my bag for this trip was a North 9 & 7m Dice, which is the most awesome, ultimate kite for waves and freestyle, and the Pro series 5'11 and Select 135cm Twin tip. I also had my favourite purple ION hot shorty, Nova harness, and of course a fine selection of ION bikinis and board shorts!
The only other thing that was needed was wind, waves and sunshine, which Mauritius and mother nature gave us plenty of :-)
The Mauritius Episode
Right after the KSP Mauritius we took the chance to really enjoy Mauritius and managed to get some sick shots of barrels, huge walls and also massive wipeouts. Watch the best athletes in their game, Airton Cozzolino, Patri McLaughlin, Kirsty Jones and Ninja Bichler playing with the elements to the extreme. Additionally get a closer look on the beautiful island Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, probably one of the most versatile kite spots on this globe: flat water lagoons, wave entry spots and of course impressing One Eye. And all that within spitting distance!
Enjoy the ride with your host Tom Court and just so much, it´s worth watching it until the last second!
2012 KSP World Champions Crowned On Maui's North Shore
Kahului, Hawaii – December 8, 2012: The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro delivered classic Ho’okipa conditions and saw major upsets and discussions in the world title race. Event winners and overall KSP World Champions were crowned on Maui’s north shore today.
The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro got underway in building surf and returning trade winds. The first major upset of the day came early this morning in the final heat of men’s round 2 between Worldchampionship points leader Patri McLaughlin (HI, North) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA). McGillewie crushed McLaughlin’s world title hopes with a super narrow and still discussed defeat in their early morning clash at Ho’okipa after having delayed the heat due to conditions.
The upsets continued in the men’s elimination when world number 2 and Worldchampion 2011 Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), world number 3 Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD) all failed to advance to the semi-finals, effectively opening up the title race to riders Guilly Brandao (BRA), Keahi De Aboititz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), all tied for 5th place in the world ranking. Just a little bit more luck next time Airton, and you’ll be Wave Worldchampion again! Still an amazing season and in our view the most spectacular style in any conditions, mixed with freestyle maneuvers most of your competitors are just dreaming of…
In the men’s semi-finals, Monteiro advanced in a high-scoring affair over Brandao and De Aboitiz defeated Ferreira, setting the stage for a riveting final showdown. With the Ho’okpa Kite Surf Pro event title and the world championship crown on the line, Monteiro and De Aboitiz had the crowd on the edge of their seats, exchanging the lead several times throughout the final in exceptional conditions. De Aboitiz emerged victorious, taking home his first ever KSP World Championship title in an emotional victory.
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Men’s Final Results:
1st Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2nd Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3rd Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best)
4th Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Women’s Final Results:
1st Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha)
2nd Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
3rd Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
4th Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
2012 KSP Men’s World Championship Results:
World Champion - Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
Vice World Champion - Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3rd Airton Cozzolino (CPV, North)
2012 KSP Women’s World Championship Results:
World Champion - Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
Vice World Champion - Ines Correia (POR, RRD)
3rd Ninja Bichler (GER, North)