The Free Episode
Airton drops it like it's hot in Sardinia!
Last week, 8 of the worlds best Kiteboarders from across the globe headed to Sardinia, Italy to go head to head for the Red Bull Unfastened title. The first ever pure strapless Kiteboarding competition, it's a unique and interesting event that offers up a different judging criteria to those of the events we are used to seeing in Kiteboarding. The idea is to test the all round skills of the riders, so it's easy to see why Sardinia played host to the event, presenting a great variety of spots and variable sea conditions.
Pure wave riding, strapless flat water freestyle and a combo category of wave and freestyle riding, were the three possible disciplines for the event. There has been a lot of buzz around the strapless wave riding movement recently as technically, it has evolved in great leaps and bounds. Taking the foundations of classic surfing and drawing influences from skateboarding for riding in flat water, it now has a clear 'street style' with huge scope for riders to be creative. Host of the event was North Kiteboarding rider Airton Cozzolino. Originally from Cape Verde he has been living on the island of Sardinia for the past 10 years. With a Wave World title under his belt and very at home riding his local spots, he proved hot competition to the other riders. Other North Kiteboarding Team members partaking in the event were Patri McLaughlin and Matchu Lopes.
Flat water freestyle kicked off the event where North Kiteboarding Team member Patri McLaughlin from Hawaii, put on a jaw dropping show in the picturesque location of Fontanamare. Wowing the International judging panel with his freestyle repertoire he put up a good fight but, unfortunately he was pipped to the post by Airton, the local. The following day the tables turned and after hitting the water with all guns blazing, Patri was unanimously awarded the win for Best Trick with an 'Unhooked Aerial 180 HP surface'.
The battle ground had been on fire for the duration of the event and although the waves failed to put in an appearance, the North Kiteboarding riders proved that they truly are some of the worlds best strapless riders. Inspiring, innovative and influential Matchu, Patri and Airton are the future of this discipline. Despite the fierce competition, it was Airton who was crowned the overall winner, showing the others that he really is the strapless Boss.
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No Left Turn - Airton Cozzolino in Hoókipa
Carada on strapless island
Watch Airton and Matchu strapless kitesurfing and enjoy the show.
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