Summer Kiteboarding, a reminder from the GKA

Whilst we're all braving gusty conditions in winter storms wearing wetsuits, the crew at the GKA Air Games in Cabarete (in the Dominican Republic), are wearing boardshorts and doing board offs in amazing conditions.

 

 

GKA Air Games Cabarete 2018

THE BIG SEND-OFF SESSION IN CABARETE

 

Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Genesis Reyes, Carlos Gonzales and Oli Dadswell

 

Hit play on this wrap-up video - with tricks and thoughts from the winning performers at GKA Air Games Cabarete, that concluded yesterday!

 

With the main even wrapped up on Saturday, Sundaywas all about the Best Trick competition. The riders would be released on to the water one at a time, with the chance to go for one old school trick and one wakestyle / new school manoeuvre to make up their score.

 

Paul Serin

Paul Serin – Board-off board spin and product placement on point

 

There were two real standout riders in the men’s division – Luis Alberto Cruz and Carlos Mario. Carlos was going bigger than anyone and landed a beautifully clean ‘sent’ triple handlepass and he was gunning hard for a final shot at some glory after such a strong showing in the double eliminations.

 

Luis Alberto Cruz

 

Luis Alberto Cruz goes for his triple handlepass – and sticks it!

 

However, Carlos Mario then exploded on to the water with a kiteloop nine (a trick that could easily score him a ten from the judges in any heat) and then he landed a tweaked, clean double front roll board-off to follow up.High scoring tricks in both the new school and old school categories. Nobody could match him yesterday!

 

Carlos Mario

Carlos ‘The Unbeaten Bebe’ Mario

 

The men and women were riding in alternating heats and Pippa Van Iersel, who was consistently strong at this event taking third in both the single and double eliminations, then impressed the judges with a big blind judge and a kiteloop. This was a step up from what the other girls had done so far, the level had just been raised.

 

Pippa van Iersal

Pippa powers to first in Best Trick with a stomped blind judge

 

Hannah had landed a smooth board-spin board-off and answered back to Pippa’s blind judge with one of her own, but it wasn’t as big, so then the attentionfell onMikaili Sol to try and take her second podium win of the week.

 

Hannah Whiteley

 

Hannah’s blind judge was clean – but Pippa had the upper hand when it came to height

 

Mikaili stuck a nice slim chance and, as she would be the last rider to hit the water, shehad a real chance oftaking the win with no following challengers. She lined up for her board-off and sent it but she scrubbed out hard on the landing, so walked away with no points and, because she had no ‘old school score’, she’d have to settle for third.

 

Mikaili Sol

Sol still stoked – You can’t take every podium after all...

 

So, at the end of that Carlos and Pippa took the wins after one hour of back-to-back bangers from the event’s top scoring riders!

BEST TRICK RESULTS

MEN

1: Carlos Mario (BRA)

2: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM)

3: Posito Martinez (DOM)

WOMEN

1: Pippa van Iersel (NL)

2: Hannah Whiteley (UK)

3: Mikaili Sol (BRA)


GKA KITEBOARDING WORLD TOUR AIR GAMES:
CABARETE EVENT RESULTS

MEN

1: Carlos Mario (BRA)

2: Jesse Richman (USA)

3: Posito Martinez (DOM)

4: Paul Serin (FRA)

5: Nicolas Delmas (FRA)

WOMEN

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)

2: Hannah Whitely (UK)

3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)

4: Pauline Valesa (FRA)

5: Osaia Reding Commaille (FRA)


2018 GKA AIR GAMES CHAMPIONSHIP TOP FIVE OVERALL

MEN

1: Jesse Richman (USA)

2: Carlos Mario (BRA)

3: Posito Martinez (DOM)

4: Maxime Chabloz (FRA)

5: Nicolas Delmas (FRA)

WOMEN

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)

2: Hannah Whitely (UK)

3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)

4: Pauline Valesa (FRA)

5: Osaia Reding Commaille (FRA)