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KSP Cabo Verde Gets Underway

Sal Island, Cape Verde — December 3, 2011: Keeping a close eye on Secrets (the secondary contest site) this morning, contest directors selected Ponta Preta as the most suitable location to commence the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro. Indeed, the world-famous break proved to be the best choice, although the inconsistent conditions left the contest largely in standby mode.

The competition got underway, however most of the day consisted of waiting for wind and/or waves to improve while many riders surfed the break during the downtime. Mid-day, Bastien Bollard (FRA/Underground) and Paulino Pereira (POR) faced the reigning Kite Surfing World Champion, Guilly Brandao (BRA), in Men’s Heat 1.

Scoring a 7.33 for his best wave and a 13.5 heat score, Brandao delivered the day’s top performance including a nice cover-up.

Men’s heat 2 was completed, but later withdrawn as agreed upon by riders and contest directors due to the inconsistent conditions. It will be re-run following men’s heat 8 when conditions permit.

As four o’clock approached, organizers postponed until tomorrow, as conditions never improved quite enough. Competitors then returned to their accommodations at the nearby Villaggi Bravo while the KSP staff headed back to the beautiful Melia Tortuga Beach hotel, just a short walk from Ponta Preta.

Tomorrow morning, event directors will re-assess conditions, making the first call at 8 a.m. via the live webstream (broadcasting on kspworldtour.com/live). The earliest possible start will be at 9 a.m. If you miss any of the action, it will all be archived heat by heat for your on-demand viewing pleasure.

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The KSP 2011 Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro is supported by Camera Municipal do Sal, Cape Verde Investment Promotion Agency, CVTelecom, Melia Tortuga Beach, Villaggi Bravo, Cabocan, TAP Portugal, ASA, APP, Sal Affitti and BoinxTV. The KSP World Championship Tour is sponsored by ION and Vitamizzer.

PONTA PRETA KITE SURF PRO ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS

MEN


Heat 3: Patri McLaughlin (HAW/North), Lee Harvey (GBR/North), Luis Brito (CBV/North)
Heat 4: Mitu Monteiro (CBV/F-One), Jose Djo Silva (CBV/F-One), Cameron Dietrich (USA)
Heat 5: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CBV/North)
Heat 6: Sky Solbach (USA/North), Nuno Figueiredo (POR/Best), Joao Stopani Santos (POR)
Heat 7: Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Etienne Lhote (FRA/F-One), Ian Glaza (BRA)
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Bear Karry (USA), Diego Anta (SPN)
Heat 2 (rematch): Jesse Richman (HAW/Naish), Jeremie Eloy (FRA/North), Gonzalo Ribba (CHI/Best)
WOMEN
Heat 1: Kristin Boese (GER/Best), Ninja Bichler (MRU/North), Tomoko Okazaki (JPN)
Heat 2: Marie Gautron (FRA/Naish), Kirsty Jones (GBR/North), Dianira Lopes (CBV)
Heat 3: Melissa Gil (USA), Maayke Tadema (NED/Best), Adriana Harlan (HAW)
Heat 4: Ines Correia (POR), Suzanne Kuiper (NED/F-One), Odile Cavin (FRA)

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