On July 15, 2015, a thrilling day at the third stop of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) in Tarifa, Spain, saw impressive battles that enthralled the crowds. With gusts up to 40 knots, the best riders rode hard to make their way to the finals. 

Young Brazilian, Carlos Mario opposed Marc Jacobs in an action-packed final. Both started the heat with the same perfect Front Blind Mobes, setting the tone and announcing that it was going to be a stiff competition. Mario crashed and had to go back out on his 9m instead of a 7m. Coming back strong, he immediately landed an incredible double Heart Attack, sending the spectators into a frenzy. Powerhouse Marc Jacobs rode very well but could not match Mario’s tricklist, composed of an almost perfect Back Side 317, 317 and a Heart Attack 5. Staying consistent throughout the whole event, Mario delivered well constructed heats with incredible ease and dominated the final day.

In the women’s final, crowds were cheering for local champion Gisela Pulido as soon as she took to the water. Unfortunately, she suffered a host of crashes that prevented her from properly competing, even if she had landed a great S-Mobe and a S-Bend to Blind. In the meantime, Poland’s Karolina Winkowska kept racking up the points, putting on a consistent display of varying of tricks. Her well-executed and powerful Back to Blind, Front to Blind and Slim 5 allowed her to claim her third VKWC victory of the season.

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