The action continued in Cumbuco, Brazil, as competitors progressed through the semi-finals, and crowned the new Men’s GKA Freestyle World Champion.
It was a rainy and stormy start as we headed into Day Three of action in Cumbuco, Brazil. The full Men’s and Women’s Eliminations were completed in 16-18 knot winds, showcasing the world’s very best freestyle talent, and with a new World Champion crowned.
Men’s Heats and a World Champion
All focus shifted to Heat 4 of the men, where Arthur Guillebert needed to place himself in the top three in order to be crowned World Champion. This was not an easy feat given the top contenders he was facing. Maxime Chabloz dominated the heat opening with a massive score of 9.03 points. Arthur struggled to find his focus, and dipped in and out of 4th position, but on his final trick attempt, he managed to catapult himself into 2nd place, allowing him to claim the 2021 Freestyle World Champion title, a well-deserved first for this well-rounded French rider.
The Men’s Semi-Finals 1 was an intense match-up. Carlos Mario was absolutely on fire, proving that he is back in action and fully recovered from his previous injury. Always receiving immense support from the public here at his homespot of Cumbuco, his riding today was a classic Bebe performance that reminded us of why he has won so many World Titles in the past. He advances to tomorrow’s finals and is joined by fellow Brazilian Erick Anderson.