It was another perfect day for the GKA Hydrofoil Freestyle World Cup in Fortaleza, as the wind was pumping at 20-22 knots and the top hydrofoil freestylers in the World were ready to put on a final show. Congratulations to Charles Brodel from France for taking the event win and becoming the Men’s Hydrofoil Freestyle World Champion and, also, Maike Elisa Mueller from Germany for taking the event win in the Women’s category.
The women’s final was action-packed as Kylie Zarmati battled with Maike Elise, both athletes wanting to steal the crown here in Fortaleza. Maike managed to fight her way to the very top, gaining an overall score of 12.57 points, and converting her into the new 2021 GKA Hydrofoil Freestyle World Cup Brazil winner!
“The wind really dropped during my heat, so it was hard work but I really did my best. I’m so excited about this result. Thank you to all of my friends who have helped me get here today.” said Maike.
1st Maike Elise Mueller (DEU)
2nd Kylie Zarmati (USA)
3rd Samuela Mule (ITA)
4th Aurore Gineste (FRA)
The Men’s Final was an intense match-up between Charles Brodel and Maxime Desjardins. As Maxime had explained earlier in the competition, Charles has always been a big inspiration for him and one of the main reasons that he got into Hydrofoil Freestyle. This made the final even more exciting. Charles showed his experience and confidence from the very start. He rode with plenty of control and showed great speed and variety in his array of tricks. Young athlete Maxime battled his way through with some impressive trick attempts, but failed to land several of his tricks. Charles Brodel is our new GKA Hydrofoil Freestyle World Champion and event winner, with a winning overall score of 30.02 points.
“I’m super stoked to win this event. I’ve been training a lot for this,” said Charles. “I loved sharing the final with my close friend Maxime, and I know he is going to continue doing really well.”
1st Charles Brodel (FRA)
2nd Maxime Desjardins (FRA)
3rd Robin Stewart (CAN)
4th Cesar Natoly (FRA)
It’s been an incredible week of action for this new, rapidly-evolving discipline, and we look forward to seeing even more incredible tricks next year, as each rider is really helping to push the sport further and further each season.