The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro delivered classic Ho’okipa conditions and saw major upsets in the world title race. Event winners and overall KSP World Champions were crowned on Maui’s north shore today.
The final day of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro got underway before daybreak when the 6am call was made to move the mobile event to an alternate location north of Achill Island. Overhead surf and 30 plus knot winds with intermittent rain squalls marked the early morning heats.
Today saw the culmination of the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship tour event in which thirty-six of the world’s top kite surfers from seventeen nations came together at Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal, the first-ever European tour stop for the KSP.
The Kite Surf Pro World Championship Tour (KSP) today announced that MetaCafe will be their live-stream partner for the 2012 season. Specializing in keeping enthusiasts in the loop on the latest trends, MetaCafe is an entertainment network that focused on movies, video games and live action sports.
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Gathering from 20 countries, an exclusive field of some of the world’s best kite surfers traveled the world to compete for the World Championship title. The battle took 24 men and 12 women to each of the three tour stops: the One Eye Pro in Le Morne, Mauritius; the Pacasmayo Kite Surf Pro in Pacasmayo, Peru; and finally, the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro in Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde.
“We had insane conditions on tour this year,” said KSP rider and Vice President Sky Solbach. “ We scored the most perfect surf ever seen in competition in Mauritius and the longest waves on the planet in Peru. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate in Cape Verde, but we still had a blast in the Super Sessions here.”
Less than promising, the wave forecast projects no swell for the final five days of the Ponta Preta Kite Surf Pro’s 10-day holding period. Given the dismal forecast, KSP organizers and the rider’s committee made a joint decision to move the awards ceremony forward to Wednesday, December 7.
Waking to strong winds and a meager swell at both Ponta Preta and Secrets, event directors deemed the day’s conditions uncontestable for the KSP’s Kite Surfing World Championships. Rather than forcing a contest in less-than-favorable conditions, a fun laidback expression session ensued — the second consecutive Super Session on this fourth day of the event’s 10-day holding period.
Strong wind and small, inconsistent surf greeted competitors at the primary contest venue of Ponta Preta for the 8:00a.m. riders meeting. KSP Head Judge Brad Price quickly made the call to move competitors to the back-up location at “Secret Spot” along Sal’s rocky and dusty North Shore.
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.
Following four days of marginal wind and waves, the action kicked off on October 23 — mid-way through the 10-day holding period. As the surf began firing at four- to seven-feet, 24 men and 12 women from 15 different countries duked it out over the following three days for the coveted tour stop title.
Bringing the second stop of the World Championship Kite Surfing Tour to a close, day seven of the 10-day holding period delivered another dose of world-class conditions and next-level action. Throughout the final 12 heats, competitors rode once again predominantly strapless, drawing lines comparable to high-level surfing.
Amidst another day of prime wind and waves in Northern Peru, contest directors made excellent use of the epic conditions at the main staging area at El Faro (the lighthouse), completing 18 heats, making it all the way up to the Quarter Finals. As head-high sets wrapped around the point all day, once again, riders predominantly kite surfed unstrapped.
After four days of waiting for solid conditions to arrive in Northern Peru, the Pacasmayo Kite Surf Pro finally got underway late this morning. Running nearly until sundown in the 15- to 20-knot winds and five- to seven-foot waves (faces), Men’s and Women’s Round 1, and Men’s Round 2 were completed at the second KSP World Championship Kite Surfing Tour stop.
Despite a favorable forecast, the wind never filled in quite enough to get the Pacasmayo Kite Surf Pro off the ground today. As head-high sets rolled in throughout the morning and afternoon, the KSP crew kept optimistic and re-assessed the conditions every 30 minutes in hopes of the wind ramping up just a notch.
Today marks the first day of the 10-day holding period of the Pacasmayo Kite Surf Pro, the second stop of the 2011 KSP World Championship Kite Surfing Tour. With swell forecasted to ramp up later this week, KSP officials called a lay day today.
This is my first update from Peru and so far it has lived up to everything people said it is. Chuck and I left Hawaii on October 4th and it took us over 35 hours to get from HNL to Lobitios, Peru. When we were in L.A.X we had a small world moment and ran into Felix Pevic who was on his way back to Hawaii from the Mauritius KSP event.
With an 11-foot swell at 17 seconds forecast for the day, today started off with a Local’s Expression Session for the resident riders. KSP competitors and staff watched from the judge’s tower, cheering on the 17 locals during the hour-long heat. Laurent Le Bolloch (MRU/Le Gall/North) won the event by showcasing excellent top-to-bottom riding on the 10- to 15-foot-plus wave faces.
Kicking off the last six heats of the 2011 KSP One Eye Pro in Le Morne, Mauritius, Airton Cozzolino (Italy/North) faced Mauricio Pedreira (Brazil) in the first of two strapless semifinals. Early in the matchup, the 17-year-old Cozzolino was called on interference, resulting in his second highest wave score to be slashed in half. Nevertheless, his progressive kite surfing advanced him to the finals by a slim margin of .47 points.
With the long-anticipated mega swell hitting One Eye today and winds holding strong, the KSP One Eye Pro resumed with Men’s Round 4. Ten to twelve foot faces (and the occasional fifteen footer) kicked the day off to an exhilarating start. Blowing more offshore than normal, the strong winds kept the wave faces exceptionally clean, setting the stage for some history and career-making heats.