Monday 1st March
Location: Cape Verde
Words: Kate Chandler | Images: Ydwer van der Heide
The second day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour got off to a smooth start this morning at Kite Beach. The wind was (slightly) more favorable than yesterday, with around 25 knots blowing cross onshore, the swell was coming in a little bigger too. We ran a Pure Wave format with 14 minute heats, and three minute breaks in between. Men were riding 7-9m2 kites and women were riding 6-9m2 kites. The sun came out, the crowds were dancing and the riders were excited to get on the water!
Titik Lopes CV got the day off to a great start by scoring 11.46, the highest complete score for the men’s division in the first heat. He took Toni Ciliberto IT out of the competition and moves forward to Round 5, where he will take on Simon Joosten BB.
The second heat of the day was just as exciting with Pedro Matos BR letting his Brazilian surfing experience shine through with some powerful hacks, and by ripping back on the tail of his board. He landed an insanely stylish 360 in the final seconds of his heat scoring a respectable 11.13. He moves into Round 5 where he will be facing local favourite Djo Silva CV.
Anderson Reboucas BR is another rider who’s surfing skills helped him in the trickier conditions of the afternoon. The Brazilian rode intelligently, and with strategic choice of the waves he rode, which gave him a complete score of 9.96 and advancing him into Round 5.
There have been some surprise early exits from the event. Jan Marcos Riveras DR was knocked out by Nicola Abadjiev BG and his complete score of 9.97. Nicola will now face the youngster Charly Martin RE in Round 5. Camille Delannoy FR was also knocked out in his heat against Pedro Matos.
In the men’s division one round of eight heats was completed.