Wednesday 4th March
Location: Cape Verde
Words: Kate Chandler | Images: Ydwer van der Heide
Today we saw all the top seeds hit the water for the quarter finals on day 4 of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup – Cape Verde 2020. Riders were battling it out in tough conditions for a place in the next round.
We’ve had less than ideal conditions yet again for the quarter finals here at Kite Beach, but we’re looking for the best overall rider in the world, and that means being able to score big in mushy waves, not just clean breaks.
The wind had dropped slightly from yesterday, fluctuating between 15-20 knots, riders were opting for bigger kites, and those that under chose struggled, or switched kites mid-heat.
In the men’s division scores were high across the board, making for some exciting, and very close results.
In the first heat Titik Lopes CV and Pedro Matos BR were pushing each other to the limit, both riders proving themselves to be technical and powerful in the waves. Pedro won the heat with a complete score of 10.60, but it was a very close call, with only a .06 difference given in the last five seconds of the heat! He will go on to face Duotone teammate James Carew AU in the semi finals. James had an easy journey into the next round when his opponent, Reece Meyerscough CA, pulled out of the competition due to illness. Get well soon Reece!
In the third heat of the day Charly Martin RE, the youngest athlete competing, faced one of the top seeds, Matchu Lopes SP. Charly kited extremely well, matching Matchu’s 360 within seconds, and landed a smooth air 180 on the nose of his board. But experience and solid bottom turns in the pocket got Matchu an 8.43 wave of the day, this is also the highest scoring wave in the competition so far. With a complete score of 15.33 Matchu goes through to face fellow Cape Verdean, lifelong friend, and Duotone team mate Airton Cozzolino CV in the next round.
Airton and Sebastian Ribeiro BR had a close heat, with powerful surfing and strategic wave selection coming from both riders. It was one of the most thrilling heats so far. Airton took the lead with an 8.00 wave and a stunning 260, bagging him 15.33, the highest complete score of the day, and a place in the semi finals against Matchu. This is going to be one hell of a heat to watch!
One round of four heats was completed in the men’s division.