Thursday 5th March
Location: Cape Verde
Words: Kate Chandler | Images: Ydwer van der Heide
The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup – Cape Verde 2020 has come to an end! We’ve had some surprise results, and some very tight scores, but our Cape Verde event champions have been crowned and are now enjoying the party!
Last year we had barrelling waves here in Cape Verde, but this year it seems that the wind, and wave gods wanted to test our rider’s and team’s nerves, sending some challenging conditions our way. Lighter wind and a lack of swell, saw the crew pack up the event site not once, but twice, and move to a new location. Proof that we go to great lengths to bring you the best possible action here on the GKA Kite World Tour!
The women’s division ran first today, with Ines Correia PT and Mikaili Sol BR facing each other in Heat 1. Both women were giving their all, but experience and that vital insider’s knowledge gave Ines the upper hand. She may have felt the pressure coming from the youngster, but it didn’t affect her wave riding. She kept the power and fluidity consistent as she rode, and rightly so, was awarded the higher points in the round. Ines took a combined score of 10.86 beating Mikaili’s 6.53 and secured her place in the final.
Peri Roberts AU faced the reigning Kite-Surf World Champion in the next heat. Both these women ride with power and great surf style, the judges had their work cut out with the scoring. Carla Herrera SP has more competition experience, but the Australian rider did not let this unsettle her game plan, she managed to link powerful hacks, bringing home the higher scores needed to get her into the final. Peri went through with a complete score of 10.20, knocking the World Champion into the mini final with her 9.23 score.
The mini final saw two world champions battle head to head for 3rd position. Mikaili Sol, our current Freestyle World Champion, faced the Kite-Surf World Champion, Carla Herra in a closely scored heat. There was a lull in the waves, making things even more difficult for our champions, but being the best in all conditions is the name of the game, and Carla’s experience gave her the lead in the small waves. Her complete score of 8.73 secured her 3rd place on the podium. Mikaili’s close score of 8.06 will no doubt have Carla, and the other women on the tour, keeping a close eye on the youngster in the upcoming events. If Mikaili starts putting in the wave training, we could be seeing her in Kite-Surf finals a lot more often!
Ines Correia and Peri Roberts, two event favourites faced each other in the final. Peri has a strong Aussie surf style, she has no fear, rides hard and with power. Ines is comfortable riding her home spot, and with the support of the home crowd. Ines rode intelligently, linked smooth turns and some powered hacks. These women were well matched, and the scoring was tight, but Ines edged forward, took and then held onto the lead, with an impressive 7.00 wave, and with a complete score of 12.74 she won the heat and the event! Peri took a very respectable 10.50 and a well deserved second place. Huge congratulations to Ines Correia for taking the title in such difficult conditions, what a start to 2020 for this talented woman!