GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Dakhla, Morocco – Event Summary

Published 2nd October 2022 by Liam Dredge


The Kite-Surf season is off to a flyer with Dakhla firing from all cylinders. 

27th-02th October 2022

Words: Liam Dredge
Photos: Svetlana Romantsova
Location: Westpoint Hotel, Dakhla

Dakhla 2022 was certainly one for the history books! A promising forecast had riders and crew amped for what looked to be a thrilling event. The waves were firing, the wind was pumping and judges made use of these epic conditions starting the competition on day one. This pearling right-hander had everyone chomping at the bit and the conditions mother nature threw our way were some of the best competition conditions we could have ever asked for. The stars aligned and after three consecutive days, it was the Aussie James Carew (AUS) and rising superstar Capucine Delannoy (FRA) who were crowned our king and queen of the desert!

Event wrap-up – 27th-02nd – Champions and world number ones are crowned at the first stop on the Kite-Surf calendar.



James Carew (AUS) managed to grab his first win here at Westpoint Dakhla. A place he’s struggled with in previous years saw the young Aussie come to Morocco with a tunnel-visioned mindset for 2022. A dominant win was the goal and as he mentioned himself, dreams do come true and with hard work, dedication, and plenty of training it was Mr. Carew who was lifting the trophy!


  1. James Carew (AUS)
  2. Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)
  3. Matcha Lopes (ESP)
  4. Mohammed Ali Beqquali (MOR)


Capucine Delannoy (FRA) took yet another win at the first Kite-Surf tour stop of the year. The young and hungry North rider powered through the event knocking down everything in her path. Capucine demonstrated elegant wave riding with a sense of power when ripping through every turn. The 16-year-old used her competition experience to choose the right equipment and picking the best waves that came through in each set. She now leads the 2022 rankings heading into Brazil next month. 


  1. Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
  2. Frances Kelly (CAN)
  3. Johanna Catherina-Edin (SWE)
  4. Zoe Bazile (FRA)
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