Valentin Rodriguez (COL) / Louka Pitot (FRA) / Manoel Soares (BRA) / Posito Martinez (DOM)
In strengthening winds, but with riders still on 13m kites, Posito Martinez was looking lit on his powered passes and seemed to be suffering with butt checking several landings.
2019 World Champion Valentin Rodriguez was looking very fresh in the early morning hours. Just beyond the halfway point in the heat with three tricks to go this was shaping up to be a battle for first and second between the Colombian and Brazilian Manoel Soares, who finished runner-up in last year’s championship.
Indeed, Valentin did all the damage in his first four tricks, which were all very clean and perfectly judged to hit the full 7 points for variety across four families: backmobe 5, KGB 7, crow mobe 5 and backside 317. He was well set for the final.
As we reached the last two trick attempts for each rider, Louka Pitot once again super charged his overall heat score by demonstrating that he’s a leading contender here when it comes to the combo trick family, particularly with toeside tricks.
Demonstrating very clean take-offs and smooth rotations, his seventh and final combo trick linked a crow mobe into a back-to-wrapped, finished off with another crow mobe! The judges are looking for quality not quantity in these combos and we saw some riders pick up only very low scores for trying to link three average tricks rather than two good ones. However, this particular three-trick combo was excellent, scoring 6.87. That completed the four trick family bonus score for the Mauritius resident and with that he hopped ahead of Manoel Soares to take second place and was propelled into his first GKA Kite World Tour final instead of the Brazilian.