LIVETICKER DAY 7 (GMT+4)
Current discipline: Kite-Surf – women’s single elimination happened before the men’s doubles, which has now resumed
Judging Criteria: Pure wave – 20 minute heats / best 2 waves count from 15 possible waves
Wind: 15 knots cross-shore from the left
Wave conditions: Head high (occasionally over) but nice and clean.
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Note: Scroll down on this page for the live heat score and heat ladder
Report: Jim Gaunt
18.00 – MEN’S DOUBLE ELIMINATION OVER FOR THE DAY
We just saw Willow-River Tonkin score a 9.07 for a sweet tubing section in his R3 heat 24A heat against another Mauritius local, Louis Marvin. Willow advances. There’s still a good way to go in this double elimination which we hope to conclude tomorrow. Scroll down for today’s results. The lights have gone out at the reef. We’re outta here! Till tomorrow peeps, have a great day / night.
15.10 – MEN’S DOUBLE ELIMINATION
We’ve just got this one underway, plenty of heats to come this afternoon – keep up with those on the livescore board below and find the heat ladder and previous results below that. I’m off to smash out a pressie on the awesome performance we’ve just seen from Jalou Langeree who won the women’s single elimination.
Find the story and video from the men’s epic single elimination finals here.
15.00 – THE WOMEN’S FINAL
Jalou Langeree (NED) V Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP)
Eight minutes and four waves into the heat, Jalou had a best two wave score of 13.53, already higher than Carla had managed so far in the competition, so with the heat off, as is the case when you relax, the waves seemed to come to her. Every approach back in to the reef she seemed to be able to pick the faces that would hold up best and demonstrated to the judges her flowing and fluid style, repeatedly letting her fins loose on the top turn.
Carla, however, it must be said is much improved in waves, but reaching the final here is a solid bonus for her in terms of the championship – which she leads through her excellent strapless freestyle results at other events. The Spaniard put everything into this heat having made it this far, careering down from the lip, turning back up and leaving her turns as late as she could at the top, dropping steep and then banking hard again.
Her seventh wave gave her a 5.47, pushing her up to 9.47 overall, still chasing down Jalou’s 13.53 that she maintained from waves two and four.
Six minutes remained… 8 waves to 7 registered, with Carla bagging most. No matter, it’s only the best two that count.
Jalou chased all her waves in close and seemed more comfortable when engaging repeatedly with the lip. There have been fewer big waves so far in the final, but with four minutes left a new set came in.
Jealous faded right into the foam giving herself more of an open face and attacked, managing just two turns though before hopping over the back early to ensure she’d still have time to still catch one of the remaining waves in the set. Carla did the same.
Seconds later Jalou was being escorted in on a clean wall. She held her rail, waited for the lip to feather, cut up and turned right underneath the lip, safe, she dropped in again and smacked the lip once more. Closeout followed.
The set’s end was looming as was the heat and Jalou had picked another good chunk. A fan of white water kicked up beyond the white water of the wave in front of her that we were peering over. She repeated the process on her next turn so there was no mistaking the calibre of her control. Bang-tidy, she looked good.
One minute left and the scores were still 13.53 v 9.47.
Close-out followed closeout for the next 30 seconds; both women had wisely managed to not chase those ones in.
Jalou made three turns on what was surely her last wave, but behind Carla was frantically outrunning a massive wall of white water. As the wave took form to her left, she managed two turns, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Jalou had done it!
WOMEN’S SINGLE ELIMINATION FINAL RESULT:
Jalou Langeree wins the women’s single elimination: 13.53
Carla Herrera takes second: 9.47
15.00 – WOMEN’S MINI-FINAL
Sophia Abreu (BRA) V Maria Kinkina (BUL)
Battle of the newcomers proved a pretty stylish affair with both riders cutting clean and repeated hacks down the line. The scores were really tight throughout, but in the end, and probably fair on balance from what we saw throughout the whole single elimination, Kinkina snuck her way onto the last step of the podium at her first GKA event!
3rd place women’s single elimination: Maria Kinkina (BUL) 6.7
4th place women’s single elimination: Sophia Abreu (BRA) 6.33
14.10 – While the women take a break ahead of the final, we’ve dived into the start of the men’s double elimination – lots of heats to run in that. Keep abreast of the heat ladders and results below on this page.
14.00 – SEMI FINAL 02
2019 championship leader Carla Herrera-Oria has brought the Italian’s impressive first charge on the GKA Kite World Tour to and end, doing the biz with two high 4 point rides, in a heat in which she packed 11 waves. Kinkina wasn’t far off and still has the chance of a podium in the mini final against Sophia Abreu – the two outstanding new comers.
Carla to face Jalou in the final
Maria into the mini final
13.35 – SEMI FINAL 01
Jalou Langeree (NED) V Sophia Abreu (BRA)
For some reason, after being very impressive in her precious heats, Sophia retired after two waves leaving Jalou to devour her lunch, munching her way impressively through a feast of waves, all to herself. She bagged an 8.23 and 7.13 on her 11th and 12th waves. She just loves to ride! Love it.
Jalou goes through to the final on fire: 15.36
Sophia into the mini final
13.10 HEAT 14B R3 – (QF04)
Barbara Sgardello (ITA) V Carla Herrera-Oria (ESP)
The waves continue to build, but are holding clean. The full allowance of 15 attempts from current tour leader Carla showing her intentions. Italian Sgardello in her first wave event (though competed in strapless freestyle in Tarifa) also registered 12 waves. Carla’s two waves of 4.14 and 4.2 were a solid representation for what we’ve seen today and put her in the mix in the top group. She’s through to the semis and will face surprise performer of the event, Maria Kinkina.
Carla through to the semis: 8.53
Barbara out: 6.74
12.45 HEAT 14A R3 – (QF03)
Maria Kinkina (BUL) V Ranja Schlotte (GER)
In clean conditions, ranging from long head high rides, to pitching overhead faces, these two women had a great heat. Both staying close to the pocket and making multiple, tight turns, often catching the lip for a nice finish. Maria Kinkina took it and the Bulgarian is another name making a really strong impression in this her first competition. Schlotte can be pleased with her performance. Jalou and Ninja still commanding the highest wave scores with much more consistency, but they’re by far the more seasoned wave competitors. Be interesting to see how the waves stack up for all riders in the coming crucial semi finals.
Maria wins and advances to semis: 8.44
Ranja out of the singles: 7.17
12.15 HEAT 13B R3 – (QF02)
13B: Irati Fonseca Kohler (CV) V Sophia Abreu (Brazil)
There’s a couple of names coming out of this competition already and one is Sophia Abreu who is showing a fantastic surf style, connecting sections moving really confidently towards the semi-final. Look out for her on the highlight video.
Sophia wins and is through to the semis: 8.44
Irati is out for now: 4.96
11.30 – HEAT 13A R3 – (QF01)
Jalou Langeree (NED) V Ninja Ricot (MRU / GER)
In a different heat draw, this could have been a final. When you come to Mauritius, you always have to beat Ninja if you want to win the crown – she’s the queen of waves on this island.
The first seven waves each rushed by in this heat, it was action packed.
With seven minutes remaining the score was 15.54 against 14.1 in Jalou’s favour.
If Ninja could get one more 7 point score, to match Jalou’s 2 x 7s she’d be right there.
Jalou the current charger of the moment in kitesurfing – Ninja’s the local legend who has been taking down big names here ever since the KSP days. She’s legit.
Jalou slotted her highest score of 7.8 on her ninth wave after a steady and consistent barrage of great scores, mostly over the 6.5 mark throughout.
Ninja wasn’t far behind, but her scores for each wave were some way below those of Jalou’s, but it’s just two waves that count, so the actual score remained close with three minutes left on the clock: 15.77 for Jalou and 14.1 to Ninja.
At the end of the heat the wave count was 14 to Jalou and 12 to Ninja – stacked. Jalou commented that this was one of the best heats of her career – lots of respect between these two.
Top two wave total score meant:
Jalou wins and is through to the semi-finals: 15.77
Ninja out for now: 14.1
10.50 – HEAT 12B – Last heat of round two
Carla Herrera (ESP) V Alina Froschmeier (GER)
A dominant win for the current tour leader from Spain, with a barrage of waves, taking ten waves to the German Froschmeier’s six. Consistent and committed, Carla’s original game is strapless freestyle, but she’s worked hard on her wave performances in the last two years and looking to assert control at the top of the table going into Dakhla next month.
Carla wins and is through to the quarter finals: 10.53
Alina is out and will return in the double elimination: 5.93
09.40 – Good morning everyone and welcome to Day 7 of the GKA Kite World Cup in Mauritius. The crew are heading out to the tower on the Bel Ombre reef where we soon hope to see the continuation of the women’s single elimination. One R2 heat to come, postponed from last night:
Carla Herrera (ESP) V Alina Froschmeier (GER)
WOMEN’S UPCOMING ROUND 3 (QUARTER FINALS)
13A: Jalou Langeree (NED) V Ninja Ricot (MRU / GER)
13B: Irati Fonseca Kohler (CV) V Sophia Abreu (Brazil)
14A: Maria Kinkina (BUL) V Ranja Schlotte (GER)
14B: Barbara Sgardello (ITA) V TBC
Find the liveticker head reports of the Kite-Surf action and yesterday’s Freestyle heats here:
Day 1 (Friday / Kite-Surf): Here
Day 2 (Saturday / Kite-Surf): Here
Day 3 (Sunday / Freestyle): Here
Day 4 (Monday / Freestyle): Here
Day 5 (Tuesday / Kite-Surf): Here
Day 6 (Wednesday / Kite-Surf): Here