Current discipline: Kite-Surf
Judging Criteria: TBC

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Report: Jim Gaunt

17.30 And that’s it for today. Some riders rode the spot, but in the end the onshore wind and currents meant that it just wasn’t consistent enough for riders to be able to smoothly ride out their bottom turns with line tension.

17.15 Picking up again… Although the onshore wind was around 14 knots, similar to yesterday’s cross-shore strength, the onshore direction – pushing more in the same direction as the waves – has meant that although riders were out there, it just wasn’t contestable at the time. Since then it dropped back and the riders were towed back upwind in the safety boats. Ever hopeful the crew remained at the tower and with just an hour of daylight left… things are picking up again. Will we see action finally today?  

16.00  Three riders out now checking the conditions. Picked up more, they’re staying upwind… and the waves are good! Heat order to complete round one men’s Kite-Surf single elimination will be: 

(2 heats on the water at the same time:)
Francesco Capuzzo (ITA) V Louis Marvin (MRU)
Nicola Abadjiev (BUL) V Roderick Pijls (NED)

Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) V Daniel Kux (MRU)
Luke Millard (AUS) V Raoni Lemos (BRA)

Kiko Roig Torres (ESP) V Alessandro D’Ambrosio (ZAR)
Toni Ciliberto (ITA) V Jeremy Chan (MRU)

Airton Cozzolino (ITA / CV) V Brendon Labonne (MRU)
Graham Harney (CAN) V Jorn Donat (GER)

15.30 The race crew are out on the tower and just one rider is out, local Jeremy Chan (who you may remember beat Airton Cozzolino in round 3 at the 2017 Mauritius event). The conditions are lighter and more onshore than yesterday and the swell is steep and menacing over the reef. Swipe through the Insta stories here

14.30 Freestylers and women Kite-Surf have been released, but men Kite-Surf on standby, things are looking up for them and the swell is bigger than yesterday 

13.00 The wind is now a little more onshore, but light. Similar to yesterday at this time and we still got a couple of solid hours in yesterday avo, so fingers crossed. 

11.30 Still on hold, a few have gone out to the wave to check suitability. There’s definite improvement and the waves are bigger today. 

10.00 Skipper’s meeting concluded a few minutes ago and the Kite-Surf riders are currently on hold. 
Current wind conditions are around 5 knots onshore. The forecast is for a similar afternoon to what we saw yesterday.

Find the reports from the previous days here:
Day 1 (Friday): Here