The 2022 Qatar Airways GKA Freestyle-Kite World Championships are over – and the winner is kiteboarding!
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Taiba, Taiba, Taiba – how can we ever look at freestyle events the same again? Finals day at the Copa Kitley GKA Freestyle-Kite World Cup Brazil didn’t let us down on the promise built up all week.
Making their way through the women’s semi finals at midday on day three were, Nathalie Lambrecht, Bruna Kajiya, Rita Arnaus and Mikaili Sol. Sadly for Spain, title contender Claudia Leon bowed out of the title race in semi-final 2, having finished just behind Lambrecht, who took the second qualifying spot in that heat behind Mika.
On the men’s side, championship chaser Juan Rodriguez saw his performance slip in the semis and 14 year old local hotshot Davi Ribeiro narrowly missed a famous spot in the final, too. Still not missing a beat though, Gianmaria Coccoluto blasted his way to the final with a semi-final heat that included another ten point score for perhaps what just might have been the best backmobe 7 ever. He was truly still in the zone… and on another planet.
Standing in the way of the event win that would earn the Italian his first world title would be Carlos Mario, Erick Anderson and Maxime Chabloz in the final.