The GKA Cabo Verde single eliminations wrap up on day two

GKA Cabo Verde day two


Wednesday 27th March

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

Yesterday we saw another non-stop day of heats as both the men and women wrapped up the single eliminations during nine hours of competition.

The run of insane conditions continued with Ponta Preta delivering absolutely pumping waves reaching double overhead and above. 

The main stories of the day? Well Mitu Monteiro scored a perfect 10, Moona Whyte made an epic return to competition and James ‘Storm Boy’ Carew underlined how much of a true force of nature he really he is by making it to the final against Mitu. That’s just some of what went down. Here’s a few highlights. 

James Carew


James has been a man on fire here at the GKA Cabo Verde. The Australian managed to unseat Airton Cozzolino in the quarter finals (on Airton’s home break no less) in a nail biting quarter final heat. Airton was leading for much of it with solid aerials off the lip and super-powered hacks but James kept answering back with his muscular, surf-influenced style. 

In the last minute, James caught a huge bomb on which he was able to rack up turn after vertical turn and he took the lead with seconds left on the clock. James would go on to face Mitu in the final and, had he not been up against the most experienced Ponta Preta local in existence, he could well have topped the single elimination podium. 

Mitu Monteiro


Mitu didn’t have the event he might have hoped for last year in Cape Verde but right now he’s looking pretty much untouchable. He opened his account on day two with the highest score of the event up to that point – 9.87 – in his opening heat but in the final he went one better notching up a perfect 10 for one wave that combined faultless top turns with a barrel (his second of the heat) to take the win against James. 

Moona Whyte


Moona missed the latter part of last year’s tour due to a back injury but she’s back with a bang here in Cabo Verde. Her ability to seek out the critical sections on the bigger faces was unsurpassable and she was the only rider in her division managing to get covered-up and ride away from it. 

She’s so relaxed out on the water too and never seems to get flustered by what her opponent’s doing. She finished day two at the top of the women’s division and, at this 100% wave-focused event, she’s going to be very hard to beat her when the double eliminations continue.

Francesco Cappuzzo


Yesterday Francesco Cappuzzo put in his best performance since joining the tour. He took one of the biggest waves of the day in his heat against Carew and was stacking up solid rides on both his front and backhand. He wasn’t going for aerials and he didn’t get barrelled, but his backside hacks were something else and his capacity for getting good and vertical off the lip in challenging offshore conditions was seriously impressive.

Matchu Lopes


Matchu was ultra-consistent. He has this wave so well dialled, expertly reading the different sections and methodically seeking out barrels on his backhand. He nearly stuck the best floater of the event so far, and he’s looking very strong ahead of the double eliminations. 

GKA Cape Verde single elimination mens podium



1: Mitu Monteiro – CV

2: James Carew – AUS

3: Matchu Lopes – CV / ESP

4: Francesco Cappuzzo – ITA

GKA Cape Verde single elimination womens podium


1: Moona Whyte – USA

2: Johanna Catharina Edin – SE

3: Charlotte Carpentier – FRA

4: Frances Kelly – CA

Airton Cozzolino

After the single elimination finals it was on to the doubles and the men made it through the first round before the conditions began to deteriorate and the heats were halted.

The riders are back into the doubles today with everything to play for. Tune into the livestream here and look out for the day two highlight video on our YouTube channel.

Flick through a gallery of images from today’s heats shot by Ydwer van der Heide here! 

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