WKL Amarok Kiteboarding World Cup – Day One

The action is on in Akyaka



The WKL i in Akyaya this week in the beautiful and unique town of Akyaka located in south-western Turkey. The event is being held at the stunning bay of Gökova, where its reliable thermal winds have been blowing consistently every day since the WKL team arrived.

This is the third Elite League Event of 2017 and this stop sees 22 men and 13 women registered, from over 13 different countries. 



The skipper’s meeting was held at 10am and the event got under way at midday as the thermal winds started blowing. In men’s round one, heat one, Set Teixeira from Brazil stormed his way through the heat, landing an impressive array of tricks including a huge front blind mobe. Former World Champion Alex Pastor from Spain followed him through to round three landing a grabbed KGB 5 amongst other well scoring tricks.

In heat two, Brazilian rider Alex Neto stole the show. He landed a nice KGB 5 scoring himself 7.27 and before a double heart attack. Former World Champion Youri Zoon from the Netherlands then managed to squeeze his way into second place, even though he was frustrated with the light wind conditions. He still managed to land four high scoring tricks, which pushed Nicolas Delmas from France down to third even though he rode incredibly well throughout the heat.

Heat three saw the athletes taking solid advantage of the increasing wind conditions. Luis Alberto Cruz from the Dominican Republic started with a huge 317 and rode a good heat, but it was not enough to put him in the top two. Former World Champion Liam Whaley from Spain managed to overcome his recent back injury and ride a truly impressive heat that included a Backside 317 and Double Heart Attack, taking the win and advancing to round three. His Cabrinha team mate Arthur Guillebert from France will be joining him after a strong performance in which he landed a backside 317 and double heart attack of his own.



Heat four was the last heat to be completed for the day, and it was current WKL Champion Carlos Mario from Brazil who remained fully on course throughout, landing huge tricks including a heat attack 7, a massive front blind mobe and a frontside 319, and he managed to finish his heat with his hair still dry. Val Garat from France defended his second place spot and was also extremely happy to advance directly to round three after riding a very competitive heat.

All of the action throughout the day was live-streamed on the WKL Facebook page and website, with Bas Koole and Lewis Crathern keeping the audience entertained and informed with their commentary. 

This morning skipper’s meeting has been called for 11am with a first possible start at 11.30am.


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