WKL El Gouna – Day One

El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup – Qualifier League – Day One 


Words: WKL Media / Images: Svetlana Romantsova

Day one in El Gouna started with a bang, with the renowned Egyptian winds blowing from the off. The skipper’s meeting was held at 7.30 am, and the heats began directly after. Heats one to 10 of the men’s qualifier were completed, and then heats one to six of the women’s.


Men’s Round 1

Heat one of the Men’s Qualifier League saw Dominican rider Luis Alberto Cruz dominate from the start. He successfully landed all of his tricks, which included a 317 and KGB and was then followed through to round three by young up-and-comer Chistian Tio from the Philippines. 

Heat two saw the young Brazilian ripper Manoel Soares show some outstanding talent on the water, landing a massive 319 that scored him 8.17 points. His performance was exemplary, showing that the level of some of the Qualifier League riders is up to the level of the top Elite. Louka Pitot from Mauritius stomped a nice Front Blind Mobe and placed himself in second position, opening the door directly to round three. 



Heat three was a win for Italian North rider Gianmaria Coccoluto who was riding consistently, landing an impressive Front Blind Mobe. German favourite Linus Erdmann rode a good heat as well and joins him in round three. 

Young Mexican rider Anthar Racca was on fine form in heat four, and managed to pull off a near-perfect Slim 7, as well as an impressive Double Heart Attack. It was French rider Val Garat who came in second position also securing his spot in round three. 

One of the youngest riders in the Qualifier League, Jeremy Burlando, came up against some of the top riders in heat five. He managed to hold his ground throughout the heat, finishing in fourth position and passing on to round two, a great accomplishment for the 11 year old. French rider Lucas Ferreira suffered an unfortunate accident, injuring his knee and forcing him to withdraw from the heat. Fellow frenchman Paul Serin sealed the deal for first place, with Arthur Guillebert close behind him. 



The contest heated up during heat six as Tom Bridge landed a clean Backside 317 and Slim 7, with style and power, clinching the win just ahead of  Nicolas Delmas. Both riders progress directly to round three.


Women’s round one

After a short break, the women were next in sequence. The El Gouna winds continued to blow, and increased slightly as the competition entered the afternoon. The youngest female rider from the WKl, Mikaili Sol was on fire as she landed solid tricks that included a Slimchance and Blind Judge. Elite rider Rita Arnaus from Spain also joins her advancing to round three. 



Local rider Anna Hashem performed well in heat two and advanced to the next round. Vera Klabbers from the Netherlands gained a spot directly in round three.

It was a tight run between Pauline Valesa and Francesca Bagnoli in the third heat, but finally it was Italian rider Bagnoli who maintained her focus and gained the round three spot with Valesa passing through to round two.



The young 17 year old Claudia Leon from Spain impressed the judges and spectators with a great performance in heat four, beating her more experienced competitors and passing through to round three. Maureen Castelle came in second place after landing a nice S-bend to Blind. 


Men’s Round 2

The wind kept blowing and it was in to men’s round two where Maxime Chabloz from Switzerland improved on his earlier performance and landed a well executed Backside 317. He won the heat, followed by Simon Lamusse from Mauritius. 



Sergei Borisov had his eye on the win for Heat 8, and rode a stylish and powerful heat, taking first, and Rens van der Schoot was also determined to remain in the competition, and his focus and determination put him in second place. 

Robinson Hilario from the Dominican Republic was keen to gain a place in round three during heat nine, and his impressive 317 and Double Hinterberger Mobe 5 was enough to put him there. French rider Julien Krikken followed a few points behind him. 


Women’s Round 2

Women’s round two came next, and it was local rider Natalia Lambrecht who showed great promise in her first WKL competition. She managed to beat her more experienced opponents, gaining her a well-deserved spot in the semi-finals. Therese Taabbel from Denmark will be joining her. From heat six, both French riders Pauline Valesa and Maureen Castelle will be passing through, after both ladies showed their competitive experience above their fellow opponents.


Men’s Semi-finals

Christian Tio from the Philippines produced his best performance of the day in heat 10, landing all of his tricks and finishing it off with an outstanding Slim 7 scoring 9.1 points, the highest score of the day. Definitely one to watch during this competition, he has now secured himself a position in the Qualifier League Final. Joining him will be young Brazilian hot shot Manoel Soares, who rode incredibly well all day and is firmly in contention for a podium spot for this Qualifier League event.



The final heat of the day, heat 11, was stopped after the third trick attempt, as the sun was setting and the visibility was no longer suitable. It will resume tomorrow morning with the first possible start at 9.30am. 

The live stream will be up and running from Wednesday the 8th of November.

Find all the heat results and live scoring here


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