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Cozzolino Proves Mesmeric on an Otherwise Demanding Day – GKA Tarifa

On July 5, 2019   |   By thekiteboarder.com

On a tricky afternoon of continued light thermal Poniente wind on day four of a six day event window at the GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa, the mens twin-tip freestyle got underway after the completion of mens kite-surf strapless freestyle round two… in which Airton Cozzolino completely blew the judges away!

In light winds, the champion’s natural flair takes a little more technical understanding to appreciate than his high wind big air performances. His aim was obvious: to show the world his vision for new school strapless freestyle, and what better stage to do it than on the livestream at a double discipline event, where 40 of the worlds best twin-tip freestylers were waiting on the sidelines to start their competition directly after his heat.

Sure, he ended up doing more tricks from the same trick family than wed usually like to see, but his riding was insane today! Remarked head judge Mallory de la Villemarque. You could see that he was thinking, Hey guys, I can do sick handle-passes too, powered and with my kite low, and Ive got no straps.

The reigning champions heat (against Ralph Boelen) was just about as flawless as you could hope to expect in conditions that were hovering around 14 knots. He collected almost three 9s for two backside 3s and a shifty frontside 3, plus another high 8 for a sublimely smooth front roll shuvit within his allotted six scoring tricks. To put this into perspective, the next highest heat score tally by Jan Marcos Riveras was over 8 points less.

Thats not to take anything away from anyone else, but there are certain sportsmen and women that are truly capable of inhuman performances. This wasnt just a flash in the pan though, Airton was just doing what Airton can do when hes fired up.

Adeuri Corniel was on fire in Freestyle heat 1 round 1, before conditions dropped back for the remaining three heats

FREESTYLE

Three heats were completed in the men’s single elimination Freestyle division before the wind dropped back too much for fairly contestable conditions. You can find the heat notes on the liveticker on the Freestyle event page.

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