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Day Six: GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla

On October 10, 2019   |   By kiteworldmag.com

KIRSTY IS QUEEN OF THE DESERT!

 

Thursday 10th October 2019
Location: Dakhla, Morocco
Words: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide

Video: Oliver Umpierre

 

The big news yesterday was that Dakhla resident for the last few years, Kirsty Jones, who is originally from Wales and has a vast amount of competition experience, including World Titles under her early career belt, won the womens single elimination.

 

Kirsty Jones

Kirsty ripping…

 

As the tour visits some really core kiteboarding locations through the year, there are always going to be some highly skilled riders motivated to enter certain competitions who are capable of causing an upset and disturbing the fight for the title. We saw the same with Jalou Langeree and Ninja Ricot taking the top two spots at Mauritius in the last round, while Kirsty showed an undeniable comfort and class here in these conditions at Westpoint, suiting her natural stance.

 

Kirsty Jones

Kirsty, right at home and picking out the best waves

 

Tour leader Carla Herrera-Orias highest seeding meant that she was drawn against the events wildcard rider, but unfortunately for her, that wildcard was a previous world champion with amazing local knowledge as early as round two. Carla now has it all to do in the double elimination coming over the next few days.

 

Carla Day Six: GKA Kite World Cup Dakhla

Carla

 

Kirsty meanwhile went on to beat one of the tours most improved female chargers, Australian Peri Roberts in the semi-final and then Frances Charlotte Carpentier in the final, who is currently lying in second on the tour.

 

Women's Singles Podium

Women’s Singles Podium

 

So, Kirsty left a real trail of destruction in her wake on Wednesday and in winning the single elimination has projected herself straight to the double elimination final.

 

WOMENS SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULT:

1st Kirsty Jones (UK)

2nd Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)

3rd Catharina Edin (SWE)

4th Peri Roberts (AUS)

 

Watch the highlights from day six:

 

MENS

We left the competition yesterday halfway through round one of the mens single elimination.

The big news for today will be the return of Keahi de Aboitiz to GKA competition this year you may remember he holds somewhat of a lucky charm over this spot! The live pages live ticker will have the info and updates from the beach and details of when the conditions are filling in for the start of the livestream.

 

Keahi

Keahi plotting his comeback!

 

QUICK UPDATE ON MENS SINGLE SO FAR:

HEAT 04 B

L Millard V P Afonso

One of the tours rapidly improving talents from Australia, Luke Millard took a good scalp here in the form of Pedro Afonso, and by a good margin of 9.53 to 4.34.

MILLARD WINS

HEAT 04A

J Carew V H Bouceta

Tour number two ranked rider Australian James Carew eased his way into this event, catching just five waves but amassing a relatively big 13.14 from his two best waves.

CAREW WINS

HEAT 03 B

C Delannoy V O Perrineau

Battle of France was won by Perrineau in a surprise to many, 8.8 to 4.6 in light conditions.

PERRINEAU WINS

HEAT 03 A

F Capuzzo V M Mansour

Typical workmans performance from tour regular Capuzzo with 8 waves to 5 and a score of 9.96 from his two best waves to the Moroccans 4.68.

CAPUZZO WINS

HEAT 02 B

G Harney V C Martin

A tricky one for the judges here with two up and coming riders. Graham Harney from Canada has done every event this year, while Charly Martin from Reunion Island massively impressed everyone with his full tilt wave approach in Mauritius. This battle went in Martins favour 10.73 to 9.13.

MARTIN WINS

HEAT 02 A

M Monteiro V R Lafdali

The tours third ranked rider and previous Dakhla winner cruised through this heat, 12.5 to 5.33

MONTEIRO WINS

HEAT 01 B

Anderson Reboucas V J Fernandez

The Brazilian showed his greater experience here having performed to a high level already this year, especially in Mauritius last time out. He took a comfortable 9.63 to 3.13 win.

REBOUCAS WINS

HEAT 01 A

M Maji V S Joosten

Moroccan local M Maji pulled off a big win over one of the GKA Kite-Surf Tours major players here. It was a tightly contested heat with six waves to Simon and five to Maji, but local knowledge snuck it, 11.23 to 10.06

MAJI WINS

 

Dakhla Locals

The locals love to rip waves! Look out!

 

For the latest GKA news, scores and heats: gkaworldtour.com

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