Classy Kiwi Halts Tack's Early Season Winning Streak. Meanwhile Pulido finds her winning ways once more in the doubles and De Aboitiz and Whyte Top Dakhla Wave Discipline
PKRA PRESS RELEASE
Marc Jacobs and Gisela Pulido won the freestyle double elimination at the PKRA Dakhla Kiteboard World Cup. In strong winds reaching more than 30 knots, the double elimination kicked off at 11 am with riders using 6 and 7m kites.
Holding off Alex Neto in his first heat of the day, Jacobs moved on to defeat Christophe Tack in the final. Although Tack landed a solid S-Mobe and Crow Mobe 5 amongst others, he was one trick shy of the five tricks upon which the overall score is calculated. Jacobs landed more tricks including a textbook Front Blind Mobe and Blind Judge 5 giving him the win.
Tack’s first place win in the singles meant that he needed to be beaten twice to be knocked off the top spot. In a masterful display of powerful freestyle kiteboarding, Jacobs did just that, beating out Tack and winning the super final by 4.07 points.
This is Jacobs second top podium spot, having won the PKRA event last year in Germany. When asked about his win, Marc just smiled and said “I’m a happy little dolphin!”
Notable climbs up the ladder came from both Youri Zoon and Carlos Mario. Zoon rode well early on but later became less consistent in his landings. Neto finally put an end to Zoon’s push with his high scoring Crow Mobe 5 continuing on to beat Hadlow as well.
The women’s ladder was equally impressive. Gisela Pulido maintained her position from yesterday by beating out Bruna Kajiya. Finishing fourth in yesterday’s single, Kajiya worked her way up to take out Anabel Van Westrop and Karolina Winkowska. Despite solid riding in her earlier heats, Katjya struggled in the strong wind of the final to lose to Pulido’s impressive high scoring Hinterberger Mobe and Slim Chance.
De Aboitiz and Whyte Top Dakhla Wave Discipline
Keahi De Aboitiz and Moona Whyte earned top spots after an action packed day of wave riding at the Dakhla Kiteboard World Cup. An impressive fleet of talent showcased an extremely high level of wave riding in variable wave conditions and winds that increased throughout the day.
The mixed swell and large tidal range played a big factor. With a shifty peak and slightly offshore winds, it was difficult for riders to know where to line-up. Despite some long lulls between waves, fun chest to head-high sets appeared in most of the heats. Riders were rewarded with lengthy rides and multiple sections allowing a variety of aerial and face manoeuvres.
Ultimately, wave selection played a large part in the outcomes of many of the day’s battles as we saw numerous close heats being decided by less than one-tenth of a point.
One such heat was the battle for first and second of the women’s division. Moona Whyte demonstrated her fluid style and rail-to-rail turns to narrowly beat out Kirsty Jones, despite Jones’ excellent wave selection and down-the-line rides.
Jalou Langeree secured third place managing to drop in on some set waves to allow her to execute her powerful vertical backside hacks and fluid riding. Despite strong surfing from Milla Ferriera she was unable to get the waves that she needed to get the scores for the win.
Arguably the most impressive display of kitesurfing seen the entire event came during the the semi-finals heat between Keahi De Aboitiz and Mitu Montiero. Soon after the beginning of the heat, some of the biggest and longest set waves of the day arrived in succession with both riders taking off down the line blasting multiple aerial manoeuvres and powerful vertical hits finally finishing up at the bottom of the bay.
2014 Dakhla Kitesurf World Cup Winners
1st - Marc Jacobs (NZ)
2nd - Christophe Tack (BE)
3rd – Alex Neto (BR)
1st - Gisela Pulido (ES)
2nd –Bruna Kajiya (BR)
3rd - Winkowska (PL)
1st – Keahi De Aboitiz (AU)
2nd – Pedro Henrique (BR)
3rd – Mitu Montiero (CV)
1st – Moona Whyte (US)
2nd – Kirsty Jones (UK)
3rd – Jalou Langeree (NL)