VKWC Dakhla Round Up

Pedro Henrique competing in the wave kiting event at VKWC Dakhla

Highlights from the first round of the new world tour where wave, freestyle and big air events were completed

Virgin Kitesurf World Championships
Prince Moulay el Hassan Kiteboarding World Cup
Dakhla, Morocco – 2015

WORDS – VKWC
A thrilling final day of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships at the Prince Moulay el Hassan Kiteboarding World Cup Dakhla 2015 saw Liam Whaley (ES) and Karolina Winkowska (PL) claim the Freestyle victory at Dakhla Attitude in perfect conditions. The Big Air titles go to Kevin Langere (NL) and Gisela Pulido (ES) after winning their super finals. Already on Tuesday Keahi de Aboitiz and Jalou Langeree became winners of the wave discipline. Overall it has been a magical start into the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships season 2015.

Virgin Kitesurfing World Championship riders 2015

The riders of the 2015 VKWC tour


FREESTYLE
A sensational finals day at Dakhla Attitude saw Liam Whaley (ES) claim the first Virgin Kitesurf World Championships Freestyle win against current world champion Christophe Tack (BE), while World Champion Karolina Winkowska (PL) took down last year’s Dakhla’s winner Gisela Pulido (ES) in the women’s event.

Freestyle at the VKWC in Dakhla

Freestyle action


Liam put on an unbelievable performance throughout the competition and delivered the highest heat total of the event in the semi-final, a 39.6. Entering his fifth year on the tour, Liam consistently delivered mind-blowing tricks and great variety to become the first to win the men’s freestyle competition under the new Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC). On his way to the final, Liam previously dispatched Paul Serin (FRA) and Youri Zoon (NL).

The VKWC saw Karolina Winkowska (PL) battle Gisela Pulido (ES) in an epic clash. Karolina looked composed and stylish, claiming the win at the first event of the season. Her win is Karolina’s second victory in Dakhla (having previously won the event in 2013).

Karolina was patient and put together a well-constructed heat with a variety of powerful manoeuvres, including a KGB (a difficult trick seldom seen in the women’s competition). She put on a display many crowd-pleasing moves and at the end of the heat she won with a commanding lead over Gisela.

The women’s podium was completed by Bruna Kajiya (BR) in third place and Annelous Lammerts (NL) finishing fourth. Here’s a video from the final freestyle and big air competition rounds:

BIG AIR
Kevin Langeree (NL) claimed victory in the Big Air competition, battling in 25 knots winds and a field of the world’s best riders.
Langeree’s ‘go-for-broke’ approach in the final saw the star achieve the highest scores of the entire event, showcasing commitment, strength and confidence. Marc Jacobs (NZ) powerful riding style earned him second spot on the podium followed by young Hawaiian Jesse Richman (US), and Oswald Smith (ZA).

Gisela Pulido (ES) dominated the big air discipline proving as she did in Tarifa 2014 that she knows how to go big. A close second was earned by Hannah Whiteley (UK) who deserves the title of most improved rider of the 2015 season. Annelous Lammerts and Therese Taabbel earned third and fourth respectively

WAVE
On Tuesday perfect wind and wave conditions enabled strong heats in the wave competition with the eventual winners emerging as Jalou Langeree and Keahi de Aboitiz. Both of them fought their way to the final where Jalou was able to win against Moona Whyte and Keahi managed to succeed against Pedro Henrique. The women’s podium was completed by Ines Correira on third place, and Kari Schibevaag finishing fourth. Sebastian Ribiero took third in the men’s mini final after winning against Mitu Monteiro who finished fourth.

Pedro Henrique competing in the wave kiting event at VKWC Dakhla

Pedro Henrique


Here’s a really nice video wrapping up the wave event action:


Over the course of two weeks in magical Dakhla there were near perfect conditions for all disciplines for an excellent first event of the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships.

Dakhla can deliver a vast array of conditions for freestyle, big air and waves. Click here for our in-depth review of Dakhla as an all-round kitesurfing spot!

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