Airton Cozzolino and Jalou Langeree Claim The 2018 World Titles! Find out what went down in Torquay, including the highlight reels from Airton and Jalou’s victory!

After a few days of faltering winds, a fair bit of waiting and consistent but mostly onshore surf, Point Danger delivered cross-off winds and peeling waves for an epic final round in the men’s single eliminations.

On Saturday, the last day with any reliable wind on the forecast, we watched Keahi de Aboitiz beat Sebastian Ribeiro in a world-class final to take the KSWT Torquay title (and on his birthday no less).

The women’s single elimination had wrapped up the day before and their results were announced alongside the men’s with Jalou crowned the winner after a testing single-elimination round that saw the women competing in some of the toughest conditions of the event at nearby Thirteenth Beach.

Watch Jalou’s Highlights!

On Sunday the riders were back on the point at 08:00 AM for a possible start to the double eliminations but, although there were clear blue skies and some beautifully clean lines rolling over the reef, the wind wasn’t up to strength and there would be no more heats run on the final day of the event.

With no doubles being completed, the results from the single eliminations now count as the official results for this event which makes Keahi and Jalou the first ever KSWT Torquay winners!

Jalou’s win here also secures her first GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Title (3rd world title in all) after a hard-fought season in which she’s battled Moona Whyte and Carla Herrera Oria for the top spot since the first event back in February in Cape Verde.

Carla finishes the year in second, a strong result for the Spaniard given her relative inexperience in the waves before she joined the tour in 2017. With Jalou currently planning a break from competition in 2019, you can bet Carla’s eyeing her chances at a tour title next season!

Charlotte Carpentier had a challenging time of it at this event, crashing out early in the single eliminations after losing to Australian rider Jennie Milton. This has been an impressive debut year for her on the tour though and a series of steadily progressing strapless freestyle performances throughout the season had given her a good base of points before this event began, so she retains her third-place position overall.

Johanna Catharina Edin will no doubt be overjoyed with her performance this week. She scored third place and although it doesn’t move her any higher in the overall rankings she still finishes the season in fourth and that’s a solid final position at the end of her first year on tour. She’d aimed for a top-five finish and she stuck it. Let’s see if she can build on that in 2019!

Moona Whyte sadly missed this event and last month’s KSWT Brazil after injuring her back at home in Hawaii, but second place earlier this year in Dakhla and two first-place finishes in Portugal and Cape Verde had seen her already amass enough points to round out the season in fifth place.

Men’s Division

In the men’s division there’s no change at the top and Airton, who started this event with an unsurpassable lead, still finishes the season in first place retaining his KSWT World Title!

Watch Airton’s Highlights!

It’s been a huge year on tour for him during which he’s proven himself close to unbeatable in the strapless freestyle stakes, while also showing that he’s able to win convincingly in the waves after his victory at the opening tour stop at Ponta Preta in Cape Verde.

He started this season hoping for a clean sweep at the title and it hasn’t quite worked out that way but with five wins from seven events he’s not had a bad run at it!

This isn’t the first time Keahi has pulled the rug out from under Airton at a final event though and his victory here means he now takes second place overall ahead of Matchu. In 2016 the Australian beat Airton in the final event in Dakhla and last year he won the final event in Mauritius to deny Airton a clean finish on the way to his first ever KSWT title.

So Matchu now finishes 2018 in third overall while Mitu Monteiro retains fourth. After yesterday’s final, Mitu admitted that he’d been eyeing a top three finish for this season and a win at this event would have secured that for him but it was not to be.

You can bet he’ll be coming back even harder next year though and we all know he’s still got the ability to take event wins, so let’s see what he brings to the table when the tour kicks off in Cape Verde in February 2019!

Mitu’s F-One teammate Camille Delannoy came into this event fresh off the back of the KSWT Brazil where he had his best performance in the last two years taking second place against Airton. Here in Torquay, he made it to the semi-finals earning himself enough points to finish the season in fifth overall.

Camille’s been pushing hard to make it into the top five this season so he’ll be happy with his final standing and, at just 19 years-old, he has a bright future if he can keep building on his 2018 successes.

KSWT Torquay Results

Men

1st Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS
2nd Sebastian Ribeiro – BRA
3rd Matchu Lopes – ESP
4th Mitu Monteiro – CV

Women

1st Jalou Langeree – NL
2nd Carla Herrera Oria – ESP
3rd Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
4th Jennie Milton – AUS

2018 GKA KITE-SURF World Tour Championships Results

Men

1st Airton Cozzolino – CV / ITA
2nd Keahi de Aboitiz – AUS
3rd Matchu Lopes – ESP
4th Mitu Monteiro – CV
5th Camille Delannoy – FRA

Women

1st Jalou Langeree – NL
2nd Carla Herrera Oria – ESP
3rd Charlotte Carpentier – FRA
4th Johanna Catharina Edin – SE
5th Moona Whyte – USA

So with no competition today and the final tour standings confirmed, it was on to the closing party this evening at Bomboras Bar on Torquay seafront overlooking Point Danger.

It was an awesome location to wrap up the event and the people of Torquay have really welcomed the tour into their beautiful town with open arms this week.

Everyone who’s a part of the KSWT talks about the family feel of the tour and it was amazing to finish the KSWT 2018 season up here on the Surf Coast – a place with such a storied surf and water sports history.

Keep an eye out for the full action highlights reel coming up!

Mon 17th Dec, 2018 @ 9:00 am

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