Sunday was the final day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt and, after a couple of lay days, the wind was back with a steady 17-20 knots blowing cross-on from the left. That meant that conditions were prime for a strapless freestyle Super Session to round out the event!

The riders would be competing in two twenty minute qualifying heats to earn a spot in the final with ten riders on the water in each heat. Riders were being judged solely on their highest scoring trick, so it was going to be fast and furious with the top three men and top two women progressing to the final.

Airton was absolutely on fire in the opening heat. He stuck two backside 3s and then finished off with a 313 to win the heat comfortably and he went through to the final alongside Kiko Roig Torres and Pedro Matos.

In the women’s division, Capucine Delannoy and Charlotte Carpentier progressed to face the top players from the following heat.

In the second heat, Mitu Monteiro and Paulino Pereira both stomped clean BS3 handle passes to match Airton’s unhooked antics from heat one while Simon Joosten impressed with powered yet fluid hooked in manoeuvres. His front roll shuvit 3 was super stylish and he too went through alongside Mitu and Paulino.

Carla Herrera Oria was the standout female rider with a backroll to revert and a backroll rodeo and she cruised her way into the final as well alongside.

As soon as the final kicked off, Airton went all in to win once again with yet another FS3 followed by a BS3 and he was leading on technical skill but he wasn’t the only rider pushing it.

Simon Joosten secured second with a faultless backroll shuvit, and Paulino took third with a front roll tic tac and a double backroll tic tac which both scored well.

In the women’s division, Carla was the clear winner with a backroll rodeo and Charlotte came second with an air to blind and a board-off. She also came very close on a 360 shuvit, making the landing but crashing straight after. Susanne Schwarztrauber took third with some clean aerials off the kickers on the inside.

So that means that Airton and Carla have been atop the podium three times this week, having already won both the single and double eliminations in the main event. Their victories here in Sylt have also created some movement in the overall tour rankings!

Check them out below

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt Results

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt – Men

1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV)

2: James Carew (AUS)

3: Mitu Monteiro (CPV)

4: Simon Joosten (BRB)

5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM)

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt – Women

1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)

2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)

3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU)

4: Peri Roberts (AUS)

5: Capucine Delannoy (FRA)

Strapless Freestyle Super Session


1: Airton Cozzolino

2: Simon Joosten

3: Paulino Pereira


1: Carla Herrera Oria

2: Charlotte Carpentier

3: Susanne Schwarztrauber

GKA Kite World Tour 2019 Kite-Surf Rankings

Men’s Top Five

1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV)

2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV)

3: James Carew (AUS)

4: Paulino Pereira (PRT)

5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM)

Women’s Top Five

1: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)

2: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)

3: Frances Kelly (CAN)

4: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU)

5: Irina Jenni (CHE)

Find the fully updated tour rankings after two events here.

So, that marks the end of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt. Now it’s on to the GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa where, for the first time this season, the GKA Kite-Surf and GKA Freestyle World Cups will combine at one mega event from July 3-7th.

Get ready for that one. It’s going to be big!

Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 

Mon 1st Jul, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


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