GKA Freestyle Cumbuco World Cup at Superkite Brazil
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco at Superkite Brazil – Overall
by Gemma Hamaini Nov 15, 1:16 AM PST
The day of the finals in Cumbuco, Brazil was nothing short of spectacular! The best runners in the world put in a breathtaking performance for the men’s and women’s finals. The battle for Cumbuco’s podium places was fierce, and the athletes gave their all on the water.
The men’s 2 semi-final was the first in the streak, with 13-14m kites. The judging criteria remain the same as the previous days, with 7 attempted tricks and the 4 best scores counting. Maxime Chabloz was once again unstoppable for the semi-final, recording solid scores lap after lap. Gianmaria Coccoluto started strong but struggled towards the end of her heat, crushing her last 4 attempts at tricks. Juan Rodriguez also got off to a good start but failed to keep up a steady pace during his last attempt at tricks. Unfortunately, he was unable to move forward. Manoel Soares missed only one attempt at tricks and did a series of well executed tricks. He finished in 2nd position and won his place in the final with Maxime Chabloz.
The finals saw Swiss rider Maxime Chabloz face off against the three best Brazilian riders: Carlos Mario, Erick Anderson and Manoel Soares. The action was exceptional from the start, with each runner starting with massive tricks. The Slim 7s, Double Heart Attacks, and 319s were all thrown out, and that was just the warm-up. All the riders stayed so close to each other until the last round of tricks. The crowd on Cumbuco beach was going absolutely mad for the final moments of the heat, where podium places would be decided.
Carlos Mario left everyone speechless with his last lap, an exceptional heart attack 7 scoring 10 perfect points. Carlos has once again shown the world that he is the king of freestyle kitesurfing, and he’s back on top. Maxime Chabloz was so close to securing victory, but his final trick score was slightly lower, and he had to settle for second place here in this last event of the season. Erick Anderson finished 3rd, delighted with his place on the podium, and Manoel Soares, who drove incredibly well in this ultra-competitive final, finished the event in 4th position.
“I’m really happy with second place,” said Maxime. “I mean, you always come here to win, but Brazil is such a tough place to win. There are so many amazing riders here. The conditions are always good and everyone is always doing their best. work hard for next year, and i will work on my big air skills. ”
The final results of this event are:
1st Carlos Mario
2nd Maxime Chabloz
3rd Erick Anderson
4th Manoel Soares
The women’s final was an exciting mix, with our current World Champion Mikaili Sol looking to defend her title, taking on Rita Arnaus, Nathalie Lambrecht and former 3x World Champion Karolina Winkowska. All four women rode steadily for the final, pushing each other to go further with each trick attempt. Mikaili Sol managed to take the lead over his rivals, notching a Slim 5 scoring 9 points, as well as a whopping 315 among his tricks attempts. Rita Arnaus had a spectacular round, scoring 9 points for her powerful heart attack. Karolina Winkowska has pulled off several clean tricks, proving how very experienced she is in competition. His scores, however, weren’t quite enough to catch up with Mika and Rita.
Mikaili finished the round with a spectacular 317, scoring 10 more perfect runs. It was exceptional heat, where she returned to the beach as the 2021 GKA Freestyle World Champion and GKA Freestyle Cumbuco World Cup winner. Another impressive achievement for this young athlete who has a very bright future ahead of her. Rita Arnaus took 2nd place, a great reward for all the hard work and commitment she put into her training this year. Karolina Winkowska took 3rd place on the podium, an unreal return to her first freestyle competition in many years. Nathalie Lambrecht may not have been on the podium, but she rode solid for her very first final and finished this competition in 4th place.
For Mikaili Sol, it is still a title, even if this final was close because Rita could have taken the victory with her last attempt of trick. “I was feeling a little bit of pressure and wasn’t getting the scores I wanted,” Mikaili said. “It all came down to Rita’s last trick, where she didn’t get the score she wanted. From there the pressure was off, so I decided to go out and do a 317, and it was one of the best I’ve ever done in my life. I’m super happy and happy for everything that happened here at this event. ”
“I felt really good,” said Rita. “That’s the most important part for me. I just wanted to do my best and make the most of the final. I didn’t really realize I was so close to Mika until my last trick, when I realized I really had to go for it. I went for a KGB, I missed the pop a bit but I did my best. Mika rides so well, it really inspires me to surpass myself . I hope to beat her one day, not too far! ”
The final results of this event are:
1st Mikaili Sol
2nd Rita Arnaus
3rd Karolina Winkoska
4th Nathalie Lambrecht
Once again, 17-year-old Mikaili Sol wins both the GKA Freestyle Cumbuco World Cup and the 2021 GKA Freestyle World Championship title, and Carlos Mario took the victory today for this event, celebrating with hundreds of fans on the windy shores of Cumbuco. This place is always a spectacular place to end the final event of the season.