Post subject: Recapping the Second Annual Kite Surf Pro World Championship
Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 3:53 am
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Recapping the Second Annual Kite Surf Pro World Championship Season
Tour Wrap Up Clip Released Featuring World’s Top Kitesurfers
Maui, HI — December 28, 2012: The 2012 KSP World Championship Tour came to an exciting close earlier this month when the 2012 KSP World Champions were crowned at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro on spectacular Maui’s north Shore. In its second season, the KSP Tour traveled to four world-class kitesurfing locations around the globe, displaying the raw talent of the top athletes and the sport at its best.
Showcasing an array of different conditions and riding styles, the KSP World Championship tour Tour kicked off its 2012 season in the side-onshore winds and punchy beach break at Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal, visited the peeling left hander in Le Morne, Mauritius, featured a unique mobile format with different conditions on any given competition day on the West Coast of Ireland and finished off the tour at the high performance right hander of Ho’okipa Beach on Maui, Hawaii.
A dramatic world title showdown took place at the final event of the season when the top 3 frontrunners in the men’s ranking all faltered early in the draw and the door was suddenly left wide open for the lower seeds. Keahi De Aboitiz’s (AUS, Cabrinha) come-from-behind win at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro not only earned him the event title, but also his first ever World Championship title. Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), took runner-up position on the men’s World Championship podium, while 2011 KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) took 3rd.
The women’s title race also came down to the final event of the year and was equally fierce. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish) managed to snatch the title from 2011 KSP World Champion Ines Correia (POR, RRD) while also defeating world title contender and One Eye Kite Surf Pro winner Ninja Bichler (GER, North) to take the 2012 World Championship title. Underdog Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) turned heads and established herself as a future world title contender with a decisive victory at the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro - her first ever world tour event.
Following its mission to promote kite surfing to the masses, the KSP continued their focus on livestream and TV distribution throughout the 2012 season, offering online viewers an enhanced live webcast experience and reaching an unprecedented worldwide audience of nearly 100 Million television viewers. Detailed media reports are available by request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To watch the action packed recap of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour season and to relive all the excitement of this year’s tour, check out the 2012 KSP Wrap-up clip at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGznJFwf-sM
The KSP thanks all its sponsors, partners, crew members, volunteers, promoters and riders that have made the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour another true success and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.
Men: 1st Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) 2nd Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One) 3rd Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North) 4th Patri McLaughlin (HI/North) 5th Guilly Brandao (BRA/Best) 6th Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA/Best) 7th Luke McGillewie (RSA/RRD) 8th Filippe Ferreira (BRA/F-One) 9th Maurico Pedreira (BRA) 10th Etienne Lhote (FRA/F-One) 11th Pedro Henrique (BRA/Best) 12th Matchu Lopes Almeida (CPV/North) 13th Sky Solbach (USA/North) 14th Gonzalo Gomes (POR/Naish) 15th Abel Lago (ESP/RRD) 16th Juan Pablo Diban (CHI) 17th Lee Harvey (GBR/North) 18th Bastien Bollard (FRA) 19th Jakob Appel (DEN) 20th Ryan Coote (IRL/Ozone) 21st Cameron Biehl (USA) 22nd Mark Moore (CAN) 23rd Stephan DeFigueiredo (BRA) 24th Tiago Candelot (BRA) 24th Cruiser Putnam (HI/Cabrinha) 24th Jesse Richman (HI/Naish) 27th Nuno Figueiredo (POR, Best) 27th Paulino Pereira (POR) 30th Juan Ricci (PR) 30th Olivier Sautet (FRA/Naish) 30th Kevin Senn (HI) 34th Mark Barry (IRL) 34th Keith McGeown (IRL) 36th Nans Laviolette (REU) 36th Max Bonieux (MRU) 36th Jerome Bonieux (MRU) 36th Sebastien Schmitt (REU) 36th JC Gallet (MRU)
The KSP (Kite Surf Pro e.V.) is the World Championship Tour of kite surfing, showcasing surfing with a kite at its best in prime conditions around the globe. Each KSP world championship tour event features the world’s top 22 male and 11 female athletes as well as 2 male and 1 female local wild card competitors. In massive waves and strong wind, competitors battle against each other and the elements for the highly coveted KSP World Championship Title. KSP, a non-profit endeavor, is the dedicated professional circuit for competitive kite surfing. The KSP is sanctioned by the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) and governed by ISAF (International Sailing Federation).
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