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World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:11 pm

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World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions


The spectacular spot of Duro Beach was the ideal setting this evening to crown our new World Champions! After patiently waiting for an improvement in wind conditions, the competition was finalized today, and the Champions were crowned in front of the crowds in Cumbuco.

The overall results for 2017 are as follows:

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1st Place - Carlos Mario - Brazil

What an amazing season it has been for Carlos Mario! After a tough start in Leucate, and dealing with a slight injury, Mario started the season with 2nd place. He went on in Egypt to give us an outstanding final, with the highest heat scores the WKL has ever seen. Carlos Mario has pushed the bar to its highest, and he just keeps going further. Delighted to be winning his 2nd World Title, he had the following to say about his 2017 season:

"At the beginning of the championship which was in France I worried because I had an injury in my arm and was able to compete but I did not train beforehand, and I was surprised with my performance. Texel and Turkey were important for me to see new places to practice kitesurfing and make new friends. Egypt is a special place for me where my performance is always great. At this stop I was very well trained and the heats were historical for all lovers of kiteboarding, so I will consider this moment unforgettable for the rest of my life. I really liked the structure of the events, the new format of the riders dispute in the water that gives more excitement to the spectators. The use of live stream of rounds and points has changed the real-time disclosure of the sport and with that the sport is more recognized. The Brazilian stop is special for me because it is at home and I wanted to give fans of the sport more of a historical background. It was not possible because the main actor, the wind, did not show up! I know how difficult it is to organize such an event in Brazil and we have done our best. I thank the organization of Brazil, the WKL , the riders, my family and all the people and this title I offer in special to my mentor Maurício Abreu and all of Slingshot Kite. Now it is my dream that for 2018 everyone will unite in freestyle kiteboarding. Happy new year in 2018." Carlos Mario - 2017 World Champion

2nd Place - Liam Whaley - Spain

Liam Whaley had an exceptional start to the season, taking the win at our first event in Leucate, France. He has battled through several injuries that made it hard for him to train as much as he really wanted to, but he still managed to perform exceptionally well at each event. He finished 4th at our last event in Egypt, and takes a well deserved 2nd place overall for 2017.

"I'm so happy to finish the season in 2nd place. It's been amazing competing against these guys. Im looking forward to 2018 and competing again. Thanks to all of my sponsors and family for their support." Liam Whaley

3rd Place - Set Teixeira - Brazil

It has been a fantastic year for Brazilian rider Set Teixeira, who commenced with a 3rd place podium finish in Leucate. He continued riding the rest of the year with determination, and managed to constantly achieve good results, improving on his riding with each heat. This year he achieves his best ever result, 3rd place overall for 2017.

"I’m feeling very good after my best year in the tour, getting a proud result for myself. My training days in the water and in the gym, working with good people that are involved with kiteboarding is important for my athlete career. I’m always grateful to my sponsors for the support making my objectives possible! My main objective is always do better every year with my projects. Training for the tour next year and i will work with more people that will make my year a huge one! Thanks to the wkl tour and all the people that are involved in making our tour better every year! My objective is always do better every year with my projects. Training for the tour next year and i will work with more people that will make my year a huge one! Thanks to the WKL tour and all the people that are involved in making our tour better every year!" Set Teixeira

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Women:

1st Place - Bruna Kajiya - Brazil

A third World Title for the incredibly talented Bruna Kajiya! What a season she has had. Each event saw Kajiya riding with even more confidence, performing incredible tricks with power and determination. This has catapulted her to the top of the rankings, and she is delighted to be winning this 2017 World Title in her home country, Brazil.

"I am so happy winning my third World Title. It's been incredible, and I never dreamed I would get so far. I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, what I have so much passion for, and to be able to do it well and share that with other people is amazing." Bruna Kajiya - 2017 World Champion

2nd Place - Annabel van Westerop - Netherlands

Annabel van Westerop has had an outstanding season, and managed to achieve her best overall result ever, even while facing the difficult task of studying at university while competing. Van Westerop finished 2nd in Leucate at the first event of the year, and 3rd place in both Akyaka and El Gouna. She is delighted to complete 2017 with such a high ranking, and will be back next season for more!

"Finishing 2nd in the World.... words can't explain how grateful I am. Competing the past few years has been such a special journey and I can't believe I have been able to make such an improvement again this year, making it from 3rd place last year, to 2nd this year! It is more challenging than ever to do well and this motivates me even more to keep stepping it up and make my dreams come true." Annabel van Westerop

3rd Place - Francesca Bagnoli - Italy

2017 has been incredible for Bagnoli, after she managed to qualify for the Elite League after our first event in Leucate. This is her first year competing full-time and she has showed some amazing progress and talent. Several podium finishes have led her to achieve 3rd place overall for 2017. We are looking forward to seeing plenty more from this young Italian rider!

"This is was an awesome year for me. I’ve always dreamt to be one of the top riders in the world and finally, after all the training and sacrifices, my dream came true. I still cannot believe that I’m sharing the podium with 2 amazing girls and strong riders as Bruna and Annabel. I didn’t expect that from my first year in the elite league but all the hard work paid off. Thanks to that result next year I’m still able to compete in the elite league and I’m even more motivated to improve my riding and do better in competition." Francesca Bagnoli

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The World Kiteboarding League would like to thank all of the athletes, organization, crew and kiteboarding fans who have supported us throughout this 2017 season! We are looking forward to bringing you more incredible events, top quality live-stream, and plenty more action in 2018!

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby edt » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:23 pm

So wait a second. I heard there was no wind yesterday so they couldn't do the final heats for Duro Beach. Is that right? Seems a shame because they could have run the first heats on registration day which had plenty of wind, instead of waiting and getting skunked. So the heats they did get in for brazil got thrown out right? Sucks to get skunked at such a windy place, but I guess there was no way to hold it over for another few days.

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby MrWolf » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:30 am

edt wrote:
Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:23 pm
So wait a second. I heard there was no wind yesterday so they couldn't do the final heats for Duro Beach. Is that right? Seems a shame because they could have run the first heats on registration day which had plenty of wind, instead of waiting and getting skunked. So the heats they did get in for brazil got thrown out right? Sucks to get skunked at such a windy place, but I guess there was no way to hold it over for another few days.
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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:15 am

Yes, no wind. We never had 5 days in the row with no wind in December. 1-2 days ok, but not 5. Very unusual. Can't have worse luck for the competition.

It was a nice setup and a lot of work and money involved. Everyone is really sad about this.

So the ranking is the one after the last event in El Gouna, since there was no result in Brazil.

You can't expect to start the competition on a registration day. But, they could have started at 8:00 on first day instead of 12:30....lost a lot of time there...since we knew the forecast and it is normally correct...but still, they would not have been able to finish it.

Just sad.

But congratulations to the winners, they are the best anyway.

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby edt » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:31 pm

Toby wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:15 am

You can't expect to start the competition on a registration day. But, they could have started at 8:00 on first day instead of 12:30....lost a lot of time there...since we knew the forecast and it is normally correct...but still, they would not have been able to finish it.
tks Toby. I was curious how often you got skunked there. So there was really nothing you could do even if they started 8am on the first day. Sucks!

You can get skunked anywhere I know that's true.

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby Toby » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:35 pm

Sure, happens to many events.
Look at KOTA...2 weeks waiting for good conditions and finished on last day.

Look today...and forecast is the same for the next 10 days...

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby Jbrook » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:49 pm

Seems like more contests didnt run then ran kinda sad. They need longer waiting periods to really see who wins but really looks like Carlos Mario is pretty hard to beat.

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Re: World Kiteboarding League - Introducing our 2017 World Champions

Postby Toby » Mon Dec 25, 2017 2:10 pm

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