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Kiteboarding - 28. June 2019.

Carla retains the top spot to win the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt

Carla Herrera Oria was, frankly, unassailable today. Having already comfortably won the single eliminations, she was able to watch the battle play out beneath her as the other riders in the division vied for a chance to take her on for first place. 

When Charlotte Carpentier saw off a challenge from Susi Scwarztrauber, it meant that she'd face Carla for the second time in as many days. Charlotte had a good opportunity in this heat, with more points available than there had been yesterday for wave riding, and she sought out some nice sections in amongst the onshore carnage.

Carla was on another level though. She's indisputably the top female strapless freestyler right now, but her wave riding has also advanced in recent months.

Today though she linked technical tricks like front roll board-offs with fluid toeside rides and she won the heat by a substantial 23.6 points. That's a huge margin for a final!

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt - Carla Herrera Oria
Carla crushes the competition

The battle for third

Elsewhere in the women's division, some spirited exchanges happened as the riders fought for third place. Susi Schwarztrauber overcame an equipment failure early in her heat to beat Peri Roberts, who was posting some of the highest wave riding scores of the day in the women's division.

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt - Susanne Schwarztrauber
Susi was justifiably stoked with third place today

Aussie rider Peri actually had the top single score in that heat for a solid opening ride, but she struggled to find another hittable section after that while Susi opted for smaller hits (and more of them) to edge past on points. 

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt - Peri Roberts
Peri Roberts racked up rides on both tacks in the Sylt shore break

Peri did manage to retain fourth though in the face of a challenge from talented young rider Capucine Delannoy. Other than Carla, Capucine (who's only 14 years-old) displayed the highest strapless freestyle level of all the women today and was the only other rider landing rotations. 

With a bit more experience in competition and in the waves, she'll be one to watch! 

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt - Capucine Delannoy
The younger Delannoy eyes her landing

FINAL RESULTS

WOMEN

1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)

2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)

3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU)

4: Peri Roberts (AUS)

5: Capucine Delannoy (FRA)

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