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Kiteboarding - 05. March 2020.

GKA Kite World Cup Cape Verde - Day 4

Today we saw all the top seeds hit the water for the quarter finals on day 4 of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup - Cape Verde 2020. Riders were battling it out in tough conditions for a place in the next round.

We’ve had less than ideal conditions yet again for the quarter finals here at Kite Beach, but we’re looking for the best overall rider in the world, and that means being able to score big in mushy waves, not just clean breaks.

The wind had dropped slightly from yesterday, fluctuating between 15-20 knots, riders were opting for bigger kites, and those that under chose struggled, or switched kites mid-heat.

In the first heat of the women’s division, Catharina Edin SE lead over Ines Correia PT until the final three minutes, but patience and local knowledge of the break paid off for the Portugese rider. Ines took the highest scoring wave of the round, a 7.60 and a complete score of 13.17, which takes her into the semi finals, where she will face our Freestyle world champion Mikaili Sol BR.

In the second heat Mikaili took one of the tour’s most experienced riders, Charlotte Carpentier FR, out of the competition and with only a few weeks training in the Kite-Surf discipline. We can’t wait to see how she progresses throughout the 2020 tour! Charlotte had a tough time in the lighter winds, and the youngster took advantage of the situation with a complete score of 9.34. She will face Ines in the semi finals, and this is set to be an exciting heat to watch!

In the forth heat of the day Peri Roberts AU was on fire! With consistent and powerful surfing, she soon pulled ahead of Lilian Malschaert DE. With a 7.13 and a 7.37 Peri took the highest complete score in Round 4 with a whopping 14.50. She now faces reigning world champion Carla Herrera SP in the semi finals. Lilian has been a great example of a female competitor here in Cape Verde, travelling with her young children, she highly recommends the spot as a great destination for active families to visit.

In the last heat of the day Carla had a tough ride against local rider Irati Fonseca CV. The Cape Verdean rode with style, and both women gave it their all in the small waves and light wind. Experience prevailed giving Carla the lead with a complete score of 8.13. She now goes through to face Peri Roberts in the next round, where there is sure to be powerful riding from both women!

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