The second day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour got off to a smooth start this morning at Kite Beach. The wind was (slightly) more favorable than yesterday, with around 25 knots blowing cross onshore, the swell was coming in a little bigger too.
We ran a Pure Wave format with 14 minute heats, and three minute breaks in-between. Men were riding 7-9m2 kites and women were riding 6-9m2 kites. The sun came out, the crowds were dancing and the riders were excited to get on the water!
The women were not so lucky with the conditions this afternoon, the changing tides turned the waves into tricky mush, pushing the women to work hard for their points, and overall scores were low.
This was not the case for Stella Groschupf DE. The young German impressed the crowds, and had them cheering when she scored 7.0 the highest single point of the day. The last turn on this wave had GKA beach commentator Jo Ciastula jumping out of his seat, and helped Stella win the highest combined score of the day, a solid 12.30. She will face Charlotte Carpentier FR in Round 3 tomorrow. We’re excited to watch these two battle it out in Round 3!
Marcella Witt BR won her heat against local rider Dianira Lopes CV. With smooth links between waves she managed to get some power into her hacks, again it was obvious Marcella’s surfing background gave her that little bit extra needed in today’s conditions, and a respectable 8.60 complete score. Marcella will now face Ines Correia PT in Heat 1 tomorrow.
Another woman who managed to turn the mushy waves to her favour was Susanne Schwarztrauber DE. She beat Julia Castro SP with a complete score of 8.03. Susanne will now face the powerhouse of day one, Peri Roberts AU. We’re sure this will be another great heat to keep and eye out for.
In the women’s division one round of eight heats was completed.