Kite Surf ProBrazilians Dominate Men’s Round One Of The Aer Lingus Ireland

Achill Island, Ireland – October 21, 2012: Solid 4 foot surf, sunshine and moderate wind graced day 3 of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro’s 10 day holding period. Brazilian riders dominated the action as contest directors finished the first 7 heats of men’s round 1.

 Kite Surf ProBrazilians Dominate Men's Round One Of The Aer Lingus

Kite Surf ProBrazilians Dominate Men's Round One Of The Aer Lingus

“This is some of the best that Ireland has to offer”, said local contest organizer Eoin O’Connell. “The waves are pumping, the sun is out and we’re really happy to be able to share it with the best riders in the world.”

Standouts today included Brazilian riders Sebastian Ribeiro, Guilly Brandao and Felippe Ferreira who all scored 14 plus point heat score totals. The on-fire Brandao not only scored the highest single wave, but also the highest heat total of the event so far of 15.9 with his vertical back hand attack in the clean side-offshore wind conditions.

The opening heat of the day saw a highly anticipated rematch of the semi-finals of the second stop of the KSP World Tour in Mauritius between Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD) and current KSP points leader Patri McLaughlin (HI, North). The young South African took down the tour leader to secure a spot in the 4th round of the event. Mitu Montiero (CPV, F-One) dominated the second heat of the day and yet again established himself as one of the riders to beat on tour this year.

Heat 3 began the Brazilian rampage through the first round that saw the Ribeiro, Brandao, Ferreira as well as Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best) take home a Round 1 victory ensuring a strong presence from Brazil in the later rounds of the event.

Wind speeds were unreliable as heats ran into the afternoon, resulting in delays and heat postponements. Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One) took home the victory in the final seconds of heat number 7 to end the day.

A riders meeting will be held early tomorrow morning to get the event underway as soon as conditions allow. Tune in towww.kspworldtour.com/live at 10:00am Ireland time.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, is sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.
AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)

AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Aer Lingus Looks To Commence Tomorrow

Achill Island, Ireland – October 20, 2012: Wind and swell maps are calling for a potentially ideal scenario of strong winds and large surf starting early Sunday morning, day 3 of the 10 day holding period of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland. Preparations are underway for a long day of competition tomorrow.

Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland Looks To Commence Tomorrow

Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland Looks To Commence Tomorrow

“Local riders like Ryan Coote are saying that this is exactly the type of forecast they normally look for,” said KSP live stream commentator Ben Meyer. “We anticipate starting the contest as early as possible tomorrow to take advantage of the expected conditions.”

KSP riders kept busy today at Keel Beach, Achill Island’s most popular kite spot, where a small expression session was held for local media and the public to get a glimpse of what can be expected when the main competition begins. On the men’s side, Matchu Almeida Lopez (CPV, North) took the win with a big un-hooked full rotation 360 over Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North). Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) took the win over fellow female competitors Milla Ferreira (BRA) and Lilian Malschaert (NED) with a big strapless air.

An earlier than usual riders meeting will be held tomorrow morning in hopes of getting the event started without delay. Tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live at 9:30am Ireland time for a first possible start of Men’s Round 1.

 

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.
AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Ryan Coote (IRL)
Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Juan Pablo Diban (CHI), Jakop Appel (DEN)
Heat 3: Mauricio Pedreira (BRA), Lee Harvey (GBR, North), Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best)
Heat 4: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Gonzalo Gomes (POR), Keith McGeown (IRL)
Heat 5: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Cameron Biehl (USA)
Heat 6: Filippe Ferreira (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), Mark Moore (CAN)
Heat 7: Sky Solbach (USA, North), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD),
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)

AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off Achill Island Aer Lingus

Achill Island, Ireland – October 18, 2012: The world’s best kite surfers are on standby for the 3rd stop of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour, the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro, running from October 19 – 29, 2012. 36 riders from 19 countries have come together on Achill Island and are gearing up to face the frigid Atlantic waters on Ireland’s rugged west coast.

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Patri McLaughlin (HI, North), current KSP world number one following his breakout victory at One Eye, looks to retain his tour lead in the cold surf of Ireland. Female frontrunner Ninja Bichler (GER, North) also continues her 2012 world championship campaign following her victory at One Eye in September.

Joining the KSP tour riders will be local wildcards Ryan Coote and Keith McGewon. KSP tour rider Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha) was forced to pull out of the competition at the last minute due to a shoulder injury and will be replaced by local Irish rider Mark Barry. The local female wildcard will be Jade O’Conner. Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One) will replace Ainhoa Garcia (ESP) due to her last minute drop out and tour rider Marie Gautron sustained a broken foot just last week and passes her spot on to Lilian Malschert (NED).

The unique mobile format of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro will be a very exciting one, capable of showcasing each day’s action at the best possible wind and wave locations. Rider’s and crew will be based out of the Pure Magic Lodge on Achill Island, within perfect striking distance of a handful of high-quality spots.

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Kite Surf Pro Ireland Set To Kick Off

Photographer:   Gilles Calvet             Rider:  Kirsty Jones / North

To learn more about the possible event venues, kite surfing in Ireland and the first possible start of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland, tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live at 10am Ireland time tomorrow morning.

The KSP and Freeride are proud to announce their sponsors and local partners for the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, which include Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

Kahului, Hawaii – October 13, 2012: Next up on the KSP world championship tour schedule is Europe’s secret kite surfing jewel and home to some of the planet’s biggest surf, Ireland. Kicking off in less than a week and running from October 19 to 28, the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro will incorporate a unique mobile format, capable of showcasing each day’s action at the choicest of locations on the country’s wild and swell-abundant west coast.

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

KSP Announces Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro Ireland And Fantasy Round #3

Home base for competitors and contest officials will be the Pure Magic Lodge on Achill Island in the county of Mayo. From here, a number of prime wave spots are within close reach. Conditions at each of the spots will be evaluated each morning to select the best possible condtitions for the event.

Local organizer, Kieran Sammon of Freeride, says: “Bringing the KSP tour to the West Coast of Ireland is a win-win situation.  The riders will get to see some of the best conditions in Europe nestled in the beautiful landscape of the West Coast of Ireland and the people of Ireland can showcase the hospitality of the Irish. There is real power behind the heavy swell of the Atlantic, its a force to be reckoned with, challenging the skills of the riders. The craic will be mighty!”.

The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012 the KSP also announces round 3 of the 2012 Fantasy KSP powered by Fantastar.com. Open as of today, the round will remain open until midnight on October 18, 2012 (GMT), just hours before the start of the Irish leg of the tour.

Fantasy KSP enables fans and kitesurfers from around the world to participate in the KSP World Tour by assembling their own dream team of tour riders prior to each world championship tour event and “betting” on them to win awesome prizes. Fantasy KSP is free, fun, and open for all to play.