KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 6, 2012: The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw strong side-offshore winds and consistent head high surf today on day 8 of the 10-day holding period. Men’s and women’s round 1 was completed as well as 7 heats of men’s round 2.

KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

In a 10AM rider’s meeting, contest directors officially announced the implementation of the KSP’s alternate “short dingle elimination” ladder. Used for the first time in a KSP competition today, the short dingle elimination was originally designed in conjunction with the riders to reduce competition time to ensure an event result when conditions do not permit the use of the standard double consolidation ladder.

Competition kicked off in the early afternoon with the last remaining heat of men’s round 1, pitting local Maui boy and current KSP World Championship Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) against Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN). With his world title hopes on the line, Mclaughlin prevailed in a nerve-racking, but relatively low scoring heat.

Women’s round 1 saw some hotly contested battles, but no major upsets in the world title race. Local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) continued to impress with the highest heat score total of the women’s competition thus far, a 14.17. Other riders advancing from women’s round 1 included Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) and Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish).

In round 2 of the men, reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino later (ITA, North) nailed the highest heat score of the day with a 15.83 two-wave combined total. Male riders advancing out of round 2 included world number 3 Sebastain Ribeiro (BRA), (CPV, F-One) as well as Guilly Brandao (BRA), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One). Competition was called off for the day falling short of just one heat of men’s round 2.

To see the pictures of the day click here! 

To watch a clip of yesterday’s action click here!

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD)

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)

Heat 2: Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)  

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Ines Correia (POR, RRD)

Mauritius Strong wind and pumping surf continue at One Eye KSP

Le Morne, Mauritius – September 8, 2012: Day 2 of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro got underway today in solid 4 to 6 foot surf (8′ to 12′ faces), strong wind and clearing skies. A total of 20 heats were completed in another action packed day that saw some incredibly narrow victories.

Mauritius Strong wind and pumping surf continue at One Eye KSP

Mauritius Strong wind and pumping surf continue at One Eye KSP

The highlight heat of the day on the men’s side came in heat 2 of round four, which pitted Patri Mclaughlin (USA, North) against Mitu Monteiro (F-One, CPV) against each other. Both riders laid it all on the line, holding nothing back as they pulled into the cleanest barrels of the event. Monteiro emerged the victor with the best barrel of the event thus far, earning him the single highest wave score of the entire competition so far, a 9.8 out of a possible 10.

The women’s competition saw some of the closest scoring heats in KSP history. Milla Ferreira (BRA) narrowly defeated Kari Schibevaag (Ozone, NOR) in their tight scoring round two heat, 12.17 to 12.1. Another close women’s heat came in round four with Jalou Langeree (Naish, NED) defeating reigning KSP World Champion Ines Correia (POR) by a mere 0.01 of a point.

Wave conditions are expected to hold strong through most of the day tomorrow and slowly decrease into the afternoon. With around 6 hours of heats remaining in the competition and a stellar swell on the horizon for next weekend, KSP officials will make the official call at 10AM tomorrow to continue running heats or to hold off in anticipation of bigger surf for the final rounds.

To see the pictures of the day please click: One Eye KSP Day 2 – pictures

If you have not yet seen the Day 1 wrap up clip, you can find it here: One Eye KSP Day 1 – clip

The KSP would like to thank the sponsors of the One Eye Kite Surf Pro; MTPA, St. Regis Hotel, Monster and North Kiteboarding  as well as event partners Emtel, Ion, Adamas, Club Mistral, Le Gall, Enso, Afix, GoPro, Multibox, Habit, Silent Partners, Hydro Energy, St Aubin and media partners Radio One, L’ Express and Equipe.

Tune in to watch all the live action as it unfolds at www.kspworldtour.com/live brought to you by Emtel.

hotographer:  John Bilderback              Rider:  Filippe Ferreira (BRA)

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