Please select your home edition
Edition
Hyde Sails 2017 Dinghy Show

GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa Day 4: Cozzolino proves mesmeric on a day of difficulty

by Jim Gaunt 5 Jul 18:59 PDT
AIRton - first to rig up, ready to blow up - GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa 2019 © Ydwer van der Heide

On a tricky afternoon of continued light thermal Poniente wind on day four of a six day event window here at the GKA Kite World Cup Tarifa, the men's twin-tip Freestyle got under way after the completion of men's Kite-Surf strapless freestyle round two... in which Airton Cozzolino completely blew us away!

In light winds, the Champion's natural flair takes a little more technical understanding to appreciate than his high wind big air performances. Today, his aim was obvious: to show the world his vision for new school strapless freestyle, and what better stage to do it than on the livestream at a double discipline event, where 40 of the world's best twin-tip Freestylers were waiting on the sidelines to start their competition directly after his heat.

"Sure, he ended up doing more tricks from the same trick family than we'd usually like to see, but his riding was insane today!" Remarked head judge Mallory de la Villemarque. "You could see that he was thinking, 'Hey guys, I can do sick handle-passes too, powered and with my kite low, and I've got no straps.'"

The reigning champion's heat (against Ralph Boelen) was just about as flawless as you could hope to expect in conditions that were hovering around 14 knots. He collected almost three 9s for two backside 3s and a shifty frontside 3, plus another high 8 for a sublimely smooth front roll shuvit within his allotted six scoring tricks. To put this into perspective, the next highest heat score tally by Jan Marcos Riveras was over 8 points less.

That's not to take anything away from anyone else, but there are certain sportsmen and women that are truly capable of inhuman performances. This wasn't just a flash in the pan though, Airton was just doing what Airton can do when he's fired up.

Freestyle

Three heats were completed in the men's single elimination Freestyle division before the wind dropped back too much for fairly contestable conditions. You can find the heat notes on the liveticker on the Freestyle event page..

First possible start tomorrow: 11.30am

Join us here!

For more information visit:

Related Articles

Youth participation program for Foiling Champs
Caribbean event very important for the rise of this incredible sport The justification behind the new kitefoil format is that it represents a broader cross-section of what kitesurfing is today. It is intended to promote interest, excitement and engagement in the sport. Posted on 28 Nov
Lighthouse to Leighton Kiteboard Race preview
Airton Cozzolino-Lopes is confirmed for the 10th annual race Current GKA Kitesurf World Tour World Champion Airton Cozzolino-Lopes is one of a record 150 kiteboarders confirmed for the 10th annual Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race on Saturday 7 December. Posted on 26 Nov
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco - Final wrap
2019 GKA Kite World Tour champions crowned The Superkite Brazil 2019 finished on Saturday, bringing the curtain down on another incredible GKA Kite World Tour season that has seen riders compete in Freestyle (twin-tip) and Kite-Surf disciplines across 13 action packed events. Posted on 25 Nov
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco overall
Sol takes the title as well as the top step in Brazil Already assured of the title, regardless of what happened at this final event of the GKA season, two virtually spotless heats from Mikaili Sol on Saturday afternoon ensured that she would take the world championship title from the top step Posted on 24 Nov
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco day 3
Colombian teen takes the GKA Freestyle World Title! It took three incredible nine point scores and an 8.97 to do it, but 17 year-old Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia claimed his first World Title on Thursday afternoon in Cumbuco at the final GKA Freestyle World Cup event of the season. Posted on 22 Nov
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco day 2
Setting up the men's quarters and women's semis The action on day two (Wednesday) at the final GKA Freestyle World Cup - the Superkite Brazil - saw several hours of action that brought us to the quarter final stages for the men and semis for the women, setting up a titanic battle for Thursday. Posted on 21 Nov
GKA Freestyle World Cup Cumbuco day 1
Brazilians push the world's best 32 men and 11 women registered yesterday (Tuesday) for the final event of the GKA Freestyle season, the Superkite Cumbuco. Posted on 20 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Prea - The End
Champions crowned in Brazil The final event of the GKA Kite-Surf season saw sparks fly on the water as Prea delivered four days of perfect strapless freestyle conditions and sensational action last week. Posted on 18 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Prea overall
Airton and Mikaili are the Ceara Kite Pro Champions! 13 year-old Capuccine Delannoy was the fight-back star of the women's double elimination, coming through four back-to-back heats before being beaten by the already-World Champion Carla Herrera-Oria in the quarter final. Posted on 16 Nov
GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Prea day 2
Mikaili Sol takes breathtaking win... in her first strapless freestyle event! 15-year-old Mikaili Sol decided that, as the Kite-Surf discipline was wrapping up at her home spot in Prea, she'd have nothing to lose by throwing her hat into the ring. Posted on 15 Nov
PandB 2019 Autumn Sale - FooterMarine Resources 2019 - FooterSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 Bottom