The EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour Event marks the start of the 2012 KSP World Tour. This is the second KSP championship tour, and promises to deliver epic wave riding action at the four carefully selected tour stops!
The first leg of the KSP tour sees the world’s best kitesurfers come together at Europe’s kitesurfing mecca, Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal, to battle it out at the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais , which runs from the 1st to the 10th of June 2012.
As always, we will be updating this article with the latest competition results and kitesurfing news from Cascais on a daily basis, so refer back to this page or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to keep up to date with this prestigious kitesurfing event.
Day 1 (1 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 1
The first day of the KSP’s EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour event, saw a lay day due to light winds and small swell.
However, the names of the world’s top kitesurfers were drawn, and the heats were set for the competition in Portugal.
As in the 2011 season, the KSP will be using a “double consolidation” elimination system, which has been specifically developed to give riders a second chance all the way to the quarter finals. With a few high-calibre unseeded riders joining the slate of 2012 KSP tour riders, this elimination ladder will once again deliver a fair chance even to these riders with an unlucky draw.
Also worth mentioning, the KSP announced the start of an online auction of the one-of-a-kind painting: “Azulejos do Mar” by internationally renowned French artist, Sylvain Rata. The auction will benefit The Blue Marine Foundation, a UK-based non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of oceans. Bidding for the online auction is now officially open, and will run through to June 14, 2012 at Charity Buzz.
This is one of four original works by Rata for the KSP, one for each of the World Tour stops.
Day 2 (2 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 2
Due to light and variable wind, contest officials have called another lay day at the EDP Kitesurf Pro in Cascais.
In the meantime, the KSP World Tour riders were gearing up for the competition by surfing the punchy beach break at Guincho Beach where the competition will take place.
Day 3 (3 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 3
Consistent surf and stacked heats made for an exciting first day of competition at the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour event in Portugal.
Riders showcased their world-class skills in side on-shore winds and shoulder- to head-high waves today. Australian Keahi De Aboitiz, 19, 2011 PKRA Wave Tour winner, dominated the second men’s heat with powerful aerial manoeuvres.
“I got pretty lucky during the first 20 seconds of the heat and had a nice wall on takeoff, a couple of nice sections, and then it reformed on the inside and gave me some good sections to hit to maximize my scoring potential,” said De Aboitiz. “I had an air reverse and a fin-bust that felt pretty good.”
Another epic performance came in the forth men’s heat when Mitu Monteiro (Cape Verde), 28, got barrelled on the inside sand bank. The 2008 Kitesurfing World Champion later nailed a frontside air, which helped him secure a 1st place win in his heat. He also earned the highest single-wave score of the day with 8.17 out of 10.
Other heat winners of today included top-scorer Sebastian Ribeiro of Brazil, 19, who was voted “top up-and-comer” at the 2011 Pacasmayo Kite Surf Pro event and scored a total of 14.2 points; Lee Harvey (UK), 34, who placed 10th on the 2011 KSP World Championship Tour; and Gonçalo Gomes of Portugal, 20, 2011 Ocean Spirit Champion. A local favourite, Gomes learned to windsurf at Guincho and earned the loudest cheers from the crowd on the beach at today’s competition. After his win, Gomes’ fans waved the Portuguese flag in his honour.
Video Clip of the Day
Check out the Photos of the day: Photos Day 3
Fading winds compelled contest officials to call the contest after the fifth men’s heat. The next call for the competition will be tomorrow, June 4, at 10 A.M. Portugal time (UTC). To hear the next live call, tune in to the KSP Live Broadcast.
Day 4 (4 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 4
Due to the lack of contestable conditions, and on the heels of a great competition day yesterday, the judges called for a lay day today at the EDP Kite Surf Pro in Cascais.
However, you can catch yesterday’s heats on demand over at Meta Café. Don’t miss the standout performances by top international pro kitesurfers and heat winners Sebastian Ribeiro (Brazil), Keahi De Aboitiz (Australia), Mitu Monteiro (Cape Verde), Lee Harvey (GBR) and Gonzalo Gomes (POR)!
The swell and wind forecast is looking promising for the remainder of the week, and the competition is expected to resume in the next days. So watch this space for all the latest KSP action, brought to you daily!
Day 5 (5 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 5
Due to light winds, contest officials were forced to call another lay day today, day five of the EDP Kite Surf Pro at Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal. The weather forecast is predicting increasing swell and wind as the week progresses.
Riders today took advantage of brief, variable mid-day winds to practice for upcoming heats. Among them was 2011 World Champion, Airton Cozzolino (Cape Verde/North), who warmed up for his showdown against Spanish wave champion, Abel Lago, and American Cameron Biehl.
“I was trying big bottom turns, air reverses, handle passes and air 360s, which I hope to try in my heat,” said Cozzolino. “Abel has competed so many times before and is really good in competition, so the heat will be challenging. I’ve never competed against Cameron, so I don’t know what he has in store but I’m sure it will be good. I really want to advance to go up against Keahi de Aboitiz (Australia/Cabrinha), Mitu Monteiro (Cape Verde/F-One) and Sebastian Ribeiro (Brazil) – competing against them will be difficult and interesting.”
The men’s heat six will kick off the action when the competition gets underway again, with a faceoff between KSP World Championship Tour co-founder Sky Solbach (USA), 2010 Portuguese National Kitesurfing Champion, Nuno “Stru” Figueiredo, and 2011 Danish Wave Champion, Jakob Appel.
As the first of four KSP World Championship Tour events, contest officials are waiting for conditions to improve before resuming Round One of the competition. Event organizers and competitors will meet again tomorrow at 11 A.M. Portugal time (UTC) to evaluate conditions and determine possible start times.
Check back here again for tomorrows KSP World Tour update.
Day 6 (6 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 6
Due to low cloud cover suppressing the wind today at the EDP Kite Surf Pro in Cascais, event officials were forced to call a third consecutive lay day for the competition.
Competitors have been taking advantage of the improved wave conditions to surf and practice for their upcoming heats.
While the competition was on hold, children from the International Preparatory School Carcavelos visited the VIP room today to meet the star pro athletes on the KSP World Championship Tour and learn about kitesurfing. Marciel “Matchu” Lopes Almeida (CPV/North Kiteboarding), Cameron Biehl (USA), and Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One) gave presentations to the group of enthralled kids. Many of the pros signed autographs on the children’s arms, hats and shoes, which the students proudly displayed as badges of honor. The drizzle didn’t dampen their enthusiasm, and the kids also got a kitesurfing demonstration on the beach.
Both the wind and swell have been forecasted to improve significantly tomorrow. A new swell has already begun filling in and is expected to increase into the weekend.
Day 7 (7 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 7
Sadly, officials were forced to call a fourth consecutive lay day today, as the wind remained light and uncontestable throughout the day.
“The swell arrived as forecasted and gave us some nice head-high waves, but the wind never materialized today to run the competition, which was disappointing,” said Kristin Boese, the KSP’s President and Tour Manager. “The wind forecast looks good for tomorrow and the waves will likely remain head-high. We’re hoping that the conditions will allow us to recommence the competition tomorrow.”
Video Clip of the Day
Contest organizers and KSP World Championship Tour riders will reconvene tomorrow morning at 10 A.M. (Portugal time) to evaluate the conditions and determine possible start times for the competition.
Day 8 (8 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 8
The EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour event was finally able to resume again today, as the wind returned to Guincho Beach.
After four consecutive lay days, the event picked up where it left off in the first round of competition with the men’s heat six. With fluid top-to-bottom surfing and by strategically picking his waves, Sky Solbach (USA/North) prevailed over Nuno Figueiredo (POR/Best) and Jakop Appel (DEN). “I just tried to pick my waves wisely in the shifty conditions. The light wind made it difficult, but I’m stoked to make it through to the next round.” said Solbach.
Other round one men’s heat winners include the 2011 KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), and Matchu Almeida (CPV/North). Almeida defeated seasoned competitor Etienne Lhote (FRA/F-One) in a surprise upset. The heat winners of the women’s round one were: Kristin Boese (GER/Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone), Melissa Gil (USA/Cabrinha) and the 2011 KSP World Champion Ines Correira (POR).
With the completion of round one, KSP Officials made the call to run the men’s and women’s heats simultaneously in the interest of saving time and taking advantage of the remaining contestable days.
Men’s round two kicked off with an exciting performance by Guilly Brandao (BRA) who took command of his heat with powerful carves and vertical hacks. He earned 15.06 points, the highest heat total of the event so far. Filippe Ferreira (BRA), Jon Modica (USA/Cabrinha), Paulino Pereira (POR) and Bastien Bollard (FRA/Underground) also won their heats and will advance to round three. The wind backed off during men’s heat fourteen and heat nine of the women’s draw, forcing contest officials to postpone the heats due to less than ideal conditions.
Contest officials were then able to run the whole of women’s round two as conditions improved throughout the afternoon. Winners included: Mlla Ferreira (BRA), Ainhoa Garcia (ESP), Kirsty Jones (GBR/North), and Jalou Langeree (NED/Naish). Langeree showed her true competitive spirit competing with an injury sustained earlier this week.
Conditions allowed the first heat of women’s round three to begin, matching the on-fire Ferreira against sentimental favourite Langeree. Ferreira edged out Langeree to take the win and advance to round four of the ladder.
Check out the Photos of the day: Photos Day 8
Contest officials and riders will meet tomorrow at 10 A.M. (Portugal time) to evaluate the conditions and potential start times for day nine of the competition.
Wrap Up Video
Day 9 (9 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Update 9
Competition officials were forced to call a lay day for day 9, due to light and variable winds, following an exciting day of competition yesterday at the EDP Kite Surf Pro in Cascais.
Yesterday’s non-stop action saw the world’s best kitesurfers battle their way through 17 heats. However, there are 32 remaining heats – 23 in the men’s division and 9 in the women’s division – with tomorrow being the final day of the event.
Contest officials and competitors were disappointed that additional rounds couldn’t be run today. “We still have quite a few heats to get through tomorrow and if the conditions are contestable, we’ll run men’s and women’s heats simultaneously again, which worked out really well yesterday and saves us a lot of time.” said Kristin Boese, KSP’s President and Tour Manager.
If conditions allow for the competition to resume tomorrow, several matchups promise to be thrilling. In the women’s fourth round, two champions will square off: Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone) against nine-time world champion, Kristin Boese (GER/Best). In round four of the men’s division, good friends Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North) and Matchu Almeida (CPV/North), will face-off against each other. The battle between Almeida, an explosive up-and-comer, and Cozzolino, the 2011 KSP World Champion, is expected to be a tight showdown since the two plan to maximize their scoring potential with difficult aerial manoeuvres.
Video Day 9 Webcast
The forecast looks good for tomorrow, the last day of the holding period for the event, and contest officials and riders will meet tomorrow at 10 A.M. (Portugal time) to evaluate the conditions and potential start times for the last day of the competition.
Day 10 (10 June)
EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Wrap Up
The first KSP World championship tour stop for 2012, the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais, came to an end today. This first-ever European tour stop for the KSP saw thirty-six of the world’s best kitesurfers from seventeen nations come together at Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal.
During the ten-day holding period, competitors battled it out on waves up to 2.5 meters high in side-onshore winds, ideal for new-school, progressive aerial maneuvers. Explosive performances were delivered by several riders, including Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), 19, whose fin free hacks and air reverses secured him a first place win in his heat, and Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One), 28, who turned heads with his flowing turns and radical style. Top heat scores of the event included Guilly Brandao (BRA), 31, up-and-comer Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), 19, and Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone), 33.
Although conditions did not allow for the entire elimination ladder to be completed and points to be accrued towards the world ranking, Best Wave Awards were awarded to the riders with the highest single wave scores.
Best Wave Awards Male
- Guilly Brandao (BRA)
- Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One)
- Paulino Perreira (POR)
Best Wave Awards Female
- Kristin Boese (GER/Best)
- Kirsty Jones (GBR/North)
- Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone)
Final Wrap Up Video
The EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais was supported by EDP, the City of Cascais, Best Kiteboarding, Nissan, TMN, MEO, Telepizza and Buondi as well as national media partners RFM and RTP.
The next stop on the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour will be held on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius and will run from September 7th through 16th.
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EDP Kitesurf Pro Cascais Live Web Broadcast
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