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Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Claim the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt Titles

Airton and Carla won the second GKA Kite-Surf World Cup fixture of the season last week in Germany. The third stop kicks off tomorrow in Tarifa! Catch up on how they took the titles here.

On Thursday, after two days of ceaseless competition, Airton Cozzolino and Carla Herrera Oria defended their top place positions from Wednesday’s single elimination finals to win the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt!

They took on all comers in strong onshore conditions, riding in extended 10 minute heats in which competitors were judged for a combination of 60% strapless freestyle and 40% wave riding.

It was a great test of the mixed format discipline, with competitors riding to the conditions and showing what can be done when technical freestyle skill and wave riding ability combine at a high level.

Airton had taken on Mitu in the singles on Wednesday, but today he had to overcome James Carew to hold on to his top spot. Both riders opened up with precision front hand wave riding, absolutely raking into bottom turns and wringing every last hit out of the beach break conditions.

Carew was looking dangerous, hooking into one wave and combining powered hacks with a board-off off the lip and back into the wave. Fresh off the back of beating Mitu to make it to the final, he had the momentum and with a little over two minutes to go he was in the lead and Airton was under threat.

Airton hadn’t stuck a handlepass, but he was channeling so much power into each and every turn and seamlessly integrating strapless freestyle tricks into his wave assaults.

It was tense when the buzzer went, but as the scores came through Airton was announced the winner.. by just 0.27 points. An ultra-tight margin, but it was enough!

Carla Herrera Oria was, frankly, unassailable today. Having already comfortably won the single eliminations, she was able to watch the battle play out beneath her as the other riders in the division vied for a chance to take her on for first place.

When Charlotte Carpentier saw off a challenge from Susi Scwarztrauber, it meant that she’d face Carla for the second time in as many days. Charlotte had a good opportunity in this heat, with more points available than there had been yesterday for wave riding, and she sought out some nice sections in amongst the onshore carnage.

Carla was on another level though. She’s indisputably the top female strapless freestyler right now, but her wave riding has also advanced in recent months.

Today though she linked technical tricks like front roll board-offs with fluid toeside rides and she won the heat by a substantial 23.6 points. That’s a huge margin for a final!

GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP SYLT – MEN
1: Airton Cozzolino (CPV)
2: James Carew (AUS)
3: Mitu Monteiro (CPV)
4: Simon Joosten (BRB)
5: Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM)

GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP SYLT – WOMEN
1: Carla Herrera Oria (ESP)
2: Charlotte Carpentier (FRA)
3: Susanne Schwarztrauber (DEU)
4: Peri Roberts (AUS)
5: Capucine Delannoy (FRA)