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KSP World Champs Crowned at Ho'okipa

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui kicked off in full throttle earlier this week. Some of the world’s best riders descended upon Ho'okipa to showcase their skills and battle for the KSP world title. And it was an epic event.

All of the riders performed great, putting a smile on the audience’s face. The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro finals were held in epic Ho’okipa conditions. Reigning KSP World Champion Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) met local Maui hero Kai Lenny (HI) in epic conditions in the finals. Keahi managed to defeat Kai and claim the title, but it was a close call. It suffices to say that no one on the beach knew who had won the heat until the prize giving ceremony.

The woman’s final brought the highly anticipated rematch between Moona Whyte and Jalou Langeree onto the stage. Both girls were great, but in the end, Whyte defeated Langeree to defend her title and claim the 2013 Women’s World Championship title.

At the end Keahi said: “I was really stoked to take the win for the second year in a row. I couldn’t be happier, really. We had some really fun waves and I had a great time out there.” And Moona added: “It was really close in the final against Jalou and it could have gone either way, but I’m stoked it went my way.”

Pete Cabrinha (USA/Cabrinha), Robby Naish (USA), Flash Austin (USA), Elliot Leboe (USA/Cabrinha), Alex Aguera (HI/Ozone) and Brett Lickle (USA/Cabrinha) staged a heat of legendary proportions between the semi finals and finals to spice up the atmosphere. Following the KSP World Championship, 12 invited male and 3 female riders competed in the Xensr Big Air Invitational. The Xensr Big Air Invitational final was won by Jon McCabe (Hi/Ozone). The highest jump of the day, however, belonged to Shawn Richman (HI) with a height of 45.42 feet. The women’s Big Air was won by Jalou Langeree (NED).

The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui was an awesome event and it will be remembered for a long time. You can check out the final day highlights in the video below.