Gallery “stolen” on Kitesoul magazine Italia 😉
On April 9, to kick off the contest, straps were thrown into the fire in the first heat at Fontanamare. The 8 top riders compete in 7 min heats in front of an international jury, including the Portuguese champion Inês Correia , assessing a total of tricks, style, height, and creativity. The provisional ranking of the first day gives the local Cozzolino in the lead, followed by the Hawaiian Patri McLaughlin and the Californian Patrick Rebstock .
In the heat of Friday 11, held on the beach of La Maddalena, the athletes were fighting in heats singles for 5 minutes each, in which they unsheathed their workhorse in flat water conditions. During the second day of competition were judged on their best trick, that the jury unanimously awarded to McLaughlin , followed by Airton and again Patrick Rebstock .
Adding up the scores of the two matches, here’s the podium Patrick Rebstock in 3rd position, 2nd place Patri and the first Local boy, Airton Cozzolino. Especially pleased with the victory but the total success of the event, Airton thanked the organizers:
“Without them I would not be able to fulfill my dream to challenge the best rider in the world in a race strapless. Now I hope that the discipline begins to spread and practiced all over the world and perhaps be included in the 2020 Olympic Games, why not?”
The ranking is completed by Marciel Lopes Almeida (Cape Verde), Reo Stevens (USA), Francesco Maffei (ITA), Alexander John Karry (USA) and the wild card national Sandro Pisu .
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