KSP Ireland – Final

Bad luck with the weather on the second stop of the KSP in Achille Island, Ireland. An unfinished sense for the finals…all the male riders ranked 1st! Congrats. Next stop, I’ll enter the contest (and pray hard the winds gods to be calm) to rank 1 at least once in my life ;)

More serioulsly, big up to to Jalou Langeree 1st, Ines Correia 2d, Milla Ferreira 3d and Kirsty Jones 4th and to all the staff.

Straps hunting is over on the KSP. The scratch and neopren endangered species deasappeared of the Tour, giving to strapless riding a total rightfulness to KSP. Strapless is legit !

Achill Island, Ireland – October 28, 2012: The final day of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro got underway before daybreak when the 6am call was made to move the mobile event to an alternate location north of Achill Island. Overhead surf and 30 plus knot winds with intermittent rainsqualls marked the early morning heats.
Men’s round 2 and 3 standouts included Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS,Cabrinha), who threw some of the biggest airs of the entire competition and Matchu Almeida (CPV, North) who cruised through his early round heats with fluid style. On the women’s side Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) and Milla Ferreira (BRA) battled through the middle rounds, eventually meeting in the 3rd place final with Ferreira taking the podium position.
The women’s final saw reigning KSP world champion Ines Correia (POR, RRD) come up against tour rookie and in-form rider of the event Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish). Deteriorating conditions in the late afternoon prevented the final from being completed, forcing Correia and Langeree to share the event title and world ranking points.

Shot by Hugo Valente

Shot by Hugo Valente

Shot by Hugo Valente

Fading conditions halted the men’s competition at round 5, just one heat after attaining an official result for the men’s ladder. When asked about the erratic conditions on offer today, KSP tour rider and current world number 3 Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) said, ”The conditions were super hard out there, but we are here to compete and do our best even if it’s not the perfect dream conditions.”
The remaining 12 men still left in the competition will split equal points in the already hotly contested KSP world title race heading into the 4th and final stop of 2012 in Maui, HI next month.

Male Podium Shot by Hugo Valente
FINAL MENS RESULTS FOR THE AER LINGESKITE SURF PRO
Men’s equal 1st place:
Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)
Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North)
Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD)
Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
Guilly Brandao (BRA)
Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)
Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best)
Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One)
Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
Mauricio Pedreira (BRA)
Matchu Almeida Lopez (CPV, North)
Patri McLaughlin (HI, North)
Female Podium shot by Hugo Valente
FINAL WOMENS RESULTS FOR THE AER LINGESKITE SURF PRO
1st place Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
1st place Ines Correia (POR, RRD)
3rd place Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
4th place Kirsty Jones (GBR, North)

The other pictures of the day are available here.

Staff

Stay tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live for the KSP World Championship Tour Finals at Ho’okipa Beach in Maui, HI from Nov. 29 – Dec. 8.

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KSP Ireland 2012 – Day 4

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Achill Island, Ireland – October 22, 2012: Day 4 Of the Are Lingus Kite Surf Pro was called off today following a 3 hour holding pattern hoping that conditions would become contestable.
“The forecast called for declining swell throughout the day, but we wanted to be on site and ready to roll if and when the conditions became contestable,” said KSP Head Judge Brad Price. “Unfortunately the wind only lasted for a brief period and the swell declined even quicker than anticipated.”
Forecast models and local experts suggest that conditions will improve as the week goes on and that the competition should be able to resume in the coming days.  
The first heat on deck will see Australian phenom Keahi De Aboitiz (Cabrinha) do battle against reigning world champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) and local wildcard Mark Barry (IRL).
A riders meeting will be held tomorrow morning at 10 am following an assessment of conditions. Tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live to watch the morning show and receive all the latest updates.
For the pictures of the day click here!
The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, is sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.

AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)
AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)

KSP Ireland 2012 – Day 3

Achill Island, Ireland – October 21, 2012: Solid 4 foot surf, sunshine and moderate wind graced day 3 of the Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro’s 10 day holding period. Brazilian riders dominated the action as contest directors finished the first 7 heats of men’s round 1.
“This is some of the best that Ireland has to offer”, said local contest organizer Eoin O’Connell. “The waves are pumping, the sun is out and we’re really happy to be able to share it with the best riders in the world.”
Standouts today included Brazilian riders Sebastian Ribeiro, Guilly Brandao and Felippe Ferreira who all scored 14 plus point heat score totals. The on-fire Brandao not only scored the highest single wave, but also the highest heat total of the event so far of 15.9 with his vertical back hand attack in the clean side-offshore wind conditions.
The opening heat of the day saw a highly anticipated rematch of the semi-finals of the second stop of the KSP World Tour in Mauritius between Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD) and current KSP points leader Patri McLaughlin (HI, North).  The young South African took down the tour leader to secure a spot in the 4th round of the event. Mitu Montiero (CPV, F-One) dominated the second heat of the day and yet again established himself as one of the riders to beat on tour this year.
Heat 3 began the Brazilian rampage through the first round that saw the Ribeiro, Brandao, Ferreira as well as Pedro Henrique (BRA, Best) take home a Round 1 victory ensuring a strong presence from Brazil in the later rounds of the event.
Wind speeds were unreliable as heats ran into the afternoon, resulting in delays and heat postponements. Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One) took home the victory in the final seconds of heat number 7 to end the day.
A riders meeting will be held early tomorrow morning to get the event underway as soon as conditions allow. Tune in to www.kspworldtour.com/live at 10:00am Ireland time.
The Aer Lingus Kite Surf Pro 2012, organized by Freeride Ireland, is sponsored by Aer Lingus, ION Essentials, Pure Magic, Hertz, Achill Tourism, Cully & Sully, IKSA, Leader, NDP, EAFRD, SW Mayo Development, DECLG and as well as The Strand Hotel and the Teach Cruachan B&B.
AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Mark Barry (IRL)
AER LINGUS KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Suzanne Kuiper (NED, F-One), Celina Guardati (ARG)
Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), Jade O’Connor (IRL)
Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
Heat 4: Milla Ferreira (BRA), Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Lilian Malschaert (NED)

Here’s the wrap up video of the day 3