Huge Congratulations to Keahi and Moona for taking the 2013 World Championship Kite Surf Titles! The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro was a huge success thanks to all the riders that participated, and the hard work and organization of the KSP World Tour volunteers lead by Kristin Boese.
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui opened with a traditional Hawaiian Blessing at Ho'okipa Beach bringing tour riders, local riders, crew members and sponsors together. The ceremony started off with opening remarks from Maui's Mayor Arakawa and continued with Hawaiian chanting, dancing and the gift of leis.
Following the beautiful ceremony at stunning Ho'okipa Beach, the first riders' meeting was held by Contest Director Bruno De Wannemaeker. During the meeting, the draw for the qualification round as well as the seeding for the main event were assembled.
Due to the lack of wind a lay day was called for the day.
Day 3 saw light northerly winds give way to returning easterly trades for the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui. The qualification rounds and round 1 of the men's main event were run in head high surf and 15-18 knots of breeze.
"With the trades back, Ho'okipa delivered today. The riders were stoked with the wind and wave conditions" said KSP live stream commentator Ben Meyer, "we were able to complete the qualification round as well as the entire men's first round of the main event with the conditions looking favorable to complete the men's and women's championship in the next few days."
Advancing from the morning's qualification rounds were Jesse Richman (HI), Jeremy Lentz (FRA, F-One), Rafal Maleszyk (POL), Kai Lenny (HI), Tiago Candelot (BRA) and Devin Moody (HI, North).
The highest two-wave heat score of the men's main event belonged to defending World Champion Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) with a 14.83. Local Maui newcomer Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) surprised with the second highest heat score of the day (14.37) with a blazing back-hand attack at his local spot. 2011 KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) battled with fellow countryman Matchu Almeida (CPV, North) to advance on to round 2. Other standouts included Mitu Monteiro (CBV, F-One), Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) and local boy Patri McLaughlin (HI, North). Kai Lenny (HI), fresh off his recent SUP World Championship victory in France, displayed powerful and fluid surfing, establishing himself as a serious contender for the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui.
Women's heat 1 of round 1 was started late in the afternoon, but abandoned due to deteriorating wind conditions. When competition resumes, women's round one will be first on deck
The fourth day of the ten day holding period started with strong winds and medium size surf for the beginning of the women's main event. The first heat of round 1 for the women - which had been canceled yesterday afternoon - started an action packed day for all of the riders.
"The waves were really fun today -- the conditions lined up for a great day of competition" said highest heat score of the day rider Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) "I'm really looking forward to the quarter finals tomorrow and riding Ho'okipa in what looks to be epic conditions."
Also joining Ribeiro in the quarter finals are Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One), Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Keahi Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), Paulino Perreira (POR/Cabrinha), Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Pedro Henrique (BRA), Kai Lenny (HI) and Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) continuing his amazing run in the event as the Cabrinha wild card.
On the women side, the quarterfinal ladder includes defending event champion Moona Whyte (HI/Cabrinha) as well as defending world champion Jalou Langeree (NED) along side Skylar Lickle (HI), Ines Correia (POR/RRD), Kristin Boese (GER), Milla Ferreira (BRA/F-One), Kalia Agueira (HI), Suzanne Kuiper (NED/F-One).
Continuing previous years' performance, Moona Whyte and Jalou Langeree showed outstanding rides battling for the next round.
The fifth and final day of the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui kicked off with blasting trade winds and overhead surf. Men's and Women's champions were crowned today on Maui's north shore following an intense day of competition.
The women's quarterfinalists were up first in a building northwest swell and solid trade winds. Advancing into the semi-finals were Moona Whyte (HI/Cabrinha), Ines Correia (POR/RRD), Jalou Langeree (NED) and Milla Ferreira (BRA/F-One). Whyte and Langeree went on to dominate their semi-final heats to set up an epic re-match of last year's world tour finals.
Surviving the quarterfinal rounds on the men's side were Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North), Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), Kai Lenny (HI) and Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA). Cozzolino and DeAboitiz battled in the first semifinal with DeAboitiz keeping his world championship dreams alive by narrowly defeating the young Italian. In the second semifinal, Maui local Kai Lenny bested an on-fire Ribeiro with his consistent and committed riding.
Between the semi finals and finals of the world championships a heat of legendary proportions was run. Pete Cabrinha (USA/Cabrinha), Robby Naish (USA), Flash Austin (USA), Elliot Leboe (USA/Cabrinha), Alex Aguera (HI/Ozone) and Brett Lickle (USA/Cabrinha) hit the water in a showcase featuring the founding pioneers of the sport on Maui. A huge crowd lined the shore to witness the 20-minute super-heat featuring the heroes of the sport.
"It was fun to get out there in a heat with a select few guys who have been instrumental in the development and progression of the sport of kiteboarding on Maui", said Pete Cabrinha. "We all had a blast out there."
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro finals were held in epic Ho'okipa conditions. On the men's side, reigning KSP World Champion Keahi DeAboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha) met local Maui hero Kai Lenny (HI) to determine who would be the 2013 KSP World Champion. By the time the final horn sounded, no one on the beach knew who had won the heat. It wasn't until the prize giving ceremony that De Aboitiz learned that he had successfully defended his world title narrowly defeating the young Hawaiian.
"I was really stoked to take the win for the second year in a row," said DeAboitiz. "I couldn't be happier, really. We had some really fun waves and I had a great time out there."
The women's final was contested in equally epic surf and the highly anticipated rematch between Whyte and Langeree was a battle for the ages. Both riders were powerful and fluid but in the end, Whyte defeated Langeree to defend her title here at Ho'okipa and claim the 2013 World Championship title.
"It was really close in the final against Jalou and it could have gone either way, but I'm stoked it went my way," said new KSP World Champion Whyte.
Following the KSP world championship finals the focus shifted to the Xensr Big Air Invitational. The 12 invited male and 3 female riders were sent out on the water with a gps based Xensr measuring device that measures the hight of each riders jumps to within 3mm. The Xensr Big Air Invitational final was won by Jon McCabe (Hi/Ozone) over Jesse Richman (HI) in second and Charles Edwards (HI/North) in third. 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) over second place finisher Raquel Lima (HI) with Skylar Lickle (HI/Cabrinha) in third.
Wrapping up the final day's action were the men's and women's finals of the Kama'aina Throwdown. Rafal Malezyk took top spot in the Kama'aina men's division over second place Garfield King with Wes Anderson in third. In the women's division it was youngster Skylar Lickle taking the win with Michelle Crompton in second and Tatiana Howard in third place.
The Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro is supported by Cabrinha Kites, the County Of Maui, ION, Xensr, HEVN, Maui Solar Project, Hotel Wailea, Bluesmiths Clothing, Tramontana Grafixx, FinallyPainFree.com, Adventure Sports Maui, Courtyard Marriott, Second Wind Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Strini Art Glass, Wholefoods Maui, MKC, Bob's Dogs of Maui, Boardriding Maui, Mana Foods and Kitefinder.
To learn more about the event visit kspworldtour.com