“The density of talent at this event is truly astounding,” says Sky Solbach, KSP’s Vice President, at the beginning of the event. “There won’t be any easy heats. Expect to see really good top-to-bottom surfing and hacks, but what’s going to separate the competition is progressive aerial maneuvers, like air reverses, alley-oops, and air 360s.”
Normally Guincho’s strong winds and powerful beach break guarantee perfect conditions, but lay day after lay day were called where the conditions were not good enough for the entire elimination ladder to be completed nor for the normal points to be accrued towards the world ranking event.
But it was not all doom and gloom. During the ten-day holding period, some reasonable conditions were experienced with waves of up to 2.5 metres and side-onshore winds which were ideal for new-school, progressive aerial manoeuvres.
Explosive performances were delivered by several riders, including Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha), 19, whose fin free hacks and air reverses secured him a first place win in his heat, and Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One), 28, who turned heads with his flowing turns and radical style. Top heat scores of the event included Guilly Brandao (BRA), 31, up-and-comer Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), 19, and Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone), 33.
Guilly Brandao ultimately walked away with top marks in the Best Wave Awards Male and Kristin Boese, Germany, won the Best Wave Awards Female.
There were fun and games too. Pedro Henrique and Matchu had a different experience, they had a fantastic night surf session with Polen’s surfboards.
Boese, KSP’s President and Tour Manager, and a holder of 9 world championship titles, expressed thanks to the city for holding such a professional competition. “KSP wishes to extend our deep gratitude to all the organizers and sponsors of this event, including EDP, the City of Cascais, Best Kiteboarding, Nissan, TMN, MEO, Telepizza and Buondi as well as national media partners RFM and RTP. This event is possible thanks to their support and generosity, which we truly appreciate,” she said.
The next stop of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour will be held on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius and will run from 7th – 16th September.