The blustery North Sea shores of Sylt, Germany set the stage for the electrifying action at the Defender GKA Kite-Surf World Cup 2023. The highly anticipated return to Sylt after a two-year hiatus did not disappoint as the world’s elite kitesurfers battled the gusty conditions for top honors.
Reigning world champion Capucine Delannoy demonstrated resilience and precision, overcoming early setbacks to clinch victory in nail-biting fashion. The 17-year-old French prodigy, who had faced a string of defeats in previous finals, delivered a masterclass in the challenging Sylt conditions.
“I’ve been digging deep over the past few months, fine-tuning my approach and technique,” expressed a visibly emotional Delannoy. “Returning to the podium’s top spot today, especially after the challenges faced, is indescribable.”
Delannoy’s victory propels her back into contention for retaining her world title, especially after her recent losses to rival Moona Whyte in the inaugural kite-surf stops on the Qatar Airways GKA Kite World Tour.
Day Two Highlights
The second day in Sylt necessitated an early start. The unpredictable five-day world cup forecast kept the race director on edge, aiming to utilize any favorable wind conditions.
The men’s heats saw standouts like Airton Cozzolino, Reece Myerscough, and Keanu Merten, but a weakening wind halted proceedings prematurely.
For the women, the day was replete with drama and stunning displays. Even as larger 12m^2 and 15m^2 kites were the order of the day, due to the sporadic wind, the female competitors had to consistently run up the beach between their tacks to stay within the competition box. The conditions notwithstanding, they put on a fantastic spectacle.
In one of the most captivating duels, Italian Sofia Monti faced off against Swiss powerhouse Camille Losserand. Although Monti showcased an impressive array of tricks, Losserand’s superior power and finesse earned her a spot in the finals.
The Final Duel
The final battle between Losserand and Delannoy was nothing short of legendary. Losserand seemed poised for victory, delivering a string of impeccable moves. However, Delannoy, refusing to be counted out, mounted a sensational comeback following a brief wind lull, clinching the title by the thinnest of margins.
“It was insanely close,” Losserand remarked. “I managed some solid moves, but perhaps an extra trick might have tipped the balance in my favor. Nonetheless, it’s a learning curve, and I’m raring to go for the next one.”
Defender GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt 2023 Results:
- Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
- Camille Losserand (SUI)
- Zoe Bazile (FRA)
- Sofia Monti (ITA)