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Dakhla: Brazil’s Pedro Matos wins his first event, and the USA’s Moona Whyte wins another one

  • Brazil’s Pedro Matos lands first event victory in stellar final in Morocco
  • Moona Whyte untouchable as she wins third Kite-Surf event of season
  • The ultimate stop of the Kite-Surf discipline will be hosted in Brazil from November 14th to 18th

Day six of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Dakhla held the prospect of a mouthwatering showdown between the first and second seeds, Airton Cozzolino (ITA) and Matchu Lopes (ESP). The two met earlier than expected after Cozzolino lost an opening heat. It meant that the loser between the two would finish ninth and likely damage their world title chances. Both athletes came out charging, but it was Cozzolino who took the win, and after this event in Dakhla, he is still leading the rankings.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s Pedro Matos landed his first event victory at the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Dakhla, Morocco, after a tense final against the Frenchman Clement Roseyro that he won by the finest of margins at dusk.

The young athlete charged through his heats, earning some of the highest wave scores in the competition as he dispatched some of the biggest names to take home the prize—realizing his dream.

“I know my whole family is watching, and I have no words,” said Matos. “I can’t really believe this is happening. But my family knows how much I wanted this. I was like, ‘I’m going to win this first event. My god.’ Everything came together, and it was a dream come true being here.”

On the women’s side, it all came down to a final between Moona Whyte (USA) and Capucine Delannoy (FRA).

But the US’s Moona Whyte was a class apart, chalking up the highest scores of the whole competition to take the win in Dakhla. It was her second victory in a few days after she won in the double-header event, the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Dakhla, which ran simultaneously.

“It was so much fun out there,” said Whyte, moments after she came ashore. “The waves were firing, and the wind was strong. Super-long rides. It’s crazy to win both disciplines. I can’t really believe it happened. I’m so happy right now. Honestly, I was focused on the kite event more than the wingfoil.”

1 Pedro Matos (BRA)
2 Clément Roseyro (FRA)
3 Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
4 Matt Maxwell (RSA)

1 Moona Whyte (USA)
2 Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
3 Zoe Bazile (FRA)
4 Camille Losserand (SUI)

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