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GKA Freestyle-Kite World Cup Dunkerque: The Saga Continues

On the penultimate day of the GKA Freestyle-Kite World Cup in Dunkerque, amidst the North Sea’s embrace, we were down to just the men’s semi-finals and final. By this time, the women’s division had seen Brazil’s Bruna Kajiya seize the champion title on the second day.

For the male competitors, the third day witnessed calm winds, making competitions impossible. But the fourth day greeted them with a steady 14 to 15 knots south-westerly breeze, setting the stage for the semi-finals.

The crowd’s eyes were fixed on the standout talents of Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA), Maxime Chabloz (SUI), Arthur Guillebert (FRA), and Carlos Mario Bebe (BRA). As these athletes showcased jaw-dropping opening tricks, an electrifying finale seemed inevitable. But nature had its own plans. The wind unexpectedly slowed, leading to the heat’s suspension.

The final day brought with it anticipation and hopes of wrapping up the contest. Yet, nature’s whims played their part once again, offering no winds, and resulting in a four-way tie. Each athlete shared the top spot, earning 835 points apiece. The suspense surrounding the World Champion Title now thickens, as all eyes turn to the upcoming events in Brazil and Qatar.

Event Highlights

Over the shores of Dunkirk, as the tension mounts:
“Today, it’s all about the men’s division semi-finals and finals. Halfway through the season, who will reign supreme under these westerly 20-knot winds?”

High-flying tricks, incredible maneuvers, moments of triumph, and unforeseen challenges ensue.

“Coccoluto’s kite takes a dip, not the start he wanted.”
“Today’s conditions proved too challenging to conclude the finals.”

Riders share their thoughts:

“The challenging choppy conditions required a smart strategy. Looking forward to Brazil and Qatar!” – Competitor

“The North East Wind on the first day was perfect for freestyle. Disappointed we couldn’t finish, but eager for the next event!” – Competitor

“Despite our hopes, Dunkirk’s skies didn’t favor the men’s final. With a shared podium, the championship race is blown wide open. All eyes now shift to Brazil and Qatar. Until then, from Dunkirk, au revoir!”

Men’s Results:
1st Gianmaria Coccoluto, Duotone (ITA)
1st Maxime Chabloz, F-One (SUI)
1st Arthur Guillebert, Eleveight (FRA)
1st Carlos Mario Bebe, Slingshot (BRA)

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