EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais: great waves, weak winds

The wind failed to appear in the dying moments of the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais, the first ever European tour stop of the 2012 KSP wave kitesurfing season.

Thirty six of the world's top kite surfers from seventeen nations came together at Guincho Beach in Cascais, Portugal, but the during the ten-day waiting period, competitors only had a few opportunities to enjoy 2.5 meters high waves in side-to-onshore wind conditions.

Although conditions did not allow for the entire elimination ladder to be completed and points to be distributed for the world ranking, the "Best Wave Awards" were delivered to the riders with the highest single wave scores. Guilly Brandao and Kristin Boese took the prizes.

Explosive performances were delivered by several riders, including Keahi De Aboitiz, whose fin free hacks and air reverses secured him a first place win in his heat.

Mitu Monteiro turned heads with his flowing turns and radical style. Top heat scores of the event included Guilly Brandao, up-and-comer Sebastian Ribeiro and Kari Schibevaag.

The next stop of the 2012 KSP World Championship Tour will be held on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius from September 7th-16th.

Best Wave Awards (Male):
1.Guilly Brandao (BRA)
2.Mitu Monteiro (CPV/F-One)
3.Paulino Perreira (POR)

Best Wave Awards (Female):
1.Kristin Boese (GER/Best)
2.Kirsty Jones (GBR/North)
3.Kari Schibevaag (NOR/Ozone)