KPWT Brazil

What an incredible day for kitesurfing here in Cumbuco! The double elimination was the call for the day and was held on Duro beach. Skippers meeting began at 08h00 and conditions were looking strong for the day.

Wind was averaging 22 knots and the water was quite choppy, but the waves gave the riders a good chance to kick off and perform some high and powerful tricks.

The heats began just before 09h00 and the race director ran 7minute heats, with 3minute transitions.

Antoine Auriol (FRA, KITELOOSE) looked good today and progressed through 3 heats to meet Eli Zarka (ISR, F-ONE), who was looking in top form himself! Zarka progressed to find himself against a determined Ariel Corniel (DOM REP, OZONE) in a super heat, to the delight of the locals on the beach.

Another great heat was Petr Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL), who is sitting on the top of the freestyle rankings and the second place, Leander Vyvey (BEL, JN). This result will play a huge role in the top positions for the freestyle this year and both riders showed why they were there!

Both riders had a great heat, but unfortunately there was only space for one to progress and today it was Leander’s, meeting Tomas Teixeira (BRA, RRD) in the next round.

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Nathan Yeomans

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California witnessed an action packed day of competition when Nathan Yeomans (San Clemente, CA), 28, claimed the event over Heath Joske (Coffs Harbour, AUS), 20, in pumping eight foot (2.5 meter) waves at Steamer Lane. Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), 19, won the Oakley Pro Junior ASP North America Championships and also claimed the ASP North America Pro Junior Series Title.

The O’Neill Cold Water Classic California’s ASP 6-Star PRIME status attracted some of the world’s top surfing prospects out to qualify for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour, who were all hungry to capitalize on the mass of points available at the premier event.

Yeomans wasted no time in the bombing surf at Steamer Lane, jumping on the scoreboard early and leading the heat throughout the entire bout against Joske. The San Clemente native capitalized on the surf at middle peak, ping a solid 15.33 heat total to earn the convincing win. Yeomans dominated on both his forehand and backhand to take the biggest victory of his career.

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Sofia Mulanovich

Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, has taken out the Movistar Peru Classic presented by Rip Curl over reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and two-time defending event winner in Peru, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21.

Event No. 5 of 7 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Movistar Peru Classic culminated in offshore three-to-four foot (1 – 1.5 metre) waves at Lobitos today, and delivered all the drama and action the fans had been waiting for.

Mulanovich, who suffered a horrific wipeout yesterday, was a standout in the hard-fought Final, muscling through one section after another on her backhand, to post an impressive 15.00 out of a possible 20. While the lead would seesaw back and forth between the Peruvian and the Australian, it was ultimately Mulanovich who would come away with the win in front of a raucous crowd on the sand.

“It doesn’t even feel real that this is happening right now,” Mulanovich said. “I have wanted to win this event for so long, and have always been disappointed. To do it here, in front of my friends and family and in good waves at Lobitos is a dream come true. Viva Peru!”

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