Liam Whaley: he is ready to claim the world title | Photo: PKRA/Toby Bromwich

Liam Whaley and Gisela Pulido have ignited the PKRA World Tour 2014 by conquering Barra Grande Kiteboarding Grand Slam, in Brazil.

The last day of competition saw riders taking out their largest kites in the first heats. The Women's division would have a Bruna Kajiya versus Gisela Pulido final clash, a rare confrontation in the current season.

Kajiya failed to land many tricks and crashes took place. Pulido, who also wasn't having a fantastic final managed to show enough to take the overall victory. Her world title hopes are alive, but she must win the next two stops in China in order to open champagne.

The Men's final had Youri Zoon up against Liam Whaley. Both riders went out big. Whaley showed tension and failed many standard tricks. Zoon looked confident and sent Whaley into a super final.

In the end, and despite an average heat, it was Whaley who held it together enough to back up his single elimination win. Last but not least, a final word to Felix Martinez, who landed the first ever Hinterberger into a Frontside 720 in the history of the PKRA World Tour.

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