Airton Cozzolino: he won everything in Tarifa | Photo: Van der Heide

Airton Cozzolino stormed the 2017 World Cup Tarifa, in Spain.

The Italian kitesurfer stormed the strapless freestyle event with a double victory in the European capital of wind. And for the finals, the famous Levante wind showed up at 40 knots.

Matchu Lopes wanted to win in Tarifa and kicked off his performance with a convincing double front roll. Cozzolino answered with a stunning crazy horse kite loop.

The showdown continued with both riders going for double front shuvits, 313 handle passes, back rolls and front roll shuvits. In the end, the judges voted for Airton, and the crowd went mental.

"I'm grateful to win here for the third time. Without the Tarifa crowd, this wouldn't be possible. Matchu is a very tough competitor, and I feel the pressure when I compete against him," expressed Airton Cozzolino.

But the Italian kitesurfer born in Sal continued his dominance and defeated Gustavo Arrojo in the big air final. Cozzolino was living a dream, and he deserved it.

2017 GKA Kite Surf World Cup Tarifa | Top 5

1. Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
2. Matchu Lopes (CV/SPN)
3. Paulino Pereira (POR)
4. Jan Marcos Riveras (DR)
5. Ralph Boelen (FRA)
5. Sandro Pisu (ITA)

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