Carlos Mario: the 2017 WKL Freestyle champion | Photo: Romantsova/WKL

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya are the 2017 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) champions.

The Brazilians riders dominated the Elite League season held in Leucate (France), Texel (Netherlands), Akyaka (Turkey), El Gouna (Egypt), and Cumbuco (Brazil).

Unfortunately, the wind conditions were mediocre in two or three events, which eventually led to a less competitive world circuit. Nevertheless, it was possible to crown new world champions.

At the beginning of the championship in France, I was worried because I had an injury in my arm and was able to compete but I didn't train beforehand. Nevertheless, I was surprised with my performance," explained Carlos Mario, who won his second world title.

"I really enjoyed the structure of the events and the new format that gives more excitement to the spectators. The use of the live stream changed the real-time disclosure of the sport and, with that, the sport is more recognized."

On the women's side, Bruna Kajiya imposed her experience and secured her third world title. The Brazilian wonder woman is stronger and more creative than ever in her freestyle approach.

"This was my goal, and this is my dream. It's been incredible, and I never dreamed I would get so far. I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, what I have so much passion for, and to be able to do it well and share that with other people is amazing," added Bruna Kajiya.

2017 World Kiteboarding League | Top 3

1. Carlos Mario (BRA)
2. Liam Whaley (ESP)
3. Set Teixeira (BRA)

1. Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
2. Annabel van Westerop (NED)
3. Francesca Bagnoli (ITA)

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