Brazilian riders Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya have been crowned the 2016 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) freestyle champions.
The last event of the season got underway in New Caledonia. The Aircalin Kitesurf Pro delivered great conditions, but there were only two world champion titles on offer. And what a year it was for the Brazilian flag.
Carlos Mario fought hard, and sustained attacks from Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. In the final, the kiteboarder from Cauipe landed a heart attack 7, and nearly completed a 3110.
"I don't have words to express my happiness. I won the event, and the world title. I would like to thank God, my family, and sponsors for backing me up. Thank you to all my supporters and fans. Go Brazil!" expressed Carlos Mario.
Bruna Kajiya started strong in the final and landed a perfectly-executed 315, heart attack and KGB. The Brazilian pushed her riding to the limits, and it paid off.
"What a day! First here in New Caledonia with amazing conditions and a fired up heat! In such an important moment I had my people there to support and share it with me. This makes this achievement memorable and so special," added Kajiya.
The 2016 WKL season is over. In 2017, the World Kiteboarding League will be the official tour sanctioned by World Sailing, and it will crown new champions in freestyle and big air.
2016 World Kiteboarding League | Top 3 Freestyle
1. Carlos Mario (BRA)
2. Youri Zoon (NED)
3. Alex Pastor (SPA)
1. Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
2. Hannah Whiteley (GBR)
3. Annabel Van Westerop (ARU)