Four champions crowned at the VKWC Youth Cup 2015

July 2, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Tom Bridge: another trophy in the pocket | Photo: Santi Fonti

Four young talents have been crowned winners of the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) Youth Cup 2015, held in Costa Brava, Spain.

In the final day of competition, all riders had to show their best tricks and maneuvers to convince the judges they were primus inter pares. Conditions were perfect.

In the Boys Under-17 final, Adeuri Corniel landed his usual powerful Back Mobe, Front Blind Mobe, Heart Attack and KGB but could not land his Back Side 317 and 317. Anthar Racca pulled off a perfectly executed Back Side 317 and won the heat by 0.7 points.

"I am so happy I won my first championship here. I felt a little bit nervous before the final against Corniel because I saw him competing today. When I started my heat I crashed two tricks and got really stressed but then I landed a Blind Judge 7 and relaxed a little bit," explained Anthar Racca.

In the Boys Under-15 division, Tom Bridge and Christian Tio gave everything they had. Tio crashed some tricks, and his friend was untouchable by nailing a perfect 10 with a powered and clean Backside 315.

"It feels really good to win this championship for the third time; it is the best year of my life! This is the main competition of the season, but hopefully I will do the trials in Germany and pass them so I could participate in the next VKWC stops," revealed Bridge.

Oscar Pirreneau defeated Karim Mahmoud in the Boys Under-13 final. The French kiteboarder nailed three handle passes in the last seconds, allowing him to secure the title.

"I am super stoked! I didn't know if I had won or not because it took me a while to get into my heat. I have been a bit sick and had not much energy, but at the end it went well. The wind was really steady, so it helped. I was a bit nervous at the beginning but also quite confident and I managed to focus better," expressed Pirreneau.

In the Girls final, Hanna Twarog and Mikaili Rocha clashed for gold. But the young Brazilian kicked off her heat by doing different tricks and securing her score before taking risks. Twarog did her best but could not match Rocha's game.

"It feels very cool because it's the first time I got here, and I didn't really think I would be able to win. I am really happy," concluded Rocha.

Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) Youth Cup 2015 | Champions

Boys Under-17: Anthar Racca (MEX)
Boys Under-15: Tom Bridge (UK)
Boys Under-13: Oscar Pirreneau (FRA)
Girls: Mikaili Rocha (BRA)

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