Isla de Coche crowns Whaley and Winkowska

June 14, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Liam Whaley: going for broke | Photo: VKWC

Liam Whaley and Karolina Winkowska have taken out the second stop on the 2015 Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC), held in Isla de Coche, Venezuela.

The Men's final got underway with winds blowing 18 knots. The Liam Whaley versus Youri Zoon promised an insane show of double handle passes or, as it was announced, a clash of the titans.

Liam came out strong with a "go-for-broke" approach pulling off a massive Front Blind Mobe as soon as the buzzer sounded, followed by his signature grabbed Back Mobe 5. The pressure was at its height as Youri suffered several crashes before he started landing his first moves.

He soon narrowed the gap between them by performing a seldom seen 319 scoring as high as 9,45/10. Current number one finally managed to snatch the win over Youri in an extremely close heat (40.23 vs. 40.08) achieving his second victory of the season.

"I'm so happy with this result. I've been riding in quarterfinals and semi-finals having really good heats. With Youri, we both had a pretty insane one. Apparently it was really close so I'm just stoked to win two events in a row. It's definitely the best year of my life, and I hope I can keep on winning," underlined Whaley.

In the Women's division, Karolina Winkowska set the tone and delivered several strong moves, showcasing her strength and commitment. Bruna Kajiya fought hard, performed powerful manoeuvres, but lacked consistency and could not match Karolina's well-constructed heat.

"It's awesome! It always feels awesome to win. It is what I work for and what I compete for. It's the best thing ever. Bruna is one of my biggest opponents, so I knew I had to go big and try hard tricks because she's a really tough competitor," added Winkowska.

In the Big Air competition, Marc Jacobs flew higher than Kevin Langeree, Reno Romeu and Alex Pastor. "I'm happy with what I did; a Kung Fu pass spin spin spin and five flips with a grab the whole way. For the conditions I think it's pretty good," expressed Jacobs.

In the female category, Gisela Pulido showed no mercy and finally snatched the lead from her contenders by landing a high handle pass rarely seen in girls battles. "You have to work for it and to do all the tricks of the categories; you have to make them as high as you can, and it’s tricky," concluded Pulido.