Carlos Mario: unbeatable | Photo: Romantsova/WKC

Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol claimed the first event of the 2018 World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC), in Akyaka, Turkey.

The freestyle kiteboarding tour is now sanctioned by World Sailing via Global Kitesports Association (GKA). The inaugural season will feature three stops.

The men's final had four riders aged under 20 years old, who put out a spectacular display of creativity and technicality, punctuated by a broad range of new and old school tricks and maneuvers.

Carlos Mario continues to be kiteboarder to beat in these conditions. The three-time Brazilian world champion unrolled his talent by landing a heart attack 7, a KGB7, and a double hinterberger mobe 7.

"I am thrilled to have won the first WKC in Turkey. I had good results, even with a little bit of pain in my arm during heats," expressed Mario.

The women's final confirmed the superiority of Mikaili Sol. She may be just 13, but she performs like a veteran. The Brazilian trickster had a dream run in Akyaka and kicks off the season in grand style.

"It feels amazing. I wasn't expecting this. I just wanted to get into the top three, but I guess I won. The girls did really well, too," concluded Sol.

The inaugural 2018 World Kiteboarding Championships are now heading to Dakhla, in Morocco.

WKC Akyaka 2018 | Results

1. Carlos Mario
2. Adeuri Corniel
3. Maxime Chabloz
4. Valentin Rodriguez

1. Mikaili Sol
2. Paula Novotna
3. Francesca Bagnoli
4. Claudia Leon

Top Stories

Kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut in Paris 2024. Here is everything you must know about the event and the qualified athletes.

In an electrifying display of kiteboarding prowess, 19-year-old Italian Andrea Principi has been crowned the champion of the prestigious Red Bull King of the Air competition, held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Patri McLaughlin set a new Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever kitesurfed.