Tarifa Strapless Kitesurf Pro: the summary
Poniente, Levante, whatever the wind, Airton Cozzolino has surely sickened some riders during the 2017 Tarifa Strapless Freestyle Pro. The Cape Verdian has performed like never before: a 313 more than perfect (height, speed, technical control, more than precise landing), backloops with an incredible height and full of other tricks…
Tarifa was the first stage of this tour.
For the first time, the competition was opened to female riders who participated in the same heats as the guys (that is also a first). Well, they were only two girls but that’s just a start. This was probably the small spark that will set fire to the feminine freestyle strapless scene. Let’s hope it will do! Carla Herrera and Birgit Bosh threw themselves into the arena of the Valdevaqueros spot but they went all the way in!
Photo : Airton Cozzolino and Matchu Lopes – Ydwer Van Der Heide
Jan Marcos Riveras wasn’t shy too! And Camille Delanoy bought a bye-bye ticket to Keahi de Aboitiz with a double frontroll. Matchu Lopes, the winner of the previous edition, seemed to have forget that he had so many opponents so he rode with the coolest attitude (but was still fully committed into his tricks). And there was Airton… His only slight weakness is to be less efficient in light wind. But with 25 knots, it’s another thing…
The classic intro of an Airton’s heat is five tricks land in one minute to make sure a good base of points, the rest is just extra. And this method proved to be effective until the final.
Photo de une : Airton Cozzolino – Ydwer Van Der Heide