Moona and Hugo on Brazilian Podiums

GKA // GWA World Cup in Saquarema, Brazil

Seven of our team riders were just in Brazil to compete and make the most of the great waves of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Saquarema surf spot. The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup and the GWA Wingfoil World Cup were being run in tandem over a 12-day contest window. Although the proper conditions were sometimes fickle and anxiously awaited, both competitions could ultimately run and our riders answered the call.

Copa Kitley GKA Kite-Surf World Cup

Moona Whyte once again dominated this leg of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup, charging through each heat with her effortless yet powerful flowing style, riding backside on the left-handers of this Saquarema break.
She took control of the competition straight out of the gate by scoring 12.50 in her first heat, which ultimately was the highest score of the day. Although the women enjoyed fantastic waves and wind in the first few heats, they faced tricky conditions and flukey breezes as the day wore on.
Moona had already won the tour’s first stop in Cape Verde in March, and clearly showed again why she’s amongst the best kitesurfers in the world.

Copa Kitley GWA Wingfoil World Cup

This Wingfoil World Cup leg in Brazil was the second stop of a slated three in the pure surfing world championship.

The final was finally held on Day 11 and featured a perfect meter-high swell and 15 to 20 knots of wind. Moona left it all out on the water but had to settle for second place this time around after a challenging heat and having to go left. Fellow F-ONE team member Rocio Reigert placed fourth.

The men had to deal with the same struggles in terms of spots and conditions, with most of the heats running on the second to last day of the window. Hugo Marin wasn’t fazed one bit, having to wait nine days between his first and second heat. After putting out strong and steady performances Hugo was relentless in the mini-final, going for wave after wave to claim the third place overall.