Bringing the first of three KSP Kite Surfing World Tour stops to a close, today concluded the One Eye Pro.
With an 11-foot swell at 17 seconds forecast for the day, the day started off with a Local’s Expression Session for the resident riders. KSP competitors and staff watched from the judge’s tower, cheering on the 17 locals during the hour-long heat. Laurent Le Bolloch (MRU/Le Gall/North) won the event by showcasing excellent top-to-bottom riding on the 10- to 15-foot-plus wave faces.
One last expression session for the pros followed — the Super Session. Given the variable wind conditions, most of the KSP riders were unable to make it out to the One Eye break. However, reigning Kite Surfing World Champion Guilly Brandao (Brazil) hit the water early and scored the entire stage to himself.
Putting on a mind-blowing show, Brandao demonstrated why he is a top contender for the 2011 World Championship Kite Surfing title. When one of the biggest sets of the entire KSP One Eye Pro rolled in, Brandao positioned himself on a 20-plus-foot set wave. As he dropped into the bomb Brandao ditched his kite and surfed the wave all the way through to the channel. Once his kite was retrieved by the Coast Guard Brandao went on to pull into, hands down, the biggest barrel of the entire tour stop. Needless to say, the uncontested Brazilian won the Super Session.
As the conditions later stabilized, a pack of KSP riders joined Brandao on the water for a final photo shoot in the massive 15- to 20-foot waves. The awards ceremony took place later in the evening and a beachside party followed. Please find the full list of results of the 2011 Mauritius One Eye Pro below.