Bruna Vice-Champ x2!
Congratulations to Bruna Kajiya for claiming runner-up spot in both the Freestyle and Kite-Surf disciplines at the Copa Kitley GKA World Cup event in Taiba, Brazil.
Kesiane Rodriguez (BRA) 7.70 V Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 7.64
With over a decade at the top of a technical discipline like Freestyle, Bruna Kajiya called on her world title winning experience to beat tour chargers Marcella Witt and Camille Losserand on her way to the final.
Kajiya was clearly enjoying stepping into the kite-surf discipline and was improving with every heat.
The final brought a big effort from both riders as they chased the best swells to the corner of the competition zone and then powered up their legs for gruelling sprints back upwind.
Mid-heat …Bruna found the heat’s best wave and hopped ahead of Kesiane on points.
But the fightback was relentless and Kesiane retook the lead in the final moments.
Crowned as the event champion, Kesiane had shown the most fluid, connected and vertical approach all event.
Kesiane took victory by just 0.06 points in the end and both women were obviously overtaken by the thrill of a home nations final.
While this may not have been an epic final in terms of wave quality, there was no shortage of Brazilian heart and desire.
1 Kesiane Rodriguez (BRA)
2 Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
3 Capucine Delannoy (FRA)
4 Camille Losserand (SUI)
Congratulations also to Capucine Delannoy, for a podium finish AND the 2022 Kite-Surf World Championship Title at Taiba!
Words: Jim Gaunt
Photos: Svetlana Romantsova
Cameras: Julien Leleu & Diogo Cardoso
Video edits: Carlos Ortola