Welsh kitesurfer, Kirsty Jones is poised to win the Kitesurf World Wave Masters, following a resounding win in Ceara, Brazil in the penultimate round of the Kiteboard Pro World Tour (KPWT) last week.
The victory means Kirsty now leads the Wave World Masters with 3689 points and puts her in prime position to win the world championship; the final of which takes place at the world class wave spot of Moulay, near Essaouira in Morocco from 1st-9th of November 2008.
The conditions in Brazil for the final heat of the women’s wave event were consistent winds blowing side shore at 18 knots with small waves. Kirsty rode on her Flexifoil Ion 3, 8.5m and a Jimmy Lewis and Jof Owen directional surfboard.
‘Its been a long week with 6.30 am skippers meetings every morning and long days in the intense sun with some tough heats against the top girls from all over the world but finally I have achieved what I came here for,’ said Kirsty. ‘I came a week early to train hard and test some new boards in the conditions here and managed to push my riding to another level which gave me the confidence I needed for the competition. I am really excited about the final in Morocco as its one of my favourite countries to kitesurf and there is a good chance that there will be some impressive quality waves to ride there which means the girls will have a chance to show what they can do in bigger waves!’
Upon Kirsty’s return from Brazil she will be spending a few days at home in Wales filming in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park before venturing to Bangladesh on a unique surf trip with photographer and journalist Stuart Butler to explore this mysterious country, its culture, and possibly become the first person to kitesurf the shores of Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. Stay tuned for updates!