What’s long, hard, and sometimes wet? That’s right, the red We Ride Local Incline tube and
quite possibly the most eloquent rail to ever grace the kiteboarding industry. Welcome to the
KPL Sicily course overview.
For the second stop of the 2023 tour, the course consists of a Duotone kicker, Knot Future
corrugated pipes, an entry-level box, and the crown jewel, a pristine, custom-fabricated up-tube
distinguished by the principal contractor as “The Red Beast.” One of the most distinct facets that
naturally accompanies most board-oriented sports, such as snowboarding and skateboarding, is
the commanding visual intrigue that it draws, often curating a scene of intense precision
juxtaposed with minimalistic characteristics. For example, if you have ever gazed down a snow-
blanked park or watched skateboarders meticulously grind down street rails, the visual
presentation of these features is of a relatively fundamental design, which helps draw direct
attention to the rider as opposed to the feature itself. In an effort to grasp these prevalent
standards, for KPL Sicily, the park is largely constructed to illustrate minimalistic beauty as
opposed to large and obscure obstacles. The kicker is carved to perfection, and the red tube
has been referred to by critics worldwide as a “sculpture fit for the gods.” With this constructive
particularity in mind, we hope you, our loyal fans, can continue to enjoy the efforts executed by
the Kite Park League and its riders as we all continue climbing the ladder to stardom.
Updated: May 24
Location: Masala, Italy
Time: 4:31 AM
Welcome to the live update from the KPL event staff and chief editor. As always, it is our
sincerest pleasure to be hosting, and we thank you graciously for tuning in.
What’s better than a sunny day, a warm Mediterranean breeze, an immaculate kite park,
waterfront spectating, and the Duotone Pro Center Sicily? If you guessed “nothing,” then you
are correct. If you guessed otherwise, we advise you to seek psychological consultation because
“nothing” was better than the conditions and the location for the first day of competition here in
Just before noon, the trees began to rustle, indolent flags became erect, and before long, the
park was in the water, kites were in the air, and the event was underway. Of the event’s five
collective heats, all four men’s heats commenced, while the women were given the day to
practice in anticipation of their upcoming final. Thanks to the voted input from each KPL rider,
the park’s obstacle orientation was decided, which included an up-to-flat Knot Future corrugated
pipe, followed consecutively by the red We Ride Local incline rail, dubbed by the principal
contractor as “The Red Beast.”
The event began in chronological order, starting with men’s heat one and finishing with men’s
heat four. After each heat completed their three-line attempts on the Knot Future corrugated
pipe and the We Ride Local incline rail, the heat proceeded directly into the Duotone kicker,
which created a total of four scores (two left-foot-forward scores and two right-foot-forward
scores) that would decide who would continue to the next heats and who would valiantly retire.
As the afternoon sun began to fade behind the mountains of Favignana, so did the wind, which
interfered with the completion of heat three and heat four. However, heat one and heat two were
able to complete their round before the wind vacated, sending the top finishers from each heat,
Ewan Jaspan and KPL rookie Maxime Chabloz, directly into finals. The second and third-place
finishers from these two heats, accompanied by the second and third-place finishers from heats
three and four, will converge in an eight-man semifinal round that will crown two additional riders
that will enter into the final.
While we kiss goodbye to the first day of competition, we will eagerly await tomorrow’s optimistic
forecast, which aims to complete the standings for the initial finalists and the semifinalists.
Arrivederci from day one of competition. Stay healthy, stay blissful, and don’t get burned… More
heat coming out of the oven and straight to your plate tomorrow.
Dearest fans and valued benefactors,
Thank you for joining us for KPL Sicily, the second stop of the Kite Park League tour here in beautiful Marsala, Italy. For the past month, contractors and KPL staff have been hard at work manifesting a park of superb beauty. For those who are joining us for the first time, contestants from around the globe have congregated for the second stop of a three-stop tour that concludes in Brazil this fall. The top ten finishers from both Argentina and Sicily qualify for the Super Final in Brazil that will crown the tour champion. Due to standings from the previous event in Argentina, ten riders have already qualified for the Super Final in Brazil. While some riders will aim to improve or maintain their tour positioning, there is a plethora of new faces being welcomed to the event, which will likely mix up the results and present new podium prospects. Industry phenoms such as Maxime Chabloz, Tom Bridge, and freestyle world champion Gianmaria Coccoluto are all making their KPL debut, introducing a new tier of competitive mastery.
For KPL Sicily, the competitors will be examined strictly by our judges, who will ultimately decide who proceeds into the next round and who gets discharged. In an effort to maintain the prestige and authenticity of the KPL’s longstanding adherence to sincere judging criteria, the KPL is honored to enlist the analytical expertise of Christophe Tack, head judge for KPL Sicily. Along with Christophe, Spanish wakeboard champion Alec Mur will act as the event’s second judge. Together, both Christophe and Alec will work in conjunction to peel back the layers of the contest and determine the event’s victors. For those interested, previous contest results and tour standings are available for analysis on our website.
The KPL would like to share its sincerest gratitude towards Duotone, ION, Duotone Pro Center Sicily, We Ride Local, Xenon Boards, Oasi Guzzetta, and Knotfuture for helping to support and host KPL Sicily. As with any sport that relies entirely on the weather, the first day of the event did not deliver manageable conditions but did allow the riders the opportunity to view the park and devise aspiring strategies. In addition to viewing the park’s features, during registration, riders were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite configuration of the park, a unique characteristic of KPL’s progressive outlook on competition, where each rider and their voice are unequivocally valued. Once votes are tallied, the exact park configuration, along with the heat grouping, will be released publicly.
Sadly, our televised contract was breached due to an unforeseen legal dispute that sought to upend our corporation’s values, jeopardizing the integrity of the KPL’s internal media program. However, our legal team is working to iron out the creases and is making lateral strides to deliver our treasured audience cutting-edge news. Although the programmed stream has been temporarily suspended, for those interested in viewing the contest live, please join us at Sicily’s world-renowned Duotone Pro Center for a front-row seat of the action. Bring your family, friends, and pets, and unwind on the beachfront with a cold beverage, food, and a chance to witness kiteboarding’s most inclusive and veracious discipline. Thank you for tuning into day one of the KPL Sicily. KPL staff, contractors, legal team, media personnel, and chief editor share a sincerest gratitude for joining us for day one of KPL Sicily.
Stay, blessed, stay true and get hyped. More action coming tomorrow.