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Style, technicality, risk, and execution.

After many heats, lots of riding, and diligent judging, the men’s final has been decided. Joining alongside the six prequalified finalists are the top two semifinalists from today, Xander Raith and Nico Gilomen. Unfortunately, due to wind limitations, shortly after the men’s semifinal concluded, the wind filed an absentee ballot and went on holiday for the remainder of the day. In an effort to encourage the very best level of kiteboarding for our Super Final, we did not want to force a situation that may negatively hinder the progression of park riding due to insufficient conditions. As a result, the final has been postponed until the wind reinstates its presence here in this beautiful Brazilian oasis.

Since we were unable to finish the Final today, we figured we would take this opportunity to fill you all in on the particulars that help quantify our judging criteria. For this year’s KPL Super Final, we have employed the masters of analysis and authentic criticism. Thanks to Joachim Bertelsen and Maximilian Gambedotito, our two head judges, we have numbers that reflect both successes, as well as failures, and ultimately, their shrewd analysis determines the tier in which each and every rider is placed.

Regarding judging criteria, the four fundamental characteristics that each rider aims to achieve and the judges assess are style, technicality, risk, and execution. Together, these factors help separate mediocrity from premier . For this event in particular, along with most KPL events, each feature is judged on a scale from zero to ten, where one represents the low end of the spectrum and ten represents the the beast or near perfection. In addition to this scoring format, when features are completed consecutively, the judges introduce what is referred to as a “flow score,” which evaluates a rider's composure between each feature on a scale from zero to five. Ideally, between each feature, the rider does not hook back in, touch the chicken loop, change board directions, adjust the leash, or do anything that might help make the transition from one feature to another easier. Although this may sound trivial, being able to successfully land from one feature and maintain composure into the next can be quite difficult, but if done so correctly, the rider is awarded five points. However, if any of the above are employed during the transition period, the score will become negatively affected by each inaccuracy. With all this being said, for the KPL super final, each rider is awarded four scores, which include their best right-foot kicker, left-foot kicker, right-foot line, and left-foot line. Each kicker is worth ten points, and a perfect combined score from bother would result in 20 points. Because the rails are set up consecutively in pairs of two, the maximum score for the first rail is ten points, and the maximum score for the second rail is also ten points, plus the flow score, which would be a maximum of five additional points. As a result, the maximum score from the right-foot line is 15 points, and the maximum score from the left-foot line is also 15 points. Conclusively, the maximum score a rider could receive would add up to a grand total of 50 points (right-foot kicker 10 + left-foot kicker 10, right-foot line 15 + left-foot line 15 = perfect score 50).

Well, now that you are asleep or are suffering from mental confusion, we shall part ways with an eloquent goodbye gift from yours truly, so take it or leave it.

Relentless howling rouses the seas,

a brash exhale of turbulence

an exile of bliss.

forceful in its presence and sincere in its fury

hellcat against serenity


never tamed

feared by many and loved by some

our greatest ally


As always, thanks for tuning in, and may your day be filled with glory, love, and passion. Tomorrow, we will round their corner on day six and become one step closer to crowning our champions.


KPL Chief Editor


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