King of Maceio event 2016
The freestyle competition was supervised by the legendary Italian freestyler Gigi Le Carrò, always ready and willing to contribute to the growth of freestyle windsurfing. The conditions on the water were perfect: steady wind, 1 meter high waves to jump on starboard tack and enough flat space in between to show tricks, from freestyle sliding single to combo moves and air moves.
The winners final
Giovanni Passani and Gollito Estredo made it into the winners final. The Italian sailed strongly and challenged the Venezuelan with an Air Skopu, Spock Culo and Air Funnel. But Gollito responded with Double Air Culos and Air Chachos winning the final. The 7 times freestyle World Champion was crowned King of Maceiò 2016 at the end of an amazing windy day and one single elimination. Giovanni Passani got second and Yentel Caers finished in 3rd.
The organizers stated: “The King of Maceiò 2016 again showed the importance of this competition, which seems to become an important event for many international pro riders from Europe or other continents and strong local riders. The wind was great again and the 4.2m was the most used sail size during the competition day. Aditionall there was a beautiful super session during sunset. Six finalists had a hard battle for the victory. Even this last session was won by Gollito Estredo with a double Air Culo. The World Champion showed his great skills and great form at the end of the season 2016! A big thanks goes to Omar and Flavio, owners of Kite Zen and organizers of the event, to Gigi Le Carro’, Max Settani, Max Grandi, Henry Macho. Thanks also for the support to Marcolino and Fabrizio Fozzi, who helped to ensure the success of the event. Thanks even to Luca Amadori of the Pousada Windjeri for bringing his athletes to the competition.”