On the first day of the Gran Canaria Air Battle Festival, Fuerteventura’s Ancor Sosa emerged victorious in all 5 Wingfoil Freefly-Slalom heats, as well as in the Surf-Freestyle category. In the Kitesurf Big Air competition, Tarifa’s Noah Nicolas soared highest in the men’s category, while Ancor’s sister, Zoe Sosa, made her debut in the women’s category.
Javier Ippólito, chief judge of the Wingfoil Freefly-Slalom heats, commented: “He positions himself as the champion of this class, unbeatable, although we may conduct more heats in this discipline. Ancor could afford to skip a heat, but knowing him, he won’t let himself be defeated in any.”
In the Surf-Freestyle category, Sosa executed a frontside 7 and a well-scored front flip, while Tenerife’s Alfonso García won the second heat with an attention-grabbing backflip.
In the Kitesurf Big Air competition, Noah Nicolas impressed judges with a skillful jump and a double backloop board off, earning the highest score of the day. Additionally, Gran Canaria’s Daniela Moreno and Zoe Sosa competed in the women’s category, with Zoe attacking forward with front rolls and kiteloops, while Daniela Moreno executed backward with backloops.
The festival’s schedule includes more surprises, such as a free workshop in Strapless Freestyle conducted by junior kitesurf world champion, Noah Nicolas, a beach cleanup, and raffles for materials from brands such as CORE, North Kiteboarding, and Duotone.
Organized by the Canakite Experiences Sports Club with the collaboration of the Royal Canarian Sailing Federation and the San Bartolomé de Tirajana City Council, as well as the institutional sponsorship of the Sports and Tourism departments of the Gran Canaria Cabildo, the Gran Canaria Air Battle Festival is the final stop of the Global Wingsports Association (GWA) Qualifier Series.
On Friday, 8 December, the festival will feature finals in Kitesurf Big Air and Wingfoil Surf-Freestyle, as well as the start of the first heats of Kitesurf Strapless Freestyle. Depending on conditions, additional repechage rounds may be held, potentially altering results.