Duotone’s Diamond Duo

Duotone Kiteboarding Diamond Duo Mikaili Valentin

MIKAILI SOL and VALENTIN RODRIGUEZ are crowned 2019 GKA Freestyle World Champions at the Ceara Kite Pro event in Cumbuco Brazil.

It’s been a season long showdown on the GKA FREESTYLE WORLD TOUR. Seven stops hosted momentous events with the final battle taking place in the freestyle Mecca of Cumbuco, Brazil. Here’s what went down with the Duotone team.

Mikaili Sol

Duotone Kiteboarding Diamond Duo Mikaili Sol

Having already secured the 2019 World Champion title, Mika’s performance in Cumbuco, Brazil, showed her ’champion' state of mind. Taking to the water with the same focus, drive and devotion we’ve seen all year, she signed out with an almost perfect performance and one more win to add to her collection.




“The final was a tale of two halves from the start with Brazilians Mikaili and Bruna establishing a gap between themselves and the other two from early on. Both riders oozed style and masses of control in their trick execution. No matter your board-sport preference, there’s no denying that these two are as clean and classy as you could hope to see. Visually they’re fluid and precise.” - read the full report here https://www.gkakiteworldtour.com/sol-takes-the-title-from-the-top-step-in-brazil/

Valentin Rodriguez

He made his mark in Leucate as a name to remember, but what followed was a rocky ride and disappointing results. Super motivated and dreaming of a World Title since he was 10, the third-time-lucky 17 year old turned it around in Dakhla. From then on, there was no holding back.

Capturing the attention of the world’s best riders and industry figure heads, Val’s final heat in Brazil was made up of three, 9 point scores and an 8.97, a clear indication of what it takes to be the best.

When the new kid on the block takes the glory in their first attempt, it’s normally an indication that things are about to change and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. Congratulations Valentin!




“We’d been gifted the winner takes-all final with the tour’s top two joined by a pair of the most uniquely stylish riders you could hope to watch.” - read full report here. 


Duotone Kiteboarding Diamond Duo Champions Sol_Rodriguez

Pippa van Iersel

Duotone Kiteboarding Pippa van Iersel

It wasn’t that long ago that Pippa showed up on the Big Air and Freestyle circuit. This season, she has made a name for herself as a podium contender. Progressing into the finals with team mate Mika Sol, she was pipped to the post by Rita Arnaud which put her in 4th for the event and an amazing 3rd place in the 2019 in the overall ranking.




‘The battle for third place was very close between Rita Arnaus from Spain and Dutch charger Pippa van Iersel. Pippa’s crash on trick one put her on the back foot from the start, but she had worked her way ahead of Rita on trick five after a tidy Hinterberger 3 on the inside.”


“This was my first year doing the whole tour and I learned so much at every single event. I definitely dealt with lots of different emotions which really highlighted how important the mental part of competition is. I’m fully aware that getting to the top relies on so much more than your kite skills.

 A big positive to my year has been my Duotone teammates who always give support. From using each others gear to tips on the water and caddying during comps, it’s amazing to be part of. During the finals in Brazil, Mika came and found me at the back of the competition areas saying; “Come on Pippa you can do it, get this 3rd overall!” That was special.

Next year I want to push myself, go for better results across various disciplines. I love big air and freestyle so will go big in both for sure. I can’t wait and whatever happens it will be fun!"

Claudia León

“One of my goals was to end in the top 7 of the girls ranking, as it was my first complete year of competition. I’m really stoked with my performance and super lucky that I could balance the tour with finishing high school and getting into university.”




Claudia has had a great season and came close to qualifying on her last trick, landing a Heart Attack to wrapped; needing a 7.17, she got 6.37! So close.

Duotone Kiteboarding Claudia Leon

Gianmaria Coccoluto

Duotone Kiteboarding GKA Final 2019 Gianmaria Coccoluto

“Brazil because it’s one of the best places in the world for freestyle, with warm water, 20 knots of wind and good vibes. My 2019 season was really good at the beginning. I almost made every final on tour with a 3rd in Fuerteventura and 4th in France. In the last few events I made a lot of mistakes which was disappointing, but I finished 6th overall.”


1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) (Duotone, ION) 34.2

2 Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 31.33

3 Rita Arnaus (ESP) 20.6

4 Pippa van Iersel (NED) (Duotone, ION) 19.24


2019 GKA Freestyle Final Standings

World Champion:Mikaili Sol (BRA) (Duotone, ION) 8,400

2 Bruna Kajiya (BRA) 8,235

3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) (Duotone, ION) 8,103

4 Rita Arnaus (ESP) 8,070

5 Paula Novotna (CZ) (Duotone, ION) 8,070

6 Claudia Leon (ESP) (Duotone, ION) 8,004

7 Therese Taabbel (DEN) 7,872

8 Nathalie Lambrecht (SWE) (Duotone, ION) 7,476

9 Francesca Bagnoli (ITA) (Duotone, ION) 4,068

10 Alexandra Torres (ESP) 3,804



Valentin Rodriguez: 37.3 (World Champion)

Adeuri Corniel: 35 (Vice World Champion)

Liam Whaley: 32.7

Luis Alberto Cruz: 31.06*



After seven events there are three discards, so the top four results roll out like this:

World Champion: Valentin Rodriguez (COL) (Duotone, ION) 8,301

2 Adeuri Corniel (DR) 8,301

3 Liam Whaley (ESP) 8,120

4 Maxime Chabloz (CZ) 8,103

5 Carlos Mario (BRA) 8,070

6 Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) (Duotone, ION) 8,004

7 Arthur Guillebert (FRA) 7,691

8 Nicolas Delmas (FRA) 7,674

9 Louka Pitot (FRA) 7,476

10 Stefan Spiessberger (AUT) (Duotone, ION) 7,361