Happy Carlos Mario is in...he has a high chance of winning.
I dunno, he looks like he only weighs about 55 kg, he might get blown off the beach!
Calos Mario Bebe is a MONSTER!
In downwinders here in Brazil he uses a 12 meters RPM no matter wind conditions, from 18 to 35 knots. Once I asked him how he could manage that, and he said that he has total control of equipment
IMO, he can reach the finals if not winning.
I definetelly agree. By far Carlos Mario is one of (if not THE) most technical and powerful competitor out there. I've seen his performances in the WKC finals, he is in another level. However he doesn't have too much experience in that kind of conditions... but if he manage the psychological aspect of going huge, I believe that he has a big chance of wining and that would be incredible!
i agree, that prize money for that risk from a yearly $6 billion turnover company is a joke.
riders really got to be educated to make the right choices for themselves, not be blinded by todays daily instafame.
That sounds a bit patronizing.. I think the majority of participants is not there for the prize money. Which is obviously very low. So what do you think they should do ? Organize themselves and get more out of RB ? Maybe. But if you look at the number of spectators, media coverage etc, kitesurfing just isn't as interesting to non kiters as many other sports. I think any weekly premier league footbal game has many more spectators then the KOTA. Incredible and sad though that may be. At least it looks that way to me.
Of course 40k prize fund is joking small for sich high risks. 10 or 20k for winner having in mind taxes is absolutely small money for such risk and every day training expenses.
Of course Red bull providing flights for them (as i understand) and also living costs there. So 18 participants x 800-1000 usd flight costs, plus hotels and per diems for two weeks , plus organizing expenses and pr, fee for jugdes, safery team, and etc total budget for Kota i think goes to 150-200k at least. But of course having in mind todays media realtime tv broadcasts with advertising and etc this is zero money as red bull spreading in such way their brand so wide.
Would be good if some past kota rider will share provided conditions as for flights, living, per diems and prizes.
Because normally besides the top 3/5 riders in a comp bring money to the event...
I rode several comps, and mostly paid on top. Besides the ones I won..but at the end it was a joke what was left over at the end after reducing the costs of transportation and lodging.
But I never did it for the money...but those kids need to live from it...
Let there maybe be 10 riders worldwide (from all disciplines) who have a plus at the end...that is sad.
Yes, its sad that such nature friendly sport cannot keep and be living basis for lot of riders and this sport pro in wider level. But it's such world: all actions which are friendly and higher than ground cannot easy live in this word: take poets, musicians, artists, wingsuits, kiters and lot of amazing other activities. Word is run by heavy-hardmatters