The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 is coming
The 2017 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour is about to begin and there are three events already locked-in for this season, with the realistic chance of one or two more to close the championships out towards the end of 2017.
WORLD CUP ROUND ONE: TARIFA STRAPLESS KITESURFING PRO
27th June – 2nd July 2017
We kick things off as we did last year with a pure strapless freestyle event in one of kitesurfing’s greatest meccas, Tarifa! The strapless freestyle discipline went off with a bang last year in front of thousands of sun kissed spectators. Thanks to having a World Championship tour to compete on and a full 12 months pure progression under their belts since we launched the tour last year – we can expect explosive performances!
Airton got off to a flying start in Tarifa last year with his incredibly assured handle-pass manoeuvres. What will come this year? Can Matchu retain his overall title? Will Paulino’s power be too much?!
Photo: Toby Bromwich
WORLD CUP ROUND TWO: DAKHLA, MOROCCO
18th June – 23rd July
In collaboration with our hosts Dakhla Attitude and the new Hotel Westpoint, we head back to the edge of the Western Sahara for more solid waves and a return to the scene of last year’s dramatic championship climax, where Keahi de Aboitiz made it four wins from four events for him in Dakhla, and in beating Airton in the final, allowed Matchu Lopes to claim the overall tour title.
The women competed in both Mauritius and Dakhla last year and at this event, Milla Ferreira took the win over Kirsty Jones and Carla Herrera Oria.
ROUND THREE: WORLD CUP SOTAVENTO, FUERTEVENTURA, CANARY ISLANDS
1st – 5th August 2017
One of the most evocative events of last year took place at the Rene Egli site at Sotavento, the destination of World Cup windsurfing and kitesurfing competitions for 30 years. And boy do they know how to host it! Combine their expertise in that respect with the very strong winds and this emerging strapless freestyle discipline, and the crowds had never seen anything like it!
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