GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 starts today!

GKA Surf world cup Tarifa

28th June 2017 – Tarifa, Spain


GKA Surf world cup Tarifa


Today is the first day of round one of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 season which kicks off here in Tarifa, beginning with the riders’ registration in the morning at Tangana, Valdevaqueros and hopefully then the start of the trials, with the first possible start at 14.30pm.


Valdevaqueros, Tarifa

Valdevaqueros / Photo: Rob Claisse


Once the trials are complete 24 riders will compete in the main event, that will either begin after the trials this afternoon, or on Thursday.

The 24 riders will be made up as follows:

 – 4 wildcards

 – 8 riders from the trials

 – 12 pre-qualified riders from 2016


As you can see from this Windguru forecast, we’re hoping for a beautiful mix of Poniente winds in the next few days before the switch to strong Levante towards the weekend and the event’s final day on Sunday!


WindGuru pre-event forecast


If you’d like to help us start spreading the tour excitement, then that would be great! We have a few content items at your disposal:



2016 was first year for the GKA’s combination wave and strapless freestyle tour, and what an opening season it was! Catch up on the 2016 story action highlights round up video here!




The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour is a mix of pure wave and strapless freestyle events. The tour asks a lot of the riders and, in turn, they need their equipment to perform to the max. So what do the top guys ride and do they switch up their tools between wave and strapless freestyle?


Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide


Click here for the Tools of the Trade feature.



Here is a selection of shots from last year’s Tarifa event, shot by Toby Bromwich.



The hashtags to use for the tour this year are:





Find the full GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 event schedule here:


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