GKA Distance Battle Aluula All-Time Big Air

The 2021 GKA Distance Battle is back-and this time, we're going for ALL-TIME by opening up the competition to amateurs and pros alike in the Aluula All-Time Big Air distance battle like no other! The concept is simple: anyone can submit a video from ANY TIME.

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NEWS

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Coming Back From Injury

Being a top-level athlete sounds like a dream job, but trials, tribulations, and challenges accompany it. Pushing your body to the limits and competing at the uppermost level means you risk injury and pain. Therese Taabbel is one of the top female riders on the GKA Kite World Tour. Unfortunately, at the last tour stop of 2020, Therese blew her ACL and has been on a recovery journey ever since. 

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Cold water Kitesurfing

We're continuing our behind-the-scenes athlete-life series with an interview with European powerhouses Jalou Langaree and Johanna-Catharina Edin! In the midst of lockdown, 2020 found Jalou and Cat bunking up together in Holland for some cold water training. Read on for what their COVID winter looked like and what the biggest takeaways from a tough year were.  As we continue to navigate uncertain times, connecting with our community of athletes and riders gives us the inspiration to keep pushing and hope that, soon enough, we will return to competition!

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The 2021 Youth Kite World Tour

For 2021, GKA is proud to host the Youth Freestyle and Kite-surf World Tour. This new tour was brought to life to offer a stage for our young talent and upcoming riders. The GKA's mission is to continually foster the development of riders and provide opportunities for growth and the Youth Freestyle World Tour does just that.  The purpose of the Youth World Tour is to provide young competitors an arena to prove their skills through a series of international events. This enables them to get used to the competition formats and prepare them for the GKA International Tour down the road.

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Fundraiser launches for prolific kiteboarding photographer, Ydwer van der Heide

Our special friend and one of the most talented, hard-working and creative photographers in the kiteboarding industry, Ydwer van der Heide, has suffered a terrible injury that truly could have happened to anyone who spends time in the surf. Still without any movement in his hands and legs, this brave Dutchman has a long, uncertain journey ahead.

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How to train for Kitesurfing

2020 was a year for settling in, hunkering down and for these two French kitesurfing dynamo's, training more than ever. In our new series, we'll be exploring how the GKA athletes train for competition. As the level of kitesurfing continues to explode, competitors are diving deep into diet, workouts and mental strategy. We sat down with Camille and Capucine Delannoy for a look into their unique relationship and how they're pushing one another on and off the water. 

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2021 Competition Formats Explained

This is a refresher on the 2021 Competition Format for the GKA world tour. We have three disciplines running for 2021: the Kite-Surf tour which involves wave kitesurfing and strapless freestyle, the Freestyle tour which involves twintip freestyle kiteboarding and big air and the Hydrofoil-Freestyle Tour. 

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Here’s what you need to know for 2021 Events (so far)

2020 was a tough year for the GKA. Travel bans, location closures and the inevitable canceling of many events left us all feeling a bit stressed. But we're proud to say that despite the many challenges of last year, we had some incredible successes and we're able to make a lot of cool things happen.

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Mikaili Sol – GKA SuperKite Brazil Champion

Meet Mikaili Sol - winner of the women's division at SuperKIte Brazil 2020

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Disciplines

Kite-surf

Wave & Strapless Freestyle

Men|Women|Youth

'Kite-Surf' is a combined wave and strapless freestyle discipline that aims to find the most complete surfboard rider.

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Freestyle

Twintip Big Air & Freestyle

Men|Women|Youth

The “Freestyle” worldcups are the ultimate competitions for twin-tip freestyle riders.

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Hydrofoil Freestyle

Hydrofoil

Men|Women

The “Hydrfoil Freestyle” worldcups are the ultimate competitions for hydrfoil freestyle riders.

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Park

Kite Park League

Men|Women

Kite Park riding is all about hitting features (rails and kickers) with speed and style!

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Race

Kite Slalom, Formula & Foil

Men|Women|Youth

The racing tour covers all disciplines which have a starting line and a finishing line.

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Upcoming events

When & where

Status

Winners

Distance Battle 2021, Germany

19th April - 20th May 2021

Running

Winners

To be announced

Stars

Livestream

Yes

TV coverage

Yes

Prize money

€ 5.000,-
Freestyle

Tarifa, Spain (TBC)

22nd - 27th June 2021

Upcoming

Winners

To be announced

Livestream

TBC

TV coverage

TBC

Prize money

TBC

Finished events

When & where

Status

Winners

Freestyle

Ilha do Guajiru, Brazil

17 – 21st November 2020

Finished

Winners

Maxime Chabloz

Mikaili Sol

Stars

Livestream

Yes

TV coverage

Yes

Prize money

€20.000,-
Hydrofoil Freestyle

Fortaleza, Brazil

10 - 14th November 2020

Finished

Winners

Fred Hope

Stars

Livestream

No

TV coverage

Yes

Prize money

€10.000,-

Tour leaders

Kite-surf

Ines Correia

women

Ines Correia

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Portugal, Portuguese Republic

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James Carew

men

James Carew

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Australia

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Freestyle

Mikaili Sol

women

Mikaili Sol

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Brazil

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Maxime Chabloz

men

Maxime Chabloz

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Switzerland, Swiss Confederation

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