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Tarifa, Spain

GKA Big Air World Championships 2022

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Kiteboarding’s biggest event is set to explode with the first official world titles for Big Air Kiteboarding in Twintip, Strapless and Hydrofoil disciplines

The GKA is proud to announce the Big Air World Championships in Balneario, Tarifa, Spain. Taking place from June 20th-July 6th, 2022, this event will host 72 big air warriors, going head-to-head outside of old town Tarifa at Balneario. 

WHO WILL COMPETE? 

TWIN-TIP: 24 men, 12 women
STRAPLESS: 12 men, 12 women
HYDROFOIL: 12 men, 12 women 

HOW RIDERS WILL QUALIFY FOR EACH DISCIPLINE: 

24 RIDERS: 

  • Top 4  freestyle male riders from the 2021 GKA Kite World Tour ranking are already pre-qualified 
  • Top 4 riders from the Full Power Tarifa qualifier event running in May 2022
  • 8 entries through video entry
  • 8 entries through GKA wildcard invitations

12 RIDERS: 

  • Top 4 hydrofoil and strapless kite-surf male and female riders and also top 4 freestyle female riders from the 2021 GKA Kite World Tour rankings are already pre-qualified
  • 4  entries through video entry
  • 4  entries through GKA wildcard invitations

If you would like to enter the event through the video application process, please visit this page for more information and to register. 

Event Info

Confirmed

Yes

Contest dates

20th June - 06th July 2022

Discipline

Big-air

Country

Spain

Spot

Tarifa

Stars

5 stars

Prizemoney

€30,000

Livestream

Yes

International TV Coverage

Yes

Wind forecast

Prevailing winds

The kitesurfing capital of Europe has grown in immense popularity after it became a popular windsurfing hub in the 1980s. Having retained its old world charm, it's the infamous Levante and Poniente winds that really entertain all the wind seekers.The Levante blown from the land, cross offshore from the left and can be strong, up to 40 knots and often blows for five days straight.The Poniente is the more mellow wind, cross onshore from the right. It's cooler and more frequent in summer and can blow between 15 - 25 knots for a two or three days in a row.This event has often seen both winds create intense competition conditions!

Water conditions

Although Tarifa can get good wave conditions in the winter months, in the summer, expect wind chop that provides superb ramps for the twin-tip freestylers to boost off. Landings can be tricky in the gustier, stronger Levante winds and choppy waters, but it's all part of the game in separating the best from the rest!

Pre-Registration Dates

Open now - 13th May 2022

Pre-Registration

Registration is closed. For questions please contact the Tour Manager Tom Hartmann at tom@global-kitesports.org

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