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GKA Big Air World Championships 2022

Monday 20th June:
Welcome to the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships! We have lots for you to look forward to, including the first official GKA event magazine, fully focused on this Tarifa event – scroll down this page to read it!

Meanwhile the brands welcome visitors to the Visit Qatar Kite Expo 21 – 26 June at Bibo Beach. 

A long event window runs through to the 6th July.

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. 


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

Scroll down to see the riders list. 


The GKA Kite Expo is also running at Bibo Beach, which is just beyond Valdevaqueros as you head west away from town. Come down to meet designers, pro teams and to get your hands on all the latest equipment! Running 21st – 26th June. 


Event Info



Contest dates

20th June - 06th July 2022






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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!

Race Notice

Pre-Registration Dates

Open now - 13th May 2022


Registration is closed. For questions please contact the Tour Manager Tom Hartmann at