The first of 16 GKA Kite World Tour events begins in Cape Verde this month, find out the latest on conditions and which rider is back on the tour in 2020!
Ten islands make up the archipelago of Cabo Verde which lies two hours south of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, due to their geographical location the islands are frequented with pumping swell and trade winds.
The island of Sal will play host to the GKA Kite World Tour which kicks-off with at the iconic African surf break of Ponta Preta, a spot which delivered a jaw dropping barrel-fest of a competition in 2019!
Cape Verde is a hotbed for local talent, with some of the biggest names in Kite-Surf coming from the island. Two riders that need no introductions are the current GKA Kite-Surf World Champion, Airton Cozzolino, and former World Champion Mitu Monterio, who currently ranks #2 in the world, are both Cape Verdean nationals. A third and equally talented local rider, and yup, you guessed it, also a former World Champion is Matchu Lopes, who was forced to pull out of last year’s tour due to a shoulder injury.