Report: Gemma Hamaini / All photos: Lukas Stiller
The competition remained on hold for Day 5, but the riders were kept occupied with a beach clean, fishing excursion and a host of other beach activities here at the spot in Hvide Sande.
Keeping the spot clean
It’s important for the GKA Kite World Tour to encourage positive habits when it comes to our environment and ocean. Today, GKA riders participated in a beach clean-up organized by om-hu.dk. The ocean is our playground, it’s our source of inspiration, thrill, and home to millions of Earth’s plants and animals. Without the oceans, we wouldn’t exist.
Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded. We only have one planet Earth. Let’s take care of it.
We also visited a local recycling studio called Omhu. They organise regular beach clean-ups. Here, they collect the plastic fishing crates which are often washed up on the shore after falling off fishing boats. These are taken to their recycling studio where they are shredded, melted, and moulded into surf fins are other objects. These are then sold in their shop as souvenirs from the area.
“Spending time in the outdoors and in nature is so much more enjoyable when there is no trash, “explained Katrine, co-founder of Omhu. “I realised this after spending time outside walking my dog each day, and so we decided to do something about it. Using trash as a resource, and making something amazing with it is what it’s all about for us.”
Whilst the event was still on hold several riders decided to take a local fishing trip to discover some of the more traditional activities that Hvide Sande offers.
“It was really nice to go on this fishing excursion,” said Francesco. “We went through some really beautiful areas, and stopped to fish at several different spots. I caught one fish, but Capucine did even better and caught four! We released them all. We spent a nice couple of hours in total, and it was great to see a different side of Hvide Sande.”
Tomorrow will be the final day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Denmark.
The skipper’s meeting has been called for 7 am tomorrow morning.
We will be live tomorrow with all of the event action, and with a few more of our “In the bag” tech-talk series. Tune in to our website to stay up to date!
The competition in Hvide Sande concluded today, unfortunately with no wind, but with an overall fantastic experience of everything that this wonderful location offers.
Today we launched our new “In the bag” series that highlights the gear that each rider is currently using. We also sat down with Susi Schwarztrauber to discuss working while on tour, developing her new line of cosmetics, and women supporting women.
Today we kept everyone entertained with our live-stream show, tech-talks and a catch up with former World Champion Karolina Winkowska
For the second day running, athletes and crew were on standby awaiting the suitable conditions for the start of competition.