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GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 starts today!

Published 28th June 2017 by dannykater

 

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Tarifa 2017

 

Hello from Tarifa everyone,

Today is the first day of round one of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 season which kicks off here in Tarifa, beginning with the riders’ registration in the morning at Tangana, Valdevaqueros and hopefully then the start of the trials, with the first possible start at 14.30pm.

 

Valdevaqueros / Photo: Rob Claisse

Valdevaqueros / Photo: Rob Claisse

 

Once the trials are complete 24 riders will compete in the main event, that will either begin after the trials this afternoon, or on Thursday.

The 24 riders will be made up as follows:

– 4 wildcards
– 8 riders from the trials
– 12 pre-qualified riders from 2016

As you can see from this Windguru forecast, we’re hoping for a beautiful mix of Poniente winds in the next few days before the switch to strong Levante towards the weekend and the event’s final day on Sunday!

 

WindGuru - Valdevaqueros

 

If you’d like to help us start spreading the tour excitement, then that would be great! We have a few content items at your disposal:

THE FULL STORY: 2016

2016 was first year for the GKA’s combination wave and strapless freestyle tour, and what an opening season it was! Catch up on the 2016 story action highlights round up video here!

 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour is a mix of pure wave and strapless freestyle events. The tour asks a lot of the riders and, in turn, they need their equipment to perform to the max. So what do the top guys ride and do they switch up their tools between wave and strapless freestyle?

 

Matchu Lopes / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

Matchu Lopes / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

 

Click here for the Tools of the Trade feature.

TBT: TARIFA 2016

Here is a link to some of shots from last year’s Tarifa event, shot by Toby Bromwich.

 

 

Feel free to use as you wish from the selection, but please credit Toby Bromwich, tag the GKA Facebook / Instagram pages.

The hashtags to please use for the tour this year are:

#GKAWave
#GKAWorldTour
#straplessfreestyle

Find the full GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 event schedule here:

www.global-kitesports.org

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