Already turning heads
Germany’s Finn Flügel, still just 13, has already posted some remarkable performances at GKA world tour freestyle events and last year was named Rookie of the Year at the Qatar Airways GKA Awards. He is set to compete in the U16 Surfboard (Strapless) and U16 Twin-Tip freestyle contests.
In the boys’ U19 Surfboard, France’s Noah Nicolas and Keanu Merten (GER) are both turning heads already. They went huge at the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Kite World Championships recently in the Surfboard contest at Tarifa’s Balneario beach.
France’s Naïs Balbinot was among the nominees for Rookie at this year’s GKA Awards. She will be competing in the girls’ U19 Twin-Tip freestyle competition.
To be eligible for each age category, the young athletes must be below the age threshold for the whole of this year. For instance, to gain entry to the U14 age group, the rider must be 13-years-old or below for the whole of 2023. For U16, they must be 15 or below all of this year, and in the U19, they must be 18 or less all through this calendar year.