The full 2020 tour schedule is yet to be published, but can you give us a sneak peek of what to expect for 2020? Any new locations or major changes to the tour?
I always look for new and exciting spots, but just as important as the quality of the spot is the reliability of the event organizer and their financial capacity to run a World Cup Event. The 2020 kick-off for the Kite-Surf discipline will be once again at Punta Preta, Cabo Verde. For the twintip athletes it will be the traditional event Mondial du Vent in Leucate, France. It looks very positive that we will be able to welcome a few new exciting spots on the tour for both disciplines. Right now I am in negotiations with Barbados, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Denmark. Regarding the format we are currently working on some improvements to the rulebooks. Generally I can say that regarding the Kite-Surf discipline we will focus stronger on wave-spots and concerning the freestyle discipline we will adapt the format at all events to the wind conditions. That means that when we have super strong wind, like we had in Leucate this year, we will have more focus on big-air elements than on pure wake-style tricks. Last but not least the GKA are considering extending the GKA Kite World Tour with a hydrofoil-freestyle discipline.
What is your future vision for the GKA Kite World Tour and how would you like to see things evolve?
First of all and most importantly I will continue concentrating on making the World Tour solid, sustainable and financially strong. The World Tour must give all athletes who decide to be professional riders, the security to build up their career in the sport and, if they are successful, earn their livelihood by being a professional kiter. Secondly the tour and it’s disciplines must be exciting for the spectators, the media, brands and everybody who follows the development of the sport. I am very optimistic that we will find strong partners for the World Tour in the near future who will help us to improve the quality of the tour even further, like the livestream coverage but also the locations. In some places of the world like the USA it is very difficult to set up a World Cup event without a strong business partner.