Monday 15th June
Words: Kate Chandler | Pictures: Ydwer van der Heide
The GKA Kite World Tour, like almost every sporting event on the planet has been put on hold due to the worldwide pandemic but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Say hello to the newest event on the kite circuit – The GKA Distance Battle, a global video competition!
The GKA Kite World Tour Distance Battle is a video based competition. A selection of the world’s best strapless and twintip freestyle riders from around the globe have been invited to compete from their home spots, filming themselves during 5 minute heats. These unedited videos will be sent to and judged by the official GKA judges in a live streamed video event format, with live scoring, live judges, and live commentary.
This is an interactive event and this is where we need your help! Each discipline will have wildcard entries for both male and female competitors, we need your votes to decide who will compete in the event. The GKA Distance Battle is the first of its kind in kiteboarding, an online and interactive kiteboarding competition and this is your opportunity to help us make history. Vote for the rider you would like to see battle it out with the best athletes in the world. Check out wildcard entries and cast your votes here. Voting starts today!
There are some exciting names on the wildcard lists, like Jesse Richman, Moona Whyte and Paula Novotna! The first competition will take place on August 3rd. The winner of each round will advance into the next round, with new videos, pre-submitted by the riders to be judged live.
The competition will broadcast live online, and on-demand on the GKA website. It’s like a GKA Kite World Cup event, just the competitors are spread out around the world! VOTE NOW!