Tour returns to Sylt for vital mid-season stop

Published 21st August 2023 by Ian MacKinnon


Kite-Surf athletes swap tropical Rio in winter for North Sea in summer to fight for honours

Defender GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt, Germany 2023
Brandenburger Strand, 22—27 August

The mid-point stop of the kite-surf discipline on the Qatar Airways GKA Kite World Tour lands in Sylt, Germany. It comes shortly after the conclusion of the event at Rio de Janeiro’s Saquarema surf break.

The rugged North Sea coastline of Sylt will provide a vastly different stage, presenting unique challenges that will likely be very distinct from the tropical setting of Rio.

In contrast to Brazil, the Defender GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt, will take place in a mixed format, requiring riders to perform in both wave riding and strapless freestyle disciplines.

After two events, Moona Whyte, from the US, currently holds top spot in the rankings, while reigning world champion, France’s Capucine Delannoy, lies in second position, with Brazil’s Kesiane Rodriguez in third.

On the men’s side, Matchu Lopes (ESP), has secured two victories and currently leads the rankings, with Airton Cozzolino (ITA) in second place and Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA) in third.

The Sylt event has the potential to shake things up, as we search for an all-round rider capable of performing in varied conditions.

Spot Info: Sylt
Sylt is Germany’s fourth largest and northern-most island. It is famed for its nature reserve, untamed beauty and 40kms of sandy beaches. Brandenburger Strand is the main beach in front of Westerland. Sylt’s tourism service has organised an event there since 1983. The event’s 450 metres promenade will feature partner stands with everything from kitesurfing gear to great food and drinks.

Sylt has a northern European climate, so weather conditions are mild in August. The air temperature during day can be between 25°C at the highest temperatures, with a low of 12°C. The water temperature of the North Sea is around 16°C, so bringing a wetsuit, and a jacket is recommended. Sunrise is 05.00 and sunset is 22.00.

The wind can vary, depending on the weather pattern. Westerly winds blow 15-35 knots, onshore at Westerland. Easterly winds blow around 12-25 knots, offshore at Westerland.

Event Information

  • Event: Defender GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Sylt
  • Spot: Brandenburger Strand, Sylt
  • Dates: 22—27 August, 2023
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