Archive for April 1st, 2019

The GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate is coming soon! Round One of the new GKA Freestyle World Tour will take place from 20-25th April in Leucate. Find out all about it here.

Press Release:

GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP LEUCATE
20 – 25TH APRIL

The Mondial du Vent is a prestigious wind event that has run for over 20 consecutive years on the southeast French coast. A longstanding home of elite windsport events, the 2019 festival will stage round one of the newly amalgamated GKA Freestyle World Tour which kicks-off its new campaign, with the GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate!

THE FORMAT: 100% FREESTYLE

The GKA Freestyle World Tour was formed after the amalgamation at the end of 2018 between the GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Tour and the World Kiteboarding Championships. The newly unified GKA Freestyle World Tour will see a blend of formats according to the spot and the event over the coming years, as we search to find the most complete freestyle rider.

The GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate will be judged on 100% freestyle (technical unhooked tricks, not hooked-in big air).

The competition format for this first freestyle event of the year will be a dingle elimination, with a male ladder of 40 participants and a female ladder of 16. The top 24 men and top 12 women from last season are automatically qualified, and the remaining spots will be allocated to other freestyle riders who have requested a wildcard.

We will see the same competition format as last year on the WKC, which means four man heats, seven trick attempts, and the top four trick scores counting.

There will be live-scoring on the beach, and of course all of the live-scoring and livestream will be available to watch during each day of the event. The finals in Leucate will also be live broadcast on TV together with Bein TV globally, and with Trek TV for France and French speaking territories.

Carlos Mario ended up winning the 2018 GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Tour, but the first event of last year in Leucate sadly somehow delivered zero wind for the event period (the first time in 20 years that’s happened!)

In 2017 it was Liam Whaley who took the win at the last 100% freestyle event in Leucate, knocking out Carlos Mario (the current and 3 x Freestyle World Champion) in the finals. Will he manage to do the same this year? Carlos Mario from Brazil has a pretty perfect track record right now after winning every pure freestyle event last season (and as we’ve mentioned, also claimed the GKA Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ World Championship, too).

There will be some big names joining the line-up, including Set Texeira from Brazil, Adeuri Corniel from the Dominican Republic, while Maxime Chabloz and Valentin Rodriguez will determined to make their mark this season!

On the women’s side of the action, current Freestyle and Air Games World Champion, 14 year old Mikaili Sol, has been training extremely hard for this first event of the season, but she will have some tough competition from her rivals Paula Novotna from Czech Republic, Rita Arnaus from Spain and Pippa van Iersel from The Netherlands.

Source: gkakiteworldtour.com

Tom Court met up with Aaron Hadlow and Lewis Crathern in their local spot to film a classic British storm session. Check it out!

#WINDSURFLIFE EP5: Secret Spot

Posted: 1st April 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

In February a rare forecast lined up for a secret slab in Tenerife when a solid swell and rare Calima winds cropped up. That meant that Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), Dieter van der Eyken (Severe / Severne Sails), Jochen Stolz and Adi Beholz (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) all headed to this secret spot to score an extremely testing session with several narrow misses.

Maciek Rutkowski on the latest episode of #WINDSURFLIFE:”New #WINDSURFLIFE!!! Episode 5 is strictly classified! Secret spot on a secret island in a secret ocean! Secretly big and clean waves, and secretly great fun with the boys!! Please don't tell nobody! with: Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), Dieter Van der Eyken (Severne / Severne), Jochen Stolz and Adi Beholz."

Dieter van der Eyken: "The session at the other side of the island was pretty intense… The spot is usually a surf spot but in rare Calima wind days with swell it can give some excellent windsurfing conditions for big wave riding. The setup is kind of a slab wave that breaks on volcanic rocks with not much room for mistakes. Some of the sets were so big that it closed out the channel and you could easily get in a very uncomfortable situation. To get in you had to jump off the rocks and swim out a bit till you got in the wind line. You have to time the sets a bit so that you don’t get caught in the impact zone. Once you are out it’s relatively “easy”. It’s a proper point break with a channel. The most important thing after that was the wave selection. The waves were really fast and pretty hollow, some closed out quickly. For my first session there I was playing it pretty safe and got out without any broken gear (which not too many could say in the end).. It’s definitely a place that makes a bit of natural selection and even the best rarely get out without any broken gear.. Enrico got very lucky not to hurt himself badly when getting washed up onto the rocks after getting caught too deep (at which point you have no idea where to go). Jochen broke his mast and sail on his very first wave. So even when you know the place you still can get caught by surprise. It was a sick experience nonetheless and hopefully we will score some more of those conditions over the next winters on Tenerife!”

You can see episode 5 of #WINDSURFLIFE @ https://youtu.be/GELzXw8ClbU