Posts Tagged ‘freestyle’

Pippa van Iersel had two amazing weeks training in Tarifa. Take a look at a few clips from her sessions! Her new vlog, it’s a mix of freestyle, lifestyle, megaloops and fun.

Spots: Balneario, Lagoon and Arte Vida.

The GKA Freestyle World Cup is heading to Gran Canaria. From 12-16 June 2019, all the action will be at Playa de Vargas. Watch the teaser and stay tuned!

Jarrod Snow – Torquay

Posted: 13th Mai 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Watch Australian rider Jarrod Snow, who started kiting at the age of 10, shredding at home in Torquay. Enjoy his short clip packed with a mix of freestyle, foiling and strapless kitesurf!

Filmed and edit by Adam Snow

Check out the highlights of the final day of the GKA Freestyle World Cup in Leucate, France.

GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate comes to an end on Day Six of the event window. Carlos Mario and Francesca Bagnoli are the big winners in Leucate. Check the summary report bellow!

GKA Report
Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova


What a result from the first Freestyle event of the season! A big surprise having moved from La Franqui yesterday to the kickers and open beach at Port Leucate. Big winds, big performance and perhaps a big surprise with Francesca Bagnoli from Italy taking her first win, while champion Mikaili Sol only managed to rescue second place with her last trick in the women’s. And it WAS a rescue. The Brazilian is beatable – something we doubted and tees up the rest of the season beautifully!

In the men’s, Carlos Mario showed the mark of a champion and also staged his own comeback, stopping Maxime Chabloz from claiming his first event win, but all bets are on the Swiss rider breaking his top-step duck this season. A valiant Valentin Rodriguez, just 16 from Colombia, took third. In many ways, he was the big news of this event on the men’s side.

Leucate was scheduled to be a pure freestyle event in this mixed event series. 30+ knot conditions saw some riders voluntarily throwing big kite loops… so out mouths are watered for more big aerial antics when we get to round two in Gran Canaria in June, which is scheduled to be run in a mixed freestyle / big air format. Bring it on!


Check out the highlights from Day 5 in Leucate. On a long day of action, the competition progressed all the way to the men’s semi’s and women’s finals.

The Mondial du Vent in Leucate runs from 20 – 25th April, with 33 men and 14 women registered for the first event in the ‘Freestyle’ discipline series of the GKA Kite World Tour. Unfortunately there was no wind on day one.

Check here the video of Day One!

In her new vlog shot in Australia, Karolina Winkowska shows us how to learn the 313. Let’s check it out!

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:

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 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.


Naish presents the new midseason kites for 2019. Check here the Dash! For advanced kiters who want to take their kiteloops to the next level.
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