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34 riders registered for the GKA Gran Canaria 2019 at Playa de Vargas. The first World Tour event on the island is officially opened. Check here the report.

GKA Report:

Wednesday 12th June 2019
Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova

34 riders, 25 men and nine women, arrived at Playa de Vargas today to register for the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria and to get a feel for the spot in pumping 25 knot + winds.

Although Gran Canaria has already rightfully earned its place in windsurfing lore over the years due to the many events that have been held at the legendary Pozo, which is just a couple of kilometres from here, there’s never been a World Tour kiteboarding event on the island before now.

That’s all about to change this week though, with a dependable looking forecast and the overall tour leads up for grabs at what’s still an early stage in the competitive calendar.

The main event will run across the next four days from Thursday until Sunday and the judging criteria will be split between wakestyle / freestyle and big air depending on the conditions. This ‘open format’ gives the riders the chance to ride to the day’s conditions, and so it looks like tomorrow’s opening heats will be freestyle-focused with 20 knot winds on the forecast.

If the famous Canarian ‘Alisios’ trades fire in full force though, we could well be looking at a big air blow out later in the week!

Carlos Mario currently leads the men’s division, but Maxime Chabloz will be hot on his heels after narrowly losing out to the Brazilian in the finals at the first event of the year in Leucate back in April.

Liam Whaley is also here, fresh off the back of a storming performance and a fourth place finish at the Red Bull Megaloop last weekend in the Netherlands. He was already looking very tuned into the conditions and was firing on all cylinders during today’s warm-up session.

In the women’s division, the top spot is wide open at this event due to current tour leader Francesca Bagnoli’s absence and Mika Sol, Bruna Kajiya and Hannah Whitely are just some of the riders who’ll be vying for their chance to climb higher up the overall rankings here in Gran Canaria.

With the opening ceremony complete and the event now officially underway, the action will begin tomorrow morning with a first possible start at 10:00.

It’s a big week coming up! Be sure to stay locked into GKA channels on social media and look out for daily video updates once the heats start rolling.


Registration for the first World Kiteboarding Championship of the year took place today in Akyaka, Turkey, a location well know for its reliable summer winds and optimal freestyle conditions.

This Elite League event saw 24 males and 11 females, of 15 different nationalities register for this first freestyle World Cup event of the season.

This is the second consecutive year that Akyaka Kite Beach hosts the World Cup, and spectators and athletes are all looking forward to five days of outstanding freestyle action. The top kiteboard athletes in the World are all present, including our current World Champion, Carlos Mario, runner up Set Teixeira, as well as former World Champions Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor. The Men’s Elite division will also see some new faces such as Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia and Louka Pitot from France. Liam Whaley is unfortunately injured so will be missing this first event of the season.

The female event will also see some new faces, such as the up and coming Brazilian talent Mikaili Sol, who at just 13 years of age is anxious to show what she can do up against the Elite mix. Claudia Leon from Spain is another new young face ready to go big. The top female athletes from last year are also present, including Paula Novotna, Rita Arnaus and Francesca Bagnoli.

Everyone is anxiously awaiting the start of the competition, eager to see lots of new faces and plenty of talent, after a long 8 months of preparation, the athletes are eager to get back to freestyle competition and see who will be crowned World Champion for this season.

World Kiteboarding Championship in Akyaka, Turkey will be live streamed on our Facebook and Youtube, as from Thursday 6th of September. Be sure to tune to follow the entire event live.

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The Air Games riders converge on Cabarete for Stop Three of the KBWT

Barely a week after the Air Games took flight for the very first time in Tarifa, the riders will be back in action this week at the Air Games Cabarete 2018 which is taking place at the Cabarete Kite Fest from July 9 – 15th!

Tour number three Carlos Mario and women’s number four Gina Binh will be out to push further up the podiums this week!

39 riders from around the world have registered for the event – 26 men and 13 women – with a solid field of competitors ranging from former World Champions to hard-hitting local rippers as well as some of the most promising up-and-comers in the sport.

Roll up and sign on the line!

Cabarete has a long, proud history of hosting world class kiteboarding events and the steady, thermic winds are a constant feature of this iconic kiting location but another thing it’s known for is its pool of formidable talent!

Adeuri Corniel is just one of the local chargers who’ll be out to rep the Dom Rep this week!

This is one of the true kiteboarding hotspots, churning out top notch freestyle riders who make it their mission to take down visiting big name pros out on the water whenever an event rolls into town.

Unsurprisingly, the local riders will be out in force this week with eleven competitors in the men’s division (nearly half the field) and two in the women’s division! You can be sure they’ll be looking to bring home the glory for Cabarete with the home fans no doubt getting behind them when the main event begins.

Check out the riders registered below.

1: Jesse Richman (USA)
2: Maxime Chabloz (SUI)
3: Carlos Mario (BRA)
4: Posito Martinez (DOM)
5: Nicolas Delmas (FRA)
6: Valentin Rodriguez (CMB)
7: Valentin Garat (FRA)
8: Paul Serin (FRA)
9: Set Teixera (BRA)
10: Marius Hoppe (GER)
11: Edgar Ulrich (FRA)
12: Louka Pitot (FRA)
13: Luis Alberto Cruz (DOM)
14: Juan Jose Rodriguez (COL)
15: Joselito Del Rosario (DOM)
16: Aron Rosslee (ZAR)
17: Esteban Hernandez (COL)
18: Piolin Velez (COL)
19: Ariel Corniel (DOM)
20: Nisael Gomez (DOM)
21: Brayan Betance (DOM)
22: Robinson Hilario (DOM)
23: Adeuri Corniel (DOM)
24: Miguel Angel Rodriguez (DOM)
25: Rafelito Gonzales (DOM)
26: Andri Ramirez (DOM)

1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
2: Hannah Whiteley (UK)
3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
4: Gina Binh (GER)
5: Maureen Castelle (FRA)
6: Osaia Reding Commaille (BRA)
7: Rita Arnaus (ESP)
8: Suami Cavallo (ITA)
9: Alea Velez Patino (COL)
10: Paula Hermann (DOM)
11: Alexa Vargas (COL)
12: Madelyn Corniel (DOM)
13: Pauline Valesa (FRA)

Report: Matt Pearce

The World Tour returns to the perfect and picturesque kitesurfing spot of Cumbuco, located 25 kilometres North West of the city of Fortaleza, Brazil. This spot needs no introduction for kiteboarding fanatics, as it has long been known as one of the best spots in the World, thanks to its ideal wind conditions and balmy temperatures. This week Duro Beach will host the final Elite League event of 2017, where we will see our champions crowned!

The event will commence tomorrow, 6th of December, with a Wildcard Qualifier, which is open to Brazilian riders. There are 11 men and 4 women registered for this Qualifier, which will see one wildcard given for the Men and another for the Women, to compete in the Elite League event. The pressure is high to see which of the talented local riders will be joining the top riders in the World!

The Elite League event will commence on the 7th of December, and this will see the top 24 men and 12 women of over 15 different nationalities fight for the World Title. Carlos Mario from Brazil has managed to keep his lead, but Liam Whaley from Spain is still in with a shot! He would need to win the event a full two places ahead of current leader Mario in order to claim the title, but Carlos Mario will be competing on home territory with the locals here to support him, so who will call themselves World Champion by the end of the week?

For the ladies, Bruna Kajiya from Brazil has won every event so far this year, but Annabel van Westerop would still have an opportunity to claim this year’s World Title if she were to win the event here in Cumbuco, if Bruna finished 8th or below. Nothing is set in stone and anything can happen with a week full of freestyle kiteboarding action ahead of us! One thing for certain is that our current leaders Mario and Kajiya will be aiming to claim the the titles here in their home country, and it will be a battle to see who can stop them!

The live stream will be running throughout the event where you can watch all the live competition alongside rider interviews, live scoring and much more.

The 2017 Formula Kite World Championships are officially underway in Oman. Check out the recap of the Registration Day and stay tuned for all the action.

Day One at the 2017 Texel Brunotti Kiteboarding World Cup

The beautiful island of Texel, in the Netherlands, plays host to the Brunotti Kiteboarding World Cup. Texel is a wonderful location, that offers reliable wind conditions at this time of year.

The Qualifier League will be first to commence, with the Elite League event following on Wednesday. The Qualifier League events are essential for any riders wishing to qualify for the 2018 Elite League. The battle holds some strong names in freestyle kiteboarding, such as Mexican rider Anthar Racca, Nicolas Delmas from France, Christian Tio from the Philippines or Linus Erdmann from Germany. On the ladies side, the level remains as high, with riders such as Spanish Rita Arnaus, Danish rider Therese Taabbel and local Dutch rider Vera Klabbers, all who are looking to secure their spot in the 2018 Elite League.

Registration for the Qualifier League event took place from 8 am to 10 am, with 52 registered riders, 39 men and 13 women, from over 17 different nationalities.

The ladders for the start of the Qualifier League are as follows:

The Skipper’s meeting was held at midday, anticipating an afternoon start for competition, but unfortunately the suitable wind conditions did not materialise during the day.

The competition will resume tomorrow morning, with the first possible start at 8am.

The beautiful island of New Caledonia, located in the South Pacific, is the perfect location for our final World Kiteboarding League event of the year. Its stunning beaches, rich marine life and ideal wind conditions make it the perfect place for the World Kiteboarding League riders to battle it out for this year’s titles.

Registration took place at the Hotel Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Resort, with 26 riders registered from over 9 different countries.


The opening ceremony was a beautiful insight into the local culture, with a music and dance presentation as well as a talk from local officials.


As from tomorrow, the live stream will be running daily from 9am to 5pm local time (11pm to 7am European time). Be sure to tune in and follow all of the action and rider interviews that we will offering up.


We look forward to welcoming you all tomorrow to the Aircalin Kitesurf Pro!

Registration Day at the Pringles Kitesurf World Cup

Day one saw the arrival of all the top kiteboarders to the small island of Fehmarn, Germany, to register for the largest kiteboarding event of the year. Fehmarn is famous for it’s nature and recreation areas, but also of course for it’s well known windsurf and kitesurf spots, boasting over 78 kms of coastline.

This year will be the 11th year of the Kitesurf World Cup in Germany, but the first year for this new location in Fehmarn. It promises to be better than ever, with a wonderful new location, and a new, improved competition format from the World Kiteboarding League. There will be large, live-scoring screens on the beach where all the public can follow the action, and of course our live-stream will be running via our Facebook page where you can view all of the heats.


With over 40 registered Male riders and 20 registered female riders from a combination of 13 different countries, you can be sure to see the very best in freestyle, slalom and foil kiteboarding. Let’s see if the current leader Carlos Mario from Brazil can keep himself at the top of the rankings, or if former World Champions Alex Pastor or Youri Zoon who are close behind will climb their way up! For the Women, will Bruna Kajiya maintain her top position? With Paula Novotna and Hannah Whiteley close on her tail, it will be an interesting battle to watch!


The opening ceremony was held in the evening in front of the crowds, with each rider proudly representing their country.


Skipper’s meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning. The forecasts look light, so the foil discipline is most likely to be run first.


Get ready for 10 days of adrenaline fuelled action, and best of all, stay in touch with the live stream, follow the heats, watch the rider interviews, and ask questions to all the top riders!


47 young riders representing 18 nations gathered today to register to the fourth edition of the Youth Cup in Camping La Ballena Alegre. During the morning they completed registration process and showed their brightest smiles for the ladder pictures and right after riders had the first Skipers meeting outside to meet and understand the competition format.


Aged from 10 to 19, they will battle from June 27 to July 2 at the great Mediterranean spot of Sant Pere Pescador.

After registration wind was really light and thanks to the thermal wind, action started around 17:00 with girls under 15 category. Great moves from this shredders. We enjoyed a tight final of single elimination between Mikhail Sol (BRA) and Osaia Reding (ESP), they landed great tricks like a slim by the brazilian and a sick blind judge by the Spanish. Once again the Brazilian pulled it off in the end.

We had enough wind to continue with the girls under 17 category, at that point the thermal wind was dying and riders had to change the kite during heats. The final was between the two spaniards Nina Font and Claudia León, both friends did an excellent performance but Claudia León won the single elimination final U17.


The WKT Youth Cup opening ceremony showed the best up-and-coming kiteboarders proudly holding their country flags. Even though they were a bit nervous but they enjoyed every moment of it.

Girls’ and divisions were merged into 2 groups as they are not enough to complete each category. As for boys, they should be divided in two age groups:

Youth U15: born in 2002 or 2003
Youth U19: born in 2000 or 2001

Riders meeting will be held at 11 a.m. (GMT+2). Forecast is looking promising for the upcoming days with mellow thermal winds ranging from 12 to 18 knots.

skippers meeting at 11:00 and first possible start 11:30

Photo Credits: Noe and Santi Font

The Virgin Kitesurf World Championships (VKWC) third stop started yesterday in Tarifa with the usual registration appointment. From 5 to 8 p.m. (GMT+2), 47 competitors from 21 countries registered for both freestyle and big air disciplines.

Top riders filled in their registration sheets before going for a first session at Playa de Los Lances to get used to the conditions. They all showed great signs of excitement, smiling, giving high fives to each other and posing for the typical portrait with new photographer Svetlana Romantsova.

As for today, a light Poniente – side onshore wind – picked up around noon but was not consistent enough to complete a heat in proper conditions. Freestyle males were the first to take to the water but the contest director, Erik Troostheide, had to cancel the first and second heats several times.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a light Levante – the other local wind, side offshore. Riders’ meeting is scheduled at 1 p.m. with a first possible start expected at 1:30 p.m.