The final GKA Kiteboarding World Tour stop of this season will take place in Fehmarn, Germany, from 24th-28th August. The stage is set / Photo: Act Agency This weekend will see the final fixture of the 2018 GKA Kiteboarding World Tour kick off in Fehmarn, Germany; one of Germany’s most popular kiting destinations that’s played host to some legendary kiteboarding World Tour events over the years. The GKA Cabarete podium placers / Photo: Genesis Reyes After a stunning event in Cabarete last month, where Carlos Mario topped the men’s division podium for the first time this season, Jesse Richman still holds the overall lead but there’s only 33 points between him and Carlos who was near-faultless in both the single and double elimination finals. Whichever of the riders wins in Fehmarn will take the title so it’s going to be a tense event for them both! Jesse in Tarifa / Photo: Toby Bromwich Jesse’s been ultra-strong at the last two events in Tarifa and Cabarete, and the mixture of big air and technical freestyle that this tour demands of the riders certainly suits his riding style, but a summer event in Europe could potentially spell light winds and Jesse himself …
2018 GKA Kiteboarding World Tour
The GKA Air Games Cabarete takes flight. Today was flat-out from the start and stacked with heats at the GKA Air Games Cabarete as 38 riders battled through the single-eliminations powered by the super-consistent Cabarete conditions. After yesterday’s slow start, the riders were eager to get moving and the men’s division was up first with a posse of talented local riders taking to the water for the first time on the GKA Kiteboarding World Tour, all of them out to represent on home turf! Hilario the home town hero Robinson Hilario was impressive from the beginning, blending big airs with old school flair before switching to his wakestyle board with boots and stomping powered technical passes. This was a tactic we’d regularly see throughout the day, with riders making sure they’d racked up some high scoring, unhooked tricks before heading back to shore and going out with their strapped board and sending some airs (or vise versa). In round two, the first riders began to drop and some of the tour’s top riders hit the water for the first time. Jesse Richman struck hard with a huge double half cab and Carlos Mario, who took third in Tarifa, exploded into …
Take a sneak peek at Liam Whaley and Posito Martinez’s stylish tricks during the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018!
Wow! Watch Jesse Richman throwing a kite loop double half-cab at the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018!
Highlights from Day 4 in Tarifa! Watch the action from the KSWT men’s single elimination, the strapless freestyle women’s heats and the Air Games.
The GKA Air Games kicked off on Wednesday 27th June in Valdevaqueros, with conditions around 18 knots in the afternoon. Watch here the highlights from Day 2 of the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018!
The Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018 kicks off! Tuesday morning saw the start of what could be a momentous week in world kiteboarding competition as the two GKA World Tours line up to compete at one thrilling event: the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018. For the last three years this event has staged the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour (a wave and strapless freestyle world tour – the round in Tarifa focuses on the strapless freestyle side of the discipline as there are fewer waves at this time of year). This year the event also welcomes the GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ riders as well. That means there will be a total of 90 riders competing in these sunny Valdevaqueros waters in front of an always adoring Tarifan crowd. Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Toby Bromwich Source: global-kitesports.org
Check here what Vera Klabbers has to say about the female competition at the Jeep Tarifa Pro!