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GKA Gran Canaria 2019 – Day Four

On the final day of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019, there was no wind to complete the Men’s division. Check below the GKA report. GKA Report: Sunday 16th June Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mint Grigas Yesterday, Mikaili Sol won the women’s division at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria. Today, it was the turn of the men with just three heats left to run. Unfortunately though, at 19:00 after a long day of waiting, it was clear the wind just was not going to reach the required strength for the men to hit the water. The riders would not be able to compete to see who would become the first ever male champion of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria. However, there is still an official result from the men’s division and the below eight riders will all share first place rankings (and an equal share of the prize money) from this event. Scroll down to see the event results and how the overall tour rankings look at the end of the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria 2019. MEN’S FINAL RESULTS 1: Gianmaria Coccoluto (ITA) 2: Arthur Guillebert …

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GKA Gran Canaria 2019 – Day Three

Mikaili Sol wins at Playa de Vargas, in Gran Canaria. Check it all here! GKA Report: Mikaili Sol wins the GKA Gran Canaria! Saturday 15th June Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova / Video: Mint Grigas The riders battled their way through to the semi-finals yesterday on the second day of the GKA Gran Canaria in super challenging conditions. By the end of the day, round three was complete, so the eight male riders who’d made it to the semis were guaranteed a joint first place if no further heats were able to run. For the women however, they still needed to complete the semi-finals to get a result so the pressure is on today! Recap on the action from day 2 in the highlight video below and stay tuned for updates when the heats start rolling! CONDITIONS: 15+ knots. Riders on 11-12 metres HEATS BEGIN AT 19:00 WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS 1 B. Kajiya / M. Sol / T/. Taabbel Event picks up where the riders left off yesterday and each competitor has two tricks on the board. Mika sticks a KGB for 7.97 – the highest women’s score so far. Bruna not far behind with a B2B (6.67) …

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GKA Gran Canaria 2019 – Day One

GKA Gran Canaria 2019 got underway at Playa de Vargas. Find out all about the completed heats. GKA Report: GKA Gran Canaria begins EVENT BEGINS TODAY – 11:30 FIRST POSSIBLE START – UPDATES BELOW Thursday 13th June Report: Matt Pearce / All photos: Svetlana Romantsova The action gets underway this morning here at Playa de Vargas and we’re counting down to a first possible start as the wind builds. At this morning’s riders briefing the heat order was confirmed with the men on the water first in three and four man heats followed by the women who’ll be competing with two to three riders per heat. Riders will be judged purely on freestyle this morning, with the chance to do seven tricks per heat and the top four high scoring tricks counting towards their heat score. We’ll be updating you round by round once the heats kick off. MEN’S HEAT ORDER HEAT 1 J. Rodriguez R. Guillano G. Coccoluto HEAT 2 J. Burlando A. Rosslee V. Rodriguez HEAT 3 A. Guillebert N. Delmas A. Corniel HEAT 4 L. Casati J. Ouahmid M. Chabloz HEAT 5 L. Cruz J. Krikken L. Whaley HEAT 6 K. Mahmoud P. Martinez S. Teixeira HEAT …

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GKA Gran Canaria 2019 – Registration Day

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 …

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The African Kiteboarding Championships – Dakhla, Morocco – Day 2

Jonas Ouahmid won the African Kiteboarding Championships held in Dakhla, Morocco. Check the report! GKA Press: Day two of the African championships saw the completion of the double elimination with stronger and gustier wind conditions than we saw yesterday. The athletes battled through the heats, with the double elimination giving each rider a second opportunity to improve on yesterday’s performance. Yassine Bouceta had a fantastic day, climbing up through the doubles until he came to face yesterday’s finalist Laarbi Edderkaoui. After injuring his knee yesterday, Laarbi was ready to get back into action and fight for a spot in the podium. Yassine was fired up, even after a full day of competition, and he landed a good array of tricks including a clean backside 313. Laarbi landed several good tricks of his own including a heart attack, but was being cautious on his landings due to his injury. They both fought hard for the spot but it was Yassine who took the win and advanced to the next heat. Laarbi would have to settle for a 4th place finish at this event. Yassine’s next challenge would be to face Abdou Moutaouakil, who performed extremely well yesterday, finishing in second place. …

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The African Kiteboarding Championships – Dakhla, Morocco – Day 1

The first edition of the African Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships just started in Dakhla. Check bellow the report from Day 1. GKA Press: The first edition of the African Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships commenced today in Dakhla, Morocco, hosted by Dakhla Attitude. Registration took place at 9 am, where 18 top freestyle athletes signed up for this championship, and for a chance to gain one of the 4 wildcards that will be awarded for the GKA Kite World Tour event that will take place in Dakhla in October. The riders competed in two man heats, with an 8 minute duration, where the riders had to perform their best freestyle tricks. The consistent wind and perfect freestyle conditions allowed for the entire single elimination to be completed by the late afternoon . Jonas Ouahmid, who is one of the young World Tour competitors, showed his experience and capability during the first rounds, and put on a fantastic overall performance. As the wind conditions increased to a slightly gustier 25 knots, it all came down to 4 athletes in the semi-finals. Laarbi Edderkaoui, Jonas Ouahmid, Abdrahim Moutaouakil and Soufiane Hassouni, all strong and experienced freestyle athletes, each hoping to secure their spot in the …

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2019 GKA Kite World Tour Event Calendar

Here is the GKA Kite World Tour event calendar for 2019. 2019 presents a huge year of international world class competition for both the established Kite-Surf (wave & strapless freestyle) and the newly aligned Freestyle World Tours. Here’s a run through of the confirmed and last few events to be finalised for this year for both disciplines – which will each crown male and female World Champions at the end of the season. 2019 GKA KITE WORLD TOUR EVENTS: KITE-SURF WORLD CUPS Sal, Cape Verde: 25 February – 3 March (5 star* event) Dakhla, Morocco: 07 – 10 June (5 star double event that’s also staging Freestyle, 11 – 14 June) Sylt, Germany: 25 – 30 June (3 star event) Tarifa, Spain: 2 July – 7 July (double event that’s also staging Freestyle) TBC: Mauritius: 5 – 15 September Prea, Brazil: 12 – 16 November (4 star event) TBC: Maui, Hawaii: 4 – 8 December Torquay, Australia: 11 – 15 December FREESTYLE WORLD CUPS TBC: Leucate, France: 20 – 25th April Dakhla Morocco: 11 – 14 June (5 star double event that’s also staging Kite-Surf, 07 – 10 June) Tarifa, Spain: 2 July – 7 July (double event that’s also …

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