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  2. GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 3

    EVENT STATUS: On hold but looking set for possible start early tomorrow. Skipper's meeting is scheduled for 7am Tuesday with first possible start 07.30. There are still three days remaining. GKA Freestylers Set to Let Loose... Possibly Tomorrow, but certainly Wednesday & Thursday! Monday, 22nd April 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt The GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate has chance to make a start on Tuesday with good winds also forecast for Wednesday and Thursday - the last two days of the event window! LIQUID DREAMS Up until now we've been chilling with the still, but there have been unusually big swells running in this corner of the Mediterranean which have not only provided great surf conditions, but also a large lagoon has formed on inside of the beach, right up close to the Leucate boardwalk! 1). Aron Rosslee from South Africa is starting to think this is normal for the Mediterranean! / Photo: Svetlana Romantsova 2). Freestyle kiters turned surfers, French crew: Arthur Guillebert, Louka Pitot and Paul Serin / Photo: Svetlana Romantsova There is also some rain forecast for tomorrow, but will we find freestyle heaven for the first event of 2019 for the Freestyle discipline of The GKA Kite World Tour? Keep your fingers crossed when you go to bed tonight! 3). Tonight Russian Sergei Borisov will be dreaming about ripping these flat lagoon waters! / Photo: Svetlana Romantsova GKA Cabo Verde 2019 | DAY 3 Instagram Facebook YouTube
  3. GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 2

    EVENT STATUS: On hold and yet to start. Skipper's meeting is scheduled for 10am on Monday. Four event days remain. 'Hopping' For More Wind at Easter! Sunday, 21st April 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova Day two and yesterday's sunshine was unfortunately replaced with unseasonal dark clouds and a veering light wind that continued throughout Easter Sunday. The competition remains on hold with four days still remaining in the event period. Keep your fingers crossed – conditions look much better for the end of the period, but things change quick here when the powerful Tramontane wind kicks-in. 1). GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 2 INTERVIEW: HEAD JUDGE MALLORY DE LA VILLEMARQUE Mallory de la Villemarque heads up the judging team for the Freestyle discipline on the GKA Kite World Tour. A vastly experienced judge, having been involved in the World Kiteboarding Championships before it was brought under the GKA wings, Mallory has also been a judge on the GKA's Kite-Surf discipline since its inception in 2015. The final big feather in his bow is that he competed at the top level on the PKRA Freestyle world tour himself for five seasons, before injuries brought about early retirement. Born in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Mallory, 31, speaks four languages fluently and now lives in kiteboarding's European capital, Tarifa. Level headed, calm under pressure and with a strong vision for the stable development of the freestyle discipline in kiteboarding, as Head Judge he creates strong relationships and trust among both the riders and organisers. Now that the sport's top level is unified and even clearer with just one Freestyle World Championship title up for grabs, Jim Gaunt caught up with Mallory just before the GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate to hear about this year's format and his expectations for this event and beyond in 2019. Find out all you need to know about the 2019 GKA Freestyle World Cup formats, what's new and who to watch in the interview here! GKA Cabo Verde 2019 | DAY 2 Instagram Facebook YouTube
  4. GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate 2019 - Day 1

    47 Riders Register at GKA Freestyle World Cup in Leucate Saturday, 20th April 2019 Words: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova 1). 47 Rippers Register at GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate! Almost four months since the unique amalgamation of the GKA Air Games World Tour and the World Kiteboarding Championships - the GKA Kite World Tour welcomes these riders to compete in the freestyle discipline! It has been a long wait to finally bring the world's best freestyle riders and GKA crew together for their first event! 2). Saturday's opening ceremony An impressive field of 33 men and 14 women registered on Friday evening for the GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate, made up of the current cream of the freestyle crop, including both double World Champions from last year – Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol. 3). Alex Pastor and Liam Whaley on the hunt to take the event Other previous World Champions are also fired up and raring to go here in France, too. Liam Whaley is back from a knee injury sustained at last year's GKA Air Games event in Tarifa, Alex Pastor is also lining up alongside many riders who cite him as an inspiration while there's an exciting return promised for Bruna Kajiya in the women's event. 4). Bruna Kajiya, back and Brazilian! 14 year-old Mikaili took advantage of Bruna's absence through meniscus knee injury last year to romp her way to both the GKA Air Games and WKC Freestyle World Titles. Prior to that, Bruna had herself dominated. To many, the Brazilian's return is a surprise, but immensely welcomed as it sets up a true master versus new Jedi match up. Click here to see all registered riders and to check out the heat ladders (we will be explaining more about these line-ups in the coming days on the website and via the livestream). GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate | Day One Instagram Facebook YouTube
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    The AV8 Collection consists of the precision crafted AV8 kite, hydrofoil board and 4:1 race trim control system made from the highest quality materials. Each component is designed to maximize AV8's efficiency in the hydrofoiling realm. AV8 KITE AV8 FOIL BOARD AV8 1X TRIMLITE (4:1 RACE TRIM) *** “The AV8 design concept places the rider directly in the middle of two incredibly tuned kite boarding machines. Both the AV8 kite and board are designed to cut through the elements with minimum drag and maximum efficiency. Separately, the kite and board are phenomenal in their own right, but together they create the apex performance freeride experience. AV8 is the equivalent of a wind driven supercar in every respect.” - Pete Cabrinha. Learn more about AV8
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    Now you can re-live the highs, the lows and the extraordinary performances of the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in the full season re-cap.
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