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  1. GKA Kite World Tour 2019

  2. UPCOMING EVENT CONFIRMATIONS AND VIDEO NEWS Hamburg, Germany, 20th February 2019 Hold tight for the first major events newsletter of what is a packed 2019 season for the GKA Kite World Tour! Leucate, Dakhla and Sal news all slotted in here... *** FREESTYLE WORLD CUP LEUCATE CONFIRMED: 20 - 25TH APRIL Photo: Svetlana Romantsova The Freestyle discipline of the GKA Kite World Tour will kick off in France at the annual Mondial du Vent. The event has regularly delivered conditions every year in its 20 year-long history... apart from last year for the first time! With that unlucky event out of the way, we're surely set for return to business and a great start to the new Freestyle season! The GKA Freestyle World Cup Leucate event is a 4 star event and will feature livestream coverage. Find more details on the GKA World Cup events in the FAQ section on our new website here. See the full GKA Kite World Tour event calendar here. *** CAPE VERDE KITE-SURF WORLD CUP STARTS 25TH FEBRUARY! A reminder that of course we're kicking everything off this month with the first World Cup event of the Kite-Surf World Tour at the awesome wave of Punta Preta, Cape Verde, from 25th February - 3rd March. There will be a LIVESTREAM for this full 5 star event - head to the website for all the details! Stay tuned to our web / insta / FB for lots more info! *** AFRICAN KITEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8 - 10TH MARCH, DAKHLA, MOROCCO The first pan-African professional kiteboarding competition: Marking the very first professional pan-African competition ever staged in kiteboarding. Riders who compete in the African Kiteboarding Championships are not only battling it out to be the 2019 African Champion, but the top four male and the top four female riders will automatically qualify to compete in the GKA Freestyle World Cup event in Dakhla. CALLING ALL RIDERS: the African Kiteboarding Championships event is open to freestyle riders from all African nations: female and male, fourteen years of age and older. Participants must be citizens of an African nation. For more information on how to inscribe for this event, please contact jo@global-kitesports.org *** The GKA Kite World Tour features two disciplines: Kite-Surf (Wave & Strapless Freestyle) Freestyle (Twin-Tip Freestyle) At the end of the season, after riders have competed at the GKA World Cup events around the world, the GKA will crown male and female World Champions, who will be the: GKA Kite-Surf World Champion GKA Freestyle World Champion Find more information at: www.gkakiteworldtour.com *** HAVE YOU VISITED THE BRAND NEW GKA WEBSITES YET? We have just launched two new websites which will make it far easier for anyone to find all the particular information they're looking for, via one website for 'Association' matters and one for the GKA Kite World Tour - which is the most comprehensive kiteboarding competition site ever built! WWW.GLOBAL-KITESPORTS.ORG WWW.GKAKITEWORLDTOUR.COM
  3. GKA Kite World Tour 2019 Calendar

    COMPLETE 2019 GKA KITE WORLD TOUR CALENDAR Hamburg, Germany, 30th January 2019 1). Complete 2019 gka kite world tour calendar. 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. Click here for the full list of confirmed events as well as details of the last few locations to be finalised for this year for both disciplines – which will each crown male and female World Champions at the end of the season. 2). Rider: James Carew / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide Of course we're kicking everything off next month with round one of the Kite-Surf World Tour at the awesome wave of Punta Preta, Cape Verde, from 25th February - 3rd March. AFRICAN KITEBOARDING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8 - 10TH MARCH, DAKHLA, MOROCCO 3). Complete 2019 gka kite world tour calendar. The first pan-African professional kiteboarding competition: Marking the very first professional pan-African competition ever staged in kiteboarding, the championships are also the first freestyle kiteboarding competition under the new leadership of the GKA. This will also be the first event run under the new GKA freestyle rulebook. Riders who compete in the African Kiteboarding Championships are not only battling it out to be the 2019 African Champion, but as this is a qualifier event for the GKA African Kite Freestyle World Cup event in Dakhla, which takes place in June 2019, the top four male and the top four female riders will automatically qualify to compete in the GKA Freestyle World Cup event in Dakhla. CALLING ALL RIDERS: the African Kiteboarding Championships event is open to freestyle riders from all African nations: female and male, fourteen years of age and older. Participants must be citizens of an African nation. For more information on how to inscribe for this event, please contact jo@global-kitesports.org CAN CARLOS BECOME KING OF ALL? 4). Carlo Mario - GKA Air Games & WKC Champion / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide / GKA World Tour Carlos Mario is now a 4 x World Champion - and claimed two of those championships in 2018, by winning the GKA Kiteboarding 'Air Games' and the World Kiteboarding Championship. Those two tours have now amalgamated as one under the GKA of course for 2019. As GKA Air Games World Champion, Red Bull naturally invited the Brazilian phenomenon to take a wildcard slot at this year's King of the Air. We're excited to see how this incredible freestyler can further adapt his skills to the challenges of Big Air. Could he complete an incredible year by claiming KOTA too? We wish Carlos and all riders well for the event that has just been given the green light for a start on Thursday - and to stay safe. There is after all a huge stack of world tour events for these guys to go to battle on throughout 2019! Tune in to the livestream at: www.redbullkingoftheair.com 5). Kite Beach, Cape Town - stage for KOTA / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide - Red Bull Content Pool GKA MEMBER BRANDS BI-ANNUAL MEETING: CAPE TOWN IN FEBRUARY Many of the GKA's member brands are already in Cape Town this week, ahead of the GKA's bi-annual meeting in February. We look forward to sharing wind and waves as well as helping to find new ways of furthering our industry together. Airush Cabrinha Core Kiteboarding Duotone F-One Flysurfer Mystic Naish Nobile North Kiteboarding Ocean Rodeo RRD Shinn Act Agency We hope everyone enjoys the event!
  4. New unity in international professional kitesports – future of freestyle competitions secured under GKA leadership. Hamburg, Germany, 7th January 2019 1). New unity in international professional kitesports. The world of professional freestyle kiteboarding competition has seen many changes in the past years, leading to uncertainty within the community as well as an unfavorable perception from the outside. From 2019 onwards, professional freestyle kiteboarding will be officially represented by the Global Kitesports Association (GKA), with the aim of helping this immensely popular discipline regain the trust of community and public alike. After years of separation between professional freestyle kiteboarding and professional wave-kitesurfing, both disciplines are now united in one organisation: the GKA. 2). The GKA will now run both the Kite-Surf and Freestyle World Cups, having joined forces with the KRU (Kiteboarding Riders United), the body of riders who competed on the WKC in 2018. The GKA is the only organisation authorised by World Sailing to officially hold competitions in all expression disciplines in international kitesports. The new, united format of world championships is called the GKA KITE WORLD TOUR, with distinct event names according to the discipline executed at an event: GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP and GKA KITE-SURF WORLD CUP (wave & strapless freestyle). The former tour (WKC in 2018) and event names will no longer be used. Under the leadership of the Global Kitesports Association, the future of competitive kitesports is finally secured and freestyle kiteboarding and wave-kitesurfing are represented within the GKA equally and with full respect to their respective unique character. Youri Zoon, Chairman of the Kite Riders United (KRU): 3). New unity in international professional kitesports “After several years of uncertainty, last year the WKC managed to create a solid platform in terms of freestyle competition standards, with a very effective competition format and with an incredible live stream and media distribution that included live television broadcasting, a first for this sport. "In order to unify the future of kiteboarding, the WKC have decided to join forces with the GKA, so that all competition disciplines can now come under one umbrella. We hope this will give more power to the sport, and help create a successful and sustainable tour with the same platform of freestyle that we already know. The new tour will also open the door to different formats, such as big air. In my opinion, kiteboarding is not only about one single discipline, but about all disciplines coming together to create a strong image and platform for our much-loved sport. "After many tough years for freestyle kiteboarding, I am very much looking forward to the coming years, with the help of the GKA and the riders to put our sport up where it deserves to be. Although I will be riding my last competition this year, I still want to ensure the positive development of freestyle. A new era, a new tour and a new generation of kiteboarders. "Good luck to all!” Dr. Jörgen Vogt, Secretary General of the Global Kitesports Association (GKA): 4). New unity in international professional kitesports “This mutually agreed governance structure brings clarity to the kitesports community at large and is the base for a prosperous development of our sport and for the advantage of professional riders in all disciplines. One World Tour with two disciplines (wave and freestyle) under one umbrella now fulfills the assumption for raising the public awareness of this sport and making kitesports even bigger. Professional riders of all performance disciplines will be able to build up their professional sports career on the ground of a reliable, sustainable and financially strong World Tour.” The full 2019 calendar and formats for FREESTYLE and KITE-SURF World Cup events on the GKA KITE WORLD TOUR coming soon. www.global-kitesports.org
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