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  1. 2019 Naish Slash | Pure Wave/strapless Kite

  2. Chiemsee Strapless Kitesurf

    This time kitesurfing the homespot in November. The Chiemsee is a freshwater lake in Bavaria, Germany. The region around the Chiemsee is called Chiemgau and is a famous recreation area. Follow Us: Instagram - kristian.kni - kicami Music by Diviners - Tropic Love ft. Contacreast
  3. A New Discipline is Born as the GKA Riders Take Flight in the First Strapless Tow-Up Big-Air comp! 26th August 2017: Fehmarn, Germany Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Joern Pollex The crowd await the wow-factor to kick off! / Photo: Joern Pollex The wind was light on Friday but with beautiful sunshine beating down on Fehmarn there was an autograph signing for the fans and then - always eager to entertain - the riders put on a show for a crowded beach full of onlookers with the world's first ever 'Strapless Tow-Up Big-Air contest’! Sharing stoke in the sunshine / Photo: Joern Pollex Paulino Pereira manned the jet-ski, gunned the engine and towed the riders who held their edge for as long as possible before sending their kites and boosting while the jet-ski pulled them skywards. When they could go no higher the riders ejected themselves from the tow-line and looped their kites as though their lives depended on it as they descended. Keahi de Aboitiz nailed the biggest jump of the day with what must have been at the very least a 35 metre jump and he somehow rode away clean! AIRton Cozzolino was riding a 14 metre kite and went big but he couldn't come close to Keahi's jump and Ralph Boelen landed a massive one on his final attempt to take third place behind Airton.

 Some serious handling skills were required by the riders to keep power in their kites and not overshoot them on their way down and speaking afterwards Keahi said, “I knew my jump was a big one because when I got up there and looked to the shore and I could see right over the event site to the lagoon behind it”. Big indeed! Find video clips on our Facebook page, and more from the Kitesurf World Cup crew coming soon. Airton airs / Photo: Joern Pollex Keahi de Aboitiz is the first 'Strapless Tow-Up Big Air' comp champion, flanked by Airton Cozzolino and Ralph Boelen / Photo: Joern Pollex (These riders are professionals and have vast kite flying experience. Flying down from height in weak winds takes immense skill and these stunts shouldn't be attempted by anyone other than trained professionals). The Tow-Up wasn’t the only feat of kiting-insanity yesterday either and Florian Gruber, still in Fehmarn after the recent HydroFoil Pro Tour event, beat Levitaz’ Adrian Geislinger in a race around the island setting a new record in the process of 1 hour 43 minutes for the full 75 kilometre route. That’s more than an hour ahead of the previous record of 2 hours 48 minutes! Foils are certainly fast!! Florian on the charge / Photo: Joern Pollex There are just two days left in the event window now and the wind’s looking light for Saturday but stronger for Sunday, so there’s still plenty of hope for a Best Trick competition before the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Follow the GKA on social media to stay updated. Facebook 
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  4. 2017 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Tarifa Day Two

    Race director Juan Antonio Aragon laid out the schedule for the second day of competition here at the Tarifa Strapless Pro just after noon. The stronger Poniente winds were blowing more onshore and it was clear nobody would be struggling for power in today's heats! As the wind continued to increase in strength, pushing up towards 30 knots, round two would consist of eight two-rider heats in which the competitors would be battle to stay in the competition. 1). Great Viewing at Valdevaqueros Today @ Ydwer van der Heide The Tarifa contingent rode well, cheering each other on in between heats alongside the Tarifenian crowds who rooted for their local heroes. Cape Verdean Luis Brito upset the party when he seized the advantage over David Marin, but his big crowd pleasing tricks close-in to the beach soon had them won over, such as crazy horse back loop kiteloops, one footers and sizeable kiteloops. Marin was landing tricks on both tacks but couldn't match Luis for height or power. In heat 10 Carla Herrera Oria went head-to-head with Nicola Abadjiev and both riders seemingly struggled at first in the stronger winds. The local support was strong for Carla as the only girl now in the contest and she threw front rolls and board-offs in both directions while Abadjiev took a more conservative approach and managed to secure the win. 2). Keahi de Aboitiz, ever stylish @ Ydwer van der Heide Heat 11 saw Simon Jossten face off against Keahi de Aboitiz who was powered and committed from the off with smooth front rolls and well-executed tricks in both directions. The conditions suited Keahi's riding style but Jossten kept answering back with stylish skate-inspired tricks like pop shuvits and finger flips. Keahi was however able to work the conditions more to his advantage to take the win with more height, power and variety in his riding. 3). Local hero Juli Rebollo @ Ydwer van der Heide Towards the end of round two the wind had increased further with some riders dropping down to seven metre kites and Juli Rebollo was able to beat fellow local Jhon Palacios, coming very close to a double front roll towards the end of heat 15. 4). Gustavo Arrojo @ Ydwer van der Heide The crowd went wild for the final heat of round two which was between Gustavo Arrojo and Elvis Nunes. Nunes had been competing with six stitches in his foot and wasn't able to match Arrojo's big air displays close into shore, but threw down a massive crazy horse and sustained some heavy crashes, limping back to his board time after time. What a warrior! ROUND THREE - THE ROUND ONE WINNERS GET BACK IN ACTION 5). Luis Brito @ Ydwer van der Heide Round three would see eight more heats in quick succession and the action stepping up a notch. In heat 17 Ralph Boelen took on the rangey Cape Verdean Luis Brito and his low angle technical tricks were an interesting contrast to Brito's big rotations and powered riding style. It was a tough heat to call and Ralph's relief was clear to see when he was announced as the winner. Ralph admitted: “I was worried when I saw Luis' back loop kiteloop as I knew it was going to be a big scoring trick so I was happy to still win.” . 6). Jan Marcos Riveras @ Ydwer van der Heide Jan Marcos Riveras followed up with a conclusive win over Nicola Abadjiev before a hotly anticipated showdown between Keahi and Mitu Monteiro in heat 20. Keahi landed a front shuvit three and a big powered kiteloop but it wasn't quite enough to best yet another surgical display from Mitu. Keahi said that he felt it had been very close and, after his heat, sought clarification on the outcome from the judges. This underlined how closely contested the heat had been and two of the five judges had indeed scored him higher than Mitu. 7). Mitu Monteiro @ Ydwer van der Heide Another huge heat followed suit in which Airton took to the water against Tony Ciliberto. The conditions suited his powerful style and he attacked the heat with the biggest back loops any of the judges have ever seen as well as a supremely technical 313 handlepass - a trick nobody else in strapless has yet mastered! Airton made good use of the small kickers that were starting to appear in the shore break and the crowd's response mirrored the judges. His win was no surprise! 8). Airton Cozzolino @ Ydwer van der Heide In heat 21 Sandro Pisu adopted the 'shock and awe' approach, going for big airs and waving to the crowd in the middle of a huge crazy horse while Jose Maria Neto rode a more conservative heat which wasn't enough to overcome the wow factor of Pisu's display. 9). Sandro Pisu @ Ydwer van der Heide After that, Paulino Perreira charged off the beach with his flat-out riding style, going trick for trick with Kiko Roig Torres, one of the youngest riders in the competition. Kiko wasn't to be deterred by his more experienced rival and launched sizeable airs and a stylish board-off transition but the sheer amount of power behind Paulino's riding and his big tricks close into shore were enough to take the heat. 10). Paulino Pereira, practicing after the final heat @ Ydwer van der Heide From there we were into the last two heats of the day and, in heat 23, Camille Delannoy cemented his growing reputation as a rider to watch in this discipline with a near faultless heat in which he stuck a double front roll before coming close to a triple. Local rider Juli Rebollo left nothing on the water and made multiple full-tilt attempts at double front rolls and front roll shuvits but it wasn't enough to unseat Delannoy. 11). Camille Delannoy @ Ydwer van der Heide The final heat of the day, heat 24, saw the crowd on their feet once again for local rider Gustavo Arrojo and current world champion Matchu Lopes. Gustavo went in all guns blazing with huge airs, rotations close into shore and an attempted double front roll which was very close. He couldn't match Lopes' substantial technical ability though and Matchu secured his place in tomorrow's semi finals with a polished display that included a clean air 360, some stylish grabbed rotations, a front roll to blind and the near miss of a double front roll shuvit. 12). Matchu Lopes @ Ydwer van der Heide Heat 24 marked the end of play for day two and saw some of the top riders heading back out to practice. Many of these guys train alone in the off-season, keeping their latest tricks secret, but when they're at events they're forced to practice alongside their fellow competitors so it was exciting to see them going for new variations on tricks they'd stuck earlier that day. Perhaps a taste of things to come tomorrow in the semis?! 13). Great ending to a super day: Gustavo Arrojo and Matchu Lopes @ Ydwer van der Heide There are steady Poniente winds forecasted tomorrow with a riders' briefing taking place at 1pm and a first possible start at 1.30pm. GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017: Tarifa Day One video
  5. Tarifa Strapless Kitesurf Pro

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  6. We're ending the week by moody images of stripless kitesurfing shot in Ustka, Poland, by Baltic Waveholics.
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