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  1. GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde kicks off! Tuesday, 26th February Words: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide 1). GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde kicks off! 52 competitors, 39 men and 13 women, registered for the GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde yesterday in front of the legendary wave at Ponta Preta. They couldn’t have asked for a better opening day to the first event of the GKA Kite World Tour season! Ponta Preta has been firing almost non-stop throughout February and the run of epic conditions has carried over into this week with clean sets building up to double overhead and beyond. Presented with sizeable sets at yesterday morning’s registration, the riders were amped and day one would see them progress deep into round three in the men’s single eliminations. 2). Nicola Abadjiev scores a bomb on day one / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide From the hometown heroes like Mitu, Airton and Matchu to local up-and-comers like Titik Lopes and Riccado Bettencourt, their ability to launch vertical assaults on the lip and navigate the changing faces of Ponta Preta set them apart. The fact that they could do that in largely offshore winds is even crazier, but that’s what happens when you grow up with a wave like this literally in your backyard. Here’s who set the Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde event alight on day one! 3). Airton on the assault / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide AIRTON Defending tour champion Airton put his marker down early with a stunning display in his opening heat. He managed three cover-ups, including one of the best barrels of the day on his first wave, and he was one of the few riders injecting aerial flair into his riding with airs off the lip and a 180 ollie on the wave face on the way out of the barrel. He took one of the highest scores of the day for that one with a 9.27! 4). Mitu The Maestro / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MITU Mitu spearheaded kitesurfing at Ponta Preta back in the early 2000s and watching him ride here is a masterclass in wave riding. On day one he combined seamless flow and precision with fluid power and in his second heat he was tearing up huge faces top-to-bottom like it was nothing. The fact that he was doing so on an eight metre when the wind dropped to just 12 knots at one point is testament to why they call him ‘the maestro’. He took the second highest score of 9.5 for his final wave of the day and he’s looking good for the crucial rounds coming up in this competition. 5). Paulino nears perfection with 9.7 points / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide PAULINO PEREIRA Paulino’s not a local, but he might as well be according to his friend Matchu. He regularly flies in to Sal on a good forecast and has a wealth of experience that saw him rack up a perfect 10 here last year. He followed up on that yesterday with the highest single wave score of the day - a 9.7! If he can match his hard-charging flair with the consistency required to do well in a final then he’s going to be a serious threat as the comp progresses. 6). Matchu Lopes with a switch aerial / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide MATCHU LOPES Matchu was arguably the best backhand rider out there on day one and to manage backside hacks with so much verticality in almost dead offshore wind is, frankly, mind-bending. Combine that with expertly stalled cover-ups and an intrinsic understanding of the wave and he’s looking like a real contender here in Cabo Verde. 7). Titik Lopes putting the hammer down for Cape Verde / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide TITIK LOPES Another local rider making an impact was Titik Lopes. He’d made it his mission to give the visiting riders something to think about with powerful, committed turns right in the pocket on some of the day’s biggest sets. He looked like he might go all the way, but was eventually halted by Reece Myerscough who has massively upped his wave riding over the winter. It went right down to the wire though, and had Reece not caught his best wave of the heat in the dying seconds then Titik would have taken the win! 8). Sunset storming / Photo: Ydwer van der Heide By 18:30, as sunset neared, the wind was starting to falter and so the decision was made to halt proceedings with just three heats left to run in round three. After seven hours of non-stop competition, the crowd had had their money’s worth! GKA Kite-Surf World Cup Cabo Verde 2019 | DAY 1 Today the action resumes as the remaining riders in men’s round three battle for a place in the single elimination semis. From there, the women will take the stage for round one and, with stellar conditions on the forecast, it should be special! Tune into the livestream here when it kicks off today. First possible start: 9am (GMT -1) Website / Facebook / YouTube
  2. GKA Kite World Tour 2019

  3. 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
  4. 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!
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