Global Kitesports Association

Global Kitesports Association
Global Kitesports Association e.V. Gärtnerstrasse 89 20253 Hamburg Germany

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GKA Grand Slam Wave and Strapless Freestyle Tour 2016

The continuing development of professional kitesurfing competition around the world provides an excellent platform for the best athletes in kitesurfing to drive the sport forward into the future.  In this transitional period for world kitesurfing events, as members of the GKA, kitesurfing brands have voted to show support for long-standing and dedicated event organisers  Regardless of any other contests in the year, the GKA aims to support the delivery of several established events via a 'Grand Slam Series'.  Aiming to inspire a continuing high calibre of competition for kitesurfing's top professional riders, one rider will be crowned 'GKA Rider of the Year' at the end of the season - in 'Wave and Strapless Freestyle', but also in 'Freestyle'.  The Wave and Strapless Freestyle Grand Slam series kicks off at the Tarifa Strapless Pro 2016 from the 29th June - 3rd July. 

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Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 Highlights

The GKA Wave & Strapless Tour will see a mix of freestyle and wave events over the next several months, eventually resulting in the crowning of a GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year. The first round was the Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro in June. TARIFA STRAPLESS KITESURFING PRO RESULT 1st Airton Cozzolino (Italy) 2nd Matchu Lopes (Cape Verde) 3rd Paulino Pereira (Portugal) 4th Jan Marcos Riveras (DR) The newly formed Global Kite Sports Association (the membership of which is made up by most of kitesurfing’s major brands to help look after the interests of the sport and its riders) have scheduled four more big events to combine wave and strapless freestyle this year.

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GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle - Mauritius Video Promo

The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour lands in Mauritius from the 5th - 15th September for one of the most hotly anticipated events of the year. The world's best wave kiters will challenge themselves and each other at the awesome One Eye wave - to take the win at this the third round of the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour. After two strapless freestyle rounds in this combination tour, the top three are: 1 Airton Cozzolino 2 Matchu Lopes 3 Paulino Pereira Find the full standings here: http://www.global-kitesports.org/gka-... Mauritius is however a pure wave event and has attracted the calibre of the likes of Keahi de Aboitiz, Reo Stevens, Mitu Monteiro, Niccolo Porcella and more! We will also have women competing here too, and already registered are Moona Whyte, Milla Knesse, Ninja Bichler, Laila Puehringer, Lyde Heckroodt and Tatiana Mukhina.  

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GKA Wave and Strapless Freestyle Mauritius Day One Video

The hallowed spot of Le Morne in Mauritius plays host to the third stop on the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour, and is the first full wave event on this mixed five stop tour. After registration, 23 riders battled it out in six qualifying heats with 12 progressing through to the main event. Conditions were good, with the contest running between Chameaux and down to One Eye as and when the waves allowed. As a result of the qualifiers, lining up in round one heats for the main event were:  01 Keahi de Aboitiz Max Bonnieux Sandro Pisu 02 James Carew Gael Velazquez Jan Marcos Riveras 03  Reo Stevens Mervin Louis Mitu Monteiro  04  Christian Stepnow Matt Elsasser Matchu Lopes 05 Felipe Fereira Jean Jose Ricot Ralph Boelen  Heat five closed the day's action yesterday. All five riders who won their heats in round one progressed to round three, and all were riding sublimely. Pick of the names and possibly a new name in your minds is James Carew from Australia, riding with power and amazing confidence.  As well as James, other riders winning their heats were Keahi de Aboitiz, Reo Stevens, Matchu Lopes and Felipe Fereira.   The remaining three heats of round one will continue this morning (Tuesday). Stay glued to the GKA Instagram and Facebook pages for more updates.  06 Pedro Matos  Torrin Bright Paulino Pereira 07 Anthony Jacoby  Jeremy Chan Patri McLaughlin 08 Sebastian Ribeiro Dimitry Evseev Airton Cozzolino  On the completion of round one, we move to round two, where the riders who didn't win their heats in round one will get another chance. Conditions for Tuesday are looking insane!! #GKAWave, #StraplessFreestyle, #beachcomberhotel, #ion, #mauritius, #mautourco, #gopro, #jeewin, #toukoreksurfshop The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour will see a mix of freestyle and wave events run in 2016, eventually resulting in the crowning of a GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year. After Mauritius the tour moves to Dakhla  - Morocco in October and Fortaleza in Brazil in November. 

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GKA Wave and Strapless Freestyle Mauritius Day Two Video

The story of wave kiting, especially at One Eye in Mauritius is a special one, and the 2016 GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour is filled with great characters and riders. This video takes you through rounds two, three and the quarter finals of the Mauritius stop of the tour - and yes, it was a good day of action! Semis and finals action to come. Featured riders: Matchu Lopes, Patri McLaughlin, Keahi de Aboitiz, Mitu Monteiro, Airton Cozzolino, Reo Stevens, Jeremy Chan... Stacks more images and info here on the GKA webpage: http://www.global-kitesports.org/news... #GKAWave, #StraplessFreestyle, #beachcomberhotel, #ion, #mauritius,#mautourco, #gopro, #jeewin, #toukoreksurfshop The GKA Wave & Strapless FreestyleTour will see a mix of freestyle and wave events in 2016, eventually resulting in the crowning of a GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year. After Sotavento Mauritius in September, the tour moves on to Dakhla - Morocco in October and Fortaleza in Brazil in November.

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GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour Mauritius - Men's Finals Video

It's been a long wait for a super-charge elite wave kiting contest and the Mauritius GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour round three has not disappointed! At the start of yesterday morning four men remained in the contest. Semi final #01: Matchu Lopes Vs Keahi de Aboitiz Semi final #02: Patri McLaughlin Vs Filippe Knesse Ferreira Once underway, this is how the action rolled out... Ladies contest video and report comes next... enjoy!  

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The Women: GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour Mauritius

Patience and training paid off last week after a long wait for high-performance wave competition as the women stepped up at One Eye for the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Mauritius event.  At the end of four rounds of competition we were presented with an intriguing women’s final that saw local hotshot and winner of the KSP event here in 2012, Ninja Bichler, go up against Moona Whyte from Hawaii and Milla Ferreira from Brazil. The final was tight with each rider picking good waves with commitment and flow. Here’s how it panned out! Featured riders: Ninja-Maria Richler, Milla Ferreira & Moona M Whyte

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GKA Men's Strapless Freestyle Competition - Mauritius

The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle boys were back in action on Saturday, putting on a show for the crowds at Le Morne with a Big Air Strapless Freestyle comp. They know how to keep the tempo high.  Here's the action! Featured riders: Paulino Pereira, AIRton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Jan Marcos Riveras, Ralph Boelen & Matt Elsasser

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