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GKA Kite-Surf World Tour: Tarifa Semi-Final Action

After an epic week of Poniente winds for the earlier rounds, the first round of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Tarifa concluded in strong Levante winds over the weekend! Enjoy! Images and further reports:

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Top 10 Extreme Sports | BEST OF THE WEEK | 2017 n°4 - Riders Match

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Full Story: GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle 2016 Men's Season

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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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Advantage Matchu in Mauritius

After finishing second in the first two GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Tour events of the season, Matchu Lopes took his chance at the season’s only full-on wave contest in Mauritius and now leads the championship with just one round to go in Dakhla. It was a highly charged win for him. Here’s how he did it. 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.

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The Final Showdown - Dakhla

There's just one more event to go on the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Grand Slam Tour 2016 in Dakhla, on the 14th - 19th October. Matchu Lopes has the lead, but Airton Cozzolino in second is always completely driven to succeed while Paulino Pereira in third will finally find the conditions he's been looking for all season. Let's get the thoughts from the leading contenders as they prepare for the final showdown. 

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Hurry-Up Tarifa!

A year is a long time in strapless kitesurfing. Airton, Matchu, Paulino and the crew have all come so far since this first event last year at the Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro... and we can't wait to see more power, more spins, more passes and more airtime at the next Tarifa event on 23rd June - 2nd July for start of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017! 

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GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 Action Promo

As we approach the start of the new GKA Kite-Surf World Tour season that kicks off in Tarifa at the end of June, let's get a quick recap on the championship's first season in 2016.  The tour is a mixed discipline series, combining pure wave events, like the ones in Mauritius and Dakhla last year, with strapless freestyle events in Fuerteventura and Tarifa.  2016 was the first year for this combination wave and strapless freestyle tour and it delivered outstanding performances and great advances, resulting in a new 'standard' of manoeuvres.  Keahi de Aboitiz was awarded the win at the final event, but Matchu Lopes eventually punched the sky in triumph and almost disbelief. Through consistency, he'd won by just 80 points over his good friend and closest rival, Airton Cozzolino, who had built an early lead by winning the first two events of the season.  The women competed in the wave events in Mauritius and Dakhla, where Brazilian Milla Ferreira showed her class, finishing second in Mauritius and claiming top step in Dakhla. Ninja Bichler once again displayed an incredible affinity with her home break at One Eye to win the Mauritius event.  The platform is now there for this impressive pack of riders to really explode in 2017. On the men's side, Airton, in particular, has shown us a level of strapless freestyle riding that often seems unfathomably powered without straps.  Matchu has shown an all-round consistency and the grace of a true champion and walked off with the title.  See you in Tarifa from the 27th June - 2nd July everyone! 

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