Jun 30, 2017
Report: Matt Pearce / Photos: Ydwer van der Heide
The excitement around the build up for the Tarifa Strapless Pro, the first event of this year's GKA Kite-Surf World Tour, has been palpable since the end of the 2016 season in Dakhla, where although Keahi de Aboitiz claimed the event win, Matchu Lopes finally lifted the overall trophy.
Today we witnessed the start of what's sure to be a hotly contested tour after the agreement was reached with World Sailing earlier this year to allow the GKA to crown an official 'wave' World Champion.
28 riders from around the world converged on Valdevaqueros beach in Tarifa on Wednesday morning to register for the event and, at 1.30pm, GKA Secretary General Jörgen Vögt, race director Juan Antonio Aragon and head judge Dani Jimenez addressed the riders, explaining the event format as well as outlining the plans for the tour ahead. The GKA organising team have worked tirelessly on the lead up to this first event and now, with four stops confirmed, the riders cheered at the prospect of a fuller schedule of events to focus on across the coming months.