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Rene Egli at Sotavento has been playing host to some of the world’s top kiting and windsurfing events for 33 years now! This summer  the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour rolled into town for the third time. The pumping, cross-offshore winds can blow up to 40 knots during the season so it’s a prime spot for some Big-Air action. It’s also a spectator-friendly location with a viewing gallery right on the shoreline and epic parties by night at in the World Cup Tent, simply known as La Carpa!

The riders who registered to compete at the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour round five at Sotavento can be found in the gallery below. Click to enlarge the images:

Event Results - Men

Position Contestant Sponsors Points
1 Airton Cozzolino Ion , Red Bull , Duotone Kiteboarding 2100
2 Matchu Lopes Duotone Kiteboarding , Ion 2067
4 Mitu Monteiro F-One Kiteboarding , Manera 2001
3 Keahi de Aboitiz Cabrinha 2034
6 Jan Marcos Riveras Duotone Kiteboarding , Ion 1836
5 Paulino Pereira Ozone Kites 1968
5 Camille Delannoy F-One Kiteboarding , Manera 1968
6 Ralph Boelen RRD Kiteboarding 1836
6 James Carew Duotone Kiteboarding 1836
6 Tony Cili RRD Kiteboarding 1836
7 Francesco Cappuzzo RRD Kiteboarding 1572
5 Gustavo Arrojo Naish Kiteboarding 1968
6 Arsenio Dias RRD Kiteboarding 1836
6 Laurens Meyer Kittel Duotone Kiteboarding 1836
7 Pablo Amores Airush Kiteboarding 1572
5 Simon Joosten 1968
6 Thorben Jasper Core Kiteboarding 1836
7 Jakub Juras 1572
7 Jorge Suarez 1572
7 Reece Myerscough Ocean Rodeo 1572
7 Justina Sierpinska Nobile Kiteboarding 1572
7 Jose Deniz Duotone Kiteboarding 1572
7 Milana Vilasova Cabrinha 1572
6 Giorgi Vasilev 1836

Event Results - Women

Position Contestant Sponsors Points
Rene Egli, Sotavento, Fuerteventura
Calle Caleta Mansa, 13, 35627 Costa Calma, Las Palmas, Spain
Wind forecast
Contest dates
20 - 25th June 2018
Prevailing winds
Around 80% of the time the wind blows cross-offshore in Sotavento and it's at its strongest from May - September. In the high-season (July and August) the wind can ratchet up to 40 knots, so you can expect a real show here if the event coincides with a properly windy week. The conditions play right into the hands of some of the tour's most powerful riders such as Airton Cozzolino, Paulino Pereira and Gustavo Arrojo and the Big-Air comps are always something to behold! Conditions can be challenging though, and that underlines the skill of the riders when they're competing here.  
Water conditions
Fuerteventura is littered with some truly World Class wave spots but you'll find no surf in Sotavento. There's flat water on the inside and short chop a little further out which makes for perfect take-off ramps for the riders.
Competition history
This year will be the third time the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour has visited Sotavento.
Previous winners

Airton Cozzolino rules the skies in Sotavento and remains undefeated there!


Airton Cozzolino - GKA Sotavento