JEEP TARIFA PRO 2018

Tuesday 26th June, Valdevaqueros, Tarifa
Report: Jim Gaunt / Photos: Toby Bromwich 

Tuesday morning saw the start of what could be a momentous week in world kiteboarding competition as the two GKA World Tours line up to compete at one thrilling event: the Jeep Tarifa Pro 2018.

 

 

For the last three years this event has staged the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour (a wave and strapless freestyle world tour – the round in Tarifa focuses on the strapless freestyle side of the discipline as there are fewer waves at this time of year). This year the event also welcomes the GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ riders as well.

That means there will be a total of 90 riders competing in these sunny Valdevaqueros waters in front of an always adoring Tarifan crowd.

 

KSWT REGISTRATION

RUNNING TWO TOURS:
GKA KITE-SURF WORLD TOUR AND GKA KITEBOARDING WORLD TOUR ‘AIR GAMES’

The event and judging crew will rotate focus between the two tours. Day one (Tuesday) is registration and first possible competition day for the strapless riders. Day two (Wednesday) will see the Air Games riders take over the spot. And so on…

FORMATS:
GKA KSWT: Men – Single / Double Elimination

Men's KSWT Single elimination first rounds ladder

With 33 men registered only one round 1 heat will run (8A) to complete the ladder for round 2. In round 2, two heats will run at the same time, giving a four-hour single elimination contest duration.

 

GKA KSWT: Women – Single / Double Elimination

Strapless freestyle is a new addiction for women, but it’s growing.

Womens KSWT round one heats

Six women will compete in Tarifa in two single elimination heats. The top 2 in each heat will advance.

 

90 riders will compete this week at the #JeepTarifaPro in the Kite-Surf and Kiteboarding ‘Air Games’ world tours. There’s lots to get through! We will update you on the Air Games format tomorrow.

 

Click here for a packed image gallery from day one!

Find out more about the venue and competition site  here.

 

KITE-SURF WORLD TOUR REGISTERED RIDERS FOR TARIFA:

*Missing Matchu Lopes