- 02 September 2014 | Kiteboarding
Big Air kiteboarding competitions are getting more popular than ever. Ariel Corniel and Gisela Pulido have proved that humans can fly.
With winds gusting up to 35 knots, the Tarifa Pro Kite Tour 2014 held a Big Air contest. This kiteboarding discipline has its secrets: you've got to time the jumps nicely, as there were large holes on the inside of the competition area.
Riders combined their sky high jumps with variations on spins, kite loops and board-offs. Each high jump sent the crowds lining the beach into a roar, clearly pumping the competitors up with confidence to go even bigger on their next pass.
With the judging criteria consisting of 70% height and 30% technical difficulty, the strategy was definitely to go big at all costs.
Giselo Pulido was playing in her home turf. Ariel Corniel won the Men's final with consistent big jumps, combined with inverted spins, and a risky double handle pass.
"For me, the big air discipline is one of the most explosive aspects of the sport. Since it was the original discipline from which the sport developed, it is great to have it coming back now, especially here in Tarifa with such good conditions and strong winds," explains the rider from the Dominican Republic.