Inês Correia: Portuguese kitesurfer chasing winds of glory

Inês Correia will be playing in home fields, when the 2012 KSP World Tour kicks off in Cascais, Portugal. The Wave Kitesurfing world champion will be defending her title in waters she knows very well. Airton Cozzolino also returns to fight for a consecutive win in the male competition.


The 2012 Kitesurf Pro season debuts in the windy Guincho Beach, in Cascais, Portugal. The Cascais Kite Surf Pro promises to be an exciting battle brimming with explosive new talent from across the globe.

Revered for offering some of the best waves in Europe, Portugal is home to one of three surfing reserves in the entire world, demonstrating the value this surfing nation puts on their natural treasures: beautiful beaches and perfect waves.

At Guincho Beach, large and heavy North Atlantic swells meet strong side-onshore winds, making it a prime kite surfing destination and an ideal proving ground for KSP’s first competition of the year. The powerful break at Guincho and its consistent winds create the ultimate playground for the aerial new school aspect of kite surfing.

"This season we have a staggering talent pool of riders from 18 nations and they’ve all trained hard to get here," says KSP president, Kristin Boese.

"This is going to be a nail-biting, epic battle in an ideal and challenging location. It’s anyone’s guess who will clinch the winner’s check atop the podium when all is said and done at the Cascais Kite Surf Pro.”

The City of Cascais, one of the event’s primary partners, welcomes KSP fans, officials and riders to explore its beautiful coastline.

The 2012 KSW Professional Wave Tour will be riding the following spots:

KSP Portugal, Guincho Beach, Cascais/Portugal
KSP Mauritius, One Eye, Le Morne/Mauritius
KSP Ireland, West Coast/Ireland
KSP Hawaii, Ho'okipa, Maui/USA