KSP World Tour: wave kitesurfing craziness

The EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais will open the 2012 KSP World Tour, the official wave kitesurfing competition held in a global scale. Pro riders from 18 nations have arrived in Cascais, Portugal, and are set to battle it out in a head-to-head competition mode.


The event is being held at Guincho Beach, which holds the honor of being the KSP's first-ever European tour stop. With Guincho’s strong winds and powerful beach break as well as the large stable of exciting, high-caliber international riders, the event is sure to deliver a feast of innovative aerial tricks and fierce competition.

"Guincho's side-on shore wind and beach break reflects the real world conditions that many kite surfers experience at their local sites," says Kristin Boese, KSP Tour Manager.

"Watching the athletes ride here over the last few days I am sure that the fans will get to see an amazing show and may just get a few tips and tricks and motivation out of it to try some of the onshore manouvers themselves."

Organizers chose to hold the competition from June 1-10 since spring swells and early summer winds coincide in early June.

"The density of talent at this event is truly astounding," says Sky Solbach, KSP Vice President. "There won’t be any easy heats. Expect to see really good top-to-bottom surfing and hacks, but what’s going to separate the competition is progressive aerial maneuvers, like air reverses, alley-oops, and air 360s."

Ines Correia, Kristin Boese, Melissa Gil, Jalou Langeree, Kirsty Jones, Kari Schibevaag, Airton Cozzolino, Mitu Monteiro, Guilly Brandao, Abel Lago, Nuno Figuereido and Paulino Pereira are some of the kitesurfers that will take on the waves of the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais.