GKA Kite-Surf World Tour: the world's best wave kiters return | Photo: GKA

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 will get the world's best wave kitesurfers competing in six different locations.

Three entities are currently running professional kiteboarding competitions. They are responsible for organizing the contests and crowning world champions, as defined by World Sailing.

The World Kiteboarding League (WKL) took charge of the freestyle events, the International Kiteboarding (IKA) runs the racing meetings, and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) gets the wave kitesurfing show underway.

After a very successful 2016 season, GKA Kite-Surf World Tour returns with a mixed discipline series, combining wave sailing events - like the ones in Mauritius and Dakhla last year - with strapless freestyle events in Fuerteventura and Tarifa.

"2016 was the first year for this combination wave and strapless freestyle tour, and it delivered outstanding performances and great advances, resulting in a new standard of maneuvers," Jim Gaunt, media manager at the GKA.

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 kicks off in Tarifa and runs from June 27 through July 2. The last event of the year will be held in Brazil.

GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2017 | Schedule

World Cup Tarifa 2017 | 27th June - 2nd July | Strapless Freestyle
World Cup Dakhla/Morocco 2017 | 18th July - 23rd July | Wave and Strapless Freestyle
World Cup Sotavento/Fuerteventura 2017 | 1st August - 5th August | Strapless Freestyle
World Cup Mauritius 2017 | 6th September - 16th September | Wave
World Cup Italy 2017 | 16th October - 22nd October | Wave and Strapless Freestyle
World Cup Brazil 2017 | October / November | Wave

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