GKA Kite-Surf World Tour: the official wave kitesurfing world circuit | Photo: Varekamp/GKA

The Global Kitesports Association announced the full schedule for the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour.

The strapless freestyle and wave kitesurfing series will feature six stages held in five different countries. However, two extra dates in Ireland and Brazil may be added later in the season.

The world's best kite riders will compete for two officially sanctioned world titles, as determined by World Sailing.

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour kicks off at the iconic African surf break of Ponta Preta, in the island of Sal. It's the first time that the circuit visits the windy archipelago of Cape Verde.

Airton Cozzolino and Matchu Lopes will have the opportunity to perform in home waters and, who knows, gain an advantage over his direct opponents.

But there's more. All athletes will have another debut in Portugal's Viana do Castelo, a classic kitesurfing and windsurfing venue located in the country's northern region.

The organization has also confirmed that the women will have the opportunity to compete for titles.

2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour | Schedule

Sal, Cape Verde | 17-25th February
Dakhla, Morocco | 24-29th April
Viana do Castelo, Portugal | 5-10th June
Tarifa, Spain | 27th June - 1st July
Sotavento, Spain | 20-25th July
Le Morne, Mauritius | 6-16th September
Ireland | 26-30th September (TBC)
Fortaleza, Brazil | 19-24th November (TBC)

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