Portugal opens the 2012 Kite Surf Tour season

February 2, 2012 | Kiteboarding
Kite Surf Tour: great waves, splendid locations

The 2012 Kite Surf Tour season will crown the best wave kitesurfers in the world in Portugal, Mauritius, Ireland and USA. The KSP will kick off in the beautiful town of Cascais and will wrap up the championship in Maui, Hawaii.

Featuring world-class venues, the KSP Tour once again promises nothing short of the most phenomenal surf conditions for the world's kite surfing elite to battle it out over the coveted IKA-sanctioned World Championship title. All four Kite Surf Pro events will feature a 10-day holding period and a €15,000 prize purse.

Europe's kite surfing mecca, Guincho Beach, in Cascais, Portugal, is schedule from 1st-10th June. The side-onshore wind conditions at Guincho's right-hand beach break will surely expose the progressive new school aerial movement, bringing it to the forefront of competitive kitesurfing for the world to witness.

Stop two will take the KSP back to 2011's kickoff location, Le Morne, Mauritius for the One Eye Pro, scheduled September 7 to 16. A long, left-hand reef break famous for its strong side-offshore winds and barreling, near-perfect, head-high to quadruple-overhead surf, One Eye will keep this year's crowd on edge, waiting to see what conditions it dishes up - especially after last year's jaw-dropping spectacle.

Next up, Europe's secret kite surfing jewel and home to one of the planet's biggest waves, Ireland. Running from October 19 to 28, Ireland's Kite Surf Pro will incorporate a unique mobile format, capable of showcasing each day's action at the choicest of locations on the country's wild and swell-abundant west coast.

Bringing the KSP's 2012 tour to a close, Maui's legendary North Shore will host the pinnacle of the Kite Surfing World Championship Tour - the Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro - running November 29 to December 8.

One of the world's most highly regarded wind and wave locations, Ho'okipa is generally reserved as a surfing and windsurfing only venue. The Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro will mark the first-ever World Championship kite surf competition at the infamous Hawaiian reef break.

As reigning world champions, Airton Cozzolino and Inês Correia will defend their titles amidst a field of 24 men and 12 women, at each Kite Surf Pro event.

2012 KSP World Championship Tour | Schedule

June 1 to 10 - Cascais, Portugal
September 7 to 16 - Le Morne, Mauritius
October 19 to 28 - West Coast, Ireland
November 29 to December 8 - Maui, Hawaii, USA