Red Bull Tarifa 2 will pit kitesurfers against windsurfers

August 13, 2019 | Kiteboarding
Gisela Pulido: she will compete at the inaugural Red Bull Tarifa 2 | Photo:

From September 19-22, 2019, Tarifa will be the center stage of the first epic battle between two rival wind sports.

Up to 300 kitesurfers and windsurfers will travel to the European capital of wind to compete in the Red Bull Tarifa 2.

The event will challenge both sports in a massive naval battle to crown the fastest athlete.

Three hundred kites and sails will simultaneously compete in two downwind speed races.

The first race will take into account the individual result and shall decide the fastest sport.

In other words, no less than 150 riders of each discipline will accelerate to be the first to cross the finish line.

The sport that first manages to have 20 athletes finishing the race will be crowned the fastest in Tarifa in 2019 and will keep the title until the 2020 edition.

Björn Dunkerbeck: the world champion will be leading the windsurfing fleet in Tarifa | Photo: Schurgers/Red Bull

The Tandem Race

The second battle will be a team competition in which each participant will have to look for a partner for a particular challenge - to be the fastest tandem windsurfer and kiteboarder.

A competitors' barbecue held at the end of the first day of competition will help to make the matches.

The event waiting period will last four days. The organization will be selecting the best two days in terms of wind forecast.

The wind will decide the itinerary of the event.

If Levante blows, the starting point will be placed at El Balneario Beach and the finish line in Valdevaqueros (Tumbao). If Poniente wind is on, starting and goal line will be reversed.

Among the confirmed athletes are world champions Gisela Pulido and Björn Dunkerbeck.

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