The 2019 GKA Kite World Tour schedule

February 18, 2019 | Kiteboarding
GKA Kite World Tour: the new home of wave and freestyle kiteboarding | Photo: GKA

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced a last-minute change in the official designation of the professional kiteboarding circuit.

The GKA Kite World Tour is the new umbrella name for the Kite-Surf World Tour (wave and strapless freestyle) and the Freestyle World Tour (twin tip big air and wakestyle).

Each kiteboarding discipline will have their own World Cup events and will crown male and female world champions.

There will be three different types of events: five, four, and three-Star contests.

A 5-Star includes €30.000 in prize money (3), international TV coverage (2), and live stream (1). A 4-Star World Cup features two out of the three requirements of a 5-Star World Cup. A 3-Star World Cup only includes one out of the three requirements of a 5-Star World Cup.

"We have just launched two new websites which will make it far easier for anyone to find all the particular information they're looking for, via one website for Association matters and one for the GKA Kite World Tour," notes the GKA.

"The Association website covers all aspects of work that the GKA undertakes to help keep the sport safe and accessible for all."

"The world tour website is the most comprehensive international kiteboarding website ever built, with details on all competing riders, venues, highlight images and videos, rankings, and live streaming."

There are two other kite disciplines that are not run directly by GKA.

Kite Park League runs Parkstyle kiteboarding, and the International Kiteboarding Association manages Racing (Formula Kite, slalom, and foil).

2019 GKA Kite World Tour | Schedule

Kite-Surf World Cups

Sal, Cape Verde | February 25 - March 3 (5 Star)
Dakhla, Morocco | June 7-10 (5 Star)
Sylt, Germany | June 25-30 (3 Star)
Tarifa, Spain | July 2-7
Mauritius | September 5-15 (TBC)
Prea, Brazil | November 12-16 (4 Star)
Maui, Hawaii: December 4-8 (TBC)
Torquay, Australia | December 11-15

Freestyle World Cups

Leucate, France | April 20-25
Dakhla Morocco | June 11-14 (5 Star)
Tarifa, Spain | July 2-7
Gran Canaria, Spain: July 10-14 (4 Star) (TBC)
Sotavento, Fuerteventura | July 19-24
Malmo, Sweden | August 6-11 (5 Star)
Mauritius | September 5-15 (TBC)
Cumbuco, Brazil | (5 Star) (TBC)