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Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:24 pm
by Toby
The Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016 starts with the qualifiers on the 29th June and runs until the 3rd July.

After the success of last year in which Airton Cozzolino took the title ahead of Keahi de Aboitiz,
the 2016 event carries a big expectation among the industry, riders and kiting fans. The Tarifa
Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2015 saw huge crowds pack the beach, cheering loudly for the incredible
action on the water. This year looks set to further build on that success and be even bigger and
better in 2016.
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Airton - picture Toby Bromwich / Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro
24 riders will compete in the main event. Those 24 riders are made up by:
• The top 8 riders from last year´s event who qualify directly to the competition;
• 4 wildcards will be also be awarded to riders by local contest organizers;
• 12 riders will qualify via a trial competition on the 29th June.

Here's the current list of riders for the 2016 event, taking place at the famous Valdevaqueros beach in Tarifa:

Airton Cozzolino
Mitu Monteiro
Matchu Lopez
Julen Kerneur
Patri McLaughlin
Evan Netch
Matt Elsasser
Reider Decker
Jan Marcos Rivera
Theo Demanez
Sando Pisu
Camille Delannoy
Danny Morrice
Herve Boure
Tundra Max Tachteris
Paulino Pereira
Luis Brito
Djo Silva
Stefano Gentilli
Ralph Boelen
Ismail Adarzane
July Rebollo
Gustavo Arrojo

The Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro is also the first event in the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle
Tour, which consists of four events this season, at the end of which the GKA will crown a GKA
Wave and Freestyle Rider of the Year – the most all-round high-performing rider across all four
events, in waves and in strapless freestyle.
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Airton - picture Toby Bromwich / Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro
You can find the list of other Grand Slam Wave & Strapless Freestyle events here: ... am-events/

Tarifa is not only famous for consistent wind, but also for its unique kiting culture, vibe and
nightlife. We've taken great care to ensure that all aspects of the event go-off with a bang, and we
look forward to launching the event in style at the opening ceremony.
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Re: Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:29 pm
by Toby
Great event...looking forward to see the videos from this event.

For sure worth watching if you are in the area!

Wishing good winds!

Daily news will be posted on KF.

Re: Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:50 pm
by Toby
Strapless Kiters: Tarifa is waiting for you!

The city for watersports lovers and trend addicted is ready to host the most revolutionary kitesurfing championship

There is only one week left to celebrate another edition of Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing PRO, the first stop in a big tour that continues in Sotavento –Fuerteventura-, One Eye –Mauricio Island- and Fortaleza –Brasil-. From the 29th of June until 3rd of July, riders from different places in the world will arrive to Spain in order to face a big challenge: win at Tarifa, the wind mecca.

“The Strapless rider is the one who wants to explore the limits of surf with a kite, or the one who wants to face a challenge: flying and doing tricks strapless”, explained Jaime Herráiz, tour technical director.
Valdevaqueros Beach –Chiringuito Tangana- will host the competition. On Wednesday, the first day, there will be a trials session, and then at 7 p.m. we will have the official presentation at WET Cafè; and the championship will continue until Saturday.

The rules are very simple, everybody at the beach can understand them perfectly. “There will be a closed track in the water, marked by four buoys, where riders have to do their tricks. In each heat there will be two men face to face who will be scored by three issues: technical difficulty, general point of view and Wow factor, which is “the ability to impress the judges and the public”, said Jaime Herráiz.

For the event, riders have been practicing new tricks throughout one year. Because of this, riders will offer big jumps and impossible tricks, some will even handle pass with a surf board… and any other surprises.

Tarifa will host riders from all over the world: from Hawaii -Nicolo Porcella, Patri McLaughlin-, Australia -Keahi de Aboitz-, Cape Verde -Matchu Lopez, Airton Cozzolino- USA -Matt Elsasser, Reider Decker- and other diferent places of Europe like portuguese Paulino Pereira, or the italian guys Sandro Pissu and Stefano Gentilli. Juli Rebollo and Jan Marco Rivera, who represented the locals.

They all agree that the place stands out in its conditions to practice this sport, but also in its peculiarity: for being so authentic, for the hospitality of the locals, for an unbeatable gastronomy and also because this small town is iconic for the practice of international sports in both sea and wind.

Apart from being witnesses of the show that this competition offers, those that go to the town of Tarifa, will be able to experience firsthand the atmosphere created at night throughout the competition. A city that doesn’t rest and lives the rhythm of the wind.

The tour which is certified by the GKA –Global Kitesports Association- starts in Tarifa, the sanctuary for kite and will later also take place in Sotavento (Fuerteventura, España), One Eye (Isla Mauricio) y Fortaleza (Brasil).


Wednesday 29yh of June:
- Trials at Valdevaqueros Beach, (Tangana Tarifa)
- Presentation at Wet Cafe, 7.00 p.m.

Thursday 30th of June:
- Competition at 1.00 p.m.
- Party at #Oceano

Friday 1st of July:
- Competition at 1.00 p.m.
- Party at Wet Cafè – Tarifa

Saturday 2nd of July:
- Competition at 1.00 p.m.
- Party at Café del Mar Beach Tarifa

Sunday 3rd of July:
- Competition at 12.00
- Party at Tumbao

Re: Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:41 am
by foilholio
Looks good I liked the last one.

Have you had a go at strapless Toby?

Re: Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro 2016

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:29 am
by Toby
no. happy with straps and twintip ;-)