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GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Toby » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:23 pm

60 rider registered for the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships

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This year the Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships (20 June – 06 July) is being hosted alongside the Visit Qatar GKA Expo, running from the 21- 26 June and the GKA Awards night on the 25th June.

Yesterday saw the opening of the Visit Qatar GKA Kite Expo and the official registration day for all the competition riders. The sun was blazing over the Bibo Beach Expo event site, setting the perfect stage for riders and brand exhibitors to assemble.

The Qatar Airways GKA Big Air World Championships as a whole is huge on all levels!
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60 registered riders competing in the twin-tip, surfboard and hydrofoil disciplines gather on the Expo main stage - where you can hear daily tech talks from the kiteboarding brands and pro athletes! See the daily schedule on the liveticker on the live event page: www.gkakiteworldtour.com/live

Amongst the highly accomplished riders from all over the world ready to compete at this monumental event are many kiteboarding legends with continuing business to resolve. Jesse Richman and Aaron Hadlow may both have two King of the Air titles, but could one of them become World Champion?
With 23 brand exhibitors at this event, there was plenty of newly released equipment to be tried and tested by the public!

We caught up with some brand representatives to find out just how important this event was for them.

Philipp Becker, Duotone Marketing Manager:
“The GKA Expo is unique regarding the scale of the event and how the GKA has made a huge effort to get everyone in the kitesurfing community together. Tarifa is also the mecca of kitesurfing, making it the ideal place for an annual meetup.”

Klaus Warkentin, Business Development Director at North Kiteboarding:
“The combination of having an expo linked to a big air event is inspiring for us. Interaction with the consumer is critical, so events like this are so important.

"Brands can show their products directly to customers and deliver a 360-degree experience with staff, riders and products.

"We hope this event will continue to grow each year and open doors to a period where our community shows the world the beauty and potential of our sport.”
Tour manager, Tom Hartmann

Possible Challenges

According to the GKA Event Organizer, Tom Hartmann, one of the biggest challenges the organizers face with this event is having all the crew and riders on standby for three weeks, with everyone needing to be ready to go as soon as the conditions are optimal - ie: strong! The GKA has set aside a three-week waiting period so that they can wait for the perfect Big Air conditions.

The forecast is looking light for the coming days, providing riders with a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Visit Qatar GKA Kite Expo and work with the brands to showcase all the new and exciting kitesurfing equipment.

The official Opening Ceremony for The Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Championships will take place tomorrow on Thursday 24th, so if you are in Tarifa make sure to head over to Bibo Beach to celebrate!

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Toby » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:27 pm

Forecast here: https://www.windfinder.com/forecast/valdevaqueros

Maybe some action next week!

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby TheJoe » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:33 pm

Not very promising yet.

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Baptiste_FR » Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:10 pm

TheJoe wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:33 pm
Not very promising yet.
That is the main problem with Tarifa during summer. It can be nuking for 3 straight weeks, but it can also be very calm for a month ! Janek said it very well in his last podcast interview.
That's what I thought the choice of this time of year in Tarifa was not the most pertinent.
They may have to extend the time windows, because running a big air event in 17-23 knots of wind is not the best way to crown a world champion.

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby alunj » Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:50 pm

So far this summer has been really wierd
For the last 10 days a high level low was hanging around the NW of Spain ; this caused or was related to crazy heatwave we just had and caused the complete collapse of the Nortada trade down the Portugal coast
This week has been good poniente in the south which isn’t good for Tarifa big air .
Let’s hope the patterns return to some sort of normality tho some of the longer range predictions put a low pressure right where the Azores high should be . This will again tend to poniente in Tarifa

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Toby » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:14 pm

But with up to 25 knots hydrofoil big air will be a nice show at least

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby alunj » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:28 pm

Toby wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:14 pm
But with up to 25 knots hydrofoil big air will be a nice show at least
And you worry about rocks ;)
The foil will always try to kill ! ;) ;)
Thinking a trip down this weekend maybe a plan . Looks like a good vibe with the expo as well

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Toby » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:32 pm

Where is the event site? Valdevaqueros or center?
Expo is Valdevaqeiros, guess no problem there…

Looks like sweet Poniente on the weekend. Would be enough for me on 18 😉

Definitely worth going and check out things and meet people. Always loved those events in Germany.

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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Toby » Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:26 pm


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Re: GKA Big Air World Championships 2022 (20 June - 06 July)

Postby Baptiste_FR » Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:59 pm

Toby wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:32 pm
Where is the event site? Valdevaqueros or center?
Expo is Valdevaqeiros, guess no problem there…
The competition will be at Balneario for Twintip and Strapless. It will also probably be the case for hydrofoil.

This document (page 8 ) describe the event : https://www.gkakiteworldtour.com/race-n ... 202022.pdf
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