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GKA Announces The Air Games

A new tour has arrived. The Global Kitesports Association has announced a new, twin tip World Cup tour. The aim of the tour is to crown the best overall twin tip rider. Find out more about the new tour including judging criteria and a calendar of events, following. News provided by the GKA.

The essence of the tour is to find the most complete twin-tip rider out there. However, the basis of each judging category primarily calls for as much height as possible. After that, the show will come down to each rider’s interpretation and how they want to display their vision for where an all-round show of explosive riding can go in the given conditions.

The Category Breakdown
Tricks will be judged over four categories and at the end of the heat (4 riders per heat) each rider’s best three tricks from three different categories will count.
The Categories
Regular jumps (spins, grabs – anything goes, as long as it’s high)
Board-offs
Kite loops
Handle-passes

By developing a format with four different and diverse categories the visual show will always be dynamic, explosive and exciting. By allowing riders to omit one category of trick, there’s still scope for them to specialise without having to sacrifice their own distinct riding styles, so we expect to see some of the sport’s biggest stars throwing down in their own trademark style.

Conditions
The competition will run in any wind of 15 knots and above, so riders need to be prepared to switch up their performances. As the winds increase, the overall height factor will score more highly, while at the lower end of the wind scale, judges will be rewarding more technicality, while still expecting as much height and amplitude as possible.

Staged at some of the most iconic kiteboarding competition venues, expect classic kiteboarding conditions that will ignite the imagination of people all over the world and at the same time inspire true kiteboarders, too:

Events
Mondial du Vent, Leucate, France:17 – 22nd April
Tarifa: 27th June – 1st July
Cabarete Kiteboarding World Cup: 9 – 15th July
More events: TBC