2020 was a tough year for the GKA. Travel bans, location closures and the inevitable cancelling of many events left everyone feeling a bit stressed. But despite the many challenges of last year, the GKA had some incredible successes and were able to make a lot of cool things happen.

Read on for the biggest wins of 2020 as well as the GKA’s anticipated 2021 tour schedule.

2020 Recap

In 2020, the GKA produced three events with over $70,000 in prize money.

They ran 1 event per discipline: kitesurf in Cabo Verde, freestyle in Ilha do Guajiru, Brazil and the first-ever event in the hydrofoil freestyle discipline in Fortaleza, Brazil

No official 2020 World Champions were crowned however a huge congratulations goes out to James Carew, Ines Correia, Fred Hope, Maxime Chabloz and Mikaili Sol for taking home the top spots!

The GKA also produced the first-ever Distance Battle 2020 which was an online event in the disciplines of twintip freestyle and strapless freestyle. The event was broadcast over 6 hour-long live shows from our GKA Studio.

Delay in producing more competitions have left them hungry for more and they’re planning on hitting the ground running this season.

Huge congrats to Maxime Chabloz for taking home the top spot at the twintip freestyle competition in Brazil.

2021 Tour Schedule

The GKA is ready to get 2021 up and running! However, organizers and athletes must remain patient, flexible and able to pivot as rules and regulations continue to change. They anticipate running the following events however appreciate your understanding as they work to provide final confirmation in what will inevitably be the weeks leading up to each event. It is their goal to provide a safe competition environment for their athletes and staff and they will work within the parameters defined by each hosting country and regulatory body.

Kitesurf
March 23-28 in Dakhla, Morocco (TBC)
July 17-21 in Gran Canaria, Spain (TBC)
August 17-22 in Sylt, Germany
September 6-11 in Hvide Sande, Denmark
September 18-26 in Bel Ombre, Mauritius
October 24-31 in Ceara, Brazil (TBC)

Freestyle
June 22-27 in Tarifa, Spain (TBC)
July 23-28 in Fuerteventura, Spain
August 5-10 in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka (TBC)
September 18-26 in Bel Ombre, Mauritius
October 5-10 in Diego Suarez, Madagascar (TBC)
October 24-31 in Ceara, Brazil (TBC)
November 23-27 in Neom, Saudi Arabia

Hydrofoil Freesyle (TBC)
October 17-21 in Fortaleza, Brazil

Youth Freestyle (all TBC)
April 1-5 in El Gouna, Egypt
April 15-18 in Saint-Pierre La-Mer, France
May 7-10 in Sicily, Italy

Make sure you check back often for tour updates on their website. Cheers to a great year!

*If the GKA has learned anything in 2020, it’s the need to be flexible. Nothing is set in stone and we appreciate your flexibility as rules, formats and events need to be updated.

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