The Virgin Kitesurf World Championships’ fourth stop will take place on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura – Canary Islands – from the 3rd to the 8th of August.
The renowned venue, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, has been welcoming the World Tour since its beginning in 2001. The event site is in the South of the peninsula at Playa de Jandía, in front of the René Egli Pro-center, one the most delightful beaches of the island which extends its beauty on several kilometers of white and thin sand.
Freestyle & big air disciplines
For the 15th edition of this event, the best kiteboarders will battle for the podium in 25 to 35 knots of side offshore winds that are expected during the week. Many competitors, such as Eudazio Da Silva (BR), Robinson Hilario (DO) and Tarifa’s event winner Carlos Mario (BR) have already arrived in order to train and get used to the challenging conditions prior the event.
Both freestyle and big air competitions will be held. Current number one and defending event winner Liam Whaley (ES) will be missing because of an injury. The young talent will be off the water for three weeks and should be able to participate in Germany again. Gisela Pulido (ES) will be fighting to keep her event crown and stop an unbeatable Karolina Winkowska (PL), while five-time world champion Aaron Hadlow (GB) and two-time world champion Youri Zoon (NL) will battle to snatch the yellow jersey.
$70.000 prize money
In freestyle the prequalified professional riders will be battle for $50.000 prize money. In Big Air any good rider will have the opportunity to enter the trials in order to compete against the world’s best riders in the main event for the $20.000 prize money.