DAY 6 – THE EXPRESSION SESSION & THE PRIZE GIVING AT PK 25 DAKHLA HOTEL

On the last day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Dakhla, all riders visited Dakhla lagoon to show some strapless freestyle moves just in front of our newly opened sister hotel – PK25 Dakhla hotel.

This day was special for PK25 because it was the official hotel inauguration and at the same time GKA Kite-Surf World Tour Dakhla/ Morocco prize giving and closing ceremony.

Congratulations to all the winners, participants, organisers and the local authority! We would also like to thank our sponsors and partners who made this event happen!


DAY 5 – GIRLS FOCUS

This year we had 14 women registered for the competition which is the largest number of female competitors ever at the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour! In general, strapless kitesurfing is becoming a more and more popular discipline among female riders.

The next day after the finals, all riders and GKA crew were enjoying Westpoint Dakhla facilities and great weather conditions. While some were foiling and surfing next to the hotel others took a chance to discover Dakhla city.


DAY 4 – DOUBLE ELIMINATIONS FINALS

On the forth day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Dakhla, the water was literally on fire due to intense finals. Airton against Keahi and Jalou vs Moona were fighting for the first places on the podium. Here are the results!

MENS
1: AIRton Cozzolino
2: Keahi de Aboitiz
3: Mitu Monteiro
4: Sebastian Ribeiro

WOMEN
1: Jalou Langeree
2: Moona Whyte
3: Inês Correia
4: Carla Herrera Oria

Congratulations to all the competitors and to our GKA Dakhla champions – Airton and Jalou!


DAY 3 – DOUBLE ELIMINATIONS

On the third day of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Dakhla, the wind was blowing since early morning but the swell hit just in the afternoon. For double eliminations judges decided to have – 60% wave riding and 40% strapless freestyle.

The double-eliminations gave a second chance for all riders to win the competition. Because of a late start, the competition could not be finished before a sunset. This day will reveal who are the official winners of the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour stop in Dakhla.

Like every year, an important social aspect of any competition in Dakhla is teaching disadvantaged kids from Dakhla the basics of kitesurfing. Matchu Lopez from Spain and the last years winner Mitu Montero from Cape Verde were sharing their passion and showing kids the joys of controlling a kite.


DAY 2 – SINGLE ELIMINATIONS

The GKA Kite-Surf World Tour 2018 in Dakhla once again has a mixed format, riders were judged on two parts – 70% wave riding and 30% strapless freestyle. 

Luckily, good wind conditions allowed to run the competition all day. The men’s division started early morning following the women’s heats in the afternoon. The competition started at the beach break while women’s heats moved to the point break of Oum Lamboiur, just next to Westpoint Dakhla hotel.

DAY 2 SINGLE ELIMINATION RESULTS:

MEN
1: AIRton Cozzolino
2: Keahi de Aboitiz
3: Mitu Monteiro
4: Matchu Lopes

WOMEN

1: Jalou Langeree
2: Moona Whyte
3: Inês Correia
4: Carla Herrera Oria

The next day will be double eliminations so the tension between riders is getting high. Now let’s hope that great wind conditions will continue all week. 


DAY 1 – REGISTRATION DAY

From the 24th to 29th of April 2018, Westpoint Dakhla hotel is the main host and a sponsor for the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in Dakhla/Morocco.

This year 48 riders – 34 men and 14 women registered for the competition. Last year, only few girls showed up and, sadly, the number was too low to form a women’s division. However, this year we have a big change – 14 women registered and it already exceeds the number in Cape Verde that was 10.

After early morning registration and a positive wind forecast, there was a hope to start the competition straight away. However, all hopes vanished when the reality did not delivered contestable wind conditions.


GKA KITE-SURF WORLD TOUR 2018 DAKHLA

It is a pleasure to announce the second event of the GKA KITE-SURF WORLD TOUR 2018 will be held in Dakhla Morocco. This is the third consecutive year and looking to be the best one so far.

The dates will be from the 24th to the 29th April 2018.
This competition is sanctioned and governed by the 2018 KSWT Rulebook 2018

Registration

Entry procedure and Registration

All competitors planning to enter a KSWT event shall pre‐register via email to jo@global-kitesports.org or by other means to be specified by the KSWT Sports Commission, no later than the published closing date for entries for that specific event.

Ultimately it is the competitors’ responsibility to pre‐register or to apply for an entry for an event and to ensure that the application has been received timely and correctly.

According to rule 10.2, fines and/or having their next events applications cancelled may be handed out to a pre‐registered and / or qualified competitor who, without advanced notice fails to show up at an event.

Complete and signed entry forms for event registration must be signed and complete by the time stated in the Race Notice. Exceptions can only be granted by the KSWT Representative.

If a competitor is unable to complete registration at the published time and place in the Race Notice for reasons beyond their control, then the competitor should contact the KSWT Representative with details of their delay, and must gain consent for their registration period to be extended. Evidence must be supplied to support reasons showing that the circumstances we/are out of the competitor´s control. Failure to comply with the above will prohibit a competitor from entering the event.

All riders can register for the event by mailing jo@global-kitesports.org by the 15th of April

The registration mail should contain:
Full Name
Nationality
Sponsors
Passport number
Telephone
Facebook page
Instagram account
Email
COMPLETE FLIGHT DETAILS OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Cost of entry is 120 € via Wire Transfer to the GKA Bank account below and 140 € on site. Please bring exact quantities if payment is to be made onsite.
Global Kitesports Association e.V.
IBAN: DE0320 0505 5010 0220 7858
BIC: HASPDEHHXXX

Bank Address:
Hamburger Sparkasse (HASPA)
Adolphsplatz / Gr. Burstah
20457 Hamburg
Germany

Please make sure to put the full name of the rider in the transfer’s subject. All registration payments must be made before the 10th of February.

Entry restrictions

Inscription – fee payments must be made no later than the end of the inscription-time at the respective event. In the case that the full amount of the inscription fee is not paid by the end of the announced inscription-time, the rider will not be allowed to compete. Payments can be made in cash at the inscription at the respective event. Cash-payments will only be accepted in Euros or US$ currency. Inscription fee payments can also be made by bank-transaction. Inscription fee payments via bank-transaction have to be credited to the GKA bank-account 7 days prior to the first day of the event. The maximum number of 64 competitors registered for a KSWT event, including the wildcards.

Disciplines

There will be just one Official Discipline (Wave & Strapless Freestyle Kitesurfing) in a KSWT event, with the following categories:

Wave.
Strapless Freestyle.

Both categories can be used in any event, even in the same eliminatory depending on the conditions.

There shall be no more than 1 single / dingle / double eliminations per at each KSWT event.

IMPORTANT INFO

Competitors are asked to wear the official lycra at all times when proceeding to the water – also during training – for optimal recognition.
All event dinners and meetings in the schedule are mandatory to all riders. Please be on time and ready.
Riders are not permitted to publicly associate their names in non-authorized parties/autograph sessions.
There will be a social event-calendar for each event that all riders have to join via social media and share.

Equipment storage

There will be a secure equipment storage at the event site during the event.

Schedule

24/4/18 Registration 9:00-11:00 West Point Hotel
First possible Start 12.00 West Point Hotel

Opening Ceremony West Point Hotel

25/4/18 Skippers Meeting 9:00 West Point Hotel
26/4/18 Skippers meeting (time posted the day before on the official notice board) Beach Cleaning
27/4/18 Skippers meeting (time posted the day before on the official notice board)
28/4/18 Skippers meeting (time posted the day before on the official notice board)
29/4/18 Skippers meeting (time posted the day before on the official notice board)

Closing ceremony at PK25 Hotel.

Accommodation rates for competitors:

It’s 50€ per competitor/day, with the condition that we put up to three people together in one bungalow. We do this price to animate riders to come earlier to train, so if you could help us in this promotion, that would be super. For booking please contact booking@westpointdakhla.ma or call +212-661835010
If there are single rooms or special conditions required, it’s the normal rate and they will be moved to our new hotel, PK25.

Prize money

The prize money for Dakhla will be 25,000€ euros.
The prize money distribution for a valid and completed KSWT event will be done according to the following table:

MALE

 

FEMALE

Position

Percentage

 

Position

Percentage

1

24,00%

 

1

8,00%

2

18,00%

 

2

6,00%

3

12,00%

 

3

4,00%

4

7,00%

 

4

2,00%

5

4,75%

 

 

 

5

4,75%

 

 

 

5

4,75%

 

 

 

5

4,75%

 

 

 

Total

80%

 

Total

20%

If the women´s division does´nt take place, the full amount allocated as prize money will be added to the men´s division

Eligibility

A competitor is eligible for any KSWT event if he meets the following conditions:

(i). He is a member of his Official National Kiteboarding Federation or Association.
A valid membership card or certificate, or other satisfactory evidence of identity and membership may be requested.
(ii). He has a personal medical insurance with worldwide coverage. A valid membership card or certificate, or other satisfactory evidence of worldwide medical coverage may be requested.
(iii) The competitor can not hold responsible the KSWT, the GKA or the event-organizer for any claims for damages as a consequence of the competitor not having sufficient personal medical insurance.
(iv) The competitor can not hold responsible the KSWT, the GKA or the event-organizer for any legal liabilities and/or any claims for damages by third parties caused by the competitor.
(v). He complies with World Sailing Federation Regulation, Eligibility Code.

Entry allocation

Entries into SKWT events shall be allocated according to the following table:
In the case that there is no National Qualifier Ranking, the 4 Wildcards will be allocated: 2 for KSWT and 2 for the Organizer.

Please for visa info mail tanja@dakhla-attitude.com

GKA STAFF
General Secretary : Dr Jörgen Vogt
Sports Director: Jaime Herraiz Pardo
Tour Manager: Josef Ciastula
Race Director: Juan Antonio Aragón

Head Judge: Daniel Jimenez
Judge: Mallory Hersart de la Villamarque
Judge: Rui Meira
Judge: Fadi Issa
Judge: Luis Eduardo De Dios Mellada
Judge: Alvaro Onieva

Rulebook
New rule book will be posted on the official website https://www.global-kitesports.org/world-tours/rulebooks/
Any question please contact our Tour Manager Jo Ciastula jo@global-kitesports.org
We look forward to seeing you very soon
GKA Team