The GKA kite-surf World Tour is considered as the biggest strapless kitesurf event in Dakhla and Morocco. 2017 event was extremely successful with 32 riders from 15 countries. GKA Dakha welcomed athletes with good wind and wave conditions that allowed to run the competition for 4 days. The event was characterised by combination of wave and strapless freestyle format. This new form of competition delivered some outstanding performances and pushed riders’ limits to the max that allowed them to show the best what they can.

Most of the riders stayed at Westpoint, the newly opened eco hotel in Dakhla. It was built in March 2017 on the cliff edge of Oum Lomboiur wave spot. Riders were impressed by the hotels facilities, food and spectacular views. Besides competition, riders were supporting Dakhla’s local community by helping to clean up the beach, teaching disadvantaged children basics of kitesurfing and surfing.

Mark the dates in your calendar 24 – 29 April 2018 because GKA kite-surf World Tour is back to Westpoint Dakhla hotel!

Some moments from the beach clean up and teaching day:

Watch our videos of GKA Dakhla 2017 event!

On the first day we had the opening ceremony where riders had a chance to meet and greet Dakhla’s officials who every year support GKA Dakhla competition. On the second day we had some good action during trial heats and new competition combo format – wave riding and strapless freestyle – was agreed.

The main competition started on the 3rd day of GKA kite-surf World Tour Dakhla 2017. The wind this day was the strongest during all event days so the riders were throwing some great action on the water.

Atmosphere of GKA kite-surf World Tour Dakhla 2017 was charged with emotion, action and passion. Intense final heats between riders and Mitu Monteiro wins the event!

The winners of Prince Moulay Hassan GKA World Tour Dakhla 2017:

  1. Mitu Monteiro
  2. Keahi de Aboitiz
  3. Paulino Pereira
  4. James Storm Carew

The final day of the GKA kite-surf World Tour Dakhla 2017. From expression session in front of Westpoint Dakhla hotel to closing ceremony and after party. This event was a blast for sure!

The winners of the expression session:

  1. Airton Cozzolino
  2. Matchu Lopes
  3. Mitu Monteiro
  4. Keahi de Aboitiz

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners who made this contest happen! They trusted us, they supported us, they believed in us! Special thanks to media, press, audiovisual press and of course organisers!

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As many noticed GKA Dakhla 2017 not only became an outstanding world class kitesurfing competition but also riders were supporting and helping Dakhla’s local community. The next GKA Dakhla competition will be in April 2018. So keep your eyes open for more updates!

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