Kitesurfing - International Championships

JEEP Tarifa Pro 2018  © Toby Bromwich
JEEP Tarifa Pro 2018 © Toby Bromwich

International Kitesurfing Championships in Tarifa

Each year many top Spanish and international kite surfers join beginners in Tarifa keen to try out this sport, which started in the 1990s. An international championship is usually held in the late spring in Tarifa,

Events on the PKRA (Professional Kite Riders Association) ProKite World Tour was held in Tarifa in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and after an unexplained break again in 2014  and 2015 when the tour was renamed the VKWC (Virgin Kitesurf World Championships) to reflect the new owners. In early 2016 Virgin pulled out amid rumours of corruption by the competition organisers. The VKWC competition changed its name yet again to World Kite Tour (WKT) and operated as an official ISAF (Sailing Association) sanctioned event.  The WKT appears to have been inactive since March 2017.

A Tarifa leg of the 2016 World Kite Tour was in the draft 2016 calendar for July then September 2016 at Playa Los Lances. The event never took place as the WKT was reduced to only two events in 2016 and none in 2017.   Meanwhile the WKT is in legal dispute with the IKA World Kite League which hosted the Pringle Kitesurf World Tour with four events in 2016;  Fehmarn  El Gouna (Egypt) in March,  Leucate in April, Pingtan (China) in September and Porto Pollo (Italy) in October. The IKA signed an agreement with another body, the GKA Global Kitesurf Association in February 2017 to 'to unite the kiteboarding community'. 

In this vacuum the  World Kiteboarding League (WKL) formed 'by riders for the riders' and as part of the WKL Kiteboarding World Cup organised 12 events in their 2017 WKL Freestyle Elite League which, regrettably, did not include Tarifa. The WKL maintains World Cup Rankings in which Tarifa based Liam Whaley (and world champion in 2015) came close second to Carlos Mario (Brasil) in 2017, and Bruna Kajiya lead the women.   In the current 2018 tour calendar (June  2018) there are currently four to be confirmed locations for the world tour but sadly Tarifa is not one of them.

In June 2014 the Masters of Kiteboard Championship was held in Tarifa.

The GKA Kiteboarding World Tour (was International Strapless Kitesurfing Pro Tour) is organised by the Global Kitesurf Association (GKA) and from the 28 June to 2nd July 2017 at Playa de Valdevaqueros held the Tarifa Strapless Pro, the first event of the 2017 world tour.

On 26th June to 1 July 2018 at Playa de Valdevaqueros GKA accredited  JEEP Tarifa Pro 2018 and the GKA first Air Games.

From 2nd July to Sunday 7th July 2019 the Global Kitesports Associationn (GKA) World Tour, which has now reached 20 cities worldwide was held in Tarifa. There were two championships the Strapless and the Freestyle.    This is the fifth consecutive year the strapless event has place at Valdevaqueros, Tarifa. 

From 23rd July to 28th July 2020 the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) World Tour of 16 competitions, for the GKA Kite World Cup will have riders competing in Tarifa on the sixth stage. There will be two disciplines Kitesurf and Freestyle.

Kite Surfing Lessons in Tarifa

Kite Surfing Lessons in Tarifa
Kite Surfing Lessons in Tarifa

Enjoy private, semiprivate or group kitesurfing courses in Valdevaqueros and Los Lances in Tarifa. Beginners kitesurfing classes are designed by our IKO licensed instructors for kids, adults and seniors. Safety as the primary concern. All equipment and insurance is included and options with transportation are available.

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