The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced that a growing number of athletes is joining the newly-formed GKA Kiteboarding World Tour.
The World Kiteboarding League (WKL) era seems to be over. The stars of contemporary big air and freestyle kiteboarding are moving towards the new competitive discipline: the air games.
In March 2018, World Sailing (WS) dropped its support to the WKL, and GKA became the sole entity responsible for running the freestyle, wave and air games world tours.
Mondial du Vent, one of the most prestigious events of the kiteboarding season, changed its competitive preference and switched from freestyle to the air games.
As a result, athletes like the two-time world champion Carlos Mario, as well as veterans of the sport like Aaron Hadlow, Jesse Richman, Liam Whaley, Lewis Crathern and Kevin Langeree joined the new GKA Kiteboarding World Tour.
Female riders like Hannah Whiteley, Annelous Lammerts, Mikaili Sol and Osaia Reding have also opted for the air games challenge.
The inaugural 2018 GKA Kiteboarding World Tour already confirmed three stages in Leucate (France), Tarifa (Spain), and Cabaret (Dominican Republic).