Kiteboarding’s biggest event is set to explode with the first official world titles for Big Air Kiteboarding in Twintip, Strapless and Hydrofoil disciplines
The GKA is proud to announce the Big Air World Championships in Balneario, Tarifa, Spain. Taking place from June 20th-July 6th, 2022, this event will host 72 big air warriors, going head-to-head outside of old town Tarifa at Balneario.
The kitesurfing capital of Europe has grown in immense popularity after it became a popular windsurfing hub in the 1980s. Having retained its old world charm, it’s the infamous Levante and Poniente winds that really entertain all the wind seekers.The Levante blown from the land, cross offshore from the left and can be strong, up to 40 knots and often blows for five days straight.The Poniente is the more mellow wind, cross onshore from the right. It’s cooler and more frequent in summer and can blow between 15 – 25 knots for a two or three days in a row.This event has often seen both winds create intense competition conditions!
WHO WILL COMPETE?
TWIN-TIP: 24 men, 12 women
STRAPLESS: 12 men, 12 women
HYDROFOIL: 12 men, 12 women
HOW RIDERS WILL QUALIFY FOR EACH DISCIPLINE:
- Top 4 freestyle male riders from the 2021 GKA Kite World Tour ranking are already pre-qualified
- Top 4 riders from the Full Power Tarifa qualifier event running in May 2022
- 8 entries through video entry
- 8 entries through GKA wildcard invitations
- Top 4 hydrofoil and strapless kite-surf male and female riders and also top 4 freestyle female riders from the 2021 GKA Kite World Tour rankings are already pre-qualified
- 4 entries through video entry
- 4 entries through GKA wildcard invitations
Airush Big Air Product Recommendations
The Lift is all about boosting, hangtime, and taking performance freeride to new heights. Designed for the rider looking for exceptional hangtime, explosive power and stability in the wildest conditions. Ease of use, paired with incredible top end performance, makes the Lift the ultimate big air machine.
The Union delivers. Balancing big air, kiteloops and freestyle, the Union combines superb hangtime with smooth kiteloops, both hooked and unhooked. Ideal for the rider looking for increased boosting performance and crisp steering response. Featuring a fixed bridle for better unhooking capabilities, and a stiffer frame for stability in high winds. The Union is your go-to for performance versatility.
For the rider looking for a kite that provides an endless amount of fun on the water, the Lithium is the ultimate all-around freeride performance kite. Versatile in the surf, easy to ride, and light at the bar, the Lithium is predictable and stable in the air, and has incredible park ability. The powerful three-strut delta-hybrid design enjoys a huge wind range and, combined with the wingtip shape and strut layout, ensures the quickest response through the window as well as instant relaunch.