Please select your home edition
P&B 2018 Sailing Season 728x90

GKA Air Games Cabarete - Day 1

by Matt Pearce 11 Jul 02:37 PDT 9-15 July 2018
Adeuri Corniel - GKA Air Games Cabarete - Day 1 © Event Media

The main event window officially opened yesterday as the last remnants of a dramatic tropical storm that had raged through the night blew out to sea.

Thankfully, the thunder and lightning ceased by mid-morning but the turbulent weather wasn't going anywhere and Cabarete's natural cross-on wind direction was skewed, with the wind blowing a little more side-offshore than usual.

Couple that with the residual clouds that were stopping a thermal effect from building and it meant that the wind never quite hit full competition strength but, if you had a big kite, it was 'go time' all the same and a number of the riders were out warming up on their bigger kite sizes throughout the day.

Variable conditions are a fact of life in competitive kiteboarding, and they don't just pose a challenge for the riders either. We caught up with race director Sergio Cantagalli to get a bit of background on the conditions we can expect this week (spoiler alert: the forecast looks solid!) and tour manager Tom Hartmaan alongside head judge Mallory de la Villemarque who gave us some insight into the concept behind this exciting new World Tour.

Related Articles

GKA Air Games Cabarete day 5
Mika and Mario take on all comers to retain their podium positions on final day The Brazilians finished on Saturday atop the podium with the unstoppable Mikaili Sol taking her second event win of the season to make it 'two from two' before Carlos Mario topped his first GKA Air Games event podium. Posted today at 11:30 am
Guy & Daniela win Formula Kite Europeans
Guy Bridge and Daniela Moroz taking the overall honors A week of racing in conditions from 6 to well over 25 knots came to an end yesterday with Guy Bridge and Daniela Moroz taking the overall honors at the kiteboarding event at the 81st edition of the "Warnemuender Woche" in the north of Germany. Posted on 14 Jul
GKA Air Games Cabarete day 4
The finals draw near as local heroes launch an assault up the elimination ladder We're getting down to the sharp end of the competition here at the GKA Air Games Cabarete and Friday saw the competitive field whittled down to just six women and seven men as the final stages of the double eliminations beckon. Posted on 14 Jul
GKA Air Games Cabarete day 3
Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol on top in the GKA Cabarete Singles! Another jam-packed day of competition yesterday (Thursday) at the Air Games Cabarete 2018 as the single eliminations wrapped up and the riders pitched into the doubles Posted on 13 Jul
GKA Air Games Cabarete day 2
A posse of talented local riders Yesterday was flat-out from the start and stacked with heats at the GKA Air Games Cabarete as 38 riders battled through the single-eliminations, powered by the super-consistent afternoon conditions that this spot is known for. Posted on 12 Jul
US Sailing announces Youth Olympic Games Roster
Sailors announced for Buenos Aires 2018 Held every four years, 2018 will mark the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, which are expected to include nearly 4,000 athletes from over 200 nations. The sailing events are expected to include over 100 athletes aged 15-18. Posted on 10 Jul
GKA Air Games Cabarete kicks-off
26 men and 13 women registered 39 riders from around the world have registered for the event – 26 men and 13 women – with a solid field of competitors, ranging from former World Champions to hard-hitting local rippers, as well as some of the most promising up-and-comers in the sport. Posted on 10 Jul
Jeep Tarifa Pro: The very first air games winners!
Jesse Richman and Mikaili Sol set the GKA Air Games standard The first order of Sunday business, the last day of the Jeep Tarifa Pro, was to complete the women's KSWT strapless freestyle contest. Posted on 2 Jul
Jeep Tarifa Pro - Air Games action wrap
The tour is off, running and already evolving... The GKA Kiteboarding 'Air Games' World Tour saw its first ever rounds of competition run in the toughest conditions for both the judges and the riders - lighter winds! Posted on 28 Jun
British CR:X Kite Race Series at Southend-on-Sea
What a cracker! A full fleet race in big winds Weekend #3 of the British CR:X Kite Racing Series at Southend-on-Sea, hosted by Essex Kitesurfing Club was a cracker! Posted on 27 Jun
Zhik 2018 Hyeres 728x90 BOTTOMWindBot-COACH-660x82PRW 2018 660x82