It is with great excitement and anticipation, that we announce the start of the KSP’s second World Pro Kitesurf Tour season.
For those who followed the first season, you will know that we can expect a show of epic proportions, with the world’s best kitesurfers, competing at some of the world’s best wave riding spots!
Professional kitesurfers from 18 different nations have arrived in Cascais, Portugal and are set to battle it out in a head-to-head competition at the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour event, which kicks off tomorrow, June 1.
Get the latest updates and results from Cascais here!
The event is being held at Guincho Beach, which holds the honour of being the KSP’s first-ever European tour stop. With Guincho’s strong winds and powerful beach break as well as the large stable of exciting, high-calibre international riders, the event is sure to deliver a feast of innovative aerial tricks and fierce competition. Fans are invited to watch the action unfold as it happens on the new and improved live-stream feed at www.KSPWorldTour.com.
“Guincho’s side-on shore wind and beach break reflects the ‘real world’ conditions that many kite surfers experience at their local sites,” says Kristin Boese, KSP’s President and Tour Manager. “Watching the athletes ride here over the last few days I am sure that the fans will get to see an amazing show and may just get a few tips and tricks and motivation out of it to try some of the onshore manoeuvres themselves.” Organizers chose to hold the competition from June 1-10 since spring swells and early summer winds coincide in early June.
“The density of talent at this event is truly astounding,” says Sky Solbach, KSP’s Vice President, who will be on-air commentating during the event. “There won’t be any easy heats. Expect to see really good top-to-bottom surfing and hacks, but what’s going to separate the competition is progressive aerial manoeuvres, like air reverses, alley-oops, and air 360s.”
Competitors, KSP staff and fans alike have been warmly welcomed by the City of Cascais, one of the event’s primary partners. Best Kiteboarding, the event’s primary industry sponsor, calls Cascais and Guincho its home for the development of their equipment.
“KSP wishes to extend our deep gratitude to all the organizers and sponsors of this event, including EDP, the City of Cascais, Best Kiteboarding, Nissan, TMN, MEO, Telepizza and Buondi as well as national media partners RFM and RTP. This event is possible thanks to their support and generosity, which we truly appreciate,” says Boese.
Riders participating in the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais
- Ines Correia (POR)
- Marie Gautron (FRA)
- Kristin Boese (GER)
- Melissa Gil (USA)
- Ninja Bichler (GER)
- Jalou Langeree (NED)
- Milla Ferreira (BRA)
- Kirsty Jones (GBR)
- Kari Schibevaag (NOR)
- Maria Celina Guardati (ARG)
- Ainhoa Garcia (ESP)
- Suzanne Kuiper (NED – Alternate Rider)
- Airton Cozzolino (ITA)
- Mitu Monteiro (CPV)
- Guilly Brandao (BRA)
- Mauricio Pedreira (BRA)
- Sky Solbach (USA)
- Juan Pablo Diban (CHI)
- Patri McLaughlin (HI)
- Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS)
- Marciel Lopes Almeida (CPV)
- Luke McGillewie (RSA)
- Etienne Lhote (FRA)
- Lee Harvey (GBR)
- Mark Moore (CAN)
- Abel Lago (ESP)
- Jakob Appel (DEN)
- Cameron Biehl (USA)
- Filippe Ferreira (BRA)
- Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)
- Gonzalo Gomes (POR)
- Pedro Henrique (BRA)
- Jon Modica (USA – Alternate Rider)
- Bastien Bollard (FRA – Alternate Rider)
- Nuno Figuereido (POR – Local Wild Card)
- Paulino Pereira (POR – Local Wild Card)
As always, inMotion Kitesurfing will be covering this event on a daily basis, so check back here for our daily updates and competition results each day, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. We wish the KSP and event organizers all the best for the EDP Kite Surf Pro Cascais World Championship Tour, and the entire KSP Tour season ahead.
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