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The wait is nearly over! The Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro begins on June 29th, 2016. The world’s best strapless surfboard riders will be convening on Tarifa to showcase their daring, new strapless tricks. Read details about the upcoming week, below.

The city for watersports lovers is ready to host the world’s most revolutionary kitesurfing championship. There is only one week left until we celebrate another edition of the Tarifa Strapless Kitesurfing Pro, the first stop of a tour that continues to Sotavento (Fuerteventura), One Eye (Mauricio Island) and Fortaleza (Brasil). From the 29th of June until the 3rd of July, riders from different places in the world will arrive in Spain in order to face a big challenge: win in Tarifa, the wind mecca.

“The Strapless rider is the one who wants to explore the limits of surf with a kite, or the one who wants to face a challenge: flying and doing tricks strapless”, explained Jaime Herráiz, tour technical director.

Valdevaqueros Beach -Chiringuito Tangana- will host the competition. On Wednesday, the first day, there will be a trials session, and then at 7 p.m. we will have the official presentation at WET Cafè; and the championship will continue through Saturday.

The rules are very simple, so everybody at the beach can understand them perfectly. “There will be a closed track in the water, marked by four buoys, where riders have to do their tricks. In each heat there will be two men face-to-face who will be scored on three criteria: technical difficulty, general point-of-view and Wow factor, “the ability to impress the judges and the public”, said Jaime Herráiz.

For the event, riders have been practicing new tricks throughout the year. Because of this, riders will offer big jumps and impossible tricks, some will even handle pass on a surfboard… and there may be more surprises.

Tarifa will host riders from all over the world: from Hawaii -Nicolo Porcella, Patri McLaughlin-, Australia -Keahi de Aboitz-, Cape Verde -Matchu Lopez, Airton Cozzolino- USA -Matt Elsasser, Reider Decker- and other different places of Europe like Portuguese Paulino Pereira, or the Italian guys Sandro Pissu and Stefano Gentilli. Juli Rebollo and Jan Marco Rivera will represent the locals.

They all agree that the place stands out in its conditions to practice this sport, but also in its peculiarity: for being so authentic, for the hospitality of the locals, for an unbeatable gastronomy and also because this small town is iconic for the practice of international sports in both sea and wind.

Apart from being witnesses to the show that this competition offers, those that go to the town of Tarifa will be able to experience firsthand the atmosphere created at night throughout the competition. It’s a city that doesn’t rest and lives the rhythm of the wind.

The tour, which is certified by the GKA (Global Kitesports Association), starts in Tarifa, the sanctuary for kite and will later also take place in Sotavento (Fuerteventura, España), One Eye (Isla Mauricio) y Fortaleza (Brasil).

Wednesday 29th of June:
– Trials at Valdevaqueros Beach, (Tangana Tarifa)
– Presentation at Wet Cafe, 7.00 p.m.

Thursday 30th of June:
– Competition at 1.00 p.m.
– Party at #Oceano

Friday 1st of July:
– Competition at 1.00 p.m.
– Party at Wet Cafè – Tarifa

Saturday 2nd of July:
– Competition at 1.00 p.m.
– Party at Café del Mar Beach Tarifa

Sunday 3rd of July:
– Competition at 12.00
– Party at Tumbao

Stay updated by following the Tarifa Strapless Pro Facebook Page.

Fri 24th Jun, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

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