This year it was clear to see that the world of professional kiteboarding was on fire! Two world tours took to the road in search of the best conditions for their respective disciplines - WKC (Freestyle) and GKA (Wave-kitesurfing and new-for-2018 Air Games.) Both tours focused on growing their organisations and style of riding they represented, with enthusiastic followers worldwide, motivated competitors and great media coverage and distribution. All in all it was a pretty slick showdown. That said, prior to the 2018 season, the world of professional Freestyle kiteboarding competition had a rocky ride and a questionable reputation, both in and out of the industry, as to whether it can last.
On the other hand, the GKA kickstarted the world of pro Wave-kitesurfing and has been grown carefully in order to establish some solid foundations that has gained the trust of the kiteboarding community and those outside of it. With the interest of the sport and its future always at the forefront of everyone’s minds, professional Freestyle has now united with professional Wave-kitesurfing under the GKA (Global Kitesports Association)