Fuerteventura was built for this. The Spanish island offers strong winds, crystal waters, bright sun, and 50km of golden beach. It’s no surprise that kitesurfers and windsurfers regularly flock here, and equally unsurprising that it serves as home to the Virgin Kitesurf World Championship.
This year’s event took place over 5 days in early August, drawing competitors from around the world to battle for thousands in prize money. Though wind conditions were more varied than in previous years, spectators, supporters, and the world’s most elite kiteboarders packed the beach for the 15th World Championships.
At the conclusion of the week’s high-flying antics, Christophe Tack and Carlos Mario shared the top spot in the men’s Freestyle competition. Brazil’s Bruna Kajiya edged out 9x world champ Gisela Pulido to claim the title in the women’s Freestyle event. Poor wind conditions made it impossible to finish the Big Air elimination.
Good winds or bad winds, the Sotavento crowds were still treated to a spectacular show and we have the pictures to prove it.