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Fuerteventura will test the kitefoil elite before Paris 2024

More than 40 participants from 15 countries are already training on the beaches of Corralejo to compete from February 15 to 18 in the Fuerteventura KiteFoilInternational Open Cup, featuring Gisela Pulido, who will represent Spain in the Olympic Games.

The beaches of Corralejo on the island of Fuerteventura will be the stage where more than 40 competitors from 15 countries will compete, and they are already training on the island before starting their international trial journey, as many of them aspire to reach the Paris 2024 Olympics if selected by their countries. “Registrations are still open for the Fuerteventura KitefoilInternational Open Cup, an event requested by the riders themselves who train in Corralejo and whom we will likely see competing in Paris,” said Manuel Martínez, president of the Canakite Experiences Sports Club and organizar.

Currently, 10 of the countries participating in this event are already qualified for the Olympics, as are athletes who have secured their spot, such as Gisela Pulido, a 10-time kitesurf world champion, who will represent Spain in this new Olympic discipline of Formula Kite. Among her main rivals is Lauriane Nolot (France), the current world champion and second in the Formula Kite world ranking, as well as leading the overall ranking of the KiteFoil World Series 2023. “Many participants from the top 20 of the World Sailing world ranking are expected to participate,” added Martinez.

Among the male competitors, Italian Riccardo Pianosi and Frenchman Maxime Nocher have already registered for the competition, currently holding the second and third positions in the Formula Kite world ranking. Additionally, the current leader of the KiteFoil World Series 2023, Singaporean Maximiliam Maeder, will also be present. Among the veterans, German Florian Gruber, an 8-time kitesurf world champion, stands out. Representing Spain, Valencia’s Alejandro Climent, who recently won the Formula Kite Spain Series 2023 in Tarifa, will participate, among other riders.

For the Spanish rider, it will be a chance to make contact withpractically the entire fleet, so he hopes to demonstrate all thework they have been doing since November, despite beinginjured in the back. “I hope to measure up; we have spent twowinters here, in addition to the kitefoil cup we held in 2021 in Jandía, the conditions are spectacular,” said Climent. Amongthe confirmed participants is also Catalan Bernat Cortés, among other competitors who could surprise during the event.

Since the celebration of the first KiteFoil World Cup in Fuerteventura in 2021, competitors have discovered the ideal conditions the island offers for training during the winterseason. So, from November to late February, “some of theworld’s best riders have their annual preparation on thesebeaches, which represents a significant investment in thedestination for the municipality and also at the island level,” said Manuel Martínez.

Especially due to its perfect wind conditions throughout theyear, the Canary Islands are the preferred destination for manyathletes and organizations such as the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA). “Fuerteventura is the perfectplace for kitefoil races, as representatives from more than 20 countries spend the entire winter training in Corralejo,” saidMirco Babini, president of the IKA. In his words, he hopes tomake a lot of noise to bring back the World Series of thediscipline in 2025.”

This first edition of the Fuerteventura KiteFoil International Open Cup, organized by the Canakite Experiences SportsClub with the collaboration of the Royal Canarian SailingFederation, is sponsored by the Tourism Department of theFuerteventura Island Council, Promotur Canary Islands, and subsidized by the Government of the Canary Islands. The event has also had the unconditional support of the La Oliva City Council, through various areas such as Mayor’s Office, Sports, Tourism, and Beaches, among others.

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