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WKL Freestyle Qualifier Event, Egypt 2017

  • Nov 05, 2017 - Nov 07, 2017
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Event Details

WKL Freestyle Qualifier Event, Egypt 2017
November 5 – 7, 2017
RRD Center, El Gouna, Egypt

Freestyle Elite League & Freestyle Qualifier League Event

The Egypt stop of the World Kiteboarding League World Cup will be host to both a Freestyle Elite League Event and a Freestyle Qualifier League Event. The Freestyle Qualifier Event will be held from November 5 through 7 and the Freestyle Elite League Event from November 7 through 12. Please keep an eye on this page and the page for the Egypt Freestyle Elite League Event for more information as soon as it becomes available.

Event Description

El Gouna had started as one man’s search to find the most beautiful spot on the seaside to build a house and small boat jetty. Now it has become a town with an active diverse community who make it flourish.

It is one of the world’s most popular kiteboarding destinations and for good reason, with it’s flat waters, stable winds and warm temperatures it is simply a paradise.

Last year El Gouna hosted the WKL for the first time along side other world class events such as the PSA Squash World Tour.
This year the WKL is coming back and the El Gouna Elite Riders Cup will be held at the all new RRD Center El Gouna by Creativity Surfing Egypt.
We expect the town to flourish with visitors from all around the Egypt and the rest of the world to create an atmosphere like no other.

Last year Carlos Mario and Karolina Winkowska took the WKL titles, this year we will be expecting another epic battle between the top elites such as Youri Zoon, Bruna Kayija, Alex Pastor, Annabel van Westerop and Aaron Hadlow.

As well as seeing the top riders we are extremely excited to see who is going to make it through the qualifiers, we might be in for a surprise as the upcoming generation of young riders will be proving what they’ve got in order to make it to the top.

We look forward to welcoming all the riders and fans for another action packed week in our humble town El Gouna.


El Gouna,Egypt
5 th NOV – 12 th NOV, 2017
A World Kiteboarding League Tour stop Event


  1. EVENT
    1. The El Gouna RRD center kiteboarding world cup will be held from the 5th of Nov until the 12th of Nov.2017 (Day of Registration 4th Nov for the qualifier league and the 7th of Nov for the Elite league Prize giving for Qualifier league on the 7th and for the Elite league on the 12th).
    2. First mandatory skippers meeting will be on the 5th Nov. at 900 AM
    3. The event discipline is Freestyle . The event gives full points for the overall WKL Freestyle Tour
    4. The total price money is E 30,000.- (thirty thousand Euro).
    5. Openings ceremony will be on the 4th of Nov. at 17.00 at the event site.
    6. Prize giving and closing ceremony will be right after the finals
    1. The event organizer is Francesco Sodini
  3. VENUE
    1. The event will be based in El Gouna beach site. There will be secured storage for the equipment. Conditions to be expected: Flat to choppy waters (around 25 degrees ) and air temperatures may vary between 15 to 25 degrees Celcius.
  4. RULES
    1. This is a World kiteboarding league sanctioned event governed by the WKL rule book.
    2. The WKL point system will apply to the Freestyle discipline.
    3. The WKL code of conduct.
    4. This Notice of Event (NOE).
    1. No registration fees are payable for the competitors in the Elite League and for the Qualifier league it will be 100 euro.
    2. Freestyle discipline is limited to 24 competitors in the Elite league and open registration for Qualifier league can only be online till the 27th of Oktober.
    3. Caddies, coaches and team personnel will report at the registration office on the 4th Nov in El Gouna at the event site. The event schedule can be found on the World kiteboarding website
    1. Kite boards may be required to carry event advertising in compliance with the WKL rule book
    2. The Organizing Authority will supply the Lycra vests, stickers and instructions for their use.
    3. The only event advertising stickers and/or Lycra vests that may appear on equipment and may be worn are those issued by the Organizing Authority of the Event in which the kite board is currently entered.
    4. Lycra vests shall be worn over the harness while going afloat at any time during the event. Competitors shall not deliberately cut or tear the Lycra.
  7. STAFF
    1. Contest director is Olaf van Tol and Head judge Jean Giovanni. Judging panel will be introduced at the mandatory riders meeting.
    1. Competitors take part in the competition at their own risk. The WKL, or any of their officials, representatives, the sponsors, their officials or representatives are not responsible, under any circumstances, for any damage, loss or injury either ashore or on the water either to persons or equipment,
    2. Participation in this event is at the sole discretion of the competitor and at his/her own risk.

Rankings & Ladders

The rankings and ladders for this event have not yet been determined.


Registration for the Freestyle Qualifier event

Riders who want to participate in the Freestyle Qualifier event at the El Gouna RRD Center Kiteboarding World Cup 2017, need to register in advance by purchasing one of the two different entry packages listed below. These packages are only available for riders participating in the event, and not for family members, caddies, or others. Each rider participating in the Qualifier event will need to buy one ticket.
Registration for the Freestyle Qualifier event will close on October 27 2017, and there are only a limited amount of tickets available; so make sure to purchase your ticket in time!

Freestyle Qualifier Entry: €100

This is the base entry package to the event. This ticket includes covers the entry fee to participate in the Qualifier event.

Freestyle Qualifier Entry + Lunch: €160

This package combines entry to the Qualifier event with a catered lunch for the three days of the Qualifier event (5-7 November 2017).

Purchase your Ticket

The tickets below will be available through October 27 2017, and there are only a limited amount of tickets available; so make sure to purchase your ticket in time! To order your ticket simply click ‘add to cart’ in the ticket overview below. Once the ticket is added, go to your cart to pay for your ticket with PayPal. You will receive a confirmation of your registration, as well as a download link for your ticket at the e-mail address you provide during checkout of your ticket purchase in the cart page. For questions you can contact us at

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Freestyle Qualifier Entry € 100
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Freestyle Qualifier Entry + Lunch € 160
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Getting There

Event location address

Bayund Bay El Gouna – 150 meter past Elements Kitesurfing

Nearest airport

El Gouna is located 25 km from Hurghada International Airport with 17 hotels ranging from small Inns to 5-stars beachfront resorts accommodating for tourists mainly from Europe. There are many Airline Companies that have flights to Hurgadha, from all the European Hubs via Cairo or direct to Hurgadha. The most convenient are: Egypt Air, Turkish, Luftansa, Condor, or Thomas Cook Airline from London.


There will by a shuttle service from El Gouna Marina to the event site every day. Use of this shuttle bus service is free for pre-qualified Elite League Riders, en costs 25EGP only for the athletes participating in the Qualifier Event. 

Parking for competitiors

The El Gouna RRD Center has a parking space in front of the entrance.

Visa necessary?

A visa is needed for a visit to Egypt. Please see here for more information:

Vaccinations necessary?

No vacination required


Accommodation for Elite League Riders

For the pre-qualified riders participating in the Freestyle Elite League, stay in the hotel and/or apartments will be free during the Freestyle Elite portion of the event, from 5 – 12 November. The hotel selected is the Rihana Hotel Resort in El Gouna Downtown, located at 10-15 minutes from the event site. These pre-qualified riders will have a dedicated point of contact: Ms Miroslava, who will take care of the accommodation booking. Please contact her at to confirm your stay. 

Accommodation for Qualifier Riders

 Riders participating in the Qualifier portion of the event can book rooms at the Arena Inn Hotel at a reduced price of €48 for a single room or €42 for a double room (prices are per person per night). These rates are based on H.B basis (including breakfast and dinner) , Net Rate and inclusive of services charge and city taxes.

To make your booking, please contact the Arena Inn Hotel at For more information see



For more info regarding media for this event, please contact Gemma Hendra

Global Coverage

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Video Team & Video Distribution Case Productions
Drone Team Acecore Technologies
Photographer Svetlana Romantsova
Media Director Gema Hendra

National Coverage

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Video Crew El Gouna TV  
Social Media Manager El Gouna TV  
Media Director Jeroen van Gent ( Creativity Extrame Movie)