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99.62 km/h: Thierry Collado sets a new world speed land kiting record

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 29 Mar 2018

Land kiting, also known as kite landboarding or land kiteboarding, is one of the most underrated disciplines in kiteboarding.

Nevertheless, and despite the fact that it is performed on terra firma, riders can reach high speeds. Surprisingly, or maybe not, land kiteboarders are nearly as fast as their fellow water performers.

Recently, Thierry Collado set a new world speed land kiting record. The rider living in Ventura, California, drove his equipment at 61.9 miles per hour (99.62 kilometers per hour, or 53.78 knots) at La Franqui, in France.

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World Kiteboarding League is no longer sanctioned by World Sailing

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Sat 17 Mar 2018

The Kiteboarding Riders United (KRU) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) released a joint statement clarifying the current situation in professional freestyle kiteboarding.

According to the note issued by both organizations the World Kiteboarding League is no longer the "official" freestyle tour.

The new Freestyle World Tour will be called World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC) from now on until any further notice issued by KRU, the official rights holders.

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Air Games: GKA plans to blend big air and freestyle kiteboarding

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 16 Mar 2018

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced the launch of the Air Games, a new World Tour that combines all kiteboarding styles.

While the World Kiteboarding League (WKL) struggles to keep the freestyle discipline up and running, the GKA decided to develop a big air-inspired circuit focused on high jumps and maneuvers.

The GKA Kiteboarding Air Games World Tour will kick off in 2018 with three events held in Leucate, Tarifa, and Cabarete. The goal is to get the wow factor and spectators' enjoyment at the heart of all the action.

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How to launch a kite with an assistant

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 15 Mar 2018

Launching a kite is one of the most important moments in kiteboarding. Here's how an assistant can help a rider get his kite up in the sky.

As a kiteboarder, you need to make sure your kite starts flying as it should and, simultaneously ensure you do it in a safe zone, away from objects, landmarks, and other people.

Kites not only become extremely heavy after inflated, but they can also reach high speeds on particularly windy days. And then, let's not forget the kite lines, an always dangerous weapon that will severely injure passersby.

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The rise of the foil kiteboarding era

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 2 Mar 2018

I was a latecomer to using kites as sails and didn't make a start until 1987 when it seemed to me that enough ducks were in a line to make a major shift to kite traction achievable.

I had also temporarily run out of interesting single-line kite challenges.

By then, I'd been strongly influenced by Paul MacCready winning the Kremer Competition for the first man-powered aircraft to fly a one-mile Figure 8 course, in 1977.

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Miami Beach wants to ban kitesurfing

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 28 Feb 2018

The city of Miami Beach is working on legislation to ban kitesurfing.

According to the Miami Beach Kiteboarders Foundation (MBKF), local authorities in conjunction with ocean rescuers are trying to push all riders to 76th Street and 84th Street.

"They want to force all kiteboarders to ride in one small location, at the edge of the City, far away from our homes, which will, in fact, create a safety hazard," the organization explains.

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Snow kiters challenged the mountains of the Alto Sangro

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 20 Feb 2018

Thirty Formula GPS kiteboarders battled it out on the mountains of the Alto Sangro, Italy, for the second leg of 2018 IKA Snowkite World Cup.

The first day of racing was scheduled to take place in the Fredda Valley, a rather flat area with less steep slopes where speed and distance were more rewarded than gaining height through the terrain. Some impressive performances were recorded early on, with two GPS tasks completed.

On day two, racing was moved to Toppe del Tesoro, the highest area of the Alto Sangro ski region. Winds were light, and despite some great individual performances in the early stages of the challenge, racing was finally abandoned as the wind completely died.

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The 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour schedule

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 9 Feb 2018

The Global Kitesports Association announced the full schedule for the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour.

The strapless freestyle and wave kitesurfing series will feature six stages held in five different countries. However, two extra dates in Ireland and Brazil may be added later in the season.

The world's best kite riders will compete for two officially sanctioned world titles, as determined by World Sailing.

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Kitesurfing in a flooded Paris football field

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 6 Feb 2018

Paris' Seine River reached the highest level in over a century, and heavy floods took over France's capital.

However, what has become a nightmare for the majority of the citizens, it also created unexpected opportunities for inland kitesurfers.

Parisian kiteboarders woke up on the weekend and were greeted by a flooded football field in Bagatelle, near the Longchamp Racecourse.

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Kevin Langeree crowned 2018 Red Bull King of the Air champion

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 1 Feb 2018

Kevin Langeree has taken out the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air, in Cape Town's Kite Beach, South Africa.

The world's craziest kiteboarding competition is over, and there was unbelievable action unfolding in front of thousands of ecstatic big air kiteboarding fans.

The judges were looking for extreme big airs, style, and variety of maneuvers, and wind was giving athletes the boost they needed to perform huge jumps and loops.

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How much does kiteboarding gear cost?

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 25 Jan 2018

When you're getting into kiteboarding and buying gear, you're investing in your physical and mental health. So, is kitesurfing an expensive hobby? What is the cost of entry into the sport?

Kitesurfing equipment only became widely available in the late 1990s. That said, the wind sport is still living its early days.

Since the turn of the millennium, kite gear evolved and got safer thanks to several technical updates and mechanical developments. However, with the progression in equipment, prices kept relatively stable through time.

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Nick Jacobsen breaks fibula and misses King of the Air

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 17 Jan 2018

Nick Jacobsen has broken the fibula of his right leg, in South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder was training for the upcoming 2018 Red Bull King of the Air when the accident and the injury occurred.

"We were two hours up the coast when it happened. Graham Howes, Leandra, and Darryl Partington took me straight to the hospital. It was painful, and I'd rather spend five hours in the dentist chair, but I'm glad I have the best friends and greatest support around me," told Jacobsen.

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What are kitesurfing kites made of?

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 12 Jan 2018

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

Kites evolved tremendously since the turn of the millennium. Not only they became safer to ride and lighter to carry and control in and out of the water, but their core materials also became more efficient.

Depending on the type of kite you're riding, there are different materials and construction methods that can be adopted to get a high-performance model.

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IKA launches the SnowKite World Cup

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 2 Jan 2018

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced the launch of the inaugural SnowKite World Cup.

The new snow kiteboarding series will feature three events held in Reschensee and Roccaraso, in Italy, and Erciyes, in Turkey. The IKA is working with WISSA (World Ice and Snow Sailing Association) to get the circuit up and running.

The 2018 SnowKite World Cup will include three disciplines: Course Racing, Long Distance/Cross-Country, and Formula GPS.

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Riders named for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 27 Dec 2017

The list of riders for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air has been announced.

The organizers of the prestigious big air kiteboarding event have also moved the contest site from the Big Bay to Kite Beach, in Cape Town.

The decision to change the venue was based on the weather conditions. Hopefully, the new spot will improve the spectators' experience, and provided an exciting arena for the stars of the show.

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Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya crowned 2017 WKL Freestyle champions

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 14 Dec 2017

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya are the 2017 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) champions.

The Brazilians riders dominated the Elite League season held in Leucate (France), Texel (Netherlands), Akyaka (Turkey), El Gouna (Egypt), and Cumbuco (Brazil).

Unfortunately, the wind conditions were mediocre in two or three events, which eventually led to a less competitive world circuit. Nevertheless, it was possible to crown new world champions.

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