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Sylvain Hoceini breaks nautical mile speed sailing world record

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 16 Jul 2020

Sylvain Hoceini broke the nautical mile speed sailing world record at Plage du Rouet, in La Palme, France.

On July 15, at 8:40 pm, the French kiteboarder rode his kite at 39.11 knots (44.88 miles per hour) during the 2020 Prince of Speed.

Hoceini improved by 0.08 knots last year's record set by American rider Rob Douglas at 39.04 knots (44.93 miles per hour).

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Formula Kite: the official foiling equipment for the Olympic Games

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 15 Jul 2020

The sport of kiteboarding will make its Olympic debut with foiling equipment.

As a result, athletes will compete for medals using hydrofoils and specific foil kites licensed under the Formula Kite class rules.

International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) invited kite industry manufacturers to submit equipment for validation by the Technical Committee.

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Liquid Force Kiteboarding closes down

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 2 Jul 2020

Liquid Force (LF) announced the closure of its kiteboarding division.

The sports company founded in 1995 by wakeboarding pioneers, Tony Finn and Jimmy Redmon, has pulled out of the kitesurfing industry.

The Hood River office has been closed on June 30, 2020, with all customer service and warranty issues managed out of the office in Carlsbad, San Diego.

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Nick Jacobsen jumps off a 60-meter-high ship crane

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 25 Jun 2020

Nick Jacobsen has jumped off a 60-meter-high crane mounted on a massive cargo vessel, in Demark.

In 2011, the Danish kiteboarder jumped off the shipwreck in Table View, Cape Town, South Africa.

Nine years later, Jacobsen was finally able to perform his Crane Jump 2.0. It was a longtime dream that saw the light of day aboard "Leap Heart."

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Nick Jacobsen jumps over Danish breakwater

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Mon 15 Jun 2020

Nick Jacobsen has jumped over a breakwater in Hundested, Denmark.

At first glance, it looks easy and doable. Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, and Olly Bridge have already landed similar and bigger jumps.

But there are a few variables that make this one harder to perform, including a couple of months of confinement, wind speed and direction, a bonus trick, and the landing's condition.

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Ozone R1 V4 kite gets Olympic approval

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 29 May 2020

The Ozone R1 V4 kites have been approved as registered series production equipment for Formula Kite class.

After a successful factory inspection by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Technical Committee, the kite sizes 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 21 meters were officially granted Formula Kite status.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 limitations, the physical factory inspection was replaced by extensive documentation.

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Paris 2024: Formula Kite inspections begin

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 5 May 2020

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced that the factory inspections regarding the new Formula Kite equipment will include 15 manufacturers.

IKA revealed that the technical checkups for the Formula Kite registered series production scheme will focus on 15 of the 17 received applications.

After completing the registration application process in September 2019, which featured an extensive list of technical equipment requirements and documentation, it is now time to assess the businesses' liability.

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