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Kite + wake + foil: what do you call this?

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 4 Jul 2018

What happens when you combine kiteboarding, wakesurfing, and foiling? Well, the answer could be a bit complicated.

How about kite tow-in wake foil surfing? It is something like that. Whatever you call it, and according to the creative water sportsmen, this is a world's first.

Laurent Sublet and Jerome Falconnat merged two water sports - kiteboarding and wakesurfing - and a new discipline that is common to both boardsports.

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The best kitesurfing spots in Maui

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Fri 29 Jun 2018

When you think of a tropical destination with superb conditions for kitesurfing, Maui is one of those places that will always make you a better rider.

Once hailed the best island in the world, Maui is also often considered the world's windsurfing capital; a place where wind-and-water sports enthusiasts put their skills to test.

But it is also one of the birthplaces of kiteboarding. The world's first kite competition was held in Maui, in September 1996, and won by Marcus "Flash" Austin.

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Nick Jacobsen draws colored smoke lines in the skies of Hayling Island

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 26 Jun 2018

Nick Jacobsen is not a fan of competition. Instead, he prefers to inspire people through life-threatening, one-off projects.

This time, he joined the Kitesurfing Armada for a side-off event that involved colored smoke, similar to what the military uses for signaling landing or target zones.

Twenty-four hours after watching David Hastilow, and friends performing a kite formation display that included red, white and blue smoke, the Danish kiteboarder decided to do the same... towed by a boat.

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Graham Howes and Nick Jacobsen ride the "Floating Lake"

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 20 Jun 2018

Graham Howes and Nick Jacobsen went on a crazy adventure to the Faroe Islands to ride their kites on Sørvágsvatn, also known as Leitisvatn or the "Floating Lake."

Turquoise water, coconuts, and palm trees are trending. People flocking to paradise to fill their Instagram feeds with smoothy breakfast bowls and bikini shots. Well, one thing was sure - Howes and Jacobsen wanted none of that.

"The idea came about in Cape Town over summer. Everyone was booking their tickets to Bali, Tarifa, and Cabarete," Graham Howes tells SurferToday.com.

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Matchu Lopes lands first ever triple front roll in competition

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 13 Jun 2018

Matchu Lopes and Moona Whyte have taken out the inaugural Viana World Cup, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

The third stop on the 2018 Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Kite-Surf World Tour got underway in the beautiful coastal city located in the north of Portugal.

Cabedelo Beach is famous for its "Nortada" wind, and it is also the spot chosen by the PWA World Cup to run this year's slalom and freestyle events in Portugal.

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The illustrated Kitesurf Map features over 500 wind spots

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 13 Jun 2018

When we talk about maps, it's safe to say that details matter. A lot.

In 2010, a German surfer named Simon Schuetz was searching for a world map with the best surf spots, but he didn't find what he was looking for.

That's when he decided to found Awesome Maps, a startup based between Berlin and Bali that makes illustrated world map posters for the active traveler.

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Brandon Scheid claims the 2018 Triple-S Invitational

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Mon 11 Jun 2018

Brandon Scheid and Karolina Winkowska have taken out the 2018 Triple-S Invitational, at Cape Hatteras, in North Carolina.

It's been hailed as the most prestigious wake-style kiteboarding contest on the planet and, this year, the Triple-S Invitational got underway in all wind directions.

Once again, 34 riders put their skills to test and attacked the two kickers, 82-foot A-frame, 56-ft rooftop rail and 45-ft reverse rainbow on offer.

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73-year-old kiteboarder loses life in San Francisco Bay

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 5 Jun 2018

A kitesurfer lost his life at Crown Memorial State Beach, in Alameda, California.

Alameda firefighters received a call at 4:25 pm for a kitesurfer in distress. A 73-year-old general surgeon was found in the water unresponsive and facing down by bystanders and fellow kite riders.

They dragged him to the beach and performed CPR, although there was no sign of life from the man, who had been flying his kite at San Francisco Bay.

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