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North Kiteboarding and Mystic team up

Thu 10 Jan 2019

North Kiteboarding announced that it will join forces with Mystic. They call it a "strategic alliance."

Professionals from both companies will run the recently created watersports company, North Actionsports Group (NTG).

The financial terms of the deal have not been revealed, and it is not clear whether North Kiteboarding has bought Mystic, or if they just joined forces equally.

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"Twenty" marks Aaron Hadlow's 20th year in kiteboarding

Wed 9 Jan 2019

Time goes by quickly. Can you believe Aaron Hadlow is riding his kite for 20 years?

2019 marks Hadlow's 20th year since he first flew a kite, and a feature-length movie will be released during summer.

"I took this milestone as a challenge to document the best action and the journey through my favorite disciplines in kiteboarding," explains Aaron Hadlow.

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GKA World Tour will unify wave and freestyle kiteboarding

Tue 8 Jan 2019

Because changes in professional kiteboarding are a must, here's another one.

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) will be the umbrella for the upcoming wave and strapless freestyle, and freestyle kiteboarding world tours.

According to GKA, the former World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC) will be dropped, and the home of the freestylers and wave kitesurfers will be one.

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Maarten Haeger pulls a 32-meter big air jump

Fri 4 Jan 2019

Maarten Haeger became the first kiteboarder to record a 30-meter plus jump on a tracking sensor.

The rider from the Netherlands crushed the world record by flying 32 meters (104.9 feet) high in the skies of Misty Cliffs, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The wind was blowing in the 40-to-48-knot range, and the 17-year-old improved the previous record set at 29.6 meters (97.1 feet) by Gijs Wassenaar.

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Mindoro: a sheltered kite paradise lost in the Philippines

Tue 1 Jan 2019

Beach, mountains, nature, waterfalls, wilderness and a mecca for kitesurfers. You can find it all on one island: the scenic Mindoro, in the Philippines.

After landing on Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport, we change terminal and fly for another 45 minutes from Manila to Mindoro's San Jose with Cebu Pacific, then get into the taxi and head full speed to Bulalacao.

It is not the final destination yet, but from that little harbor town, it is a pleasant drive through bamboo forests, banana and melon plantation, that gets us through rice fields and locals waving, and sharing big smiles at the roadside.

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Airton Cozzolino crowned 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour champion

Tue 18 Dec 2018

Airton Cozzolino and Jalou Langeree have been crowned 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour champions.

The last event of the season got underway at Point Danger, in Torquay, Australia, with the finals being run in cross-off winds and shoulder-high waves.

Local star, Keahi de Aboitiz ended up taking a tasty home win after beating an in-form Sebastian Ribeiro in the final.

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Thomas De Wispelaere jumps over The Belgium Pier in Blankenberge

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Ten years ago, Thomas De Wispelaere said: "One day, I'll jump over this pier."

On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Belgium kitesurfer, 29, has finally accomplished his dream. De Wispelaere has successfully jumped over The Belgium Pier, in Blankenberge.

"This pier is special for Belgian kite surfers. I have been waiting for the right conditions for years. I needed eight-to-nine Beaufort westerly wind combined with a spring tide - and that is relatively uncommon," said De Wispelaere.

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Brandon Scheid and Karolina Winkowska crowned 2018 Kite Park League champions

Wed 12 Dec 2018

Brandon Scheid and Karolina Winkowska have conquered the 2018 Kite Park League (KPL).

The last event of the wake-style kiteboarding series got underway in Brazil and had historical conditions. The inaugural Kite Mansion Open was a huge success.

The organization debuted a different competitive format with a left and a right foot forward kicker, both scoring 10 points, and two lines to the left and to the right with two rails, with both scoring 25 points.

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The official roster for the 2019 Red Bull King of the Air

Mon 10 Dec 2018

Video entries are now closed for the most prolific big air kiteboarding contest in the world.

After much deliberation, the last nine participants have been chosen, and they now secure their place for the ultimate showdown with the hope of taking the title of 2019 Red Bull King of the Air champion.

Kevin Langeree, Liam Whaley and Lewis Crathern, as well as past champions Jesse Richman, Aaron Hadlow, and 2017’s winner Nick Jacobsen have been confirmed for the 2019 event.

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Guy Bridge sets new speed record at 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

Sun 9 Dec 2018

Guy Bridge set a new speed record at the 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, in Western Australia.

The 19-year-old athlete concluded the 19-kilometer kiteboarding marathon from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach, in Fremantle, in 18 minutes and 49 seconds.

On his hydrofoil board, Bridge cut 45 seconds off the race record established in 2016.

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How to fly a single-line kite

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Kite flying is a simple and fun outdoor activity for both adults and youngsters. Learn how to fly a simple single-line kite.

Nothing beats a single-line kite. Why? Because it is easy to set up, control and fly and doesn't require long hours of flight to get it up high in the sky.

You can easily self-launch them, and won't find any problem bringing them back to dry land. You'll find models with spectacular designs, built with sturdy materials, and showcasing vibrant colors.

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Kitesurfing pioneers release must-listen audiobook

Sat 1 Dec 2018

Hawaiian watersports legends Robby Naish, Pete Cabrinha, and Don Montague share their personal stories in an audiobook that is filled with good music and laid back vibes.

Through unreleased interview recordings, taken from the award-winning film "Chapter One - The Kiteboard Legacy Begins," the three men speak about the evolution of watersports in Hawaii, and the birth of a new sport - kitesurfing.

In the early 1990s, professional windsurfer and big wave record holder Pete Cabrinha is part of a group of creative individuals in Maui called "The Strapped Crew," which also included Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama.

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A snow kiteboarding adventure in Patagonia

Fri 30 Nov 2018

Three young riders went on a snow kiteboarding trip to Patagonia.

Ignacio Ortiz, Ivo Pionetti, and Laurent Guyot explore some of the best kiting spots the territory has to offer and were lucky enough to live unforgettable experiences with Mother Nature.

Patagonia is a vast region located at the southernmost tip of South America, and it is shared by Argentina (three quarters) and Chile (a quarter).

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Kitesurfer dies in Supertubos

Tue 27 Nov 2018

A Russian kitesurfer died at Supertubos, in Peniche, Portugal. It was the first time someone died practicing water sports at the spot.

The 34-year-old kiteboarder was riding his wing in challenging ocean conditions at the famous beach break when, suddenly, he broke his board and struggled in the surf.

Local surfers were able to bring him back to the beach, and he was later transported to the Peniche hospital.

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Nick Levi sets new Guinness World Record

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Nick Levi has officially been awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest distance ever kitesurfed in 24 hours.

On August 11, 2017, the rider from Sofia, Bulgaria, launched his kite at 4:17 am and rode it until 9:43 pm within the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, in California.

The total kite distance was of 418.69 miles (673.83 kilometers). Levi's average riding speed in the first 18 hours was 21.9 miles per hour (35.2 kilometers per hour), and his maximum speed was 19.2 mph (31 kph).

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A kiteboarding trip to Prince Edward Island

Fri 23 Nov 2018

Welcome to Prince Edward Island, the smallest province in Canada. The archipelago also known for its is fabulous red sand beaches, massive dunes, red cliffs, and potatoes.

Prince Edward Island, or PEI, offers more than 800 kilometers of beaches, and air temperatures that range between 98°F (36.7°C) and -35°F (-37.2°C).

The territory is hugged by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, but it ends up receiving several lost swells coming from the North Atlantic Ocean.

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Formula Kite set for Paris 2024

Tue 6 Nov 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of World Sailing has confirmed the official line-up of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The sport of kiteboarding will make its debut in the Olympic movement in France with a foil board, and a ram air kite.

The 2024 Olympic sailing events and equipment are as follows:

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Marek Bosowski wins 2018 Baltic Kite Wave Jam

Wed 31 Oct 2018

Marek Bosowski has taken out the 2018 Baltic Kite Wave Jam, in Wladyslawowo, Poland.

The kitesurfing event got underway in extreme ocean and weather conditions. Thirty-two competitors challenged 40 knots of wind and four-to-five meter waves.

The one-day event will not be forgotten, as riders launched their three, four, and five-meters kites into the air and battled the wind-affected sea. It looked like Armageddon.

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Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo sets new Guinness world record for the largest kitesurfing wave

Tue 30 Oct 2018

The Guinness World Records have confirmed it. Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo has officially ridden the world's biggest kitesurfing wave.

On November 8, 2017, the kitesurfer from Porto, in Portugal, launched his kite at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, and sailed into one of the most dangerous beach breaks on the planet.

The wind was blowing from the north, and the waves were slightly facing south. After jumping off the crest of a couple of waves to get acquainted with the lineup, Figueiredo aimed for record wave.

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Maxime Nocher crowned 2018 KiteFoil Gold Cup champion

Tue 23 Oct 2018

Maxime Nocher and Kirstyn O'Brien have taken out the 2018 KiteFoil Gold Cup World Series.

It's all over. The blade-sharp hydrofoils will be put to rest, as the KiteFoil comes to a close in challenging wind conditions in Sardinia, Italy.

The futurist kite class flying under the wing of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) was officially launched in 2014.

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