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Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya crowned 2017 WKL Freestyle champions

13 hours 38 min ago

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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Olly Bridge wins the 2017 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

Tue 12 Dec 2017

Olly and Steph Bridge have taken out the 2017 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The event attracted a record-breaking number of 140 kiteboarders from all corners of the globe and got underway with clear blue skies and 17 knots of wind.

The British duo claimed the men's and women's titles and repeated the feat of 2014, but it was Olly who crossed the finish line first with a total time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds, and 42 seconds.

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277 meters: Nick Jacobsen breaks kite tow-up world record

Fri 8 Dec 2017

Nick Jacobsen set a new kite tow-up world record in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder flew his kite 277 meters (908.8 feet) high in the sky with the help of Team Brunel, a sailing team who competes in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Jacobsen attached himself to nearly 500 meters of rope, which was dragged behind the 65-foot yacht. Kyle Langford, the trimmer for Team Brunel and a kitesurfer himself, managed the release of the line that got the stuntman up in the sky.

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Six-year-old kid goes kiteboarding with an IKEA Frakta bag

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Necessity is the mother of invention. Here's how a simple creation transforms a kid's life.

It is one of the oldest kite sails in the history of kiteboarding. The Ikea Frakta carrier bag continues to serve as the weapon of choice for first-timers into the sport.

Now, let's meet Frederik. He is six years old, and he wants to ride a kite. His dad, Soren, thought of a small kite that could propel him across the windy waters.

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Four snow kiteboarders take over the Norway peaks

Thu 30 Nov 2017

Four snow kiteboarders have hit the peaks of Norway. "May The Wind Be With You" is an exciting documentary that unveils their extreme adventure.

Sebastian Bubmann, Philip Kuchelmeister, Tobi Deckert and Maxi Kuhnhauser embark on a road trip to one of the coldest regions in the world.

"I have already been in Alaska with Philip in 2012 and 2014. We did two big projects and tried to ride huge mountains. Unfortunately, the weather let us down twice," explains Bubmann.

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Parlier and Moroz win the 2017 Formula Kite World Championships

Mon 27 Nov 2017

Nicolas Parlier and Daniela Moroz have been crowned 2017 Formula Kite world champions, at Al Mouj Beach, in Muscat, Oman.

The world best kite foil performers wrapped up an intense week of sailing in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. The five-day competition attracted 58 riders from 22 countries.

The wind varied from 6 to 20 knots, and the organization ran 108 short track races. Each race barely lasted eight minutes, framed by a stunning mountain backdrop.

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57.97 knots: Alex Caizergues breaks his own world speed kiteboarding record

Thu 16 Nov 2017

Alexandre Caizergues has broken his own world speed kiteboarding record.

The French kitesurfer sailed at 57.97 knots (107.36 km/h) over 500 meters during the 2017 Salt and Speed, a speed sailing event held in Salin-de-Giraud, France.

Caizergues, who had set a new world record in 2013 with 56.62 knots (104.86 km/h), improved his own mark by 1.35 knots (2.5 km/h).

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What are the different disciplines of kiteboarding?

Wed 15 Nov 2017

Kiteboarding is a multidisciplinary wind sport that can be practiced almost everywhere. Discover the different "types" of kiteboarding.

The sport of kiteboarding combines the characteristics of several action sports, including surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, paragliding and sailing.

And because riders are propelled by kite wings, they may execute tricks and maneuvers in a wide variety of wind-affected environments, either in the water or on solid ground.

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Kitesurfer Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo defies Praia do Norte

Fri 10 Nov 2017

A Portuguese kitesurfer rode the humongous walls of water during the infamous November 8, 2017, session at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal.

Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo, a 40-year-old kitesurfer from Porto, defied the giant waves of Nazaré riding a four-meter kite in a crowded lineup dominated by surfboards and jet skis.

Because waves were breaking in a slightly southern direction, and the wind was blowing from the north, Nuno had to carefully analyze each wave, its potential, and the best take-off spot.

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Jinne Boer is the Man of the Dam 2017

Sat 4 Nov 2017

Jinne Boer has taken out the Man of the Dam 2017 in Zeeland, in the Netherlands.

Dutch kiteboarders are known for their talent and creativity. And if you put under 18 rider in competition mode, you'll get a fantastic show.

The annual freestyle kiteboarding event had all the necessary ingredients for success: great winds, sunny skies, and a stoked group of athletes, always ready to showcase their skills.

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Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Mike Waltze

Thu 2 Nov 2017

Mike Waltze lives and breathes Hawaii. The surfer-cinematographer who directed "That First Glide" was one of the first surfers to take on Jaws and to ride waves using ram air kites.

Waltze was born in Port Beach, California, but he moved to Oahu, in Hawaii, when he was still young.

He got into windsurfing in 1969 and, three years later, he was already a proud owner of the iconic "Windsurfer."

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Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Don Montague

Wed 1 Nov 2017

Don Montague is a Canadian watersports inventor and designer. He was at the heart of the kiteboarding revolution and, today, continues to innovate with his kiteboat experimentations.

Don Montague has always been passionate about the ocean. When he was young, he made sails for his skateboard and canoe.

He only discovered windsurfing at the age of 16, after watching Robby Naish in VHS videos. But he instantly knew, he wanted to ride the wind.

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Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Laird Hamilton

Wed 1 Nov 2017

Laird Hamilton was one of the first watermen to test the kites developed by the Legaignoux brothers. Here's how he lived the early kiteboarding years.

When kiteboarding was born, Laird John Zerfas was already an accomplished wave rider. His stepfather, Bill Hamilton, was a phenomenal, well-respected surfer.

Today, the Hawaiian athlete-businessman lives in Kauai surrounded by women - his wife and three daughters. And they all share the same passion for water and the ocean.

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Co-inventor of kitesurfing reveals his side of the story

Tue 31 Oct 2017

The co-inventor of kitesurfing released "Kitesurf: Du Rêve À La Réalité," a book that promises to reveal the details behind the creation of the world's first kite sail.

In 1984, and inspired by the famous "Jacob's Ladder" catamaran, French brothers Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux developed an inflatable wing that would change watersports forever.

The trial-and-error process eventually culminated in an outdoor activity that rapidly gained millions of participants worldwide. Today, kiteboarding is an exciting sport that can be enjoyed both in the water and on land.

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Windmills and waterways: Kevin Langeree gets creative in Netherlands

Tue 31 Oct 2017

Kevin Langeree has gone kitesurfing in the waterways of Kinderdijk, in South Holland. And not even the police could stop him.

People from the Netherlands use to say "if you're not Dutch, you're not much." Do you still doubt that saying? Watch what happens when Kevin Langeree and Lasse Walker get creative.

Kiteboarding is all about the experience. You can ride a kite almost anywhere, as long as you've got the skills and enough wind to go. But pro rider Kevin Langeree has set a new standard.

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The one-legged kiteboarder girl

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Frances Osorio Rivera is just another kiteboarder. The only noticeable difference is that she rides the winds of her favorite spots with one only one leg.

The amputee kiteboarding instructor in a United States Army veteran. Despite having lost her left leg training while training for a kite contest in 2011, Rivera has a strong will to stay active.

And she is determined to share her skills and passion with other wounded veterans of war. The one-legged kiteboarder girl is already an advanced rider. She pulls off complex tricks and aerial maneuvers that never reveal her physical disability.

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How to unhook in kiteboarding

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Unhooked riding is a fundamental skill for freestyle and wave kitesurfing. Learn how to ride a kite unhooked.

Whether you're riding waves or performing new school tricks, you need to master unhooking and hooking, as fast as you can.

As with everything in kiteboarding, training is the best way of achieving perfection. If you're starting with unhooked riding, use the lower wind range to exercise the technique in waist-deep waters and free space around you.

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A backpack made of upcycled kitesurfing kites

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Nukak presents a new bag made of an innovative material: recycled kitesurfing sails.

Ralf is the new kite backpack that features a combination of daring colors and lightness and, thanks to its resistance and flexibility, it has multiple uses.

Ralf is versatile and very useful for both urban use and weekend getaways, for your day-to-day life or your kitesurfing adventures.

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Strapless kitesurfing: where to place your feet on the surfboard

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Are you getting into strapless kiteboarding? Are you unsure where to place your feet on the board? Find the ideal foot positions for a successful ride.

Strapless kitesurfing is one the most exciting dimensions in kiteboarding. Riding a surfboard without any attachments allows you to enjoy the experience with total freedom.

Nevertheless, the advantages of riding strapless come with a few downsides, obstacles and challenges that you should be able to overcome and master.

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How to maintain your foil

Wed 11 Oct 2017

Learn simple preventive measure that will make your foil last longer. Slingshot shared some helpful tips on keeping your gear in top performance.

You've made your splurge, and it's your new favorite toy. Like anything that is worth something, your new foil needs some tender loving care.

Proper maintenance, both before and after using your foil, are essential steps in prolonging its life. This is especially important with salt water exposure.

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