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Alex Neto and Susi Mai win the 2017 Red Bull Rally dos Ventos

Mon 18 Sep 2017

Alex Neto mastered the strong winds blowing across the striking blue lagoons and immense sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park to win the second edition of kitesurfing's Red Bull Rally dos Ventos.

The Brazilian star excelled on home soil to defend his title and upset world champion Carlos Mario Bebê in a thrilling finish at the end of a tough competition.

Forty-five competitors battled their way through 65 kilometers of picturesque blue lagoons and huge sand dunes in one of South America's most breathtaking settings.

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Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour champion

Fri 15 Sep 2017

What better way to crown a wave kitesurfing champion than in the iconic reef break of One Eye, in Mauritius.

The 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour is over, and we have a new champion. The race for the championship title had two contenders - Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino - and they put everything on each wave to raise the coveted trophy.

Both riders progressed through the early heats until the competition turned into a do-or-die showdown.

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Joshua Emanuel claims the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge

Thu 14 Sep 2017

Joshua Emanuel has taken out the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge, in the Netherlands.

What an epic day in an insane event. The world's best big air kiteboarders survived gale force winds in the 50-knot range and took to the skies of Zandvoort, a coastal community west of Amsterdam.

The organization got the natural kickers needed for the riders to go out and throw their tricks up in the air. And you couldn't've asked for a better showdown, in front of five thousand fans.

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Lufinha and Brandt complete kite cross between the Azores and mainland Portugal

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Francisco Lufinha and Anke Brandt have successfully completed the kite cross between the Azores and mainland Portugal.

The Portuguese and German kitesurfers rode their kites and foil boards in the Atlantic Ocean for around 888 nautical miles (1,646 kilometers). That's a new world record.

The journey kicked off in Ponta Delgada, Azores, on the island of São Miguel, on September 4, and ended in Oeiras, Portugal, on September 13.

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8 basic tricks every strapless kitesurfer should learn

Thu 7 Sep 2017

Strapless kitesurfing is an incredible experience. But you need to master the art of surfboard riding to enjoy it to the fullest.

Whether the ocean is flat or pumping perfect waves, a strapless board is always a challenging kitesurfing option.

Pro kiteboarder Alberto Rondina compiled a list of fundamental tricks and maneuvers that will help you become a better strapless kitesurfer. As with always in the sport, practice makes perfect.

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Are kites useful for anything?

Wed 6 Sep 2017

Countries, empires, and civilizations with cost diseases eventually choke on their own inefficiencies.

Cost diseases did it for Rome and the Ottomans. And India during the Mogul era (allowing easy conquest by England). And they are to blame for the "century of shame" when China became so dysfunctional that foreigners bullied them unmercifully (which China is now determined to exact revenge for).

There are various theories as to what causes cost diseases to take hold of stable countries and empires.

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"Rugged Point," a kiteboarding heaven in Canada's west coast

Wed 6 Sep 2017

What are five kiteboarders doing on the rugged west coast of Vancouver, in the middle of wolves and killer whales?

Camille Delannoy, David Tonijuan, Etienne Lhôte, Paul Serin and Pauline Valesa settled camp for seven days in Spring Island, Canada. They were doing it for the adventure.

Equipped with twin-tips, foil systems, strapless boards and thick wetsuits, the kite crew lost themselves in this wild and windy paradise.

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Nico Parlier and Daniela Moroz crowned 2017 Formula Kite European champions

Fri 25 Aug 2017

The fasted foil kiteboarders of the Old Continent raced for titles in Istanbul, Turkey. Despite the challenging wind and weather conditions, the organization was able to run five qualifying races and nine series races.

The event kicked off with the Bosphorus Race, a 41-kilometer race that starts in Tirmata Beach and finished in the heart of Istanbul, in front of the Ortaköy Mosque. The winner was Axel Mazella; Parlier concluded runner-up.

The duo continued the tight battles in the Black Sea under sunny and stormy skies. There were big waves and turbulent seas throughout the whole competition, but the race committee was able to get the most out of the rare contestable opportunities.

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Matchu Lopes wins the 2017 Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn

Tue 22 Aug 2017

The 2017 GKA World Tour will be decided in Mauritius after Matchu Lopes won the penultimate event of the season in Fehmarn, Germany.

The Kitesurf World Cup final kicked with a bang. Airton Cozzolino put the pressure on Lopes with a flat-3 and a shifty-3, but Lopes answered with a stunning board-off back loop kite loop and a big rodeo.

Despite the sudden increase in wind speed, Airton tried to land an handle pass, but Matchu nailed a huge tic-tac kite loop and then a big superman backroll that proved critical and awarded him the first event win of the season.

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World Kiteboarding League teams up with the Kiteboard Academy

Thu 17 Aug 2017

The World Kiteboarding League (WKL) announced a partnership with the World Class Kiteboard Academy.

The official freestyle kiteboarding world tour aims to offer its athletes the chance to combine the busy agenda of a pro kiteboarder with their academic duties.

The World Class Kiteboard Academy is a private high-school with headquarters in White Salmon, Washington that combines studies, travel, and the challenges of professional kiteboarding.

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Ben Wilson explores kitesurfing opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef

Fri 11 Aug 2017

Ben Wilson went on a kitesurfing trip to the Great Barrier Reef, and he found a few idyllic wave riding spots.

He presents himself as a big wave kitesurfer. And he couldn't be more right. In 2011, Ben Wilson scored what is widely considered the world's largest kitesurfing wave at Cloudbreak, Fiji.

Since then he taught the sport to thousands of first-time kiters, including pro surfer Mick Fanning and Josh Kerr.

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Alex Caizergues is the new 2017 Kite Speed world champion

Thu 10 Aug 2017

Alexandre Caizergues claimed the 2017 Kite Speed World Championship, held on Masirah Island, in the Sultanate of Oman.

The attracted some of the fastest kiteboarders on the planet and offered spectacular racing conditions in the local shallow lagoon. Despite the absence of major athletes, the spot proved to be one of the best venues for this sailing class.

Winds of over 30 knots allowed competitors to push the limits of speed sailing, but also caused a few wipeouts and crashes which resulted in injuries.

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Nico Parlier triumphs on windy San Francisco Bay

Tue 8 Aug 2017

Who can stop Nico Parlier from winning the 2017 Hydrofoil Pro Tour? Apparently no one.

The French kiteboarder has stormed the second stop of the circuit, held in the iconic waters of San Francisco Bay. Parlier won 10 of the 13 races run by the St. Francis Yacht Club

On the last day of races, with powerful winds blowing across the flat water and the Alcatraz Island as background, Axel Mazella and Johnny Heineken fought an exciting battle for the second and third places.

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Mitu Monteiro prevails in the windy waves of Dakhla

Thu 3 Aug 2017

Mitu Monteiro has taken out the 2017 World Cup Dakhla, in Morocco.

The Cape Verdean kitesurfer defeated Keahi de Aboitiz in the grand final held on the edge of the desert. The decisive clash had the strongest wind of the whole competition.

Both riders were super active, constantly pulling and landing front rolls, 360s, crazy horses, grabbed back rolls, and massive cutbacks. But the judges went for Monteiro.

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