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Hororata Night Glow - Sat 28 Apr 2018
Saturday 28th Apr, 3.00pm – 8.30pm, Hororata Domain

IFKO says "kitesurfing inside World Sailing is illegal"

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Sat 28 Apr 2018

The president of International Federation of Kitesports Organizations (IFKO) attacked World Sailing's legitimacy to manage the sport of kiteboarding.

Diogo Paes Fernandes expressed his wish to "stop World Sailing's illegal abuse of dominant position which is causing great harm to the kite structures and their competitions at a national and international level."

"Like IFKO, World Sailing [WS] is recognized as a single-sport federation, therefore neither can provide nor govern activity outside their social object and goals they were founded for. Europe and the United States have laws to define, limit and protect the scope of action of private associations as well as companies, like WS," underlined Fernandes.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

World Sailing and Virtual Regatta announce the eSailing World Championship

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 27 Apr 2018

The inaugural 2018 eSailing World Championship will kick off on May 10.

World Sailing, the world governing bodyboard for the sport of sailing, announced that the first eSports sailing season will feature a series of challenges and live events with different levels of importance.

The digital competition will get underway at Virtual Regatta, an online platform with one million players created in 2002 by Philippe Guigné.

NZ Spirit Festival - Fri 27 Apr 2018
Friday 27th Apr, 5.00pm – Sunday 29th Apr, Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre

The Jim Henson Retrospectacle - Fri 27 Apr 2018
Friday 27th Apr, 2.00pm – Saturday 28th Apr, 8.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Why the "walk of shame" should not be embarrassing at all

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 26 Apr 2018

The so-called "walk of shame" is one of the oldest taboos in kiteboarding. However, it will always be an inevitable action for those who are learning the tricks of the trade.

So, what is the walk of shame? When first-timers start riding a kite, they learn the basic downwind technique, which means they can only sail with the wind behind their back.

But, because they still don't master the upwind riding skill, they need to stop sailing and walk back to where they started, normally along the beach.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

Are kite tow-ups an alternative to windless contest days?

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Wed 25 Apr 2018

The inaugural GKA Kiteboarding World Tour didn't start well. But sometimes, bad things lead to positive outcomes. And that's when tow-up kiteboarding becomes a spectacular experience.

For the first time in 20 years, Leucate's Mondial du Vent suffered an utterly windless spell. As a result, the world's best big air kiteboarding specialists were not able to compete and get results.

With the Air Games stalled and postponed, organizers ran a series of tow-up training sessions in which height and hangtime provided a fantastic experience. At least, from a spectator's perspective.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

Tyson Poor and Youp Schmit conquer the 2018 OBX Wind

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 24 Apr 2018

The 2018 OBX Wind was a huge success. The event attracted over 200 racers and had wind nearly every day.

On the final day of competition, cold, 25-30 knot northeast winds invaded the Hatteras Island regatta field, and slalom fleet completed their last races.

Despite the cold air and water temperatures Tyson Poor imposed his experience and stole the show in the slalom category.

How freestyle windsurfing looked back in the day

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 20 Apr 2018

Windsurfing is a relatively new sport. When it evolved from a cruising pastime to a high-performance outdoor activity, new doors opened, and freestyle windsurfing quickly became a hit.

The idea of performing exquisite, and sometimes slightly uncomfortable and unnatural tricks, started to take shape in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

Windsurfing pioneers understood that the sail pivots around the mast and that their boards could actually spin, turn, revolve and rotate. The discovery changed everything, and the water sport conquered new participants.

Gisela Pulido rides her kite at Jaws

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 17 Apr 2018

Spanish kitesurfer Gisela Pulido had her first kitesurfing session at Peahi, on the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii.

The 24-year-old rider kicked off her new adventure - the Big Wave Challenge - in the iconic Hawaiian surf break. In 2018, Pulido aims to surf the world's biggest waves.

"What a day! I have no words to describe how I feel right now! Jaws is one of the most amazing waves on Earth. I was dreaming of this moment so much, and I can't believe it finally happened," expressed Pulido.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

PWA World Tour introduces the Freestyle Qualifying Series

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 17 Apr 2018

The professional windsurfing circuit is about to revolutionize the freestyle competition.

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced the introduction of the Freestyle Qualifying Series (FQS), in association with the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT)

The new system will allow any windsurfer to make it to the 2019 PWA Freestyle World Tour, where only the top 20 sailors compete.

Cobra International launches the Windsurfer LT

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 13 Apr 2018

The world's largest OEM manufacturers of composite equipment for the water sports industry announced the launch of the Windsurfer LT.

Cobra International, a Thailand-based company that produces gear for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), developed a new windsurf board that hopes to take the sport back to its roots.

The creation of the Windsurfer LT has been supervised by former Olympic windsurfer Bruce Wylie, and by the Windsurfer Class Association, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Jubilee Concerts - Salim Sulaiman - Fri 13 Apr 2018
Friday 13th Apr, 8.00pm – 11.15pm, BNZ Theatre at Vodafone Events Centre

Mitre 10 Rainbow Run - Sun 8 Apr 2018
Sunday 8th Apr, 11.00am – 1.00pm, Coastal Walkway
New Plymouth

Bark In the Pool 2018 - Sun 8 Apr 2018
Sunday 8th Apr, 10.00am – 2.00pm, Pt Erin Pool Reserve

Auckland Eastern Market - Sun 8 Apr 2018
Sunday 18th Jun, 7.00am – Sunday 10th Jun, 1.00pm, Auckland Netball Centre

SKYCITY Auckland Double Header - Sat 7 Apr 2018
Saturday 7th Apr, 5.00pm – 9.30pm, Mt Smart Stadium

DinoFest Hamilton - Sat 7 Apr 2018
Friday 30th Mar, 10.30am – Sunday 8th Apr, 4.00pm, Hamilton Lake Domain

YouTube Show Filming - Sat 7 Apr 2018
Saturday 7th Apr, 8.00am – 5.00pm, Temple View Church History Museum Theatre

Marley: NZ All-Stars - Fri 6 Apr 2018
Friday 6th Apr, 6.00pm – 11.00pm, The Bedford Marquee
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