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Wildcards announced for the 2018 Triple-S Invitational

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Thu 3 May 2018

Aymeric Martin, Nicolas Gilomen, Manuela Jungo, and Isabel Von Zastrow claimed the four wildcards on offer for the upcoming 2018 Triple-S Invitational.

The event will take place between June 2-8 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and showcases the world's best progressive wake-style kiteboarders putting their skills to the test on slider and kicker features.

The 12th Annual Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational will feature 24 male riders and 10 female athletes from all corners of the planet.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

Tonky Frans steals the 2018 Surf Worldcup

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 2 May 2018

Tonky Frans has taken out the first event of the 2018 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT).

The windsurfer from Bonaire claimed the Surf Worldcup, in Neusiedl am See, Austria, after beating Sam Esteve in an exciting super final blessed by howling southerly winds.

The 20th anniversary year of the Austrian competition brought plenty of action into the local cold waters. Esteve and Frans were probably the most in-form sailors of the entire contest and fully deserved their spots in the decisive heats.

A brief history of recent large kites

Surf Today Kiteboarding - Tue 1 May 2018

Before Dominic Jalbert's 1950s development of "soft" kites, which use the stagnation pressure of airflow (Bernoulli's principle) as a structural element, large kites were size-limited by frame strength.

The largest Japanese Wan Wans could be more than 20-meter diameter (315 m2), but weighed an impractical two tonnes or more.

The Holland Kite Team, led by Gerard van der Loo, made the first successful very large soft kite - the CS550 (550 m2, <150 kgs), in 1982.

Categories: Kiteboarding general

Hororata Night Glow

NZLive.com - Sat 28 Apr 2018
Saturday 28th Apr, 3.00pm – 8.30pm, Hororata Domain
Hororata

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

NZLive.com - Fri 27 Apr 2018
Friday 27th Apr, 5.00pm – Sunday 29th Apr, Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre
Auckland

The Jim Henson Retrospectacle

NZLive.com - Fri 27 Apr 2018
Friday 27th Apr, 2.00pm – Saturday 28th Apr, 8.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre
Wellington

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

Video : Cape Town 2016 trip from Meikel Thies

MauiSails News - Mon 11 Apr 2016
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Video : 4-Batten sail rigging guide - Mutant (wave) and LocoPro (freestyle)

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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Video : Wave Sails (5-batten) rigging and derigging guide

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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Video : Epic - 3-batten wave sail - rigging guide

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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February in Cape Town

MauiSails News - Wed 23 Mar 2016
Cape Town is extremely versatile so that it never gets boring.

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Red Bull Storm Chase 2013 – Storm 1/ Ireland - Highlights

BroadBandSports.com - Fri 1 Feb 2013
Ten of the world’s best windsurfers from eight countries completed a demanding competition in Kerry, Ireland during the first mission of the Red Bull Storm Chase – the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time. Despite recorded storm-force gusts of up to 74 knots (137kmh) and fierce 20-ft waves, after possibly the most radical day in windsurfing history the top 6 surfers move on to the second mission. It were Victor Fernandez (ESP), Thomas Traversa (FRA), Julien Taboulet (FRA), Robby Swift (GBR), Marcillio Browne (BRA) and Dany Bruch (GER) who showed the best overall impression displaying superior wave selection and super high aerials.



Red Bull Storm Chase 2013 - Teaser

BroadBandSports.com - Thu 31 Jan 2013
Red Bull Storm Chase is the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time, with a waiting period that started in August 2012. By hunting down 3 massive storms around the globe, 10 of the world's best sailors will battle for the crown of ultimate storm windsurfer. Now extended into 2013, the competition is split into two parts in accordance with the main global storm seasons: Between January 10 and March 22, 2013, the sailors will be on standby to hunt down two massive storms at seven previously nominated destinations. From July 22, 2013 the top four sailors from rounds 1 and 2 will compete for the title in the final mission at one of the Red Bull Storm Chase destinations. To catch raging conditions, the participants have to be flexible-to-the-max during the two holding periods with just 48-hours to mobilize on-site before the next storm strikes. The contest format is simple: The top 10 sailors from the online voting compete in the first mission. Six advance to the second and 4 best riders to the final mission. © Red Bull Media House



Red Bull Storm Chase 2013 - Teaser

BroadBandSports.com - Tue 29 Jan 2013
Red Bull Storm Chase is the most-challenging windsurfing contest of all time, with a waiting period that started in August 2012. By hunting down 3 massive storms around the globe, 10 of the world's best sailors will battle for the crown of ultimate storm windsurfer. Now extended into 2013, the competition is split into two parts in accordance with the main global storm seasons: Between January 10 and March 22, 2013, the sailors will be on standby to hunt down two massive storms at seven previously nominated destinations. From July 22, 2013 the top four sailors from rounds 1 and 2 will compete for the title in the final mission at one of the Red Bull Storm Chase destinations.



Final day: Defi Wind | Gruissan 2010

Carbon Art - Mon 17 May 2010

Anton's report of the final day of DefiWind 2010!

This was the last day of the 4 day competition. The wind early on in the day was as strong as at the end of yesterday. But since this was the last day I decided that I needed to go out. The race director announced that it would be only one lap around a 25 km course rather than two laps. Everyone cheered.

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