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Antoine Auriol flew his kite in Madrid's Buen Retiro Park

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:54:41 +0000

It might not make sense, but Antoine Auriol went kitesurfing in the center of Madrid.

Despite being a landlocked city, the Spanish capital has plenty of bodies of water, including lakes, and the iconic Manzanares River that crosses Madrid from north to south.

But the city in which Emilio Butragueño, Penélope Cruz, and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada were born is also home to the famous Buen Retiro Park - in English, Park of the Pleasant Retreat.

Kevin Langeree wins 2019 Red Bull King of the Air

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:43:07 +0000

Kevin Langeree claimed the 2019 Red Bull King of the Air, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event showcased what big air kiteboarding is all about, surrounded by a football stadium atmosphere, and windy, wild and challenging ocean conditions.

The world's top riders did not disappoint and treated the 9,000-plus spectators to the highest level of big air kiteboarding.

Are single-skin, single-line kites a lost cause?

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:58:25 +0000

In 2013, I began developing single-skin, single-line kites. They were reliable enough in a range of winds to be useful as pilot and show kites at kite events, but don't have sticks, inflated tubes or ram-air inflated spaces.

It hadn't been done yet, it was probably possible, and it was a project I thought myself well suited to by resources and experience - somewhat hubristically as it's turned out.

I've now put some thousands of hours into this, and it's time for an accounting as to where things are at. Not much progress.

Olly Bridge performs a 650-foot jump over a sand spit in England

Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:08:58 +0000

Olly Bridge has successfully jumped over a sand spit in Dawlish Warren, England.

The 21-year-old professional kitesurfer performed a 650-foot (200 meters) leap from a tidal pool located in the estuary of River Exe into the ocean.

Bridge believes it's the first time anyone has attempted it. And he only needed around eight or nine seconds to complete the aerial move.

How to make a flying Origami kite

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:19:11 +0000

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. Kites were probably invented in China around 500 BC. Let's blend both crafts and make a simple, high-flying Origami kite.

It's feasible, and it only takes less than 10 minutes to get a small and stylish paper kite flying up in the sky. It will definitely impress kids, but will also keep adults entertained for a long time.

Here's what you need to produce an eye-catching Origami kite:

North Kiteboarding and Mystic team up

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:10:49 +0000

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.

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

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:09:23 +0000

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.

GKA World Tour will unify wave and freestyle kiteboarding

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 14:35:55 +0000

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.

Maarten Haeger pulls a 32-meter big air jump

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:46:43 +0000

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.

Mindoro: a sheltered kite paradise lost in the Philippines

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 15:09:35 +0000

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.

Airton Cozzolino crowned 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour champion

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:55:18 +0000

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.

Thomas De Wispelaere jumps over The Belgium Pier in Blankenberge

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:03:47 +0000

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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