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


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:18:44 +0000

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).




What are the different disciplines of kiteboarding?


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:08:19 +0000

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.




Kitesurfer Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo defies Praia do Norte


Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:21:26 +0000

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.




Jinne Boer is the Man of the Dam 2017


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:41:07 +0000

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.




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Mike Waltze


Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:12:21 +0000

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."




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Don Montague


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:54:32 +0000

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.




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Laird Hamilton


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:59 +0000

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.




Co-inventor of kitesurfing reveals his side of the story


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:59:08 +0000

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.




Windmills and waterways: Kevin Langeree gets creative in Netherlands


Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:59:14 +0000

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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