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GKA Kite World Tour adopts dingle elimination ladder

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:33:06 +0000

The professional kiteboarding circuit is about to kick off a new season with relevant changes in the competition format.

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) World Tour plans to run 16 events and crown champions in two major disciplines: kitesurfing and freestyle.

The 2020 GKA World Tour is also introducing dingle elimination in both disciplines' competitive format.

Pete Cabrinha and Jon Modica acquire Cabrinha

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:58:38 +0000

Wind sports pioneer Pete Cabrinha and Floridian professional kitesurfer Jon Modica have announced the acquisition of the Cabrinha brand and its assets.

The company founded by Pete Cabrinha in 2000 was a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Pryde Group, the conglomerate that owns the legendary windsurfing brand, Neil Pryde.

The kitesurfing equipment manufacturer has recently relocated to its birthplace on the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii.

Jesse Richman crowned 2020 Red Bull King of the Air

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 10:32:34 +0000

Jesse Richman has taken out the 2020 Red Bull King of the Air at Kite Beach, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The elite field headed to Blouberg in South Africa's legislative capital city, looking to use monster waves and wind to produce stunning tricks for the judges and fans.

The American kiteboarder got the better of fellow former Red Bull King of the Air champions Nick Jacobsen and Aaron Hadlow to win for the second time.

The quest to set up a new single line kite genre

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 11:58:53 +0000

The founder of Peter Lynn Kites is on a mission to establish a new single line, single skin kite genre. Here's what he has been doing to make it a reality.

After seven years, approaching 200 prototypes and quite a few thousand hours of stuffing around, what do I know for sure, what am I unsure about, and what can't I understand at all?

The kitesurfing bindings that prevent foot injuries

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:25:02 +0000

German startup Dalion Watersports developed what they believe to be the world's first safety binding for water sports.

Around 80,000 athletes are injured annually in kitesurfing alone because their feet remain fixed on the board in the event of a fall.

But, according to Dalion Watersports, these foot injuries are said to be history in the near future.

Reedin: the new kite brand by Kevin Langeree

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:47:45 +0000

Professional kiteboarder Kevin Langeree and experienced kite designer Damien Girardin teamed up to start a new kiteboarding brand - Reedin.

The former world champion and multiple-time King of the Air is getting into the business world with a company that aims to develop the "perfect kite gear."

"I'm going to start my own brand, and I'm going to be doing that with Damien Girardin, the best kite designer in the world," explained Langeree.

Riders list announced for 2020 Red Bull King of the Air

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:11:25 +0000

The full list of riders that will compete at the 2020 Red Bull King of the Air has been announced.

The big air kiteboarding event held in Cape Town, South Africa, will debut a new competitive format.

And there's a female competitor - Angely Bouillot - among the 24 chosen ones. She has been trying to be selected for three years, and now she has a chance to unleash her talent.

Olly Bridge claims third Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:24:11 +0000

Olly Bridge has won the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton for the third time, in Australia.

The British kiteboarder crossed the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach, in Fremantle, in 21 minutes and 8 seconds.

The 10th edition of the kiteboarding race got underway with winds of over 20 knots and choppy waters. The 19-kilometer crossing attracted 138 riders.

Real Watersports puts an end to the Triple-S Invitational

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:57:15 +0000

It's all over. The organizers of the most prestigious wake-style kiteboarding event on the planet will no longer run the Triple-S Invitational.

The announcement was made in a lengthy statement issued by Real Watersports.

The kiteboarding event was held non-stop since 2006 in the Outer Banks.

Kiteboarding confirmed in major sports events

Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:57:20 +0000

World Sailing Council and AGM have confirmed kiteboarding events in both the 2012 World Sailing Youth World Championships, in The Hague, and the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.

The World Sailing Youth World Championships will feature the same format as the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, a relay format where a male and female kiteboarder compete for medals in a mixed team.

The 2022 Olympic Games will see either a mixed team relay event, individual medals for male and female athletes as in the recent ANOC World Beach Games, or even three events where athletes can compete for individual and team medals.

A kiteboard-to-skateboard transfer? Just ask Nick Jacobsen

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 15:52:30 +0000

The coolest kiteboarder on planet earth is back with a fresh collection of stunts.

Is there anything Nick Jacobsen hasn't tried yet? Probably not. But after watching the following video, you'll figure out why the Danish is the ultimate kite punk.

Jacobsen shows us why kiteboarding is all about having fun. And he truly embraces the spirit of getting the most of a sport with a pinch of creativity and irreverence.

"Kororo": a kite mission to the Russian Far East

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:14:08 +0000

Camille Delannoy, Maxime Chabloz, Mallory de la Villemarqué, and Paul Serin went on a strike mission to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

The place is a raw gem, home of untouched landscapes, angry volcanoes, rugged coastlines, thriving wildlife, and the kingdom of vodka.

The crew took four years to get the right local team, coordinate the kiteboarders' busy agendas, logistics, and the photographer and a cameraman.


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