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Nick Jacobsen breaks fibula and misses King of the Air


Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:50:42 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has broken the fibula of his right leg, in South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder was training for the upcoming 2018 Red Bull King of the Air when the accident and the injury occurred.

"We were two hours up the coast when it happened. Graham Howes, Leandra, and Darryl Partington took me straight to the hospital. It was painful, and I'd rather spend five hours in the dentist chair, but I'm glad I have the best friends and greatest support around me," told Jacobsen.




What are kitesurfing kites made of?


Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:11:33 +0000

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

Kites evolved tremendously since the turn of the millennium. Not only they became safer to ride and lighter to carry and control in and out of the water, but their core materials also became more efficient.

Depending on the type of kite you're riding, there are different materials and construction methods that can be adopted to get a high-performance model.




IKA launches the SnowKite World Cup


Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:33:41 +0000

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced the launch of the inaugural SnowKite World Cup.

The new snow kiteboarding series will feature three events held in Reschensee and Roccaraso, in Italy, and Erciyes, in Turkey. The IKA is working with WISSA (World Ice and Snow Sailing Association) to get the circuit up and running.

The 2018 SnowKite World Cup will include three disciplines: Course Racing, Long Distance/Cross-Country, and Formula GPS.




Riders named for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air


Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:46:49 +0000

The list of riders for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air has been announced.

The organizers of the prestigious big air kiteboarding event have also moved the contest site from the Big Bay to Kite Beach, in Cape Town.

The decision to change the venue was based on the weather conditions. Hopefully, the new spot will improve the spectators' experience, and provided an exciting arena for the stars of the show.




Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya crowned 2017 WKL Freestyle champions


Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:31:57 +0000

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya are the 2017 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) champions.

The Brazilians riders dominated the Elite League season held in Leucate (France), Texel (Netherlands), Akyaka (Turkey), El Gouna (Egypt), and Cumbuco (Brazil).

Unfortunately, the wind conditions were mediocre in two or three events, which eventually led to a less competitive world circuit. Nevertheless, it was possible to crown new world champions.




Olly Bridge wins the 2017 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton


Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:00:24 +0000

Olly and Steph Bridge have taken out the 2017 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton, in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The event attracted a record-breaking number of 140 kiteboarders from all corners of the globe and got underway with clear blue skies and 17 knots of wind.

The British duo claimed the men's and women's titles and repeated the feat of 2014, but it was Olly who crossed the finish line first with a total time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds, and 42 seconds.




277 meters: Nick Jacobsen breaks kite tow-up world record


Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:49:20 +0000

Nick Jacobsen set a new kite tow-up world record in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder flew his kite 277 meters (908.8 feet) high in the sky with the help of Team Brunel, a sailing team who competes in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Jacobsen attached himself to nearly 500 meters of rope, which was dragged behind the 65-foot yacht. Kyle Langford, the trimmer for Team Brunel and a kitesurfer himself, managed the release of the line that got the stuntman up in the sky.




Six-year-old kid goes kiteboarding with an IKEA Frakta bag


Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:03:51 +0000

Necessity is the mother of invention. Here's how a simple creation transforms a kid's life.

It is one of the oldest kite sails in the history of kiteboarding. The Ikea Frakta carrier bag continues to serve as the weapon of choice for first-timers into the sport.

Now, let's meet Frederik. He is six years old, and he wants to ride a kite. His dad, Soren, thought of a small kite that could propel him across the windy waters.




Four snow kiteboarders take over the Norway peaks


Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:51:35 +0000

Four snow kiteboarders have hit the peaks of Norway. "May The Wind Be With You" is an exciting documentary that unveils their extreme adventure.

Sebastian Bubmann, Philip Kuchelmeister, Tobi Deckert and Maxi Kuhnhauser embark on a road trip to one of the coldest regions in the world.

"I have already been in Alaska with Philip in 2012 and 2014. We did two big projects and tried to ride huge mountains. Unfortunately, the weather let us down twice," explains Bubmann.











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