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Liquid Force Kiteboarding closes down


Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:46:11 +0000

Liquid Force (LF) announced the closure of its kiteboarding division.

The sports company founded in 1995 by wakeboarding pioneers, Tony Finn and Jimmy Redmon, has pulled out of the kitesurfing industry.

The Hood River office has been closed on June 30, 2020, with all customer service and warranty issues managed out of the office in Carlsbad, San Diego.




Nick Jacobsen jumps off a 60-meter-high ship crane


Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:21:15 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has jumped off a 60-meter-high crane mounted on a massive cargo vessel, in Demark.

In 2011, the Danish kiteboarder jumped off the shipwreck in Table View, Cape Town, South Africa.

Nine years later, Jacobsen was finally able to perform his Crane Jump 2.0. It was a longtime dream that saw the light of day aboard "Leap Heart."




Nick Jacobsen jumps over Danish breakwater


Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:28:23 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has jumped over a breakwater in Hundested, Denmark.

At first glance, it looks easy and doable. Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, and Olly Bridge have already landed similar and bigger jumps.

But there are a few variables that make this one harder to perform, including a couple of months of confinement, wind speed and direction, a bonus trick, and the landing's condition.




Ozone R1 V4 kite gets Olympic approval


Thu, 28 May 2020 15:51:44 +0000

The Ozone R1 V4 kites have been approved as registered series production equipment for Formula Kite class.

After a successful factory inspection by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Technical Committee, the kite sizes 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 21 meters were officially granted Formula Kite status.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 limitations, the physical factory inspection was replaced by extensive documentation.




Paris 2024: Formula Kite inspections begin


Tue, 05 May 2020 11:00:44 +0000

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced that the factory inspections regarding the new Formula Kite equipment will include 15 manufacturers.

IKA revealed that the technical checkups for the Formula Kite registered series production scheme will focus on 15 of the 17 received applications.

After completing the registration application process in September 2019, which featured an extensive list of technical equipment requirements and documentation, it is now time to assess the businesses' liability.




ISO 21853: the new standard for kite bar quick-release systems


Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:03:02 +0000

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced that a new international standard ISO 21853 for quick-release systems has come into force.

The professional circuit which runs the wave kitesurfing and freestyle kiteboarding disciplines revealed that the safety standardization of all kite control bar quick-release systems is effective and valid since February 14, 2020.

The GKA worked with a team of engineers and experts alongside the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to set a new, internationally valid classification for this critical kite gear item.




The future of everything in a post-Covid-19 world


Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:07:35 +0000

We woke up one morning not so long ago, and the world had changed.

By the long view, not much has happened. There's a viral pandemic underway, which is quite infectious but not very lethal.

Humankind will easily survive this and would have even if no action had been taken to limit its spread.




The 2020 Red Bull Megaloop lineup


Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:38:04 +0000

The riders line-up for the 2020 Red Bull Megaloop has been unveiled.

Last month, the organization announced the first 12 invited athletes. Now, the Red Bull Megaloop committee and judges have selected the last four riders out of 47 video submissions.

Usually, the wind window runs from April 1 to November 1.




Access to Canada's premier kiteboarding destination under threat


Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:25:32 +0000

Canada is on the brink of losing a world-class recreational amenity, which serves as a training ground for Olympians while attracting athletes and tourists from around the globe.

Two years ago, West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones stood on the southern tip of Squamish's training dike for a big announcement.

She handed over a $1.5 million cheque to the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS).




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.











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