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Florian Gruber and Jingle Chen claim the 2017 TwinTip:Racing World Championship titles


Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:14:30 +0000

Florian Gruber and Jingle Chen claimed the inaugural 2017 TwinTip:Racing World Championship slalom-boardercross titles, in Pingtan, China.

The event was sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and featured an innovative format with obstacles and four-minute downwind races that will be adopted at the 2017 Youth Olympic Games.

For the first edition of the TT:R worlds, there were 65 kiteboarders from 17 nations competing in three divisions: Men, Women/Girls, and Boys.




The different types of kiteboards


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:08:08 +0000

Discover the most common types of kiteboards. Find out which board to ride in your favorite kitesurfing style.

The sport of kiteboarding evolved dramatically in the 21st century. Today, a kite enthusiast has several disciplines to choose from: wave riding, freestyle, slalom/course racing, speed, big air, wake park riding, kite buggying, and kite landboarding.

As a result, kiteboarders have to adapt their riding gear to the conditions they're facing out in the water, and even on land. There are kites for specific needs and, obviously, boards for various situations.




Entries open for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:41:11 +0000

The most extreme big-air kiteboarding contest on African soil is back in 2018. The Red Bull King of the Air will return for the sixth time in 2018 and entries are open now.

Kiteboarders who have what it takes to compete with the world's best aerialists in the most epic conditions Cape Town has to offer need to drop a one-minute edit of their biggest airs on the official website.  

Entries are open to riders from anywhere in the world, but there are only five spots available. The 2018 rider list will be made up of the top 9 from the 2017 event, four invited wildcards, and the top five from the ranking of the online video competition.




What is kiteboarding?


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:24:10 +0000

Kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing, is a water sport that blends elements and characteristics of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding, paragliding, and skateboarding.

Harnessed to a large hand-controlled kite, and powered by the wind, the kiteboarder uses a board (similar to a snowboard, wakeboard or skateboard) to ride and glide across the water.

Kiteboarders are only able to fly their kites through an imaginary wind window. Unlike in windsurfing and other sailing disciplines, kiteboarders need minimum wind speed to get their wings up in the sky.




Alex Neto and Susi Mai win the 2017 Red Bull Rally dos Ventos


Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:27:29 +0000

Alex Neto mastered the strong winds blowing across the striking blue lagoons and immense sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park to win the second edition of kitesurfing's Red Bull Rally dos Ventos.

The Brazilian star excelled on home soil to defend his title and upset world champion Carlos Mario Bebê in a thrilling finish at the end of a tough competition.

Forty-five competitors battled their way through 65 kilometers of picturesque blue lagoons and huge sand dunes in one of South America's most breathtaking settings.




Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour champion


Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:18:19 +0000

What better way to crown a wave kitesurfing champion than in the iconic reef break of One Eye, in Mauritius.

The 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour is over, and we have a new champion. The race for the championship title had two contenders - Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino - and they put everything on each wave to raise the coveted trophy.

Both riders progressed through the early heats until the competition turned into a do-or-die showdown.




Lufinha and Brandt complete kite cross between the Azores and mainland Portugal


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:49:19 +0000

Francisco Lufinha and Anke Brandt have successfully completed the kite cross between the Azores and mainland Portugal.

The Portuguese and German kitesurfers rode their kites and foil boards in the Atlantic Ocean for around 888 nautical miles (1,646 kilometers). That's a new world record.

The journey kicked off in Ponta Delgada, Azores, on the island of São Miguel, on September 4, and ended in Oeiras, Portugal, on September 13.




Joshua Emanuel claims the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge


Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:34:13 +0000

Joshua Emanuel has taken out the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge, in the Netherlands.

What an epic day in an insane event. The world's best big air kiteboarders survived gale force winds in the 50-knot range and took to the skies of Zandvoort, a coastal community west of Amsterdam.

The organization got the natural kickers needed for the riders to go out and throw their tricks up in the air. And you couldn't've asked for a better showdown, in front of five thousand fans.




8 basic tricks every strapless kitesurfer should learn


Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:59:51 +0000

Strapless kitesurfing is an incredible experience. But you need to master the art of surfboard riding to enjoy it to the fullest.

Whether the ocean is flat or pumping perfect waves, a strapless board is always a challenging kitesurfing option.

Pro kiteboarder Alberto Rondina compiled a list of fundamental tricks and maneuvers that will help you become a better strapless kitesurfer. As with always in the sport, practice makes perfect.











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