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German kitesurfer unintentionally films a meteoroid entering the atmosphere


Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:32:18 +0000

A German kitesurfer has unintentionally filmed a small asteroid in the sky while enjoying his time in the water near Wremen.

Dorian Cieloch was riding his kite and filming his session with a waterproof camera when the fireball appeared on camera behind him.

The unusual event took place on September 12, at 2:45 pm, near Bremerhaven, a port city on Germany's North Sea coast.




Red Bull King of the Air revolutionizes its competitive format


Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:01:48 +0000

The competitive format of the Red Bull King of the Air will change dramatically, starting in 2020.

The highly-celebrated big air kiteboarding contest wants to give both professionals and amateurs a better chance at competing in the event.

The new format, which will make its debut in 2020, will see an increased number of athletes in the main competition through a qualification round.




The do's and don'ts of kiteboarding


Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:43:35 +0000

Kiteboarding is an extreme water sport that requires responsibility and a lot of common sense.

Despite being invisible, the wind is a very powerful source of energy and a sometimes unpredictable force of nature.

An unexpected shift in weather patterns can dramatically put the life of kiteboarders, water sports enthusiasts, and beachgoers in danger.




New documentary unveils the Kitesurf Odyssey between Azores and mainland Portugal


Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:46:21 +0000

In September 2017, professional kitesurfers Francisco Lufinha and Anke Brandt kite crossed the Atlantic Ocean between the Azores and mainland Portugal.

The Portuguese-German duo took turns of morning and night shifts and, after nine days of sailing, they were finally able to complete the 888-nautical-mile (1,646 kilometers) journey.

Lufinha and Brandt set a new Guinness World Record, but the adventure - name Kitesurf Odyssey - was a not a smooth ride.




Seven-year-old Leyton Harris introduces bar boarding


Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:59:00 +0000

Two years ago, when SurferToday introduced the "crazy kitesurfing kid" to the world.

Today, Leyton Harris is no longer a toddler - he's become an accomplished "bar boarder" with an innovative bag of tricks for the sport he invented.

Leyton's father - Vaughan - is not only proud of his son's ability, but he also thinks that the youngster can set a good example for present and future parents.




Finnish kitesurfers break world record in the Baltic Sea


Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:53:31 +0000

Three Finnish kitesurfers broke the world record for the longest simultaneous kiteboarding journey.

Juuso Tilaéus, Otso Ahvonen and Pekka Rintala sailed 316 kilometers across the Baltic Sea, from Sweden to Finland.

The previous record was set at 279,46 kilometers. The trio began their journey on August 19, at 7.08 am, in Sandhamn, Sweden.




Red Bull Tarifa 2 will pit kitesurfers against windsurfers


Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:37:57 +0000

From September 19-22, 2019, Tarifa will be the center stage of the first epic battle between two rival wind sports.

Up to 300 kitesurfers and windsurfers will travel to the European capital of wind to compete in the Red Bull Tarifa 2.

The event will challenge both sports in a massive naval battle to crown the fastest athlete.




Naish kite designer resigns after 15 years


Thu, 08 Aug 2019 19:24:42 +0000

After 15 years of working at Naish as kite designer and brand manager, Damien Girardin has decided to resign from his position to pursue new projects.

Girardin played a pivotal role in the action sports brand's success over the years.

Through his seemingly effortless innovation, Girardin has reshaped the industry and allowed clients to view kite design and material through an unseen, new perspective.




Riding a kite at Puerto Escondido in double overhead surf


Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:27:54 +0000

Gusty winds and kitesurfers are rare in Puerto Escondido.

I asked Godofredo Vasquez, captain of the lifeguards for over two decades: "Have you ever see anyone do it?"

"No."




When and how to use the kite hook knife


Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:14:41 +0000

A kite knife could be the perfect emergency tool for dealing with a complicated tangle or an unexpected death loop.

When it comes to kiteboarding, safety is a top priority.

And if you're enjoying a 30-knot plus wind riding session, you've got to be ready to act quickly in case anything goes wrong.




How to survive and recover from a death looping kite


Tue, 09 Jul 2019 11:50:58 +0000

Death loop accidents are occasional events in which a kiteboarder gets seriously hurt or even dies after not being able to stop an uncontrolled kite loop.

Whenever a kite enters a death loop, riders have two choices: to regain control of their kite or to use the quick release system.

The death loop occurs when riders don't release their kite or simply don't have a chance to activate the safety mechanism.




Bittersweet finale at 2019 GKA Gran Canaria


Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:53:49 +0000

The 2019 GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria did not crown a male champion due to the lack of wind at Vargas Beach.

The second stop of the 2019 GKA World Tour was cursed by adverse weather conditions, leaving more than thirty international elite riders waiting for a contestable breeze.

Although the wind conditions expected for Sunday were worse than the ones for Saturday, the organization's team woke up at dawn with the hope that the same miracle would occur in the early hours of the morning.











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