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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.




Rob Douglas sets new world record for the fastest mile on a kite


Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:23:00 +0000

Rob Douglas has set a new nautical mile speed sailing world record at Plage du Rouet, in La Palme, France.

On June 10, the American kiteboarder rode his kite at 39.04 knots (44.93 miles per hour) during the 2019 Prince of Speed.

Douglas sailed to glory equipped with his seven and six-meter Flysurfer Soul production kites and his prototype Temavanto V55 kiteboard.




Scheid and Lammerts win 2019 Triple-S Invitational


Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:10:47 +0000

Brandon Scheid and Annelous Lammerts claimed the 2019 Triple-S Invitational, in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The world's best progressive kiteboarders have once again hit the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for another highly successful wake-style event.

This year, the premier kite park was blessed with plenty of southwest and north wind, and judges carefully analyzed the riders' based on trick hierarchy, difficulty, risk, intensity, variation, and execution.




Ross-Dillon Player wins 2019 Red Bull Megaloop


Sat, 08 Jun 2019 14:13:00 +0000

Ross-Dillon Player has taken out the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop, at The Spot, in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

While the rest of the Dutch preferred to stay inside, 16 competitors battled it out in the choppy chocolate waters of the Dutch coast.

The event had howling winds which eventually peaked at 50 knots during the semifinals. Nearly 10,000 spectators witnessed the biggest megaloops performed under extreme weather conditions.




15 hilarious jokes about kites


Tue, 04 Jun 2019 15:34:33 +0000

Here's a collection of short and funny jokes about kites and their use as an entertainment and sports object.

Kites were invented 2,500 years ago by the Chinese. They serve multiple purposes and, without them, the world would be less colorful.

And can they make us laugh? For sure. Take a look at a few clever riddles, hilarious one-liners, silly parodies, smart double entendres and spicy puns involving kites and kiteboarders:




Nick Jacobsen jumps off Necker Island's Great House


Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:55:11 +0000

Let's admit it: Nick Jacobsen is addicted to danger.

The Danish kiteboarder is not your average competitive sportsman. He goes beyond the limits of reasonability by performing death-defying stunts in improbable locations.

We've seen him jumping off a hotel roof into a pool, throwing himself off Burj al-Arab in Dubai and leaping off Richard Branson's house in Moskito Island.




Axel Mazella conquers 2019 Défi Kite


Mon, 27 May 2019 09:30:19 +0000

Axel Mazella claimed the 2019 Défi Kite, in Gruissan, France.

The kiteboarding marathon attracted 400 riders and was blessed by powerful Tramontane winds that gusted up to 50 knots.

The last day of the 140-kilometer kiteboard racing event kicked off with some advice from Philippe Bru, the organizer.




World Sailing confirms Formula Kite in Paris 2024


Tue, 21 May 2019 11:19:03 +0000

Formula Kite will be the official kiteboarding class at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The World Sailing Council agreed with the Board of Directors' recommendation to select Formula Kite for the sport's Olympic debut in France.

The class is managed by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and will participate in Paris 2024 with a mixed format that includes men and women.




An outdoor cryotherapy session in Lake Silvaplana


Wed, 15 May 2019 10:17:29 +0000

You'll probably need a drysuit to watch the following video clip. The authors call it "outdoor cryotherapy."

Lake Silvaplana is probably the best kitesurfing spot in Switzerland. It's a magical place where high temperatures range from 32°F (0°) to 59°F (15°).

The stunning 2.7 square kilometer body of water is surrounded by 3,000-meter high mountains and is blessed by predictable winds nearly all year round.




Julien Fillion goes kitesurfing on a standing wave


Fri, 10 May 2019 11:35:21 +0000

We've seen kites flying over giant waves, stunning flat lakes, snowy mountains, arid lands, and inner-city rivers.

Kites tend to propel riders and their boards forward, meaning that the whole equipment and controller are continuously on the move across liquid or solid surfaces.

However, stationary waves, also known as standing waves, may represent a unique challenge to kiteboarders and kite riders in general.




Meet the Mary Poppins of foiling


Thu, 09 May 2019 11:53:51 +0000

With the advent of wing surfing, everything seems to be changing in boardsports.

The equipment is evolving, the opportunities are around the corner, and the blend between traditional wave and wind sports is as creative and innovative as ever.

Dmitry Evseev runs Pryde Club Mauritius, a kitesurfing and surfing school located in La Gaulette and overlooking the Indian Ocean.




Parlier and Moroz win back-to-back Formula Kite world titles


Mon, 06 May 2019 13:54:14 +0000

Nicolas Parlier and Daniela Moroz have taken out the 2019 Formula Kite World Championships, in Lake Garda, Italy.

Despite the tricky wind conditions and the attacks from their closest opponents, the French and American kiteboarders were able to successfully defended their world titles.

"It's been an interesting week. I played it safe. I got two thirds, one first and one second in the finals. I felt fast, and had a lot of people getting really close to me," said Parlier.











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