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The man who went kitesurfing during Hurricane Florence


Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:46:15 +0000

Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

Federal authorities were pleading with everyone along the coast not to underestimate the hurricane strength. But Maramenides believed he wasn't doing anything wrong.

"This gives me the opportunity to test the kites and see how they handle in very strong winds," explained Maramenides before hitting the stormy seas.




A cold water kiteboarding experience in Lewis and Harris


Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:33:55 +0000

How can a cold water kiteboarding session turn out an unforgettable experience?

Lewis and Harris is the largest island in Scotland. Located in the Outer Hebrides, it is also the third largest island of the British Isles, after Great Britain and Ireland.

With a population of around 20,000 residents, Lewis and Harris is a quiet, yet fascinating region surrounded by mighty Atlantic swells, high winds, and shifting weather patterns.




World Kiteboarding Championships kicked off with a bang


Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:31:54 +0000

Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol claimed the first event of the 2018 World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC), in Akyaka, Turkey.

The freestyle kiteboarding tour is now sanctioned by World Sailing via Global Kitesports Association (GKA). The inaugural season will feature three stops.

The men's final had four riders aged under 20 years old, who put out a spectacular display of creativity and technicality, punctuated by a broad range of new and old school tricks and maneuvers.




Is kiteboarding a dangerous water sport?


Fri, 07 Sep 2018 15:30:35 +0000

It is one the oldest assertions ever made about the sport: if you ride a kite, you can get yourself killed. But how true is that? Is it a preconceived idea or kiteboarding will, sooner or later, injure you?

In 2012, Amit Inbar, an Israeli windsurfer stated that "kiteboarding is ten times more dangerous than windsurfing."

Both sports were fighting for a spot in the Olympic program, and the discussions between both sides of the barricade were slightly heated up.




A kite trip to Zanzibar with Paula Novotna


Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:21:05 +0000

Pro kiteboarder Paula Novotna joined photographer Laci Kobulsky on a kite trip to the archipelago of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania. This is their story.

A lot of active kiteboarders have heard rumors or stories about paradise in Zanzibar, so when we had the chance to hop on the plane and explore this area together, we did not hesitate a minute.

We were hosted by Dim - the man who pioneered kiteboarding in the region - at his Kite Centre Zanzibar and were pleasantly surprised by the rich offer of local activities and experiences.




Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol claim inaugural Air Games


Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:08:49 +0000

Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol have been crowned 2018 GKA Kiteboarding World Tour champions, in Fehmarn, Germany.

The inaugural edition of the Air Games is over, and the Brazilians have reasons to celebrate. At the end of the season, Mario and Sol have raised the green-and-yellow flag.

The cold German waters ended up deciding the world champion in a winner-takes-it-all season showdown.




Rob Douglas secures third Kite Speed world title


Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:50:25 +0000

Rob Douglas has taken out the 2018 Kite Speed World Championship, at Masirah Island, in Oman.

The event sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) returned to the Arabian Peninsula and got underway in unrivaled wind conditions.

The American kiteboarder secured the world title for the third time, in a competition that gathered 13 male athletes and two female kite riders in the flat waters of the Sultanate of Oman.




The kite harness size chart


Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:34:20 +0000

Are you buying a new harness for your kiteboarding sessions? Are unsure about which size to select choose? Check out our handy kite harness size chart.

The harness is one of the most overlooked gear items in the sport of kitesurfing. The truth is that it not only keeps you connected to the kite, but it can also save your life.

The most popular type of kite harness is the waist harness. It is comfortable, safe, easier to swim with, and provides a freer riding experience comparing to seat harnesses and boardshorts harness.




IFKO accuses the International Olympic Committee of abuse of dominant position


Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:07:01 +0000

The president of the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations (IFKO) wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with two requests and six questions.

Diogo Fernandes is asking Thomas Bach to overturn IOC's negative influence over the governance of all kite disciplines.

The sport of kiteboarding is currently under the governance of World Sailing, via International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and Global Kitesports Association.











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