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The second life of the Slingwing


Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:03:01 +0000

The inventor of the Slingwing says that the new product by Slingshot was not designed to replace windsurfing or kitesurfing.

The origins of wing surfing date back to the mid-1980s, when Tom Magruder invented the Wind Weapon and rode it in the Columbia River Gorge.

More recently, snow windsurfers used portable sails to glide across frozen lakes.




How check and trim your kite bar and lines


Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:33:30 +0000

Have you ever felt that your old kite is not behaving as it used to? Maybe your kite bar and lines need an adjustment.

With time, lines tend to stretch, and when you pull your bar, the kite tends to back stall. Why? Because small particles of sand and dust will get into your lines, making them thicker and, overall, slightly shorter.

So, nothing like a smart kite hack to bring the old feel back to your favorite wing.




Riders announced for the 2019 Triple-S Invitational


Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:43:33 +0000

The riders that will take part in the 2019 Triple-S Invitational have been announced.

The most prestigious wakestyle kiteboarding event on the planet is back in 2019 with game-changing news. There will be equal prize money for both men and women.

The contest organizers, Real Watersports, announced a total prize purse of $70,000 for this year's edition.




Felix Kersten conquers 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok


Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:12:50 +0000

Felix Kersten claimed the 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok, held Hardangervidda, a mountain plateau located on Norway.

This year, the world's largest snowkiting race attracted riders from 30 nations. They all wanted to relive the last battle (Ragnarok) between Norse mythology's good and evil Gods.

The name "Ragnarok" stems from an incident in Norse mythology, describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes of the battlefield survive.




Czech duo wins 2019 VAKE snowkiting marathon


Thu, 04 Apr 2019 14:59:50 +0000

Honza Simek and Miroslav Schutz claimed the 2019 Long Distance Kiting WISSA World Championship, Finnmark, Norway.

This year's Varanger Arctic Kite Enduro (VAKE) featured 32 teams from 11 countries, including three all-female teams, five mixed teams, and four family teams.

The Czech duo named Navrhuju Sníst Psy was the only team to complete the challenge before 10 o'clock in the morning of April 4.




Riders announced for the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop


Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:05:09 +0000

The 16 riders that will compete at the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop have been announced.

The waiting period for the extreme kiteboarding event created by Ruben Lenten runs from April 1 through November 1st.

Sixteen experienced athletes will wait for the perfect storm to hit Zandvoort, the Netherlands.




"Behold & Sea": a freestyle and wake-style kiteboarding movie by Ewan Jaspan


Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:42:34 +0000

Ewan Jaspan released a medium-length movie. "Behold & Sea" showcases the best of contemporary freestyle and wake-style kiteboarding.

In a time of one-minute social media videos, it is rare to see a professional kiteboarder releasing a 25-minute film. Unless you're Aaron Hadlow, of course.

For those who have never heard of him, Ewan Jaspan won the Triple-S Invitational in 2017, and the Australian Freestyle Kiteboarding Nationals.




The 2019 GKA Kite World Tour schedule


Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:45:18 +0000

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced a last-minute change in the official designation of the professional kiteboarding circuit.

The GKA Kite World Tour is the new umbrella name for the Kite-Surf World Tour (wave and strapless freestyle) and the Freestyle World Tour (twin tip big air and wakestyle).

Each kiteboarding discipline will have their own World Cup events and will crown male and female world champions.




Antoine Auriol flew his kite in Madrid's Buen Retiro Park


Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:54:41 +0000

It might not make sense, but Antoine Auriol went kitesurfing in the center of Madrid.

Despite being a landlocked city, the Spanish capital has plenty of bodies of water, including lakes, and the iconic Manzanares River that crosses Madrid from north to south.

But the city in which Emilio Butragueño, Penélope Cruz, and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada were born is also home to the famous Buen Retiro Park - in English, Park of the Pleasant Retreat.




Kevin Langeree wins 2019 Red Bull King of the Air


Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:43:07 +0000

Kevin Langeree claimed the 2019 Red Bull King of the Air, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event showcased what big air kiteboarding is all about, surrounded by a football stadium atmosphere, and windy, wild and challenging ocean conditions.

The world's top riders did not disappoint and treated the 9,000-plus spectators to the highest level of big air kiteboarding.




Are single-skin, single-line kites a lost cause?


Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:58:25 +0000

In 2013, I began developing single-skin, single-line kites. They were reliable enough in a range of winds to be useful as pilot and show kites at kite events, but don't have sticks, inflated tubes or ram-air inflated spaces.

It hadn't been done yet, it was probably possible, and it was a project I thought myself well suited to by resources and experience - somewhat hubristically as it's turned out.

I've now put some thousands of hours into this, and it's time for an accounting as to where things are at. Not much progress.




Olly Bridge performs a 650-foot jump over a sand spit in England


Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:08:58 +0000

Olly Bridge has successfully jumped over a sand spit in Dawlish Warren, England.

The 21-year-old professional kitesurfer performed a 650-foot (200 meters) leap from a tidal pool located in the estuary of River Exe into the ocean.

Bridge believes it's the first time anyone has attempted it. And he only needed around eight or nine seconds to complete the aerial move.





Dutch windsurfers secure gold at 2019 RS:X European Championships


Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:57:46 +0000

The 2019 RS:X Windsurfing European and Youth European Championships & Open Trophy closed with four scintillating medal races held in near perfect conditions in Mallorca, Spain.

For the 333 competitors coming from 41 different nations and covering six continents taking part in the final race of the event, it was a short postponement ashore before a perfect 12-15 knots filled in for the medal races.

As the breeze built, the race officers decided to use the reaching start courses which allowed the competitors to blast off the start to the first mark - a spectacular sight to watch as the top ten sailors hit the line at full planing speed.




Amado Vrieswijk clinches 2019 Bonaire PWA World Cup


Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:37:57 +0000

Amado Vrieswijk and Sarah-Quita Offringa have conquered the 2019 Bonaire PWA World Cup, at Sorobon Beach.

There was no shortage of action in the first event of the professional windsurfing season. And to kick things off, nothing like a freestyle showdown in the southern Caribbean.

On the women's side, Offringa lost the first heat in 11 years to Maaike Huvermann. The Dutch wonder woman forced a super final.




Naish launches the Wing-Surfer for foil boards


Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:54:51 +0000

Naish announced the launch of the Wing-Surfer, a hand-held sail that can be paired with a foil board or stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

Robby Naish is the ultimate wind sports pioneer. He was at the heart of the windsurfing revolution and was able to transform his passion into a profitable business.

Later, Naish and his team entered the kiteboarding business and managed to deliver high-quality and durable products. The brand thrived.




Nicolas Prien tests "the weirdest windsurf board I've ever seen"


Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:05:33 +0000

JP Australia is working hard to make windsurfing great again. And the company's eyes are on futuristic concepts like "Project Spaceship."

"Project Spaceship" has a radical design. It is a 100-centimeter wide, 150 liter windsurf board with a unique bottom shape featuring a two-step hull.

The concept board was developed secretly. Nicolas Prien, one of JP's team riders, had the chance to test in late 2018, but his test and feedback were only made public in March 2019.




Jaeger Stone claims 2019 Red Bull Storm Chase


Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:34:09 +0000

Australian windsurfer Jaeger Stone has taken out the 2019 Red Bull Storm Chase, in Ireland.

The specialty event got underway with wind gusts of up to 70 knots (80 miles per hour, 130 kilometers per hour), and 26-foot (eight-meter) waves breaking off the Irish Coast.

Eight world-class windsurfers traveled from all corners of the globe to Magheroarty Beach, in County Donegal, to take on the full force of a massive North Atlantic storm.




Philippe Bru and Bjorn Dunkerbeck announce triple windsurfing event series


Thu, 07 Mar 2019 18:03:30 +0000

The founder of the Défi Wind and the legendary windsurfer will organize three international windsurfing events - the Défi Wind Caribbean, the Sorobon Masters, and the Dunkerbeck GPS Challenge - in a single week.

The triple windsurfing event series will run in Sorobon Beach, Pink Beach and Te Amo Beach, in Bonaire, between June 23-30, 2019.

The Sorobon Beach Resort and Dunkerbeck Pro Center will provide the headquarters and the windsurfing equipment rentals for the events.




World's toughest windsurfing contest is back on with Force 10 winds


Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:39:16 +0000

Red Bull Storm Chase, the world's toughest windsurfing contest, is back on after three years of waiting with a serious storm brewing off the Irish coast.

Eight of the world's best windsurfers are about to hit the water in Force 10 winds (89-102 kilometers per hour) with the location needing close proximity to an international airport, adequate medical coverage, and emergency services.

A massive low-pressure system approaching the coast of Ireland has now created the ideal conditions and riders are expected to arrive in Dublin over the next 72 hours.




Ludovic Jossin and Yuki Sunaga win inaugural Défi Wind Japan


Sun, 03 Mar 2019 10:31:49 +0000

After three days of fun races, the wind was finally strong enough to run three official races on the last day of the Défi Wind Japan.

Three different winners excelled on the downwind course that brought a smile to the pros and amateurs alike. In the end, Ludovic Jossin and Yuki Sunaga won the first Défi Wind in the Land of the Rising Sun.

As every windsurfer knows, the wind can play tricks on you. The pro-am concept of the Défi Wind involves waiting for conditions in which everyone can enjoy themselves before official races are launched.




PWA Freestyle World Tour downsized to 32 windsurfers


Wed, 27 Feb 2019 16:27:07 +0000

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced a change in the PWA Freestyle World Tour format.

The 2019 PWA Men's Freestyle World Tour fleet will be reduced from 48 to 32 sailors.

The decision will allow the professional freestyle windsurfing circuit to run two-man heats earlier at each venue.




Everything you need to know about the Windsurfer Class


Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:35:50 +0000

Windsurfing was born in 1964 and became an officially recognized sailing sport in 1973. But the history of the water sport is indissociable from the Windsurfer.

The International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) started its activities in the early 1970s. The class - created by Hoyle and Diane Schweitzer - was introduced in the USA and Europe in 1973, and to Australia in 1976.

The first international windsurfing events were run with the Windsurfer, a one-design class that showcased one single board and the same sail for all competitors.




The Windsurfer wants to replace RS:X in the Olympic Games


Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:06:59 +0000

The International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) has announced a candidacy for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Windsurfer wants to replace RS:X as the official Olympic windsurfing class and has already formally presented the project to World Sailing.

But let's go back to the roots of sailboarding in the Olympic movement.




Is Kiri Thode making a comeback?


Mon, 11 Feb 2019 11:28:02 +0000

It has been two years since Kiri last competed in the PWA World Tour.

There has been some ups and downs, some victories and some losses, but Kiri is hungrier than ever to get on the podium again.

With an impressive winning streak from 2007 until 2015, Thode managed to secure a spot on the podium each year.





eBodyboarding.com celebrates 20th anniversary


Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:06:29 +0000

eBodyboarding.com, the online bodyboard shop founded by Jay and Vicki Reale, has hit 20.

eBodyboarding.com went online for the first time in April 1999, one year after the most popular search engine of all time - Google - made its debut on the World Wide Web.

The blogging phenomenon had just exploded, Napster was changing the way music was consumed, and the dot-com bubble was about to burst.




Nazaré Pro removed from the 2019 APB World Tour calendar


Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:20:05 +0000

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) removed the Nazaré Pro from the official World Tour schedule.

The world's best bodyboarders will not have the chance to compete on the big waves of Portugal's Praia do Norte in the 2019 season.

The Nazaré Pro, which had been included in the provisional schedule for 2019, will not be run under the APB insignia.




Anas Haddar wins 2019 Caparica Bodyboard Pro


Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:42:28 +0000

Anas Haddar has taken out the first event of the 2019 European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) season.

The rider from Morocco claimed the Caparica Bodyboard Pro, in Almada, Portugal. Haddar defeated Carlos Suarez, from Spain, in the final.

"I am so happy to this event. Congratulations to the European Surfing Federation for the amazing organization. It showed a great image of the sport," expressed Anas Haddar.




Traci Effinger wins 2019 Surf N Sea Pipeline Women's Pro


Fri, 12 Apr 2019 11:22:29 +0000

Traci Effinger has taken out the 2019 Surf N Sea Pipeline Women's Pro, at Banzai Pipeline, in the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii.

The prestigious event dates back to 1990 and was initially designed to be a women's bodyboarding contest. Later, shortboard and longboard divisions were added to the line-up.

The competition honors the life of Josie Over (1942-1992), a California actress and bodyboarder who moved to Oahu and became a prolific Polynesian dance specialist.




The 2019 European Tour of Bodyboard schedule


Fri, 05 Apr 2019 09:40:25 +0000

The official schedule for the 22nd edition of the European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) has been released.

In 2019, the best bodyboarders of the Old Continent compete across five events in four different countries: Portugal, France, Spain, and Morocco.

The defending champions - Maxime Castillo (Men), Isabela Sousa (Women) and Miguel Ferreira (Pro Junior) - will have to face a contingent of young and veteran riders eager to claim the European title.




Dino Carmo is flying over "Sandbanks"


Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:33:02 +0000

He looks like Jadson André but rides the boogie. Here's Dino Carmo, one of the most talented bodyboarders in Portugal.

The 27-year-old from Nazaré has already collected six national bodyboarding titles, and several podium finishes in international events.

As you are about to witness, Carmo is always comfortable in all sorts of waves.




The Bodyboarding Archives are keeping vintage boogie movies alive


Fri, 29 Mar 2019 11:33:26 +0000

The unknown author of a YouTube Channel entitled "Bodyboarding Archives" is uploading gems of 1990s bodyboarding.

The majority of the flicks were released on VHS and DVD, and have never seen the light of the streaming and video-sharing platforms.

The owner of the analog tapes and first-generation DVDs is dedicating his or her time to converting a private collection of VHS to digital files.




Carlos Hebért invites you to try boardercross ice bodyboarding


Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:54:21 +0000

Carlos Hebért Plante is one of the coolest bodyboarders on Earth.

The passionate wave rider from Quebec, Canada, is one of the few bodyboarders in the world that is able to get in the water with air temperatures of -4 °F (-20°C).

Carlos is a regular face at Habitat 67, the river surfing wave located in Montreal. Whether it's rainy, snowy or sunny, he's always there to try something new.




Jamie O'Brien went bodyboarding at Pipe with Jeff Hubbard


Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:53:55 +0000

Hawaiian Pipeline master Jamie O'Brien grabbed a bodyboard and joined Jeff Hubbard at Banzai Pipeline.

This is not the first O'Brien rides the boogie. In the past, he was invited to compete in IBA World Tour events as a wildcard. But getting barreled at Pipeline on a good-sized day is another story.

"My theory about bodyboarding at Pipe is that I don't take a wave over six feet because if I do, and in anything bigger than six feet, I keep sliding into no man's land and getting wedgied by the leash under the water," said O'Brien, a few minutes before paddling out.




The APB World Tour has a new logo


Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:42:24 +0000

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) unveiled its new logo.

Coincidently, or maybe not, the professional bodyboarding circuit debuted a new symbol a few days after World Surf League (WSL) changed its corporate identity.

And apparently, black and white is the new trend in water sports leagues. The APB World Tour also dropped its bluish tones and adopted a darker palette.




Ayaka Suzuki wins heat against men at Pipeline and makes history


Mon, 04 Mar 2019 11:33:25 +0000

Ayaka Suzuki made history for women's bodyboarding at Banzai Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii.

The young Japanese became the first female bodyboarder to win an official APB World Tour heat against three male athletes.

The 2019 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational was a one-day event, so the organization had to develop a unique format that could accommodate three competitive divisions: pro men's, women's and drop-knee.




It's a new era for the ABA Tour


Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:43:31 +0000

The Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) announced changes to its 2019 ABA Tour.

At the end of last year, Nick Chandler resigned as chairman from the ABA board, but he believes that the organization will continue with a great team and board of directors.

"It's time for it to continue without me. I started the ABA six years ago to try to build a better profile for bodyboarding in Australia," Chandler told SurferToday.





The 2019 Skim USA Tour schedule


Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:36:01 +0000

The official 2019 Skim USA Tour schedule has been released.

The amateur, youth-focused skimboarding circuit founded on the east coast of the United States will run five events in 2019.

The 2019 Skim USA Tour kicks off in March, in Florida, and wraps up in August, in Delaware.




The photo book that captures the essence of skimboarding


Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:28:19 +0000

Photographer Dwight Mudry announced the release of his self-published digital book "Skim: A Photographer's Journey."

As an amateur photographer, Mudry photographed waves for several years, but he felt his images were usually pretty uninteresting.

That all changed when he first saw a skimboarder on Aliso Beach, in Southern California, who was running down the beach into the surf, sliding far out to catch the almost vertical face of the oncoming wave, throwing a huge spray fan, and wrapping around to return to the sand.




How to do the monkey crawl in skimboarding


Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:54:24 +0000

The monkey crawl is one of the two techniques that allow skimboarders to get to the waves or any other dead water surface.

Ideally, you should learn how to do it by running to about thigh to waist-deep water next to small, weak waves, as they break next to you.

The goal is to carry all your momentum onto the skimboard in order to give you that extra boost, speed, and distance into deep water areas.




Blair Conklin is your 2018 United Skim Tour champion


Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:57:06 +0000

Blair Conklin and Sophia Nguyen claimed the 2018 United Skim Tour title.

The 2018 Exile Oktoberfest got underway at Newport Beach' Balboa Peninsula, in California. It was the final stop of the season for the professional skimboarding tour, and there was a lot at stake.

Sam Stinnett, who was not one of the world title race contenders, ended up winning the 14th edition of the iconic skim contest, which was blessed with a blend of a south swell and a building hurricane swell.




Lucas Fink wins the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am 2018


Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:52:57 +0000

Lucas Fink has taken out the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am 2018, at Vilano Beach.

The Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am, organized by Steve Pullara, is the third longest-running professional skimming event in the world.

It is also the only amateur contest on the planet allowing each rider two chances to advance before being eliminated.




Dawid Pruski prevails at 2018 Red Bull Skim It


Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:07:58 +0000

Dawid Pruski claimed the 2018 Red Bull Skim It, in Lodz, Poland.

Skimboarders from all over Poland invaded the Manufaktura arts center and shopping mall to participate in the seventh edition of the iconic flatland skimming contest.

Despite the adverse weather forecast and morning rainfall, the day turned out to be sunny and full of exciting experiences. The rides on the track and the surrounding atmosphere kept the vibes hot throughout the event.




Red Bull Skim It returns with a skate-inspired format


Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:13:38 +0000

The best Polish skimboarders will once again compete in the 2018 Red Bull Skim It, in Lodz.

Will the seventh edition of Red Bull Skim It competition be lucky for the participants? We will see that on August 25, when athletes converge on the artificial beach installed in front of the Manufaktura shopping center.

In previous editions, the best riders from all over Europe traveled to the heart of Poland, and the cool vibes transformed Lodz into something similar to Miami.




Skimboarders get towed into the waves by lawn mower engine


Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:20:05 +0000

A group of skimboarders used a lawn mower engine to get towed into the surf.

The trick is not new, but it has made many people happy. Once and again, water sports enthusiasts adopt motor power to supply extra speed to their glides and, therefore, access new areas of the wave faster.

Surfers and windsurfers get towed into waves by jet skis; wakeboarders are generally pulled by the famous wake winch, a tool that has proved to be far better than many boats, especially in tricky natural environments.




Perry Pruitt wins the 2018 Outer Banks Skim Jam


Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:31:56 +0000

Perry Pruitt claimed the 2018 Outer Banks Skim Jam, at Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina.

The event had all sorts of weather, including onshore winds, small and medium-sized waves, and sunny skies. As a result, athletes had to adapt their rides to the existing conditions.

The OBX Skim Jam already is an institution by itself and is one of the key contests in the Skim USA Tour and United Skim Tour (UST) schedules.




Austin Keen hits the Surf Ranch


Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:31:45 +0000

Austin Keen put on an epic display of skimboarding at the Surf Ranch, in Lemoore, California.

The intrepid rider from Savannah, Georgia, visited the artificial wave pool designed by Kelly Slater and showed the world why his skimming is such a versatile sport.

Keen, who is also an accomplished wakesurfer, was able to slide out to the wave on his first try, as he often does in other scenarios like rivers, lakes, and beaches.




Isaac Thomas will "Never Stop Skimming"


Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:47:34 +0000

Isaac Thomas owns an interesting collection of rare skimboarding DVDs. They document the evolution of the sport since the turn of the millennium.

Times have changed, and the DVDs have been replaced by an impalpable medium: YouTube. However, the spirit remains the same - Thomas is riding his board for life.

"Never Stop Skimming" is a retrospective of his long skimboarding career. The edit includes Isaac's creative flatland glides and performances in a series of well-known spots including Chambers Creek, Cypress Creek, Dash Point, Galveston, Port of Tacoma, Rollins Lake, Sacramento, Spanish Banks, and White Rock.




The 2018 Skim USA Tour schedule


Wed, 02 May 2018 11:32:26 +0000

The Skim USA Tour announced the full schedule for the 2018 season.

The largest competitive youth skimboarding organization in the world is setting up five events on the East Coast of the United States.

The 2018 Skim USA Tour kicks off on March 24, in Stuart Beach, Florida, and wraps up with the iconic Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding in August.





The 2019 WWA Wakeboard World Series schedule


Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:28:09 +0000

The World Wake Association (WWA) announced the 2019 WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) schedule.

The competition is comprised of six of the world's most respected event stops in wakeboarding.

The top professional athletes from around the globe will return to a career-defining platform that showcases progression and the sport's elite.




A synchronized wakeskating stunt featuring Matti Buys and Brian Grubb


Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:27:32 +0000

Matti Buys and Brian Grubb attempted to synchronize the same tricks in the heart of Durban, South Africa.

Buys, a South African wakeskater, invited one of the most influential pioneers of the sport, Grubb, for a trip around some of the most iconic landmarks in Durban.

The duo visited spots such as the Point Waterfront Canals, uShaka Marine World and the city's iconic beachfront pools.




US Park Pro: the new cable wakeboarding series


Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:37:39 +0000

Liquid Force has announced the launch of the US Park Pro.

The three-stop event series will run in association with the World Wake Association (WWA) and will feature some of the best cable park wakeboarders in the United States.

All three stages will be run in June 2019 and held in Sacramento's Wake Island, Illinois' Quarry Cable Park, and Georgia's Terminus Wakepark.




Cory Teunissen wins 2019 Nautique Moomba Masters


Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:17:56 +0000

The 2019 Nautique Wake Series and WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) kicked off at the 2019 Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational.

Riding behind the Super Air Nautique G23, the world's best riders stole the show in front of over 400,000 cheering fans along Melbourne, Australia's Yarra River with unbelievable performances.

Proving that this generation of riders is the most committed and progressive in the history of the sport, every single run we saw was put down to not only win but make a statement for what's to come for the 2019 season.




The 2019 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour schedule


Tue, 12 Feb 2019 16:13:54 +0000

The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT), the industry's longest-running professional wakeboarding competition circuit, will visit three new water sports venues in 2019 as well as returning to another venue, after a one-year hiatus to comprise a four-event schedule.

The 27th year of the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour will open in May and run through August, with the world's top-16 professional wakeboarders competing for the coveted championship.

The season will open for the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour with a debut event at August Lakes in Katy, Texas, (outside of Houston) May 17-18. The PWT then returns to the Mantua Reservoir in Utah (outside of Salt Lake City) on June 22, following a solid debut at the venue in 2017.




31 spins in 60 seconds: Wakesurfer Stacia Bank sets new Guinness World Record


Thu, 10 Jan 2019 17:33:44 +0000

Stacia Bank has set a new Guinness World Record for the most 360 spins in 60 seconds on a wakesurfing wave.

The 41-year-old from Minnesota is about to make you dizzy. Bank performed 31 spins on a wave in only a minute.

"The Guinness World Records counted 35, but I went with the Competitive Wake Surf Association [CWSA] guidelines, so it's 31," told Stacia Bank.




Brian Grubb goes drone wakeskating in Slovenia


Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:41:37 +0000

Brian Grubb is always looking to innovate in wakeskating.

The American took the sport to new territory with his drone tow ride down the Sava Bohinjka River, in Slovenia.

Grubb is famous for stunning projects such as wakeskating on the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines, along a volcanic valley in the Jordanian desert and at the historical Cleopatra Pool in Turkey.




Guenther Oka and Julia Rick claim dual world titles at the 2018 WWA Wake Park World Championships


Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:08:29 +0000

The Mayan Water Complex proved to be the absolute perfect destination for the 2018 Wake Park World Championships.

The final day of action showcased the use of every feature to its full potential, leaving no question that the Mexican wake venue remains host to some of the most amazing riding in the world.

Gorgeous weather of the tropics kept the action moving all day long as the world's best threw down in the most epic showdowns.




Dominik Hernler transforms disused quarry into ultimate wakeboarder's playground


Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:31:57 +0000

A steel filter, tonnes of rock, a digger and colossal track tires might not seem the ultimate plaything.

But three world-class wakeboarders turned such objects into the ultimate wakeboard experience inside a disused quarry in Carinthia, Austria.

"Falling Rocks" follows the new voyage of X Games medallists and wakeboarders Dominik Hernler, Felix Georgii, and Parks Bonifay.




Nikita Martyanov rides the frozen giants of Greenland


Mon, 01 Oct 2018 16:46:24 +0000

Nikita Martyanov traveled to the north for unique wakeboarding ride in the heart of Greenland.

Greenland. The biggest island in the world is located in the Arctic Circle, northeast of North America, and is covered in permafrost.

Nearly all of its inhabitants live in a small community in the southwest of the island. One of the largest populated areas in the port city of Ilulissat, famous for its ice fjord.




Riding a wakeboard everywhere in the Netherlands


Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:39:56 +0000

"Better" is the new chapter on WaxThat's Winch Tour. And it's a different way of playing with a wakeboard.

Directed by Daan Rigter and shot by Lex Dekker, the short film documents two adrenaline-fuelled weeks of winch wakeboarding across the Netherlands.

Prepare for a different wake edit. In "Better," Antoine Allaux, Dirk van Esser, Lior Sofer, and Mik Nieuwenhoff put their bones to the test in urban and rural environments.




The 2019 Nautique Wake Series schedule


Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:28:48 +0000

The full calendar for the 2019 Nautique Wake Series has been released.

The circuit aims to be the only event series that gives wakeboarders of all ages, gender and skill level a chance to compete at an elite level while maintaining a family-friendly environment.

And this year, it will be no different. The World Wake Association (WWA) and Nautique and released a four-stop schedule that will once again attract both professional and amateur riders.






 
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