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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.




Are kites useful for anything?


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:46:42 +0000

Countries, empires, and civilizations with cost diseases eventually choke on their own inefficiencies.

Cost diseases did it for Rome and the Ottomans. And India during the Mogul era (allowing easy conquest by England). And they are to blame for the "century of shame" when China became so dysfunctional that foreigners bullied them unmercifully (which China is now determined to exact revenge for).

There are various theories as to what causes cost diseases to take hold of stable countries and empires.





Sarah-Quita Offringa nominated for 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year


Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:30:05 +0000

She is one of the most successful professional windsurfers of all time. Sarah-Quita Offringa has been nominated for 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

Sarah-Quita Offringa was born on July 4, 1991, in Oranjestad, Aruba. She says she started windsurfing because she lives on an island surrounded by water and great winds.

Initially, Offringa didn't like it because "the equipment was quite heavy and as I was quite young. It was hard to get the sail out of the water."




Sarah-Quita Offringa wins 14th PWA World Tour title


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:46:41 +0000

Antoine Albeau and Sarah-Quita Offringa have raced to victory in the 2017 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup, held in Denmark.

The French cannon continued his winning streak on the PWA Slalom World Tour, and with two events to go, he holds a small, yet manageable lead over Matteo Iachino.

Four consecutive bullets were enough for Albeau to celebrate his third back-to-back event year this season. Iachino won the last race but had to settle for runner-up.




Morisio and Zola raise the Italian flag in the waves of Pacasmayo


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:37:23 +0000

Italian windsurfer Frederico Morisio will never forget the 2017 Pacasmayo Wave Classic, held in Peru.

The talented young PWA World Tour campaigner won his first ever windsurfing contest at the iconic Peruvian left-hand point break of Pacasmayo. And his job was not an easy one.

Morisio faced Russ Faurot, Yann Rifflet, and Morgan Noireaux in a 30-minute final. Rifflet unleashed a few aerial moves, and Faurot found long rides in which he applied smooth turns, but they eventually had to settle for the fourth and third places.




Guillermo Sfiligoy: the paraplegic adventurer that went windsurfing


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:19:32 +0000

In 2008, Guillermo Sfiligoy suffered a near-fatal car accident. As a result, he spent ten days in a coma and became paraplegic.

Sfiligoy has always been passionate about the ocean, but his disability stopped him from doing some of the things that truly made him happy. 

But the day has come. With the help from professional windsurfer Diony Guadagnino, the Venezuelan architect and motivational speaker got back to the water.




How to windsurf in waves


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:44:42 +0000

Wave sailing is one of the most challenging and thrilling disciplines in windsurfing. Learn how to get into a wave your windsurf gear.

Contrary to popular belief, windsurfing is a sport made for the waves. In fact, the wind and the waves are the DNA of windsurfing.

Windsurfing waves can be an exhausting experience, and it is not as easy as it sometimes looks, but if you're an intermediate sailor already with experience in medium-to-high, there's no reason why you shouldn't try and catch a wave.




Missing the 1980s? Here's a retro windsurfing party


Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:45:01 +0000

If you're a fan of the good old days, you'll love this retro windsurfing event. It's called "La Planche à Voile à la Papa."

Windsurfing has made a long way since the Windsurfer One Design époque. The boards, the sails, the gear and all side accessories became lighter and more functional.

Old school windsurfing was all about having fun and cruising across the water under sunny skies and gentle winds. Today, everything's different - we seek the highest jump, the raddest maneuver, and the fastest lap.




Noireaux finds the set wave at the 2017 Baja Desert Showdown


Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:27:04 +0000

Morgan Noireaux has taken out the 2017 Baja Desert Showdown, Punta San Carlos, in Mexico.

The fourth stop on the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) had a wide variety of favorable wind and wave conditions and attracted sailors from 14 nations.

The 30-minute finals got underway in calmer seas, and with less consistent set waves. In the women's division, Annamaria Zollet found and rode the biggest waves and stole the show.




How to read wind direction


Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:49:31 +0000

Reading the wind and putting it into words can be especially confusing. Learn how to convert wind directions in degrees to compass directions, and check out their corresponding official abbreviations.

How do you read wind direction? Which direction is SSW? Which direction is 0 degrees - north or south? All you need is a Rose of the Winds and a good memory.

The first thing we need to know is that wind direction is reported as the orientation from where the wind is blowing. For instance, if it's coming out of the southeast and blowing towards the northwest, it is a southeast wind.




Windfinder introduces interactive weather forecast maps


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:50:21 +0000

Windfinder, an online wind and wave forecast service, announced the introduction of interactive weather maps on its website and mobile apps.

The company headquartered in Kiel, Germany, wants to make it easy for users to check wind direction, wind speed, and air temperature, and other weather variables in their favorite spots.

With the new intuitive presentation, which finds the windiest and best locations for sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing, Windfinder will directly compete with online marine forecast solutions like Windy.com.





What is bodyboarding?


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:51:23 +0000

Bodyboarding is the art of riding waves in a prone position.

According to surf historians, the sport has its roots in the islands of the Pacific. The Polynesian people were the first to slid across ocean waves lying on paipo boards.

The ancient practice of catching waves in a prone position later evolved to stand-up wave riding, which could very well mean that the origins of bodyboarding are older than those of surfing.




Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker win the 2017 Sintra Pro


Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:10:47 +0000

Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker have taken out the 2017 Sintra Pro, in Praia Grande, Portugal.

With the Portuguese bodyboarding contest celebrating its 22nd year, there was certainly no shortage of drama in the water. The event tested the athlete's fitness levels by delivering all sorts of ocean conditions.

In the first days of competition, men, women and young riders had to battle powerful onshore wind and wave conditions, as well as strong currents and shifting peaks.




Portuguese duo embark on "Irish Dreams"


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:16:44 +0000

When it comes to wave riding, Ireland is always a tricky challenge. In "Irish Dreams," you understand why the Emerald Isle is the go-to test for top performers.

The number of high-end movies, videos and short films coming from Portugal has been increasing pace. Today, filmmakers are able to deliver HD works with budget cameras, and that's good for the sport of bodyboarding.

Pedro Santos Ribeiro has just unveiled his "Irish Dreams," the story of two Portuguese riders, and their appetite for mutant waves, and heavy slabs.




"InUtero": Michael Novy gets deeply pitted


Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:32:29 +0000

Sunshine Coast's Michael Novy has never been afraid of empty, death-defying surf breaks. His latest short film puts him where he belongs - inside the pit.

Novy is one of the most confident and committed bodyboarders in Australia, and he only needed four days to find enough waves for "InUtero."

"In utero" is a Latin term meaning "in the womb," and after watching the Australian's latest edit, you'll clearly read the expression from a different perspective.




Skup presents a radical new bodyboard design


Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:37:10 +0000

Meet the Skup, the bodyboard with an hydrodynamically designed hull.

The system propels the board forward and makes it easier for the rider to catch more waves with less effort. It is an ideal pick for young bodyboarders who don't quite have the paddling strength to get in front of that wave.

"I am a Minnesota native and lifelong inventor. I happened to be in San Diego about a year and a half ago watching the kids in the waves bodyboarding, and saw the waves simply rolling underneath their boards. It just hit me: the board needs an intake to hook up on the wave," says Christopher Joyce, the founder of Skup.




Mike Stewart, 54, tastes victory in Japan


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:22:23 +0000

You can't stop a veteran from chasing the sun. Mike Stewart has just won an APB World Tour event, in the southwest of Japan.

There you go. After a long journey, 54-year-old Mike Stewart returned to the highest spot on the podium. The Hawaiian won the 2017 Urban Research Tahara Pro, in Japan.

Stewart defeated three Japanese surfers in the final - Yoshitada Kondo, Yasuyuki Shibata, and Taira Takahashi - but victory only came in the last 30 seconds.




All set for the 2017 Portuguese Triple Crown of Bodyboarding


Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:35:18 +0000

Portugal is ready to host three consecutive APB World Tour stages that might very well decide who the 2017 champion will be.

The world's best male and female bodyboarders will make Portugal their home for a month. In fact, there's a lot at stake. The Men's, Women's, Pro Junior and Drop-Knee world titles could be decided in the Iberian Peninsula.

The Portuguese leg kicks off with the prestigious Sintra Pro, the longest running event in pro bodyboarding. Praia Grande will once again deliver its punchy waves in an always shifty beach break.




How to put on a pair of bodyboarding fins


Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:43:28 +0000

Bodyboarding is a sport that requires you to wear swim fins. Let's learn how to put them on correctly.

Is is possible to catch waves and ride a bodyboard without a pair of flippers? Yes. Is it reasonable to paddle out on a boogie board? No.

Unlike in surfing, where you generally only need your arms to get into the wave, bodyboarding relies on leg and feet power to propel you forward through the water.




How to become a professional female bodyboarder


Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:13:33 +0000

Bodyboarding is a popular wave riding sport across the world. However, professional bodyboarders have always struggled to live out of competitions and sponsors.

As in many other individual and team sports, men tend to end up with the largest sponsoring deals and the largest contest prize purses, leaving almost nothing for their female counterpart.

However, both sides have bills to pay if they decide to live the dream and tour the world. In other words, it's not easy to become a female bodyboarder.





The skimboarder who rode a tidal bore wave


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:46:34 +0000

A skimboarder has ridden a tidal bore wave in the Dordogne River, in the south of France.

Laurent Lozes is probably the first ever skimboarder to ride "le mascaret," i.e., the tidal bore. The ride itself is never easy, but launching from the river side is next level.

It's all about timing and board control, and Lozes timed everything beautifully. He watched the wave travel up the river, took a few steps back, and then threw his skimboard down and across the water, and hopped on it effortlessly.




Michal Ambruszkiewicz conquers the 2017 Red Bull Skim It


Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:15:21 +0000

The 6th edition of the Red Bull Skim It is done and dusted.

On Saturday, August 26, Lodz once again turned into a skimboarding paradise. This year's edition of Europe's biggest competition on an artificial track welcomed participants from across Europe.

The winner of the legendary event taking place on the beach of Manufaktura turned out to be a resident of Lodz, Michal Ambruszkiewicz.




Lodz gets ready for the 2017 Red Bull Skim It


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:11:13 +0000

The 6th edition of the Red Bull Skim It will ignite the city of Lodz, in Poland, on August 26, 2017.

The event is Europe's largest skimboarding competition held on an artificial track and the final stop on the 2017 European Skimboarding Cup.

The 2017 Red Bull Skim It will also determine Poland's best skimboarder. But the organizers have also planned additional attractions for those who haven’t tried the sport yet.




Lightning storm lights up final Texas Skim Jam


Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:02:47 +0000

It was not easy, but the Texas Skim Jam eventually celebrated its 10th anniversary. And apparently, it was the last one.

The event hosted by Skim2Live went underway at Cypress Creek, a well-known stream that flows from Snake Creek and Mound Creek to its mouth at Spring Creek, in the heart of Texas.

However, the flatland skimboard contest had its setbacks. According to the organization, Mother Nature decided to send out a lightning storm which halted the pro competition. The amateur division was taken out by Ben Hayman.




Blair Conklin claims the 2017 Internacional de Skimboard


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:29:10 +0000

Blair Conklin has taken out the 2017 Internacional de Skimboard, in Santa Cruz, Portugal.

The 2016 United Skim Tour (UST) champion returned to the Portuguese shore breaks and grabbed an important win. The event had challenging wave conditions, but the riders kept the bar raised high.

In the final against Afonso Ruiz, João Girbal, and Juan Luis, the American skimboarder posted a near-perfect score of 19 points.




Logan Davidson claims the 2017 DB Pro/Am


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:55:00 +0000

Logan Davidson conquered the 2017 DB Pro/Am, held at Dash Point, in Federal Way, Washington.

The 14th annual skimboarding competition featured three divisions - Pro, Amateur and Under 16 - and once again attracted the stars of flatland skimming to the northwest.

As always there were plenty of obstacles to overcome, including kicker ramps and the giant DB Skimboards logo.




Austin Keen skims across a swimming pool


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:45:28 +0000

Are you ready for a quick textbook skimboarding stunt? Watch Austin Keen doing what he loves most.

He is one of the stars of modern skimboarding, and always finds time to push the sport toward new and unexplored territories.

Keen has already blended skimboarding with many different sports, including surfing, wakeboarding, and even skateboarding. So, what has he got left in the back of his mind?




120 riders attended the inaugural Skimmunity Showdown


Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:03:41 +0000

The inaugural Skimmunity Showdown 2017 was a huge success.

The event got underway at Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attracted over 120 participants. They all enjoyed the sunny skies, contestable waves, and the good vibes that surrounded the competition area.

Thanks to the support of the Skim USA directors, and a dedicated group of local volunteers, the event spread the skimboarding spirit and planted seeds for the future.




The 2017 European Skimboarding Cup schedule


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:30:27 +0000

The European Skimboarding Cup announced the full calendar for the 2017 season.

After conquering three back-to-back titles, will Adrien Raza return to chase a fourth trophy? The Dutch rider who lives in Valencia proved to be the most accomplished flatland skimboarder of the Old Continent.

But names like Semjon Szillat, Michal Ambruszkiewicz, Logan Davidson, and Mees Oostdijk will not make things easy for Raza, and they all want the prestigious skim title.





Dominik Hernler performs wakeboarding stunts in the heart of Paris


Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:38 +0000

Austrian wakeboarder Dominik Hernler spent two weeks this summer on the River Seine in France.

The intrepid wakeboarder shot a series of breathtaking and audacious aerial stunts on the famous French river, including an Eiffel Tower stunt.

One of the greatest wakeboarders in history has had to wait three years for the project to come to fruition. However, it has definitely been worth the wait.




Harley Clifford crowned 2017 Pro Wakeboard Tour champion


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:25:24 +0000

It's all over. Harley Clifford claimed the final event of the Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) season in West Chester and took out the overall title.

The longest-running wakeboarding circuit visited Voice of America MetroPark for the first time in its history knowing that the venue would decide the 2017 champion.

Only 10 points separated Harley Clifford and Mike Dowdy from the 2016 Rookie of the Year Nic Rapa, and everyone knew it was do-or-die. The crowd held their breath, and it all came down to the last run in the best-of-two finals round.




The 2017 Pro Wakeboard Tour title will be decided in Ohio


Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:53:13 +0000

Nic Rapa has taken out the third stop on the 2017 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWA), in Colorado Springs.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year has finally won his first-ever PWT event. For the finals, Rapa landed an indy moby dick and a switch double half-cab roll and took away the contest trophy.

With this result, it will be all or nothing for Rapa, Harley Clifford, and Mike Dowdy, as they prepare to battle it out for the overall season title in West Chester, Ohio.




Nic Rapa claims the Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro 2017


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:26:34 +0000

Nic Rapa and Nicola Butler have taken out the Malibu Factory Smoky Mountain Pro 2017, in Louden, Tennessee.

The fourth stop of the WWA Wakeboard World Series (WBWS) and first stop of the Malibu Evolution Pro Series got underway on the Tennessee River, surrounded by hundreds of enthusiastic fans.

In the Pro Women's competition, the WBWS leader Giorgia Gregorio suffered an injury and had to watch her direct opponents ride for podium places.




LearnWake: the new instructional video app for wakeboarders


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:19:50 +0000

LearnWake is the new mobile application for wakeboarders.

The membership-based iOS app features 400-plus videos that will teach you how to pull and land from basic tricks to advanced maneuvers.

LearnWake will help you go bigger, spin better, get inverted, build your foundation, and improve your fitness with off-water training.




Mike Dowdy wins the 2017 PWT Mantua


Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:16:01 +0000

Mike Dowdy has taken out the second stop on the 2017 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT), in Mantua, Utah.

The performance levels were once again raised on the PWT, as six athletes scored over 90 points during the finals held in the Mantua Reservoir with only 0.43 points separating the top three riders.

Nic Rapa, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, landed his first double flip in a contest and finished runner-up with 97.50 points. Australian sensation Harley Clifford placed third.




The 2017 Wake Park World Series schedule


Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:32:29 +0000

The 2017 Wake Park World Series (WPWS) will feature five stops in three continents.

The World Wake Association (WWA) released the schedule for the 2017 season and confirmed a global purse of over $145,000, the largest prize money payout in the history of cable wakeboarding.

Once again, the WPWS will showcase the world's best riders and their tricks in two divisions: Pro Men and Features.




Can you guess who won the first event of the 2017 Pro Wakeboard Tour?


Mon, 15 May 2017 16:46:21 +0000

In 2017, the only question that is still unanswered is: will Harley Clifford win all the events he competes in this year? Stop number one, check.

The Pro Wakeboard Tour season is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The longest-running professional wakeboard and wakesurf circuit kicked off the 2017 season at Oak Mountain State Park, in Birmingham, Alabama.

After the qualifying rounds held in the first two days, the world's best battled it out for points and glory. And what a spectacular show it was with five of six riders scoring in the 90s in the finals, for the first time.




Harley Clifford storms the 2017 Nautique Wake Open


Wed, 03 May 2017 10:55:37 +0000

Harley Clifford has taken out the 2017 Nautique Wake Open, in Orlando, Florida.

The Australian powerhouse stormed the event and proved he is ready to battle for another world title. Clifford has recently returned to the water after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The Men's Pro final included Mike Dowdy, Noah Flegel, and Cory Teunissen, but it was Clifford who stole the show by hitting a double indy tantrum on his first trick, a tail grab KGB, and a melon toe nine.






 
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