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Liquid Force Kiteboarding closes down

Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:46:11 +0000

Liquid Force (LF) announced the closure of its kiteboarding division.

The sports company founded in 1995 by wakeboarding pioneers, Tony Finn and Jimmy Redmon, has pulled out of the kitesurfing industry.

The Hood River office has been closed on June 30, 2020, with all customer service and warranty issues managed out of the office in Carlsbad, San Diego.

Nick Jacobsen jumps off a 60-meter-high ship crane

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:21:15 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has jumped off a 60-meter-high crane mounted on a massive cargo vessel, in Demark.

In 2011, the Danish kiteboarder jumped off the shipwreck in Table View, Cape Town, South Africa.

Nine years later, Jacobsen was finally able to perform his Crane Jump 2.0. It was a longtime dream that saw the light of day aboard "Leap Heart."

Nick Jacobsen jumps over Danish breakwater

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:28:23 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has jumped over a breakwater in Hundested, Denmark.

At first glance, it looks easy and doable. Kevin Langeree, Ruben Lenten, and Olly Bridge have already landed similar and bigger jumps.

But there are a few variables that make this one harder to perform, including a couple of months of confinement, wind speed and direction, a bonus trick, and the landing's condition.

Ozone R1 V4 kite gets Olympic approval

Thu, 28 May 2020 15:51:44 +0000

The Ozone R1 V4 kites have been approved as registered series production equipment for Formula Kite class.

After a successful factory inspection by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Technical Committee, the kite sizes 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, and 21 meters were officially granted Formula Kite status.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 limitations, the physical factory inspection was replaced by extensive documentation.

Paris 2024: Formula Kite inspections begin

Tue, 05 May 2020 11:00:44 +0000

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced that the factory inspections regarding the new Formula Kite equipment will include 15 manufacturers.

IKA revealed that the technical checkups for the Formula Kite registered series production scheme will focus on 15 of the 17 received applications.

After completing the registration application process in September 2019, which featured an extensive list of technical equipment requirements and documentation, it is now time to assess the businesses' liability.

ISO 21853: the new standard for kite bar quick-release systems

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:03:02 +0000

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced that a new international standard ISO 21853 for quick-release systems has come into force.

The professional circuit which runs the wave kitesurfing and freestyle kiteboarding disciplines revealed that the safety standardization of all kite control bar quick-release systems is effective and valid since February 14, 2020.

The GKA worked with a team of engineers and experts alongside the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to set a new, internationally valid classification for this critical kite gear item.

The future of everything in a post-Covid-19 world

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:07:35 +0000

We woke up one morning not so long ago, and the world had changed.

By the long view, not much has happened. There's a viral pandemic underway, which is quite infectious but not very lethal.

Humankind will easily survive this and would have even if no action had been taken to limit its spread.

The 2020 Red Bull Megaloop lineup

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:38:04 +0000

The riders line-up for the 2020 Red Bull Megaloop has been unveiled.

Last month, the organization announced the first 12 invited athletes. Now, the Red Bull Megaloop committee and judges have selected the last four riders out of 47 video submissions.

Usually, the wind window runs from April 1 to November 1.

Access to Canada's premier kiteboarding destination under threat

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 21:25:32 +0000

Canada is on the brink of losing a world-class recreational amenity, which serves as a training ground for Olympians while attracting athletes and tourists from around the globe.

Two years ago, West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones stood on the southern tip of Squamish's training dike for a big announcement.

She handed over a $1.5 million cheque to the Squamish River Watershed Society (SRWS).

GKA Kite World Tour adopts dingle elimination ladder

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:33:06 +0000

The professional kiteboarding circuit is about to kick off a new season with relevant changes in the competition format.

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) World Tour plans to run 16 events and crown champions in two major disciplines: kitesurfing and freestyle.

The 2020 GKA World Tour is also introducing dingle elimination in both disciplines' competitive format.

Pete Cabrinha and Jon Modica acquire Cabrinha

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:58:38 +0000

Wind sports pioneer Pete Cabrinha and Floridian professional kitesurfer Jon Modica have announced the acquisition of the Cabrinha brand and its assets.

The company founded by Pete Cabrinha in 2000 was a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Pryde Group, the conglomerate that owns the legendary windsurfing brand, Neil Pryde.

The kitesurfing equipment manufacturer has recently relocated to its birthplace on the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii.

Jesse Richman crowned 2020 Red Bull King of the Air

Fri, 07 Feb 2020 10:32:34 +0000

Jesse Richman has taken out the 2020 Red Bull King of the Air at Kite Beach, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The elite field headed to Blouberg in South Africa's legislative capital city, looking to use monster waves and wind to produce stunning tricks for the judges and fans.

The American kiteboarder got the better of fellow former Red Bull King of the Air champions Nick Jacobsen and Aaron Hadlow to win for the second time.

NeilPryde transfers RS:X intellectual property to class

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:40:41 +0000

NeilPryde announced the transfer of the RS:X intellectual property (IP) rights to the RS:X Class Association.

During the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown, the RS:X Class Association continued to work in the background in supporting its sailors and member national authorities (MNA) with a range of issues and concerns.

The primary concern raised has been about the supply of equipment for those sailors looking to Tokyo 2020 - to be held on 2021 - who will need to train on fresh equipment as well as continuing their equipment selection processes.

A different way of being "in irons"

Thu, 28 May 2020 11:35:29 +0000

Most sailors understand the term and have experienced being "in irons" at one time or another.

"In irons" occurs when a sailboat gets "stuck" facing into the wind and can't turn left or right - the jib and main sails flutter, or "luff," when in irons.

Sailboats get into this position accidentally by tacking too slowly.

Why a 1987 windsurfer's rescue matters so much today

Thu, 07 May 2020 11:12:56 +0000

In October 1987, a lost windsurfer was rescued in San Francisco Bay, California. His name was John. Today, there's someone whose dying wish is to find him. His name is Chuck Dougherty.

San Francisco Bay is one of the most celebrated and iconic sailing venues in the world.

But it is also a tricky area, with powerful and shifty winds and currents that can quickly make things difficult for inexperienced water participants.

IWT Awards crown big wave windsurfers

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:15:25 +0000

The inaugural International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) Big Wave Awards awarded and celebrated the best riders in the history of the sport.

The event ceremony crowned the biggest and most radical big wave windsurfers, as well as the finest videographers and photographers from all around the world.

The international panel of judges received over 100 entries from Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Caledonia, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, France, Chile, Peru, and Africa.

Sailworks shifts production to medical face shields

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:30:49 +0000

The shields are on at Sailworks.

The windsurfing company from Hood River, Oregon, has re-tasked its sail loft and staff to start making medical face shields.

Sailworks aims to help mitigate the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in its local healthcare community, as the novel coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak spreads across the United States.

Squalls, sharks and scares: the story of the 2020 Everglades Challenge

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:14:11 +0000

Anthony Vandenberg, also known as "Bermuda Boy," has once again windsurfed through rough times at the 2020 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge.

This year, the 300-nautical mile sailing competition was marked by the tragic death of Jim Slauson, a 73-year-old sailor from St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition-style competition for small sailboats, canoes, and kayaks.

Two-time Olympic champion Dorian van Rijsselberghe retires

Wed, 04 Mar 2020 13:48:26 +0000

Dorian van Rijsselberghe sailed his last race in the Olympic RS:X windsurfing class, last Saturday, at the 2020 RS:X World Championships.

Van Rijsselberghe, 31, went home with a win in the final medal race.

Training partner Kiran Badloe went into the medal race with a ten-point lead and finished fifth, which was enough to land him the world title for the second year in a row.

Legendary British windsurfer Danny Seales passes away

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:00:40 +0000

The British windsurfing community is mourning the loss of the talented wave sailor Danny Seales.

With an infectious smile and colorful personality, he made everyone feel the most special person on the planet. Danny was a positive and happy human being and an accomplished waterman.

He started windsurfing at the age of 12 in Shoreham-by-Sea, in England. Seales dreamed of becoming a professional windsurfer.

Alexandre Cousin claims 2020 Défi Wind Japan

Tue, 04 Feb 2020 14:21:14 +0000

Alexandre Cousin and Ayako Suzuki conquered the 2020 Défi Wind Japan, held at Miyako.

For the last day of the event before switching to Défi Wind Superstars on Thursday, an official round was validated in the morning before kicking off three funny races.

With a slightly more favorable wind forecast for this morning, the skipper's meeting had been brought forward to 8:00 am.

iQFoil windsurfing equipment to launch in January 2020

Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:14:05 +0000

The official windsurfing equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will start to be delivered in January 2020.

World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing, announced that the initial 50 orders will be supplied by the end of January.

The equipment production will then increase to 150 boards in February, 200 boards in March, 300 by the end of May, and 400 onwards.

Tokyo 2020: RS:X Notice of Race released

Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:12:16 +0000

The Notice of Race for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition has been publicly released.

The competition kicks off on July 26 and runs until August 6 at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, in Enoshima, and will feature 350 athletes.

The Notice of Race features the official conditions for the ten sailing events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including details on the rules, regulations, entry and qualification guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue, and courses.

Seven national records set at 2019 Luderitz Speed Challenge

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:25:57 +0000

It's a wrap. The 2019 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over.

Once again, some of the world's fastest windsurfers raced for personal, national, and world records at the legendary Namibian speed strip.

This year, there were no world records, though. But the bar has definitely been raised, and Antoine Albeau's 2015 mark - 53.27 knots - will sooner or later be broken.

Joe Jordanoff claims 2020 Western Australia bodyboard title

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:51:25 +0000

The 2020 SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles made a spectacular return to Claytons Beach in Mindarie, with seven State champions crowned in exciting high-performance bodyboard waves.

The SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles marked Surfing Western Australia's return to competition after Covid-19 temporarily suspended all operations back in March.

After a 117-day hiatus, the event attracted some of WA's most experienced riders, who went head-to-head with a new generation of bodyboarders, many of which were competing for the first time at State title level.

Tandem Boogie: it takes two to ride a bodyboard

Fri, 29 May 2020 10:22:22 +0000

Bodyboarding has officially become a team sport.

A company from San Clemente, California, announced the launch of Tandem Boogie, a bodyboard designed to allow two people to catch and surf waves together.

The Tandem Boogie Air inflatable bodyboard for two offers a new way for families, surf schools, and ocean enthusiasts to enjoy riding waves without the typical difficulty of modern surf crafts.

Two IBC World Tour events have been canceled

Thu, 28 May 2020 15:26:48 +0000

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of two IBC World Tour events.

The inaugural IBC World Tour season is at stake, as the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world and puts all sorts of events on-hold or at risk of cancellation.

In professional bodyboarding, the scenario is not looking good. Two Qualifying Series (QS) events have been canceled.

Hugo Pinheiro explores the origins and evolution of bodyboarding

Thu, 30 Apr 2020 15:55:45 +0000

When we think of modern wave riding, the image that comes to mind is of a surfer cutting the green face of a wave standing up.

But the truth is bodyboarding - or boogie boarding as Tom Morey labeled it in 1971 - is the closest interpretation of the ancient art of surfing.

Filmmaker Andy Burgess accompanied five-time European bodyboarding champ, Hugo Pinheiro, on a voyage to Hawaii, the birthplace of wave riding, to discover the origins and evolution of bodyboarding.

Inaugural 2020 IBC World Tour is under pressure

Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:27:20 +0000

The inaugural edition of the International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC) World Tour is under pressure due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The first events running under the IBC are being pushed forward in the calendar, as the novel coronavirus continues to put coastal communities and nations under lockdown.

The IBC World Tour issued a statement saying that "the latest update in regards to the 2020 World Tour remains largely unchanged."

The story of the Bodyboarder International Association

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:38:00 +0000

Among many other things, Patti Serrano helped shape the history of bodyboarding by founding the iconic Bodyboarder International Association (BIA).

She is one of the key personalities in the industry, and someone who pushed the sport forward in the early days.

The California entrepreneur created the Bodyboarder International Magazine (BIM) and BIA after what she calls her "Morey Boogie years" (1976-1981).

Gold Coast bodyboarder living in Spain: "Wake up and lock down!"

Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:29:28 +0000

Simon Murphy is a Gold Coast bodyboarder living in Spain, one of the epicenters of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.

His wife is a health care professional currently working in the battlefront at a hospital in the north of the country.

This is his heartbreaking testimony:

IBC World Tour events suspended due to Covid-19

Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:55:46 +0000

The International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC), along with all world tour event organizers and their local governments, has been monitoring the global COVID-19 situation on a day to day basis.

The impact of the pandemic is unprecedented, and whilst the IBC would like to see all the events run as planned, the safety of all involved, their families, fans, and local communities is paramount.

As of March 20, 2020, six of the upcoming 2020 IBC World Tour events have been suspended, with one being rescheduled.

Welcome to the IBC World Tour era

Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:21:07 +0000

The International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC) announced its plans to revolutionize the sport.

In an official statement, the new professional competitive bodyboarding structure presents itself as a non-profit organization.

IBC aims to represent and promote the sport on a global level, from grassroots all the way through to professional events.

Equity versus equality in women's bodyboarding

Mon, 02 Mar 2020 11:47:22 +0000

The 2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational had eight women competing. Six of them had to compete in Round 1 with 58 other men.

There were 16 heats that lasted 20 minutes, with four people per heat. The top two contestants would advance to Round 2, which was held the same day as Round 1.

Two women and 30 men advanced from Round 1 into Round 2, where they competed against each other in four-person heats.

Iain Campbell wins 2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational

Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:54:56 +0000

Iain Campbell has taken out the 2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational, at Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii.

The South African bodyboarder managed to steal the show with an outstanding Perfect 10-point ride in the last five seconds of the final.

Campbell ended up defeating three world-class Hawaiian bodyboarders - Tanner McDaniel, Jeff Hubbard, and Sammy Morretino - in an extremely tight heat.

Tom Morey: "You are the hope and future of the planet"

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:31:14 +0000

Surfing legend and inventor of the bodyboard, Tom Morey, made a special appearance at the 2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational.

The man who helped shape the sport of bodyboarding was invited to make the opening speech of the iconic contest held at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Surrounded by his wife Marchia and son Sky, Morey delivered a witty, philosophical, and historical discourse that will surely be remembered for years to come.

"There's one thing I want to tell you," Tom Morey started saying.

"You are more than dick draggers. You are more than boogers. You are the hope of this freaking planet because you care about surfing. You care about enjoying the planet for the benefit it gives."

Tom Morey: he believes wave riders are the hope and future of the planet | Photo: JJ Caldwell

Stand United

The bodyboarding genius, 84, praised the wave riding community, but also urged the water sports enthusiasts to unite and work together to make the Earth a better place.

"I'm telling you: you are the hope of the world. One day, a Jew was walking along the beach one day at Malibu," revealed Morey.

"It was a foggy day. He stopped, and he said: 'I'm from Israel. They make me think that we Jews hate the Arabs. We don't give a shit. We just want to windsurf - that's all we want to do.' And that's what you guys do."

"You've got here a guy riding a foil, a windsurfer, someone kitesurfing, and we are the frontier of this place. The sky is the limit, and you are the future of space flight and pollination of our culture in the universe."

"Your children and grandchildren are part of the continuation. I love you all so much. Let's start the contest. Thank you very much."

The science and art of stone skipping

Wed, 20 May 2020 15:33:36 +0000

What is stone skipping? The art of throwing flat rocks across the water has become a semi-professional sport involving technique and science.

The goal of stone skipping, also known as stone skimming, is to see how many times a stone bounces off the surface of a pond before sinking.

Believe it or not, skipping stones is more than just a pastime and has become a highly competitive outdoor activity with thousands of participants and fans.

How to grow skimboarding's awareness and popularity

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:57:35 +0000

Skimboarding has become an increasingly exciting sport, as the world's best performers take their finless boards to challenging waves.

Skimboarding is the only water sport that doesn't need waves, wind, or even water depth to be enjoyed.

You can ride it inland (flatland skimboarding) on a wet surface, or in the ocean (wave skimboarding) at a shorebreak.

Is this the biggest winch-powered skimboarding air ever?

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:37:12 +0000

Blair Conklin and Dade Shields have recently formed Skid Kids TV, a media collective covering all things skimboarding.

The duo has been quite successful at putting the sport of skimming in the limelight, thanks to a weekly presence on YouTube. Hopefully, they will keep up insightful and colorful videos.

On June 2019, this group of Laguna Beach riders captured one of the biggest skimboarding airs of all time on film.

Lucas Fink wins maiden United Skim Tour title

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:23:33 +0000

Lucas Fink has been crowned 2019 United Skim Tour (UST) champion. He is the first Brazilian skimboarder ever to win the world title.

Fink won four consecutive stages in the United States and was able to mathematically confirm a maiden world skimboarding title for his career and country.

The Brazilian skimboarder won the decisive stage in Florida one day after celebrating his 21st anniversary.

Michal Ambruszkiewicz wins 2019 Red Bull Skim It

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:47:49 +0000

Michal Ambruszkiewicz has taken out the 2019 Red Bull Skim It at Manufaktura Beach, in Lodz, Poland.

It is already a tradition that the holiday season in Lodz ends with the largest skimboard competition in Europe, in the heart of the Polish capital, i.e., the Manufaktura Market.

The prestigious flatland skimboarding event returned to central Europe and was blessed by favorable weather conditions, warm temperature and sunny skies included.

How to catch a wave on a skimboard

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:01:16 +0000

Catching a wave on a skimboard involves two significant variables: timing and technique.

Skimboarding can be broken down into two main disciplines: wave skimboarding and flatland skimboarding.

Flatland skimboarding is practiced in very shallow, non-coastal waters, and does not involve riding waves.

Blair Conklin and Amber Torrealba win 2019 TAC Skimblast

Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:07:42 +0000

Blair Conklin and Amber Torrealba have taken out the 2019 TAC Skimblast, at Seabright Beach, in Santa Cruz, California.

The first event of the 2019 United Skim Tour season was held under sunny, blue skies, and warm, summertime temperatures. There was virtually no wind all day.

The wave conditions were not perfect, but there were enough one-to-three foot shore break rollers available to judge and crown the best performers. 

The 2019 United Skim Tour schedule

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:04:58 +0000

The 2019 United Skim Tour (UST) schedule has been released.

The professional skimboarding circuit returns with six state-of-the-art events held in some of the finest venues across the United States.

Defending champions Blair Conklin and Sophia Nguyen will battle it out against the world's best skimboarders in the shore break wave of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

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.

2020 Pro Wake Tour goes digital

Tue, 19 May 2020 12:08:22 +0000

The novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic forced the 2020 Supra Boats Pro Wake Tour (PWT) to go digital.

As a result, the organization designed an unorthodox competitive formula comprising of one digital qualifier, two PWT digital events, and two PWT audience-attended stages.

The digital qualifier offers wakeboarders and wakesurfers a chance to qualify for the PWT while riding at their home lake behind their own boat.

The day Brian Grubb combined wakeskating with snowboarding

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 10:57:33 +0000

In 2015, Brian Grubb traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina to pull off a magical project.

The wakeskating pioneer is constantly pursuing new challenges, so he embarked on a trip to a winter wonderland to try something new.

Grubb headed for Bjelasnica, a glorious Olympic mountain located just 25 kilometers from Sarajevo.

Wakeskaters ride the stunning opal lakes of Lençóis Maranhenses

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:25:02 +0000

Zuzana Vráblová and Brian Grubb traveled deep into the Brazilian wilderness to wakeskate the stunning opal lakes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park.

The Slovakian and American athletes, who both had the other-worldly location on their wakeskate bucket list for a long time, were based in a camp along the northeast coast of Brazil.

Then, the duo had to navigate a river and drive off-road for two hours to reach the opal lakes and lagoons.

The 2020 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour schedule

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 17:05:29 +0000

One of the most exciting water spectacles in the world is headed to four American cities this Summer.

The 2020 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT), recognized as the number-one wakeboard series on the planet, will feature the world's top-ranked wakeboarders competing alongside up-and-coming athletes, just breaking into the elite level.

The tour, currently in its 28th year, will run May through August at prime water sports venues in Texas, Colorado, Oregon, and Indiana.

Brady Patry rides JB O'Neill as a human wakeboard

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:01:29 +0000

Brady Patry is one of the most talented cable park wakeboarders out there.

The goofy-footed rider from Edmond, Oklahoma, is able to perform and land every wake trick, but he is also known for adding his creative instinct to each maneuver.

Whether Patry is riding a classic wakeboard or throwing unexpected wakeskating moves, he always keeps us entertained and makes things look terribly easy.

The 2019 Nautique Wakesurf Series champions have been crowned

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 10:10:16 +0000

Tremendous performances were seen last month at the latest four stops of the 2019 Nautique Wakesurf Series.

Riders gathered in the beautiful Alberta, Canada to compete at Canada's premier wakesurf championship featuring the highest pro cash prize purse the Canadian's have seen.

The Nautique Canadian Wakesurf National Championships served as a qualifier for Canada's National Wakesurf Development Team and National Wakesurf Senior Team, for both male and female riders.

Noah Flegel and Ashley Kidd crowned 2019 national wakesurfing champions

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:36:12 +0000

The 2019 Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships showcased an action-packed weekend paired with an inspiring spectacle of athletic abilities in a family-friendly environment.

It was the ultimate battle for the top in the final rounds of action with athletes in every division showcasing versatility combining both skim and surf style boards in their runs.

Noah Flegel and Ashley Kidd both locked up their 2019 national titles securing some of the last remaining invitations to the inaugural Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships, the culminating event of the 2019 Nautique Wakesurf Series.

How to wakesurf

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:32:19 +0000

Wakesurfing is a sport that blends aspects of wakeboarding and surfing. Its origins date back to the 1960s and it was initially called "boat surfing."

Wakesurfers take advantage of the wake produced by a boat to ride it more or less indefinitely. The sport involves much less rope time than wakeboarding.

Wakesurfing incorporates some of the key maneuvers found in wakeboarding and the most progressive side of surfing, skimboarding, skateboarding, and even snowboarding.

Guenther Oka and Julia Rick crowned 2019 US Park Pro champions

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:30:14 +0000

And that's a wrap. The inaugural season of the US Park Pro concluded at Terminus Wake Park, in Cartersville, Georgia.

Victor Salmon walked away with the win in the pro men's division, Julia Rick took first place in the pro women's category, and young ripper, Fynn Bullock took top honors in junior men.

With this being the final stop, the overall winners were also announced.

"Snapshot": a wakeboarding and wakeskating documentary

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:29:53 +0000

"Snapshot" is a wakeboarding documentary that traces the origins of the sport since it became a thing in the mid-1980s.

The 59-minute film by Sven Siese and Soeren Fischer is finally available for online viewing.

"Snapshot" provides an insight into the multiple facets of these growing outdoor activities since they evolved from water skiing disciplines to de-facto sports.

Dominik Gührs explores Bangkok like never before

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:21:44 +0000

The German wakeboarder has made the Thai capital his winter training base for three months each year.

In the three-part "Searching Bangkok" series, Dominik Gührs explores the famous city's food, culture, and sport courtesy of a winch and a wakeboard.

The Munich wakeboarder relocated to Thailand to be able to train more readily during the winter months back at home.

Markus Lahmer wins first event of the 2019 Nautique Wakesurf Series

Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:13:52 +0000

Outstanding performances were seen this past weekend in London at the first stop of the 2019 Nautique Wakesurf Series.

Riders gathered from over nine different countries to compete at the Nautique European Wakesurf Championships, striving to define themselves as the sport's elite and hoping to secure the very first invitations to the Nautique Masters Wakesurf Championships.

Jodi Grassman came away with the win in the pro women's division laying down her signature finesse to kick off the season with a top spot on the global rankings list.


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