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57.97 knots: Alex Caizergues breaks his own world speed kiteboarding record


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:18:44 +0000

Alexandre Caizergues has broken his own world speed kiteboarding record.

The French kitesurfer sailed at 57.97 knots (107.36 km/h) over 500 meters during the 2017 Salt and Speed, a speed sailing event held in Salin-de-Giraud, France.

Caizergues, who had set a new world record in 2013 with 56.62 knots (104.86 km/h), improved his own mark by 1.35 knots (2.5 km/h).




What are the different disciplines of kiteboarding?


Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:08:19 +0000

Kiteboarding is a multidisciplinary wind sport that can be practiced almost everywhere. Discover the different "types" of kiteboarding.

The sport of kiteboarding combines the characteristics of several action sports, including surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, paragliding and sailing.

And because riders are propelled by kite wings, they may execute tricks and maneuvers in a wide variety of wind-affected environments, either in the water or on solid ground.




Kitesurfer Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo defies Praia do Norte


Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:21:26 +0000

A Portuguese kitesurfer rode the humongous walls of water during the infamous November 8, 2017, session at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal.

Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo, a 40-year-old kitesurfer from Porto, defied the giant waves of Nazaré riding a four-meter kite in a crowded lineup dominated by surfboards and jet skis.

Because waves were breaking in a slightly southern direction, and the wind was blowing from the north, Nuno had to carefully analyze each wave, its potential, and the best take-off spot.




Jinne Boer is the Man of the Dam 2017


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:41:07 +0000

Jinne Boer has taken out the Man of the Dam 2017 in Zeeland, in the Netherlands.

Dutch kiteboarders are known for their talent and creativity. And if you put under 18 rider in competition mode, you'll get a fantastic show.

The annual freestyle kiteboarding event had all the necessary ingredients for success: great winds, sunny skies, and a stoked group of athletes, always ready to showcase their skills.




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Mike Waltze


Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:12:21 +0000

Mike Waltze lives and breathes Hawaii. The surfer-cinematographer who directed "That First Glide" was one of the first surfers to take on Jaws and to ride waves using ram air kites.

Waltze was born in Port Beach, California, but he moved to Oahu, in Hawaii, when he was still young.

He got into windsurfing in 1969 and, three years later, he was already a proud owner of the iconic "Windsurfer."




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Don Montague


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:54:32 +0000

Don Montague is a Canadian watersports inventor and designer. He was at the heart of the kiteboarding revolution and, today, continues to innovate with his kiteboat experimentations.

Don Montague has always been passionate about the ocean. When he was young, he made sails for his skateboard and canoe.

He only discovered windsurfing at the age of 16, after watching Robby Naish in VHS videos. But he instantly knew, he wanted to ride the wind.




Kitesurfing pioneers: the story of Laird Hamilton


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:59 +0000

Laird Hamilton was one of the first watermen to test the kites developed by the Legaignoux brothers. Here's how he lived the early kiteboarding years.

When kiteboarding was born, Laird John Zerfas was already an accomplished wave rider. His stepfather, Bill Hamilton, was a phenomenal, well-respected surfer.

Today, the Hawaiian athlete-businessman lives in Kauai surrounded by women - his wife and three daughters. And they all share the same passion for water and the ocean.




Co-inventor of kitesurfing reveals his side of the story


Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:59:08 +0000

The co-inventor of kitesurfing released "Kitesurf: Du Rêve À La Réalité," a book that promises to reveal the details behind the creation of the world's first kite sail.

In 1984, and inspired by the famous "Jacob's Ladder" catamaran, French brothers Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux developed an inflatable wing that would change watersports forever.

The trial-and-error process eventually culminated in an outdoor activity that rapidly gained millions of participants worldwide. Today, kiteboarding is an exciting sport that can be enjoyed both in the water and on land.




Windmills and waterways: Kevin Langeree gets creative in Netherlands


Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:59:14 +0000

Kevin Langeree has gone kitesurfing in the waterways of Kinderdijk, in South Holland. And not even the police could stop him.

People from the Netherlands use to say "if you're not Dutch, you're not much." Do you still doubt that saying? Watch what happens when Kevin Langeree and Lasse Walker get creative.

Kiteboarding is all about the experience. You can ride a kite almost anywhere, as long as you've got the skills and enough wind to go. But pro rider Kevin Langeree has set a new standard.





Zara Davis breaks women's speed windsurfing world record


Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:36:38 +0000

Zara Davis has broken the women's speed windsurfing world record, at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The world's most famous speed sailing canal has once again delivered the goods. British speed windsurfer Zara Davis broke a record set in 2015.

Two years ago, Swiss bullet Karin Jaggi raised the women's bar and stole the world record from Davis by sailing at 46.31 knots in a 500-meter run.




What to expect from windsurfing lessons


Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:18:13 +0000

Have you decided to become a windsurfer today? Learn what to expect from your first windsurfing lessons.

Windsurfing is a fun and exhilarating watersport that can be enjoyed at all ages, and marginal wind conditions. All you need is a small lake to get started.

The best way to learn to windsurf is by enrolling in an officially recognized windsurfing school, with a welcoming environment and an instructor/students ratio no greater than 1:6.




Morgan Noireaux claims Aloha Classic and 2017 IWT title


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:29:55 +0000

Morgan Noireaux and Sarah Hauser have taken out the Aloha Classic 2017, at Hookipa, in Maui, Hawaii.

The 2017 International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) season is over, and what a better way to wrap up the year than with mast-high sets and intense wave sailing clashes.

The pro men's final had Camille Juban, Kevin Pritchard, Morgan Noireaux, and Bernd Roediger battling it out for the prestigious trophy.




RS:Convertible crowns its first world champions


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:17:20 +0000

Thomas Goyard and Maelle Guilbaud have been crowned the first ever RS:Convertible world champions at Praia da Vitoria, in the Terceira island, Azores.

Twenty-five male and female athletes gathered in the Portuguese Atlantic archipelago for the inaugural foil windsurfing world championships, in an official class sanctioned by World Sailing.

The French armada was able to grab two gold medals, but not all the medals at stake. Sebastian Kornum in the Men's fleet, and Marina Alabau and Emily Hall made sure there we more national flags in the podium.




Records begin to fall at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:12:37 +0000

The world's fastest windsurfers and kiteboarder have once again returned to Namibia for the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

The event runs from October 16th and November 26th, and it is considered by many the most prestigious speed boardsailing competition on the planet.

For the first time since its creation, the Luderitz Speed Challenge will be organized by a new duo. Former event organizers Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have passed the torch to Raffaello Gardelli and Mark Grinnell.




Adam Lewis raises the sword at the 2017 Tiree Wave Classic


Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:40:12 +0000

Adam Lewis conquered the 2017 Tiree Wave Classic, in Balephuil Bay, Scotland.

The wave sailing contest is all about earning the right to raise the legendary Tiree Sword, a symbol of might, perseverance, and resistance. And this year, all windsurfers were greeted by epic wind and wave conditions sponsored by Hurricane Ophelia.

"I think it probably comes down to the last waves. Ben did a 360 on his last wave, and then he did some stuff after in the whitewash, so I don't know," said Lewis just before the announcement of the winner.




Jacopo Testa is the 2017 European Freestyle Pro Tour champion


Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:38:42 +0000

Jacopo Testa has been crowned the 2017 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) champion.

The Italian windsurfer from Sardinia confirmed the European title at the Dam-X, in Brouwersdam, Netherlands. Testa, 25, won two season events and finished third in other two EFPT stages.

On the women's side, Sarah-Quita Offringa was crowned the queen of European freestyle windsurfing with yet another flawless run in the winds of the Old Continent.




IMOCA vs Windsurfer: who's fastest?


Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:45:02 +0000

Foil boards are taking over the world. But could a windsurfer beat a 60-foot monohull sailing yacht down the line?

Windsurfing is evolving a lot these days, and foil systems are boosting the sport into high-speed performances never seen before; even in low wind conditions, thanks to the hydrodynamic features found in these wings.

The foil revolution, which is also taking place in surfing and kiteboarding, promises to get boardsports to a whole new level, competing directly with large watercrafts like super yachts, and racing boats.




"Dear Iceland": we, windsurfers, fell in love with you


Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:46:06 +0000

Three days, three French windsurfers, and three freezing cold surf spots.

Thomas Traversa, Jules Denel, and Sylvain Bourlard got on a plane and headed to the Nordic island nation of Iceland, land of spectacular volcanoes, stunning geysers, hot and massive glaciers.

In case you don't know, Iceland has fantastic wind and wave conditions, so the trio knew what they were looking for. Traversa, Denel, and Bourlard ended up sailing in three different scenarios.





Ducklings use a bodyboard to get out of a pool


Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:40:09 +0000

What happens when a cute duck family tries to jump out of a swimming pool? You give bodyboards a new use as a rescue device.

The mother duck climbs out of the pool effortlessly, but the helpless baby ducks struggle to leave the cold water because they're still too small.

The matriarch didn't know what to do. She tried to teach how to get to solid ground, but the young ducks were still stuck in the pool.




Daniel Fonseca's bodyboarding trip to NSW


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:28:45 +0000

Portuguese bodyboarders enjoy traveling the world in search of different waves. Daniel Fonseca chose a very special destination.

The rider from Peniche's Supertubos embarked on a surf trip to New South Wales, Australia, in January 2016, with girlfriend Sofia Oliveira.

The 15,000-mile adventure included a visit to the region's best slabs, beach breaks, and point breaks. In eight months, Fonseca had the opportunity to explore one of the richest coastlines in the world when it comes to quality waves.




Isabela Sousa announces move to Portugal


Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:02 +0000

Professional bodyboarder Isabela Sousa is moving to Portugal.

The four-time world bodyboarding champion (2010, 2012, 2013, and 2016) from Ceará, Brazil, announced that she plans to live in Carcavelos, near Lisbon, for at least a year.

"Life often makes us change. We change and do not understand until life itself shows us why. I'm happy to be in the place my heart chose to call home. And it's a very cool place," said Sousa.




Pro Bodyboarding: the story of a peculiar PS1 game


Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:35:20 +0000

Strangely - or maybe not - there was once a bodyboarding game with a surfer on its cover. Meet Pro Bodyboarding, the only boogie title launched for PlayStation systems.

The PlayStation, also known as PS1, was a video game console marketed worldwide between 1995 and 2005. It was a global hit, and it had subtle regional variations, for example, in the control buttons.

In a decade, Sony sold over 102 million PS1 units, and the industry produced a total of 2,515 games for the video game console.




A short biography of Tom Morey


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:46:02 +0000

Tom Morey, the inventor of the bodyboard and bodyboarding, was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on August 15, 1935. 

Morey was a descendant of the men who founded the Detroit-based Dodge Brothers automobile company. Morey moved to Laguna, California when he was nine and learned to bodysurf with his father. 

Tom began riding a surf mat aged twelve, rode his first wave on a borrowed surfboard at sixteen and was on his way to becoming a top Californian longboarder by the time he turned 18.




Mike Stewart inducted into "The Bodyboarding Immortals"


Mon, 06 Nov 2017 10:16:15 +0000

The most successful bodyboarder of all time has been inducted to "The Bodyboarding Immortals."

The initiative founded by the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) aims to honor the prolific accomplishments of the sport's greatest athletes.

Mike Stewart, 54, is the first rider to get his name in the "The Bodyboarding Immortals," the designation that will now highlight and recognize the best bodyboarders in the planet.




Celebrate November 4, International Bodyboarding Day


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:49:21 +0000

Are you a passionate bodyboarder? Paddle out, meet up with fellow wave riders. November 4 marks the International Bodyboarding Day. It's time to get out-the-back and spread the stoke.

The International Bodyboarding Day is an initiative set up by veteran bodyboarders, vintage and current pro, industry professionals, weekend warriors, and the boogie boarding fraternity to celebrate the sport created in the early 1970s.

It's a day to think about the first wave you got pushed into as a kid that got you hooked into the sport - share that feeling by getting out and enjoying the ocean.




My time with Tom Morey


Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:43:42 +0000

There are people in this world that you cross paths with that bring with them knowledge and enlightenment. The inventor of the boogie board was one of them.

I was lucky enough to spend time with Tom Morey, who enlightened me about so many things from his taste in music to the first surfing contest.

His name and his inventions are known globally, but he does not have an ego which is something I admire. At the time, I was interviewing surfers and decided to go to the source.




When the only ones out there are bodyboarders


Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:55:06 +0000

Hats off to bodyboarders. Sometimes surfers have to acknowledge that they're not on the same level as prone riders.

I live and work in a place where there are waves for everyone - boys and girls, men and women, beginners and pros can get what they seek within less than five miles.

Because we're talking about a European region, blessed by regular northwest North Atlantic swells, piers and beach orientation rule the quality of the surf break and, in most case, the size of the waves these spots traditionally produce.





How to get on a skimboard with the one-step drop


Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:35:27 +0000

Whether you're a flatland skim rider or a wave skimboarder, you need to learn to throw the board before jumping on it.

Getting on your skimboard isn't easy. And if you can't master it, you won't make it to the waves or ramps. That is why the throwing technique is a fundamental skill in skimming.

One of the most common mistakes people do is running with the skimboard pointing up to the sky, or down at the sand. Avoid it - hold it firmly and parallel to the ground.




Blair Conklin and Sophia Nguyen crowned 2017 United Skim Tour champions


Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:41:01 +0000

Blair Conklin and Sophia Nguyen are the 2017 United Skim Tour (UST) champions.

The pro skimboarding season is over, and the sport has crowned its world champions.

Despite missing the OBX Skim Jam, the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am, and the Sununga Skim Festival, the rider from Laguna Beach successfully defended his 2016 world title with four strong results in 2017.




Sununga will crown the 2017 United Skim Tour champion


Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:45:01 +0000

The 2017 United Skim Tour (UST) champion will be crowned at the Sununga Skim Festival, in Brazil.

Who will win the world title? Place your bets. Blair Conklin, John Akerman, and Perry Pruitt will battle it out for the ultimate accolade in skimboarding. One of them will raise the coveted trophy.

After winning the Florida Pro/Am, Akerman missed the TAC Skimblast, in Santa Cruz, an event won by Conklin. At the sixth event of the year - the Exile Oktoberfest - Conklin outperformed his rival and took the lead in the rankings.




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.





The first-ever wakeboarding session in a surf pool


Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:05:30 +0000

Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

Surf Snowdonia is the world's first surf pool powered by the Wavegarden technology. After a tricky opening, the man-made wave pool opened its doors to thousands of surfers eager to experience the inland wave ride.

Now that the dust's been settled, professional wakeboarder Nico von Lerchenfeld and his team installed a simple System 2.0 wake park at the surfing structure and hit the water at full throttle.




Why is Cory Teunissen feeling "Numb"?


Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:16:50 +0000

Twenty-year-old Cory Teunissen dropped "Numb," an action-packed video edit with hardcore wakeboarding magic.

Lewy Watt says "filming Cory Teunissen was an experience I'll never forget. His level of riding is beyond anything I've ever seen before."

It's hard to doubt Watt's, especially if you pay special attention to "Numb" and its subtle details. The rider from Brisbane, Queensland, started on water skis but he was quick to storm the world of wakeboarding.




"Shake The Lake": the world's first wakeboarding comic


Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:18:37 +0000

How is it that the entertainment machines, filmmakers, creatives, authors, and artists, which have churned out thousands upon thousands of stories, in seemingly every genre, topic and medium imaginable hasn't yet given wakeboarding a story? No movie? No book? No graphic novel?

A few summers ago, at the Bullhead City River Regatta, vendors had come from far and wide to promote shoes, t-shirts, wakeboards, trinkets and watersports equipment to a huge gathering of fun-loving youth.

A realization dawned on two brothers that they and this crowd were hungry for content that showcased and reflected their culture, lifestyle, and hobbies.




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.






 
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