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The 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour schedule

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:52:34 +0000

The Global Kitesports Association announced the full schedule for the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour.

The strapless freestyle and wave kitesurfing series will feature six stages held in five different countries. However, two extra dates in Ireland and Brazil may be added later in the season.

The world's best kite riders will compete for two officially sanctioned world titles, as determined by World Sailing.

Kitesurfing in a flooded Paris football field

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:25:09 +0000

Paris' Seine River reached the highest level in over a century, and heavy floods took over France's capital.

However, what has become a nightmare for the majority of the citizens, it also created unexpected opportunities for inland kitesurfers.

Parisian kiteboarders woke up on the weekend and were greeted by a flooded football field in Bagatelle, near the Longchamp Racecourse.

Kevin Langeree crowned 2018 Red Bull King of the Air champion

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:45:46 +0000

Kevin Langeree has taken out the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air, in Cape Town's Kite Beach, South Africa.

The world's craziest kiteboarding competition is over, and there was unbelievable action unfolding in front of thousands of ecstatic big air kiteboarding fans.

The judges were looking for extreme big airs, style, and variety of maneuvers, and wind was giving athletes the boost they needed to perform huge jumps and loops.

How much does kiteboarding gear cost?

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:49:57 +0000

When you're getting into kiteboarding and buying gear, you're investing in your physical and mental health. So, is kitesurfing an expensive hobby? What is the cost of entry into the sport?

Kitesurfing equipment only became widely available in the late 1990s. That said, the wind sport is still living its early days.

Since the turn of the millennium, kite gear evolved and got safer thanks to several technical updates and mechanical developments. However, with the progression in equipment, prices kept relatively stable through time.

Nick Jacobsen breaks fibula and misses King of the Air

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:50:42 +0000

Nick Jacobsen has broken the fibula of his right leg, in South Africa.

The Danish kiteboarder was training for the upcoming 2018 Red Bull King of the Air when the accident and the injury occurred.

"We were two hours up the coast when it happened. Graham Howes, Leandra, and Darryl Partington took me straight to the hospital. It was painful, and I'd rather spend five hours in the dentist chair, but I'm glad I have the best friends and greatest support around me," told Jacobsen.

What are kitesurfing kites made of?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:11:33 +0000

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

Kites evolved tremendously since the turn of the millennium. Not only they became safer to ride and lighter to carry and control in and out of the water, but their core materials also became more efficient.

Depending on the type of kite you're riding, there are different materials and construction methods that can be adopted to get a high-performance model.

IKA launches the SnowKite World Cup

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:33:41 +0000

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) announced the launch of the inaugural SnowKite World Cup.

The new snow kiteboarding series will feature three events held in Reschensee and Roccaraso, in Italy, and Erciyes, in Turkey. The IKA is working with WISSA (World Ice and Snow Sailing Association) to get the circuit up and running.

The 2018 SnowKite World Cup will include three disciplines: Course Racing, Long Distance/Cross-Country, and Formula GPS.

Riders named for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:46:49 +0000

The list of riders for the 2018 Red Bull King of the Air has been announced.

The organizers of the prestigious big air kiteboarding event have also moved the contest site from the Big Bay to Kite Beach, in Cape Town.

The decision to change the venue was based on the weather conditions. Hopefully, the new spot will improve the spectators' experience, and provided an exciting arena for the stars of the show.

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya crowned 2017 WKL Freestyle champions

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:31:57 +0000

Carlos Mario and Bruna Kajiya are the 2017 World Kiteboarding League (WKL) champions.

The Brazilians riders dominated the Elite League season held in Leucate (France), Texel (Netherlands), Akyaka (Turkey), El Gouna (Egypt), and Cumbuco (Brazil).

Unfortunately, the wind conditions were mediocre in two or three events, which eventually led to a less competitive world circuit. Nevertheless, it was possible to crown new world champions.

Dunkerbeck Pro Center opens in Bonaire

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:27:48 +0000

Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Philippe Bru have teamed up to open the Dunkerbeck Pro Center, in the Lac Bay Lagoon on the island of Bonaire, in the Dutch Caribbean.

The unprecedented wind and water conditions of Bonaire attract windsurfers and kitesurfers from all over the world on a regular basis.

The Lac Bay Lagoon has been used for countless windsurfing championships due to the perfect natural conditions: the lagoon offers more than two kilometers of warm shallow water and constant winds of 24 knots on average.

Sebastian Steudtner puts surfboard aside and goes windsurfing

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:23:37 +0000

German big wave surfer connected with his wave sailing roots and rigged up a windsurfing sail. How fun was it? See for yourself.

Sebastian Steudtner learned to surf when he was nine years old. Because he was born in Nuremberg, far away from the ocean, all he could do was windsurf in the nearby bodies of water.

"Where I grew up, in the south of Germany, it's only mountains and lakes. So, the only way to stay connected to surfing was through windsurfing. That's the reason why I started, initially," explains Steudtner.

Improve your windsurfing skills at the 2018 Baja Wave Camp

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:11:47 +0000

Do you want to improve your wave riding? Want to increase your flexibility and your body's ability to perform consistently on the water?

Then, all you have to do is join the first ever IWT Baja Wave Camp, run by Casey and Sarah Hauser, and Joey Sanchez.

Together, Sarah, Joey, and Casey will provide a comprehensive program to get you performing your best leading up to the IWT Baja Desert Showdown, from August 18-25.

What you need to know about windsurfing in Tokyo 2020

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:33:34 +0000

With Tokyo 2020, the sport of windsurfing will celebrate its 36th Olympic anniversary.

World Sailing has already confirmed the participation of sailboarding in the Summer Olympics. It will be the tenth time windsurfing takes part in the most prestigious international sports event on the planet.

Tokyo 2020 will also be the most gender-balanced Olympics of its centennial history with a 50/50 ratio participation of male and female athletes.

A short history of the PWA World Tour

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:31:04 +0000

Today, the PWA World Tour is unquestionably the most successful pro windsurfing circuit in the history of the sport.

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) was founded in 1996 and, today, it is officially recognized by World Sailing (WS) as one of its "Special Events."

But to understand the foundations of the PWA World, we need to get back in time to a period when windsurfing was an unintegrated sum of several sailboarding disciplines.

Cousin and Cooksey race to victory at the 2018 Lancelin Ocean Classic

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:49:18 +0000

Alexandre Cousin and Andrew Cooksey have taken out the windsurfing and kitesurfing marathons at the 2018 Lancelin Ocean Classic, held in Western Australia.

The Shire of Gingin is home to the Lancelin Ocean Classic. Located 84 kilometers north of Perth, its stunning coastline, adventurous dunes, pristine rivers and panoramic views make it a unique and perfect getaway.

The event that combines a marathon and wave riding has once again attracted pro and amateur contestants from all around the globe, making it one of the biggest editions yet, since it was first run in 1986.

Mathilde Zampieri is a "Girl In The Sea"

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:22:03 +0000

Meet Mathilde Zampieri, the youngest pro windsurfer in the history of Tahiti.

Originally from France, Mathilde's family relocated to the island of Raiatea, in French Polynesia, when she was a child. Her father Gwen, a professional windsurfing instructor, began teaching her to windsurf from an early age on the island's beautiful lagoons.

It wasn't long before Mathilde caught the eye of major sponsors like airline company Air Tahiti Nui and eyewear brand Julbo. "Vahine I Te Moana," or "Girl In The Sea" is a film that takes its audience to her island and shows what it's like to be the youngest professional windsurfer in the world.

Neil Pryde: "Windsurfing has to be in Paris 2024"

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:32:23 +0000

The founder of the Pryde Group believes windsurfing should be one of the sailing disciplines competing at the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Neil Pryde retired from the company he founded in the 1970s, but when it comes to planning the future of Olympic sailing, he is always an active thinker.

In the past 40 years, Pryde was deeply involved in the design and manufacture of sailboarding equipment, even though he never practiced it. Interestingly, he competed as an Olympic sailor on the Flying Dutchman class, at the 1968 Olympic Games held in Mexico.

The windsurf magazines of the world

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:13:39 +0000

Although a very young water sport, windsurfing has seen the birth, birth, and rebirth of several sailboard-oriented magazines.

The windsurf magazine boom took place in the early 1980s when the boardsailing sport became a gigantic success in the European markets, especially in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The sailboard would eventually secure an Olympic status, opening the way to the creation of multiple periodical windsurfing publications. Unfortunately, only a few resisted the test of time and internet.

APB seeks $1m to develop bodyboarding worldwide

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:39:58 +0000

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) is asking fans to help to fund the development of the sport.

The newly-launched APB Members Affiliation invites bodyboarding supporters to pay $10 per year to get access to exclusive content and special merchandising discounts.

"The support from around the world will ensure that we continue to deliver high action content to the passionate fans of the World Tour, and a positive future for bodyboarding," underlines Alex Leon, CEO of APB.

Bodyboarding in the desert: an exciting and dangerous experience

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:09:32 +0000

When we think of bodyboarding, we usually associate it with moving walls of water. But a group of friends decided to change the rules of the game.

Sometimes you need to get creative. Especially, if you're miles away from the ocean, and feel an urgent need to ride a steep slope.

Sand can be a hard surface to land on, but that wasn't a problem for a crew of extreme sports enthusiasts who converted a school bus into an environmentally friendly means of transport.

A bodysurfing session in Nazaré with Kalani Lattanzi

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:57:04 +0000

Brazilian waterman Kalani Lattanzi has been riding the waves of Nazaré, in Portugal. It's reasonable to expect significant stunts from him in the near future.

Lattanzi, 23, is a familiar face at Praia do Norte so, recently, he became the first bodysurfer to have his name and swim fins in Nazaré's Surfer Wall.

Kalani Lattanzi was born in Maui, but he was raised in Itacoatiara, a pounding shore break wave traditionally home to some of Brazil's best bodyboarders.

A collection of vintage Morey Boogie ads

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:43:57 +0000

Between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s, Morey Boogie released several high-impact ads, featuring the boards and stars of the newly-created sport of bodyboarding.

In a time when the only media were newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, the ultimate bodyboarding company produced a series of creative ads that slowly but steadily reached their target.

The world's first bodyboard saw the light of day on July 9, 1971. From that moment on, the sport of bodyboarding spread throughout the world, becoming in one of the most successful and popular new sports on the planet.

How to tell if a bodyboard is waterlogged

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:16:26 +0000

Is your bodyboard heavier than you think it should be? Are you unsure whether there's water in your boogie board? Here's how to check if you're board is soaked.

Bodyboards are durable wave riding vehicles, but they're not bulletproof. And if water makes it to the core, it will weaken and destroy the materials, leading to decreased performance.

In the worst case scenario, a waterlogged bodyboard will snap in two, and you will need a new one.

How to teach your kid to bodyboard

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:48:52 +0000

Are you on a week-long beach holiday? Have you bought bodyboard for your kid? Smart move. Get ready to introduce your offspring to the waves easily and safely. It is going to be fun.

Now that you're taking your toddler to the water, a few questions may have come up. What's the right age to teach a kid how to ride a boogie board? Is it safe to put a bodyboarder under a child's chest? How should he or she start?

There is no minimum age for learning to bodyboard. However, kids may start catching their first whitewater rollers by the time they reach three or four years.

The 2018 APB World Tour schedule

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:59:46 +0000

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) released the provisional schedule for the 2018 APB World Tour.

The professional bodyboarding circuit will once again crown champions across four division. However, the 2018 APB World Tour will not kick off with the iconic Pipeline Invitational.

For reasons that remain unclear, the world's best bodyboarders will only start the season in Australia, meaning that the competitive year will be shortened to six months.

Pat Caldwell suffers heavy wipeout at Sandy Beach

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:27:38 +0000

Pat Caldwell broke a collarbone while enjoying the shore break waves of Sandy Beach, in Oahu, Hawaii.

The legendary bodyboarder suffered a nasty injury while helping high school Conrad Morgan with water photography in a break he knows very well. Pat won his first contest at Sandy Beach in 1978.

According to his wife JJ Caldwell, Pat could not catch his breath for a while after getting obliterated by a wave like many others he had ridden before. The shot above was taken in the wave that sent him to the hospital.

Mitch Rawlins breathes fresh "Air" into bodyboarding

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:40:43 +0000

"Air" is the new cinematic adventure by Australian veteran Mitch Rawlins.

The 28-minute movie brought to you by Found Boards promises raw and explosive collage of never before seen wave riding scenes from the Gold Coast bodyboarding prodigy.

Rawlins has never been an active rider in social media, so we never know what he is going to do next. And although competition has not been in his plans, things are about to change.

The 2018 European Skimboarding Cup schedule

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:39:55 +0000

The full schedule for the 2018 European Skimboarding Cup (ESC) has been released.

The best flatland skimboarders of the Old Continent will compete in six European stages and three different countries. The fifth edition of the ESC continues to develop inland skimming, and get more people into the sport.

There are two new additions to the 2018 calendar. Riders will be able to compete at the Battle of the Boot and Pangea Festival, both venues located in Germany, a country with a long tradition in flatland skimboarding.

Brad Domke gives a board transfer lesson at Cylinders

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:30:12 +0000

Brad Domke calls Cylinders his home. He's been riding it for more than a decade. But you've never seen him in board transfers like these.

Domke is no stranger to tough challenges. The highly-skilled skimmer has been developing a unique taste for waves of consequences. And to raise the bar even higher, he rides finless skimboards.

This time, Brad and filmmaker Dylan Palmer witnessed a "legendary day of waves." When they arrived at The Wedge's lesser-known shore break, the fireworks were already loaded.

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.

Wakesurf Edge Pro Shaper creates the wake wave of your dreams

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:44:43 +0000

The Wakesurf Edge Pro Shaper promises the biggest and longest wake wave in the world.

Making such a bold statement could be risky, but the team behind this small piece of equipment made in the United States believes they're ready to deliver a unique product.

If you're a wakesurfing enthusiast seeking to blend surfing and wakeboarding on an endless ride, all you have to know is that this plug-and-play device will generate a huge water displacement.

The 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour schedule

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:21:18 +0000

The full schedule for the 2018 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) has been announced.

The longest-running professional wakeboarding tour will return to best wake venues in the United States. The circuit will crown a new champion between April and August.

The 2018 PWT season will feature the country's best 16 wakeboarders in four state-of-the-art wake parks located in stunning locations, and towed behind the Supra Boats SA550.

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.


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