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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.

The quest to set up a new single line kite genre

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 11:58:53 +0000

The founder of Peter Lynn Kites is on a mission to establish a new single line, single skin kite genre. Here's what he has been doing to make it a reality.

After seven years, approaching 200 prototypes and quite a few thousand hours of stuffing around, what do I know for sure, what am I unsure about, and what can't I understand at all?

The kitesurfing bindings that prevent foot injuries

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:25:02 +0000

German startup Dalion Watersports developed what they believe to be the world's first safety binding for water sports.

Around 80,000 athletes are injured annually in kitesurfing alone because their feet remain fixed on the board in the event of a fall.

But, according to Dalion Watersports, these foot injuries are said to be history in the near future.

Reedin: the new kite brand by Kevin Langeree

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:47:45 +0000

Professional kiteboarder Kevin Langeree and experienced kite designer Damien Girardin teamed up to start a new kiteboarding brand - Reedin.

The former world champion and multiple-time King of the Air is getting into the business world with a company that aims to develop the "perfect kite gear."

"I'm going to start my own brand, and I'm going to be doing that with Damien Girardin, the best kite designer in the world," explained Langeree.

Riders list announced for 2020 Red Bull King of the Air

Tue, 17 Dec 2019 13:11:25 +0000

The full list of riders that will compete at the 2020 Red Bull King of the Air has been announced.

The big air kiteboarding event held in Cape Town, South Africa, will debut a new competitive format.

And there's a female competitor - Angely Bouillot - among the 24 chosen ones. She has been trying to be selected for three years, and now she has a chance to unleash her talent.

Olly Bridge claims third Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:24:11 +0000

Olly Bridge has won the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton for the third time, in Australia.

The British kiteboarder crossed the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach, in Fremantle, in 21 minutes and 8 seconds.

The 10th edition of the kiteboarding race got underway with winds of over 20 knots and choppy waters. The 19-kilometer crossing attracted 138 riders.

Real Watersports puts an end to the Triple-S Invitational

Mon, 18 Nov 2019 16:57:15 +0000

It's all over. The organizers of the most prestigious wake-style kiteboarding event on the planet will no longer run the Triple-S Invitational.

The announcement was made in a lengthy statement issued by Real Watersports.

The kiteboarding event was held non-stop since 2006 in the Outer Banks.

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.

How to stop a windsurf board at 100 km/h

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 12:26:12 +0000

Speed sailing is one of the most exciting disciplines in windsurfing.

There are not many places in the world where windsurfers can drive their gear at around 100 kilometers per hour (54 knots). Luderitz, in Namibia, is one of those places.

The most popular speed windsurfing division invites athletes to achieve the highest average speed over 500 meters. The current world record holder is Antoine Albeau, with 53.27 knots.

Estonia to hold 40th World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 18:26:07 +0000

The 40th edition of the World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships will be held in Pärnu, Estonia, from February 10-15, 2020.

The event is run by the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA).

Estonia, one of the countries where winter windsurfing was "invented," hosts the iconic event for the sixth time.

Vincent Valkenaers misses new windsurfing speed world record by 0.03 knots

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:02:53 +0000

Vincent Valkenaers nearly set a new windsurfing speed world record at the 2019 Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia.

Four years and 15 days later, Antoine Albeau's long-lasting world record of 53.27 knots was nearly broken.

This time, the Belgian windsurfer reached 53.25 knots, which means he fell short of a historical record by 0.03 knots.

iQFoil: the new Olympic windsurfing equipment

Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:49:33 +0000

The iQFoil has been selected as the official windsurfing equipment of the 2024 Olympic Games and beyond.

The new one-design equipment presented by Starboard is a light, compact, and highly competitive foiling option developed for men weighing between 65 and 85 kilograms, and for women weighing between 55 to 70 kilograms.

Most of the iQFoil components are the same for both male and female athletes, except for the rig size - sail and mast.

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 Australian Bodyboarding Tour has been suspended

Fri, 21 Feb 2020 12:35:06 +0000

The Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) announced the suspension of the ABA Tour.

The non-profit bodyboarding organization decided to take a step back "recharge, restructure and renegotiate for a better competitive platform in 2021."

The cancellation of the 2020 ABA Tour is the result of the lack of financial support from sponsors, local authorities, and other major stakeholders.

Yes, there will be a 2020 World Bodyboarding Tour

Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:09:18 +0000

Fans can rest easy. Professional bodyboarders will compete for world titles in 2020.

After months of meetings, phone calls, emails, and negotiations, there's light at the end of the barrel.

The newly-formed International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC) and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) will work together to deliver a full schedule for 2020.

Terry McKenna: "The last thing bodyboarding needs is a change in the governing body's name"

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:56:39 +0000

Professional competitive bodyboarding is paddling through choppy waters, as a new group of event promoters decided to run a new world tour.

Danny Hernandez, one of the organizers behind the Frontón King, announced the creation of the International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC).

The new sports body was launched during the live webcast of the 2020 Lurin Pro, held in Peru.

The International Bodyboarding Corporation plans to take over the World Tour

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:06:12 +0000

Danny Hernandez announced the launch of the International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC).

The promoter of the Frontón King has set up a new organization that will be in charge of running a world bodyboarding tour.

On January 19, 2020, a strange episode took place during the live webcast of the Lurin Pro, in Peru, the first event of the 2020 APB World Tour season.

2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational introduces innovative heat format

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 12:29:05 +0000

The 2020 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational will debut an innovative competitive format at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

For the first time in the history of the sport, the contest organized and sponsored by the legendary nine-time world bodyboarding champion will see all its disciplines' tricks and maneuvers being performed in heats.

In other words, athletes will be allowed to ride prone, drop-knee, stand-up during heats, with judges awarding the quality and consistency of the moves.

Founder of Rheopaipo Bodyboards passes away

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 14:33:34 +0000

John Holmes, the founder of Rehopaipo, has passed away.

Holmes created Paipo Bodyboards in the early 1990s, after witnessing the explosive expansion of bodyboarding throughout the world.

Before starting his own bodyboard brand, the Central Coast businessman owned a sports store in Terrigal, New South Wales.

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.

Lucas Fink wins the Florida Skimboarding Pro/Am 2018

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

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

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

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

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.

2019 Pro Wakeboard Tour kicks off with no surprises

Mon, 20 May 2019 15:56:52 +0000

Nic Rapa and Sean Silveira claimed the 2019 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) season opener at August Lakes, in Katy, Texas.

Rapa recorded a near-perfect score of 97.67 in the finals to edge Tony Iacconi (93.00) and fellow Team Supra rider Shota Tezuka (90.67).

Rapa earned the two highest scores of the day with a 94.00 in the semifinal heat. For the Australian, it was his third PWT career win.

"The Inverted Tee" celebrates the birth of wakeboarding

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:08:25 +0000

The World Wake Association (WWA) announced the launch of "The Inverted Tee," a t-shirt that celebrates one of wakeboarding's defining moments.

In November 1987, Jimmy Redmon, the founder of the WWA and one of wakeboarding's greatest pioneers, was about to hit the water at Lake Austin, in Texas.

Alongside Redmon was his brother, John, driving their father's 21-foot center console Mako. And world renowned photographer Jimmy Metyko.


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