• World Kiteboarding League is no longer sanctioned by World Sailing
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 16 maart 2018 at 12:49

    The Kiteboarding Riders United (KRU) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) released a joint statement clarifying the current situation in professional freestyle kiteboarding. According to the note issued by both organizations the World Kiteboarding League is no longer the "official" freestyle tour. The new Freestyle World Tour will be called World Kiteboarding Championships (WKC) from now on until any further notice issued by KRU, the official rights holders. […]

  • Air Games: GKA plans to blend big air and freestyle kiteboarding
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 16 maart 2018 at 10:56

    The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced the launch of the Air Games, a new World Tour that combines all kiteboarding styles. While the World Kiteboarding League (WKL) struggles to keep the freestyle discipline up and running, the GKA decided to develop a big air-inspired circuit focused on high jumps and maneuvers. The GKA Kiteboarding Air Games World Tour will kick off in 2018 with three events held in Leucate, Tarifa, and Cabarete. The goal is to get the wow factor and spectators' enjoyment at the heart of all the action. […]

  • How to launch a kite with an assistant
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 14 maart 2018 at 13:10

    Launching a kite is one of the most important moments in kiteboarding. Here's how an assistant can help a rider get his kite up in the sky. As a kiteboarder, you need to make sure your kite starts flying as it should and, simultaneously ensure you do it in a safe zone, away from objects, landmarks, and other people. Kites not only become extremely heavy after inflated, but they can also reach high speeds on particularly windy days. And then, let's not forget the kite lines, an always dangerous weapon that will severely injure passersby. […]

  • The rise of the foil kiteboarding era
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 2 maart 2018 at 11:28

    I was a latecomer to using kites as sails and didn't make a start until 1987 when it seemed to me that enough ducks were in a line to make a major shift to kite traction achievable. I had also temporarily run out of interesting single-line kite challenges. By then, I'd been strongly influenced by Paul MacCready winning the Kremer Competition for the first man-powered aircraft to fly a one-mile Figure 8 course, in 1977. […]

  • Miami Beach wants to ban kitesurfing
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 27 februari 2018 at 16:11

    The city of Miami Beach is working on legislation to ban kitesurfing. According to the Miami Beach Kiteboarders Foundation (MBKF), local authorities in conjunction with ocean rescuers are trying to push all riders to 76th Street and 84th Street. "They want to force all kiteboarders to ride in one small location, at the edge of the City, far away from our homes, which will, in fact, create a safety hazard," the organization explains. […]

  • Snow kiters challenged the mountains of the Alto Sangro
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 19 februari 2018 at 17:26

    Thirty Formula GPS kiteboarders battled it out on the mountains of the Alto Sangro, Italy, for the second leg of 2018 IKA Snowkite World Cup. The first day of racing was scheduled to take place in the Fredda Valley, a rather flat area with less steep slopes where speed and distance were more rewarded than gaining height through the terrain. Some impressive performances were recorded early on, with two GPS tasks completed. On day two, racing was moved to Toppe del Tesoro, the highest area of the Alto Sangro ski region. Winds were light, and despite some great individual performances in the early stages of the challenge, racing was finally abandoned as the wind completely died. […]

  • The 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour schedule
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 8 februari 2018 at 17:52

    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
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 5 februari 2018 at 14:25

    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
    by *protected email* (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 31 januari 2018 at 17:45

    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. […]