Yourmood Snow Kitecup 2013

Exceptional! That is how you could sum up this weekend of competition at the Yourmood Kitecup H2 Open 2013 at the Rosière resort. The sixty competing kitesurfers tested the Savoyard station’s reputation for snowkite. They didn’t waste time to create a great atmosphere on the slopes and in the general square of the Kitecup for the likes of the organizers.The general enthusiasm felt for this “snow session” of the Yourmood Kitecup H2 Open and the presence of numerous renowned champions, such as Fabienne d’Ortoli, Anton Uzhegov (2013 Snowkite World Champion) and Jeremy Eloy, are proof of this young competition’s reputation.

Yourmood Snow Kitecup 2013

Yourmood Snow Kitecup 2013

This weekend, the Petit St-Bernard’s pass offered ideal conditions for this discipline’s practice. Glowing sun and perfect winds were on the spot. All an adept for powder snow could ever wish for while getting his gear ready. The first day of Saturday was dedicated to the boarder cross and started at 10AM with ski heats. The event’s progress didn’t lack anything and the sessions followed each other without timeouts. The flysurfer team offered free initiations to snowkite, for the pleasure of the vacationers. For the event on skis, it was Laurent Sublet (Snowkite France Champion) who won the jackpot, since he finished ahead of Pascal Boulgakov and Yannick Pittet.

The snowboard heats could then take place and here again the show was sensational. Jeremy Eloy won the competition. Alexandre Simonin was second and Romain Dequidt finished third. Two other riders made a great impression: Pedro Figueiredo from Portugal, ending his run in the semi-finals… for his snowkite debuts and Célia Codaccioni who was fearsome.

This Sunday, superb weather conditions allowed the festivities to continue. On the menu, the women’s final in which Célia Codaccioni affirmed her first place. Next, the Best trick Freestyle competition allowed the valiant riders to show the extent of their talents, while having fun and enjoy the great atmosphere. For this challenge, it was Laurent Sublet (FR) and Alexandre Simonin (CH) who proved to be the best.

And that is how the new edition of the successful Yourmood Kitecup H2 Open ended. The sixty riders present, ideal weather conditions and legendary good mood which characterizes best the organizer’s team, made this new edition a very very successful one.

For the continuation of these events, let us take of our winter coats, hats and white jackets and we will meet you for the bikini version of this competition in July, in Portugal, à costa da Caparica

The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red Bull King of the Air 2013

The much anticipated return of Red Bull King of the Air has seen kiteboarders the world over doing anything to get their hands on an entry. Sixteen of the world’s best as well as eight wildcards have been selected to compete.

The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red Bull King of the Air 2013

The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red Bull King of the Air 2013

CAPE TOWN (South Africa) Red Bull King of the Air returns to the fore after an eight year hiatus since the last running of the event in Maui, USA and wind patterns are currently looking favourable for the window period of 1 – 15 February at Big Bay, Blouberg on Cape Town’s coastline.

Sixteen invited kiteboarders from around the world will be joined by eight wildcards who secured their entry by sending in a video of themselves in action in the water.

Included in the lineup are extreme kiteboarder Ruben Lenten (NED), compatriot and world number 1 in 2012 Youri Zoon and local wildcard Oswald Smith who goes into the competition having just won SA Champs.

The judging panel consisting of fearless female kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld Magazine and presenter of ‘The Kite Show’ Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull King of the Air alumnus Greg Tijsse will be watching the water to gauge height, style and creativity each kiteboarder executes their movement with.

The newly developed ‘flag out’ competition format is unlike any others – it gives each kiteboarder the opportunity to pull their best moves and score high. Four riders hit the water wearing different colour rash vests that matching a corresponding flag on the beach. After an allocated time, the rider with the lowest score will be flagged out (flag will be lowered) and must leave the water. The last man standing is the winner.

The event will also feature the godfather of wind-based watersports Robby Naish who will be in Cape Town to put the title hopefuls through their paces in the lead up to the event. Robby has multiple World Titles across windsurfing and kiteboarding disciplines and still competes internationally, at the tender age of 49.

The Invited Kiteboarders

Ruben Lenten (NED)
Kevin Langeree (NED)
Youri Zoon (NED)
Nick Jacobsen (DEN)
Billy Parker (USA)
Sam Light (GBR)
Lewis Crathern (GBR)
Kevin de Smidt (NED)
Steven Akkersijk (NED)
Jesse Richman (USA)
Tom Court (GBR)
Luke Whiteside (GBR)
Gianni Aragno (ESP)
Shawn Richman (USA)
Luke McGillewie (RSA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)

The Wildcards

Sam Medysky (CAN)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Johnno Sholte (NED)
Andries Fourie (RSA)
Graham Howes (RSA)
Jandre Fraser (RSA)
Alan Steele (RSA)
Nicolas Falcou (FRA)

Red Bull Ragnarok Norway 2013 Cancelled

The Red Bull Ragnarok 2013 was cancelled but the competition will return in 2014.

Red Bull Ragnarok Norway 2013 Cancelled

Red Bull Ragnarok Norway 2013 Cancelled

Reb Bull will spend 2013 looking for the most suitable and perfect battlefield for the next year’s race, and snowkite heroes can expect an even more challenging snowkite endurance competition when Red Bull Ragnarok returns in 2014.

KTA Bintan Indonesia 2013 New Asian kiteboard event location

20th – 24th February are the dates and Bintan Agro Resort on Bintan island is the host for this brand new and exciting event for the KTA. This will be the first time Indonesia has seen an International competition at this level for kitesurfing and with sponsorship coming in directly from the Bintan government but this will be a 50 point IKA and ISAF approved event with full support coming from the Porlasi (Indonesian sailing federation)

KTA Bintan  Indonesia 2013 New Asian kiteboard event location

KTA Bintan Indonesia 2013 New Asian kiteboard event location


For the first time ever Bintan Island in Indonesia will host the opening leg of the Asian Championship Tour – KTA 2013 in association with Bintan regency and Agro beach Resort.  Situated less than an hour away via comfortable catamarans from the modern and culturally vibrant city of Singapore, Bintan Resorts is located on the largest of Indonesia’s enchanting Riau islands in the South China Sea. Experience endless beaches, a wide variety of international-class resorts, and a refreshing host of tropical holiday activities.  Bintan hosts many International events per year including 2 iron man competitions and the Tour De Bintan so they are well equipped and experienced in handling more than its fair share of international athletes each year.

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

The newest Olympic sailing discipline is now a part of the HIHO Race. Kitesurfers may compete during several of the events planned races, plus enjoy ripping at some of the best kitesailing destinations in the Caribbean. Kitesurfers must compete on raceboards and we are offering a foil division. Kiters competing may be required to wear tracking devices too. We are pleased to include kite savvy captains to our list of event crew.

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

BVI adds kiteboarding now a part of the HIHO

Highland Spring HIHO 2013 will combine watersports, sailing with great food & entertainment. The weeklong event offers a wonderful combination of adventure, racing and island discovery. Starting June 30 your home will be a luxury captained catamaran supplied by The Moorings. In the company of participants from around the World you will begin an odyssey through the beautiful British Virgin Islands. The HIHO fleet willvisit Virgin Gorda, Anegada, The Baths, Beef Island, Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke, and more.

Competitors can choose to participate in the SUP, wind or kite class. SUP racing takes place in either open or the Fanatic One Design class in which racers all use board we provide. Windsurfers compete on Techno 2 boards and Neil Pryde rigs which we also provide. Kiters should bring their own race equipment. Racing is almost always from island-to-island and mostly downwind.

The HIHO event is an all-inclusive vacation with one price covering accommodations, lunch & dinner, a race fee, equipment rental, HIHO apparel and all taxes & fees.

Discover the BVI

Virgin Gorda, Anegada, The Baths, Scrub Island, Last Resort pirate party, great racing, delicious food, fun parties, Red Stripe… Highland Spring HIHO is a great blend of an odyssey through the BVI’s, great racing and good times.

Meet people from all over the World and relax while you are escorted through the islands aboard a luxury yacht. The Highland Spring HIHO is a unique event with something for everyone.



Here it is! The latest teaser from Nobile kiteboarding. It features Brazilian freestyle wizards Eudazio Da Silva and Carlos Madson riding with Mike “The Knife” Blomvall, Jose Luengo and Nobile local team riders Jannicke Stav, Natasha Begnazarova and Andi Meder. The video was shot in May 2012 at cape Prasonisi, Greece.


Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook 2013-2016 published

The International Kiteboarding Association has created, with the help of ISAFs Racing Rules Subcommittee, the 2013-2016 edition of the kiteboard course racing rule.

The Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook for 2013-2016 has been released and created as a convenient book for sailors and officials for use at kiteboard course racing events.

The rules in it are identical to the corresponding rules in the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016. However, each rule in Appendix F has been moved into the appropriate rule in Parts 1-7 and each definition that is changed in Appendix F is shown in red.

Download the 2013-2016 Kiteboard Course Racing Rulebook HERE




PRODUCT  NORTH KITE BAR (19M, 22M, 24M, 27M, 32M)



The North Trust Bar is legendary in the kitesurfing industry and amongst the riders; we have developed it, tweaked it and refined it for many years. The Trust bar 2013 once again stands for unmatched safety and reliability. As with all things at North Kiteboarding, if we do something new, we do it right, this year the bar has been completely reworked, updated and redesigned! The new bar for 2013 is the culmination of years of development, testing and competition winning success.



It provides the rider with a unique control system that has safety rooted at its core.
Comfort, control and easy handling back up this ethos and combine to offer the rider the best control system on the market. Naturally the new Trust bar conforms to the regulations of the French Safety Laws and surpasses all of our own requirements in terms of ease of release. Take a closer look at this masterpiece yourselves!




The length of your flying lines can make a huge difference to the way your kite flies. Different styles of riding also require different line lengths, and lastly different kites and different kite sizes are designed to be flown with different line lengths. Riders often overlook these facts; they get new kites but don’t bother to match the kite and their riding style to the correct lines.

19m (70% Handling / 30% Power)
Super fast and reactive tuning speeds, shorter lines are best for extreme freestyle and crazy kiteloops. They are also excellent for wave riding, where kite turning speed is important. Wakestyle riders like the close connection to the kite too. The disadvantage is you lose some of the low end power.
- Fast and reactive turning
- For extreme Freestyle, Wakestyle and Waves
- Tight, super fast and hard kite loops

24m (50% Handling / 50% Power)
The best choice for an all round length, good turning speed combined with good power make 24m the perfect choice for a lot of riders. Great for freeride, waves and freestyle.
- The most versatile length
- Great for all round freeriding
- Good low end and a good turning speed
- High jumps as you can “load” the lines
- The recommended size for a one bar quiver!!

32m (25% Handling / 75% Power )
The choice of the North Kiteboarding Race Team, longer lines mean even more power, but the kite turns at a slower rate. This suits racers looking for the ultimate in pull in the often gusty and light conditions they are faced with.
- Perfect for light winds!
- Extra power
- North Kiteboarding Race Team approved

The bar is your first point of contact with the kite, Iit is the connection between you and your kite and it is important to get it right. And it’s actually an easy formula: The shorter the lines, the more direct and faster the kite turns. The longer the lines, the more power you can generate out of them! Choose a North Trust Bar, and choose the right line set up for your style of riding.

22m (60% Handling / 40% Power)
This is the favorite length of our freestyle and wave team! These 22m lines are still great for getting lots of speed from the kite, perfect for wave riding and freestyle. Not as extreme as the 19m lines, they still lose a bot of low end power.
- Reactive turning
- Fast kite loops
- Favorite set up from our freestyle riders
- Best choice for waveriding

27m (40% Handling / 60% Power)
The extra length means extra power, get a little more range out of your quiver by adding this bar with the longer lines. They are also great for jumping as you can really “load” the lines when you edge and send the kite back through the window.
- Enormous low end
- Huge jumps
- Lots of lift





We have completely redesigned the winding posts for the bar and they are loaded with new features! We have utilized a fully moulded fibreglass reinforced Polyamide construction, which offers an incredibly lightweight solution with increased stiffness. We have also integrated a new backline adjustment, which allows the rider to trim the rear lines as and when it is needed to do so. In addition to this there is moulded EVA cushioning to ensure maximum comfort for the rider.

The all-new moulded EVA floater is fully integrated into the winding posts to offer a seamless connection, which gives better protection to the lines and the rider. We have a totally new Flip-Flop function which allows you to switch between a  46cm and 54 cm bar with just one click, making the riders choice of bar far simpler to set up. The integration of the EVA floater also avoids line tangling and gives better overall stiffness between the bar and lines.



Plastic, fitted centre hole
Our new exchangeable insert for the centre hole is made of plastic, to reduce wear on the depower line. The material we use is resistant to abrasion, but should cause much less damage, if sand is present, to the line itself.



New Vario Cleat and sliding stopper
We have completely redesigned the Vario Cleat for 2013 to make it even more effective and efficient. We have introduced a 5th line channel for the 5th line to run through, this reduces the risk of the 5th line getting tangled considerably. You can easily adjust the height of the Vario Cleat too, plus we have reduced it’s size to increase the depower area. The sliding stopper can be adjusted to suit personal preferences, it is also smaller than in previous years. Combined with the smaller Vario Cleat this accounts for 12% more depower area!




The Iron Heart from North Kiteboarding has long been the benchmark for all safety systems, 2013 sees more development to further improve this essential piece of safety equipment. It is renowned for fast, safe and easy release, coupled with the ability to quickly reassemble the unit and continue flying. For 2013 we analysed all the features of the Iron Heart and addressed a few areas where we felt we could improve it. The Roto Head, Chicken Loop and Chicken Dick have all been redesigned in order to improve safety and performance. The light, robust, stainless steel and strong plastic construction of the main body remains the same, as it is the most reliable on the market.

The heart of the Iron Heart IV is the reverse release pin and one of the keys of the intelligent release mechanism. Unlike other safety systems, it hinges to the inside to protect your hands. The incredibly low release forces are a direct result of the reverse release pin.
With every 2013 North Kiteboarding Bar, there is a choice between the standard safety mode and an easy to mount ‘SUICIDE’ MODE. Only very experienced riders with special needs should use the suicide mode.
ATTENTION: Only the standard safety mode offers 100% safety. We recommend to always use the standard safety mode. Riders who use the suicide mode should be aware and responsible for of the possible resulting consequences!


The Chicken loop has been totally reworked for 2013, we have used a new moulded construction, which is stiffer and increases the overall durability. This new construction is warp resistant and dimensionally stable. This makes it very easy to hook back in after unhooked tricks, as the loop can never get out of shape.


We have a new moulded chicken dick with a thicker end, which helps the rider avoid accidental unhooking. The new construction used is also stronger and more durable.

The entire system is easy to reassemble following a release.

For 2013 we have redesigned the EVA Bar Grip to offer even more comfort to the rider. Using a new formula for the EVA we have also increased the “stickiness” of the bar grip to ensure your hands should never slip during radical manoeuvres such as unhooked kite loops.



The all-new Roto Head utilises a plastic construction, which is totally new for 2013, the plastic is extremely durable and offers many benefits. There will no longer be any corrosion between the old aluminium head and the stainless stell pin. We have also used swapped the old pin system for two grub screws to change the depower line, no need to hammer the old stainless steel pin out, simply use an FCS Fin Key to remove the screws and change the depower line.




5th Element Bar
The North patented 5th line system has provided the greatest combination of safety and performance for many years now. 2013 is no different and we are sticking behind the 5th line concept which we feel offers the ultimate in safety and 100% depower no matter what the conditions. It isn’t just the safety aspect either, our loaded 5th line kite designs offer a very short depower stroke, giving the rider ultimate control in gusty conditions. Plus the 5th line makes water relaunch really easy too, the benefits of this set up are clear to see and are appreciated by riders all over the world.




The quality of the lines is often overlooked, but not here at North Kiteboarding! We understand and believe the lines are just as important as every other component in your kiteboarding set up. It was no mistake that already years ago we decided to team up with the company Teufelberger, the world’s leading line and rope manufacturer.

Teufelberger understands the needs of demanding product managers, professional riders and of course our end users. They know that high quality kite lines can make a difference to the way the kite feels and reacts in the air. For years they have been perfecting their standards to ensure the highest durability, lowest wear rates and lowest stretch. The latest generation lines have improved even further over last years, the current range offering 15% less stretch. On top of this the abrasion resistance has been improved and is up to 3 times better than before and the lines have much longer life spans, meaning season after season they will still be performing at the highest level.

The GII main advantages:
- Up to 3 times higher abrasion resistance
- Up to 15% Reduced Stretch Value high performance even after years of use

Teufelberger have a rigorous testing program that sees every element of their lines and ropes being tested to destruction. Not only that but they test them against all the other leading lines and ropes available on the market to ensure theirs are the strongest, toughest and most high performance lines on the market. It is for this very reason North Kiteboarding chooses Teufelberger; we trust them and so can you, trust in your lines and concentrate on your riding!


(1) At maximum Breaking Strength
(2) Load range in normal / average use
(3) All data and specifications based on used lines

Naish Kiteboarding Video – WELCOME TO 2013 – S02E08

Welcome to the world of Naish; A world of dreams and adrenaline, fun, family and friends. A world where high tech materials and designs meet real world testing to give you the best possible boardriding experience.

DIRECTOR: Andi Jansen
FILMERS : Andi Jansen / Olivier Sautet (additional footages)
EDITER : Andi Jansen / Olivier Sautet (Title)
RIDERS: Jalou Langeree, Sam Light, Rick Jensen, Jesse Richman, Shawn Richman, Kai Lenny
KITES: 2013 Kite Collection
BOARDS: 2013 Kiteboard Collection
HARNESSES: 2013 Harness Collection