KiteBoarding Race Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

The Crissy Field beach looked like a psychedelic tent city, with dozens of colorful kite-boarding kites strung along the shore. Seventy-five kite boarders representing 22 countries slipped into white and blue jerseys as an air horn summoned them to the ready.

The scene was part of the Northern American Kite Board Racing Championships, a four-day kite board course race which originally began at the St. Francis Yacht Club five years ago.

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

KiteBoarding Competition Takes Off in San Francisco USA

“Our group here, the local fleet and the St. Francis Yacht Club figured out how to get these boards to begin to sail upwind,” said regatta chairman Jim Kiriakis, “and then sail in a classic upwind downwind sailing, yachting format.”

Just a month before the America’s Cup Yacht Race begins in the frigid bay waters, dozens of riders were zipping along just as fast – strapped to kites and boards instead of million-dollar yachts.

“You’re basically standing on this board, harnessing the power of the wind,” said racer Sky Solbach, who traveled from Hawaii for the competition. “Flying around the water, it’s a blast.”

The competition began this week with two days of qualifying heats, with finals on Thursday and Friday.

The colorful sails looked like gnats hovering around Alcatraz as the heat of 40 racers began bearing down on a course of buoys stretching out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The home court advantage in the competition may go to Larkspur’s Erika and Johnny Heineken, the brother-and-sister racers who currently wear the titles of men’s and women’s kite boarding world champions.

“We go out almost every day and sail against each other in summer,” said Erika Heineken. “So we’ve got a ton of local knowledge and support.”

In the first of the days qualifying heats, Johnny Heineken demonstrated the difference between a world champion and everyone else, blasting past the field of riders and smoothly gliding into shore well in front of the closest competitor.

“It’s super fun to have everybody come to us for once,” he said. “It’s the one time in the year we get the little bit of advantage.”

The sport of kite boarding has evolved since the early days when the big thrill for riders was launching into the air, carried by a floating kite. Now riders travel the world racing on highly competitive courses.

But the sport was dealt a recent setback when it was denied a slot in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Kiriakis believes kite boarding’s day will come sometime soon.

“We believe by 2020, there will be kite boarding Olympic sailing class,” Kiriakis said. “There’s a high probability that happens.”

For now, the racers will have to be content zipping along at the same speed as the America’s Cup Racing Yachts, hoping the winds of progress will help the young sport finally catch air.


Hawaiian Beach Ceremony Kicks Off KSP World Tour Finals At Ho’okipa Beach Maui hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – November 29, 2012: Following the opening ceremony at Ho’okipa Beach Park on Maui’s North Shore, an official lay day was called due to light and variable winds. With plenty of waves on tap for the week ahead, contest directors aim to start the competition as soon as wind conditions permit.

Hawaiian Beach Ceremony Kicks Off KSP World Tour Finals At Ho'okipa Beach Maui hawaii

Hawaiian Beach Ceremony Kicks Off KSP World Tour Finals At Ho'okipa Beach Maui hawaii

Hawaii’s Kumu Keli’i Tau’a led a traditional Hawaiian blessing to open the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro followed with a speech by Rod Antone, Communications Director for the County Of Maui, who welcomed the 36 KSP riders from 18 countries. Lois Leinani Whitly wrapped up the beautiful beach ceremony by performing the National Anthem and Hawaiian Pono’i.

“It’s was a beautiful opening ceremony with perfect waves breaking out on the reef at Ho’okipa,” said Kristin Boese, KSP World Championship Tour President. “Unfortunately, we are just in a bad wind pattern at the moment. The wind forecast right now is not looking great for the next few days, but that can change quickly. We are still early in the holding period and are looking forward to what the following week will bring.”

The next call will be at 9am tomorrow morning following an assessment of conditions. Tune in live on tomorrow for the “morning show” and a first possible start of the Local Qualifier Competition followed by Men’s Round 1.

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro is supported by the County Of Maui, Best Kiteboarding, Cabrinha Kites, Naish Kites, North Kiteboarding, Maui Kitesurfing Community, Eternal Riders, Second Wind, NeilPryde Maui, Maui Beach Hotel, Mana Foods, Whole Foods Maui, Pacific Millworks, Mama’s Fish House and KSP Tour Outfitter ION.

For the pictures of the day click here!


Heat 1: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Bastien Bollard (FRA), LWC 1

Heat 2: Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), Sky Solbach (USA, North), Shawn Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 3: Guilly Brandao (BRA), Matchu Almeida (CPV, North), Grant “Twig” Baker (RSA, Cabrinha)

Heat 4: Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Ryan Coote (IRL, Ozone), LWC 2

Heat 5: Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD), Abel Lago (ESP, RRD), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA)

Heat 6: Keahi De Aboitiz, (AUS, Cabrinha), Gonzalo Gomes (POR, Naish), Cruser Putman (HI, Cabrinha)

Heat 7: Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Etienne Lhote (FRA, F-One), Jesse Richman (HI, Naish)

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), LWC 3



Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kristin Boese (GER, Best), Erika Lindberg (SWE)

Heat 2: Ines Correia (POR, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone), LWC 1.

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Melissa Gil (USA, Cabrinha), LWC 2

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today

The fourth day of the Hainan Island PKRA world tour stop brought an unexpected bout of no wind, which surprised riders who arrived early to the beach, ready to begin the double eliminations. The forecast for this day looked promising, and as such, all competitors remained amped and excited to continue the action – some looking to hold onto their positions and others ready to redeem themselves.

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today beach

China Kiteboard PKRA Lay Day today beach

The hot and humid day, however, had different plans. Passing the time with Sudoku games, social media, and lounge time in the rider’s area of the event site, competitors hoped with every calm breeze that passed, that better conditions were moments away. In the afternoon, the wind did begin to pick up, and riders acted quickly to pump up their kites in preparation.

pkra riders

Unfortunately they realized their wishful thinking did not materialize, and the wind began to die just as suddenly as it had picked up. The race director, Erik Troostheide, remained hopeful and set up hourly announcements until 2:30, at which time the day was called with an unfavorable forecast for the remainder of the afternoon.

In loo of competition, riders spent their free time soaking in the hotel pools and exploring the city, which many find quite captivating. A few riders even traveled to a nearby temple, enjoying the many cultural wonders of the region. The judges also took advantage of this break in competition to deliberate over the rules for the 2013 season.

judges pkra

Reflecting on this day without competition, Manuela Jungo (SVE) commented that she wished the riders could have at least done some slalom races, as it was a really great way to spend a light wind day.

For tomorrow, the forecast is expected to be good in the morning for the beginning of the double eliminations. Keeping their finger’s crossed, the riders will spend the night in anticipation, hoping to continue the hard fought battle into this second round.

Virgin kite Jam on Kite beach Maui Hawaii

A combo of sideshore winds and consistently good outer sets made for a spectacular day on the beach. Virgin Kite Jam took over Kite Beach with Cabrinha Kiteboarding product demos, pro riders, plenty of refreshments and hugely positive vibes from every single kitejammer

Virgin kite Jam Maui kite beach Hawaii girl kite beach

Virgin kite Jam Maui kite beach Hawaii girl kite beach


Virgin kite Jam Maui kite beach Hawaii pete cabrinha surf board on  kite beach

Virgin kite Jam Maui kite beach Hawaii pete cabrinha surf board on kite beach


Kiteboarding Kitesurfing rules Right of way

The purpose of this Code is the improvement of safety standards and the standardization of the rules of the road for kiteboarding – kitesurfing. The Rules of the Code are based on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs), state regulations, yachting rules and generally accepted regulations operating in the kiteboarding and kitesurfing world.

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules
Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules susi may kite beach photo zanzibar

The Code applies to all persons practicing kitesurfing on any body of water. The Rules do not replace any special regulations concerning specific situations or kitesurfing spots such as reservoirs, rivers, overcrowded spots, or kitesurfing competitions.

If you are a visiting kiter or new to a launch site, ALWAYS introduce yourself to the locals, inquire about any hazards and local guidelines for the area.


Rule 1 – Responsibility
1.1.  All hazards and special circumstances shall be taken into account when applying these Rules, which may mean a departure from them if deemed necessary in order to avoid a collision.
1.2. Every rider shall be aware of kitesurfing dangers to him/her and others in his/her vicinity. The rider is liable for all damage caused by him/her and his/her equipment.
1.3. Every rider shall obey the local rules which may override these Rules.
1.4. Kiteboarders sometimes depend on each other on the water, and it is the duty of every rider to give all possible assistance to anyone in danger. Kiters have been known to perform many heroic rescues, however, if you are not experienced enough for an effective rescue, you may find yourself in danger as well.

Rule 2 – Definitions
2.1. Port tack – the wind blows from the left side in relation to the sailing direction, and the left hand is the front one, so-called “port”.
2.2. Starboard tack – the wind blows from the right in relation to the sailing direction, and the right hand is the front one, so-called “starboard”.
2.3. Windward rider – a rider sailing closer to the “source” of wind; sailing “above” in relation to another rider during the meeting, so-called “upwind rider”.
2.4. Leeward rider – a rider sailing further from the “source” of wind; sailing “below” in relation to another rider during the meeting, so-called “downwind rider”.
2.5. Give-way maneuver – an alternation of course or speed carried out to avoid a collision by a give-way rider.
2.6. Give-way rider – a rider obliged to give way during the meeting.
2.7. Stand-on rider – a rider who has right of way and is obliged to maintain his/her course during the meeting.
2.8. Maneuver – a jump, a trick, or a change of course or speed.
2.9. Meeting – a situation on the water when riders meet each other and one of them must give way in order to avoid a dangerous situation or collision.
2.10. Dangerous situation – a situation which endangers both users in the water and on the shore. A development of a dangerous situation leads to a collision.
2.11. Collision – a situation when riders, or their equipment, collide or they collide with other users on water or ashore.
2.12. Safe distance – a distance that shall be maintained in order to avoid a dangerous situation.
2.13. Kitesurfing on waves – surfing on breaking waves usually in a shore-break zone, so-called „wave”.

2.14. Good Kitesurfing Practice (GKP) – a set of generally accepted principles of safety, based on many years in kitesurfing community.
3.3. A rider who is in the water, holding a kite at zenith(12:00), swimming to a lost board, or re-launching a kite from the water has the right of way.

Rule 4-  On The Water
4.1. Head-on situation (opposite tacks) – a port tack rider gives way to a starboard tack rider.
4.2. Similar courses (same tacks) – a windward rider gives way to a leeward rider.
4.3. Overtaking – anyone overtaking (faster) keeps out of way of anyone being overtaken (slower).
4.4. Position of kites during the meeting – a windward rider raises his/her kite above 45 degrees and a leeward rider lowers his/her kite below 30 degrees.

Rule 5 – Multiperson meeting (Rule 4 is not applicable)
5.1. The most upwind rider raises his/her kite to the highest point and the most downwind rider lowers his/her kite to the lowest point. Other riders passing between the riders at the extremes set their kites in intermediate positions in order to avoid kite tangling.
5.2. It is recommended that meetings involving more than two riders be avoided whenever possible.

Rule 6 – Jumping
6.1. Before performing any maneuver, ensure that such an action will not endanger anyone.
6.2. The downwind area for a landing place shall be checked before commencing a jump.
6.3. In particular it is recommended to double check the area “behind” before performing a manoeuvre.

Rule 7 – Surfing on waves – Wave (Rules 4 & 5 are not applicable)
7.1. A rider surfing on waves has right of way irrespective of tack.
7.2. If there are two or more riders on the same wave, right of way has a rider surfing closer to the breaking part of the wave or a rider who got first on the wave.

Rule 8 – Action by a give-way rider
8.1. A safe distance shall be maintained during a give-way manoeuvre.
8.2. Any action taken to avoid a collision shall be positive, readily visible to others and made in ample time and with due regard to the rules applicable on the water.

Rule 9 – Action by a stand-on rider
9.1. A stand-on rider shall maintain his/her course until collision is unavoidable without his/her own manoeuvre.
9.2. The same rider shall fly his/her kite in a position specified by Rule 4.4.
9.3. This Rule does not relieve a give-way rider of his/her obligation of giving way.

Rule 10 – Meeting with other water users (not being kitesurfers or windsurfers)
Every kitesurfer gives way to all other water users except the power-driven crafts under 7 metres. It is recommended that passing and overtaking of such water users should take place on their leeside and at a safe distance.
On the Beach


kiteboarding rules on the beach Adlow and len ten
kiteboarding rules on the beach Aaron Hadlow and Ruben lenten rigging kite on beach south africa

Please do not fly your kite on crowded beaches. There are many uncrowded places around here to ride, give us a shout and we’ll help you find a good spot!

  • If you are a newer kiter, a visiting kiter, or just new to the launch site, please introduce yourself to the local kiters and inquire about local conditions, hazards and regulations. This is common courtesy on any beach, and goes a long way with the locals.
  • Always wind up your lines when your kite is on the beach.
  • Do not hang around the launch area with your kite in the air- “Keep it Low and Go!”
  • Observe the “flow” of traffic before you launch your kite. You will notice “lanes” of upwind and downwind riders sharing the same areas. There’s also usually a freestyle area and lesson area, so get familiar with what’s going on in the water before you launch.
  • Give immediate assistance to kiters launching and landing. If someone is coming in towards the beach and tapping their head, they need to land their kite ASAP. If you are able, please assist them and stay with the kite until it is secured with sand or a board.
  • Before launching do a preflight check of all safety releases. An improperly rigged safety can kill you. You should have a minimum of 2 quick releases on your system- 1 for releasing the kite from you to the leash, and 1 for releasing the entire rig.
  • Do not use a kite without a leash or lacking a proper safety system.
  • Launch kite towards the water whenever possible.
  • Do not fly your kite over beach goers, swimmers, or surfers.
  • Do not launch or land UPWIND of anything that can hurt you or sue you.
  • Do not use an inexperienced person to launch or land your kite.
  • If you take on the responsibility of catching someone’s kite, make sure to stay with it until they weight it down with a board or something. Do not leave the kite unattended as it may take off unexpectedly.


On the Water

kiteboarding rules on the water
kiteboarding rules on the water girl kiteboarding



  • Always stay 300 ft. or 3 line lengths away from shore, especially in onshore winds.
  • Always stay out of swim areas. New kiters should body drag out past the swim area to start, especially in onshore winds.
  • Please give extra room to instructors with students and new kiters.
  • Kiters launching and entering the water have right of way over kiters already on the water.
  • Kiter on Starboard tack (RIGHT hand forward) has the right of way.
  • Upwind rider- Kite HIGH
  • Downwind rider- Kite LOW
  • Slapping hands with another kiter is not fun when someone loses their edge and crashes into you. Save the hand slapping for the beach!

When Jumping

Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules jumping
Kiteboarding Kitesurfing Right of way rules jumping
  • Look all around you before you jump, make sure you have a clear area downwind of you and make sure that you will not land on, or near anyone, or in their path. Now send it!
  • Jumps and Transitions should be done a safe distance from shore and NEVER near swimmers, surfers, windsurfers, boats, fishermen, etc. This is the single biggest problem in this sport and many areas are being banned for the actions of a few. Please stay out of the swim areas everywhere you ride, and do not jump or transition near shore.

Kiteboarding self Rescue

Kiteboarding self Rescue photo kite kiteboarder

Kiteboarding self Rescue photo kite kiteboarder

In kiting, there WILL become a time when you run into a bad situation. Gear failure or sudden weather changes are two examples where knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life!

Be sure to practice this with each kite you own, as all kites have slight differences and require different hand positioning for an effective rescue.

Safety Tips


Here’s 3 Methods of Self Rescue:

Standard Self Rescue

Activate safety system to flag the kite out on one line

Pull yourself up the line to the bar

Wrap (the line you just pulled yourself to the bar with) at least one kite length (20-30’)on the bar to prevent relaunch, then wrap the rest of the lines until you reach the kite.

If able, detach the lines from the kite and stow the bar.

Grab what will be your UPPER wingtip or bridle, (depending on direction of travel) and work your way to other wingtip by sliding leading edge under your arm with the other hand. (hold bridle and push L.E. away from you)

Fill the sail with wind to pull yourself back to shore.

Practice this on the beach, or in shallow water to find correct hand positioning-BEFORE YOU NEED IT!

Offshore/Upwind Method

This technique works very well if caught in offshore winds, or for going upwind to retrieve your board.

Remember: NEVER deflate your kite unless absolutely necessary!

This technique also keeps you more visible to rescue personnel.

Here’s how you do it: lay on leading edge of kite (wingtips in the air), with legs extended down center strut. At this point, your upper body will be hanging over the leading edge, so you can easily overhand swim or “dog paddle” to your board.

From there you can swim to shore or use traditional self rescue technique.

Both methods should be known and practiced before you need them.

Raft Method

Use this method if your leading edge deflates.

This will happen if the leading edge bladder pops or the deflate valve opens, so make sure to lock down those velcro tabs around the valves! If you remembered to lock down your one pump strut clips, there will still be air in the struts.

Roll the kite ends to middle and secure it into a “raft” with your leash, harness, lines, or whatever you have.

If you didn’t lock off your struts, you will have a nice long swim with a giant sea anchor, or be kissing your kite goodbye.LOCK DOWN YOUR STRUTS!

The author of these rules ,Marek Rowinski, hopes that the work presented above will be widely accepted and will improve safety in kitesurfing.content :

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia

The Townsville City Council is trying to ban kiteboarding from a two-kilometre stretch of Pallarenda Beach, in Australia.


A local proposal recommends that kiteboarding should be off the north of Three Mile Creek, after 27 residents submitted a petition to Mayor Vern Veitch. The group of citizens wants all kiteboarders to launch and finish their wind rides within a 120-metre wide stretch of beach, so that beachgoers are safe.

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia

kiteboarding ban threatens pallarenda beach in australia


The proposed restrictions come after the latest KTA Australian Open and Australian Kiteboarding Nationals, which brought hundreds of kitesurfers to the region.

“Under these conditions we would be stuck in about a 150-metre long stretch of beach to teach our students in the same area experienced kiteboarders are using,” Loop Kiteboarding owner Marvin Baumeister tells the Townsville Bulletin.

“It’s going to be really dangerous for anyone wanting to take up the sport because we need that distance to separate the experienced riders from people just starting out.”

Local kiteboarders don’t understand why their sport should be banned from Pallarenda Beach. The ban proposal will be discussed at the council’s next full meeting on the 28th August.