F-ONE is pleased to announce that Milla KNESSE and Filippe FERREIRA will join the F-ONE International Team.

Brother and sister, these Brazilians are sharing this common passion of kitesurf.
As true waterman and waterwoman they are always on the water in kitesurf, SUP or in surf. Strapless addicts they are competing on the well-known KSP. Both are Brazilian Champions in their respective
category, Milla finished 4th of the KSP in 2012 and Filippe 8th with a great 3rd place in the Peru step!

F-ONE is pleased to announce that Milla KNESSE and Filippe FERREIRA will join the F-ONE International Team.

F-ONE is pleased to announce that Milla KNESSE and Filippe FERREIRA will join the F-ONE International Team.

We let you better discover them through this little interview.

M = Milla
F = Filippe

How old are you? Where are you living?
M: I’m 22 years old and I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
F: 20 years old and live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Since when are you practicing kitesurf? And surf?
M: I’m practicing kitesurf since I was 10. And surf since I was 6.
F: I’m practicing since I was 13. And surf since 6 too.

What do you feel to share this common passion between brothers and sisters?
M: It’s great to travel with my brother, first because he competes in the same sport as me, and second, because he is better than me. Then it’s always good because we help each other, he always gives me several rings in training and heats, and I show him a few things that I think could be improved too.
F: oo. It is always good to travel with her. First we always help each other in the championships and in the training. Second she, as a woman, is able to see things that I often do not see. It is worth having a look male and one female at the same time, and we have it in the workouts and competitions. She always helps a lot when we are traveling. She sees everything and solves things hahah .. She is calmer than I, so we completed each other.

What is your list of hits?
M: I plan to get the greatest number of good results this year. I’m training for it since the beginning of the year, and then I will give the best of me and I’m in search of the world title.
F: I really want the world title, and I’m going in search of him this year. I know that many also want out, what will differentiate will be the training time and the will to win each. I want to get the greatest number of good results and can show my performance in the water in the best way possible.

What is your best remember of kitesurf?
M: It was when I was World Champion on the event in Peru in 2011. It was great because I love sailing in that place, has left perfect, and I’m always there coaching. So it was really quite satisfying for me to win there.
F: For sure the most perfect wave’s I’ve got in Hawaii last season.

Where are your favorite SPOTS? What are your favorite TRIPS?
M: My favorite spot it calls Postinho, is my home spot. Favorite trip is Indonesia and Hawaii
F: Is my home spot, Postinho. Favorite trip: Hawaii.

What is your “special trick”?
M: Backside attack.
F: Frontside barrel and Backside attack.

In which conditions do you prefer to sail? Why?
M and F: Side Wind with 6-8 ft of waves.
Because is our homespot conditions on the most part of the year.

What do you think about the Bandit?
M: It sure is the best kite I have ever used so far. The faster, lighter and more answerer with quality
F: The best kite I have ever experienced. Kite lightweight and fast. It sure is the best shot in the market.

How do you see your integration into the F-ONE team?
M: For me it is a great pleasure to join the team of F-ONE. I’m happy of having the best kites on the market and integrating an amazing team.
F: I believe it will be very nice to walk on the side of this team! I know that I will have the best equipment of the market and will be with the best team of all.

What do you planned to do this season?
M: I want to train with the best equipment on the market and thereby get the world title and the Brazilian again. And I hope I can represent very well F-ONE team around the world.
F: I want to represent the team in the best way possible. Continue training to bring the most important titles to home!

RESULTS

Milla:
Brazilian Champion 2011/2012
Country Champion (Rio de Janeiro) 2011/2012
KSP Pacasmayo 2011 Champion
KSP Ireland 2012 – 3rd place
KSP Hawaii 2012 – 4th place
5 KSP World Tour ranking 2011
4 KSP World Tour ranking 2012

Filippe:
2 times International Pacasmayo Classic – 1st place
KSP World Tour Peru 2011 – 3rd place
KSP World Tour Hawaii 2012 – 4th place
2 times State Champion
Brazilian Champion 2011
Super Kite International Brazil – 2d place

KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

KTE 2013 Latest News

- First Rider are registered
- British Champion will compete at the MINI KTE
- MINI presents the Kitesurf Tour Europe again this year

KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

KTE 2013 Latest News MINI presents the European Championships in Kitesurfing Freestyle and international IKA Racing

First Rider are registered

Only 28 more days until the first MINI KTE Event in France/Almanarre. Here you will find the first registered Rider for that Event.

Koen Schepers
Ranno Rumm
Ivan Doronin
Florian Julius
Viktoras Seputa
Mindaugas Jonikas
Maks Zakowski
Margus Otsa
James Johnsen
Dimitri Lemoine
Adrian Geislinger
Jose Miguel Corniel
Pierre Romain
Axel Mazella
Sander Bos
Tijn van Esch
Bram Bast
Luke Whiteside
Nicolas Etienne
Louk Timmer
Felix Maks
Mario Rodwald
Valentin Garat
Denis Taradin
Dementiy Taradin
Stefano Martinelli
Nicolas Delmas
Linus Erdmann
Dylan van der Meij
Konstantin Tuludis
Jerrie van de Kop
Daniel Sweeney
George Dufty
Steven Akkersdijk
Aymeric Martin

Sebastian Wagner
Annie van Esch
Annelous Lammerts
Meike Erichsen
Mariska Wildenberg
Nina Schumacher
Julia Castro Christiansen
Sabrina Lutz
Kristiin Oja
Hannah Whiteley
Nanette van der Snoek
Ariane Imbert
Jade OConnor
Tatiana Sysoeva
Katja Roose

British Champion will compete at the MINI KTE

New Zealand and Dominican Republic join IKA International Kiteboarding Association as national members

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world.

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world.  Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar - the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

The latest members to the International Kiteboarding Association are the New Zealand Kite Racing Association and the Dominican Kite Association, representing membership in remote parts of the world. We welcome our new members and hope to see your sailors very soon on our events around the world. Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar - the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

Next up in the pipeline are Egypt and Madagascar – the family of national kite associations is constantly growing and we expect to pass the 50 national member associations mark before the end of the year.

international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

As kiteboard course racing has been selected as an event for the Olympic Sailing Competition 2016, the world ranking system will change with the beginning of the new Olympic quadrennium.

From September 19, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) will manage all ranking system for the Olympic Events, and therefore the IKA ranking system previously used will cease to apply. ISAF will publish a press release on that day with detailed explanations on the new ranking system.

international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

international kiteboarding association Course Racing World Ranking and Qualification System for future Major Events

The ranking principle however remains unchanged: every riders best 5 scores from events in the past 12 months are combined into the overall score. Unfortunately, as a new Olympic event, the ranking for kite racing will start with 0 points on September 19, and the first points for the new world ranking can be collected on the following events (points to be finally confirmed by ISAF):

European Championships, La Baule (France), September 26-30: 100 points - Register here
World Championships, Cagliari (Italy), October 2-7: 100 points - Register here
South American Championships, Buzios (Brazil), November 15-18: 50 points - Register here
Sailing World Cup, Melbourne (Australia), December 2-8: 200 points - Register here
Note: for the group assignments at the 2012 European and World Championships, the current IKA world rankings will be used.

The new world ranking system will also be used as qualification system for the 2013 major events, with an event quota as follows:

200 point events (Kite Racing World Championships, Sailing World Cups): 120 men, 120 women
100 point events (Kite Racing Continental Championships): 80 men, 80 women
50 point events (other events): TBC
If the quota for an event is exceeded, selection of riders will be made purely based on the world ranking as of close of registration:

From every country, the best ranked rider as of close of registration
10 local wildcards for regional riders, to be approved by the class
5 “injury wildcards” to be approved by the class
Remaining places strictly by world ranking position as of close of registration
Please note, that points to qualify for upcoming major events can only be collected at ISAF graded events. A complete list will be published soon on the IKA website.

Major events are planned for 2013 in

China
Italy
USA
Oman
Egypt
Thailand
Brazil

ISAF Launches New Sailing World Rankings For Fleet Racing

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has updated and enhanced its ISAF Sailing World Rankings system for fleet racing, and will launch the new system on 19 September 2012.

The new calculation uses an annual system, a simpler formula and three possible event grades.

Key Changes:

- A one year rolling system
- Sailors can count points from a maximum of six regattas
- The grading of regattas for the Olympic classes will be allocated one of the following three grades: 200-pointers, 100-pointers or 50-pointers
- Simplified calculation formula
- Olympic Games and Test Events will not be graded regattas.

The new formula for calculating ranking points is: Points=E(N-P+1)/N (E is Event Rank, N is # entries and P is place). The top 85% of finishers at a regatta will receive points and scores will be rounded down to the next whole number.

All ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas will be 200-pointers along with the class World Championships and the ISAF Sailing World Championships. A sailor may count a maximum of three results from the World Cup. ISAF Regulation 27 sets out the other considerations for regatta grading.

For the first ranking release using the new system will be published on 19 September. Regattas that have taken place since 6 November 2011 (Sail Melbourne) have been re-graded and the new calculation system applied. Rankings will initially be calculated for six of the ten Olympic Events.

The next ranking release is schedule for 10 October 2012 which will see the men’s and women’s kiteboarding events joining the ISAF Sailing World Rankings for the first time. The Nacra17 and 49erFX are set to be introduced into the ISAF Sailing World Cup for the first time throughout the 2012-2013 series and will appear on the rankings following each regatta.

Full details of the new Ranking system can be found in ISAF Regulation 27. There are no changes to the ISAF World Match Race Rankings.

ISAF Sailing World Rankings

kitesurf magazine iksurfmag issue 34 2013 kite – kiteboard test jessie richman manuela jungo ruben lenten…

Big news! Issue 34 of your favourite kitesurfing magazine has gone live! The even bigger news is that we have made the magazine bigger too! The pages are now 1.5 times larger which means bigger pictures in higher definition! On smaller screens the magazine will automatically resize, but if you have a large monitor, sit back and drink it all in!

kitesurf magazine iksurfmag issue 34  2013 kite - kiteboard test jessie richman manuela jungo ruben lenten...

kitesurf magazine iksurfmag issue 34 2013 kite - kiteboard test jessie richman manuela jungo ruben lenten...

As usual the magazine is packed full of the best stories, images and videos from around the world, plus we have the first 2013 kite tests too!

Be sure to check it out…

Cheers

The IKSURFMAG Team
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Top 10 IKO Safety Directives for Public Kiters

Before you ever take up a kite, know the IKO Safety Directives

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) announced today it has released the Top 10 IKO Safety Directives for Public Kiters include: knowing safety systems; using a kite leash; flyovers; IKO’s position on board leashes; Right of Way (ROW) rules and more!  “No kiter should take a kite without knowing how to ride safely, pressed, David Dorn, IKO’s training director and author of the Top Ten Safety Directives for Public Kiters.  “Every kiter from beginner to advanced should at least know these ten safety directives brought to you through the IKO.”

 

iko no-board-leash photo kiteboard safety

1. Always use a kite leash

The kite’s leash is the primary safety device. It keeps you attached to the kite and the kite attached to you. When you have your kite attached, you can use it as a floatation device and a lifeboat (means of getting back to the beach). It is highly visible allowing you to be seen by would be rescuers. Even if you cannot re-launch it, you can use your kite to do a self rescue and pull you to shore. This will save you from some very long swims. But the kite leash’s main function is to protect the people around you from getting taken out by your lose kite. When you are riding, always remember that your leash is there for everyone else’s safety. A properly functioning leash also activates the kite’s safety system and depowers it. But, be careful: A leash in a suicide configuration is pretty much a liability to everyone including the rider.

 

2. Know your safety systems

You would be surprised by how many people do not know how to use their safety systems. There is really no excuse for this. Maybe you are renting a kite, testing a new kite or borrowing a buddy’s kite for the first time. But, any time you are about to use a kite, you must get to know the safety systems. Each system is slightly different. While there are some similarities between most systems, there are some systems that are totally counterintuitive to use, and could be the opposite of what you are used to.

For example, there are chicken loops that release by pushing them away, some release by pulling on them while others release when you twist the collar, and to top it off, there are even some systems where the chicken loops are fixed and do not release at all. In an emergency, you should be able to release from your chicken-loop instantly and without looking. So, if you do not thoroughly know the system you are using, you will have a big problem. This applies to every part of the safety system. Kite leashes too have different quick releases as some pull, some you push and some you have to pull a special release pin.

 

3. Never fly over non-participants

This seems obvious but on any crowded kite launch site, you will see people breaking this rule every day. The reason that you never want to do this is because you are endangering the persons below the kite. The kite can suddenly power up and could hit, cut, slice, drag, drop, or knock down any person within the kite’s wind window. This can happen to anyone. Even the most experienced kiter does not have 100% control of their kite 100% of the time. The wind can suddenly gust, lull, or some other factor like a line breaking can cause a momentary loss of control, and then, the kite can injure someone. Even experienced kite launchers must be extremely careful when getting beneath a kite. 

 

iko no-board-leash photo kiteboard safety

iko no-board-leash photo kiteboard safety

 

4. Never use a board leash

Many old kiters have stories about kiting in the old days and many have a sad tale about the board leash. The board leash is for surfing not kiting. There have been hundreds of kiting accidents that the board leash has caused and a few fatalities as well. Serious injury can happen from the board sling-shotting at your head or face and even a helmet cannot prevent many injuries. In addition, the board leash can tangle in the bar and lines causing a whole plethora of other problems. The high accident rate caused by board leashes prompted the majority of kite schools to ban using board leashes long ago. However, some people may still think that they can get away with using one. But, our hard-won experience has taught us that there is no safe way to use a board leash and there are no safe types of board leashes either. Simply, don’t use one. Instead, learn how to kite better so you won’t need one. If you are a beginner try using a “Go-jo” device. They look a bit funny but they really work great. If you are still tempted to use a board leash after reading this then just Google “kite board leash injuries” and see what comes up.

 

5. Do not jump over obstacles

What goes up must come down. Remember that anything you fly over can become your landing place. And, you could always land on your head. Kiting is better when done over water, because this gives you a soft forgiving medium to crash into. Over water you can try stuff and know that you will fall with a splash or a splat. By comparison, just try landing on a pile of rocks, a jetty, or a gnarly sharp tree. These aren’t as forgiving. Kiting is a numbers game. Sooner or later you will crash. Whatever risks you take will eventually catch up with you. Whatever you jump over, you will ultimately land on. It is just a matter of time.  There are many examples of skilled kiters making crazy jumps over stuff but there are also a lot of examples of them crashing hard. You should weigh the risks against the reward, and ask yourself if it is really worth all the pain and time off the water to do some macho stunt. IMHO jumping over stuff is kind of dumb. Why not do a really technical trick or a really big jump instead? But, just do it over water, so when you do wipeout, you can get back up and try it again. Plus, if you do get seriously injured and or killed trying to jump stuff, you will probably get your local kite spot shut down in the process as well.

 

6. Look before you jump

This is just as important as the look before you jibe rule. Looking before you jump is vital for kiters because when you jump with a kite, you can travel large distances and stay aloft for a long time. The traffic in your landing area can change between the time you take off and the time you land. You should always look in all directions before you jump including upwind of you because someone else could already be in the air or about to jump behind you. Also, try to look at the traffic patterns and think about where people will be while you are in the air. Maybe, they do not see you take off and ride into the clear area that was your intended landing zone. We generally recommend that you should have at minimum of at least 50 meters clear area downwind and 30 meters clear area upwind of you before you jump. But, many kiters jump further than that so they will need to allow even more room to move.

When the wind gets stronger people kite at greater speeds and will generally have less control. So, in strong winds, you should allow for larger safety buffers around you. Always look in all directions before you jump, and if that area isn’t clear, then wait for the right time and place to jump.

 

7. Keep a safety buffer

A safety buffer is what you create to keep some distance between you and something dangerous. A safety buffer is both distance and time. When you are moving faster you will need to make your safety buffers bigger. You should create a safety buffer whenever you see something that you do not want to hit. This could be the beach, some rocks, other kiters, or obstacles. When creating your buffer, you should also consider how far your kite reaches out ahead of you keeping in mind that your safety buffer starts at your kite and extends beyond that.

A safety buffer between two kites (or two kiters) is ever greater. If you have 25m lines and the other kiter has 25m lines, you need a minimum of 50m between you to ensure that the kites don’t touch each other but that still does not allow for any separation between the kites. The safety buffer is the extra area/distance between the closest possible points of contact. Sometimes kite instructors will recommend a safety buffer of two or three kite line lengths away from an obstacle on full length lines that translates to 50m to 75m. But, in strong winds, the buffer should be increased. Sometimes, the buffer needs to be 5 line lengths and in extreme conditions up to 10 line lengths (10 line lengths = 250m).

 

Whatever safety buffer you leave downwind of you to keep out of danger and stay away from objects, should be the same for the guy riding upwind of you. So, if you like a 75m buffer downwind of you, then the guy riding upwind of you probably wants to stay about that same distance away from you because you are now the obstacle that he is trying to avoid. If I am kiting in extreme winds at my limit, I can assume that anyone upwind of me is possibly kiting at their limit too. So, I do not want to let them get inside my upwind safety buffer. And, I do not want to ride into their safety buffer either. Always try to consider the amount of reaction time and stopping distance you would need to avoid an accident. In strong wind, there is less reaction time. Because things happen faster and you are moving faster, the stopping distances will also need to be increased.

 

8. Avoid bad weather

One thing is certain in kiteboarding. You cannot control the weather. But, what you can do is recognize bad weather when you see it and try to anticipate bad weather by using forecasts and weather services. Weather services are not just for finding good wind. They are useful for helping you to avoid bad weather as well. Different weather conditions make for bad kiting conditions but storms are the most common and easily avoided weather phenomena. If you get to the beach and it is raining or cloudy; there is a thunderstorm; is extremely windy; or you see a cumulonimbus cloud approaching, then don’t go out. Of course, you should have already known that there was bad weather because every good kiter checks the weather before going to the beach. But, sometimes the weather changes quickly and you will have to keep your eyes on the sky for telltale signs of change. Clouds are good indicators of weather changes and so are rapid drops in temperature or sudden shifts in wind direction. And, if you hear thunder, get out of there fast.

Many serious kiteboarding accidents are attributed to bad weather. But, you cannot blame the weather. It was the fault of the kiter himself who is ultimately responsible for deciding to go out in bad weather conditions. When you are kiting at a new spot, it is always a good idea to ask the locals if there are any special signs of approaching bad weather to watch out for.

 

9. Know the Right Of Way (ROW) rules

The right of way rules are a way of reducing accidents on the water because all kiters need to know how to react when they get into some kiting traffic. The first ROW rule is simply, “Avoid accidents at all costs!” This means don’t crash into anyone. Unfortunately, beginner kiters generally do not know any rules and they are highly focused on watching their kite. So, they are not usually aware of their surroundings. The next rule should probably be, “Avoid beginners at all costs!”

Once any kiter gets beyond the basics and starts mixing in with the general kiting population, they should also know the most common ROW rules. There are the basic rules for sailing that also apply to kiting: “port gives way to starboard;” “upwind gives way to downwind;” and etc.  There are some kite specific rules as well like “the upwind kiter keeps their kite high when passing another.” There are many good websites that explain the rules. Some also explain the rules for kiting in the waves, and also, for kiting with other types of water craft. We have to learn how to share the water with each other and how to share the space with other water users as well. And, most of all know the ROW rules to help you to avoid accidents.

 

10. Do not kite further than you can swim

Another way to put this is always know your limits.” By not kiting further away from shore than you can swim, puts into perspective that no matter how good at kiting we are, we are just a swimmer when we lose the kite. Kites can get away from us or breakdown and become useless. Eventually, every kiter will have to swim back to shore. Think about this before riding far away from the beach or travelling long distances. At any moment, you could lose the kite and you will have to swim. Also, think about: the time it takes to swim; what if there are tides or currents; or maybe you will be swimming back after sunset and no one will see you; what if you are hurt and cannot swim; what if it is really cold and you start to get hypothermic? So, the real message is know your limits and think about your vulnerability. You can usually have a great session and stay relatively safe by managing the risks, thinking about problems before they occur and staying close to shore.

There are many more safety tips and possible safety directives too many to mention here. It is good to talk about the different “Safety Directives” with your kiting buddies and spend a little time thinking about all the things that might happen before they eventually do happen to you.

Keep safe and see you on the water,

David Dorn, IKO Training Director