Red Bull Danish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

Two coasts, 40 kilometers and over 200 competitors. Red Bull Coast 2 Coast, taking place on September 7th 2013, is one of the gnarliest and most incredible Kitesurf races of all time.

Red Bull Denish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

Red Bull Denish Kiteboarding Race Fehmarn Island to Cost of Danemark

A distance of 40 kilometer from Niobe, Fehmarn to Lalandia at the Denish coast and back has to be ridden. Everybody whether beginner or pro can registrate for the race on www.redbull.de/coast2coast. But only the fastes one can win at Red Bull Coast 2 Coast. Link to Registration: http://www.redbull.com/de/de/events/1331599921537/red-bull-coast-2-coast/form Link to Trailer: http://www.redbull.com/de/de/stories/1331604252059/red-bull-coast-2-coast-der-trailer Rules: • All competitors start at the same time on water and have to cross a line between buoys, which is not allowed to cross before the start • Starting point is the Niobe beach Fehmarn, then a 20-kilometer distance has to be ridden to a turn buoy, which is located about 100 meters off the coast of Rodbyhavn (Lalandia, Denmark) • Each participant must kite around the turn buoy and then the same distance back to the starting point • The finish line again is built by the line between the two buoys • The competitor, who has crossed the finish line first with his board, wins the race • The route to kite is accompanied by several boats and lifeboats to guaranty the safety of all competitors

kiteboarding Race Lake and Boenniger Win the Slalom in Turkey

The last day of the Burn Kitesurf World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey started late to let everyone rest after an amazing concert from Duman.  After a stretching session and an SUP race, the slalom got underway.  Bryan Lake finished 2nd  behind Bridge in the race but it was enough to secure his victory, Boenniger also finished second but it was enough to get the event Win by one pooint.  Elena won the race and tied Boenniger in victories but the Boenniger was more consistent throughout the event.  The event had great wind throughout the week, with amazing races.  Ariel Corniel and Ozen were also rewarded for winning the Kite masters.

The day started with a stretching session for the all the racers and freestyles, followed by an SUP race while the racers were waiting for the wind to pick up.  It was a great beach day with players from the Turkish soccer club Fenerbache, Webo and Meireles coming out to check the kitesurfing.

The mens ladders were setup with two semifinals and an eight man final.  The first semifinal was won by Kerneur after Romain Castel who had been leading the whole way, missed the finish line.  Vannucci, Smith and Cakir were the other three riders to advance.  The second semifinal; Lake was leading the whole way followed by Bridge, Gruber and Biniasch.

The Final was very exciting with Oliver Bridge getting a great start and taking the lead.  Right after the start Smith, Biniasch, Vannucci and Iyigun tangled with Vannucci getting disqualified and the other three riders getting a redress.  Bridge was able to hold off Lake, who was on his tail the whole race.  The race finished this way with Grubber getting 3rd.

The final of the women’s race was dominated by Elena Kalinina who lead the way followed by Christine Boenniger in second and with Ceylan in 3rd and Ozturk in 4th.  The top girls had some great races throughout the event.

The kite masters was a great success with Ariel Corniel winning for the men, followed by Paul Serin, Oswald Smith and Johnno Scholte.  On the women side it was Gisil Ozen who won, followed by Merve Ceylan and Berna Ozturk.  All the riders put on a great show throughout the event with massive board offs and superpowerful handle passes.

The Burn Kitesurf World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey was a great success with some spectacular freestyle and tight racing.  The venue was great for the riders with wind every day and a great beach atmosphere.  All the riders and the PKRA are looking forward to returning next year for this great event.  Make sure you check out all the photos and latest news onFacebook and www.prokitetour.com.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin

When did development first begin with the Ride kite concept? How long did it take before you were happy with the final design?

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

I first started working on the Ride over two years ago. Originally, I wanted to make the Park with two struts. The very first samples ended up being the Park, but without a center strut. Then, we decided that the Park should keep three struts (for stability and gusty wind control), but I didn’t want to give up on the two struts idea – the prototypes were way too good! So we re-focused the project toward a more “user-friendly” kite concept in order to help the re-launch and give it a more forgiving feel.

What characteristics set the Ride apart from other kites in the line?

Easiness! The Ride has that in its DNA. With the Ride, you don’t need to be a good kite flyer with advanced steering skills; you can just sheet-in and you’re going! The Ride never wants to back stall so it’s very forgiving when over-sheeting.

Why is the Ride’s 2 strut design so ideal for freeride kiting?

The two struts on the Ride provide a lighter kite that generates a better low end and naturally flies better in the air (lighter weight means better efficiency).

Why is the Ride so stable with just 2 struts?

The Ride is stable because the overall kite is perfectly balanced. Technically, this means the tow point of the kite (i.e. the virtual point where all the bridles pull from) is perfectly aligned with the center of effort of the kite (i.e. the virtual point that results from the addition of all the force generated by the entire canopy of the kite.)

Why is the Ride so easy to re-launch?

The re-launch of the ride is easy because of the overall outline of the kite; the wing tips are swept back in a way that allows the kite to easily rotate when on the water.

Why does the Ride work so great in light winds?

The reduced amount of struts results in two things for light wind riding. First, as stated above, the fewer number of struts translates into a lighter kite that is more efficient and flies better. Second, because there is no center strut, the center of the kite acts like a spinnaker, expanding a bit when you need power to harness more wind.

What is new for this year’s Ride?

This year’s Ride was built on last year’s proven platform. We’ve made the arc a bit flatter in order to improve the low-end and changed the bridle platform by making them start higher up on the leading edge. This makes the kite more solid when flying thru the window and in the end, results in a kite that responds quicker to the rider’s input when initiating a turn.

Q&A with Trip Kite designer Damien Girardin

When did you first start development on your strutless kite concept? Was the end result what you expected?

The idea of removing struts is a process that I started years ago when I first began designing kites. I always wanted to design the lightest, most simple and functional kites possible. But maintaining performance while removing struts is not that easy.

When you remove the struts on a kite you have to make sure it remains stable. In previous years, we went down to 3 struts with the Park, and then played with the idea of 1 strut, but wasn’t happy with the result. So then I went to 2 struts with the Ride. The Ride turned out to be such a good kite that it felt natural to move forward and design a strutless kite.

The design objectives for the Trip were very clear: create a compact kite convenient for traveling that has a lightweight, simple overall design and continue the idea of a user-friendly, fun kite. A minimalistic design that’s also lightweight is always favorable for any “flying object”.

After a long period of development, we ended up with a design that exceeded our expectations in terms of light feel, stability and light wind riding.

What advantages do you believe the Trip has over a traditional SLE or Bow design?

The main advantages of the Trip are that it is light in the air and the lift generating center section of the canopy will expand when flying. This translates into a great gain in light wind power. Other advantages include faster inflation time and more compact packing, making the Trip a great “go to” kite for traveling.

Are there any disadvantages to riding a strutless kite like the Trip?

Even though the high end control on the Trip is really good, you will reach a limit where the kite will simply saturate and start fluttering when you sheet out or head downwind. The re-launch will require more skills, as the kite won’t keep its structure when lying on the water.

We don’t recommend the Trip to be the only kite in your quiver, because in some conditions, or for certain styles of riding, it will not perform as well as the Park, Draft, Ride or Torch.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

First concerns about a strutless kite are relaunch and stability. Please address both for the skeptics.

There may be times where you need some advanced skills to get a strutless kite back in the air. This is the main reason why we do not recommend the Trip for beginners. Also, instability in the air is not an issue when flown within the Trip’s wind range. However, fluttering can occur when fully depowering the kite.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Where does the Trip kite fit in your product mix?

The Trip is a kite that targets intermediate to advanced riders that want to lessen their load when traveling. It’s perfect for someone who wants to travel with only one “all around” kite that works well in most conditions.

The Trip is in a class by itself and is a nice addition to the rest of our line.

http://naishkites.com

ANTIC-Wakestyle-Cable Hybrid

The Antic is a high performance hybrid TT wakestyle board designed for kite and cable park riding.

Designed to be ridden with boots or the Apex binding, the Antic is built tough for intermediate to advanced wakestyle riders looking to hit kickers, sliders and ride hard.

http://naishkites.com/antic-wakestyle-cable-hybrid/

Chris Bobryk American Sledgehammer kiteboarding video

Chris Bobryk aka Ricky Bobby did it again! Chris spent time in Cape Hatteras, NC training, eating, and sleeping for his PKRA debut this summer. As the only American on the tour for freestyle, he had the weight of the country on his shoulders. Luckily, he’s got a back built like an ox on a strict diet of egg and cheese. Chris Bobryk is the American Sledgehammer.

You’ll get to see several of the best flatwater spots on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The majority of the action was filmed in the Planet of the Apes slick, REAL slick, and some additional hard to find places. Having the opportunity to film with such a close friend and amazing rider was a blast. We can’t wait to release our next project!

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Slingshot kiteboarding video The Gorge oregon USA kite park 2

The boys are hungry to keep the Slingshot momentum strong and have just finished 2 weeks of shooting on one of the only public kite parks in the world: “The Gorge”. And once again Alex Fox, Sam Light and Eric Reinstra have raised the bar on what can be done with a kite. This new short film was filmed and directed by Patrick Wieland and produced by Mauricio Abreu – so sit back and enjoy the next level of kiteboarding…

15 millons $ catamaran VS Hawaiin Kai Lenny’s $1,500 Kite Board Gear…

Kai Lenny's $1,500 Kite Board vs Oracle Team USA's $15 million Catamaran Cal

Kai Lenny's $1,500 Kite Board vs Oracle Team USA's $15 million Catamaran Cal

Can a kiteboarder outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA? Kai Lenny decided to give it a go, in San Francisco.

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

Can a kiteboarder outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA? Kai Lenny decided to give it a go, in San Francisco.

The challenge was simple. Pink slips were on the line when Lenny put his $1,500 kite board up against the $15 million boat.

Kai Lenny got a significant jump out of the starting gate, launching his kite and harnessing the power of the winds to propel himself at 20 knots across the water (23 mph).

This caught Oracle Team USA off guard at first, before they found their rhythm and cranked it up to 30 knots (34 mph) to blow by the kite board.

“He got a really good start, so we just put the hammer down. It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight”, tells Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of Oracle Team USA.

Oracle Team USA will be looking to defend its America’s Cup title when racing starts September 7, in San Francisco.

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran  of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

kiteboarding 1500$ kai lenny VS 15 millons $ 72 foot catamaran of oracle team usa San Francisco Red Bull sponsors

sources:  surfertoday.com

“It’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight.” Those were the comments of Jimmy Spithill, the skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA and the defenders of the America’s Cup.

The question was whether kite board champion Kai Lenny can outrace the new 72-foot catamaran of ORACLE TEAM USA.

Pink slips were on the line when Lenny put his $1,500 kite board up against the $15 million Catamaran  …

 

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

The Kiteboarding World Cup in Soma Bay 2013 has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled in 2013. The PKRA is looking forward to having an event in Egypt next year. Egypt is a great place to kitesurf and the perfect venue for a PKRA World Cup to feature the best kitesurfers in the world.

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

PKRA News Cancellation of the PKRA Egypt

The Junior world championships in Costa Brava will be starting on Wednesday. Five world titles will be given in three boy’s age group and two girls age group. This is the first time the PKRA will be giving a junior world title and the opportunities for young riders to learn from pros like Gisela Pulido. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and go to www.prokitetour.com for the latest news on the kitesurfing world tour.

Registration at the PKRA IKA Freestyle Jr’s Europe kiteboard championship

The registration at the PKRA/IKA Kiteboarding Freestyle Junior World Championships took place at the camping La Ballena Alegre, San Pere Pescador, Costa Brava, Spain.  Costa Brava has been hosting events for many years, it is a great venue and a perfect place for the first Kiteboarding JR World Championships.  43 riders registered from 17 countries.  The thermal winds picked up to solid 15 knots all afternoon and many riders took advantage of the conditions to warm up.  A beautiful opening ceremony welcomed all the riders.

The riders are from all over the world and are adapting to the local conditions.  The wind here is usually the strong Tramontane out of the north or the warm thermal from the south west.  This time of year the thermal is the dominant wind. The competition will have two classes of boys 8-14 and 15-16 and two classes of girls 8-13 and 14-16.  This means that 4 World titles will be given.  Only two kids under 11 registered so they will join the older class.

Throughout the week the PKRA along with many pro’s like Gisela Pulido and Alvaro Onieva will be doing clinics to educate the young riders.  The goal of these clinics will be to teach up and coming riders how to compete, train, media relationships and sponsors.

The level will be very high, especially in the 15-16 age group, with many competitors having already kited for many years.  The European champions are here to see if they can claim a World title.  The competition will start in the morning at 10:30am .  You can follow all the action on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.