Naish Park Kiteboarding Hawaii 2014 video

Park
Performance Freeride/Freestyle/Wave

The Park is one kite that does it all for any rider, any style, in any condition. Designed with fun in mind, the Park provides an easy ride, the power to boost and the handling to hit the lip with style.

The powerful profile gives the rider outstanding low-end power and consistent pull over a wide range of wind speeds. Reduced diameter struts were also implemented for increased low-end power, improved aerodynamics and reduced weight. The Compact C outline and three-strut design create a stable and responsive kite. The Park uses just enough sweep to maximize depower and allow for easy re-launch.

The new Static Bridle Platform improves forward flying, acceleration out of turns, stability, instant response and direct bar feel. These characteristics are essential for wave/unhooked riding.

Producer : Naish
Director : Olivier SAUTET
MUSIC : Django Django – Default

Hawaii Maui news Richman approaches 800 feet on kiteboard

Jesse Richman of Haiku Hawaii celebrates after reaching 790 feet in a kiteboarding tow-up at Oregon’s Colombia River Gorge on July 26.

Hawaii Maui news Richman approaches 800 feet on kiteboard

Hawaii Maui news Richman approaches 800 feet on kiteboard

The ride, measured with electronic sensors, is believed to be the highest in the history of the discipline. “The view up there was pretty freaking epic – I can’t wait for the next time I’m up there,” said Richman, who performed the feat six days after his 21st birthday.

http://www.kiteboard.com/world-record-kiteboard-flying-from-790ft-jesse-richman/

 

Strutless Kite 2013 Boardriding Maui Cloud

Boardriding Maui Cloud
Sizes Available: 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 17m
Sizes Tested: 8, 10, 13m

Strutless Kite  2013 Boardriding Maui Cloud

Strutless Kite 2013 Boardriding Maui Cloud

Boardriding Maui Says:

What makes this strutless design special is its ability to dynamically twist resulting in exciting steering speed. The draft profile fills freely for great range with clean low-end lift, delivering power smoothly and reducing stall at the edge of the window. Surfing down the line, it drifts like nothing else. Super lightweight, the Cloud feels alive. It’s often the first kite that can get off the beach and the last one still out riding.

TKB Says:

We will freely admit that when the Cloud showed up for us to test we were very skeptical of the strutless concept. The Cloud is the first strutless kite on the market and is quite different compared to anything we’ve tested before. The Cloud comes in a simple stuff sack and is amazingly light and small when packed compared to traditional strutted kites.

The Cloud features a moderately long bridle, very wide wingtips, and a squared-off outline. The leading edge features a large diameter Boston valve and there are no adjustments to make on the bridle. It is inflated the same way as other kites and does not require more leading edge pressure than traditional kites.

 

STRUTLESS KITE 2013 BOARDRIDING MAUI CLOUD view

STRUTLESS KITE 2013 BOARDRIDING MAUI CLOUD view

Currently Boardriding Maui does not produce a control bar, but the Cloud can be used with any 4-line bar with all lines even. The kite’s bridle uses fool-proof connections with loops on the leading edge bridle and knots on the trailing edge.

Launching the Cloud is no different than any other kite and we were able to successfully self launch and self land without having to use any special techniques. In the sky the Cloud feels very light and extremely stable. Turning is relatively quick and immediate with medium bar pressure.

An area where the Cloud really shines is in the amount of low-end power it produces. Our testers came to the conclusion that you should be able to get away with riding a Cloud that is about two square meters smaller than the average kite. With no struts we expected the Cloud to become more unstable and distort under load, but it seems like the opposite is true. The more load that is on the canopy the better it looks and the more solid the kite feels.

 

Relaunching the Cloud is surprisingly easy. Our testers reported that they were able to relaunch it by simply turning the bar and did not need to pull on a back line. The testers also found that relaunching is easiest if you first wait for the Cloud to drift further downwind before starting the relaunch process as this causes the canopy to open more.

The Cloud is easy to get upwind on and our testers felt it has good jumping performance. Where the Cloud feels very different than traditional kites is the way it sheets. The kite’s full range of power lies in a relatively short bar throw which can lead the kite to feel a little on-or-off until you get used to smaller movements with the bar. With no struts the canopy begins to luff just behind the leading edge as you sheet out, but this is normal for this kite. Riders who do not like to see or hear their kite canopy flapping may have a hard time adjusting to the Cloud, but our testers had no problem getting used to it and commented that it reminded them of a sailboat sail being sheeted out in overpowered conditions.

 

As you reach the upper end of the kite’s wind range and sheet it out further, the Cloud remains controllable, but the trailing edge of the canopy will begin to flutter, especially during turns. At this point the fluttering becomes distracting as you can feel it in the bar as you ride, but if you’ve depowered the Cloud to this point, you should be on a smaller kite.

Overall, we were really surprised by how easy and fun the Cloud is to ride. It’s a different riding experience than other kites, but not radically so. Because it’s so different some riders may be reluctant to give it a try, but the Cloud is a well-refined product that a good range of riders will enjoy.

Pros:

  • Great low end power.
  • The Clouds are very lightweight and take up about half the space of a traditional kite when packed.
  • Extremely stable in the sky with quick, direct, and predictable handling.

Cons:

  • The Cloud is a different kind of kite that takes a bit of time to get used to.
  • This kite must be very heavily sanded or tied to a solid object to keep it from being blown off a windy beach. It’s a good idea to fill the kite bag with sand and tie it to the kite so it stays put.
  • The canopy flutters a lot when riding this kite at the top of it’s wind range. Riders who like to ride overpowered may find it hard to get used to.

Tips:

  • Check your line lengths before flying the cloud for the first time. It’s very sensitive to trim and it’s critical that you start with all four lines even.
  • Get used to the luffing in the forward part of the canopy when sheeting out. This is normal and isn’t a bad thing. If the Cloud is luffing along its trailing edge you’ve sheeting out too much and you should be on a smaller kite.
  • When relaunching, it’s best if you wait for a few moments to let the kite drift further downwind until the canopy is fully open.

THE KITEBOARDER MAGAZINE TEST

New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui Hawaii

KSP World Tour manager Terry McKenna recently travelled to Maui to discuss the upcoming season with KSP President Kristin Boese and several key riders including former and current world champions Airton Cozzolino (ITA/North, 2011 World Champion) and Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS/Cabrinha, 2012 World Champion).

New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui

New KSP Tour Manager Hits Maui

Terry discussed venues and technical aspects of the upcoming season and looked at ways to push this exciting genre of wave riding to the next level.

“I think that this could be one of the fastest movers in the actions sports market” said McKenna.

“The technical aspect of kite control combined with the pure grace of surfing puts this sport in a powerful position,” he added.

McKenna will be using his vast collection of global contacts to source new venues for the KSP as the tour enters its third competition season.

“Seeing guys like Airton & Patri riding in Maui really gave me a great first hand look at the cutting edge of the sport, and I was so impressed.” said McKenna.

The 2013 KSP Calendar will be launched on Feb 1st and behind the scenes the team is busy looking at new venues and formats for the upcoming season.

A recent poll on facebook asked fans which venues they would like to see the tour head to and Portugal’s Guincho Beach came out on top, closely followed by Ponta Preta on Cape Verde and One Eye on Mauritius – a clear indication that both “down the line” power surfing as well as the progressive aerial side of the sport is important to the fraternity.

KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

Kahului, HI – December 9, 2012: The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw first-time KSP World Tour event winners and some major shake-ups in the world title race. Following yesterday’s finals on Maui, official results for the 4th and final round of the 2012 Fantasy KSP powered by Fantastar.com have now been determined.

KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

KSP Winners Announced Following World Tour Finals On Maui Hawaii

The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw regular footers dominate the men’s podium in the only contestable right-hander on this year’s KSP World Championship tour. With the 4 top ranked riders heading into the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro all faltering in the quarterfinals or earlier, the event and World Championship title were suddenly opened up to the three 5th place ranked men, who coincidentally all happened to be regular footers. When the smoke cleared, standing on the men’s podium for the first time this year were Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) 1st, Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One) 2nd and Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best) 3rd. With this incredible come-from-behind victory, De Abotiz claimed his first ever KSP World Championship tour victory.

The female world title race remained relatively unchanged with the exception of world number 4 Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) trading positions with world number 5 Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One). While KSP World Tour front- runner Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish) secured her first ever KSP World Title on Maui she was defeated in the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro women’s finals by on-fire local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) who came out of left field, taking KSP Fantasy players in a surprise attack and establishing herself as a top contender for the 2013 season.

Fantasy KSP players displayed remarkable expertise in selecting winning teams by choosing riders most suited to the powerful right handers at Ho’okipa. As one could expect, forehand power surfing dominated the competition on Maui’s north shore.

The results and corresponding prizes are as follows:
1. Pasty Power (Two Nights for 2 at Hotel Wailea)
2. Rebels (Naish Kites Back Pack)
3. Kunkelii Strapless Surf (Best Kites Laptop Sleeve)
4. Crap Surfing (Cabrinha Kites Hoodie)
5. 1st Place Losers (North Kites T-Shirt)
6. Rabbit Gang (ION T-Shirt)
A special KSP Fantasy prize is also awarded to the overall Fantasy KSP player winner for the 2012 season:
1st Place Losers (Naish Wake Skate)
The winners will be contacted via e-mail for further info on how to claim their prizes.

Watch the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro wrap-up clip here.

Fantasy KSP enables fans and kitesurfers from around the world to participate in the KSP World Tour by assembling their own dream team of tour riders prior to each world championship tour event and “betting” on them to win awesome prizes. Fantasy KSP is free, fun, and open for all to play. Log onto www.kspworldtour.com/fantasyleague to learn more about the game and how to create your fantasy team!

Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Men’s Final Results:
1. Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2. Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3. Guilly Brandao (BRA)
4. Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Women’s Final Results:
1. Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha)
2. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
3. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
4. Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
KSP Men’s Overall World Championship Results:
1. Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2. Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3. Airton Cozzolino (CPV, North)

KSP Women’s Overall World Championship Results:
1. Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
2. Ines Correia (POR, RRD)
3. Ninja Bichler (GER, North)
The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro has been 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.

KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

Kahului, Hawaii – December 6, 2012: The Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro saw strong side-offshore winds and consistent head high surf today on day 8 of the 10-day holding period. Men’s and women’s round 1 was completed as well as 7 heats of men’s round 2.

KSP Strong Wind Graces Day 8 Of The Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii

In a 10AM rider’s meeting, contest directors officially announced the implementation of the KSP’s alternate “short dingle elimination” ladder. Used for the first time in a KSP competition today, the short dingle elimination was originally designed in conjunction with the riders to reduce competition time to ensure an event result when conditions do not permit the use of the standard double consolidation ladder.

Competition kicked off in the early afternoon with the last remaining heat of men’s round 1, pitting local Maui boy and current KSP World Championship Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) against Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN). With his world title hopes on the line, Mclaughlin prevailed in a nerve-racking, but relatively low scoring heat.

Women’s round 1 saw some hotly contested battles, but no major upsets in the world title race. Local wildcard Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha) continued to impress with the highest heat score total of the women’s competition thus far, a 14.17. Other riders advancing from women’s round 1 included Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Kirsty Jones (GBR, North) and Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish).

In round 2 of the men, reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino later (ITA, North) nailed the highest heat score of the day with a 15.83 two-wave combined total. Male riders advancing out of round 2 included world number 3 Sebastain Ribeiro (BRA), (CPV, F-One) as well as Guilly Brandao (BRA), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One). Competition was called off for the day falling short of just one heat of men’s round 2.

To see the pictures of the day click here! 

To watch a clip of yesterday’s action click here!

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

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.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD)

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Ninja Bichler (GER, North), Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)

Heat 2: Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Adriana Harlan (BRA)

Heat 3: Kirsty Jones (GBR, North), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)  

Heat 4: Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish), Ines Correia (POR, RRD)

Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

Kahului, Hawaii – December 4, 2012: Following another windless morning on Maui’s North Shore, the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro World Championship final got underway in the early afternoon in gusty wind and clean, overhead surf. Today saw incredible action and the near-completion of men’s round 1.

 Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

Hookipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Epic Surf Continues On Day 7

“The wind conditions were not ideal with the wind being lighter than usual and slightly offshore”, said local rider and hometown favorite Cruser Putnam (HI, Cabrinha) following his second place finish in his round 1 heat. “But that was still definitely the best kitesurfing I’ve seen at Ho’okipa.”

Today’s highest heat score came from tour standout Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One) with a 16.17 two-wave total. Riding forehand on his natural stance, Monteiro dominated his round 1 heat with solid hacks and vertical top to bottom surfing. Other heat winners in round 1 included Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA), Guilly Brandao (BRA), Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), Stephan De Figueiredo (BRA), Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha), Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One).

The final heat of Men’s round 1 was abandoned due to deteriorating wind conditions late in the afternoon. All forecasts point to a significant increase in wind strength heading into the weekend and a slight decrease in swell height. When competition resumes, hometown favorite and current KSP World Tour points leader Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North) will face Kevin “Top Hat” Senn (HI) and Jakop Appel (DEN).

To see the pictures of the day click HERE!

Clip of yesterday’s action:

 

 

Stay tuned for the 9am call and a 10am first possible start on www.kspworldtour.com/live .

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.

REMAINING HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 8: Patri Mclaughlin (HI, North), Jakop Appel (DEN), Top Hat (HI)

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
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

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro

Kahului, Hawaii – December 3, 2012: Unpredictable Kona Winds prevented a start of the Ho’okipa Kitesurf Pro again this morning. A solid swell forecast and improving wind direction promise contestable conditions as soon as tomorrow and holding strong for the remainder of the competition window.

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP 5th Consecutive Lay Day Called at Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro

KSP contest director Ian Ponting states: “It’s unusual for Maui to be windless for long periods of time. The forecast continues to look really promising for the end of the holding period. In the meantime Maui continues to offer amazing surf and hopefully the competitors are still functional in both body and equipment when the real action starts.”

With an outside chance of the trade winds starting to kick in tomorrow, contest officials will reconvene tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a first possible start. Stay tuned for a first possible start and watch the call live on www.kspworldtour.com/live at 9am tomorrow morning.

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.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

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

 

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:

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

KSP At Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

Kahului, Hawaii – December 2, 2012: Kona wind flow has forced the fourth consecutive lay day at the KSP World Championship tour final on Maui. International competitors from 18 countries remain on standby for the first possible start of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro as soon as wind conditions permit.

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

KSP At Ho'okipa Kite Surf Pro Maui Hawaii Lay Day Number 4

“The wave is really good here in Ho’okipa,” said reigning KSP World Champion Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North) following his interview in this morning’s live broadcast. “The forecast looks better for the end of the week and I really hope we make the finals in the best conditions.”

Contest directors will reconvene at Ho’okipa to assess conditions tomorrow morning for a first possible start. Tune in at 9am to watch the live call and morning show on www.kspworldtour.com/live.

Click here for the Day 3 video including an introduction to the traditional Hawaiian Hula Dance.

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.

HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO MEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
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
HO’OKIPA KITE SURF PRO WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
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