What happens when two of the best freestyle riders and two of the best wave riders of the world meet in Mauritius to try a completely new kite concept, the Dice? Watch it yourself as a friendly competition ensues between the riders, who will fly it first, who will perform the best! Follow Tom Court, Airton Cozzolino, Tom Hebert, and Matchu Lopez on an unordinary trip, to find out who the Dice fits best. Can there be a winner!?
If you´ve ever ridden one already, there´s nothing else to say. The Vegas is a pure competitive C-kite, combined with smooth depower abilities and absolutely predictable behavior for everyday riding. If you have never experienced the Vegas feeling yourself, get all the information here and find a North Kiteboarding test center nearby soon! You´ll love it
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.
“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.
It´s out, the brand new Fuse is available up from now! Years ago the Fuse started as more or less a Rebel on 5 lines, today it´s an outstanding high performance free ride/wave kite, strictly developed on 4 lines and an intelligent bridle system. Of course, for maximum security, it can be flown on 5 lines too! The low wind abilities and the
easy handling are easy accessible and convincing. Enjoy watching the Fuse clip and test it yourself soon!
With strong ties to the island of Oahu Pete Cabrinha, Twig Baker, Keahi de Aboitiz and Reo Stevens kick it up a notch with some great kitsufing at the birth place of surfing. Sit back and enjoy this extended edit of the boys kicking it on Oahu’s North Shore.
We hope you are well and have been managing to find some time to get out on the water recently! We wanted to let you know that Issue 36 of IKSURFMAG has just been released and it is packed with all the latests and greatest photos, videos and stories from around the world of kiting. We have travel guides for Cape Town, Montenegro and Peru, plus there are nine kites on test, including five “pocket rockets” for those howling days. Christian and Karine are on hand with the technique and we also have an in depth look at North Kiteboarding and interview the man behind it Till Eberle. Of course there is plenty more inside so be sure to check it out…
We hope you enjoy the latest issue!
The IKSURFMAG Team
Kahului, Hawaii – December 8, 2012: The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro delivered classic Ho’okipa conditions and saw major upsets in the world title race. Event winners and overall KSP World Champions were crowned on Maui’s north shore today.
The final day of the Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro got underway in building surf and returning trade winds. The first major upset of the day came early this morning in the final heat of men’s round 2 between points leader Patri McLaughlin (HI, North) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD). McGillewie crushed McLaughlin’s world title hopes with a narrow defeat in their early morning clash at Ho’okipa.
The upsets continued in the men’s elimination when world number 2 Airton Cozzolino (ITA, North), world number 3 Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA, Best) and world number 4 Luke McGillewie (RSA, RRD) all failed to advance to the semi-finals, effectively opening up the title race to riders Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best), Keahi De Aboititz (AUS, Cabrinha) and Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One), all tied for 5th place in the world ranking.
In the men’s semi-finals, Monteiro advanced in a high-scoring affair over Brandao and De Aboitiz defeated Ferreira, setting the stage for a riveting final showdown. With the Ho’okpa Kite Surf Pro event title and the world championship crown on the line, Monteiro and De Aboitiz had the crowd on the edge of their seats, exchanging the lead several times throughout the final in exceptional conditions. De Aboitiz emerged victorious, taking home his first ever KSP World Championship title in an emotional victory.
In the women’s bracket, round 2 saw fierce matchups in world-class conditions. Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One), Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone) and Jalou Langerees (NED, Naish) all advanced through to the semi-final round with stellar performances in the building northwest swell and increasing winds.
The womens’ semi-final saw Whyte post the highest two wave total of the entire event, a 17.67, against Brazillian powerhouse Ferreira. Ferreira’s defeat effectively secured the title for Langeree, putting her competitors out of points’ reach. Elated after winning her first ever KSP World Championship title, Langeree went on to advance in semi-final number 2 in a narrow victory over Schibevaag.
The women’s final hit the water in pulsing northwest swell and finely groomed over-head waves. Whyte, in her first ever KSP World Championship tour event, continued her charge to victory, posting big scores, displaying fluid style, and defeating points leader Langeree.
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Men’s Final Results:
1st Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
2nd Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3rd Guilly Brandao (BRA, Best)
4th Filippe Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
Ho’okipa Kite Surf Pro Women’s Final Results:
1st Moona Whyte (HI, Cabrinha)
2nd Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
3rd Kari Schibevaag (NOR, Ozone)
4th Milla Ferreira (BRA, F-One)
2012 KSP Men’s World Championship Results:
World Champion – Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS, Cabrinha)
Vice World Champion – Mitu Monteiro (CPV, F-One)
3rd Airton Cozzolino (CPV, North)
2012 KSP Women’s World Championship Results:
World Champion – Jalou Langeree (NED, Naish)
Vice World Champion – Ines Correia (POR, RRD)
3rd Ninja Bichler (GER, North)
To see the pictures of the day click here!
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.