Kiteboard World Cup Italia Start of the main event at the Marsala World Cup

The second day of competition started with bright sunshine and lignt north winds.  The thermal was slow building but by 2:30 the head judge decided that the wind was suitable to start the main event.  Madson was the most progressive rider in the light winds landing a KGB 5.  Schitzhofer was also kiting extremely well on his 15 meter.  After delaying the competition multiple times the race director decided to wait for more wind forecasted over the weekend and called it for the day.

The First heat of the day was between Jaspan and Garachenko.  Jaspan was able to execute his tricks a little cleaner and advanced to the next heat.  Schitzhofer was on fire in heat 2 landing a grabbed S—Mobe and many nice technical moves to easily advance.  Rondina the local favorite had a close heat with Hutter, however Hutter’s grabs and power was too much for Rondina.  Blanc and Madson had a great battle but madson’s KGB 5 put him well in the lead with an 8 point score out of ten for that trick.

Borisov and Bakker had a close heat; Bakker won his 3rd consecutive heat to move into the next round against Tack.  Garat and Neto had a good battle, however Garat seem unable to generate enough power, while Neto was charging hard.  The last heat of the day DaSilva won his heat with his final trick against the Italian wildcard Garofalo who put up a great fight.  The final heat of the day between Guias and Spiessberger was cancelled due to lack of wind.

The 2nd day of competition had mixed conditions and the riders that compete well in light wind advanced.  The forecast is looking good for the next few days and we should see some epic action over the weekend.  Make sure you check out the live, if you missed it today you can see all the recorded action HERE.  Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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.

Source: nbcbayarea.com

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

The KTE 2013 season officially started this morning with the 1st skippers meeting hold by course director Markus Schwendtner and freestyle head judge Bas Koole. The tour starts in France/ Almanarre with 46 Racers – 39 men and 7 women – as well as 49 Freestylers – 37 men and 12 women. This first edition of the European tour stop on the Côte d’Azur, is going to be a great event with a parallel execution of the two disciplines.

The registration was hold yesterday afternoon with over 95 riders from 14 countries coming to compete in the bay of Hyères. The riders has had more than 6 month to train and to learn new tricks to prepare. The best European riders are here to claim the 2013 European title in Freestyle or to get points for the IKA World Ranking in Course Racings as well to take home a part of the 10.000€ prize money.

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

Start of the Mini KTE 2013 season

The first day brought strong 30-35 knots. The action was intense right from the beginning. We started with the men’s single elimination and right from the start we could see that the they trained hard over the winterbreak.

The men were riding with 7 meters kites and after to get used to the conditions, the spectators could seen some spectacular tricks. MINI KTE 2012 title holder Mario Rodwald from Germany (NKB) and German starlet Sabrina Lutz (NKB) won the Single Elimination. With eyes wide open the spectators got a glimpse of a pretty bright kitesurfing future. The day ended with heat #34 in the double elimination. All of the riders demonstrated incredible progression and will go on tomorrow morning.

Focusing on course racing, the competition day proved to be actionful as well. Racers entered the water in the morning, hungry for a day full of racing action. At the end of the first day, French rider Maxime Nocher (NKB) won 3 of four races following by Julien Kerneur (RRD). The riders were always quite close and handled out arresting battles. British race women Steph Bridge from UK (NKB) holds first place positioning by winning 2 of 3 races and hopes to keep it that way for the following competition days. On second place after three races, Katja Roose from Netherlands is fighting to get the leading position, too.

We could not have a better way to start the season with a grateful opening ceremony and perfect conditions to run Freestyle heats and Course Racing legs. Tomorrow nonstop action is planned. With competitors of an high level, the action is going to be top graded.

PKRA Morocco Start of the freestyle main event

The second day of the PKRA Dakhla, Morocco started this morning with heat number 11 of the men.  The winds were slightly offshore and a bit gusty but the race director decided to start the competition. The first three heats of the day were crucial due to the fact that the winner would go straight into the main event.  The first upset of the day was in heat 11 when Nico Suriel from the Dominican Republic defeated Michael Schitzhofer to go into the main event.  In heat number 12 and 13 Liam Whaley and Sam Light both secured a place into the main event.


After the first round of men, 13 men were qualified for the main event and 26 competitors remained for the ultimate three spots.  After around two was completed, 12 men remained for the last three spots and three heats had to be run to pick the top three riders.  Heat 20 was between Soussi, Hays, S. Garat and Guias.  Sebastian Garat’s experience proved to be too much for the other riders consistently landing powered tricks and switch tricks.  Garat was stoked to qualify for the main event after recovering from a serious shoulder injury.  Heat 21 was between Barker, Corniel, Boulte and Schitzhofer.  All four men are seasoned veterans of competitions and anyone could have won this heat; however Ariel Corniel’s explosive riding and 317 got him into the main event.  The final heat of the trials was dominated by Mario Rodwald, whose down loop slim and technical riding got him into the main event.


After a short lunch break at Dakhla Attitude we started the main event in perfect 20 knot side shore conditions.  With all the riders training over the winter, each rider became a contender to win his heat.  The first heat was between Liam Whaley and Set Teixeira, Liam’s training was obvious from the start being able to land solid blind judges and 313’s. Teixeira was late getting to the heat but was able to quickly gain ground but in the end Liam took the win.  Another exciting heat in round one was in between Alvaro Onieva and Eudazio da Silva. Onieva being a season competitor took a more conservative approach but da Silva came out throwing 317’s and blind judge 5’s.  In the end da Silva’s technical tricks proved too much for Onieva even with all his experience.

Heat number six was between Mario Rodwald from Germany and Sam Light from the UK.  Both riders came up through the qualifiers and were stoked to be in the main event.  Sam Light went for some very technical moves like the Crow-Mobe but Mario was going for broke on every move, he put on a great display of power and took the win.

The first heat of the second round was between the eighth-seeded Christophe tack and Liam Whaley. Christophe tack set the pace with his first move landing a powerful slim 5, Liam landed a perfect 360 back mobe but it was not enough to defeat Christophe.  The next heat was between Ewan Jaspan and Alberto Rondina.  Alberto started the heat with a perfect back mobe, but Jaspan battle back with a great grab KGB an excellent S mobe and upset the number three rider in the world.  The first heat between Alex Pastor and Eudazio da Silva was very close. At the end of the heats the judges missed a trick from Alex Pastor and the heat had to be rerun to make sure that we have a fair result. When the heat was started again both riders came out strong but the number two in the world had too much experience for the young Brazilian, landing a great front blind mobe and a 317.  Da Silva landed a blind judge seven but it was not enough, we can be sure he will be a threat in the double elimination.

In heat 13 Marc Jacobs had a grab KGB and a grab back mobe and a few more big moves to defeat Borisov.  The following heat was with Mario Rodwald and Kevin Langeree who came out on fire. Every move he sent was big and powered, this is what he had to say about that heat and is training: “I did a bunch of training this winter but I wasn’t super focused on learning new tricks, I went with a super mellow approach to the first event of the year and that strategy seemed to work pretty well. I’m also pretty stoked on my KGB were I scored a 7.8 which was my high score.” Kevin Langeree.  Mario had already done four heats and ran out of steam, but put on a great show for the crowd.

The last two heats of the day were run as the sun was setting, the first heat between Reno Romeu and Sebastian Garat was very close, both riders had very similar tricks but in the end it was Reno who put an end to Garat’s streak.  The final heat of the day was with the world champion Youri Zoon against Louis Hutter from France who had just performed a beautiful heat against Patrick Blanc.  Youri was riding extremely well and on his way to victory but in the final minutes of the heat he crashed into Hutters kite and was disqualified.  Youri he was not happy with the decision, but he knows he has to focus on the doubles to win this event.

Tomorrow the women will take to the water first, we asked to Gisela Pulido as she prepared for the season and how she feels about tomorrow. “I was training in South Africa all winter, I was able to train in different conditions.  Then I went to Orlando to train on the cable park. I feel really well prepared for the season and ready to start the year. “Gisela Pulido

The forecast looks great for the rest the week, we should be switching over to her wave kites are discipline Friday morning.  Check out the live feed on www.prokitetour.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

PKRA Start of the 2013 Season and Trials

The 2013 PKRA season officially started this morning with the opening ceremony in Dakhla, Morocco.  The ceremony was opened with the presence of the wali of Dakhla and all the riders.  The 4th edition of the Dahkla PKRA is going to be one of the best ones yet with 47 men freestylers, 11 women freestylers, 18 men and 6 women in the wave event.

The registration started early this morning with over 75 men and women from 21 countries coming to compete in the lagoons and waves of Dakhla.  Everyone has had four month to train to learn new tricks and hone in their skills to prepare for this first event.  All the top men and women are here to claim the first title of the 2013 season and take home a piece of the 47,000$ in prize money.

This event marks the return of the wave competitions on the PKRA with many of the top wave riders here to compete.  Pedro Henrique, Nuno Figueiredo, Abel Lago, Kevin Langeree, Jalou Langeree, Kirsty Jones, Kari Schibevaag, Ines Correira and many more. With competitors of this caliber on the perfect right hand break of Dakhla, the action is going to be top tier.


The wind picked up late afternoon and the first 10 heats of the trials were run.  The ladder was set up with a first round of 13 heats, all the heats were very important due to the fact that the winner would advance directly into the main event and the others would have to battle for the last 3 spots.  We saw spectacular action right from the start, with Borisov having a solid heat advancing into the main event.

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The world’s best kiteboarders are heading to Australia for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, to be sailed from December 2nd-8th.

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

Formula kiteboard start in ISAF world cup Melbourne Australia

The Sandringham Yacht Club will be invaded by kiteboarders before Christmas, to celebrate the announcement of the sport as part of the Olympic Sailing Competition for 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.

Jonathan Keys, the Australian Kiteboarding champion, will be joined by both Men’s and Women’s kiteboarding events, on Port Phillip Bay. A course racing series will be followed by the medal race on the final day of competition.

Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.

Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition.

“Sailors can choose equipment appropriate for their body weight allowing more even competition over the entire range of conditions. The box rule promotes industry support of sailors”, explains John Heineken.

“One design eliminates all industry sponsorships which currently support top competitors. We have a successful formula that with some small tightening up allows for a competitive Olympic class to thrive worldwide”, he adds.

Kiteboarding has seen an exceptional growth in Victoria, since its inception, with Port Phillip Bay providing ideal wind conditions along a world class stretch of water.

HOW TO KITEBOARD – START KITEBOARDING KITESURFING

Here are the steps to get started kitesurfing – kiteboarding

1. get atrainer power  kite

This step is the most crucial for learning quickly – that’s why it’s mentioned first. Trainer kites are smaller and simpler than full-sized kites. They will teach you the basics on land before heading out to the water. You won’t have the distraction of the board so you will only be learning the basics of kite flying. Trainer kites are usually 2 line foil kites ranging in size from 1 to 3 meters. Go for a good size such as 3 meters. Trainer kites provide the basic knowledge of kite control and power zones of the wind window. You will need to to perfect this kite control before moving to a larger power kite. It will also save you money (and frustration) by cutting down on extra kite lessons.

HOW TO KITEBOARD - START KITEBOARDING KITESURFING
HOW TO KITEBOARD – START KITEBOARDING KITESURFING

It’s best to get a trainer kite instructional kitesurfing or kiteboarding  video DVD to practice your skills along with your new trainer kite

2. Strengthen your Board Skills

Sports such as snowboard,wakeboarding, skateboarding and surfing will all improve your kitesurfing board skills. Any experience you have with these sports will speed up your time learning to kiteboard. The benefit of having strong board skills is that now you can focus on flying the kite instead learning to ride the board at the same time.
Ways to get good fast? Wakeboarding (either board or cable park). Hop on a long skateboard or mountain board and practice carving down hills. Snowboard any chance you get as this is great for improving your edge control and ability to ride switch (back foot forwards).

3.Take a Lesson – critical step!

Lessons will cut your learning curve down considerably. Find a qualified instructor and they will fast track your learning and make the experience fun. He or she will be able to give you hands-on instruction for the technique and gear you will need to progressYou can learn a lot from the tutorials we have here (link) but they will not replace having an in-person lesson.
Just to say it again, lessons are not just valuable – they are critical for avoiding kitesufing accidents which result in injury to yourself, others and the reputation of our sport.

4.Use the Right Kite Surfing Equipment for your needs

Using the kite instructors gear before buying a full-size kite is a smart move.
You will save wear-and-tear on your gear as the first few times you will most likely crash the kite a few times. This is not a big deal with the foil trainer kite, but the bigger kites need more care.

They will explain to you the differences between different kite shapes and sizes so you will know the right gear to buy. But make sure they understand the type of kitesurfing equipment that is right for you. This means getting the gear best suited for your skill level, size and kite conditions.
Too many beginner kitesufers buy gear that isn’t right for them. Take some time to read through this site so you so you can get the right gear the first time.

This howtokite.com site was designed by kitesurfers to provide the best information to help get you started and off the ground….literally.

The purpose of this site is to give you the information you need so you will choose us to buy the kitesurfing equipment you need.

In review:

1. Get a trainer kite– and practice

2. Strengthen up your Board skills.

3. Take a Lesson

4. Buy the right gear for your needs

How to Kiteboard – continued
Learning how to kiteboard will present you with an entirely new world of freedom, intensity and sheer pleasure. Learning how to kiteboard can present challenges, but for those that get beyond the first few lessons and start riding on their own, there are endless smiles and any challenges that may have existed in the startup phase are soon forgotten.

Lessons with a professional instructor present an opportunity to learn how to kitesurf in an environment that is safe and will allow for focus on the skills you’ll need to improve over time. I can’t emphasize enough how much faster you’ll progress if you’re able to learn the skills correctly the first time. Seven or eight years ago there may have been a lack of instructors simply because the sport was so new. Now, the gear has improved significantly as far as safety considerations and the instruction is top notch.

Please understand that the learning process and reading about kitesurfing online or in books and magazines is not enough. Getting instruction in an environment where you aren’t risking injury or worse to yourself or others is vital to maximizing the joy you’ll get out of this amazing sport. That said, the dynamics and physics of how to kitesurf involve harnessing the power of the wind to build up enough speed to keep the rider planing across the water.

After the instructor-led basic training with a practice kite, learning how to steer the kite and simulating the riding, learning figure 8 patterns, and feeling the power that a kite will generate, the next step is body-dragging. This is not as bad as it sounds, but involves the rider in the water with a larger kite and while connected to the kite with the harness, practicing the same sine (up and down) pattern in a specific direction while being pulled or “dragged” through the water. This also allows the new rider to feel what type of power the kite will be generating when diving the kite which is what will eventually pull the rider out of the water.

How to Kite

There is a significant amount of pull required to get the rider out of the water and planing. Having a solid concept of what the kite is doing by feeling where it is and what it is doing requires practice. Learning how to kiteboard is your ticket to a truly new world. The community you’ll be a part of is friendly, open, and loves the same freedom you’ll soon experience learning how to kiteboard.

This website is NOT intended to teach people how to kiteboard or kitesurf (hereinafter collectively referred to as “kiteboard” or “kiteboarding”). Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport, and can lead to severe personal injury to yourself and others. In some cases, kiteboarding accidents can be fatal. For this reason, no person should ever try to teach themselves how to kiteboard using this or any other website. To reduce the risk of injury or death, a person should always obtain personal instruction from a reputable, certified kiteboarding instructor. Kiteboarding is an inherently dangerous sport, and the risks can never be eliminated. However, by securing lessons from a certified kiteboarding instructor you can greatly reduce the risks to yourself and others. The information provided on this website is meant solely to re-enforce the concepts and ideas taught by your instructor. If a lesson, technique, trick, move, or concept on this website has not been taught to you by a certified kiteboarding instructor, you should not attempt that lesson, technique, trick, move, or concept. If there is ever a conflict between what your personal instructor has taught you and the information found on this website, you should always follow the advice of your certified instructor.

What is Kiteboarding or Kitesurfing?
Kiteboarding refers to the act of riding any type of board while using a kite for pulling power and motion. When using a kite for pulling power across the water, it’s commonly called kitesurfing. Kitesurfing is like wakeboarding behind a giant kite! Anyone who has ever seen a decent kiteboarder ride, is usually thrilled with idea of trying the latest and greatest sport on earth. Check out the short video clip below to see a kiteboarder in action.

Where can I Kiteboard?
Wide open, windy spaces are the best areas for kiteboarding. Variations on this activity are widespread, including using kite-buggies and Mountain boards on land, snowboards on the snow, and various other ski/skate contraptions for other surfaces such as ice or sand. In the water, you can choose from wakeboards, surfboards, foil boards, skis, canoes, and even boats.

How do I learn to kiteboard?
This website is designed to compliment Professional Instruction. If you try to teach yourself, you will either destroy your kite, injure yourself, injure someone else, all of the above, or even worse. Get at least one three hour lesson from a professional kiteboarding instructor. In the end, this will save time, and money, not to mention frustration, and possibly your life.

How Long Does it Take to Learn How to Kiteboard?
In our experience this can vary greatly. For the fastest learners, usually 5-6 hours of lessons if taken under ideal conditions. For average learners, in difficult conditions, it can take 12-15 hours or more. How much preparation one does for their first kiteboarding is a key factor. We highly recommend students fly a trainer kite, and get a good kiteboarding instructional video, and/or study this website. This is the best homework to get done before your first kiteboarding class.

What Are Ideal Conditions for a Kiteboarding Lesson?
First, you want to choose a reputable kiteboarding school with certified instructors. A kiteboarding school offering boat or wave runner support will allow you to maximize your learning, as the process of learning to kiteboard involves getting dragged far downwind by the kite. Without a boat, you spend much of the lesson time dragging your equipment back to where you started, which is tiring. Also, without a boat, communication between you and your instuctor is difficult, and more importantly, without a boat, an instructor’s supervision for your safety can be hindered or prevented?
For on site conditions, steady wind makes flying the kite much easier; with gusty or inconsistent winds, the kite often drops out of the sky. You can’t learn as quickly if your kite is on the water most of the time. Shallow and flat water make learning much easier as rough water makes it hard to do everything, from getting the board on your feet, to getting up on the board, or staying balanced on the board once you’re up and riding. Shallow water is great for making the kite easier to relaunch after it’s been crashed. Also, it’s nice to stand up and get the water out of your nose after taking a face first high speed plunge.

from howtokiteboard.com