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Surfing News

  • The second life of the Slingwing

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/slingwing.jpg" /></p><h2>The inventor of the Slingwing says that the new product by Slingshot was not designed to replace windsurfing or kitesurfing.</h2> <p>The origins of wing surfing date back to the mid-1980s, when Tom Magruder invented the Wind Weapon and rode it in the Columbia River Gorge.</p> <p>More recently, snow windsurfers used portable sails to glide across frozen lakes.</p>

  • How check and trim your kite bar and lines

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/trimmedkite.jpg" /></p><h2>Have you ever felt that your old kite is not behaving as it used to? Maybe your kite bar and lines need an adjustment.</h2> <p>With time, lines tend to stretch, and when you pull your bar, the kite tends to back stall. Why? Because small particles of sand and dust will get into your lines, making them thicker and, overall, slightly shorter.</p> <p>So, nothing like a smart kite hack to bring the old feel back to your favorite wing.</p>

  • Riders announced for the 2019 Triple-S Invitational

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/noefont.jpg" /></p><h2>The riders that will take part in the 2019 Triple-S Invitational have been announced.</h2> <p>The most prestigious wakestyle kiteboarding event on the planet is back in 2019 with game-changing news. There will be equal prize money for both men and women.</p> <p>The contest organizers, Real Watersports, announced a total prize purse of $70,000 for this year's edition.</p>

  • Felix Kersten conquers 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/hardangervidda.jpg" /></p><h2>Felix Kersten claimed the 2019 Red Bull Ragnarok, held Hardangervidda, a mountain plateau located on Norway.</h2> <p>This year, the world's largest snowkiting race attracted riders from 30 nations. They all wanted to relive the last battle (Ragnarok) between Norse mythology's good and evil Gods.</p> <p>The name "Ragnarok" stems from an incident in Norse mythology, describing the last battle between the good and evil Gods, where only the heroes of the battlefield survive.</p>

  • Czech duo wins 2019 VAKE snowkiting marathon

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/vake2019.jpg" /></p><h2>Honza Simek and Miroslav Schutz claimed the 2019 Long Distance Kiting WISSA World Championship, Finnmark, Norway.</h2> <p>This year's Varanger Arctic Kite Enduro (VAKE) featured 32 teams from 11 countries, including three all-female teams, five mixed teams, and four family teams.</p> <p>The Czech duo named Navrhuju Sníst Psy was the only team to complete the challenge before 10 o'clock in the morning of April 4.</p>

  • Riders announced for the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/redbullmegaloop.jpg" /></p><h2>The 16 riders that will compete at the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop have been announced.</h2> <p>The waiting period for the extreme kiteboarding event created by Ruben Lenten runs from April 1 through November 1st.</p> <p>Sixteen experienced athletes will wait for the perfect storm to hit Zandvoort, the Netherlands.</p>

  • "Behold & Sea": a freestyle and wake-style kiteboarding movie by Ewan Jaspan

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/ewanjaspan2.jpg" /></p><h2>Ewan Jaspan released a medium-length movie. "Behold &amp; Sea" showcases the best of contemporary freestyle and wake-style kiteboarding.</h2> <p>In a time of one-minute social media videos, it is rare to see a professional kiteboarder releasing a 25-minute film. Unless you're Aaron Hadlow, of course.</p> <p>For those who have never heard of him, Ewan Jaspan won the Triple-S Invitational in 2017, and the Australian Freestyle Kiteboarding Nationals.</p>

  • The 2019 GKA Kite World Tour schedule

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/gkakiteworldtour.jpg" /></p><h2>The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced a last-minute change in the official designation of the professional kiteboarding circuit.</h2> <p>The GKA Kite World Tour is the new umbrella name for the Kite-Surf World Tour (wave and strapless freestyle) and the Freestyle World Tour (twin tip big air and wakestyle).</p> <p>Each kiteboarding discipline will have their own World Cup events and will crown male and female world champions.</p>

  • Antoine Auriol flew his kite in Madrid's Buen Retiro Park

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/buenretirokite.jpg" /></p><h2>It might not make sense, but Antoine Auriol went kitesurfing in the center of Madrid.</h2> <p>Despite being a landlocked city, the Spanish capital has plenty of bodies of water, including lakes, and the iconic Manzanares River that crosses Madrid from north to south.</p> <p>But the city in which Emilio Butragueño, Penélope Cruz, and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada were born is also home to the famous Buen Retiro Park - in English, Park of the Pleasant Retreat.</p>

  • Kevin Langeree wins 2019 Red Bull King of the Air

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/kevinlangeree13.jpg" /></p><h2>Kevin Langeree claimed the 2019 Red Bull King of the Air, in Cape Town, South Africa.</h2> <p>The event showcased what big air kiteboarding is all about, surrounded by a football stadium atmosphere, and windy, wild and challenging ocean conditions.</p> <p>The world's top riders did not disappoint and treated the 9,000-plus spectators to the highest level of big air kiteboarding.</p>

  • Are single-skin, single-line kites a lost cause?

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/singleskinlinekite.jpg" /></p><h2>In 2013, I began developing single-skin, single-line kites. They were reliable enough in a range of winds to be useful as pilot and show kites at kite events, but don't have sticks, inflated tubes or ram-air inflated spaces.</h2> <p>It hadn't been done yet, it was probably possible, and it was a project I thought myself well suited to by resources and experience - somewhat hubristically as it's turned out.</p> <p>I've now put some thousands of hours into this, and it's time for an accounting as to where things are at. Not much progress.</p>

  • Olly Bridge performs a 650-foot jump over a sand spit in England

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/ollybridge3.jpg" /></p><h2>Olly Bridge has successfully jumped over a sand spit in Dawlish Warren, England.</h2> <p>The 21-year-old professional kitesurfer performed a 650-foot (200 meters) leap from a tidal pool located in the estuary of River Exe into the ocean.</p> <p>Bridge believes it's the first time anyone has attempted it. And he only needed around eight or nine seconds to complete the aerial move.</p>