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  • Finnish kitesurfers break world record in the Baltic Sea

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/tilaeusahvonenrintala.jpg" /></p><h2>Three Finnish kitesurfers broke the world record for the longest simultaneous kiteboarding journey.</h2> <p>Juuso Tilaéus, Otso Ahvonen and Pekka Rintala sailed 316 kilometers across the Baltic Sea, from Sweden to Finland.</p> <p>The previous record was set at 279,46 kilometers. The trio began their journey on August 19, at 7.08 am, in Sandhamn, Sweden.</p>

  • Red Bull Tarifa 2 will pit kitesurfers against windsurfers

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/giselapulido6.jpg" /></p><h2>From September 19-22, 2019, Tarifa will be the center stage of the first epic battle between two rival wind sports.</h2> <p>Up to 300 kitesurfers and windsurfers will travel to the European capital of wind to compete in the Red Bull Tarifa 2.</p> <p>The event will challenge both sports in a massive naval battle to crown the fastest athlete.</p>

  • Naish kite designer resigns after 15 years

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/damiengirardin.jpg" /></p><h2>After 15 years of working at Naish as kite designer and brand manager, Damien Girardin has decided to resign from his position to pursue new projects.</h2> <p>Girardin played a pivotal role in the action sports brand's success over the years.</p> <p>Through his seemingly effortless innovation, Girardin has reshaped the industry and allowed clients to view kite design and material through an unseen, new perspective.</p>

  • Riding a kite at Puerto Escondido in double overhead surf

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/thomasnolan.jpg" /></p><h2>Gusty winds and kitesurfers are rare in Puerto Escondido.</h2> <p>I asked Godofredo Vasquez, captain of the lifeguards for over two decades: "Have you ever see anyone do it?"</p> <p>"No."</p>

  • When and how to use the kite hook knife

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/kiteemergency.jpg" /></p><h2>A kite knife could be the perfect emergency tool for dealing with a complicated tangle or an unexpected <a title="How to survive and recover from a death looping kite" href="https://www.surfertoday.com/kiteboarding/how-to-survive-and-recover-from-a-death-looping-kite">death loop</a>.</h2> <p>When it comes to kiteboarding, safety is a top priority.</p> <p>And if you're enjoying a 30-knot plus wind riding session, you've got to be ready to act quickly in case anything goes wrong.</p>

  • How to survive and recover from a death looping kite

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/deathloop.jpg" /></p><h2>Death loop accidents are occasional events in which a kiteboarder gets seriously hurt or even dies after not being able to stop an uncontrolled kite loop.</h2> <p>Whenever a kite enters a death loop, riders have two choices: to regain control of their kite or to use the <a title="How to quick-release and depower a kite" href="https://www.surfertoday.com/kiteboarding/how-to-quick-release-and-depower-a-kite"><strong>quick release system</strong></a>.</p> <p>The death loop occurs when riders don't release their kite or simply don't have a chance to activate the safety mechanism.</p>

  • Bittersweet finale at 2019 GKA Gran Canaria

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/mikailisol2.jpg" /></p><h2>The 2019 GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria did not crown a male champion due to the lack of wind at Vargas Beach.</h2> <p>The second stop of the 2019 GKA World Tour was cursed by adverse weather conditions, leaving more than thirty international elite riders waiting for a contestable breeze.</p> <p>Although the wind conditions expected for Sunday were worse than the ones for Saturday, the organization's team woke up at dawn with the hope that the same miracle would occur in the early hours of the morning.</p>

  • Rob Douglas sets new world record for the fastest mile on a kite

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/robdouglas8.jpg" /></p><h2>Rob Douglas has set a new nautical mile speed sailing world record at Plage du Rouet, in La Palme, France.</h2> <p>On June 10, the American kiteboarder rode his kite at 39.04 knots (44.93 miles per hour) during the 2019 Prince of Speed.</p> <p>Douglas sailed to glory equipped with his seven and six-meter Flysurfer Soul production kites and his prototype Temavanto V55 kiteboard.</p>

  • Scheid and Lammerts win 2019 Triple-S Invitational

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/brandonscheid7.jpg" /></p><h2>Brandon Scheid and Annelous Lammerts claimed the 2019 Triple-S Invitational, in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.</h2> <p>The world's best progressive kiteboarders have once again hit the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for another highly successful wake-style event.</p> <p>This year, the premier kite park was blessed with plenty of southwest and north wind, and judges carefully analyzed the riders' based on trick hierarchy, difficulty, risk, intensity, variation, and execution.</p>

  • Ross-Dillon Player wins 2019 Red Bull Megaloop

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/rossdillonplayer2.jpg" /></p><h2>Ross-Dillon Player has taken out the 2019 Red Bull Megaloop, at The Spot, in Zandvoort, Netherlands.</h2> <p>While the rest of the Dutch preferred to stay inside, 16 competitors battled it out in the choppy chocolate waters of the Dutch coast.</p> <p>The event had howling winds which eventually peaked at 50 knots during the semifinals. Nearly 10,000 spectators witnessed the biggest megaloops performed under extreme weather conditions.</p>

  • 15 hilarious jokes about kites

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/kitejokes.jpg" /></p><h2>Here's a collection of short and funny jokes about kites and their use as an entertainment and sports object.</h2> <p>Kites were invented 2,500 years ago by the Chinese. They serve multiple purposes and, without them, the world would be less colorful.</p> <p>And can they make us laugh? For sure. Take a look at a few clever riddles, hilarious one-liners, silly parodies, smart double entendres and spicy puns involving kites and kiteboarders:</p>

  • Nick Jacobsen jumps off Necker Island's Great House

    <p><img src="https://www.surfertoday.com/images/stories/nickjacobsen13.jpg" /></p><h2>Let's admit it: Nick Jacobsen is addicted to danger.</h2> <p>The Danish kiteboarder is not your average competitive sportsman. He goes beyond the limits of reasonability by performing death-defying stunts in improbable locations.</p> <p>We've seen him jumping off a hotel roof into a pool, throwing himself off Burj al-Arab in Dubai and leaping off Richard Branson's house in Moskito Island.</p>

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