Dec 22, 2009

Liquid Force Kiteboarding Launches 2010 Website

Liquid Force just launched a completely new website for 2010. Check out all of LF’s latest offerings at


Dec 8, 2009

TOP 10 QUESTIONS About Kiting in the Surf

For kiteboarders who have already been surfing for years before they picked up a kite, the progression into the surf is a natural and relatively easy one. However, not every new kiteboarder is an experienced waterman. For some riders, kiteboarding is their first ocean sport. The surf can be an intimidating place for those who do not have any experience there, but the fun that can be had is well worth the effort. We pulled together the top 10 questions asked by kiters who do not have any ocean experience. If you are thinking about heading to the surf for your first time, remember to start small and work your way up from there.


1. When am I ready for the surf?
In general, if you cannot handle yourself in flat water, things are not going to go any better for you in the waves. You should be able to ride comfortably in both directions and be able to quickly change directions before you tackle the surf. Pick a day with small waves for your first session in the surf and take baby steps from there.

2. What can I do to get more experience in the surf?
If you are new to being in the ocean, kiteboarding in the surf can be very intimidating. If you have never been in the waves before, give paddle surfing or even just swimming in the surf a try. The only way to get experience in the surf is to spend time in the water, and being comfortable in the waves is very important if you want to kite there.

3. Do I have to ride a directional in the surf?
Despite the fact that almost everyone shows up at the beach with directional boards, you can still ride a twin tip in the surf. If fact, if you are beginning, sticking with your twin tip removes the factor of having to learn how to jibe while getting used to kiting in the waves. With a directional, you can ride a smaller kite and really get into the pocket and ride the wave, but twin tips can still be a blast in the waves.

4. What size board should I ride?
This depends a lot on how you ride. For your first sessions in the surf, you should just ride the same twin tip that you ride in flat water. If you want to ride a surfboard, the general consensus is that you should ride a board that is similar in size to a board you would paddle surf on if you want to really surf the wave. For the average size rider with little or no surf experience, a board in the 6’ range is a good starting point.

5. Should I wear a leash?
No, you should not wear a leash in the surf as they can be very dangerous. Many people have been seriously injured when their board leash caused the board to slingshot back at them. If you cannot manage without a board leash, your skills are not yet ready for the surf. That being said, some riders do wear leashes under certain special circumstances, such as when the shore is rocky, which would cause a lost board to quickly become a broken board. If you ever use a board leash, then you absolutely need to wear a helmet, but we strongly recommend that riders do not use board leashes. Read The Exception: Kitesurfing with a Leash for reasons to wear a leash in the surf.

6. Should I ride with or without straps?
Most riders usually ride with straps, but it’s best to stay flexible and change it up based on the conditions. Kitsurfing strapless can be a lot of fun, or it can be incredibly frustrating. When the surf is relatively clean and smaller than chest high, go ahead and take the straps off. When the surf is choppy, you’ll usually have more fun with straps.

7. How do you get out when riding strapless?
The first trick to getting out past the surf without straps is to pay close attention to the waves as you are setting up. At most locations, you will be able to see channels between the waves where the waves break less often and much smaller. Kite out through these channels and you can quickly find yourself on the outside without much effort. If you do need to go over a wave, slow down and keep your kite high. As you hit the whitewater, suck your knees up and try to be light on your feet. Keep more pressure on your back foot and guide your board up and over the whitewater while most of your weight is supported by your kite.

8. What do you do if the kite crashes in the surf?
If your kite goes down in the surf, get it back up as quickly as possible. A kite that gets sucked into a wave has a good chance of coming out broken. If you cannot get your kite up before the next wave hits it, swim towards the kite as it is hit to take the pressure off the kite.

9. What conditions are good for learning to ride waves?
When you are just starting out kiting in the waves, you want small waves to learn on. Knee-high waves with 15 knots of side to side-on wind make just about ideal conditions for getting down the basics in the surf.

10. What do I need to know about surf etiquette?
In the surf, you have to give considerations to surf etiquette, which basically means that you should not get in the way of anyone who is surfing, whether that person is a kitesurfer, windsurfer, or regular paddle surfer. Always yield to the rider on the wave regardless of who is on port or starboard. Avoid riding near surfers and never spray them. Stay outside of the surf until you are ready to ride a wave. Don’t try to catch every wave out there. The ocean is not going to run out anytime soon.

Originally Published in the April 2009 Issue of The Kiteboarder Magazine

Bruna Kajiya World Champion [movie]

First of all, lets also lets congratulate Bruna,
with here World title!

She has worked hard for it, and keeps pushing the girls

into a more powerfull direction.
I know she rides harder then most of the guys. ;)

Nov 27, 2009

2010 North Select

Mulcoy's World

Parking Lot Kiteboarding Repair Kit


There may be nothing more frustrating than broken gear. If you have never had any gear problems, you have not been kiting for very long. Kite gear only seems to break on the epic days, and the only way to avoid sitting on the beach is to fix the problem. I do about half of my kiting south of the boarder, very far from the nearest kite shop. If I break gear in Baja and cannot fix it, it ruins a whole trip instead of a single session.

Over the years I’ve learned what is important to have and what can be left behind. Here’s a look at the items in my kiting tool box that can fix almost any broken gear short of a shredded kite. Get a tool box that has small divided sections built into it. If you can’t keep your spare parts neat, you’ll never even be able to remember what you have.

  • Spare screws for your footstraps and fins.
  • Extra bladder plugs, one-pump hoses, and zip ties.
  • Spare parts for your bar. Some items on your bar will never wear out, but keep spares anyway. If something breaks you might loose parts.
  • 1/4-20 and 10-24 taps. You can use these to clean threads on almost any board and fin.
  • Baby powder and line for installing bladders.
  • Spare bladders. I only carry two spare bladders: one the size of the largest rib in my biggest kite and one the size of the smallest rib of my biggest kite. With these I can replace any rib of any of my kites. You can also carry a replacement leading edge bladder for your bread and butter kite, but I find I can usually repair them instead of replacing them.
  • Extra fins, especially if you ride a surfboard.
  • Spare kite leash. I don’t know why, but I loose these all the time.
  • Replacement pump hose.
  • A complete spare bar. I always have a spare bar with me and this is your most likely piece of gear to have problems.
  • FCS installation kit and spare plugs. This item may seem excessive, but I can use it to repair fin plugs that have been ripped out of my board.
  • Duct tape. It fixes everything. Don’t put it on your kite unless you absolutely have to.
  • Spare straps for your harness.
  • Sail repair tape. Good sail repair tape can temporarily fix tears up to about three feet long.
  • Bladder repair material.
  • Solarez. This stuff is available at any surf shop and is a great product that anyone can use to repair dings and chips on your board.
  • Superglue. If you have it, you will find a use for it.
  • Basic tools. You only need a few tools to work on kite gear. You should have screwdrivers, scissors, a razor knife, pliers, and vise grips. Also carry spare fin keys for your surfboard.
  • Spare spectra line. Carry enough spectra to replace the leader lines on your bar.
  • Spare chicken loop. This might be the piece of kite gear that fails the most.
  • Spare lines.

The best way to fix gear is to never have it break in the first place. Take care of your gear and inspect it often. If you see a problem, don’t use it until it’s fixed. Build yourself a repair kit and always have it in your car – it doesn’t do you any good sitting in the garage at home. With the right repair kit, you can fix problems that would send other riders home for the day.

Eli Zarka in Brazil : No Limit

no limite with eli zarka from maurice zarka on Vimeo.


Today would go down in kiteboarding history as the day the PKRA World Championship crown is passed on to two of the most promising kiteboarders in the world. Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED), after many years of battle, finally was crowned the PKRA World Champion in an unprecedented event that saw many upsets and triumphs. Bruna Kajiya (Flexifoil, BRA) would also end the 2009 season with a bang, capturing the women’s World Championship title from Spain’s Gisela Pulido (Airush) after years of reigning the women’s division.


The triumphant second day of the Teri Kite Pro 2009 started right on time with a 12:30 start, but the day would prove different from yesterday. Clear blue skies dominated the scene and was warmer than yesterday’s temperature. It was an extremely action-packed day even though the wind never picked up strength compared to the other day.

At exactly 10:00 am, there was a start for the long distance race which was won by Torrin Bright (Ozone, New Zealand) while the ladies’ division was won by Angela Peral (North, Spain).

The day wrapped up at 5:30 pm at the beach. Although the official prize awarding is not until Saturday or Sunday, today’s game results already decided the overall Tour winners:

Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) – World Champion
Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) – 2nd overall
Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) – 3rd overall

Bruna Kajiya – (Flexifoil, BRA) – World Champion
Joanna Litwin – (Nobile, POL) – 2nd overall
Karolina Winkowska – 3rd overall


Highlighting today’s events, A renewed Marc Jacobs (Airush, New Zealand) came out firing in Heat #22a, riding super powered moves knocking out Thomas Paris (North, FRA). Ironically, Jacobs lost to Sebastien Garat (RRD, FRA) in the 26th heat ending his bid for any podium spot this year while Garat lost to Aussie Andy Yates (Slingshot) in the 28th heat via a narrow win.

Local bet Tom Hebert defeated Mario Rodwald (North, GER) in the 28th heat also after a tight game but Hebert’s win would only proved futile after Aussie rider Yates knocked out his hope for a podium spot in the 30th heat. Meanwhile, Cesar Portas (North, ESP) knocked out team mate Reno Romeu (North, BRA) in a game of switch tricks in the 29th heat.

Reigning 2008 world champion Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil, UK) defeated Dmclaux in the 29th heat, then Portas in the 30th heat to start his climb up the ladder. The UK champ then overpowered Yates in the 31st heat to keep his title bid alive and then adding Alberto Rondina (Cabrinha, ITA) to the list of would-be hopefuls. It took an ever-determined Youri Zoon (Slingshot, NED) to stop the charging Hadlow in the 33rd heat. Zoon won the heat with more powerful tricks and height advantage, landing a regular and switch slim, front mobe, front mobe to blind, shifty 3, mobe 5, hasselhof, an s-bend to blind and a double s-bend.

Zoon however, would succumb to the riding powers of title contender Kevin Langeree (Naish, NED) in the second to the last heat of the day. Zoon landed a regular and switch slim, mobe, 313, front mobe, blind judge with air pass, grab kgb, hasselhof, front mobe to blind, and a double s-bend. Langeree went all the way with a regular and switch kgb, grab 313, mobe, grab mobe, mobe to wrap, double back mobe, blind judge with air pass, grab s-bend, grab kgb, double s-bend and a blind judge. It was a close heat but the judges ruled a 3-0 decision in favor of Langeree for variety and tech grab moves.

In the men’s final round, Alex Pastor (Naish, ESP) landed a regular and switch slim/kgb, mobe, front mobe to blind, kgb to blind, and hasselhof but Langeree landed a grab 313, regular and switch front mobe/kgb, double s-bend, front mobe to blind,, grab s-bend, and a blind judge with air pass. Langeree took the first round with more technical moves (grabbed) moves.


In the second men’s final, Langeree landed a mobe to wrapped, kgb, grab back to blind air pass, front mobe to blind and a kgb but crashed a double back mobe, kgb to blind, a front mobe 5 attempt and a blind judge 5.

In the women’s 18th heat event, Gisela Pulido (Airush, ESP) was well and truly beaten in the heat with Karolina Winkowska landing some powerful moves. In a show of support and true sportsmanship, Gisela’s dad was already packing up her gear before the heat was even finished while the Spanish rider had to be rescued and brought back to the beach.

Congratulations to the new PKRA World Champions!

Naish Charger

more info @ the official page

Nov 12, 2009

Mimic This...

"I've been hanging out at the Pro Kite Surf Brazil in Uruau for the past few weeks, it's warm and windy with similar conditions to the last PKRA stop in New Cal. I was joined by William Milne to get some still and make a short vid check out" A.H.

Nov 11, 2009

How to do: Shuvit on a skimboard

KPWT Brasil

The KPWT Superkite Brasil has hosted 4 disciplines over the 6 days of competition and seen some superb action on the water.

This morning started early on the wave spot, Pico das Almas to finish the double elimination competition.
The wind insisted the riders go out on their 9meter kites and the waves were a little choppy.

This didn’t stop Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)! He looked pumped today and wanted to push hard for his overall ranking in this discipline and hopefully take the title for 2009.


He defeated three Brazilians, Bruno Bordovsky (BRA, RRD), Ian Owczarzaw (BRA, Mormaii) and took second place from Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH) to challenge Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES) for the top spot on the podium. He fought all the way with smooth bottom turns, good airs and pushed hard at the lip to take Jan Marcos to another final.
Jan Marcos did not want to let his title go here in Brazil after winning this event in 2008 and took Jesse all the way. He looked to settle himself nicely and selected some good waves to gather enough score and edged Jesse back down to the second spot on the podium.


The ladies competition saw Jalou Langeree (HOL, NAISH) against Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH) for the podium spot. Jalou rode well and edged Gisela off the podium to take on Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH) for second position.
Kirsty was not going to give her spot away to easily and showed why she is the World Champion in this discipline ending Jalou’s hopes.
Kirsty went on to challenge Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE). The wind had dropped off a little and both riders did their best to score as much as possible. The judges were scoring the 2 best waves over 8minute heats and Kari selected well. She held onto her top spot on the podium and has now really put herself in a great position to challenge Kirsty for the overall title in this discipline.


The race director then rushed those who were competing in the course racing discipline back to Duro beach. A skippers meeting was held at 12h00 for the 22 riders that were competing here in Brazil. The course was set out in a simple triangle formation with the start and finish at the same buoy.
3 races were completed before 3pm.

Conditions were not ideal for racing as it was quite choppy, but the wind was at a good speed averaging 18 knots and the riders pushed themselves as hard as they could.


Some megastar riders were in the entry list and showed the locals what an exciting discipline racing is. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA), Lukasz Ceran (POL, GAASTRA), Abel Lago (SPA, RRD), Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE), Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST) were amongst those who took to the course.

Men Double Wave Master
1. Jan Marcos Riveras (DOM REP, STARKITES)
2. Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
3. Gustavo Foerster (BRA, NAISH)

Women Double Wave Master
1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Kirsty Jones (UK, NORTH)
3. Jalou Langeree (HOL, NAISH)

Race One:

1. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA)
2. Pedro Carvalho (BRA, BEST)
3. Julien Kerner (FRA, TAKOON)

1. Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST)
2. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
3. Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)

Race Two:

1. Pedro Carvalho (BRA, BEST)
2. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA)
3. Julien Kerner (FRA, TAKOON)

1. Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST)
2. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
3. Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)

Race Three

1. Pedro Carvalho (BRA, BEST)
2. Abel Lago (SPA, RRD)
3. Bruno Sroka (FRA, CABRINHA)

1. Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
2. Nayara Licariao (BRA, BEST)
3. Kriss Kinn (US, BEST)

Visit to know everything about the 2009 KPWT Superkite Brazil

Podium photos



Top 10 Things Your Kiteboarding Instructor May Not Have Taught You

Getting qualified, experienced instruction is a must for anybody getting into kiteboarding. Lessons not only teach you the fundamentals of the sport to get you on your way to becoming an independent kiter, but will also save you hours of frustration. To be realistic, there’s only so much your instructor can cover in a 9 to 12 hour beginner course. As an instructor who has taught thousands of students over the last 10 years, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things that your instructor may not have taught you, but that you should definitely know.


1. Always know your “what if’s.”
When kiteboarding, always try to be one step ahead of the game and ask yourself, “If x, y or z happens, what am I going to do?” When things go wrong in our sport, it happens very quickly and sometimes you do not even have time to think; you just have to react and react correctly.

2. Don’t trust wind meters.
When using a wind meter you are only measuring the wind speed at one particular time and only in one static position, e.g. you may be in an area where the wind is being affected by obstacles and reading stronger, or even lighter than the wind actually is. Also, wind meters go bad. They can have some sand stuck in them or a bad impeller. If you took three different wind meters of different ages and measured the same wind at one time you would have three different readings. L earn the signs yourself for the beaufort scale. Don’t rely on technology for something you can learn easily.

3. Beware of photographers & hot chicks.
When a camera, pretty female or crowd shows up on the beach, there are likely to be more accidents or mishaps. People like to show off. It might not be you but others will push their limits to the max and may be focused on what they are doing and not thinking about their surroundings. I would say the likelihood of any kind of an accident or crossed lines increases by about 50% in these situations.

4. Respect others, be polite & be an ambassador.
The general public and media love to watch and question us. In our rapidly increasing sport, we do not want to leave a bad impression on anyone. It is up to all kiteboarders of every level to represent our sport correctly. Don’t curse out another kiteboarder. Yes, there is sometimes a need to talk to someone who is being dangerous or acting stupidly, but the first person you curse out will be the only person around next time you have a breakdown two miles out. Kiteboarders need each other.

5.Never assume you have right of way.
Kiteboarding normally follows the same right of way rules as sailboats and other watercraft. This works well in a perfect world but not everyone knows them. You could be cruising on a starboard tack with another kite or boat coming at you and you may have the right of way, but that does mean the other person knows that you do. Always avoid collisions/entanglements at all costs, despite who has right of way. Also, some beaches have their own local set of rules. Be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.

6. There is no such a thing as a stupid question.

Do not be afraid to ask a question even if you think others may view it as a stupid one. You will always be learning no matter your level; try to learn as much as possible from others. All questions are good questions – no one was born with a kite in their hands.

7. Never rush anything.
Take your time: Patience pays whether it is from setting up or nailing a new trick. When you’ve just gotten off work and only have an hour left of sunlight and its blowing a perfect 20 knots, do not rush things. If you rush, it quite often ends up with your lines in a mess, connected incorrectly, or a tangled bridle. If you’re having trouble nailing a trick or even just going upwind, get off the water for a minute and take a deep breath. Getting frustrated will only make your day on the water miserable.

8. Know your limits.
There is a massive difference between a steady side-shore 15 knots with flat water and onshore gusty 20 to 30 knots with a good shore break. Just because you see others kiting, does mean that you can or should. No one is invincible and we all have different limits. Know yours and respect them. U sually, if you are second guessing it, don’t do it.

9. Beware of static electricity.
Thanks to Ben Franklin, we are all frightened by lightning, but also beware of static electricity. Storms can be numerous miles away with no signs of lightning, but static electricity can build up in your lines and give you quite a shock, especially when landing a jump. When you see storms approaching, get off the water.

10. Don’t try to be a premature instructor.
Just because you have been kiteboarding for six months doing some good jumps and and tricks does not mean that you are qualified to be an instructor. To be an instructor it takes experience that only time can bring. As an instructor, others will look up to you and trust you. What you teach them will form the foundation of their kiteboarding. If it is not formed correctly and thoroughly, it can end very badly.

BONUS TIP: Beware of kiteboarding hungover and/or with lack of sleep.
Kiting is like any other physically and mentally challenging sport and without proper mental and physical rest, you are much more likely to make a mistake which can hurt you. Same goes for your mental state. When you are kiting, you cannot be thinking about whether you left the stove on, or if you were right in that argument last night. Your head needs to clear.

Kitenow numero 17


Nov 8, 2009

35 min of happyness from Ben Wilson

The movie features Ben Wilson, Reo Stevens, Ian Alldredge and Bear Karry in Indonesia doing what they do - surfing and kiting.

The four of them jumped on a serious swell and some early season wind, resulting in some great kitesurfing barrels. The trip was well documented and the three day swell that the boys lucked into has been accumulated into a 35 minute long movie.

Nov 2, 2009

The Kiteboarder Dec09 Issue Now Available


Hot off the press, TKB’s December2009 issue is now available at your local retailer, kite shop or by subscription. This issue:


Launch: Learn to shoot photos of yourself like a pro with the GoPro camera.


Product Watch: 12 new products to check out!


Instructional: Strapless Toeside Jibe Made Easy


Enjoy! Download The Kiteboarder back issues at Check out all the back issues of

Ozone C4 Teaser

A quick preview of the new Ozone C4 in action

Ozone C4 Teaser from OZONE on Vimeo.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2009

Prepare yourself for a mind blowing display of speed, guts, talent and sheer madness at the finest speed strip in the world.

[source kitemovement]

Oct 27, 2009



- Constructed with heavy duty nylon on outside
- Tight fit 2mm neoprene inner lining
- Adjustable Velcro side straps so shorts can sit higher or lower on waist
- Velcro fly with gusset
- Heavy duty Amortex lumbar panel for harness wear abrasion
- Reflective piping on front leg and lumbar
- 1mm neoprene kneepads with amortex outer panel

Airush Varial – Video

Airush relasead thei 2010 Ariush Varial promo video.

Oct 23, 2009

Windsurfer Kitesurfer Mid Air Collision

The Stonker 2010 Twin Tips are here.

Available in 129 x 37.5 - 130 x 39.5 - 133 x 40 - 136 x 41.5 - 139 x 42.5 and three graphics; the classic Evil Bear, Murph and Electro.


The 2010 production twin tip uses step-cap snowboard construction, with controlled flex profiles to offer a super fast planning board with heaps of POP. The flex and thin profile edge give a smooth ride with optimum edge control at high speed. This combined with a flatter continuous rocker & slight dual convex base to give the board a smooth rail to rail transition, while maintaining edge control.

Wakeboard inserts

The board, through its range of sizes & Outlines, offers both high end performance and ease of use to all types of riders.

Like all Stonker Twin tips, these boards offer multiple stance options from narrow to super wide. We use ¼ inch Stainless steel wakeboard inserts spaced at 6" & 8" for foot straps AND Wakeboard bindings.


- Choice of CNC shaped timber OR Airex core.

- PBT deck

- ABS step cap sidewall, thin rail profile

- control flex pattern


- board & 2inch G10 fins only (binding ready)

- board & 2inch G10 fins + Adjustable straps

+ contoured pads + handle

Oct 21, 2009

Vari Vulcan 2010

Tech & Tuning: 2010 Octane

Slingshot R&D Tony and Amery break' it down in a simple yet useful video going over features, upgrades, Rev Vs. Octane, and tuning of this years' fresh new 'hybrid kite. If your in the market for a new kite or just want learn what&...#039;s new for the 2010 Octane, you gotz to know the Tech on it...! ...

Oct 19, 2009

Interview Jeff Tobias : presentation Vari Kites 2010

PKRA Brazil Canceled

The Teri Kite Pro 2009, November 25 – 29 will be the next and final event of the 2009 PKRA World Tour, since the Brazil ExtremeKite event had to cancel due to problems getting the necessary Brazilian Government support to hold the event.

The 2010 official Tour Calendar will be out in January but the for now we can advance that there will 2010 PKRA Freestyle Tour will visit:

  • Thailand
  • France
  • Cabarete
  • Lanzarote
  • Greece
  • Tarifa
  • Germany
  • Fuerteventura
  • Brazil
  • New Caledonia
  • Australia

Source: PKRA

Oct 15, 2009

Mystic Shadow 2010

For the 2010 Mystic kiteboarding will have new harness, the Shadow.
Mystic announces the Shadow as the most lightweight high-performance kite harness yet and will push your limits with added comfort and style.

mystic shadow

Keep an eye on because very soon the Shadow will be fully revealed.
Until then we can show you this picture of how it will look like.

2010 Mystic shadow

Oct 14, 2009

Crazy Fly 2010

Crazy Fly put their 2010 gear online:


Oct 6, 2009

Niccolo strapless sessions on Surf Boards

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Ruben Len10 Mega Loop

Len10 In and out the competition area.
Big mega loop fun @ the NK Kiteboarding 2009

Oct 5, 2009

Slider Session 2010 Photoshoot Miami

IKsurfmag 17

The edition of October of the iksurfmag is online.

Click on the image below to read it.

Oct 2, 2009

Takoon Calendar October 09

The 2009 Takoon calendar for October is now available with a nice picture of Rodolphe MacKeene, Takoon rider in Belize.

Download the calendar on

Kitesurfing: a comprensive guide Dvd

After the Kitesurfing: The Complete Guide the three-time world champion Kristin Boese is now releasing the dvd tutorial Kitesurfing: A comprehensive guide with world champion Kristin Boese.

The DVD contains a complete learning program for kitesurfers of all levels. Starting from the chapter dedicated to the beginners with everything you should know about safety in kitesurfing and all kitesurf basics such as body drags, water stars , kite relaunch, steering and controlling your kite to riding switch and jibe.

Kitesurfing – a comprehensive guide

In the section dedicated to Intermediate rider Kristin introduces us to basic tricks; from chop hop to backroll to riding blind. Everything is explained in a very clear way from the rider perspective with a slow motion part where you can follow the moves of the rider as well as the kite easily. The movie is very well divided into section so you can watch it all following the progression or simply skip to the chapter or part with the trick you want to improve.

In the third part of the movie Kristin takes you to the advanced level where you can learn how to perform unhooked tricks such as back and front rolls, kiteloops and more complicated unhooked tricks; downloop s-bend, kiteloop raley and kiteloop backrool. Every trick is illustrated in slow motion and split in parts to better show the key points.

Finally in the last, expert part you can learn tricks that require a lot of confidence and practice such as blind and wrapped tricks and also aerial handlepasses. As in previous sections all the moves are explained clearly, step by step.

Whether you want o start kitesurfing or you want to improve your level this DVD is something you should most definitely watch. Of course for the beginners some classes with an instructor are highly recommendable. If you are an intermediate or an advanced rider and want to improve you can learn a lot from this great tutorial.

Source: KiteMovement

Bruno Sroka, Course Racing World Champion 2009, interview

Sep 30, 2009

San Teodoro E-vento report by

The complete report with pics and video of E-Vento 2009 in San Teodoro, Sardinia, Italy.

Sep 29, 2009

KPWT Morocco Single Elimination results

KPWT Morocco 2009

Thank you again to Dakhla Attitude, Mr Driss Senoussi and Soufiane Hamaini for their contributions towards such a successful event here in Dakhla.

Single Elimination Men:
Jesse Richman (HAW, CABRINHA)
Leander Vvyey (BEL, JN)
Peter Tyushkevich (RUS, FLEXIFOIL)

Single Elimination Women:
Gisela Pulido (SPA, AIRUSH)
Kari Schibevaag (NOR, OZONE)
Kriss Kinn (US,STRIBOG)

Junior Freestyle:
Kamil Gadjinski (POL, NORTH)
Blazej Ozog (POL, NORTH)
Forest Baker (FRA, FLEXIFOIL)

KPWT Morocco 2009

New Balance boards website online

The boards used by Alvaro Onieva, Bruna Kajiya, Petr Tyushkevich, Rui Meira, Karolina Winkowska, Sander Lenten, etc.

Balance kiteboards just launched their new website showing previews of their upcoming 2010 boards:

Team 30: 130 x 38.5
click for larger version

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Interview of Bruna Kajiya for

Hanglos has had the chance to organise an interview a few months ago with the world famous Brazilian rider Bruna Kajiya. As you will probably be aware, Bruna has been on top of her game for the last few years. We have been able to ask her a few things about what she is up to, her riding style, the PKRA and much more on exclusivity for Hanglos.

This year there has not been has much events on the PKRA tour than over the last few years. Have you got any special plan like traveling or having a break from checking in every two weeks in a different hotel?
This year it’s been a lot more relaxed since we have a few stops less then usually so I got to spend a lot more time in only one place witch was a relieve, I also have more time to do things with my sponsors and that’s great. But I enjoy competing and I wish we had a couple more events on the year, right now we have 6 and I think 8 would be the right number.
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Who is your biggest threat on the Tour, which girl do you have to look out for?
My competition on the Tour this past year was Gisela, we are always really close to each other but at the same time with such different styles, it’s a interesting things to watch…2 complete different riders, with different approaches trying to get to the same spot.

What’s your latest move?
My latest move is the back mobe, I had it a year ago already but I never managed to control it and now I’m getting there so I’m stoked with it.
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We understand that you want to push girls into a more powered style like Aaron does with the guys. Do you think that girls are getting there?
I like to believe that they are, I see girls with strong personalities and visions that stick to the hard core kitting and try to push it everyday and that’s awesome. On the Pkra you can see other girls with really powerful style like Karolina Winkowska and more girls like her keep showing up to the stops and surprising us. You have recently been to the Triple S in Cap Hatteras (USA).
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Does it mean that we are going to see you hitting the sliders more often now?
Defiantly! I had a blast on the Triple S with all the sliders and the kicker and I wish we had more spots like Hatteras to ride on the obstacles.

Wakestyle with binding is quite popular at the moment.
Do you enjoy riding with bindings?

Yes, I enjoy it a lot but I don’t get to do it as much as I want since I have to be constantly training for the Pkra stops and on the comps. I have to ride with footstraps.

You use to be sponsored by Naish quite a few years ago then went on to ride for Best Kiteboarding and recently moved over to Flexifoil. Why did you decided to move to Flexifoil? What do you think of the Hadlow Pro kite and Flexi?
I had great years on Best but it was time for me to seek kites that have a better fit with my riding style. Best was more concentrated on the bow kites so the Yarga didn’t have much budget to be developed and improved and when you are competing on the World Tour you need the best gear for high performance riding. That’s what I found in Flexi and the Hadlow Pro, and I’m very happy riding with them.

What is the most difficult thing as a Pro Kiter. Travelling or competing?
For me is travelling, being away all the time and some times in bad hotels, changing location every week….it can get pretty hard. Competing becomes something you get use to and you develop your own techniques to do it so it’s not that hard….the hard part is preparing for it .
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A few very good kiteboarder like Kirsty Jones or Christine Boese are almost only focusing on waveriding nowadays. Is it something you want to push or is it simply not your thing at the moment?
I enjoy wave riding and it is defiantly something I plan to do it on the future but while I have the energy and motivation to be on the freestyle scene I’ll focus on that.

Any advice for girls who want to be Pro kiter like you?
Be patient because tricks need time to learn and to shape, always have your goals in mind to keep you motivated and never forget to have fun with it…it sounds weird but loosing track and missing the fun on riding happens a lot to Pro riders.

Are you based in Brazil all year around?
I’m based in Spain for the first half f the year and there my favourite spot is Tarifa, it’s amazing how much you learn when you ride there because you go from light wind Poniente to blowing super strong Levante. The other half of the year I’m in Brazil, I kite on the north of Brazil around Cumbuco and no comments need about the spots, just perfect wind 24/7 and no wetsuits!!
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What do you enjoy beside kiteboarding?
I enjoy practicing sports, my favourite one after kiteboarding is surfing, then snowboarding then wakeboarding….and the list goes on...

Bruna Kajiya is sponsored by Flexifoil and fly the Hadlow Pro 2009 (To see the review realised by hanglos click here) and by Maui Magic for all her girly surfwear, wet suit and Harness. To stay in touch with Bruna visit