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International Female Kite Week 2014

Posted by Emma Pat On December - 15 - 2014

Last December 1-7, 2014 KB4Girls held the #internationalfemalekiteweek all over the globe. This event was not only held to invite more female kiters but also to celebrate the past, present and future of female kite boarders. The event was over flowing with girl power and what better way to celebrate than to go kiting, connect with other female kiters and win awesome prizes.

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KB4Girls held the events in their chapters, maybe you can catch it next time if you’re in the area!

December 1, 2014 – Mexico Chapter: Downwinder from ExotiKite Kiteboarding School to Buena Vista

December 4, 2014 – Morocco Chapter: Downwinder from Moulay to Essaouira

December 5, 2014 – Dominican Republic Chapter: Waveriding Clinic with Audrey

December 6, 2014 – USA/Maui Chapter: Gathering of female kiters at Pavilions

December 6, 2014 – USA/Charleston Chapter: Fun at the Indoor Trampoline Park

December 6, 2014 – Dominican Republic Chapter: Self Rescue Refresher for Female Kiters

December 6, 2014 – Dominican Republic Chapter: Downwinder to Enquentro lead by LEK and Bianca

December 6, 2014 – Israel Chapter: Girls Gathering and SUPing

December 7, 2014 – Australia Chapter: International Female Kite Week celebration

December 7, 2014 – UK Chapter: Girls Week Celebration

If you don’t live near any one of the locations above, you can hold your own event.

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Buying a ticket would get you in the event and would also enter you in the raffle and it had over $8000 from sponsors like: 1dayfly-deals, DAKINE, Best Kiteboarding, Baby-G, Nicole Miller,SOLOSHOT, WOO Sports, ALOHA, Biancabikinis, Sensi Graves Bikinis,Girls Love Boards, Kurtis Surf Goggles and Kristin Boese! This is also to help raise funds for KB4Girls and all of it will go directly to covering the event cost and also other awesome future projects.

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Are you itching to kite yet? or are you still not quite sure you want to try it? I’ve got it covered! Here’s why you should.

And if you wanna be part of KB4G click here to go to their site. Or you could also donate.

The International Female Kite Week 2015 will be held on November 30 – December 6. Don’t forget to check their site and Facebook page once in a while for updates! See you there!

Kite trip to Brazil

Posted by kite2012 On December - 12 - 2014

Brazil is great destination for kite surfing vacation. Wind every day at season wide sandy beaches warm weather , good facilities and pleasant atmosphere. Except the super reliable wind, the main attraction of kiboarding in Brazil is the batter flat lagoons and the great downwinders.

Brazil is suitable for everybody: beginners can learn to kite in the lagoons and pro’s can enjoy the endless hours of kitesurfing in best conditions. Families that enjoy (windy) beach life will be happy here, and girls alone will feel great.

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Kite lagoon at north Brazil

There are many shallow rivers in the kite area in north Brazil, creating a lot of lagoons. The Lagoons near the beach, get the wind from the sea, creating paradise condition for free style kite boarding. The most famous kite lagoon is Cauipe lagoon in Cumbuco. Great place to kiteboard and chill out while watching local and pro’s puling some tricks. You can get to the lagoon by fun 1 hour down trip from the village, and get back with one of the buggy’s available here all day.

Cauipe lagoon, Cumbuco Brazil

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Other great lagoons are the huge tidal lagoon in Ilha do Guajiru , and the huge sea lagoon in Barra Grande. Many smaller lagoons can be found along the kite beach, most are reachable by buggy ride or downwind kitesurfing.

Ilha do Guajiru kite  lagoon

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Downwind kite trips at north Brazil

The kite area in north Brazil has hundred miles of wide sandy beaches habitat with mainly small fisherman villages. That plus the fact that winds blows constantly from side ti side-onshore direction, allows you to kite downwind along the beach for days.  The best way is to have a buggy or a pickup escorting you on the beach. Buggy’s and pickups are not cheap in Brazil, so If you are young and restless, you can kite to the next village, and come back by bus. Just don’t forget your flip-lops.

Refreshing moment in Taiba Paracuru downwind

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There are many great small downwinds of 10-20km that you can do daily. The most popular is the 6-8km downwind from Cumbuco to Cauipe lagoon, no transport is needed, just go and take a buggy back at the lagoon. Taiba to Paracuru is amazing downwinds for kitesurfing wave. And you can go for the big downwind (250km)  from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara, or even bigger until Barra Grande, sleeping each night at a different village. You can join an organized doanwind, or organize one yourself.

Family kite trip to Brazil

Kids are very welcome in Brazil at any age, people there are very tolerant towards children and very fond of them. Beach hotels, usually have a wind sheltered area by the pool, so even baby’s can enjoy here.

Teenagers can learn how to kite, enjoy buggy rides and horse riding. Kids can surf wave , swim in the lagoons and play football with the locals. Food here is simple and suitable for children. Lots of fruits, grilled meat, rice, french fries and pasta can be found everywhere.

Kite kiteboard at Cauipe Lagoon Cumbuco

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Families, can stay at beach hotels, or rent a villa or apartment. If you stay some time in Cumbuco or Jericoacoara, you can arrange yourself a verity of activities. You can arrange Portuguese lessons, and daily Capoeira classes for your family at your hotel. Recommended kite villages for families are Cumbuco, Guajiru and Jericoacoara.

Kite beach hotel Cumbuco Brazil

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More information on your next kite trip

All the information about kitesurfing at north Brazil can be found in Go-kite.com – kitesurf traveler guide to Brazil and other spots world wide. How to get to kite spost, where to stay, kite conditions, kite lessons and more.

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Calories Burned When Kiteboarding

Posted by Emma Pat On December - 6 - 2014

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It’s not just fun and games. Kiteboarding, as extreme as it is can definitely burn some serious calories. Swimming is the best cardio work out there is, combine with it the hardcore tricks and you got yourself a really good work out. But exactly how many calories do you burn on, let’s say, an hour’s worth of kiteboarding? Well, it’s hard to tell but we’ve combined a number of studies to give you a good estimate on how much. Of course, there are a lot of factors to consider like what kind of wind, the level of kiteboarding (intensity), your weight, height, gender and age, the tricks your perform and probably a few more external factors.

One way to measure it is by finding out how much oxygen you take up at rest and how much you consume while doing the activity. Metabolic Equivalents can be a good indicator on how much calories you burn by measuring how much oxygen to take in. One MET is approximately or assumed to be 3.5ml of oxygen per kg of body weight per minute. Extreme activities like Kiteboarding are estimated to be 10-11 METs. Which would mean that you took up 10 (or 11) times the amount of oxygen that you normally would when you are at rest.

The computation would be: average METs x 3.5 x (body weight in kg / 200) OR 10METs x 3.5ml of oxygen x (80.6kg / 200)

For example, the average weight of guys in Sweden is 80.6kg

10 x 3.5 = 35 (80.6/200 = 0.403)

35 x 0.403 = 14.105 calories burned per minute

On a good two hour run, you wouldn’t be consistently doing extreme kiteboarding (or would you?), so you can adjust that number accordingly.

Another factor that you’d have to consider would be the climate and how cold / warm the water is. Aside from the many health benefits you’ll get from swimming in cold water like it boosts the immune system, it invigorates and energizes, it also helps burn calories.

“A study performed at the University of Florida showed slightly more calories are burned in cold water exercise than in warm. In the study, men who exercised for 45 minutes in 68 degree water burned an average of 517 calories. The men who exercised in 91.4 degree water burned 505 calories, on average.” -from an article in LiveStrong  (November 13, 2013 by Susan Presley)

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There are lots of things to consider when you want a good estimate on how much you burn on each ride but don’t miss out on all the fun. Kiteboarding is one awesome way to help you achieve and maintain that awesome body!