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The Legends of Kitesurfing

Posted by Emma Pat On September - 22 - 2014

What does it take to become a legend? It’s not about being a trendsetter or having a lot of fans or followers. You have to have what it takes to surpass expectations, to be able to do things in epic proportions, and your name has to echo throughout history as one of the awesome people who did it not just for fame and fortune but because you loved every minute of it. Who are we talking about?


 

Jesse Richman

 

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He was born on July 22, 1992 and has been kiting since he was 10 years old. He’s now a professional kite surfer and has won the kite surfing world championship TWICE. He’s also into Surfing, Free diving, Mountain Biking, Stand up Paddling.


 

Shawn Richman

 

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Like his younger brother, Shawn also started kiting the summer of 2002. He was born on April 11, 1989 and he’s a team rider for Naish as well.


 

Robby Naish 

 

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Robby Naish is one of the first athletes to have gained international fame for wind surfing. His father, Rick Naish, was into competitive surfing so he was introduced into water sports at a young age. From 1977-1979 he was competing as an amateur and has won successive World Championship titles. From then on he has won numerous awards like the Overall World Champion and the PWA World Champion. During the emergence of kite surfing, he became a noted competitor. And in 1998 he won the kiteboarding slalom world title, in 1999 he went on to win both the slalom and jumping world titles!


 

Flash Austin

 

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During the early years of kitesurfing, Flash Austin was already a force to be reckoned with. Even after years of kiteboarding he’s still as enthusiastic about it as ever, injuries never stopped him from getting back on his board again. Needless to say he has won countless awards already.


 

Kevin Langeree

 

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Kevin Langeree was born on July 21, 1988, he’s currently 26 years old and has been kiting for 12 years (since 2000). He won the PKRA World Championship back in 2009 and is currently sponsored by Naish, G-Shock, O’Neill and Sinner eyewear.


 

Ruben Lenten

 

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Ruben Lenten a.k.a. “Master of Extreme” was born on March 29, 1988 in Noorwijk, Netherlands. He has been kiting for about 12 years (since he was and has also won a number of awards including Red Bull’s King of the Air. He is known for his Megaloop.


 

Youri Zoon

 

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Youri Zoon a.k.a. Sloeri was born on December 13, 1989 in Dirksland, Netherlands. His riding style: powered technical and freestyle and his local kitespot would be Brouwersdam. He has won the World Championship twice (2011 & 2012) and currently has several sponsors (Joya, Mystic, Brunotti, Javra Software, Koraal.org, Best Kiteboarding).


 

Aaron Hadlow

 

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Aaron Hadlow was born on Oct. 4, 1988 and is a professional kiteboarder who has won the (PKRA) Pro Kiteboard Riders’ Association World Championship five times. It wasn’t easy though, he had to climb his way to the top. His dad was into watersports while he was into football. When he was 10 years old he flew his dad’s kite on the beach and the year after that he found himself on a board dreaming on becoming the next David Beckham of kiteboarding.


 

Susi Mai

 

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Susi Mai was raised by parents who were both windsurfers. She has basically always lived the beach life. Kiteboarding was only a past time for her until she surprised everyone by placing 2nd in the PKRA competition. It was from there that she found support thru a kite company to do the world tour and she placed 5th over all. When Susi Mai won the King of the Air in Maui, it was a big moment for her and kiteboarding history.


 

Lou Wainman

 

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“Lou Wainman is unquestionably the most influential kiteboarder of all time.” -SBC kiteboard                                                    No truer words have been spoken. Lou is the one who started the wake style movement. He’s also the one who’s said to have created the most of the tricks you see today. It was no surprise when a company (Wainman Hawaii) was named after him and that he was made a partner. Unfortunately though that partnership didn’t last, he posted on his facebook page that he quit Wainman Hawaii. Although he isn’t into the competition or performing for the benefit of others, there’s no doubt in my mind that Lou’s contributions to Kitesurfing and his name would forever be known in Kitesurfing history. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

 

EPIC ATTACK 4 – The Sickest Video Ever!

Posted by kite2012 On September - 26 - 2012

Dimitri Maramenides delivers again! Epic Attack 4 is probably the best kitesurfing video published in year 2012! This video is almost 10 minutes long, but it will keep your eyes glued to the screen while your jaw drops to the floor!

Kitesurfing in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Posted by PDCKiteboarding On August - 19 - 2012

Looking for a great Kiteboarding holidays? Amazing Scuba diving for no wind days? Crazy night life or relaxing family Resorts?
Welcome to the unmatchable Carribean destination: Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen, Quinatana Roo state, Mexico.

Playa Del Carmen is right in the middle of The Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera,  a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula.

Originally a small fishing town, Playa del Carmen, or just “Playa” as called by the Locals, became a world famous Scuba Diving destination right on top of the second longest barrier reef system in the world and  rapidly  developped over the past few  years with many new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment venues.

This is the place for sailing, Jet skiing, snorkeling,scuba diving , swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip lining, horse riding, guided jungle tours and recently KITEBOARDING.

KITESURFING SPOTS in Playa del Carmen area:

SANDOS PLAYACAR RESORT/PDC KITEBOARDING SCHOOL:

The beach of the Sandos Playacar Resort in playacar Hotel Zone is the main Kiteboarding Spot in the Area and also the only Authorized Kite beach and School of Playa del Carmen.
Starting from the Sandos Playacar Resort toward south, you will find a designated  mile long white sandy Kiteboarding  beach with no rocks, no obstacles and a lot of space to rig and launch/Land your Kites.

Sandos Playacar Kiteboarding Spot and PDCK teaching area.

Right on spot is PDC KITEBOARDING SCHOOL, the only Authorized kiteboarding School of Playa del Carmen, which offers IKO beginner courses with International certifications, Equipment rental and supervision, Equipment sale and Demos.

Sandos Playacar Resort, PDC Kiteboarding Authorized area.

The staff is very friendly and speaks up to 6 different languages.

On site you will find toilets, Shower and fresh water tank to rinse your gear off.
The Resort offers 12% discount on your online Resort booking if you come for Kiteboarding. Ask PDC Kiteboarding to get the “Promotional Code”.
WHEN TO COME:

The Wind season is from October till the end of May ( Sometime mid June). You should be able to ride 4/5 days a week during this period.

Playa del Carmen wind statistics. Mexico.

Windguru forecast: http://www.windguru.cz/es/index.php?sc=133819

Wind is usually from 13 to 22 Knots on the Caribbean coast and works with NE, E, SE and S.
NE wind is usually the best as it is a bit colder, denser and pulls much more.
When the wind turns North (Called here “El Norte”), it blows from 25 to 35+ knots, and then you need to go to Isla Blanca Lagoon north of Cancun(ask PDC Kiteboarding about Lagoon excursion).

EPIC Kiteboarding Center at Sandos Playacar Resort

 

ACCOMODATION IN Playa Del Carmen FOR KITEBOARDERS:

  • If you are coming to learn and take your IKO certification course, if you like All inclusive Resorts, if you to have your family doing their own activities few feet away from the Kite area or if you just want to be as closed as possible from the Kiteboarding School and spot, the best option for you is to stay at the Sandos Playacar Resort which is right next to the spot.

Also, as a Kiteboarder, you can get 12 % of your All Inclusive Resort booking with the special promotional code. Get in touch with pdckiteboarding@gmail.com to get the code.

  • If you prefer small hotels downtown (only 7min by taxi to get to the Kite school/spot), there are hundreds of them right in the center of PDC.

Have a look at “La rana Cansada”, http://www.ranacansada.com/.

KITEBOARDING SCHOOL IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN:

PDC KITEBOARDING, www.pdckiteboarding.com.

Info at pdckiteboarding@gmail.com.

PDC Kiteboarding School and EPIC Demo center

FLIGHT INFORMATION:

From Europe the cheapest is to fly from Brussels Airport, Belgium with www.jetairfly.com , straight to Cancun.
Plenty of flights from USA and CANADA.

Epic Kites Attack!!

Posted by kite2012 On July - 25 - 2012

Dimitri Maramenides is back with a new kickass video! Dimitri delivers as usual with some insane old school tricks, backrool kiteloops and other crazy tricks that for an intermediate rider you and me probably would end with a broken rib or two :P

Epic Kites – the coolest kites on the market?

Posted by kite2012 On March - 22 - 2012

Epic Kites have in my opinion the absolutely coolest kites on the market! Kite manufacturers come up with new designs every year. Their construction and features might be top notch, but when it comes to graphical design, none of them can really compete with Epic kites!
Epic Kites currently have 6 different kites in their collection. Design wise they are all outstanding, just look at these pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what about the quality? Have Epic Kites aerodynamical features and durability that can match Slingshot, Naish, Airush and the other well known kite manufacturers? We did an effort to find out what riders really think about the Epic Kites. Here are some words from riders all over the world!

The Screamer is a high-performance kite! If you were thinking that the first kite from a new company wouldn’t be any good, you are wrong. The Screamer flies very far forward in the window, making this one of the best kites we’ve tested for getting upwind. Bar pressure on the Screamer is in the light-medium range. The Screamer flies fast and turns quickly. Hang time on this kite is fantastic. Once you get the timing of this kite down, be prepared to spend some time in the sky. Of course, all of this performance has to have a cost, and that cost with the Screamer is stability. Especially in gusty/shifty winds, pay attention to flying the Screamer when it’s sitting at the edge of the window.

/ thekiteboarder.com about Epic 2010 Screamer

The Renegade Infinity has light-medium bar pressure and turns quickly for a large kite. The power delivery is very smooth and the Infinity holds its power well through turns. This kite has a grunty feel to it and it does generate a lot of power, but the low end is not the best of the different light wind kites we’ve tested. The Infinity sits back in the window and has surprisingly good jumping performance for a kite of this size. The canopy remained very stable on the Infinity, even when depowered. When unhooked on the Infinity, we found it to be prone to back stalling unless you give it a few inches of depower before you unhook. Testing the relaunch ability of large kites in light wind always makes us nervous, but we were able to relaunch the Infinity in about 12 knots of wind with no problems.

/ thekiteboarder.com about Epic 2011 Renegade Infinity

Thekiteboarder.com tested the 9m version of the 2012 Epic Screamer 3G. An upwind and boosting kite. The overall construction is good. This is a great performing kite for jumping but slow turning. Really easy to get upwind when you’re powered up. Really stable in the sky. Fairly slow turning kite, bar pressure a little bit to heavy. 3 of 6 riders would recommend these kite to a friend.
/ thekiteboarder.com about 2012 Epic Screamer 3G

The Renegade is the freestyle/wave kite of the Epic kite line that excels at powered Kite Loops, and has ideal depower for waves and smooth, lively, responsive steering. With just three sizes in the kite range, the 11, 9 and 6 m, the Renegade delivers simple and reliable performance in a wide range of conditions and disciplines. The SBC Kiteboard test team ranked the Epic Renegade as the best relaunching kite.

/ sbckiteboarding.com about the 2011 Epic Renegade (sbckiteboarding.com are known for making objective reviews without favouring any special kites.)

What can I say, the kite fits like a great pair of shoes or gloves. The Renegade 9m was a very fast turning kite, had a lot of steady pull, and was the easiest kite I have ever relaunched in all my 10 years of kiting. I feel that the Renegade will be the best all-round kite for anyone who is getting into kiteboarding for the very first time. It is very simple to use, easy to relaunch, has a very nice safety system and was very simple to set up right out of the bag. I have very short arms, and it was hard for me to reach the trim strap when I had the kite in my hands for the first time. I was shown that it could be made shorter with just simple and very fast adjustment on the chicken loop line. I also like that one bar fits kites from 6m to 14m and can be easily adjusted in seconds.
/kitetricity.com about the Epic Renegade 9m

In the air, the power delivery is very smooth and deliberate. The kite pivots and then builds speed in the turn which makes kite loops and other powered moves fun to say the least. The kite is predictable and forgiving in its delivery so it doesn’t feel overly aggressive as some other kites do. Just a very fun kite to fly. Super comfortable, predictable and great for all skill levels. Beginners will love the easy launch , stable characteristics and 100% bar depower. Experts will appreciate the predictable power for wake style, old school or riding waves

/ powerkitesdirect.com about the Epic Renegade

2011 Screamer 14 meter: I rode this kite for a couple of hours because Dimitri lent it to me. It was great to try it out. Since I have experience flying C kites, I felt that the Screamer had the shape of a C kite with many of the modern characteristics of newer kites, such as a simplified bridle and much smaller diameter struts and leading edge. There are a lot of reinforcements on the Screamer. It has a relatively high aspect ratio, so it is designed for freeriding and hangtime, as well as speed (though I didn’t feel it was very fast like the Cabrinha Crossbow). I weigh 175 pounds, and I was using a wide 44 cm X 146 cm board in only 12 knots of wind as well as a freeride board Dimitri uses. The kite is higher aspect, so when you want to loop the kite, you really have to make sure that it is high enough in the window because it will take longer to turn. The higher aspect ratio allows you to get longer and higher airtime–at least so I had heard–and when I tried to get launched, I did do some high jumps (these jumps were not too high according to Dimitri’s standards). I carved upwind fairly easily with the kite even though the wind was light. I was surprised how much airtime I could get in just 12 knots of wind. The only thing I can add is that the kite has the direct feeling of a C kite in terms of its response. It is powered up the whole time when you kite loop

/Raphael about the 2011 Screamer 14m

Epic Kites play with open cards and this video shows the factory in China where these kites are made! Thanks Dimitri for the awesome kites you deliver!


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