Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kite 2012

Kitesurfing News Year 2012-2016!

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Kiteboarding is a male dominated sport. According to research that 90% of kite boarders are male. It’s always a pleasant surprise when a female kiter shows up. I think it’s time that we change that, don’t you think? Ladies let’s go!

We all know that swimming is the best cardiovascular exercise there is and when you combine it with an extreme sport like kitesurfing, what more can you ask for? Not to mention all the fun you’re gonna have while doing it! Since it’s a full time work out, you can practically eat anything you want as long as you do it at least three times a week, of course it’s also good to maintain a healthy lifestyle but now you won’t have to starve yourself to death to get the body you want.

During stressful times, have you ever tried to imagine yourself being on the beach and then a sudden sense of calm washes over you, that’s what it’s all about! Being at one with the sea where only that moment matters, nothing else. Kitesurfing gives you a sense of calm and happiness. Speaking of happiness, it’s always good to surround yourself with happy people, the ones who are legitimately content.

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What’s better than going to the beach and kiting? doing all that while you’re smoking hot! It’s not just the outer appearance though, we all know that when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you attract people because of the positive vibes you send out.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can kite. Don’t be afraid to try new things and with kiting, it’s more about safety and technique than raw strength. Look for a good kite school, and you’ll never look back. It also never gets boring, what better way to spend your free time than on the beach, living the island life and kiting?

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The first time I ever saw someone kite which was on video I was like “yeah this is pretty cool” BUT when it came to the point where the guy in the video did the jumps: “damn, he can fly”.

Kitesurfing – the rise of a new sport

Posted by Emma Pat On July - 16 - 2014

Ever stop and ask yourself where it all began? Well, I’m here to tell you a quick story about a sport which we now call kite surfing…

Kite Surfing dates back to as early as the 1800’s wherein George Pocock used large kites to propel carts on land and ships on water which they used as an alternative to horsepower and mainly because they wanted to avoid horse tax. And from then on it was mainly used to move items from one place to another with improvements here and there. Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise from Netherlands was the first one to receive the first kite surfing patent in Oct. 1977 which covers a water sport using a floating board of a surf board type where a pilot standing up on it is pulled by a wind catching device of a parachute type tied to his harness on a trapeze type belt. Even though it did not result in any commercial interest, he could be considered as the founding father of kitesurfing. After that, there were occasionally successful attempts to basically combine kites with other sports. Bruno and Dominique Legaignoux came up with an inflatable kite design in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s. In the USA, Bill Roeseler and his son Cory Roeseler patented the “KiteSki” system which consists of water skis powered by a two line delta style kite controlled via a bar mounted combined winch/brake. The Roeseler’s design was commercially available in 1994. And in the late 1990’s, Cory’s design evolved into a single board similar to a skate board.

“We knew it was gonna be something amazing but we didn’t know when or how” -Flash Austin

Kite Surfing has definitely come a long way and it’s all because of the people who have contributed their time, effort and passion to the sport. When you think about it, back then they didn’t have any material to teach them how to do it, they didn’t have videos that they could watch so that they could try to do it, kite school’s didn’t exist back then and the only way they were able to learn was thru the old fashion way -trial and error. Lou Wainman was said to have invented a lot of the tricks that are the standards now.

“To me Lou (Wainman) is like one of the early most progressive pioneers of this sport and he actually did start the whole wake boarding craze” -Mike Waltze

The first kite competition in which they dubbed the ‘Kite Surfing World Championship’ as a joke because the year before that there were only about 6 people who were in it. But now there are hundreds if not thousands of competitors who join each year and the market is now worth over $250 million dollars.

“Once word went out and the sport started to blow, that’s when Red Bull approached us with doing an event, that’s where we came up with the name ‘King of the Air’ and it stuck because at that time it was all about getting big air and the wow factor” -Joe Keuhi

Because of its exponential growth, kids as young as 13yrs old are now competing in championships, something they have envisioned and wanted to happen in the beginning. It’s not all about competition though, when you meet people who have the same passion as you, it’s when you make a connection and you build friendships, and it won’t even matter if you’re continents apart. And mainly that’s what they’re trying to build and want to achieve -and they have, but it isn’t over yet! The fun’s just getting started.

It’s always good to take a step back and remember where it all began or take a minute to learn how your new favourite sport came to be just to get in it deeper and also find a community where you can share your passion for kite surfing.

Watch the video and get a chance to know who we consider the forefathers or kiting, see amazing tricks on water and know how it all started: the trials they faced, how the sport developed, find out what their kitemares are and see awesomeness in action!

Youri Zoon – World Champion 2011

Posted by kite2012 On November - 22 - 2011

Youri Zoon became the 2011 world kitesurfer champion, again… you wonder how long he will continue to be unbeatable, until he’s to old or perhaps until he gets injured? Anyway, he’s an inspiration to kite surfers all around the world and we´re happy to see him deliver the most amazing tricks! Here is a nice compilation of some of his tricks this year, enjoy!


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