Archive for September, 2010

Big Air Wakeboarding

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

 

Great amateur footage showing off some pretty cool wakeboarding moves including some really big air jumps as well as some not so pretty crashes. I always love watching these raw videos taken by boarding enthusiasts. They all seem to capture the raw feeling of the sport and it really shows. I never tried wakeboarding myself in earnest and after seeing this video I think I’ll stick with my skateboard instead. Enjoy.

Nick Jacobsen Kiteboarding Champion

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Nick Jacobsen looking awesome in his element

Nick Jacobsen looking awesome in his element

 

Nick Jacobsen won the Danish championship last Saturday on the 18th of September. It was an amazing event with a huge crowd.

 

The conditions were perfect, the water was glassy and the wind was strong. It was about 30 knots of breeze and waist deep water. The sun was shining and it was not cold even though the wind was hammering from west. Due to these perfect conditions the competition level was very high. There were a lot of amazing air passes in almost every single battle.

 

Nick Jacobsen won both single elimination and double elimination. Both finals were between Timo Sandler and Nick Jacobsen. Nick Jacobsen made the championship with his Hadlow kites once again. Nick Jacobsen has been competing for quite some years now. In 2005 Nick Jacobsen came in as number 5 in PKRA, Tarifa in Spain.

 

The Danish Championship took place in a small town called Farø in the southern part of Denmark. This place is known for its strong wind. After the competition a huge party was held in a local nightclub called Emil where the winners of the Danish Championship was awarded. Source: http://surfertoday.com

Kiteboarders Raise $125,000 Against Domestic Violence

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
KB4girls help raise money for a worthy cause

KB4girls help raise money for a worthy cause

 

Challenge to Triumph and KB4girls joined forces to create Dream Extreme, a unique fundraising event taking part this past weekend in the Hamptons/NY.

 

Raising funds for STEPS and The Retreat, two local programs that work to supply shelter and help for victims of domestic violence, the event managed to raise well over $125,000 through donation packages and the personal fundraising pages of the participating women. “It has been the first time that a big fundraising event was created around a KB4girls event and it has been an amazing experience for me. Being able to not only empower women in the sport but also help many others in need through the event means so much to me and it has been a real honor for me to be part of Dream Extreme” says Kristin Boese, founder of KB4girls and co-founder of Dream Extreme

 

Linda Argila at Challenge to Triumph, co-founder of Dream Extreme says: “This event has really been a Challenge to Triumph for me. It had amazing people coming together to create something extremely unique and inspiring. Dream Extreme really changed peoples lives and was a triumph for everyone including myself.”

 

Unique about the KB4girls clinic here in NY was also that girls whom had never kited before were introduced to the sport in an intense 2 day course. Taking a lot more organization, manpower and infrastructure this presented a new challenge that was overcome very successfully. In a one instructor / two student ratio the beginner girls were taught everything from safety and the kitesurf basics to the actual first steps on the board. Read more @ SurferToday http://bit.ly/blOYA6

93 Surfers Ride A Wave

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Guinness World Record? Not this time.

Guinness World Record? Not this time.

It was close, but the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave remains 110 set at the 2009 Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town after today’s best effort at the same venue came in at 93.

 

Despite the ideal offshore winds and gentle rolling half metre waves, the unseasonable rainy weather reduced the field from last year’s record 443 to ‘just’ 228 participants. Even though nearly 50% of those who took part managed to catch and ride the same wave for the required five seconds, they could not improve on the existing record. “What a fantastic effort by Cape Town’s surfing community,” enthused Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions, founders of the Earthwave concept that leverages the immense interest around Guinness World Record attempts to highlight climate change and raise awareness of sustainable lifestyle options. “We may not have been able to improve on the record, but the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people at the beach for longboard and SUP events and Earthwave’s program of environmental awareness was the best in the 4 year history of the festival,” Botha added.

 

The two day event included stop No. 3 of 5 on the SA Longboard Series and the first course racing events at Muizenberg in the rapidly growing Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) discipline. These ran in conjunction with talks by organisations such as 350.org and the Climate Action Partnership, who calculated carbon footprints, displays on marine life by Save Our Seas and demos of wind turbines and solar panels by 3rd Rock Energy.

 

Noordhoek local Justin Bing won the Open division of the longboarding ahead of Michael Grendon, Alfonso Peters and Dylan McLeod from Port Elizabeth. Bing moved into the lead on the series standings with the next event scheduled for the Eastern Cape in six weeks and inaugural national series will be finalised in Durban early next year. Tarryn Kyte won the Women’s division, Muizenberg local Papi Makanyane took the Juniors, Deon Bing the Over 35’s and Gary Van Rooyen the O/50’s. The super-fit van Rooyen also placed fourth in the Coreban SUP racing, behind winner Greg Bertish, runner-up Peter Peterson from Germany and Jono Rosslind, another competing in both events.

 

The host of activities during the festival included a Dig for Gold for the youngsters, spinning trials run by Spin 4 Charity, an outstanding display of big wave and Earthwave photographs by Nic Bothma, fund-raising by the Shark Spotters, who provided additional staff for the record attempt, and also the Sunflower Fund who do sterling work on behalf of those with leukemia.

 

Earthwave also featured a transformation component organised by Surfing South Africa and the Ticket to Ride Foundation, supported by Sport & Recreation SA and the Lotto, which brought 15 youngsters from Masiphumalele to the beach where they also received a hearty meal thanks to Compass Bakery. Source: http://surfertoday.com

Old School Skateboarding

Friday, September 24th, 2010

 

You gotta love watching these old school skateboarding videos. Every now and then I get a little nostalgic and really enjoy watching the “original” skateboarders doing their thing. The style and flavor of these old school skateboarders vary tremendously from the styles of today’s skateboarders. The old skateboarders seemed to have a certain flow and calmness to their styles while today’s skateboarders do extreme maneuvers that have a sharpness to them. That’s my take on the comparison. In any case, I’m sure you will love this video. No sound by the way. Just original super 8 film they way it was meant to be.

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