Posts Tagged ‘Kiteboard’

Kiteboarding Center Opens In Grenadines

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Grenadines: lovely place for kiteboarding

Grenadines: lovely place for kiteboarding

 

Jeremie Tronet, Linn Svendsen and Nicolas Bascunana Dulac have opened the JT Pro Kiteboarding Center in Union Island, in the Grenadines archipelago, lower Caribbean.

 

“We want to share our lifestyle in the Caribbean with everybody”, explains says Jeremie. The playground, as Jeremie likes to call Union Island, has everything you can dream of to spend an amazing holiday, whether you want to learn kitesurfing, become better at it, surf or simply relax.

 

The JT Pro Center is located on Clifton Beach, 200 meters from the beach bungalow. The amazing transparent lagoon makes it a perfect spot to learn in perfect conditions from December until the end of June. There are also a few waves for surfing or playing around in on the outer reef.

 

For all the wakeboarding enthusiasts, a kicker and slider will be built during the season. Associated with Ocean Rodeo, the JT Pro Center will also be an international Ocean Rodeo test center with all the 2012 gear available to test.

 

The JT Pro Center on Union island is the first of a series of key kiteboarding spots that are planned for the following years. Source: SurferToday

European Kiteboarders Cross The Bering Strait

Friday, August 19th, 2011
The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

The Bering Strait Expedition: no fear

 

Constantin Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait, between Russia and Alaska, in record time.

 

The Austrian and the two Swiss brothers prepared the adventure in the last two years and completed the 70-kilometre journey in harsh cold conditions. The Bering Strait Expedition reached an average speed of 40 km/h.

 

Despite the currents, the gusty winds and the five-metre-high waves, the European kiteboarding team touched Alaska safely.

 

“When we started our third attempt the conditions worked perfectly for us, but as usual in the Bering Strait the weather changed from one extreme to the other just in seconds. To heavy fog, waves, super gusty winds and currents from three different directions”, they tell.

 

Bisanz, Geza and Andre Scholtz have had the support of a crew of seven men in two boats to ensure the kiteboarders’ safety.

 

“For sure we will never forget this trip”. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarder Maciek Kozierski Walks On Water

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Maciek Kozierski: liquid walker

Maciek Kozierski: liquid walker

 

As one of the world’s best kite surfers, Maciek Kozierski has long had a vision of himself walking on water, and where better to achieve such a feat than on the Sea of Galilee.

 

Together with a team that included six-time Israeli wakeboard champion Lior Eliyahu, he spent four days on the project codenamed Miracle, after the feat which was carried out by Jesus in the Bible’s New Testament.

 

For Kozierski, it was a matter of honour that he was able to achieve this modern-day miracle without tricks or any technical assistance.

 

They spent four full days on the water directly in front of the world-famous church at Capernaum. The plan: Kozierski would use his kite to accelerate to maximum speed, then step off the board, release the kite and walk on water. Easier said than done!

 

The main difficulties were that when the wind was strong the waves were too high and when the surface was calm there was not enough wind.

 

The 26-year-old athlete from Warsaw crashed hard into the water at high speed more than 50 times and had to repeat the whole attempt time and time again…

 

On the fourth day they finally accomplished the feat and got the perfect shot: Maciek Kozierski walking on water and in the background is the historic church. “We did it without any tricks or smoke and mirrors,” he said proudly. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarders Cross Bering Strait

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Eugene Novožeev and Konstantin Aksyonov have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait. The Russians kiteboarders are the first riders to complete this mission, after several attempts from other wind challengers.

 

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

 

The cross of the Bering Strait is a 96-kilometre (56 miles) adventure. Novožeev, four-time Russian kiteboarding champion, and Aksyonov kicked off from Chukotka, in Russia and arrived in Alaska.

 

The kite mission is full of challenges. Winds, currents, tides, ships, cold temperatures and swell make it harder to get from one coast to the other.

 

Maurice Lacroix, a French kiteboarders, had already tried to complete the trip but he missed it. Troy Henkels and Geza Sholtz have plans to do it this summer.

 

In 1998, Russian adventurer Dmitry Shparo and his son Matvey made the first known modern crossing of the frozen Bering Strait on skis. Suggestions have been made for the construction of a bridge, the Bering Strait bridge, between Alaska and Siberia. Source: SurferToday

Next Kiteboarding King?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

The 2011 Dutch Kiteboard Open has been finished in Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands. The 7th edition of the event proved to be getting more popular every year.

 

Dylan van der Meij doing his thing

Dylan van der Meij doing his thing

 

The biggest kiteboarding event in the Netherlands attracted the best riders and spectators, too. The Kiteboard Open competition focusses mostly on the Junior kitesurfers giving them a podium to show off to a bigger public. The three days of competition were filled with rain, sun and most importantly, wind. Kiteboarding was possible on every day with kite sizes between 21m down to 8m.

 

Dutch talent Dylan van der Meij competed in the “Rookie” Freestyle competition, as well as in the “Best Trick” competition for Juniors. Dylan stood out over the weekend with a very solid riding combining new school tricks with old school style. He beated all his competitors and won the single and double elimination rounds. van der Meij was also able to take the win in the “Best Trick”, with a sweet and solid S-Bend handle-pass.

 

Bram Bast reached the podium in the “Best Trick” competition of the Pro Men, with a nuclear low-mobe over a wave, where his kite touched the water while performing the trick.

 

Rookie contest:

 

1. Dylan van der Meij

2. Rens van der Schoot

3. Remco Klabbers

 

“Best Trick” Rookie competition: Dylan van der Meij

Source: SurferToday

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