• How to make universal kite pigtails
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 29 June 2022 at 17:21

    Pigtails are one of the most underrated kiteboarding accessories. They're extremely useful but also expensive. Learn how to make a kite pigtail. Colored kite pigtails serve multiple purposes. These small bendable items always come in handy if you're using and controlling a single kite bar with multiple brands you own or use regularly.

  • A's Youth Foil Class: the pathway to Olympic Formula Kite
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 5 April 2022 at 16:06

    Formula Kite is the new fast and furious Olympic class, and the acrobatic skills of the riders while moving at breathtaking speed may look out of this world, but there is a simple and fun way to get there. It's called the A's Youth Foil Class, and since 2021, it has been the pathway to Olympic kite foiling. The introduction of a class that will upskill young athletes aspiring to compete in the Formula Kite class has been a long-standing idea.

  • Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo towed up 80 meters above Nazaré
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 1 March 2022 at 11:39

    Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo is taking his kite stunt adventures seriously. This time, the Portuguese got towed up in the skies of Praia do Norte. Who said Nazaré is a surfers-only arena? Nuno "Stru" is a well-known face at the world's most famous beach break. On November 8, 2017, the 44-year-old daredevil from Porto wrote his name on the Guinness World Records for riding the largest ever kitesurfing wave. After carefully analyzing the wave, the officials set Nuno's Nazaré wave at 62-feet (19 meters). But this time, the Portuguese had a new (and dangerous) challenge. The goal was to perform a tow-up session using his kite as a parachute and reach for the sky at 80 meters (262 feet) with the support of a jet ski. The death-defying kitesurfing antic would get Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo level with the iconic Fort of São Miguel Arcanjo and its legendary lighthouse. A Risky Flight Could he do it without falling flat on the choppy waters of Praia do Norte? "It's a risky idea, but I've been thinking about it for some time. The conditions are all set up, and I think I'm ready," explained the stuntman. The sun was out, and the wind was blowing strong, so it was time to get airborne. Slowly but steadily, Nuno started climbing the skies until his kite got more or less level with the beautiful red lighthouse. The experience was like nothing he had ever gone through. After landing the big air, loops and rotations, "Stru" was ecstatic. "The last one was amazing. The northern wind kicked in at around 20 knots, and then I had to release it. I couldn't hold it anymore," explained the kiteboarder. "And there's that second when after releasing it, you're left hovering, and you don't hear anything - zero." Mission accomplished. Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo spent 50 seconds floating in the blue skies of Nazaré's Praia do Norte. What will he do next?

  • How to find the area of a kite
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 1 February 2022 at 16:55

    In theory and geometrically speaking, the original kite is a quadrilateral with two pairs of congruent sides that are adjacent to one another. Kites are an old human invention. The earliest depiction of a kite dates from 9,500-9,000 years B.C. It was found in a mesolithic period cave painting in Muna Island, Indonesia.

  • SeaWing: the giant kite that propels vessels across the ocean
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 28 December 2021 at 16:16

    AirSeas announced the installation of the first automated kite propulsion system on a commercial vessel. The cargo ship named "Ville de Bordeaux" was built in 2004, sails under the French flag, and is owned and operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. The ro-ro ship, the designation given to vessels designed to transport wheeled cargo such as cars, buses, trucks, and railroad vehicles, is expected to deploy the 1,000-square-meter SeaWing kite in January 2022.

  • Francisco Lufinha crosses the Atlantic on a kite-powered boat
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 21 December 2021 at 11:14

    Francisco Lufinha has successfully completed the 6,700-kilometer (4,160 miles) crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a kite-powered multi-hull boat. The kitesurfer kicked off the sailing challenge on November 3, 2021, in Cascais, Portugal. Five days later, Lufinha was forced to make a technical stop in La Palma, in the Canary Islands, where he fixed malfunctions in his kite and made some minor adjustments to the boat.

  • Syroco's Moonshot #1 wants the world sailing speed record
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 2 December 2021 at 16:09

    Alex Caizergues is the fastest sailboarder on the planet. But the French kiteboarder wants more. The answer is Syroco's Moonshot #1, a high-tech speed sailing craft. In 2017, during the Salt and Speed, a speed sailing event held in Salin-de-Giraud, France, Caizergues smashed his own sailboarding record.

  • Marc Jacobs conquers 2021 Red Bull King of the Air
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 22 November 2021 at 10:04

    Marc Jacobs has taken out the 2021 Red Bull King of the Air (RBKOTA) in Cape Town, South Africa. The Kiwi kitesurfer celebrated his 32nd birthday in grand fashion after beating three-time champion RBKOTA Kevin Langeree and rookie Stig Hoefnagel in an action-packed final. Traditionally run in a weather window from late January to early February, the big air kiteboarding event took place at Kite Beach conditions in the new waiting period from late November to early December.

  • The best kitesurfing spots in Tarifa
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 8 October 2021 at 13:54

    Tarifa is a huge bay that features six miles (ten kilometers) of long sandy beaches. Discover the best kitesurfing spots in Europe's capital of wind. You will rarely meet a wind sports enthusiast that has never heard of Tarifa, the coastal community located near Cádiz, in the southernmost tip of Spain. Tarifa owes its name to Tarif ibn Malik, the 8th-century Muslim/Berber commander responsible for exploring the southernmost shores of the Iberian Peninsula.

  • Kitesurfer Carlos Aldaravi flies over Tarifa for over a minute
    by editor@surfertoday.com (Editor at SurferToday.com) on 27 August 2021 at 14:00

    Carlos Aldaravi has flown over the waters of Valdevaqueros Beach, in Tarifa, Spain, for more than a minute. The kiteboarder from Santa Pola set a new world record after pulling off a big air that lasted over 60 seconds. People at the legendary wind sports beach cheered the Spaniard's accomplishment, which also included 20 kite loops. The previous world record was 37 seconds.