Streaming of the KiteFoil World Championship 2017 in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy).
Even in this 2017, Cagliari in Sardinia will host the fantastic show of Kitesurfing: In fact, between the 4 and the 8 of October 2017, at Poetto Beach f Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia island, it will take place the Kite Foil World Championship 2017.
International Kiteboarding comes back to beautiful Poetto Beach -Cagliari after the World Championship Racing in 2012 and in leading Italian resort island of Sardinia after the IKA World Kite League of last year in Porto Pollo.
This time Cagliari will host the IKA Kite Foil Gold Cup World Championships FINAL. It is the final event, the one that will assign the world title, in a tour that touched already this year Korea, France and China two times.
The IKA event will take place in the location called ‘Esercito’, managed by the Army.
Sixty riders are expected from all over the world but the biggest contingent will come from France where kite foil exploded.
Total prize money will reach €20.000.
The reigning world champion MAXINE NOCHER (from Montecarlo) will have to match the strong French team including the vice world champion NICO PARLIER and AXEL MAZELLA.
Good chances also for THEO LHOSTIS from France and the British brothers GUY and OLIVER BRIGHT, all on top of the ranking separated by few points.
For the Italian fans the cheering will go to best ranked RICKY LECCESE (based in South America) but also hopes are placed on a good performance of veterans SIMONE VANNUCCI, MARIO CALBUCCI and ANDREA BEVERINO.
In the ladies fleet USA leader DANIELA MOROZ will try to retake the world title but has to watch out from Russian ELENA KALININA.
Streaming of the Kite Foil World Championship 2017 in Cagliari, Sardinia
The Sardinia Grand Slam marks the final of this years 4-stop KiteFoil GoldCup which has awarded a total of 125.000 EUR prize money.
Earlier plans to host the final in France or in the UAE unfortunately had to be postponed till the 2018 season due to reasons beyond our control. However, both of these events will make fantastic additions to the 2018 tour !
Starting with Korea back in May, the top 15 riders of each 2017 KiteFoil GoldCup (Korea, Weifang, Pingtan) qualify directly for the final event, with the remaining competitors being able to enter in the order of the world ranking up to a maximum of 60 entries. The winner of the Sardinia event will be crowned 2017 KiteFoil World Champion, while the KiteFoil GoldCup trophy will be awarded to the best rider of the tour.
Are you coming to Sardinia and would you like one of the ultimate way to have fun while kitesurfing? so, Learn Strapless KiteSurf in Sardinia with our Strapless Kite Course!
Strapless Kitesurf Course: description and tips
Thinking about to start with riding strapless kite Surf board? We can teach you how to strapless Surf riding with our Strapless Kite Surf Course!
With our strapless kite course you will learn all you need to know to go riding safely on a surf board and having fun from the beginning.
You would learn to water-start, riding and turning with a surf-board. As you progress, or if you are not beginner, we can add some more elaborated turns,little jumps, wave riding.
We will fit the Strapless Kite Course to your level, so don’t worry!
Strapless Kite Surf Course: Details
Who can attend the Strapless Kite Course?
Strapless Kite Course is designed to people who already know how to kitesurf up-wind and confidently with a twin-tip (a standard kite board). Strapless Kite Surf Course is best suited to those who can already kitesurf confidently with a normal board, because in strapless kitesurfing you won’t be attached to the board, being harder to stay on, keep balanced and control the kite at the same time.
Instead, if you are a surfer who wants to enjoy more days in the waves, you should start with a regular kite course to learn how to maneuver the kite.
What you will learn in the Strapless Kite Surf Course?
We will fit the Strapless Kite Course to your level, so don’t worry!
Depending on your level and your goals, you would learn:
strapless kite surf riding ;
turning with a strapless surf-board.
What is included in the Strapless Kite Surf Course?
Everything you need for the strapless kite course:
RC / accidents insurance,
Kite Surf Equipment (Kite, Bar, Surf Board, Wetsuit, Helmet),
Transportation (If necessary)
How Long Takes to Learn Strapless Kite Surf Course?
It will depend on your previous kite skills and what your strapless goals are. An intermediate kiteboarder can learn to ride a strapless surf board with just 1 or 2 lessons. But if you are looking to turns, to master the wave riding or some strapless tricks, more lessons and a lot of practice on your own would be needed.
Are Strapless Kite Surf Lessons Private Or Group?
Our Kite School does not offer Group lessons.We Just offer:
Private Kite Lessons (1 instructor/1 kite dedicated to the student )
Semi-private courses/lessons (1 instructor/1 kite dedicated every 2 or maximum 3 students). Semi-Private Courses can be offered just to 2 or 3 friends that come togheter and do the course/lessons in the same days.
How the Strapless Kite Surf Lessons can be booked?
Would like to enjoy the Strapless Kite Course in Sardinia with us?
Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. Dubai has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate. Dubai’s lure for tourists is based mainly on shopping, but also on its possession of modern attractions.
As of 2012, Dubai was the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East.
Summers in Dubai are extremely hot and humid, with an average high around 41 °C in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are warm with an average high of 24 °C.
As of January 2017, the population is Dubai is 2,704,278. Only about 15% of the population of Dubai was made up of UAE nationals, with the rest comprising expatriates. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population (and 71% of the emirate’s total population) was Asian, chiefly Indian (51%), Pakistani (16%), Bangladeshis (9%).
Arabic is the national and official language of the United Arab Emirates, English is used as a second language (spoken by almost all population).
The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab culture. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as a compromise between Friday’s holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday.
The name of the currency in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (AED or Arab Emirate Dirham – also commonly abbreviated to Dhs or DH). at January 2017, 1 EURO is approximatly 3,75 AED.
In this section of the post, you could find all info you need for kitesurfing in dubai:
As a sail sport, wind is required for kitesurfing. The required eind for kitesurfing should be more than 10/12 knots (unnless you are a good kite hydro foiler, in this case you would need moree than 6 knots).
In Dubai the best wind for kitesurfing blows from December to March/April when even strong winds can blows up to 20 knots. The rest of the year could blow a light thermal wind . The best time of the day is between 14.30 h and 17.00 h.
For the above reason, in Dubai is recommended to have a big kite for kitesurfing (size 11-17 m).
During the summer season (between the months of April and September but in particular in April and May) wind conditions are not super in Dubai and for that reason the diminutive island of Al Masirah (eight-nine-hour drive from Dubai) in the south-eastern coast of Oman becomes a kind of wind Mecca for kiteboarders and windsurfers, for taking advantage of the strong winds of Indian monsoon. Here, during this season, the winds are rarely less than 20 knots and the temperature remains cooler while the rest of the country swelters.
Kite Beaches in Dubai
Kitesurfing in Dubai is allowed only in two (2) designated beaches:
Dubai Kite Beach (Fazza beach)
Dubai Kitesurf Beach (Nasimi Beach)
Dubai Kite Beach (Fazza Beach) or Kite Beach Jumeira
Fazza beach or Kite beach Dubai or Kite Beach Jumeira is situated just 2 Km away from Burj Al Arab.
Kite Beach Dubai extemds from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel to the nd the old Wollongong University. Kitesurfing is allowed in any part of the sea at this beach, but you can launch and land the kite just in the designated area.
Kitesurfing is an amazing spectacle and even more incredible to do.
Even it could seem easy to kitesurf once you have had a few lessons, dealing with the wind is not easy and real hazards involved (both for yourself and for others innocent swimmer, sunbather or kiters). Kite lessons are highly recommended everywhere (even n Dubai and Cagliari 😉 )! To learn Kitesurfing usually takes around eigh-nine hours, and lessons average in Dubai is 350 AED per hour. KiteGeneration reccommends the kiteschool Kite Zone Dubai Kiteschool , that has very high standards, very good material and very professional teaching methodologies.
Note: it is very important to get a lesson from a qualified instructor; you can have a look on internet to find a school or you could go to the Kite Beach and find an instructor there.
Kite rental in Dubai
Once you have set yourself up with kite lessons and a licence, buying gear should be next step. Because to by a new kite equipment (kite, bar, harness and board) in EAU could cost around 8000 AED to get a complete kit, you could rent the kite equipment.
To rent kite equipment in Dubai, the municipality requires all kiteboarders to obtain a licence, which is as simple as becoming a member Kite School of Dubai (this membership must not be confused with an international licence) that could provide you also a third-party liability insurance.
To rent kite equipment in Dubai, it costs around 300 AED per hour.
Surfing in Dubai
Surfing is a fantastic sport, easy to learn. You will fell like a better person after surfing. You will love it from the first wave 😉
If you like to Surf in Dubai, you need to go to the allowed surf beaches and you need waves. In Dubai waves are coming with the wind from North: if there will be a windy day, for sure there will be waves the day after (in particular in the morning).
In Dubai there are two (2) beaches for surfing:
Sunset Beach (next to the Burj Al Arab)
If you are in Dubai and you like to surf, you can go to one of the above beaches and rent a surf board (rent a surf board for one hour is approximatly 75AED).Anyway, we recommend calling one of the surf schools in Dubai and take a surf lesson (surf Lesson is around 250 AED per hour) so you can learn the tides, how to stand up and how be safe in the water.
Kitesurfing and Surfing in Sardinia (Italy)
Kitesurfing in Cagliari
Cagliari has about 150,000 inhabitants, while its metropolitan city (including Cagliari and 16 other nearby municipalities) has more than 431,000 inhabitants.
An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rule of several civilisations. Under the buildings of the modern city there is a continuous stratification attesting to human settlement over the course of some five thousand years, from the Neolithic to today.
Cagliari has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
The native language of Cagliari, declared official along with Italian, is Sardinian (sardu), a Romance language, specifically the Campidanese dialect (campidanesu) in its local variant (casteddaju).
Cagliari, becasuse its position in the south-center of island and its attractions, can be considered an ideal place for a Saling / kitesurfing holiday with culture, fun and relax:
Cagliari and Sardinia are famous for their beautiful beaches, clean water, and weather conditions;
Position of Cagliari permits to easily reach Villasimius, Costa Rei, Chia, Pula, Porto Botte, Punta Trettu, Sant’Antioco and Masua;
Cagliari and Sardinia offer a unique cultural, artistic and natural context;
Nightlife of Cagliari guarantees a lot of fun with other people in a friendly and beautiful environment.
For the above reasons Sardinia and Cagliari can be considered the perfect location to have a fantastic cultural, gastronomic and sport Holiday.
A must for any Holidays in Southern Sardinia is Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Cagliari, in fact, is one of the centers of Sardinia with more services and it is the basis of several low cost airlines, including Ryanair and Easyjet: for those reasons Cagliari is easily reacheble in by flying from many European cities (eg London , Edinburgh , Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Berlin, Basen, Dussendorf, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Kaunas, Oslo, Krakow, Moscow , Milan, Rome).
In this section of the post, you could find all info you need for kitesurfing in Cagliari, Sardinia:
In Sardinia and Cagliari, two are the prevailing winds: Mistral (blowing from the North-West, intensity from 15 to 35 knots depending on the day) and Sirocco (blowing from South-East, usually with an intensity between 10 and 25 knots, depending on the day and period). In addition, in Cagliari, in the warm and sunny days (usually from April to October), a local thermal wind (sea breeze) is blowing reaching often an intensity of more than 15 knots. Finally Cagliari has a very high percentage of days with winds over 10 knots.
So in Cagliari (lik ein whole Sardinia, if you like to cover all the winds you need a small kite (size 7 / 9) and a big kite (size 11/ 13).
Poetto beach is the beach of Cagliari and home spot of KiteGeneration.
Poetto, wide about 9 km from la Sella del Diavolo (Devil’s Saddle) tii Margine Rosso, is generally divided in several “fermate” (bus stops) to identy the various stretches of the beach. Poetto beach is easy and funny both for beginners and expert riders.
The most frequent winds are the sea breeze, Scirocco, Levante (onshore winds) and the Mistral (off-shore).
Kitesurfing Cagliari Sardinia | Kite Lessons 2014
Sometimes, when the wind blows more than 30 knots, the spot becomes extreme and it is recommended to expert only.
During the summer season, because of high number of bathers, Kite surfing lessons for:
Giorgino is a kite spot very close to the historic center Cagliari where Kitesurfing is perfect with the thermal wind (sea breeze) blowing side shore with an intensity of about 10-20 knots during warm and sunny days (usually from May to September).
To the right (10 minuteas by car) of Giorgino, there are other beaches like Petrol Beach sea breeze works well anyway.
During the summer, with no other perturbations, there are just one place for kitesurfing without fail: Giorgino, the Kite Beach of Cagliari.
Kite Lessons in Cagliari
Kitesurfing is an amazing spectacle and even more incredible to do.
Even it could seem easy to kitesurf once you have had a few lessons, dealing with the wind is not easy and real hazards involved (both for yourself and for others innocent swimmer, sunbather or kiters). Kite lessons are highly recommended everywhere (even n Dubai and Cagliari 😉 )! To learn Kitesurfing usually takes around eigh-nine hours, and lessons average in Cagliari is 50 euro per hour.
Note: it is very important to get a lesson from a qualified instructor; you can have a look on internet to find a school or you could go to the Kite Beach and find an instructor there.
Kite rental in Cagliari
Once you have set yourself up with kite lessons and a licence, buying gear should be next step. Because to by a new kite equipment (kite, bar, harness and board) in Cagliari could cost around 2000 euro for a complete kit (Kite, Bar, Board, Harness), you could rent the kite equipment.
If you like to rent kite equipment in Cagliari, we suggest to contact an official school and get an insurance, you have not onw.
To rent kite equipment in Cagliari, it costs around 75 euro every 3 hours.
Kitesurfing and Surfing in Dubai VS Kitesurfing and Surfing in Cagliari, Sardinia
Are you in Dubai and you are looking for some exciting activity? in that case enjoy kiteusring withKite Zone Dubai .
The kite school, managed by Lewis Deaves, that after years of experience in freestyle competitions, have started sharing his passion for kitesurfing teaching people to learn to ride. Having managed kitesurfing schools and worked all over the world as instructor (he worked even in Sardinia, Italy for KiteGeneration), Lewis has an international understanding of what is required by the students.
Kite Zone Dubai, located in Ness Nass Beach, the famous kitesurf Beach of Dubai , provide Kitesurfing and Stand-up paddle boarding lessons to people of all ages!
Kite Lessons with Kite Zone Dubai
With an high and very good reputation, kite Zone Dubai Kiteschool proposes:
Private Kite Lessons for Learning how to kitesurf at your own pace with a dedicated instructor.
Group Kite Lessons to Learn how to kitesurf with your friends in our awesome and funny group lessons.
Tandem Riding, to Experience the thrill of kitesurfing togheter with in the same board!
Take kite lessons with Kite Zone Dubai and enjoy an unique experience!
Here under some reviews of people that had lessons with Kite Zone Dubai.
I booked a 2 hour introductory kite-surfing lesson for my husband and two sons (7 and 10.) We had a fantastic time: awesome, patient and friendly instructor and a great intro to kite-surfing! We have booked again for next week. Brilliant! If you are thinking of having lessons: go for it!
If you are looking for a professional couch that you can trust, patient and with no stress , then it’s Lewis! 3 sessions and u can get up on the board! Very very happy, can’t wait to come back from holidays and be back on the track!
Kiteboarding is a sailing sport and consists in harnessing the power of the wind with a controllable kite while propelling across the water on a board, usually simmetric and similar to a wakeboard and called twin-tip board. Depending on used board, kiteboarding is called in different ways:
if the board is a surf board, kiteboarding becomes Kitesurfing;
if the board is a Hydro Foil board, kiteboarding becomes Kite Foil;
Anyway, it is common to call kitesurf or simply kite all kind of Kiteboarding.
On snow or ice, using a Kite a kite plus a snowboard or ski, this sport is called Snowkiting or Kite skiing or simply Snowkite.
Different styles on Kiteboarding
There are different kiteboarding styles that can be summarized as follow:
Freestyle: a “free-format” that consists in using the board and the kite to get height enabling the kiter to do big jumps, rotations, board offs and other tricks;
Surf Freestyle: a discipline which consists in realizing tricks with a kite and a surf-board without straps. Tricks include rotations, big airs and 360;
Freeride: it is about having fun and learning new techniques;
Speed: speed events and records using a special directional board longer and with bigger fins than a normal board;
Formula Kite (Course racing): races along a course involving both speed and tactics;
Kite Expression: The Expression Disciplines currently include Freestyle, Big Air, Wave Riding, Strapless Freestyle and Park.
The basic equipment for kitesurfing consists of:
Lines and Bar;
Kites can be of different sizes (common sizes go from 5 to 18 m2). Size to be used depends on the wind strength and on rider size of the rider. Anyway, the principle is: if the wind intensity increases, the size of the kite to be used should decrease.
Kites are available in two major forms: inflatable kites and foil kites.
The inflatable parts of inflatable kites , that need to be inflated with a pump, help to hold the shape and also allow the kite to float on the water and therefore be re-launched. For this reason they are usually used on the water. The inflable kites can have different: from C kites, named C kites due to their very curved shape forming a letter C, to bow kites, named box due to their flatter shape similar to an archers bow. Most of the kite manufacturers produce different kite shapes: bow kites are usually for freeride / all round, C kites are for freestyle / wakestyle (C kites have quick reactive turning and powerful turns however they have harder water re-launch and less depower than Bow).
Foil kites, similar to the paraglides , have air cells that inflate with the wind (they don’t need to be inflates with a pump). Foil kites are usually used on the land (for kite buggy) and on Snow (for Snow Kiting) and on the water by rders participating on races due to their hight performances.
The boards used are predominately symmetrical being the same whichever direction you are travelling in, similar to a wake board: these are called twin tips.
Even directional boards are used for kitesurfing:
boards similar to surf are used, usually, when riding waves;
Kite Foil board (or Hydrofoil Kiteboard or simply Foil ), a surfboard with a hydrofoil that lifts the board above the water surface. The Hydrofoil is something like a mini aeroplane, which is connected to a very long fin (called mast) under your kiteboard that once you get up to speed, lift you off the water and keep riding only on the submerged foil.
A large surface area of a board means less power needed to get it up and planning on the water. Usually, big boards are used in light winds or by beginners so they do not need so much power in the kite keeping it safer.
Bar and lines, Harness and other equipment
Lines , usually 4 or 5 and with a length between 15 and 30 m, are made of a very strong material. They connect the rider’s control bar to the kite.
The control bar is a solid metal or composite bar which attaches to the kite via the lines. The rider holds on to this bar and controls the kite by pulling at its ends, causing the kite to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise like a bicycle.
The harness attaches the rider to the kite through the lines.
Other accessories that are or can be required for kitesurfing are the pump (for inflatable kites), helmet, impact vest and wetsuit.
Learn to kitesurf
Kitesurfing takes its ideas from a whole range of other sports e.g wakeboarding and power kiting that give the main influences, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding.
People that pratice one of the before mentioned sports can pick up kitesurfing quickly improving, in the meantime, in the their other sport(s). Even people that never done any of the above mentioned sports can learn to kitesurf quickly: kitesurfing may look hard and complicated but is instead one of the easiest water sport to learn and has a very quick progression curve with many people being up and riding after just few hours of kite lessons.
Kitesurfing is an adrenaline sport, fun and not too hard to learn, and has a lot of health benefits health as we use our whole body: our legs are used to control the board and push against the power of the kite whereas our torso and arms are used to hold onto the kite and keep the balance.
If you like to learn to kitesurf, the best advice that KiteGeneration Kiteschool would like to give you is to attend a kitesurf course and to avoid the “do it yourself”. The reasons are:
Kiteboarding can be a dangerous sport: Even that modern kites are equipped with many safety systems and are much more manageable than their ancestors, just an wrong weather evaluation or a wrong setting on kite can cause serious accidents to yourself and to the other people around you.
Learn kiteboarding with the right gear is easier than to learn with a wrong one: In order to learn kiteboarding quickly is better to start to practice with a small kite and, only after becoming familiar with it, start with bigger kites. With the “do it yourself” is unthinkable to have kites of all sizes (they are very expensive), so you are forced to try immediately with a big kite without having a good understaing of it (dangerous!). Moreover, when you are learning, the kite often goes down and may break easily. Attending a kite course with a kiteschool you could discover, without buying all the necessary gear, if you really want to invest the time and the money that kiteboarding requires.
The first question that some people could ask is: what is the kite foil?
Kitesurfing (also known as kiteboarding, kitesurf or simply kite) is a fairly new sport that which outfits a surfer on board with a handheld kite for propulsion. Holding onto a kite foil board means kitesurfing while riding a surfboard with a hydrofoil that lifts the board above the water surface.
2. What are The Kite Foil Class and the Formula Kite Class?
The Formula Kite is a high performance hydro foiling kite-racing class, aiming for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.
The Kite Foil class, is an unregulated hydro-foil kiteboard open class where every rider can use both prototype kites, kiteboard and hydro foils.
3. What is the IKA, the International Kiteboarding Association?
World Sailing is the governing body of windsurfing, kiteboarding up to the Volvo Ocean Race and the Americas Cup, and is as such recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
IKA responsibility is to manage the global administration of the sport and combining world events into one united ranking.
4. What are the IKA Formula Kite World Championships and the IKA Kite Foil Gold Cup and which are the differences?
The IKA Formula Kite World Championships are the official Formula Kite world titles recognized by World Sailing. Ther will be just one event per year that will decided the World Champions. The winner of the World Championships is the world champion men, women and age divisions upon entry. The age categories are Under 21, Under 18, Masters (over 35) and Grandmasters (over 45)
The IKA Kite-Foil Gold Cup is the official World Cup of the IKA Kite Foil class. Even in the Kite Foil Gold CUP there will be different titles for man, women, and under 18, 21 and over 35 and 45 years old.
Each Kite Foil Gold Cup event is scheduled for 5 days (1 registration day + 4 race days) and 20 races on the water. There are no medal races – just straight 20 races. The Kite Foil Gold Cup races are aiming for 30-40 riders on the start-line; in case of more entries, there will be qualifying and final series races.
While the Kite Foil Gold Cup is Open to any kind of kite, foil, board, the Formula Kite World Championships will be sailed on registered production equipment (kites and foils) in a one-off event. For the Olympic Pathway it is important to have racing on regulated equipment, where it will win the best sailor and not the latest prototypes.
5. Which are the upcoming Formula Kite and Kite Foil Gold Cup events?
You can find the list of major Formula Kite and Kite Foil Class here below.
City / Beach
Sailing World Cup Hyeres
23. Apr 2017
30. Apr 2017
Sailing World Cup Final
04. Jun 2017
11. Jun 2017
KiteFoil GoldCup Italy
14. Jun 2017
18. Jun 2017
Neretva Kite Open
22. Jun 2017
26. Jun 2017
Korea KiteFoil Open
29. Aug 2017
03. Sep 2017
KiteFoil GoldCup Weifang
08. Sep 2017
14. Sep 2017
Formula Kite World Championships
19. Nov 2017
24. Nov 2017
Al Hail Beach
For the full list of upcoming Kite IKA events, you can click here.
Are you wondering how former President Barack Obama is adjusting to life under the Trump administration? Know this: he seems to be doing just fine learning to kitesurf!
Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, took a vacation to the British Virgin Islands, where they have been hosted by Richard Branson, the chief executive of the Virgin Group.
On Tuesday 7th February 2017, billionaire Richard Branson published a blog post, along with photos and video, showing Mr. Obama trying out some high-adrenaline water and athletic recreation in the Virgin Islands, in a friendly competition off the coast of Branson’s Moskito island: Mr. Obama was learning to kitesurf!
In fact, now that Obama is free from many Secret Service-imposed restrictions that did not allow him to partake in activities like surfing, Branson offered Obama the chance to learn how to kitesurf.
In order to have a fun play and because the perfect conditions to learn to kitesurf, Branson and Obama agreed to set up a friendly challenge: could Barack learn to kitesurf before Branson learned to kite with a foilboard? They agreed to have a final day battle to see who could stay up on the board the longest.
Kitesurfing (also known as kiteboarding, kitesurf or simply kite) is a fairly new sport that which outfits a surfer on board with a handheld kite for propulsion. Holding onto a kite foil board means kitesurfing while riding a surfboard with a hydrofoil that lifts the board above the water surface. Kitesurfing has really taken off in the past decade. It is a sport easy to learn and really enjoyable.
Pictures published in a post on the Virgin Group website show the 44th president Barack Obama learning to kiteboard.
Barack started learning to kitesurf on the beach for two days, picking up the basics and flying a kite as if going back to being a child again. Then he went into the water, standing up and getting a feel for the kite. Finally, he put the board at his feet and gave it a go.
“One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became president, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii. When he came in from an exhilarating session, the new head of his security team turned to him and said: ‘This will be the last time you surf for eight years.’ For the next eight years he didn’t have the chance to surf, enjoy watersports or do many of the things he loved. (…) I challenged the ex-president to learn how to kiteboard before I could learn to foilboard. (…) Being the former president of America, there was lots of security around, but Barack was able to really relax and get into kitesurf. After all he has done for the world, I couldn’t begrudge him his well-deserved win. (..) Regarding me, I soon learned that foilboarding, even if you can kitesurf, is a completely new kite-sport. You come shooting out of the water, crashing down at high speed, and very much need a helmet and impact vest. Now Barack has left, I’m going back into the water to practice for the next challenge”, Branson wrote on Virgin’s website.
In the battle video clip, you could see the Obama and Branson friendly competition to see if Obama could learn to kitesurf more quickly than Branson could learn how to kite with a hydro foil board. As you could see in the video, Barack and Richard fell many times, but they kept trying again and again to kitesurf and they made progress over the days. Obama and Branson were neck and neck until the last run on the last day, when Richard got up on the foilboard and flew above the water for over 50 meters. But Barack go 100 meters on his twintip kiteboard! Finally Obama won by 50 meters!
KiteGeneration Kite School is the first kiteschool in Italy and one of the first in the world that is using Two Way Radio Helmets Waterproof!
What does mean Two Way Waterproof Radio Helmets?
KiteGeneration Two Way Radio Helmets is a communication system for athletes, students and coaches. It is a real time coaching tool which allows the coach to instantly train and provide feedback to the student and that allow student to replay and ask in real time too.
This communication system enables the coach to communicate directly with the student on the water (but even in the field or in the air) using a waterproof radio helmet.
The student will instantly receive the instructor’s feedback and could immediately implement his advices. Benefits of this communication system is exceptional!
Kitesurfing Lessons with Two Way WaterProof Radio Helmets
For teaching during Kitesurfing Lessons we use this Two Way Waterproof Radio Helmets. With the radio the students can listen all instructor’s advices even if they are far from him and could replay in instant time.
With the Two Way Radio Helmets we can teach in real-time and achieve faster and much better results. No more hand signaling, shouting or waiting for the student to stop. With the Two Way Radio Helmets we communicate all advices, skills and knowledge instantly in ‘real-time’ and always in real time students can replay and ask questions.
We can’t create miracles: the impact of real-time coaching with the Two Way Radio Helmet Waterproof coaching vary by sport, athlete and coach combination. Anyway, with the two way communication system we have had nothing less than a 50 % faster learning!
What is the difference between our Two Way Radio Helmets and the other radio helmets?
Simply the other kite school are not using Radio Helmets or are usinf ONE WAY RADIO HELMETS: one way radio helmets are helmets whereby instructor can talk to the student but the student cannot replay…sometimes that can be very frustrating andunproductive
Two way Waterproof Radio helmets for kite, surf and water sports
no wind on day three and four of the formula kite worlds in Weifang, China. Fingers crossed for tomorrow !
Light breezes tantalised racers at the Formula Kite (foil) World Champions for a second straight day, but remained stubbornly insufficient to get off any races in the women’s or men’s “gold” and “silver” fleets.
In the absence of action, the 60 riders for 19 countries were briefed on the status of kiting’s bid for a slot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and voiced concerns over some possible strategies apparently unfolding.
Markus Schwendtner, International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) CEO, outlined the possible pathway to an Olympics berth and the potential pitfalls that could lie in the way.
Key among the elite racers’ fears is that the Neil Pryde group — Cabrinha’s parent company — is attempting to establish a “one design” CR:X class with its convertible low performance foil and twin-tip board, and tube kite, in the hope of establishing a “class” and offering if for Olympics inclusion.
Riders were told that in line with their wishes, the IKA’s favoured option is to hold a “beauty contest” of leading high-performance hydrofoils and kites, choosing one of each eligible for mass production two-and-a-half years out from the Olympics as a one design model to be used in the Olympic Games and it’s qualifier events, so all athletes could train and compete on the same equipment while keeping the costs for World Sailing MNAs (National Sailing Associations) low.
Outside the Olympic pathway events, development of foils and kites would continue apace as normal to ensure equipment keeps going forward and does not become quickly dated and outmoded.
If kiting jumped the hurdles, any equipment could ultimately be chosen by the equipment and events committees of World Sailing (WS), kiting’s governing body under the International Olympic Committee (IOC), possibly in May next year.
But first comes the thorny issue of inclusion. WS is under pressure from the IOC to include kiting in its line-up (and to achieve gender equality), but is not able to increase the 10 medals available, which means that some creative work needs to be done with regard to the events of the current classes to get kiting into the Olympics.
WS is due to discuss its plans for the medals line-up at its annual conference in Barcelona in November, which will give a strong indication as to kiting’s prospects. A final decision will be taken at a WS special assembly in February by delegates from Member National Authorities (MNA).
A decision to include kiting would then have to be agreed by the IOC in June.
Most of the racers are extremely keen to see kiting win an Olympics slot, and were comfortable with the plan outlined. But they were anxious to get the message out that concerned kiters needed to push and educate their own country’s MNA delegates on the kiting’s merits, and stressed the desirability IKA should launch its own sophisticated media and PR drive to ensure success.
Similarly, the brands represented, Flysurfer and particularly Ozone, were alarmed at the prospect of one company cornering the Olympic market.
Neil Pryde has IOC connections as the maker of windsurfing’s RS:X class, and industry rivals and riders alike fear it could use their new CR:X one design hybrid class as a bridgehead to be chosen for the 2020 Games.
2016 Formula Kite Worlds in China: Day 2 – 11.09.2016
Young American Crushes at Formula Kite World Championships >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Weifang Binhai, China (September 11, 2016) – When dying winds on the opening day of the Formula Kite World Championships kept the women off the water, US rider Daniella Moroz, just 15, wasted no time to humble a classy field in the 11-strong women’s fleet, leaving reigning world champion Russia’s Elena Kalinina, 18, far in her wake, with Steph Bridge (GBR) even further adrift.
Fifty-eight riders from 19 countries have assembled to battle for the title, the first since rule changes at the beginning of the year altered class rules to accommodate hydrofoil boards in the fast-shifting environment of kite racing.
With winds today that built from about 20kts to around 26kts coupled by a mounting swell, the teenager was in a class of her own with four emphatic victories in the women’s fleet’s four opening races.
Moroz will be hoping the challenging breezes that match her home spot, San Francisco’s Crissy Field, continue over the next four days of racing for the women’s fleet, aware that arch-rival Kalinina is quick in light airs.
Deploying a Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone R1 V2 kite, Moroz admitted her smallest 9m wing was a bit much. “I was a bit overpowered, but with the wind in San Francisco, I was able to work with it. I tried to play it pretty safe, not do anything crazy and stay comfortable while keeping an eye on [Kalinina].”
In the men’s division, French rider Nico Parlier dominated his fleet with a flawless four bullets as he reveled in unusually blustery conditions that suit both his racing style and equipment.
Even in his day’s final race when reigning world champion Maxime Nocher (MON) threatened to finally snatch a victory on a searingly-quick reach to the finish, Parlier was just able to squeeze out his rival on the line in a photo-finish.
The contrast to the opening day could hardly have been more stark. In dying light airs and sultry heat, Parlier could only manage a fifth spot in his sole race. But in the windier conditions, Parlier was in his element on his smallest 11m Ozone R1 V2 kite and Mike’s Lab foil that proved ideal.
“These are definitely my conditions,” he said. “Beforehand I was very worried about the light conditions I thought I’d find here. Certainly this spot is different from every other I’ve been to. There seems to be some dust or mud in the water. It doesn’t feel fast. But I’m just trying to do my best and improve my skills.”
His pitch-perfect performances in the conditions were at odds with those of the stellar group of chasing riders in his qualifying fleet — one of two for the men — who found themselves outgunned and overpowered.
Like Parlier, the likes of Nocher, Axel Mazella (FRA) and Florian Trittel (ESP) had expected characteristic light breezes to bathe the Yellow Sea off Weifang, eastern China, and had failed to register small enough kites for the championship’s six days.
The men will race one further day of qualifying, before being seeded into “gold” and “silver” fleets, with the top 10 securing places for the medals races of the final climactic day to crown the 2016 Formula Kite world champion.
Italian-Colombian Rikki Leccese staked his claim with a great outing, claiming three bullets and a second place in his fleet’s four races. Noting that he, too, was on a Mike’s Lab foil and Ozone kite begins to seem like a tired refrain and suggests the leading trio had some unfair advantage. They hadn’t. But a change in conditions could change everything.
But for Leccese’s closest rivals, Britain’s Olly Bridge and Mario Calbucci, who racked up a clutch of second and third places between them, a shift in the weather might be their best hope of keeping them in the title hunt.
MEN Overall standings after five races (one discard):
1 Nico Parlier (FRA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 4pts
2 Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 5pts
3 Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Banga) — 8pts
WOMEN Overall standings after five races (one discard):
1 Daniela Moroz (USA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 4pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Banga) — 8pts
3 Steph Bridge (GBR, Flysurfer/Levitaz) —16pts
Hydro Foil 2016 Formula Kite Worlds China: Description and Details
The event agreement of 2016 IKA FORMULA KITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP was officially signed in Nice (France) on 9 August 2016, that means the globally top kitesurf event will be held in Joy Sea Beach Binhai Weifang on 9-15 September 2016.
Weifang is a well-known tourist city in China, for being the home of kites. Binhai Economic and Technical Zone is the area that is developing fastest in Weifang. It is no longer a desolate place, but now a famous seashore resort in the north of China with excellent seashore facilities, e.g. hotels, restaurants and baths. The new beach in Binhai, Weifang receives over fifty thousand tourists every weekend.
Weifang Binhai has a vast global impact as it firstly started kitesurf and organizing kitesurf events in China, international kitesurf events are continuously held here for 8 years. China State Physical Culture Administration has duly authorized naming Weifang Binhai as international kitesurf training base.
2016 IKA HYDRO FOIL FORMULA KITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is organized by Weifang Binhai Economic and Technical Zone Administrative Committee and undertaken by Weifang Binhai Tourism Group.
Event Dates: 09.09.2016 – 15.09.2016 (Detail in Schedule)
Formula Kite Racing Man
Formula Kite Racing Woman
Twin Tip Racing Man (Open)
Twin Tip Racing Woman (Open)
Equipment: For definition of Formula Kite, please see IKA Equipment Regulations, IKA registered hydrofoils and regular raceboard can compete in the same class in the event.
Event Jury: International Jury of International Kiteboarding Association
Event Sailing Instructions: Please see Notice of Race
On site registration: No later than 17:00 on 09.09.2106. Chinese riders and Twin Tip Racing Open can register on event’s official website, email: email@example.com
Registration Fee: 200 EUR
Event Prize money: 60000 EUR
Riders’ international class point：200 points
Visa: Visa is required for visiting China. It takes 7 to 10 days to apply for visa in some areas, riders please apply for tourist visa at Chinese embassies as soon as possible. For riders’ visa application we would provide hotel reservation form, so please send your full name and passport number via email.
Accommodation: Free accommodation will be provided for riders by the sponsor. Riders will be staying separately at Joy Sea Hotel on the beach and Dubai Hotel which is about 15 minutes’ drive from the competition beach. Hotel rooms distribution will be decided by organizing committee.
Transport: The most convenient airport to Weifang Binhai is Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Volunteers will be meeting riders at Qingdao airport on 8-9 September with free shuttles taking riders to event hotel. On 16 September, free shuttles will also available for taking riders to Qingdao airport. Riders please send your detailed flight information to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible after registration for organizing committee to arrange shuttles. Please prepare RMB at Currency Exchange at airport in case you may need to pay for anything during the event like transfer fees, hotel etc.
Location: The competition spot features flat water and clean beach, riders can safely walk on the beach barefoot.
Temperature and Wind: Temperature in Weifang is about 25-30°C in September. Apparent temperature is lower if it’s cloudy or windy. Riders are suggested to prepare a wet suit. Wind may change from 8 to 25 knots, but the wind won’t be too strong mostly.
4 September 2016: Less than 5 days to the 2016 Formula Kite Worlds
“Battle in the eagerly-awaited first Formula Kite (foil) world championship will get underway in just five days on the waters off Weifang, China.
With most of the top kitefoil racers slated to compete, the six-day event will be one of the biggest clashes since rule changes converted Formula Kite to hydrofoiling.
The International Kiteboarding Association’s (IKA) KiteFoil GoldCup and the Hydrofoil Pro Tour (HPT) have slightly diluted competition in 2016 as some riders favour one over another, making it rare for so many of the leading riders to compete on the same stage.
Now, however France’s Nico Parlier, current HPT leader, is set to go head-to-head with his fiercest rivals in China. Fellow countrymen Axel Mazella, the KiteFoil GoldCup standings’ leader, and the multi-talented Julien Kerneur, back from injury, will undoubtedly push Parlier to the limit.
Last year’s GoldCup champion, Monaco’s Maxime Nocher, will also be very much in the mix, along with the young Briton Olly Bridge who will be looking to lay some ghosts and finally seize a world championship title that has eluded him by a whisker on several occasions.
The women’s line-up is also set for a mouth-watering showdown. The US teenage foil sensation Daniela Moroz will be up against reigning world champion, Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Alexia Fancelli (FRA).
Moroz, incredibly, bested Kalinina and Fancelli to take the top podium spot at the last HPT stop in Mauritius in August. But the American will also find herself up against multiple world champion Steph Bridge (GBR), who will be looking to make amends for a forgettable outing at the opening round of the 2016 GoldCup in Gizzeria, Italy, in July.
With at least 15 women intending to head to China, the event organisers will race the women in their own fleet rather than competing in mixed flights with the men – one of the major differences of the Formula Kite Class to the GoldCup and Hydrofoil Pro Tour.
Without doubt, though, the focus will be on the leading men. Parlier was untouchable at the HPT stop at Pointe D’Esny, Mauritius. Nocher was only able to manage a fourth in the standings, just ahead of Mazella, who had triumphed in Gizzeria.
Olly Bridge took the third podium spot at the GoldCup in Gizzeria. It was a feat he matched in Mauritius, just giving him the jump on his rivals Nocher and Mazella.
With so many riders at the top of their game the stage is set for an enthralling, no-holds barred contest in Weifang in the week ahead.