• By Martin Lark, in Gear,
    Overview
    The Helium is a light wind specific kite that is all about having fun when the conditions are marginal. Blasting upwind with controllable power, extended range and low bar pressure make light air kiting effortless and exciting.
    Exceptional stability Low-end power with sheet and go delivery Full depower and extended wind range Low bar pressure and quick turning Optimised for lightwind relaunching Lightweight construction Is this kite right for you?
    If you live in an area where the winds aren’t always strong or you can’t drop everything whenever windfinder is looking good, the Helium 2 will allow you to enjoy kiting on those light-wind days.
    What's new?
    The new Helium 2 is a refinement of the original Helium. Most notably, we've added a new 15.5sqm size offering a greater range of options for light-air riders. We've slightly modified the leading edge tube to re-align the wingtip and provide a more robust structure for quicker response and improved stability. We've also added a rear steering line which engages the trailing edge at the wingtip strut upon maximum bar movement. The steering line improves turning and powers the kite up substantially without compromising the Helium's excellent stability and light bar pressure. In particular, reverse and standard re-launch are enhanced. The new Helium2 provides dependable light-air riding with surprising agility.
    For details visit: switchkites.com/helium2
     

     
     
    By Martin Lark, in News,
    Lewis Crathern from England is especially famous for his breakneck jumps over piers in Worthing and Brighton.
    Lewis was taking part in Red Bull King of the Air 2016 and, unfortunately, suffered a very serious injury. While performing a mega loop with a backroll, his kite stalled and Lewis hit the water falling 65 feet.
    No brain damage occurred, there were no fractures and no damage of the internal organs. However, doctors decided to put Lewis into an induced coma until his condition is stable.
    Aaron Hadlow, the winner of Red Bull King of the Air 2016 said: ‘I couldn't help but think of one of my best mates missing out on the final and ending up in the hospital’.
    Watch the video of Lewis’s accident:
     
     
    Photo by: Ydwer van der Heide / Red Bull Content Pool
    By Martin Lark, in Gear,
    Defining quality, defining moments, defining style: Slingshot has been a leader and innovator in the kiteboarding industry for nearly 20 years, and we’re making that statement loud and clear as we forge ahead in 2016.
    With that energetic attitude, we’re excited to announce the launch of our 2016 foil program, featuring three foils and highlighted by kiteboarding’s first graduated-length mast system, which we’ve trademarked Foiling Flight School.
     

     
     
    Through Foiling Flight School, kiters will have access to three different masts of incremental lengths (15, 24 and 30 inch), in addition to the full size 35.5-inch mast that comes stock with our newly-developed Hoverglide NF2 foil. By starting short and working up to a full-size mast, kiters who utilize this program are guaranteed to learn to foil faster and with less pain and frustration than with any other setup.
    Thanks to the Hover Glide’s aluminum and composite construction, the supplemental masts are extremely durable and are priced competitively in the market. Masts can be purchased individually for shallow water use or as a discounted package for Foiling Flight School.
    For dealers, this is an invaluable sales tool, as it sets Slingshot apart from the competition and makes the decision easy for the many consumers who have the desire to foil but may be intimidated by the learning process.
     
     

     
    Also for 2016, we’re launching two other foils: the foil-aficionado’s wet dream- the sleek and stealthy all-carbon Silencer NF2 – and our popular, tried and trusted all-around weapon of choice, the Lift NF2. For foil boards, we’re continuing with the popular Alien Air platform and are introducing two versions of the new Dwarf Craft board (42 inch and 54 inch). All three boards are compatible with all three foils and include Slingshot’s popular adjustable track system for added user customization.
     
     
    Visit: slingshotsports.com
     
     
     
    By Martin Lark, in Events,
    And here we are after yesterday’s finale of another contest by Red Bull. There was no room for disappointment in Cape Town, as  the weather, from the early Sunday morning, was just perfect for kiteboarding and Big Bay where it all took place  gathered  almost fifteen thousand fans.
    During the first round, on Thursday,  it was already clear who would be the real competition this year. Aaron Hadlow (GBR) was defending the title and Jesse Richman (USA) , Kevin Langeree (NED) and Reno Romeu (BRA) also placed themselves in the lead. Three of the mentioned contestants won the previous editions of the Red Bull event – Aaron in 2015, Kevin in 2014 and Jesse in 2013.  
    In the end, it was Aaron Hadlow who won the Sunday contest, at the same time becoming the first contestant in history to win the ‘King of the Air’ title twice.
     
    Check out the final results:
    1st - Aaron Hadlow (GBR)
    2nd - Jesse Richman (USA)
    3rd - Kevin Langeree (NED)
    4th - Reno Romeu (BRA)
     

    Aaron Hadlow poses for after winning the Red Bull King Of The Air At Big Bay, South Africa on February 7, 2016.
     
     

    Aaron Hadlow poses for a portrait with Kevin Langeree (R) & Jesse Richman (L) after winning the Red Bull King Of The Air At Big Bay, South Africa on February 7, 2016.
     
     

    Aaron Hadlow celebrates after winning the Red Bull King Of The Air At Big Bay, South Africa on February 7, 2016.
     
     

    Reno Romeu performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town on February 7, 2016
     
     

    Kevin Langeree performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town on February 7, 2016
     
     

    Aaron Hadlow performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town on February 7, 2016
     
     

    Aaron Hadlow performs during the Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town on February 7, 2016
     
     

    Aaron Hadlow in Action during day 2 of the Red Bull King Of The Air At Big Bay, South Africa on February 7, 2016.
     
     

    Reno Remeo in Action during day 2 of the Red Bull King Of The Air At Big Bay, South Africa on February 7, 2016.
     
     

    Crowd during the final day of Red Bull King Of The Air, Big Bay, Cape Town on February 7, 2016
    Photos By:
    Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool
    Christian Black / Red Bull Content Pool
    Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull Content Pool
    By Martin Lark, in Events,
    The sign-up period is now open for the first IKA World Championship Tour to be held this year between 20-27 March in fantastic El Gouna, Egypt.
    The overall prize is 50000 Euro and the winners in big air and freestyle will get 1000 points each.
    Registration for round one - El Gouna Grand Slam: worldkiteleague.com
     
    Here we have a few photos of the beautiful Elements Station in El Gouna where the event will take place.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    By Martin Lark, in Gear,
    Manera is a still little-known brand developed by F-one. The company produces premium-class kitesurfing accessories such as wetsuits, board bags and harnesses. Manera has been on the market since 2011 and typical features of the brand’s equipment are the highest-standard workmanship, unusual attention to detail and top-shelf materials used for production of Manera’s accessories.  Innovative harnesses designed and manufactured by Manera  are packed with high-tech solutions and the final product has been tested even by the F-One owner,  Raphaël Salles.
     
    Check out the video presenting Manera’s latest release: Exo Harness from 2016 collection:
     
     
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    • Red Bull King of the Air 2016
      January 30, 2016 1:00 PM Until February 14, 2016 7:00 PM
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      Red Bull King of the Air 2016
      30th Jan - 14th Feb 2016
      Cape Town and its prolific summer South-Easter will once again play host to the world’s most progressive kiteboarders as they go head-to-head to see who rules the sky. The competition – due to take place at Big Bay on the windiest day between the 30 of January and 14 February – will see 24 riders trying to out-fly each other in a unique format.
      Riders
      Only the finest are selected to ride. Some of the planet's most progressive kiteboarders make up the field - these are the top 12 from Red Bull King of the Air 2015 (with the exception of crowd-favourite Ruben Lenten, due to illness); with the remainder of the field made up from video contest entries (selected by the judging panel) and two wildcards.   History
      The concept started in 2000 at Ho’okipa on Maui and for five years Red Bull King of The Air staged the biggest one-off annual event at the most epic spots. Then it took an eight-year hiatus, to be reborn in 2013 at Big Bay, in Cape Town. Since then, there have been three epic events with a new king crowned each time, Jesse Richman (2013), Kevin Langeree (2014) and Aaron Hadlow (2015).   Event Format
      The contest will be run on a 24-man, single-elimination “FLAG-OUT” format.
      “FLAG-OUT” format schedule of heats – All riders will have a different coloured lycra vest on when they hit the water. Each rider/colour is related to the same colour flag on the beach. As a rider gets flagged- out, that colour flag will come down. The colour flags are placed on the beach, (next to the Beach Marshal’s check-in spot) situated straight from or slightly down from the launching area. The "FLAG- OUT" system will be used on each heat of the contest.
       
      Event Tips
      To get to the venue, head north by west out of Cape Town on Otto du Plessis and follow the signs to Blouberg/Big Bay Parking is extremely limited. Share lifts or take the MyCiti Bus Take the MyCiti bus all the way to Big Bay. Arrive early as space is limited on the Grand Stand. Bring sunscreen, a hat and warm gear as the chills can set in with the wind toward sunset. Expect to leave in the dark.   Stay tuned to @RedBullZA for the latest updates. We'll keep you updated on the date and possible start time, but it will run until sunset, so come out after work if it happens on a weekday.
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