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Naish Kiteboarding - Kite News Flash: June 8, 2016

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EVENT RECAP: Kiebler Brothers Represent Top Youth at 2016 German Kitesurf Masters

The first event of the 2016 German Kitesurf Masters was held on the German island of Sylt from May 11-16. The event consisted of a Slalom race, Freestyle, and Big Air event. Team Naish riders and brothers, Xaver Kiebler, 16, and Jakob Kiebler, 17, competed in all three events. Xaver came out victorious in the Slalom Race and fourth in Big Air with Jakob finishing in second in Freestyle.

Winning the Slalom race, the new format being adopted for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, is Xaver’s ultimate goal. After a series of perfect starts and fast riding on his Naish 14m Torch Xaver was able to finish in first—one step closer to making it to the 2018 Olympics!

Read more HERE»




AS SEEN IN: Kiteworld – 2016 Naish Park HD 7m

Kiteworld calls the Naish Park HD one of the most versatile kites on the market, “an absolutely standout freeride kite with a huge amount of performance on offer.” Considering which kite to buy next? Check out Kiteworld’s review here.

Read the full review HERE»

View the Park HD HERE»




PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT: Trip – Foil/Underpowered Riding

Sizes: 8,10,12

Low wind; no problem! The Naish Trip excels in underpowered conditions. Perfect for dedicated intermediate-to-advanced riders, the incredibly lightweight, strutless design delivers the wind range of a larger kite while retaining the fast, precision turning of a smaller kite. An ideal fit for foiling, the Trip’s responsive depower and light weight—compared to other kites of this size—supports seamless transitions for a smooth ride. Log more days on the water with the Trip. 

Watch the Video HERE»

View the Trip HERE»




FEATURED VIDEO: Ewan Jaspan – How-to Videos

Want to reach the next level in your kiting? Here are the latest installments in team Naish rider Ewan Jaspan’s how-to video series. Here’s two new videos for you to sink your teeth into.

How to do the Back Roll to Blind»

How to do a Front Roll»




FEATURED VIDEO: Red Bull KOTA – Kiteboarding New Heights

When 24 elite kiteboarders go into battle through extreme winds and monstrous swells, they take the sport to new heights. Follow team Naish riders Jalou Langeree, Kevin Langeree and Jesse Richman as they step outside the Big Bay arena and explore everything Capetown has to offer. 

Watch the video HERE»

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