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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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      Martin Lark

      Monday 17th October, 2016
      Dakhla Morocco
      Heat reports: Matt Pearce

      An early start this morning saw the riders yet to qualify for the main event heading to the beach at 8am to catch the predicted early morning winds. The first challenge however was to swerving a dramatic lightning storm during set up. A mandatory safety pause saw the winds fill in dramatically cross onshore and then fade out into a lighter cross-offshore direction that perked up the swell. The last two trials sparked into life with riders still being scored on 100% wave riding performance prior to the main event which would combine wave and strapless freestyle.

      Ominous mood on Monday morning
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
      The wind was noticeably stronger and more cross-off than yesterday's first two trials heats. The waves were a touch sporadic but the sets were still coming through and first up Nicola Abadijev (BUL) and Pedro Matos (BRA) linked stylish turns on the better waves that pushed through and their talent was plain to see.

      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

      Nicola Abadijev
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
      Heat four concluded the trials. By then the wind had switched a little more offshore but had increased in strength. D'jo Silva (CV) and Evan Netsch (USA) sought out the best waves of the heat. D'jo’s powerful style, honed at Ponta Preta in Cape Verde contrasted with Evan’s fluidity, but this heat was about working hard to grind out a result from the intermittently usable faces.

      D'Jo Silva
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
      TRIALS TOP ELEVEN (Advancing to main event):
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      Ralph Boelen's clean front roll
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Jan Marcos shredding
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
      Left brooding after his shocking early exit in Mauritius, Airton Cozzolino was nothing short of relentless in his heat and put together what was arguably the most impressive freestyle performance of the day with a powered front roll and tic-tac shuvits that featured among a huge stack of tricks. His arsenal is vast and in between he managed to milk the waves for all they're worth; a perfect reflection of the vision for this tour.

      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      James Carew
      Photo: Ydwer van der Heide
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      Martin Lark

      The contest window for the final stop of the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle tour is now underway here in Dakhla. Building the tension for this deciding event, we're looking towards Sunday afternoon and through early next week with all eyes on the steadily building wind and swell that promises the climax we've all been looking forward to for 2016.

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      Dakhla Attitude owner Idriss Senoussi introduces the Moroccan dignitry to the tour's own high statesman, Jaime Herraiz
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