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  2. HEAVY HITTERS REGISTERED FOR ACTION AT GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA The GKA Kite World Tour is in Sotavento, Fuerteventura, this week for the fourth GKA Freestyle World Cup stop of the season. 22 men and 12 women registered for the event this morning at the Rene Egli Watersports centre, and there's a host of riders in the ranks who are out to unseat current tour leaders Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol when the main event begins. 1). More flags than the United Nations! In the men’s division, Carlos remains unbeaten this season but challenging conditions at the last two freestyle events haven’t enabled the men’s division to complete a final, so he retains the lead by default. That means Maxime Chabloz, who came painfully close to beating Carlos in the only completed final of the season at Leucate in round one, is just 33 points behind and well within striking distance. Highly on-form Italian charger Gianmara Coccoluto looks odds-on for an event win this season and isn't far away in third, and there’s a tight points margin between him and Liam Whaley in fourth too. Any one of these riders could make life hard for Mario here in Fuerte! 2). Carlos Mario sends one for the boys / buoys In the women’s division, Mikaili has a bigger lead on points having been in two finals this season (one of which she won at the GKA Gran Canaria) but fellow Brazilian Bruna Kajiya and Pippa van Iersel from the Netherlands are on her tail. Mikaili may look hard to beat, but she hasn’t had her customary clean sweep of victories so far this year so her first place position is by no means unassailable. 3). Mikaili Sol during today's warm-up session So, that means we’re in for a potentially pivotal week here at Playa de Sotavento, with two big double events still to come in Mauritius and Dakhla, plus Brazil still potentially in the calendar at the end of the season. There's a plentiful supply of Calima trade winds on the forecast and the main event's set to start tomorrow at 10:30 GMT. 4). Glorious hues of blue at Playa de Sotavento Official event page.
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  4. THE GKA FREESTYLE WORLD CUP FUERTEVENTURA 2019 BEGINS THIS WEEK! The fourth freestyle fixture of the season, the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura, fires up on Friday and will run from the 19-24th July. It'll take place at the legendary Sotavento, in the south of the island, a notoriously windy location that has played host to countless kiting and windsurfing World Tour stops over the years. After two events with challenging conditions, Brazilian phenoms Carlos Mario and Mikaili Sol are the top ranked riders, although their leads are anything but secure with a host of talented chargers in hot pursuit. Besides the freestyle action, there's also a Big Air Invitational coming up at the event which will see strapless freestyle riders and freestyle kiteboarders competing together in mixed teams to see who can stick the most outrageous big air tricks. It's the first time something like this has happened in competition, so it should be something special! Head to the official event page to find out more and to tune into the LIVESTREAM once the action starts rolling! GKA Freestyle World Cup - Fuerteventura 2019 - Event Promo Official event page.
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  6. Liam Whaley - Impulse

    "Impulse", a short film documenting Liam Whaley's return to the Red Bull King Of The Air...
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  9. Core XLite

    CORE XLITE: FOIL Specialized Series, CORE’s line of highly focused, single-purpose gear adds a new kite. The XLITE answers the call for a dedicated, high performance foil kite. A no compromise, all in, one strut inflatable with features unique to the niche discipline of foiling. 1). Core XLite A tailor-made foil kite. One of foiling’s defining attributes is the ability to #gokiting when traditional kiters can’t. Hydrofoils are so efficient that they need a kite that flies in virtually no wind. "We set a very high bar when we release a new Specialized Series product and our new foil kite is no exception" comments Philip Schinnagel, CORE's managing director. XLITE, an offspring from the Nexus and Section kites, went through a comprehensive lightweighting program which shed 20% in weight. Foiling the XLITE in 8-10 knots has never been easier. 2). Core XLite 3). Core XLite The devil is in the details. Mass reduction isn’t easy. So, CORE experimented with new leading edge materials, bridles, andone strut designs. After exhaustive R&D, our designers zeroed in on CoreTex for the canopy and new ExoTex Light for the leading edge. "CoreTex brings power and support to our single strut canopy" explains Frank Ilfrich, CORE's chief designer. "And our testing found ExoTexLight is similar in strength as our currentExoTexleading edge dacron yet is 10% lighter." New, lighter bridles (and redesigned attachment points) prevent line snag when relaunching. No detail was too small to lightweight. In the end, CORE’s 20%mass reduction target was achieved. 4). Core XLite The power of the Nexus and the drift of the Section. The XLITE’s design genus is inspired by CORE’s wave phenom, the Section, and the Nexus, a multi-talented allrounder. The XLITE benefits from the Section’s drifting skills in waves. Yes! The XLITE is wave ready! Send the XLITE, and you’ll feel that Nexus power in super light winds. Enough juice that allows you to size down. CORE’s designers increased the canopy’s aspect ratio (higher than the Section) so the kite can keep up with the foil at speed. With perfect kite balance and super direct bar feel, the XLITE makes learning new moves a blast. 5). Core XLite CORE’s new Sensor 2S Pro Foil bar completes the package. SLE foil kites are sensitive to heavykite lines that sag and affect steering. To maximize yourXLITE'sperformance, we recommend our new Sensor 2S Pro Foil bar.It comes with a shorter all carbon bar in 39/45cm width and super adjustable lines that are 20% thinner. Thinner lines also improve water relaunching in marginal conditions. The foil bar comes with 22m Tectanium lines (16m+2m+4m) that are rated for 300+kg. Additional 3m extensions are found in the bar bag for those who prefer longer lines. 6). Core XLite 7). Core XLite Sizes: 4.0 | 5.0 | 6.0 | 7.0 | 8.0 | 9.0 | 10.0 | 11.0 | 12.0 Pricing from: EUR1.099,- Key Features: EXOTEX® LIGHT ULTRA RIGID DACRON: Super light, zero stretch airframes. CORETEX® TRIPLE RIPSTOP CANOPY: Powerful. Durable. And UV protected. ONE STRUT LIGHT FRAME: Lightweight driftability. Easy water relaunching. LW PROFILE: Drift tuned camber for light wind magic. FUTURE-C SHAPE: For fast, tight turns when jibing. CIT MODES: Customizable “power steering” and turning speed. ULTRASHORT BRIDLE SYSTEM: For improved kite feedback.§INSTANT RELAUNCH: Easy, strut supported waterstarts. SPEED VALVE 2: Fast, reduced effort inflation. SPEED PUMP SYSTEM: High capacity, all strut inflation. SENSOR BAR READY: Calibrated for all Sensor bar systems. XLITE - FOIL BETTER Find out more about the new XLITE at: corekites.com/us/kites/xlite Photocredits copyright Thomas Burblies copyright Steven Akkersdijk copyright Taylor Höll
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