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  1. GKA KSWT 2018 - Full Season Re-cap!

    Now you can re-live the highs, the lows and the extraordinary performances of the 2018 GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in the full season re-cap.
  2. 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton

    European champion Guy Bridge breaks Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton record 1). 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Fremantle, Western Australia: A convincing win by 19-year-old Guy Bridge from Devon, UK saw a new race record set at today’s Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race from Rottnest Island. Within five minutes of the race start there was already a clear winner. The Current European Champion flew in front of the field from the start on his hydrofoil board and grew his lead as he crossed the Indian Ocean from Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach in Fremantle in just 18 minutes, 49 seconds. In a solid 20kn winds and under clear blue skies, Guy shaved 45 seconds off the race record set in 2016. Guy said the conditions were perfect for the 19km crossing. “I’m pretty stoked. There was no seaweed and plenty of wind, there wasn’t too much swell so it was really perfect,” Guy said. “I went a lot faster than last year, it’s pretty incredible to have managed to get the extra distance ahead in the race to beat the record,” he said. First woman across the line was Twin Tip rider Rachael Hughes, who is from New Zealand but currently living in Safety Bay in Western Australia. Rachael said she was surprised to win. “It was a great race, really fun. I wasn’t expecting to win. It’s always a toss-up which kite you’re going to race with so there is some luck involved too. The wind was pretty good the whole way across, I got in the shadow of one of the ships out there for a bit but then was ok the rest of the race.” 2). 2018 Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton Winner of the Mens Twin Tip category was Dan Anderson from Coolbellup in WA in a time of 26 minutes 45 seconds. Rachael won the Twin Tip division, and Claire May won the open category. This year’s Marc Sprod Memorial Trophy, awarded to the fastest West Australian, was presented to Alty Frisby from Samson, Western Australia. Alty is a past winner of this award, winning it in 2016. He placed second overall with a time of 21 minutes 14 seconds. He said despite his board giving him some initial issues, he managed to catch up some time lost at the start and was stoked finishing in second. “It’s fantastic to win the Marc Sprod Trophy for a second time. I knew Marc before he died because he was part of the crew. I’m very happy. “My hydrofoil was misbehaving, sort of kicking as though I was dragging some seaweed, but there was none there. There was nothing to do but just ride through it. I was quite unstable for a lot of the time but I kept pushing, going consistent rather than trying to go too fast. I watched other people crash and kept going and pushed it towards the end because I didn’t have much to lose. “I was probably 5th or 6th til about half way, then people started dropping. Then I was 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and about a kilometre before the end I thought oh my goodness I can do this! “The wind wasn’t as strong as it was predicted so I was very comfortable I had the right sized kite and good equipment for the day,” he said. Current National Kitefoil Champion Mani Bisschops placed third overall in a time of 21 minutes, 17 seconds. 135 local, interstate and international kiteboarders took on the open ocean race this afternoon. Winners shared more than $5000 in prizemoney. 3). Guy Bridge, Alty Frisby, Mani Bisschops Mens Overall and Mens Foil 1 Guy Bridge 18:49 2 Alty Frisby 21:14 3 Mani Bisschops 21:17 4). Dan Anderson, Ben Field, Jonathan Steel Mens Twintip 1 Dan Anderson 26:45 2 Ben Field 29:00 3 Jonathan Steel 29:15 5). Claire May, Kate Reynolds, Natalie Broughton Womens Foil 1 Claire May 36:50 2 Kate Reynolds 37:43 3 Natalie Broughton 38:50 6). Rachael Hughes, Cristina Gaudieri, Kathryn Davies Womens Twintip 1 Rachael Hughes (fastest woman) 31:10 2 Cristina Gaudieri 32:56 3 Kathryn Davies 33:00 Photos and text by: facebook.com/Lighthouse2Leighton
  3. Kevin Langeree, the winner of this year's Red Bull King of the Air made us wait 8 months for the video from this event – but it was worth waiting! Photographer Credit: Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool
  4. 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Day 4

    Leaders defend their Positions but Margins shrink at Kiteboarding's Olympic Debut Buenos Aires, 11 October 2018 1). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 24 boys and girls in the Youth Olympic kiteboarding event were able to complete one elimination series race today in gusty and shifty conditions, with the top three of both the Girl’s and the Boy’s fleet remaining the same. With their medal race scheduled for Saturday, plenty could change in tomorrow’s races. In the Girl’s fleet, another win for Alina Kornelli (GER) gives her an eight-point lead, but the chase for the silver and bronze medals is much closer, with six athletes separated by just seven points. Currently sitting second is Sofia Tomasoni (ITA), who is only a point ahead of Nina Font (ESP) in third. “Today was pretty cold and I struggled with that; I had to race in the Final B, which I won, but I’m not so happy with my results,” said the Italian. 2). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I’m still second, so I can’t complain. You really have to be focused on what you’re doing and take a good kite size.” The fight for gold is not quite as clear-cut in the Boy’s fleet; Deury Corniel (DOM) won today’s race, but he’s just five points ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and six ahead of Toni Vodisek (SLO). 3). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “There’s a lot of fierce competition and a high level of kiters, so I’m just trying to stay focused,” Maramenides said. “It’s a pretty tight race between the three guys for gold and silver – I’ll be going for gold over the next two days.” Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Friday 12th October. The Boy’s and Girl’s Windsurfing fleets will sail their medal races, while the Mixed Nacra 15 fleet will resume racing after today’s reserve day. TOP 3 BOYS AFTER 6 ELIMINATIONS (2 DISCARDS) 1. Adeury Corniel (DOM - Upeksha/Ozone) - 4 pts 2. Cameron Maramenides (USA - Upeksha/Ozone) - 9 pts 3. Toni Vodisek (SLO - Upeksha/Ozone) - 10 pts TOP 3 WOMEN AFTER 6 ELIMINATIONS (2 DISCARDS) 1. Alina Kornelli (GER - Axis/Ozone) - 4 pts 3. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA, Upeksha/Ozone) - 12 pts 3. Nina Font Castells (ESP, North/North) - 13 pts Full Results
  5. 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Day 2

    Dominican Republic and Germany take the Lead in Youth Olympic's Kiteboarding Event. Buenos Aires, 09 October 2018 1). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Three eliminations and the start of elimination 4 have been completed on day 2 of the kiteboard TT:R boardercross event at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Adeury Corniel (DOM) is demonstrating why he was one of the favourites for gold ahead of the competition with three wins from three so far. 2). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “Today was an amazing day and the conditions were perfect,” he said. “I’m really happy to be first place in the rankings, but for me it’s not about winning; it’s about the experience and what I can see with my eyes. It’s wonderful to be here.” Corniel is two points ahead of Cameron Maramenides (USA) and five points ahead of Christian Tio (PHI). 3). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the Girl’s fleet, Alina Kornelli (GER) won two out of three races to take the current first-place ranking, leading Ona Romani (ARG) and Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) by three points. 4). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Racing continues at 12:00 local time on Wednesday 10th October, with all three classes scheduled to be on the water. TOP 3 BOYS AFTER 3 ELIMINATIONS (1 DISCARD) 1. Adeury Corniel (DOM - Upeksha/Ozone) - 2 pts 2. Cameron Maramenides (USA - Upeksha/Ozone) - 4 pts 3. Christian Tio (PHI - Upeksha, Ozone) - 7 pts TOP 3 WOMEN AFTER 3 ELIMINATIONS (1 DISCARDS) 1. Alina Kornelli (GER - Axis/Ozone) - 2 pts 2. Ona Romani (ARG, Upeksha/Ozone) - 5 pts 3. Sofia Tomasoni (ITA, Upeksha/Ozone) - 5 pts Full Results
  6. 2018 Youth Olympic Games - Day 1

    Kiteboarding's Inaugural Olympic Event Kicks Off In Light Breezes In Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, 09 October 2018 1). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All three classes competing at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games were in action on the second day of sailing at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarding and the Mixed Nacra 15s begin racing today, joining the Girl’s and Boy’s Windsurfing (Techno 293+) which started yesterday. Two heats were raced in the Girl’s and the Boy’s fleets; the top three ranked athletes in each heat progress to a six-strong Heat Final A, while the other six are put through to Heat Final B. The finishing positions in Final A and B will decide the result for the first race of the week. Paula Herrmann (DOM) and Christian Tio (PHI) both finished second in their heats and will be racing in the Girl’s and Boy’s Final A. 2). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I enjoyed the first day of the competition and I’m really happy to reach Final A because I had a really hard heat,” said Herrmann. “It’s everyone’s dream to be here and my aim is to get a really good result,” added Tio. Also making up the Girl’s Final A are Sofia Tomasoni (ITA), Nina Font (ESP), Poema Newland (FRA), Ona Romani (ARG) and Oliwia Hlobuczek (POL). 3). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Joining Tio in the Boy’s Final A will be Benoit Gomez (FRA), Cameron Maramenides (USA), Manoel Dos Santos Neto (BRA), Adeury Corniel (DOM) and Toni Vodisek (SLO). The Girl’s and Boy’s Kiteboarders will follow heats-based system throughout the week, eventually determining which four athletes will progress to the final. 4). 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Full Results
  7. AIR GAMES 2018 - BRAZILIAN CLEAN-UP OPERATION GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018
 Final Round: Fehmarn, Germany 24 – 28th August Monday 27th August, 2018, Report: Jim Gaunt, 
Photos: Ydwer van der Heide DELIVERANCE AT DAWN The first order of Monday’s dawn raid was to take care of the remaining women’s single elimination semi-final between Champion-elect Mikaili Sol and Pauline Valesa; Sol needing just this heat win to be assured of the Championship (on better count-backs than her closest rival Hannah Whiteley), come what may in the final and then the double elimination. It’s a challenge in itself to ride at your best at 6.30am, let alone when your first World Championship counts on it. Managing the mind of a 13 year-old can be difficult on many levels, but the Swiss 6x snowkiting World Champion and youth coach of excellence, Fabio Ingrosso, said that Mika was already up at 4.30am and came to wake him; a change from the distracted talent he was trying to keep focused in Sunday’s stop / start heats with up and down winds. 1). Mikaili, primed for success The strong forecast held true and delivered nature’s payback after a windless round one in Leucate. Riders would fully let loose and fly. After calmly testing the waters and her gear for a few minutes, coach Fabio’s final words to his young student were, “Show me the real Mika Sol.” She nodded, swang her kite towards the horizon and got down to business, setting the tone for what would be seven hours of back-to-back heats in which the full men’s and women’s double elimination ladders ran to completion and closed the season out. GKA Air Games - The 2018 Finals - Deliverance at Dawn 2). It’s more than a solo effort to become World Champion at just 13… though raw talent is of course the primary ingredient. Coach Fabio and Mika’s dad supporting from the sidelines Pauline and Mika are two of the slightest athletes on tour and French rider Pauline took the longest to adjust to the strong 28 - 32 knot conditions, having the bar ripped roughly out of her hands early on while trying to build handle-pass scores. Mika meanwhile landed a slim 5 before safely compiling a couple of solid kite loop scores. On Fabio’s signal Mika was in for a slick pit-stop, upping her kite size to a nine metre and grabbing her foot-strapped board. Nailing the double front board-off on her first attempt she was safely ahead with five good tricks to two. Red flag up: she was a 13 year-old World Champion, but there was little fanfare. If she went on to win the final against Hannah she’d be guaranteed a clear points gap with no count-backs necessary. 3). Mika’s double front board-off was hard to beat… alongside her slim 5s, kite loop bar spins and more! Hannah Whiteley has found that this mixed Air Games format perfectly suits her robust style of riding. The northwest of England is blustery and cold and can deliver every imaginable wind condition. Hers is therefore a committed style but she will have to wait until next season to “beat that little grom” from Brazil (as she affectionately calls the rider who is half her own age). Mika went on to maintain a 100% heat victory record this season – eventually beating Hannah once again in the double elimination final later in the day. Hannah retains the second position she's held all year and walks away from this tour with a strong training goal. “I’ve realised that this is my dream tour that pulls all aspects together. I will be fully focused to be as ready as I can be for 2019. Bring on the Cape Town training!” Credits also go to third place finisher, Dutch rider Pippa van Iersel who has made a big impact with her huge kite loops, powerful passes and strong vision for how she wants to represent female riding. You'll be seeing lots of her in the coming year. 4). Hannah, hustling for the win MEN’S DOUBLE ELIMINATION: Chomping at the bit to get into action, the men’s first double elimination heats started with those riders who took the earliest exits from the single elimination in vastly different conditions. The second elimination offers the chance for a rider to heroically march their way back up the ladder. In the midst of the men lurked a King of the Air specialist and it was time to shine for Lewis Crathern. 5). Lewis sending one of his many kite loop variations that saw him strongly advance Gaining fortune from a couple of heat byes, Lewis found himself projected up the ladder to face Dominican shredder Luis Alberto Cruz in heat #28A. Luis V Lewis was a fantastic heat and at 33 years-of-age Lewis is the oldest rider on the tour and showed that in high wind experience counts. Stacking each of his heats, he loaded the judge’s tablets with technical but flowing boogie loops (mega loops with a front roll) kite loop late back rolls, super controlled double front roll board-offs (not using the handle), high kung-fu passes and a couple of super powered back mobes. He progressed through five heats back-to-back and found himself suddenly having a potential say in the World Championship, lining up against Jesse Richman. 6). Playing to the conditions, Crathern had a killer series of heats At this point the focus of the story switches from Lewis to Jesse as the Hawaiian hit the water fully charged to launch his assault on a third world title. As he launched his kite on the beach he hooted characteristically, seemingly without a care in the world and stoked on the power in his kite. His enthusiasm is infectious and spread wildly as we closed in on the moment that the first ‘Air Games’ World Champion would be crowned. 7). Always sending, Jesse Jesse opened up his account with a huge boogie loop followed by a massive triple front roll off a kicker with each body rotation totally inverted. Within seconds he’d also landed a kung fu high handle-pass, already completing a high scoring trick in each of the three categories. Lewis was also registering good scores but was clearly a little more worn. After three tricks each there was already a sizeable eight point gap. Jesse looked ultra fresh and stomped a huge kite loop board-off; a relatively new move that’s handsomely rewarded and richly deserved. After the heat Lewis said, “I thought I had an advantage as I was well warmed up but Jesse did everything and I didn’t know he literally had the kite loop board-off in the bag like that!” Jesse faced Aaron Hadlow next in a huge heat of few mistakes. Quality and size evidently mattered over quantity and there was no margin for error with both riders getting the highest heat scores of the contest so far. Jesse prevailed with a whopping 27.64 to Aaron’s 25.93. Jesse’s overall impression score of 4.7 out of 5 was second only to his previous heat score of 4.8. He was nearing Air Games perfection. 8). The beauty of the double elimination is that the tension builds and builds as the higher placed riders enter the competition heat by heat towards the final stages. Jesse was itching to get going One competitor remained and we were gifted a winner-takes-all season showdown. If Carlos Mario won another final he and Jesse would finish the tour on equal points, but Carlos would win on count-backs having won more times than Jesse. If Jesse won (and he'd have to beat Carlos twice as he won the single elimination), the Hawaiian would have an overall points lead. If we weren't already aware of Carlos' natural talent, he was the only rider who didn’t warm up on the water at all. His first heat was the final and he went straight from launching his kite to the competition area and was tricking with dry hair. He was born ready to kite… Very different in their styles, experience and preferred conditions, Jesse on paper was more at home as a King of the Air winner, so decided to hit Carlos where it hurt early on with a massive kite loop board-off; a move that as yet we’ve not seen the Brazilian attempt. Jesse looked good all the way into landing but caught an edge in the white water and drifted away from his board. 9). Having landed two super clean kite loop board-offs, Jesse was unlucky to suffer two rough landings in chop. In smoother waters, could the story have ended differently? Jesse believes he was ‘just one butt check away’ at the start Carlos pounced, returning the favour and showed that he’s about more than just new school technicality, launching a solid kite loop with a late back roll. Jesse was up and riding again and tried the same trick again, failing again by catching a nasty bit of chop and no doubt expending energy and flow in his mind. 10). Carlos Mario engages kite loop mode The Hawaiian did get back on track and gained momentum towards the end of the heat but by then Carlos had landed an assured world class 317 – a flat spin wakestyle trick with two handle-passes. In normal freestyle conditions it’s a high scoring heat trick. In these conditions he knew the handle-pass category was his. Having only learnt board-offs for this World Tour, Carlos put down two fine examples, including a triple back roll variation. 11). Carlos and Jesse took each other all the way this season, having to be separated on count-back results, and have started this new Air Games world tour with an enourmous bang. The best of the best have lots of respect The final wasn’t as epic as the semis and in truth the damage was done in the first few minutes. Jesse himself said, “I felt good going into the heat and just gave it everything that I had right out of the gates. I didn’t get the scores I needed at the start of the heat and sometimes it goes like that, but Carlos is one of the most all round kiteboarders in the world and in technical freestyle I think he’s untouchable.” Adding to his two pure freestyle world titles, Carlos said that he had to train hard for the board-off but is super stoked to be crowned the most all-round twin-tip rider in the world. GERMANY RESULT: MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 3 Aaron Hadlow (UK) 4 Lewis Crathern (UK) WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 4 Pauline Valesa (FRA) 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEN: 1 Carlos Mario (BRA) 6,234 (Wins on countbacks with more wins) 2 Jesse Richman (USA) 6,234 3 Maxime Chabloz (SWI) 5,871 WOMEN: 1 Mikaili Sol (BRA) 6,300 2 Hannah Whiteley (UK) 6,201 3 Pippa van Iersel (NED) 6,102 12). GKA Kiteboarding World Tour ‘Air Games’ 2018 , Fehmarn, Germany STAY TUNED TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS TO STAY UP TO DATE! FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE
  8. Airush Wave V8

    Oswald Smith and Reider Decker enjoying 2018 Airush Wave V8.
  9. 2019 Slingshot SST

    FREEDOM AT LASST The SST means surf, foiling, freeride freedom. Carve upwind for miles to find the best swell, slash harder than riders half your age, then dash downwind, swap your surfboard for a foil and do it all over again. The magic of the SST is in its amazing drift and responsive handling, even when depowered, sheeted out and drifting downwind. Where any other kite would barely steer at all, or fall out of the sky, the SST kiteboarding kite drifts like a feather remaining quick and reactive at the bar, almost as if it knows what you’re going to do before you do it. SIZES: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 12 FEATURES: Superior kitesurfing and foiling performance Drifts like a dream Solid crossover flat water kiteboard + kitesurf performance Responsive steering, even when sheeted out or drifting downwind Condensed IRS bridle won’t wrap around wingtips PACKAGE INCLUDES: SST Kite SST Back Pack Quick Start Guide Patch Kit Extra Bungee
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