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Safety systems allow kiteboarders to quickly depower their kites and enter emergency mode. Learn how to detach a kite from the harness in case anything goes wrong.

It happens a lot to beginners, but it can also happen to any advanced kiteboarder. A kite that is out of control can have serious consequences, so you must know what to do and act quickly.

That is why it is so important to train your brain to take decisions when you've got a problem with a flying kite. The first thing you have to have in mind is that you must be ready to quickly release tension from the kite lines.

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Hayling Island: the skies were grey, but the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada broke the Guinness World Record

It's officially amazing. The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest parade of kitesurfers.

Despite the rain and the grey skies, they did it. A total of 423 wind riders braved the choppy, cold waters of Hayling Island, completed the one-mile course needed to bring the record to Britain.

Kiteboarders launched their wings up in the air with winds blowing between 15 and 18 knots, and the challenge took three-and-a-half hours to complete.

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Nels Gerhard Glesne: kiteboarding with friends in Maui

Nels Gerhard Glesne chose to celebrate his 100th birthday by going kiteboarding.

The young Maui resident, who is also a keen tennis player, decided to hit Kanaha Beach Park to ride the local winds with a few friends.

Nels went sailing with his son Tom, Scott Drexler and his brother Greg, and Jimmie Hepp. The truth is we don't know who had the most fun. Was it Glesne or the other boys?

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