Philippines: a kitesurfing nation | Photo: 250K Kite Camp

The Philippines and Filipinos are a friendly lot. Their numerous beaches have always been a popular destination with surfers. One big bonus being that locals speak English, unlike elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Wave and surf conditions vary from coast to coast, and the warm, tropical weather meets a laid-back lifestyle. Definitely head away from the dense, cramped cities and escape to outlying islands, of which there are over 7,000. Surf's always up if you know where - and when - to go.

The monsoon trade winds, locally called "Amihan" and "Habagat," determine the kitesurf season. "Amihan" is the wet season on the east and north coast, while "Habagat" is the wet season in the western and southern parts.

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Aaron Hadlow: physically and mentally ready for Red Bull King of the Air 2015 | Photo: Kolesky/Red Bull

It's on. The Red Bull King of the Air 2015 will get underway between 11th-12th February, 2015.

Cape Town's Big Bay in Bloubergstrand prepares to host the prestigious big air competition as 24 of the world's best competitors take to the skies in a unique "flag-out" competition format to stand a chance at taking the prestigious title.

"We've consulted with local meteorologists and analysed the different aspects including wind, weather, time available and days left in the window period," explains Sergio Cantagalli, director of the Red Bull King of the Air.

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Rimas Kinka: the Iron Man of kiteboarding

Lithuanian kiteboarder Rimas Kinka sailed 500 miles (805 kilometers) along the coast of Florida, in 72 hours.

It was one of the toughest challenges Rimas Kinka has ever had in his kiteboarding career. Determined to beat his own record, the intrepid rider set sail with a simple green message: "Pure Ocean, No Plastic, It's Fantastic."

Kinka started his quest in Jacksonville, Florida, on the 5th February, 2015, at 10am. After a few pit stops, the sailor realized he had lost his GPS. As a result, his support crew was not able to track him until he reached Cocoa Beach.

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