Kite repairs: learn how to fix tears and holes | Photo: Ozone

A large majority of kitesurfing kites is made of ripstop nylon. With time, small rips begin to appear. Learn how to fix a tear so that it won't spread throughout the whole fabric.

It's easy to damage your kite. Whether you're packing, transporting or riding, the kite's ripstop fabric will be in contact with multiple surfaces and objects. It could your nails, but it can also be a rock, sand and water.

If you found a very large rip on your kite (more than ten centimeters), you should let a professional fix it. However, if you feel you've got what it takes to repair the damaged area, then let's do it properly.

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Kiteboarding in China: Gisela Pulido claims the skies of Pingtan | Photo: Bromwich/PKRA

Peter Lynn is one of the most experienced kite designers in the world. He produces the largest inflatable kites in the planet, but he also makes kitesurfing kites. Lynn reflects on the role of China in the kite world.

Peter Lynn has a busy agenda. The New Zealand engineer is constantly traveling and adding new layers of knowledge in the kite making territory. In a recent newsletter, Lynn dissected the latest developments in China, when it comes to producing kites.

"Ten years ago, kites for sale [in China] were complete rubbish; they cost less than a dollar including line, but generally wouldn't hang together long enough to get into the air, even in the hands of experienced fliers," underlines Peter Lynn.

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Francisco Lufinha: 36 hours in a pool

Francisco Lufinha will try to complete a 1000-kilometer (539 nautical miles) kitesurfing challenge between Lisbon to Madeira Island.

The Portuguese kiteboarder expects to complete the goal in between 36 and 43 hours, which means two nights crossing the stormy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

If successful, Francisco will not only be the first person to connect the Portuguese capital to the Madeira archipelago on a kite board, but he will also break his own world record of the longest non-stop kite journey.

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