- 09 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
Francis Rogallo, known as “the father of hang gliding,” died on September 1st, in Southern Shores, near Kitty Hawk, the birthplace of aviation. He was 97 years-old.
Rogallo and his wife Gertrude invented a “flexible wing” flier that was the precursor of personal flying machines like the hang glider, paraglider, ultralight aircraft and kiteboards.
He graduated from Stanford with a degree in mechanical engineering and aeronautics.
In 1963, NASA awarded Rogallo the highest cash award to date for his generosity of offering the US government the use of his patents.
He was inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
On May 11th 1997, the NASA Langley Research Center recognized Rogallo for his many contributions to flight.
Today, members of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association are called "Rogallo" members.
- 08 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
A kitesurfer from Bedfordshire has died after hitting rocks due to strong winds.
The accident has occurred on the Lancing seaside, West Sussex, England.
A doctor tried to aid the 49-year-old man at the scene and he was then transported by air to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.
- 07 September 2009 | Kiteboarding
l’Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran became the fastest yacht on the planet yesterday, setting a new record for the 500 metre mark of 51.36 knots, thus beating the previous record set by kitesurfer Alex Caizergues who held the previous record of 50.57kts set in Namibia last year.
Alain Thébault and his crew also set new records for the 1000 metres lifting this mark from 43.09kts to 48.72 kts.
The records were established at Hyères (and are subject to the ratification of the WSSRC). A westerly wind of 28 kts was blowing for the records.
During the run Alain Thébault and his crew hit 55,5 kts (103 km/h) and a set a mean velocity of 51.36 kts.