Big Air kiteboarding: know the rules and win contests | Photo: Heide/Red Bull

Big air kiteboarding is growing fast. The eye-catching discipline is conquering new participants and supporters. Check what it takes to win a high jump competition.

Ruben Lenten, Lewis Crathern, Jesse Richman and Kevin Langeree are well known for their incredible airs in super windy spots. They were not born with a special talent. They learned, improved, and fine-tuned their big air techniques.

After getting acquainted with the art of launching your kite into the bluest sky, it's time to learn how you can transform your higher power into victories, trophies, and titles. Today, it is possible to fly up to 25 meters (82 feet) and become a world champion.

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Kiteboarding: going upwind is unlocking the freedom formula | Photo: Ozone

Upwind kiteboarding is what separates beginners from intermediate and advanced riders. Riding into the wind is opening up all possible moving directions.

Kiteboarders can ride their kites anywhere up to an angle of 45 degrees to the wind. This means that you're nearly sailing directly against the wind or, in other words, zigzagging across the wind.

After mastering the art of riding downwind, it's time to unlock total kiteboarding freedom and leave the "walk of shame" for the upcoming beginners on the beach. If you can go upwind, you can turn and ride downwind, and vice-versa. Pretty useful, isn't it?

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Lewis Crathern: big air specialist | Photo:

Brandon Scheid, Lewis Crathern and Jason Blanchard have claimed the 2015 Kite Clash, held in windy Squamish, British Columbia, Canada.

The three-day competition attracted international riders and also included the Canadian National Championships. In the freestyle division, Carol and Scheid showed their tremendous creativity and claimed first place.

"I had a great day at Kite Clash. Managed to walk away with first. Stoked to ride a final with all the boys," expressed Brandon Scheid.

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