Port Alfred: windy and wavy

A kiteboarder has died in Port Alfred, in South Africa.

The 66-year-old rider collapsed while kitesurfing at Eastern Beach.

"The man had reportedly collapsed unconscious, suspected to be from unknown medical causes, while kitesurfing with his son and fellow kite-boarders", underlined Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

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2014 Red Bull Ragnarok: find Dominik Zimmermann

Dominik Zimmermann has mastered the 2014 Red Bull Ragnarok, at Dyranut, Norway.

Ravines, drifts, rocks and hills were blessed by excellent snow conditions and sunny weather. Occasionally light wind made the competitors struggle to keep their kites in the air.

Only 40 kiteboarders managed to finish the whole race, and it took three hours for Dominik Zimmermann to finish the competition in first place.

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KiteTender: who said vessels don't like kites?

They say kite sailing is the future. KiteTender blends the world of kiteboarding and sailing in a single watercraft.

The idea comes from Almere, in the Netherlands. Peter Renssen and Peter Schermer have decided to create a specially-designed monohull for kite sailing.

After four years of research and development, the KiteTender was successfully tested in the water. The KiteTender 400 model is a one to two person vessel that is propelled by a classic kiteboarding kite.

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