Amanda Boxtel: a disabled kite star

A paraplegic woman has decided to try kiteboarding with special gear.


Twenty one years ago, the life of Amanda Boxtel changed forever. On the 27th February, 1992, at the age of 24, the blonde girl would have to change the way she moved.

"It happened in a split second while downhill skiing. A freak somersault and I knew I was paralyzed. An electric current went through my legs, and then there was nothing. I shattered four vertebrae, bruising my spinal cord, paralyzed from the hips down with no sensation", explains Boxtel.

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Tandem kiteboarding: Tamatoa Gillot only travels with girls

Tamatoa Gillot has created a special harness which allows for tandem kiteboarding.


The passionate kiteboarder enjoys sharing all the feelings he gets when riding the transparent waters of Tahiti. But, how could he kite with someone? Unless you're Richard Branson, it would be difficult.

Tamatoa Gillot managed to develop a kite harness, which allows him to carry a person. There's one rule, though. Girls only.

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Foil kiteboarding: is this the future? | Photo: Carafino

The 2014 KiteFoil GoldCup will make its debut with five world events.


The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) is giving the kite class a brand new global competition series.

"The format of racing will include a wider variety of courses depending on the local conditions, to make racing as challenging and fun as possible", IKA explains.

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