Lewis Crathern: professional kite mentor | Photo: LewisCrathern.com

The Cabarete Pro Series 2016 invites recreational and amateur kiteboarders to train with three world-class riders from January through March.

Jalou Langeree, Sebastian Ribeiro, and Lewis Crathern. Each month, one of them will help you improve your technical skills and overall riding performance.

The kite clinic kicks off with two-time world champion Jalou Langeree. The Dutch wave kitesurfing master will boost your ocean competence to the next level, between January 11th-15th and 18th-22th.

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Kitesurfing schools: the best way to learn how to fly a kite | Photo: KiteboardingAsia.com

How should you choose a kitesurfing school? The question is simple and recurrent, yet the answer can be tricky. The best kitesurfing school is the one where you'll learn the basics of kiteboarding and safety in the water.

The first rule of kitesurfing is that you shall never try to learn how to fly a kite by yourself, especially if no one is with you in case everything goes wrong. Kitesurfing can be extremely dangerous.

Becoming familiar with power kites is the best way of starting out. Traction kites will help you understand how wind and kites work together to generate speed. That is why taking lessons from a qualified instructor will protect yourself from severe injuries.

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Kite sports: IKFO wants to unite the clan | Photo: Alastair Campbell/Creative Commons

A group of kiteboarders and action sports professionals has announced the creation of the International Federation of Kitesports Organisations (IFKO).

In an especially turbulent moment for the sport of kiteboarding, the newly-created organization aims to represent national governing bodies, as well as all kite riders, i.e., kiteboarders/kitesurfers, snow kiters, and land kiters.

The IKFO has its headquarters located in Guincho, Portugal, and features a few well-known names in its founding council: Kirsty Jones, Dominique Cartan, and Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo.

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