San Francisco Bay: too big, too easy to get lost

A stranded kitesurfer was saved by the US Coast Guard and the Good Samaritan, after using his waterproof handheld radio transmitter to call for help, in San Francisco Bay, California.

At 5:20 pm, the kitesurfer lost his board four miles north of the San Mateo Bridge and 4 miles east of the San Francisco International Airport.

As the US Coast Guard received the rescue plea, all boats in the area were warned and called to help.

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Kiteboard Tour Asia: nice competition in very nice windy venues

The KTA tour reaches its final destination in Thailand on its five stop tour series that has also taken it from China to Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The final event that will also see the crowning of not only the KTA Tour Champions, but also the first ever Asian Champions in both freestyle and course racing, will be taking place at the stunning Paknampran beach in Pranburi, Thailand from the 25 – 28 March.

The final KTA event will be hosted by the tours overall headline sponsor, the Evason Six Senses Spa, at its beautiful beach front location which promises to be an amazing experience for riders and spectators alike.

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PKRA Thailand: kiteboarders in freestyle mode

Not only is Thailand known as the “land of smiles” it is also called the Disneyland of Asia. This event has been nothing less than incredible.

The people have just been so amazingly friendly, the water is as warm as bath water, the sand on the beach melts between your toes, the food is outstanding and not to forget that the temperatures are scorching hot.

All riders from around the world are super thrilled to be competing in a place where such wonderful conditions exist. We could rename Hua Hin the Disneyland of Kiteboarding.

The air temperature today reached 37 degrees Celsius not including the humidity index, which was near 43 degrees Celsius.

Some of the event crew could not keep the water cooler stocked with enough bottles of water to keep all the riders hydrated. It was an upsetting day for the men freestyle world champion Kevin Langeree (Naish, NTH) who lost two competition heats today.

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