Waterstart: master the art getting on the kite board | Photo: PKRA/Toby Bromwich

The board start, also known as waterstart, is one of the most important moments in kiteboarding. Learn how to master the art of getting up on the kite board.

The kiteboard waterstart requires time and training, but you'll rapidly learn how to angle your feet before being pulled by a kite. ISAF's "Beginners Guide to Kiteboarding" summarizes the board start in 10 simple key points:


Maxime Nocher: looking good in 2014 | Photo: IKA/Onur Cam

Maxime Nocher and Steph Bridge taken out the gold medals at the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships, held in Burc Beach, Turkey.

Four medal races were run in the decisive day of competition, near Istanbul, with winds ranging between 12 and 15 knots.

After an error in equipment selection, Oliver Bridge won all four medal races of the day to clinch the bronze medal. Not bad for a rider who was out of the podium in the penultimate day of races.


Bjorn Rune Hansen: he forgot his luggage in Sweden

Bjorn Rune Jensen has been the fastest rider at the Red Bull Battle of the Sund 2014, a kiteboarding marathon held between Sweden and Denmark.

With 250 kiteboarders from 16 different nations out in the water, it was time to rewrite the history of the great naval battle that took place November 8th, 1658, and that was lost by Sweden.

But the problem is that Rune Jensen, a kiteboarder from Denmark, had other plans. He ended up winning the 40-kilometer Open class challenge in one hour and 31 minutes.