Kite schools: teaching how to ride a kite is an enormous responsibility | Photo: Kite Club Cabarete

Kiteboarding is an exciting sport, but it can be dangerous if you don't follow basic rules and guidelines. That is why teaching how to ride a kite should follow a few strict guidelines.

Wind is a powerful force. Its destructive and sometimes unpredictable behavior can easily kill humans while they're having fun. Unfortunately, dozens of kiteboarders have lost their lives while sailing in coastal regions and open seas.

Learning how to kiteboard in a certified kite school is mandatory. What if there weren't specific rules for kitesurfing schools? Who would decide who's a professional kite instructor? Is there a standard rule book for kitesurfing lessons?

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Kiteboarding: check your equipment before you go | Photo: Naish

Kiteboarding involves a lot of gear. Sometimes, our brain forgets a few essential accessories. Without them, we can easily miss the session of our dreams. Print this kite equipment checklist.

It's the ultimate kiteboarders checklist. Kiteboarding has so many large and small equipment items that it is hard not to leave something behind. With time, we think we've packed everything but then, we forget that irreplaceable kite pump.

Check it before you go. Here's the complete kiteboarding gear list:

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Red Bull Megaloop Challenge: go big or go home | Photo: Schurgers/Red Bull

The Red Bull Megaloop Challenge 2015 returns to The Spot, in Zandvoort, the Netherlands.

Oli Sweeney, Nico Etienne, Jerrie Van de Kop, Kevin Smidt, Linus Erdmann and Steven Akkersdijk have already confirmed their spot in the Big Air kiteboarding event. But there are still eight places for invited riders.

Ruben Lenten, the founder of the Red Bull Megaloop Challenge, is looking for anonymous riders to join this incredible competition. If you really would like to be a part of this extreme contest, upload your best Megaloop video and convince Ruben Lenten you're the best pick.

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