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

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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Ride Engine: new harnesses and spreader bars | Photo: Ride Engine

Ride Engine has announced the launch of two kiteboarding harness, as well as two additional spreader bars.

The Californian company founded by Coleman Buckley in 2010 believes it has developed the "the industry's first form-fitting hardshell kiteboarding harness." After releasing Hex Core, Ride Engine is ready for new ventures.

"The Team Series harness features a blend of fiberglass, carbon fiber and Kevlar construction, making this a strong, light and rigid harness ideal for hard-charging riders like Patrick Rebstock, who is front lining the series this year with his signature model," the kite brands notes.

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