Alex Soto

F-One in America and Cosmic Kites are thrilled to announce that Alex Soto will join their team.

Alex has on multiple occasions proved himself worthy of battling the best of the best freestyle kiteboarders in international contests. Unfortunately, lack of resources has prevented Alex from attending the full tour and having a fair shot at the world champion title.

Alex is currently the resident professional rider and instructor at the Cosmic Kite Lounge at Extreme Hotel on Kite Beach in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Together, Cosmic Kites and F-One will provide the structure, gear and funding required for Alex to take full advantage of growing up in a world class kiteboarding spot so he has the opportunity to take his place amongst the very best freestyle riders in the world.

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Sharks are attacking in the Florida coast

A 38-year-old kiteboarder has died after being attacked by several sharks off the coast of Florida, near Stuart Beach.

Stephen Howard Schafer was kitesurfing in an unguarded water zone.

A lifeguard even tried to rescue the kiteboarder, but he was severely wounded and unconscious and died in the local hospital.

Authorities have closed a few beaches as they have been spotting hundreds of dangerous sharks by the Florida coast, in the past weeks.

Schafer was an experienced kiteboarder. The last shark-bite fatality in Florida has occurred in 2005.

KTA Vietnam

Mui Ne has lived up to its reputation as one of Asia’s most consistent wind venues by giving round three of the KTA tour four days of competition.

This saw the event beginning with both the men’s and women’s course racing on day one, with day two and three focusing on the freestyle events, plus the added bonus of the extremely popular Big Air contest, which left the final day open again for further course racing to finishing things as they were begun.

After some very tough technical racing on day one, which left Yo from Thailand and Kathryn Bogwardt on top of things, the winds increased more to favour a call for the freestyle, which ran the double eliminator for the 12 women competitors and the 26 men.

There were many great rounds on the way through to the finals, with standards noticeably on the up from the first two rounds of the tour with the great conditions and the improving level of riders taking part from 19 different countries. In the end many heats were so close that only a split decision would separate who carried on and who would have to fight back through the loser brackets.

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