Foil kites: controversy flies high | Photo: Team Bridge

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) is studying the ban of foil kites.

The world governing body for the sport of kiteboarding is analyzing whether it will keep foil kites in the competitive scene, due to safety concerns. The issue will be debated during IKA's general meeting scheduled for November 4th.

The majority of Formula Kite riders using Leading-Edge Inflatable (LEI) kites are being overthrown by the most efficient of the power kites, that is, the foil system.

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Bryan Lake: a Slalom champion with Freestyle skills | Photo: PKRA/Bromwich

Bryan Lake and Katja Roose are the 2014 PKRA Slalom World Tour champions. The kiteboarders confirmed their titles at the Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup, in China.

Athletes were greeted by 20-25 knot winds on the course, as wells as bumpy conditions and breaking waves at the finish line. It would be an intense day of races, for sure.

Roose and Annelous Lammerts were neck and neck coming into the day, and the Dutch riders' battle came down to the last race of the event.

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2015 Fuel kite: powered by the new Nitrous bridle system

Slingshot has announced the launch of the revolutionary new Nitrous bridle system, included in the 2015 Fuel kite.

The American kiteboarding company has developed a system that allows you to run the Fuel kite in two different ways: the Nitrous mode and the direct connect mode.

"The 'Nitrous Mode' is our new four-point pulley-less bridle system that comes pre-installed on the new 2015 Fuel. It delivers explosive pop, massive travel, and for the first time, you get incredible range and turn-ability. Basically, it makes the Fuel fly like a RPM on steroids," explains Slingshot.

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