Kiteboarding: what goes up must come down | Photo: Red Bull

Kiteboarding wipeouts and accidents are more frequent than you think. Although it is considered a relatively safe sport, you must follow all the rules and safety guidelines. Otherwise, there will be blood.

Would you love to learn how to kiteboard? The most important advice is to pay a qualified kite instructor to teach you the basic lessons: self-rescue, wind window, cloud formation, and wind scales.

Kiteboarding companies are developing new security systems so that riders can easily detach themselves from the kite when a problem occurs. Sudden wind gusts can throw you into the tarmac, in a couple of seconds. Therefore, no risks should be taken.

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2014 Kiteboard North American Championships: challenging kelp and light winds | Photo: SDYC/Bob Betancourt

Oliver Bridge and Julien Kerneur have claimed the Formula Kite and KiteFoil divisions at the 2014 Kiteboard North American Championships, held in the San Diego Yacht Club, in California.

European kiteboarders showed their dominance in American waters. Bridge and Kerneur managed to finish both categories in the podium, with a slight overall advantage for the French rider.

"It was great to win all four races in the formula class. It was good to end winning, it was good to end an event like that," expressed Oliver Bridge, 17, who will be competing in the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2014, in Abu Dhabi.

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Rob Douglas: the American bullet | Photo: Arnone-Project

Rob Douglas has claimed the 2014 National French Kitesurfing Speed Championships, held at La Franqui.

The American kiteboarder won three out of four races and hit the fastest speed mark of the event. The founder of the North American Speed Sailing Project sailed at an average speed of 42.5 knots over the 500-meter speedway.

Douglas reached a maximum speed of 47.8 knots at Les Coussoules Beach, in winds speeds ranging between 15 and 30 knots, with his Cabrinha Velocity prototype.

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