- 11 March 2016 | Kiteboarding
In July 2015, Portuguese kitesurfer Francisco Lufinha broke the Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop kitesurfing journey. A new documentary tells the whole story behind the unprecedented feat.
The goal was to beat the 564-kilometer (304 nautical miles) world record and push it as far as possible in an Atlantic Ocean crossing between Lisbon and the island of Madeira. Aiming for a maximum of 1000-kilometer (539 nautical miles), the adventure was named Mini Kitesurf Odyssey 2015.
Lufinha rode his kite non-stop for 47 hours and 37 minutes. He had several setbacks and only called it quits after completing more than 85 percent of the journey between Lisboa and the archipelago.
- 08 March 2016 | Kiteboarding
There's a new drone capable of changing the future of kite sports, especially when there's no wind and lots of adrenaline to be released. Please enter the exciting world of droneboarding.
Meet the Aerones, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ready to replace the wind as the ultimate alternative power source. And you don't need kites either. The Aerones is a drone, but not a drone like those you find in tech and gadget stores.
The Aerones has the lifting force of 37 kilograms (81.5 pounds), and it can easily tow a kiteboarder, skateboarder, or snowboarder. It was designed and developed in Latvia.
- 03 March 2016 | Kiteboarding
Lewis Crathern is lucky to be alive. After wiping out at the 2016 Red Bull King of the Air, the British kitesurfer reveals how he nearly drowned and dove into an induced coma. Now he's back, ready for new adventures.
The 30-year-old kiteboarder owes his life to Reno Romeu and Andries Fourie. They were his opponents in a spectacular windy heat taking place at Cape Town's Big Bay. When Crathern free fell 20 meters (65 feet) and crashed into the water, he immediately blacked out.
"The accident was partly just some bad fortune as well as a little pilot error. I lost control and hit my head hard when I landed. I owe my life to the two kitesurfers, the medics who were on the beach, as well as Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital where I received superb medical care. I am so grateful to them all," said Lewis.