John Perry: he can hardly see the kite

John Perry has gone kiteboarding with 200-meter (656 feet) kite lines.

The creative kiteboarder loves to develop his own custom lines. Recently, Perry rode a 2016 Slingshot Turbine kite, equipped with 100-meter ropes, in light wind conditions at the mouth of the Hood River, in Oregon.

The brand's R&D gear tester proved it is possible to sail in surface winds of nearly zero knots - a light breeze is what it takes to get the Turbine up in the sky.

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Big Air kiteboarding: know the rules and win contests | Photo: Heide/Red Bull

Big air kiteboarding is growing fast. The eye-catching discipline is conquering new participants and supporters. Check what it takes to win a high jump competition.

Ruben Lenten, Lewis Crathern, Jesse Richman and Kevin Langeree are well known for their incredible airs in super windy spots. They were not born with a special talent. They learned, improved, and fine-tuned their big air techniques.

After getting acquainted with the art of launching your kite into the bluest sky, it's time to learn how you can transform your higher power into victories, trophies, and titles. Today, it is possible to fly up to 25 meters (82 feet) and become a world champion.

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Kiteboarding: going upwind is unlocking the freedom formula | Photo: Ozone

Upwind kiteboarding is what separates beginners from intermediate and advanced riders. Riding into the wind is opening up all possible moving directions.

Kiteboarders can ride their kites anywhere up to an angle of 45 degrees to the wind. This means that you're nearly sailing directly against the wind or, in other words, zigzagging across the wind.

After mastering the art of riding downwind, it's time to unlock total kiteboarding freedom and leave the "walk of shame" for the upcoming beginners on the beach. If you can go upwind, you can turn and ride downwind, and vice-versa. Pretty useful, isn't it?

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