Joshua Emanuel claims the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge

Joshua Emanuel has taken out the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop Challenge, in the Netherlands.

What an epic day in an insane event. The world's best big air kiteboarders survived gale force winds in the 50-knot range and took to the skies of Zandvoort, a coastal community west of Amsterdam.

The organization got the natural kickers needed for the riders to go out and throw their tricks up in the air. And you couldn't've asked for a better showdown, in front of five thousand fans.

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8 basic tricks every strapless kitesurfer should learn

Strapless kitesurfing is an incredible experience. But you need to master the art of surfboard riding to enjoy it to the fullest.

Whether the ocean is flat or pumping perfect waves, a strapless board is always a challenging kitesurfing option.

Pro kiteboarder Alberto Rondina compiled a list of fundamental tricks and maneuvers that will help you become a better strapless kitesurfer. As with always in the sport, practice makes perfect.

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Are kites useful for anything?

Countries, empires, and civilizations with cost diseases eventually choke on their own inefficiencies.

Cost diseases did it for Rome and the Ottomans. And India during the Mogul era (allowing easy conquest by England). And they are to blame for the "century of shame" when China became so dysfunctional that foreigners bullied them unmercifully (which China is now determined to exact revenge for).

There are various theories as to what causes cost diseases to take hold of stable countries and empires.

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On January 17, 2018, Portuguese big wave surfer Hugo Vau had a day he will remember for the rest of his life at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, in Portugal.

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Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

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