King Philippe of Belgium goes kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is popular sport among CEOs, executives and politicians. Richard Branson, for example, is a regular kitesurfer, and a world record holder.

The businessman even organizes the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, a large kiteboarding event that attracts thousands of enthusiasts every year.

But we had never seen monarchs riding kites. The truth is that the official Belgian Monarchy Twitter and YouTube accounts posted a homemade video of Philippe, King of the Belgians, kitesurfing in Knokke.

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Martin Dolenc crowned 2017 TwinTip:Racing European champion

The 2017 TwinTip:Racing European Championship tested a new competition format that will be used in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina.

As a result, riders sailed 175 short races in a downwind slalom set-up with jumps. The event sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association got underway in the waters of Gizzeria, Italy.

There was some controversy about the refereeing concept with many kiteboarders demanding explanations for judging decisions on penalties for tangles or touches on obstacles to be jumped.

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TEN Kiteboarding hits the market

TEN Kiteboarding is a new brand born in the Netherlands.

The company founded by Dominique Kwaks, Eddy Lansink, Daan Groot and Guido Veldhuijzen aims to deliver "thoughtful products for kiteboarders."

The Dutch kitesurfing firm says it will produce not the latest, but the best technology, for a fair price. In other words, functional, durable and essential kite gear.

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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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