The world's oldest known kite

Peter Lynn is one of the most experienced kite designers in the world. Here's the story of how he found the oldest known kite.

"I remain hopeful that one day, a midden somewhere in Southeast Asia will reveal datable remnants of a leaf kite that will push the known origin of kites back beyond 10,000 years.

A pretty good proof would be a piece of Locoloco leaf spine with a line tied around it at an appropriate bridle point.

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The visual hand signals used in kiteboarding

When a kiteboarder is in distress and verbal communication is not possible, there are hand signals that can be used to communicate with rescuers and other people.

Accidents happen all the time, and kiteboarders should be open to asking for help in case anything goes wrong with their equipment, and they're injured and incapable of returning to shore.

So, if you're trying to communicate with someone who is too far away, use the internationally standardized hand signals for kiteboarding defined by World Sailing.

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The evolution of strapless kitesurfing

In 2006, the Mauritius Kitesurf International Competition opened the way to a new discipline in kiteboarding.

The event got underway at One Eye, the legendary reef break located at Le Morne, and the invitees were blessed by a perfect grand swell. They went out with their kites and surfboards and... got barreled.

In the next decade, Airton Cozzolino, Keahi de Aboitiz, Matchu Lopes, Patri McLaughlin, and Sebastian Ribeiro pushed the new discipline forward and opened a new chapter for kiteboarding.

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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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