Air Games: GKA plans to blend big air and freestyle kiteboarding

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) announced the launch of the Air Games, a new World Tour that combines all kiteboarding styles.

While the World Kiteboarding League (WKL) struggles to keep the freestyle discipline up and running, the GKA decided to develop a big air-inspired circuit focused on high jumps and maneuvers.

The GKA Kiteboarding Air Games World Tour will kick off in 2018 with three events held in Leucate, Tarifa, and Cabarete. The goal is to get the wow factor and spectators' enjoyment at the heart of all the action.

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How to launch a kite with an assistant

Launching a kite is one of the most important moments in kiteboarding. Here's how an assistant can help a rider get his kite up in the sky.

As a kiteboarder, you need to make sure your kite starts flying as it should and, simultaneously ensure you do it in a safe zone, away from objects, landmarks, and other people.

Kites not only become extremely heavy after inflated, but they can also reach high speeds on particularly windy days. And then, let's not forget the kite lines, an always dangerous weapon that will severely injure passersby.

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The rise of the foil kiteboarding era

I was a latecomer to using kites as sails and didn't make a start until 1987 when it seemed to me that enough ducks were in a line to make a major shift to kite traction achievable.

I had also temporarily run out of interesting single-line kite challenges.

By then, I'd been strongly influenced by Paul MacCready winning the Kremer Competition for the first man-powered aircraft to fly a one-mile Figure 8 course, in 1977.

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Invented by Southern California surfers, kneeboarding is a crossover water sport that blends the thrill of wakeboarding and water skiing with the adrenaline rush of surfing.

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The Kiteboarding Riders United (KRU) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) released a joint statement clarifying the current situation in professional freestyle kiteboarding.

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The full schedule for the 2018 European Skimboarding Cup (ESC) has been released.