In this video shot in Antigua & Barbuda, Jake Kelsick talks about the top 5 beginner unhooked tricks any kiteboarder can try once he gets comfortable unhooking. Check it out!

A short clip from Julien Kerneur’s days in Dakhla! Enjoy.

A short clip from Julien Kerneur’s days in Dakhla! Enjoy.

Linus Erdmann and Alex Pastor in Tarifa

Posted: 28th April 2017 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Linus Erdmann and Alex Pastor killing it in Tarifa. Watch the boys enjoying the Poniente wind!

Music: Hucci – Pheonix

Check out Ryland Blakeney’s new edit packed with nice wave riding action, on an offshore location!

Preseason Buildup

Posted: 28th April 2017 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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The start of the season is edging ever closer and it won’t be long before another instalment of warp speed slalom will be coming to your screens. Ahead of the first event of the year we caught up with the reigning world champions - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7) to see how they are feeling before the start of the season…

Hey SQ how’s it going? How are you feeling ahead of the first event of the season?

“Hi, I’m doing okay! I’ve been back home in Aruba for the past month getting my slalom gear ready.

I don’t know how I match up compared to my fellow contenders as I didn’t get a chance to train with any of them. 

Especially since I decided to go for bigger boards this year. I’ll be using 107l & 127l as medium and big board as opposed to 97l and 114L… Just so I’ll be able to get out of the lulls as quick as the lighter riders. In any case the most important thing is that I’m feeling comfortable on my gear and that also brings confidence. 

So I’m looking forward to see what the start of the season brings. On another more important note, as final preparation I got my hair trimmed today. I think that I’ll be creating less drag and therefore will be going faster.”

How has your winter training gone and where have you been?

“My winter training was hectic, fun and a nice adventure all together. 2 months in cape town, 1 month in Australia and 2 weeks in Maui. Which also means I spent more time wave sailing than anything else.

But the last month in Aruba it’s been all about slalom sailing with the local boys and girls. I’m so amazed at their level and for me it’s just the right motivation… I mean, being passed by kids 10 years my junior either means I’m slow or they’re really fast (They’re fast. Look out for these talents from Aruba in the future!). Either way it means every time I go out I have to get my setup right and step up my game.”

Last year you and Lena Erdil had an extremely close fight for the title are you ready for another battle?

“Well it looks like this year will be a true battle again! Add Japan and New Caledonia to the calendar, sprinkle the line up with riders like Delphine Cousin (Starboard / S2Maui), Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7 / Mystic), Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Çagla Kubat (Starboard / Point-7) pray for wind everywhere and we’ll have an epic showdown. And I’m looking forward to be in that title race as well!”

Straight after Korea the tour will be heading straight to Japan for the second stop of the tour - have you sailed there much before or heard much about the conditions?

“I’ve never been to Japan and honestly only know about the wavespot Omeazaki, which looks absolutely epic.

Only recently did I find out that many slalom world cups have been held in Yokusuka in the past as well. Having never been there It’s going to be tricky in Japan, but hopefully I’ll get some sailing in before the event starts. I’ve heard a lot of stories from the Japanese riders and can’t wait to experience this new place.”

Finally, when will you be heading to Korea?

“I’ll arrive in Korea 2 days early! Rice and Noodles here I come!”

Hey Matteo, how has your winter training gone and are you feeling ready for the start of the new season?

“Hi guys! It went really good. We sailed in every kind of conditions so far and I’m ready to start!”

Korea will be the start of your title defence - does it feel any different to you preparing for the start of the season as the champion? 

“I feel much more relaxed than last year at the moment. I couldn’t work more than how I did and I can’t wait to start racing.”

After Korea we’ll be going straight to Japan for the second stop of the 2017 slalom tour - do you know what to expect conditions wise there as it’s the first event in over 20 years there.

“I’m just looking over the forecasts and statistics… It looks a windy place, at least from the forecasts, and I hope we will get proper conditions to get a really nice event.”

Last year you managed to win the only elimination in Korea - so you’ll also be defending your event title… Korea can quite often be tricky conditions - how do you find them?

“Yes, it’s always tricky. Often you don’t do many races and then you have to push hard and perform right from the start! You get this flat super gusty conditions when the wind is thermal from the right and this super choppy condition when the wind is side-on from the left… throw in all the seaweed and it is never a really easy place to sail, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Lastly, when will you be arriving in Korea?

“I’ll be there on the 30th April in the evening to sail a couple of days and get ready for the first race of the season!”

Thanks Sarah-Quita and Matteo. Good luck in the opening event of the year. 

You can track theirs and everyone else’s progress by tuning into between the 3rd-8th May.

Alex Maes, Pierre Vogel and Isabel von Zastrow will be competing against the world’s wakestyle elite in the 2017 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational, that will be held from June 3rd-9th in Cape Hatteras.

Since 2008, kiteboarders from all over the planet have assembled their best footage to submit for the Wind Voyager Triple-S Wildcard Video Contest. Each year, the best wakestyle riders scour their hard drives for the “A+” clips, then hit the water and session their brains out to stack a few last-minute tricks into the edit. Standout riders from kite spots all over the world hold nothing back, showcasing their talent on a wide variety of kicker and slider features. The results are nothing short of mind-blowing, an incredible snapshot of the wakestyle kiteboarding scene.

Men’s 1st Place: Alex Maes
Men’s 2nd Place: Pierre Vogel
Women’s 1st Place: Isabel Von Zastrow

Snowkite 2017

Posted: 27th April 2017 by Paula Pintão in Snowkite
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Pure fun on the mountains! Check out this short clip filmed in Tromsø, norhern Norway.

Kite Gotland

Posted: 27th April 2017 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Jonatan Lundmark shares with us a fun session on a sunny day in Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Check it out!

Slalom Preview

Posted: 27th April 2017 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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The start of the 2017 PWA Slalom World Tour is now just under a week away and the first stop of this year’s tour will see two stops in Asia - firstly with the Ulsan PWA World Cup which runs between the 3rd-8th May before heading immediately to Japan for the first event their in over 20 years.

Ben Proffitt (Simmer / Simmer Style) is the voice of the PWA and he’s just filmed a preview looking at the likely top contenders in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) will start the season as favourites having been crowned world champions in 2016, but it will be interesting to see who comes flying out of the blocks when the green flag is raised.

You can see Ben Proffitt’s preview by visiting @