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Marc Jacobs joins North international team of riders. Check the video!

Triple Freestyle World Champion, Bruna Kajiya joins North international team.

Here is North Press:

North welcomes Bruna Kajiya!

North Kiteboarding is thrilled to announce that Triple Freestyle World Champion, Bruna Kajiya has joined our world-class team of international athletes.

The first female to land a Backside 315, Bruna is one of the most recognisable faces in kiteboarding with her powerful and progressive riding style.

Brazilian born and bred, Bruna’s love for the ocean started through surfing, where she picked up the nickname ‘Little Fish’. From the moment she tried kiteboarding, Bruna has been working her way to the top. With numerous feats including 5 x Brazilian Champion, 2x Triple S Winner and 3 x Vice World Champion, it’s safe to say that Bruna is one of the best female riders out there.

Mike Raper, Brand Director at North says “Bruna has such a powerful vision for women that pushes riding styles to the limit. We are stoked for her to join our team and very excited to see where her drive and passion will take her next.”

When it comes to training, Bruna’s self-motivation and discipline is relentless. With regular training sessions at the Red Bull headquarters in LA, she’s a force to be reckoned with. A true icon for female riders, Bruna is dedicated to empowering women to get involved in the sport.

Bruna believes that kiteboarding is a means to express her true self. Her dedication to training, the way she moves, and even her bubbly personality, can all be seen when she is out on the water. We can’t wait to support Bruna in taking her riding to the next level.

Source: northkb.com

Jalou Langeree joins North international team. Here is the clip!

Annabel van Westerop is joining North Kiteboarding international team.

Jesse Richman announced he’s leaving Naish team and joining North Kiteboarding.

Read bellow North press release.

North welcomes Jesse Richman to the International Team

North is proud to announce that Jesse Richman is joining North Kiteboarding’s growing team of international riders.

Jesse is one of the best-known and well-rounded figures in kiteboarding. His feats include back to back World Championship wins on the Kiteboard Pro World Tour in 2008 and 2009, winner of King of the Air in 2013 and runner up in 2016, and famously being the first kitesurfer to get barrelled at Jaws.

Mike Raper, Director of Brand at North says ‘it’s truly an honour to have Jesse join North. He’s not only an incredibly talented rider, but also a fantastic individual whose values completely align with the direction we’re heading at North. I’ve personally known Jesse since he was a wee grom at Ka’a Point (aka Kite beach), it’s been great to watch him grow into the inspiration that he now is. We’re very excited to have him on this journey with us.”

Jesse will be joining close friend and North Team Manager, Nick Jacobsen on the international team. This is something the two athletes have been working towards for over twelve years. He is a fantastic addition to the strong and growing team of North riders, each who are committed to making kiteboarding a more visible and accessible sport.

Jesse says, “My wild journey with a kite has led me to this moment; a transformative time in the sport where anything can happen. The industry is filled with amazing riders, great companies and a worldwide community of inspiring kiteboarding enthusiasts. I want to push the limits of the sport and blow through any perceived boundaries that we have. It’s kismet and it’s exhilarating to be a part of a team with which I am so well-aligned on this mission. North is on a trajectory like no other brand has been on before, the team is a star-studded cast; to get in on this action is a dream come true.”

Jesse was born and raised in Maui, where he developed a strong connection to the ocean. He started surfing and windsurfing, then discovered kiteboarding at the age of 9. He has devoted 15 years of his life to the sport and is constantly looking for ways to push both his own limits and that of the sport.

Jesse will be one of the select few athletes in the world to receive a set of North prototype kites ahead of North Kiteboarding’s official launch in August, 2019.

Source: northkb.com

Ruben Lenten joins Ozone

Posted: 11th Januar 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
Original Post: http://kitemovement.com
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Ruben Lenten is now part of the Ozone team.

Read here Ozone Press Release:

The whole Ozone team have followed Ruben since the early beginnings of his Kiting career and have admired his dedication and commitment to growing the sport. Our paths have crossed several times and we are now stoked to have Ruben officially become part of the Ozone team. Renowned for pushing the more extreme side of Kitesurfing his whole ethos resonates with being driven by the elements, consistently being inspired by nature’s most brutal conditions.

We are excited to welcome Ruben on board as our Global Brand Ambassador, as a top level rider he knows all too well the importance of having the most high-end and efficient equipment possible whilst taking performance and innovation into account. Ruben will continue to drive the growth of Kitesurfing, together with Ozone’s continual drive for producing innovative performance equipment this is a perfect match.

Ruben is a legend in the industry, his enthusiastic passion for the sport is contagious for anyone who comes in contact. He is dedicated to inspire people to send it and live life to the fullest. We are thrilled to have him riding our equipment and representing us on the combined mission to push kitesurfing to the next level.

A very warm & windy welcome to the team Ruben!

A NOTE FROM RUBEN //

“Good things take time. After 3 years of testing almost every kite on the market I’m so stoked to have found this great brand to move forward with who share the same vision and above all passion. Let’s fly, Ozone!

Ozone is an awesome company owned and run by people who ride hard and fly high. Over the past 20 years Ozone has been on a mission with it’s own factories and team of professionals innovating, testing and developing the best kitesurf and snow kites, paragliders and speedwings in the world.

I have been kitesurfing for over 18 years and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Every session there’s something new to enjoy and learn, it never ends. This feeling is just amazing and playing with different gear and setups always brings new opportunities and feelings. Like with our brand new all-round high-performance kite, the Amp. This kite has stolen my heart and I’m so excited to fully express myself on this awesome kite along with the Torque board.

At Ozone they know how to build gear, that’s for sure. I’ve been blown away by their capabilities and innovations thus far. With these great products and this amazing team we’re focused to grow Ozone worldwide and give more and more people the feel and performance of Ozone. I’m looking forward to visiting your homespots, riding together and having some fun. That’s what it’s all about!

Stay tuned for what’s to come – Ride hard and fly high”

Source: ozonekites.com

Danish rider Nick Jacobsen joins North Kiteboarding as team manager. Read more about it here.

Press Release:

North Technology Group (NTG) is extremely proud to announce that world-renowned kiteboarder Nick Jacobsen has joined North Kiteboarding.

Danish daredevil Jacobsen, who jumped off of one of the tallest hotels in the world on his kite will become Team Manager for the North brand. Nick will be scouting for riders with talent, as well as working closely with Chief Kite Designer Pat Goodman, in the development of the 2019 product range.

“Nick is an incredible rider with an adventurous spirit that the North Kiteboarding brand identifies with. With Nick’s love of pushing boundaries matched with our technology, it’s the perfect marriage that will take riders experience to the next level”, commented Mike Raper, North Kiteboarding’s Director of Product and Brand.

Since winning Red Bull’s King Of The Air competition in 2017, speculation has been mounting on the direction Nick will take next. His calm, expressive riding style along with years of experience has cemented his position as a true pioneer. He knows what it takes to be a professional athlete and is ready to share this with the next generation of riders.

Nick says, “Coming to North was about working with the best, people who I respect and who are my friends, all being aligned and sharing the same vision for where we want to go. This motivates me and I see this as a great opportunity moving forward. It’s going to be awesome finding talented young riders and seeing how far we can take them.”

Harnessing Nick’s restless energy and drive for innovation is exciting for the North Kiteboarding team. While Nick’s known for his air-raising abilities on a kiteboard, he’s truly passionate about the sport and has become a positive role model for riders young and old.

“It’s just not about performing the craziest stunts, it’s about enjoying the journey, the ride and being in the elements in a single moment of perfection and freedom”, continues Nick.

Nick’s addition is a further strength to an already talented North Kiteboarding leadership team, who each share a vision of making kiteboarding a more visible and accessible sport.

Source: northkb.com

Enter the world of Duotone

Posted: 12th November 2018 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
Original Post: http://kitemovement.com
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Watch now Duotone’s brand new video!

World Sailing AGM confirms Kiteboarding for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Sunday 4 November 2018, the Annual General Meeting of World Sailing confirmed the final line-up of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is made up of delegates from member national authorities (MNA), with each MNA entitled to one vote.

Although a decision was made in May 2018, World Sailing’s Regulations allow both the Events and Equipment to be amended at the 2018 Annual Conference by World Sailing’s Council before ratification at the AGM.

The AGM was invited to debate and vote on a proposal from the World Sailing Council meeting of 1 November 2018 to include a new Mixed Keelboat Offshore event. This proposal was approved by the AGM who confirmed the final 2024 Olympic events/equipment line-up as follows:

Men’s Windsurfer– RS:X
Women’s Windsurfer–RS:X
Mixed Kite– equipment evaluation (new event)
Men’s One Person Dinghy– Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy– Laser Radial
Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore-equipment evaluation (new event)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy– equipment evaluation (new event – 470)
Men’s Skiff– 49er
Women’s Skiff– 49erFX
Mixed Multihull– Nacra 17
*RS:X and Laser/Radial are subject to anti-monopoly review

Equipment Criteria for Mixed Kiteboarding:
Board concept: Foiling
Weight range men: 65-85kg
Weight range women: 50-70kg
Kite size for Men: 7-21 m2.
Kite size for Women: 7-21 m2.
Kite system: RAM-Air (foil-kite)
Number of permitted kites per event: 4 high performance, high aspect ratio kites
Number of permitted hydrofoil systems per event: 1 high performance, high aspect ratio hydrofoil system
Same hydrofoil system, board and kites scheme for men and women.

Suitable wind range for competition: 5-40 knots

Builder / Class structure: Registered Series Production Scheme with multiple licensed builders. All equipment within a model/series must be identical, and must be available worldwide without restrictions. World Sailing, in close cooperation with the class, manages the control of builders and licenses equipment.

Format proposal: Various options, including:
Short Track Relay on a short windward/leeward course, with team members (male and female) covering laps alternating, with a changeover zone. Competition may consist of an opening series in heats and a knockout stage or other form of final (i.e. best of x race wins).

Other Equipment considerations: The proposed registered series production equipment scheme is fully supported by sailors, the industry and the wider kiteboarding community over a one-design solution and reflects the IOC “urban sports” vision with variety of equipment similar to what is common in snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. Equipment will be “frozen” per Olympic cycle to ensure confidence and reliability in equipment investment while
ensuring controlled evolution from one Olympic cycle to the next. The selected class should be run by a well-established worldwide class authority with well-developed class rules following the ERS and SCR format.

The confirmed equipment criteria describe exactly the IKA Formula Kite class and allows for a first time that different models from different manufacturers can compete against each other on an Olympic level playing field.

“The International Kiteboarding Association is very excited to see kiteboarding included in the 2024 Olympic Games after we made our debut in the Youth Olympics in Argentina earlier this year.” said Mirco Babini, President of the International Kiteboarding Association.

“We want to thank everyone in the various committees, council and AGM as well as the world wide kiteboarding community for their support and are looking forward to showcase this exciting discipline of sailing in the Olympic Games.”he concluded.

Markus Schwendtner, Executive Secretary of the International Kiteboarding Association added that“it has been a long journey for us to come to this point. Through all the years it was always our goal to keep the whole community and industry involved and not to go down the single manufacturer / one design road. In the Youth Olympic Games we had ‘registered series production equipment’ for the first time, and it was a great success. I am very happy that we have also achieved this as the equipment criteria for Paris 2024 – Formula Kite will ensure that we retain the spirit and identity of kiteboarding, and keep everyone involved.”

Source: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/

Jalou Langeree and friends headed out to north of Holland for a kite expedition. What was supposed to be a fun sunrise session, ended up with an attempt of rescuing a seal wrapped in a net. This is the result of a polluted ocean… Take an action and keep our oceans clean!