Posts Tagged ‘North Kiteboarding’

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

Graham Howes joins North Kiteboarding as International Team Rider.

Read bellow North press release:

North Kiteboarding is extremely proud to welcome Graham Howes as their newest international Team Rider.

A talented entrepreneur and fearless big air kiter, Graham is known for his relentless riding style which has led close friend and North Team Manager Nick Jacobsen to question his sanity at times. Graham is also the brainchild behind the infamous movement, Dirty Habits. He’s passionate about bringing extreme sports athletes who travel the world together, as well as taking extreme sports and day-to-day activities to the next level.

Mike Raper, Director of Brand says: “Graham is an extremely innovative and talented rider. He’s really committed to pushing the sport to its limits and we couldn’t be prouder to have him joining the international team.”

Graham’s first taste of kiteboarding came during a trip to Dubai, he was about to embark on an architectural degree at the time. This event changed the trajectory of his life and Graham spent the next five years travelling the world, finessing his skills and passing on his love for the sport through teaching others to kite, before he returned to South Africa.

Graham says “I feel very honored to be a part of North and such a strong and experienced team. From the moment I heard about the formation of this team and the individuals involved, I knew I wanted to be a part of it, and knew I would fit right in.”

Source: northkb.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

The North Kiteboarding brand will be relaunched in 2019, by North Technology Group.

Read the press release below:

North is Coming Home

World-leader North Kiteboarding is not going anywhere, North is coming home, back to the source to be designed and built by its owners North Technology Group.

20 July, 2018, Connecticut USA – North Technology Group (NTG) has today announced it will make a significant investment in its brand North Kiteboarding – bringing the design, innovation and manufacturing of its products home under the umbrella of the group and ending its third party licensing agreement.

NTG will support North Kiteboarding’s newly established world-class leadership team to produce a full product range; sharing and harnessing North’s unrivalled technology innovations across all components of wind-powered craft – foils, technology, masts and boards.

The first new North product range is currently under development and will be released globally in August 2019, while in parallel tapping into the firepower of the NTG to develop exciting new products for all North riders and the wider kiting community.

Mike Raper, Director of Development and Brand at North Kiteboarding, said: “This is exciting news for the industry, the team is really looking forward to sharing new, innovative products with retailers, riders and the community.”

North Kiteboarding will be stronger than ever under a new, more efficient business model. The team will soon reveal a new brand experience that will enhance its connection with the kiteboarding community through its products, retailers, and digital channels.

Tom Whidden, CEO of NTG, commented: “We have so much technology within our group which we can better share with our fellow lovers of wind and waves. Sailing and kiting are equipment-driven sports – when you have the best gear, being out there in the wind, on the water is so much better – in fact it’s the greatest feeling on earth.”

NTG’s recent world firsts and successes with America’s Cup hydrofoiling, masts and North 3Di composite sail innovations as well as Solar airplane prototyping present exciting opportunities to adapt and cross over into kiteboarding, that can only be fully realised by producing their own gear through the North Kiteboarding brand.

The new leadership team behind North Kiteboarding is made up of experienced industry innovators and leaders, determined to make kiteboarding more accessible, sustainable, innovative and exciting.

David Mead, Director of Manufacturing & Operations at North Kiteboarding, said: “Our team is working very hard to leverage years of experience and passion to develop a high performance range of gear. It’s awesome to be working closely with the NTG’s composite engineers and designers, as well as leveraging the unmatched aero and hydro expertise the Group has within its portfolio. It’s a very exciting time for the sport.”

The company will make further announcements late 2018.

Source: northkb.com

After 18 years, Boards & More is saying goodbye to North Kiteboarding and launching its own brand, DUOTONE, on 1st of August 2018.

When questioned about why the company is giving up North Kiteboarding after all those years, Till Eberle, CEO of Boards & More, said that “Boards & More and North Sails Group America, which is owned by Oakley Capital, have somewhat differing views about the future of the brand. This is what motivated us at Boards & More to come up with our own brand. We have some exciting ideas for the future and are ready to take full control over bringing them about.”

Starting August 2018 the new Duotone kites and boards are coming to market. “Previously, the market launches of the Vegas, Rebel, Dice and Neo kites were spread from August to October. This year the Duotone Vegas, the Duotone Rebel, the Duotone Dice and the Duotone Neo will be available in-store in August. Our entire range of Twintips and Surfboards under the Duotone brand will also be available at that time. The second product push will then follow in February 2019.” said Till.

Check out the teaser of the new brand in the kite market.

Source: duotonesports.com

Follow Tom Hebert, Lewis Crathern and Reno Romeu on a road trip of a lifetime in New Zealand. Watch ‘A Journey of a Thousand Miles’ and get stoked!

A little clip from Tom Court’s first session in months, last year after his first knee surgery. It was shot at his home spot on the Isle of Wight.