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We’re not sure why this is the first we’ve heard about it, but the folks at ASV Performance shared the news in a PR yesterday that their ‘rescue kites’ are OEM equipment on each of the Volvo 65s, and that they constitute “the biggest breakthrough in the kiteboarding industry…”  It’s a bit weird to see this info, accompanied by the above credited shot from Ainhoa Sanchez/VOR but have nothing but silence from the folks at Volvo, who ordinarily seize on any opportunity for an interesting story angle that isn’t about toilets or toothbrushes.

But we dig kites, and seeing the test kite up there on the old Sanya, we wish the rule allowed them to fly ‘em!

October 31st, 2014 by admin

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Face of a fashion star, kiteboarding ability of a superstar, body of a porn star.  An unabashed self-promoter and a fan of Sailing Anarchy.  Could this be the perfect woman?  Maybe not, but she’s certainly our Sailor Chick of the Week; watch the video to see why.

And head over to Hannah Whiteley’s Facebook Page for much, much more.

 

October 9th, 2014 by admin

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kite1You may not have noticed, but that world-famous breeding ground of both great and horrible ideas – the Sailing Anarchy Forums – has a new addition this month.  We welcome all of our kiteboarding friends to Kiteboarding Anarchy, and Anarchist “maestro” rekindled an old tradition in the forums; the reader boat review.  Only this time the boat fits in a bag, and goes 30 knots…or more. More pics (and ask the reviewer questions) here, and the manufacturer site is here.   And in other kiteboarding news, we’re proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Fort2Battery Race in Charleston, SC right after the Moth NAs and just before Charleston Race Week.  Already a pile of boards and moths are entered for this event modeled after SF’s Bridge2Bridge but in the East Coast’s kiting capital, and it should be a blast to hang out on the Battery and watch the carnage.  Nice going from a big Anarchy fan with the balls to give something new a try – Tim Fitzgerald.

MFG: Slingshot

Model: Darko

Size: 134 x 41.1

Year: 2013

Conditions: Salt water, flat/choppy, no waves 14-25kts

Boots: Y

Kite: RPM, Rally, various sizes

Initial impressions:

The artwork is great, and the bottom of the board is super visible if you lose it, or if someone is taking pictures of a grab.  It has fairly little rocker, and carries its edge all the way up.  The board is on the heavy side of medium and the flex is on the stiff side of stiff.  Slingshot fastrack, for super adjustability of stance.  All the bolts needed tightening before/after the first ride, but all good thereafter.  Bindings are quick to adjust.

Performance: 

The board rides like its a bigger board, you can really agressively downsize because of how wide it stays tip to tail.  This board generates a ton of pop with the right speed and ability to use it.  Even though it is 134x41cm wide, it doesn’t feel like a wide board.  Even though it’s a fairly stiff board, you can still feel the flex on the slop, though landings can be more abrupt than softer boards.  Beginners will like how well it gets up on plane, upwind, ability and speed…at the cost of a bit of face spray.  Experts will absolutely launch on this thing.

Verdict:

This is my favorite 2013 twin tip from Slingshot (I’ve demo’d the entire line).  It’s definitely a go-to medium to heavy air flats kiteboard that will take anything you dish out at it.

March 11th, 2014 by admin

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There are plenty of sailors who say kiteboarding isn’t sailing.  Frankly, we don’t care.  As long as images like this keep coming our way, we’re all in.  Shot from the HangLooseBeach European course racing champs thanks to Icarus Media, with galleries here.  For a video with voiceover from Robocop, go here.  And of course Hans and Frans inspire our title work…

September 9th, 2013 by admin

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Bruno Sroka is a bit of a kiteboarding legend; the French-born sailor was the first (and still only) person to round Cape Horn on a kiteboard, he’s the holder of the English Channel kiteboard record, and winner of some big championships in the early and disorganized world of kiteboard racing.

All those pale in comparison to his latest feat; a 16-hour, 240 NM hatefest from the Brittany Coast all the way to Cork, Ireland.  Of course Sroka had the luxury of waiting for the perfect weather window; something the support of title sponsor Tourism Ireland made possible.  But even so, that’s one hell of a long and uncomfortable ride, and we think it’s a real accomplishment.  Next up:  Transatlantic on a kiteboard?  We’ll find out.

Rubber Ducky, You’re The One

Meanwhile, while Sroka was screaming across the mouth of La Manche, a (presumably drunken) American tried to set his own record for stupidity by rowing and sailing a 6-foot Wal-mart dinghy from Weymouth to Bournemouth in the UK.  It’s only a 36 mile trip – that should have been a piece of cake with two plastic oars and a tarp for a sail.  For better or worse Darwin was cheated of an award when a dive boat called it in to HM Coastguard – they picked him up, took him in, and treated him for burns suffered during the 15-hour tour.

A Coastguard spokesman took advantage of the opportunity to make the world a safer place. “Blow up boats and other inflatables aren’t suitable for use at the seaside, as they can easily be blown far out to sea.”

Thanks, Captain Obvious!

 

 

 

July 24th, 2013 by admin

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Hallelujah!  Yesterday we saw the first close race in an AC72, with Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA-ish taking the win.  It was the closest race yet.

It wasn’t particularly fair, but an effective publicity stunt needn’t be fair, real, or sporting.  It just has to be fun – something surf/SUP/kite superstar Kai Lenny does very well.  Enjoy some ‘real’ racing with a Red Bull edge.

 

July 19th, 2013 by admin

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Aruba’s location – just outside the hurricane zone but well inside the summer trades – makes it one of the ultimate bucket venues for sailors looking for 15-25 knots of wind all summer long.  It’s like Garda or San Francisco but for windsurfers and kiters.  Unfortunately for yachting, the island – which sits just off the South American coast, is just too damned far from any real boating population to come here in numbers;  if you can’t carry it on a plane, you probably won’t be racing in Aruba.

But if you are a kiter or a windsurfer, this is the place.  And Aruba Hi-Winds, every year at the beginning of July, is the time to do it.  And if you have any disagreement with what we’re saying, watch the video first.  It’s a full 32 minutes long, and worth every second.  Those of you in charge of the flat screens at your club should download it off Youtube; this gorgeous film would be a perfect background for any yachting event.

 

July 12th, 2013 by admin

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