Posts Tagged ‘kiteboarding’
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
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
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
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