Thursday, September 28, 2006

Not The Secret Spot But Still Cool.

Kite surfing in the BVI. No hardcore action, just a few locals having fun in nice surroundings.

Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Because It Happens Some Times ...

You have crashed your kite and it is very windy.
The kite is refusing to go on its back.Why???
It always relaunches easily with no problems

Well this time it seemed to be a little difficult,
then you remember that you took your 5 line off
because it sometimes gets tangled when
you were trying tricks.

Arrrhh maaannn!!!!

So if you don't happen to have a 5 line
or the New Autopilot Flight Control
System,here is what you have to do...

You can relaunch an inflatable kite by getting it
on it's back to a vertical crescent moon position.
On Low Aspect Ratio inflatable kites this can be done
by sliding the kite to the edge of the wind window
and then launching it, by pulling the top line.
You can easily get an inflatable kite to go on
it's back by pulling on one line and then suddenly
on the other one.

This works best with low aspect ratio kites.

High Aspect Ratio inflatable kites are likely to crash in a leading edge down position and because of the large leading edge they will often refuse to get on their backs.Then of course become very hard to relaunch If you swim towards the kite that will sometimes help it to get on it's back. In strong wind this is useless.
The pull of the kite easily absorbes any distance you
swim towards it.

If that is happenning to you you'll need to pull
on the middle leader line of the kite.

Pull in around 2 meters of the middle leader line,
then suddenly release it while holding on to the control bar.

Your kite should immediately get on to its back.

If you happen to have a closed cell foil kite relaunching
is a little different.Whan a kite crashes, it's leading edge is
frequently down on the water.
For relaunching a closed cell foil kite,
you'll have to fly the kite in reverse. This is done by pulling on
both brake lines hard, that is if you are using handles.
If using a three line bar set with the center leader line connected to the trailing edge of the kite, you have to pull hard on the center leader line. Release the brake lines and steer the kite upward once it's out of the water.
These tips should help you if your kite happens to crash
while you are out kitesurfing.


If all this fails look again at the picture at the top of this post
for your next step.


Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Monday, September 11, 2006

Team Cup 2006 Kitesurf Worlds

The first discipline of the 2006 Kitesurf Worlds Team Cup will consist of a day of course racing with the total number of riders from each of the teams competing at the same time in multiple rounds. The results will be based on the overall finishes for each of the teams.

The competition format is designed to consist of teams of three riders participating in three separate disciplines that encompass all aspects of kiteboarding competition: course racing, best trick performance and waveriding. Teams will be grouped by kite brand, and are required to have two males, one at least 21 years or older, and one female rider. Currently, 16 teams are allotted to enter, all squaring off for $20,000 in prize money, with $10,000 distributed for first place, $7,000 for second, and $3000 for third. Cost of entry is $150 USD per team, and the competition is filling up fast, so for complete information and to register, go to: www.ktwc.info

Be sure to start planning your travel and to register now for an exciting new competition, brought to you by the The Gest Group and the Professional Kite Riders Association (PKRA), scheduled to piggy back on the end of the World Tour this year. The first annual 2006 Kitesurf Worlds Team Cup is set for October 4th through the 8th in Fleixeiras, Brazil, just north of Taiba.

Overall, the 2006 Kiteboarding International Team Cup, set for October 4th - 8th, is shaping up to be an exhilarating event. The goal of the competition is to bring together the best pro and kite brand team riders to compete in the ultimate all around team competition challenge. Already, two-time World Champion, Aaron Hadlow (UK), along with seasoned veteran, Mark Shinn (UK) and Caroline Freitas (Brazil) will make up one team for Flexifoil. Those entered will fight for not just the title and bragging rights of "#1 Kiteboarding Team in the World", but of course for the substantial reward of $20,000 dollars in prize money as well.

I wish I was going to this event...

Happy kiting

Sunedge

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Kiteboarder Blown Away !!

Imagine that you are rigging up to go out,
standing on the beach checking your harness,
when you look up and there is someone flying
above you. That is what happened to this guy.

Check it out HERE

Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Saturday, August 26, 2006

CABARETE 2006 WORLD CUP !!


Cabarete is one of the few places on the world tour that no male competitor has been able to repeat his win for more than one year, and this year’s competition was no exception.

In first place was Kevin Langeree from the Netherlands with
his first ever PKRA win.
Mikael Blomvall of Sweden was second in his highest ever PKRA result, beating out 2 time world champion and current tour leader
Aaron Hadlow of the UK who came in third.
Alex Soto was fourth.The local Dominican riders and spectators had a cheering frenzy during his heats.
The wind conditions were great for this year’s event. Starting everyday in the late morning, building to between 18 and 25 knots.

There were 63 competitors from all over the world.
The town was full of Reggaeton bands, Presidente bikini girls,international DJ’s, and a second troupe of Marabu bikini girls who gave a fashion show Saturday night and strutted the beach by day to chat up competitors and spectators.

For a little look at Kite Beach action check out this short clip

If you need more info on the Dominican Republic,Cabarete. Look at this site

Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Extreme Sports Enthusiasts Favorite Hotel !!


Just a 2-hour flight from Miami, 3 hours from New York, and 8 hours from London, the hotel is 20 minutes from Puerto Plata airport.

Located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, the 20-room hotel is directly on Kite Beach, recognized as one of the best places on the planet for the fastest growing water sport of kiteboarding. To round out the extreme sport experience, the hotel has just completed building the world's first below ground professional skateboard fun ramp, "Six Feet Under". The 39' x49' fun ramp was designed by Helmut Ludwig and Hans-Peter Hutter, former top European skateboarding pro's, and is already attracting the attention of skateboarders internationally. eXtreme Cabarete is just minutes from top-notch surfing at Encuentro Beach, home to the annual Latin Surf Classic, and is also home to "Six Feet Over", a reef break directly in front of eXtreme Cabarete for intermediate to advanced surfers. Scuba diving, Motocross, canyoning, river rafting, mountain biking, hiking, golfing and scenic tours are also close by.

eXtreme Cabarete has already hosted a number of pro's including #1 ranked PKRA Champion rider Aaron Hadlow, extreme sportsman Hamish McDonald, Australian kiteboarding personalities Boony and Balls, and Chuck Patterson, one of the world's leading tow surfers, snowboarders and kiteboarders.

For more info check out eXtreme Cabarete
The Young & The Local

Full 360-degree mid-air rotations with handle-pass twists were among the incredible sights witnessed by thousands of beachside spectators, in what organisers and competitors described as flawless kiting conditions. Similar conditions are expected for the kitesurfing quarter finals today, setting the scene for more intense aerial action.

The premier international action sports competition Gravity Games H20, presented by Vodafone, lifted off yesterday with 16 of the world’s best kitesurfers reaching extreme heights and demonstrating superb skill in two preliminary rounds of the A$25,000 kitesurfing medal event, held at Mosman Beach in Perth, Western Australia.

Get the complete story here

Sunday, August 13, 2006

DONGA'S TRUTHS...

I wish I could be as smart as this guy Donga at Kiteboarder mag.
Here are few words of wisdom from him,I bet everyone can relate
to at least a few of these.....

Triangle sandwiches taste better than square ones.

At the end of every party there is always a girl crying.

One of the most awkward things that can happen in a pub is when your pint-to-toilet cycle gets synchronised with a complete stranger.

You're never quite sure whether it's okay to eat green crisps.

Everyone who grew up in the 80's has entered the digits 55378008 into a calculator.

Reading when you're drunk is horrible.

Sharpening a pencil with a knife makes you feel really manly.

You're never quite sure whether it's against the law or not to have a fire in your back garden.

Nobody ever dares to make cup-a-soup in a bowl.

You never know where to look when eating a banana.

It’s impossible to describe the smell of a wet cat.

Prodding a fire with a stick makes you feel manly.

Rummaging in an overgrown garden will always turn up a bouncy ball.

You always feel a bit scared when stroking horses.

Everyone always remembers the day a dog ran into your school.

The most embarrassing thing you can do as a schoolchild is to call your teacher ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’.

The smaller the monkey, the more it looks like it would kill you at the first given opportunity.

Some days you see lots of people on crutches.

Every bloke has at some stage, while taking a pee, flushed half way through and then raced against the flush.

Old women with mobile phones look wrong.

It’s impossible to look cool whilst picking up a frisbee.

Driving through a tunnel makes you feel excited.

You never ever run out of salt.

Old ladies can eat more than you think.

You can't respect a man who carries a dog.

There's no panic like the panic you momentarily feel when you've got your hand or head stuck in something.

No one knows the origins of their metal coat hangers.

Despite constant warning, you have never met anybody who has had their arm broken by a swan.

The most painful household incident is wearing socks and stepping on an upturned plug.

People who don't drive slam car doors too hard.

You've turned into your dad the day you put aside a thin piece of wood specifically to stir paint with.

Everyone has had an uncle who tried to steal their nose.


Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Friday, August 11, 2006

Production or Custom?

How the production board design works is that the boards are designed and
then samples are manufactured. These samples are then tested.
Once all is approved, they go into mass production, then it is marketed and sent to the distributors. The distributors will sell to various the importers, from there to the retailers and then finally on to you.

Production boards are built cheaply in China with no reference to your conditions.

They have to make them cheap to go through this long distribution chain and to still be a financially viable option. This distribution process can take up to one year - a long time in the world of constant development, even if you buy your production board when it lands on the shelf - it is already considered old in terms of board design.

Always buy from your local manufacturers, the guys have all the technology and skill to make great boards. The local manufacturers test and design their boards with local conditions in mind, and new shapes and designs are available immediately and not a year later.

A good, strong, light kite board is always desired.

Support local if you can. In the end you have to
decide what you want and how much you are willing to spend.
If you decide to go custom, Dcboardz make excellent boards.

Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Monday, August 07, 2006

Extreme Games Online

Have you ever wished that you
could play extreme games online ??

Well now you can,at least kitesurfing anyway

This site lets you kitesurf
online.Is that cool or what ??
If you are not able to hit the water
for what ever reason this game is the next best thing.
It is realistic and very addictive.

Check it out at Extreme Games Online

Register if you want to play a lot. It is free !!

I am radtrad see if you can beat my score.

Happy Kiting

Sunedge
REDBULL EVENT !!

Their mission is to completly reinvent
the sport of kiteboarding,at least
that is what they claim.

Red bull is sponsoring a kitesurfing event in
Holland on the island of Marken,
from Aug 6 to 14th.

Marken is a little village near Amsterdam,
Originally it was an island but now it
is connected to mainland Holland by
a road.

For more info go to RedBull
then sports,h2ozone.

More on this later.

Happy Kiting

Sunedge

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Girls Want To Have Fun ??

Cindy Mosey Island Odyssey - A kitesurfing adventure in the South Pacific

Have you ever wanted to kiteboard but found yourself daunted by the cost and the scariness of getting started?

A unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realise your dreams has been created by triple PKRA world champion Cindy Mosey with the announcement of places for FIVE girls with no prior experience in the sport to learn from the best on the Cindy Mosey Island Odyssey.

The Odyssey is an all-girl adventure combining kiteboarding, watersports, snorkelling, friendship, island exploration and even a world record attempt by the best professional women kiteboarders alive today.
It will take place this October in the stunning islands of Fiji, an event destination designed to take advantage of perfect winds, tropical beauty, a huge range of alternative recreational activities, and a true cultural experience with the unbelievably welcoming villagers of this pacific paradise.

Taking part in the event will be 12 of the world’s best women kiteboarders and another 30 recreational riders from around the globe. There are generous prizes from sponsors North kites, Living Nature cosmetics and more.

Accommodation will be in beachfront bures after full days spent kiteboarding in competitions, snorkelling with turtles in the nearby marine reserve, hiking to the spectacular Kadavu waterfall, time with local villagers and more. Coaching clinics by professional kite girls are available to all recreational riders.

Spaces are limited so don’t miss out! Information on the event and booking enquiries are online at www.cindymoseyislandodyssey.com.

Happy Kiting

Sunedge