Corniel Crowned GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura Champion

Yesterday Paula Novotna won the women’s division at the GKA Freestyle World Cup Fuerteventura 2019, and today Adeuri Corniel won the men’s with the most powerful performance of the entire event!Here’s how it happened round by round: Corniel the Conqueror! Semi-Finals The action kicked off at 11:35 this morning with the first semi-finals heat. Adeuri opened with a double heart attack for 8.6 but Maxime bested that with a BIG BS 317 for 8.73 and the duel was on! Corniel then took the lead with a...

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Wind | Water | Wild – Ep. 04: Kite Beach Downwinder

When the wind and waves line up at Cape Town’s Kite Beach, every kiteboarder in town piles into their cars in pursuit of the perfect downwinder. In this episode, the entire Liquid Force South Africa squad get together for a downwind super session. The classic Cape Town downwinder starts at Dolphin Beach and ends at Doodles Beachfront. When that cloud starts dripping down Table Mountain, you know you’ve got the recipe for a wild ride. Mix 30+ knots with...

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2019 Junior Jam – Day 1

Riders MeetingThe day kicked off early, at 9 am, with a mandatory riders meeting. The athletes convened to hear about the competition format and the judging criteria from judges Alexander James Lewis-Hughes, Eric Rienstra, and Alex Maes as well as comp organizer Blaine Baker. The theme was execution, and the athletes were reminded that tricks performed with amplitude and style beat sloppily executed but more technical moves. Photo: Rutger Bogard Round One Round one consisted of two heats. Each heat rotated through...

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Introducing the XLITE — Core’s All New Foil Specific Kite

Specialized Series, Core’s line of highly focused, single-purpose gear adds a new kite. The XLITE answers the call for a dedicated, high-performance foil kite. A no-compromise, all in, one strut inflatable with features unique to the niche discipline of foiling.One of foiling’s defining attributes is the ability to go kiting when traditional kiters can’t. Hydrofoils are so efficient that they need a kite that flies in virtually no wind. “We set a very high bar when we release a...

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Tkb Surf Test: 2019 F-ONE Bandit XII

Sizes Available: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17mSizes Tested: 5, 7, 9mF-ONE Says: No matter what your level or style, the Bandit is the kite that delivers. Our primary focus is to develop the wind range, the lateral pull of the kite, the feedback and feeling at the bar and the maneuverability. After eleven years of constant enrichment, we focused on specific areas to channel our efforts and achieve our goals with the twelfth edition...

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Tkb Surf Test: 2019 F-ONE Slice Flex

F-ONE Slice FlexSizes Available: 5’1 x 17.9″ 21.5L, 5’3 x 18.3″ 22.5LSizes Tested: 5’3 x 18.3″ 22.5LF-ONE Says: The board has a straighter rocker and a parallel outline, which fades into a dynamic winger tail to increase its maneuverability. The squared off nose keeps the length to a minimum, and the volume along with the thickness of the SLICE have been specifically tailored for kiting to ensure the highest possible level of performance. Underneath you’ll find a single concave with...

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Tkb Surf Test: 2020 FCD Blunt

Sizes Available: 4’8″ x 16.37″ x 1.88″, 17.3L, 5’0″ x 17.37″ x 2″ 21L, 5’2″ x 17.87″ x 2.1″, 23.3L, 5’4″ x 18.37″ x 2.2″, 25.6LSizes Tested: 5’2″ x 17.87″ x 2.1″, 23.3LFCD Says: Everyone seems to have a cut-off-nose style board these days, but with our kite-optimized rocker and features, the Blunt is becoming a favorite in all conditions. The Blunt carves in a very tight radius turn instead of having to “fight” the rocker and fins. The quad...

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Tkb Surf Test: 2019 CORE 720

CORE 720Sizes Available: 4’11” x 17 5/8″ x 1 7/8, 21L, 5’1″ x 18 1/8″ x 2″, 22L, 5’3″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/16″, 23LSizes Tested: 5’3″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/16″, 23LCore Says: As we navigate the limitless world of strapless riding, we may ask ourselves, “How far can I take this?” For some, the simple answer might be, “I’ll be lucky to do a nice backside chop hop by the end of the season.” More experienced...

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Vol. 16, No. 2: Van Diemen’s Land

Only an hour’s flight away from Melbourne, Australia lies the island of Tasmania, or as it was originally named, ‘Van Diemen’s Land.’ Having only visited once before as a kid, all I knew of it was that its rough, weather-beaten coastlines would have to be home to some adventurous kite conditions. Our trip started in the island’s capital city, Hobart, where we rented an RV and drove straight to the opposite side of the island in the northwest, close to...

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Tkb Surf Test: 2019 DUOTONE Neo

Sizes Available: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12mSizes Tested: 6, 8mDuotone Says: The Neo is a high-performance purebred wave-riding kite with incredible handling and excellent drifting capabilities that can also perform for freeriding and foiling. If you like nothing better than carving smooth bottom turns and smashing off the lips, then the NEO is the kite for you. Developed by Ken Winner alongside our pro wave riders and World Champions Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Sebastian Ribeiro...

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