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Americans take First-Fourth at the IKA Kite Racing World Championships

Mens podium from left to right: Adam Koch (USA), John Heineken (USA), Bryan Lake (USA) , courtesy REEMEDIA Axel Reese

After 12 races and 3 discards in more than challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+ meters, John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Steph Bridge (GBR, North) are the new world champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion, resulting in a perfect score of 6.3 points each!

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July 1 Report from Chip Wasson at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Here in Sylt, July 1st came in with a bang in the kiteboard racing department at the 2011 World Championships. I don't know about the other riders out there but today offered up some of the most challenging racing conditions I have ever competed in! 6-8 foot breaking waves and swell that was all over the place accompanied a 30+ knot breeze. In these conditions the race committee could not even anchor their start boats which motored in place all day long always in fear of getting rolled.

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Day 3 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

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Yesterday we had 3 more races in really nasty conditions. A lot of the game was finding the weather mark which was a small yellow cone in head high chop. The first race I started conservatively on starboard near the pin (favored). Andy crushed the port tack start, crossing with about 10 other guys. From there I rounded behind Sky, Damo, and Julien, passing them all on the downwind leg.

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Kite Racing World Championships Day 3: Waves and Wind

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The racers went out for three races in strong winds and 2-3 meter waves - not really easy conditions to handle with a race board. Nevertheless, the picture on the water did not change from yesterday. The US-team races in another league with only a few Europeans who can follow the speed of John Heineken, Andy Koch, and Sky Solbach.

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BCS Steps Up as a Best International Team Rider

BEST Rider Brian Smith (aka "BCS") has made the jump to the International Team. Fighting off strong competition from National Team riders from all over the world BCS stakes his claim at the top table following an excellent showing at this years REAL Watersports Triple-S invitational.

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VIDEO: Youri Zoon RECORDED: Episode 6: Island Vibes

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In the last episode of Youri Zoon RECORDED 2011, Youri sets sail to discover the British Virgin Islands. He rips hard at an island called Anegada, and ends up at the closing party of the BVI Kitejam on Richard Branson's private island.

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Erin Swain: I Finially Did it with a Girl

So, as a newbie to the sport, I called a local bud of mine and said, "Hey, do you know any chicks that kite? I could really use someone on my level that is eager to get out there on days when I can go." With that, my bud says he thinks his friend’s wife is on the same level. Two days later I get a text msg that reads: "Hey Erin, I got your number from Chirs, my name’s Allison.”

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IKA Racing Worlds Day 2 Update

Around noon the wind started turning but also to completely die down, and it took another couple of hours until it came back up. Around 5 pm there were first signs of wind on the horizon, and suddenly at 5:30pm the wind switched on, turned to west, and had 17-20 knots in strength.

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VIDEO: TDZ: BLOWN OUT SURF

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We mostly rode on 6m kites. We found crazy sandbars, wedges, and long point breaks. There is a lot of untouched coastline that is very hard to get to.

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VIDEO: Hadlow and Lenten 900 Series Episode 6

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Aaron Hadlow lands the elusive 900.

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Day 1 Report from Johnny Heineken at the 2011 Kite Course Racing World Championships

Six of the top seven are Americans and almost all of the Mike's Lab boards are in the top 10...pretty cool. Today the wind was kind of backwards from normal. It started side-off and really puffy and the kite call was super hard to make because figuring out how windy it was out there was next to impossible.

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Six US Riders in Top 10 at Worlds in Germany

Sunshine and warm weather welcomed competitors of the 2011 world kite racing championships in Sylt, Germany, today, and after the opening ceremony it went straight to racing.

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The Kiteboarder School: A New Resource for Kiteboarding Instructional Information

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Today The Kiteboarder Magazine announces The Kiteboarder School, a new kiteboarding instructional website. The Kiteboarder School is a central resource for beginner through advanced kiteboarding instructional topics.

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VIDEO: 2011 Kitaddict Slider Party

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Check out this video from the 2011 Kiteaddict Slider Party in France featuring the riding of Aaron Hadlow, Billy Parker, Alex Fox, Sean Reyngoudt, Matt Sexton, and others.

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Erin Swain: Windy Downwinder to Jocky’s Ridge

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I am back at it. I just completed a great downwinder to Jockeys Ridge, but this session started out as a bummer. My bud Scott (from the last blog) came to get me and I started grabbing all my gear.

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