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Learning to Ride a Race Board: Like Learning to Kiteboard All Over Again

Learning to Ride a Race Board: Like Learning to Kiteboard All Over Again

It's been awhile since I last wrote about my experiences of learning to ride a race board and I feel like I've come a long way since I first tried to ride this thing.

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VIDEO: Adam Koch Profile

VIDEO: Adam Koch Profile

Rider profile of kiteboarding course racer Adam Koch. Filmed during the 2012 PKRA Gold Games in France.

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It’s Official, Kiteboarding to be Included in the 2016 Olympics

It’s Official, Kiteboarding to be Included in the 2016 Olympics

Today the International Sailing Federation voted to include kiteboarding in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not only is kiteboarding in, but windsurfing is out as there are a limited number of medals that can be given to sailing sports.

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VIDEO: Johnny Heineken Profiled

VIDEO: Johnny Heineken Profiled

Video profile of US rider John Heineken, current World Champion kite racer. This profile has been shot during the PKRA 2012 in Mexico, Playa del Carmen, first tour stop of the PKRA World Tour.

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Learning to Ride a Race Board: A Few More Sessions

Learning to Ride a Race Board: A Few More Sessions

Anxious to get a few more race board sessions, I tried going out in wind that was just too light. Not one to learn lessons quickly, I did this two days in a row, each day ending up getting to swim back in.

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Learning to Ride a Race Board: First Two Days

Learning to Ride a Race Board: First Two Days

I know a lot of other riders look at racing with at least a little bit of interest, so I've decided to write about my experiences as I learn to ride these wild course boards.

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The Kite Racer Interviews

The Kite Racer Interviews

The Kiteboarder Magazine sat down with some of the world's top kiteboarding course racers and designers to talk to them about the direction of course racing and what it means for the sport of kiteboarding.

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Kite-Cross World Championship Results from EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix

Kite-Cross World Championship Results from EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix

Within the event the inaugural Kite Cross World Championship was held. While there were run-away leaders in some classes, including double Olympic Tornado medallist Mitch Booth in the F18 catamaran, the closest finish across the whole competition was in the men’s kiteboarding competition.

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VIDEO: PKRA Germany 2011 Freestyle Wrap Up

Wrap Up of the double eliminations in St. Peter Ording, Germany during the 2011 PKRA Beetle Kitesurf World Cup.

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VIDEO: PKRA Germany 2011 Course Racing Wrap Up – St. Peter Ording

Wrap up video of the course racing in St. Peter Ording for the 2011 PKRA in Germany.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 9: Finals: Zoon and Pulido are World Champions for 2011

By winning this event and the fifth one in a row, Youri Zoon takes home his first world champion title! Youri commented “I couldn’t be happier, it’s hard to believe, I’ve been fighting for so long now, I had my knee injuries that have held me back for a while but now, finally I got it! Super stoked!” The same thing happened in the girls with Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) taking her fourth PKRA World Title.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 8: Zoon and Pulido Win Singles

After a week of sun and light wind conditions, today the typical German weather returned to St. Peter Ording beach. Along with the cloud and rain came a steady twenty knots of wind in which we watched the best PKRA kiteboarders compete on the North Sea.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

St. Peter Ording saw a massive crowd gather to enjoy the best freestyle kiteboarding action today with epic conditions: wind, flat water, and sunshine. After finishing the few heats that were left of the trials, the PKRA organized the Junior championships and moved on to the Freestyle single elimination.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

For the sixth day of action here in St Peter Ording, Germany, the conditions didn’t look promising. Instead of taking to the water, the kiteboarders of the PKRA decided to hold meetings about the judging system in the Freestyle discipline and the rules applying to Course Racing. By the middle of the afternoon the wind picked up to around 8 knots, which was enough to start the only race of the day, Race 11.

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VIDEO: PKRA Germany Beetle Kitesurf World Cup

This is the presentation video for the 2011 Beetle Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter-Ording, Germany, organized by the PKRA.

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