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Astonishing facts about the kitesurf sport. !!!
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surfer.kite@ymai



Joined: 12 Apr 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:53 pm    Post subject: Astonishing facts about the kitesurf sport. !!! Reply with quote

Hello,


For my school Project Iím looking for interesting facts about kitesurfing.
What are the most important events and facts in kiteboardhistory ???
I would really appreciate if you would help me to find the milestones events in kitesurf history.
Once I have an interesting number I will create a small post resuming the most outstandingpoints with some pics and videos. Iím sure all kitesurf freaks will love it.
Itís really hard to find information in the web even Wikipedia does not really have actual information.

Example events are:
- Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux,patented an inflatable kite design in November 1984,
- 24 Mar 2012 Robert Douglas reached 49.84 knots (92.30 km/h) and gets the world record in speed sailing, competing against windsurf, trimaran and other wind driven vehicles.
- Kirsty Jones set the long distance record for a kitesurfing journey when she travelled 225 km (140 mi). She crossed solo from Lanzarote(Canary Islands) to Tarfaya, Morocco, in about nine hours on 13 May 2006

Facts that I would like to know
- Which is the biggest wave that has been wave kited?
- How many handle passes are the maximum that have been made.
- How many kites are sold in a year


Please always give me the source as I have to mention it in my presentation about kiteboarding. I will also put the results in my kitesurfing blog that I just started.
Thank you so much.
Keep in touch
Best
Vinz
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zirtaeb



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No 1. Go to Ikitesurf.com.

http://www.ikitesurf.com/forums/index.php
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nw30



Joined: 21 Dec 2008
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Location: The eye of the universe, Cen. Cal. coast

PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. 2 ~ You may not get much 'supportive info' about this subject on this side of the forum.
Their lines are 90 to 100' long so they require a large amount of space for kiting safely w/o interfearing with anyone else. Hense the friction between the kiters and the windsurfers,,,, both on the water, and on the beach.
But I will admit that it has been getting a bit better as they have been being a bit more sensitive to our space,,,,,,,,,,,,,, somewhat.
Generally they are younger, and more filled with vim and vigor, and dieing to show their stuff. One reason is that it is a lot easier to learn how to do that than windsurfing, so us old farts don't really like it when the "radical upstarts" get in the way of us that have payed our dues thru years of trial and tribulation.
It may sound a bit bitter, but I'm getting used to it, I have to, they aren't going anywhere.
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JamesHardy



Joined: 29 Mar 2002
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiting Fun Fact #1Kiting requires 45 minuets of talking with other kiters on the beach for every 15 minuets of sailing.

Kiting Fun Fact #2The reason why kiters wear their trunks over their wetsuit is a very closely held secret very much like a "secret handshake".

Kiting Fun Fact # 3 90% of all kiters will give up the sport as soon as something easier comes along.

Very Happy Smile Sad Surprised Shocked Confused Cool Laughing Mad Razz Embarassed Crying or Very sad Evil or Very Mad Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes Wink
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whot ees theese "kitesurfing"?
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capetonian



Joined: 11 Aug 2006
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Location: Oahu

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiting fun fact #4 - Kiters are very competitive and enjoy getting awards, the most popular being a Darwin Award.
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loscocco



Joined: 17 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most important fact:
Kiting has really taken off recently after another dying sport was officially canceled.

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Kites:Ocean Rodeo: 2012 Razor 6m,8m & 10m
Boards:Ocean Rodeo Raceboard, Mako 140cm, Naish 5'4"
Wetsuit:Hyperflex: AMP 4/3MM Fullsuit
Harness:Ocean Rodeo: Sessions2
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norcom



Joined: 16 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiting Fun Fact #16: The #1 kiting sponsor is Lipton's tea. The resemblance is very similar.


I sold all my kite gear and bought more sails. Smile In the last 6 moths I've spent 10 times more on the water sailing than I ever did with the kites in 3 years. PITA to find a spot to launch around here and even more so to do it safely while still learning. I'll have to admit though it's much less of a hassle to rig/derig the kite and all the gear fit into my two seater drop top. (S2000) Pretty much the only reason I got into that sport before I got a Jeep. Still have the S2k but wish I could drive it for a sailing session. Sad
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, since it was "official" that makes us all rogue outlaw windsurfers.
I think I can live with that.

-Craig

loscocco wrote:
Most important fact:
Kiting has really taken off recently after another dying sport was officially canceled.
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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Kites:Ocean Rodeo: 2012 Razor 6m,8m & 10m
Boards:Ocean Rodeo Raceboard, Mako 140cm, Naish 5'4"
Wetsuit:Hyperflex: AMP 4/3MM Fullsuit
Harness:Ocean Rodeo: Sessions2"


Maybe you can impress us with photos of all your stuff too. I have to say though, I'm surprised that you haven't included your vast collection of boardshorts in the listing, especially given their importance in the sport.
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