North Kiteboarding has changed its name to Duotone Kiteboarding. The rebranding brings a fresh, new wave of inspiration to the beloved kiting brand. But just because they’ve changed their name, it doesn’t mean that the gear’s performance will be affected.
Same Great Product Just A New Name
Some people in the kiting community are a bit baffled by the new name, but the company has reassured everyone that it’s only a rebranding change. Everything else will stay the same – from the manufacturing, patents, and distribution, to the team, and designers.
The famous brand has been serving the kitesurfing community since 2001. The official rebranding to Duotone Kitesurfing is due to take effect in August 2018. The Boards & More kite division will continue to produce cutting-edge equipment for kitesurfing enthusiasts to embrace everything the sport has to offer.
Duotone Kitesurfing will strive to remain at the forefront of advanced kiting technologies, pushing the barriers to develop high-quality equipment. The dynamic team behind the scenes will remain the same, and as passionate about kitesurfing as always. This includes the research and development department, production, distribution, and the athlete teams.
Everyone is very excited about the breath of fresh air that the rebranding will bring to the company. Life is all about changing and evolving with the times. And sometimes something as little as a new brand name can spark a burst of new energy.
It’s All About the People
North Kitesurfing has survived this long in the industry because of the people dedicating their time and energy to producing the best kitesurfing equipment. The combination of passion, knowledge, and skills enables the brand to produce the best kites and boards.
Each team member gives it their all – from the shaping room, to the sewing tables, to the product testers on the waters. A challenge is set out to the team and everybody pulls together to find the solution and to address a specific need that has been observed. Everyone can rest assured that the Duotone Kiteboarding products will be exactly the same quality as the North Kiteboarding.
The Team Behind the Brand
Aaron Hadlow hails from the United Kingdom. He is a five times Kiteboarding World Champion and has won the Red Bull King of the Air twice. His impressive career kicked off on a family holiday in Cabarete in 2000. Aaron’s passion and dedication to kitesurfing paid off and it seems the sport loves him right back. His career is one of the most successful ones in the history of the sport.
The renowned world champion was the catalyst for the Duotone Vegas evolution. The kitesurfing community sits up and pays attention when Aaron talks and many kitesurfers adopted his Hadlow-setup for their Vegas. This formidable man is a great influencer of the sport.
Airton Cozzolino Lopes was born and raised on the Cape Verde islands. A love for the ocean was infused in his blood. Airton switched from board surfing to kite surfing and went on to win the GKA Wave & Strapless in 2016 and 2017 plus the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour, hosted in Cape Verde, in 2018. He also grabbed 1st place in the Freestyle World Tour.
It’s still a bit of a mystery as to how he manages to remain so stable on his board without straps. Rumour has it, the bottoms of his feet have suction cups. Airton is one of the major influencers in strapless freestyle, wavekiting, and SUPing.
The Brand History
Aaron and Airton were part of the first group of kitesurfers, riding the downwind from Ho’okipa to Kanaha. They jumped on the bandwagon and travelled to Maui, the Baltic Sea, and Tarifa to explore the thrilling new sport. They tried out directionals and twin tips; experimented with two, four or five lines; developed Delta-shapes, C-shapes, and safety bars.
The dynamic duo has remained an integral part of the kitesurfing evolution for the past 20 years. Not only did they follow the new kitesurfing trends – they created the trends. Aaron and Airton have managed to gather likeminded individuals to create a formidable team of kitesurfing enthusiasts, who happen to get paid to produce kitesurfing equipment for others to enjoy the exciting sport.
It’s a hands-on industry, engineers or team riders hit the water every day to test out new products. Everybody working at Duotone Kitesurfing wants to push the sport to the next level. Since the early days of kitesurfing, the sport has rapidly evolved and progressed. But the end is not in sight yet, there’s always a little tweak that can produce an even better kitesurfing experience.
Innovation is an integral part of the Duotone Kitesurfing philosophy. Instead of sticking to what works, they take what works and strive to make it better. Together with innovation, high-quality is another important value they always strive to maintain. Because the team members are kitesurfing fanatics, the products produced are not simply about the money – it’s about a way of life.
Duotone Kitesurfing is more than just a kitesurfing equipment manufacturer. They have kitesurfing schools and competency centres around the world, using their products to introduce new people to the sport, or to share the insider tricks and tips with those already hooked on kitesurfing.
2019 Duotone Kitesurfing Products Release
The Duotone Rebel and Dice is scheduled for release in August/September and the Vegas and Neo shortly thereafter. Duotone Twintips and Surfboards will follow the August kite releases. In November/December the Duotone Evo will be available and the Duotone Mono and Juice is scheduled for the spring of 2019. The availability depends on the production speed. Shipping and customs protocol to a specific country will also influence the availability.
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The Cabrinha Kiteboarding 2019 launch is almost upon us, and in this video we get the first taste of what is to come.
The video shows some great news colours, a new foil ecosystem – Hi:Rise, a new kite called the Moto, some new surfboard shapes and new premium bindings.
The video only offers a taste of what is to come and we cannot wait to see more.
The full launch happens on the 14th of August 2019, so keep coming back for more snippets before then. 4 Days to go!
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There’s a new app in town for kitesurfing fanatics. We all know that once people get hooked on a new sport, they go a little bit nuts over it. Well, now you have the chance to share your passion with like-minded people.
Not only do you get to surf the best waves, you get to make new friends while doing it! The app is the brainchild of Lukas Reusch and Max Fischer, both epic kitesurfers. One of the features of the app that they are most proud of, is the live spot communication. Want to find other people that also enjoy your favorite kitesurfing spots? Simply search for a spot, mark it as your favorite, and voila, you become part of the community.
You can also subscribe to notifications about your favorite spots for up to date information. If you can’t find the spot you love, you can add it to the map to introduce it to other kitesurfers from around the world. Add a few tips or images about the place or share an on-the-fly spot report.
What’s an On-The-Fly Spot Report
Sure, you can check a weather app for the daily forecast. Or maybe you are lucky and there’s a webcam set up at your favorite kitesurfing spot. But the best way to get the most reliable information about the weather, surfing conditions, and state of the waves – is from someone kitesurfing at your spot. The Kitecloud app is all about building a supportive community for kitesurfers. By sharing information with fellow kitesurfers, everybody’s experience of the sport is enhanced.
An on-the-fly spot report will offer you live-time information about the weather conditions, wind intensity, and wave quality. It will also provide you with an indication of how many people are currently kitesurfing at a specific spot. You can also add your own picture or video.
Make the Circle Bigger
Once you really get into kitesurfing, you are bound to start dreaming about traveling to awesome spots around the world. And you will most definitely need awesome people from all over the globe to tell you where you should and shouldn’t kitesurf. While travelling you don’t want to waste your time (or money) on the wrong places.
With the Kitecloud app you can instantly find the best kitesurfing spots all around the world. Use the spot-map, type in the city or village you will be visiting, and the nearest kitesurfing spots will pop up. Once you’ve added it to your favorite spots, you can start chatting to people that have kitesurfed at the specific spot. Remember to activate the notifications so you can constantly stay in the loop. And you can use the app in a language you are comfortable with. The language options include English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.
Why Should Kitesurfers Use an App to Connect With Each Other
Nobody likes missing out on a good kitesurfing session. FOMO is real! With the Kitecloud app you never have to worry about that again. And you can feel like a real VIP as part of a worldwide social network specifically for kitesurfers! Not only can you get live updates of your favorite kitesurfing spots around the world, you can share your experiences with other kitesurfers.
Plus, you can plan sessions with potential new friends in a foreign country, create car pools for kitesurfing trips. And you can find out who feels like grabbing a beer after the session. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a country you are travelling to; ask a local to give you some tips on activities, the kite-spot options in the area, or kite-schools.
So, what are you waiting for? Join the coolest community ever!
Download the app now on Google Play storeand the iTunes store.
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The best-selling kite of all time has gotten another upgrade for the 2017 kitesurfing season. Cabrinha is proud to present the all-improved 2017 Switchblade, which is widely known among kitesurfers as the most versatile kite on the market, with its five-strut hybrid design, draft forward profile, and fusion wing-tip shape.
For 12 years in a row this kite has been flying off the shelves because it is just such a high-performance crossover kite for any type of rider, whether they freestyle, freeride, do big air jumps, or merely want to ride the waves. But what makes the 2017 model different from previous models?
Kitesurfers will be happy to know that the kite still flies the same as the older models and that the upgrades mostly entail higher durability. On average, a kite that is used about 50 times a year will last approximately three years. We have made a few changes in the material of the canopy and bridle lines and adjusted a few sewing points, which result in less stretch. The new Volae materials have taken five years to develop, and deliver the lowest stretch available on the market. This means that the new Switchblade will be able to endure the harsh effects of the sun and wind a lot longer and you will be able to enjoy the new Switchblade for a few years more than the average kite. This is a big plus point for beginner riders who can’t afford more than one kite.
We have also upgraded the sprint hose connections with a one-way airlock for faster inflation and deflation time, and the new trailing edge reinforcements afford greater stability and control.
The Cabrinha Switchblade is the perfect kite for almost all types of riders, whether you are a beginner or a pro, you like flat or choppy water, you like jumping big or riding the waves, or whether you want to ride unhooked, the Switchblade makes all of these a breeze (in both a breeze and gale-force winds).
No matter the wind conditions or the angle of attack, the five-strut design will hold the canopy true to its shape, which results in more responsiveness and control. To bridge the gap between a segmented and curved canopy, we doubled the aerodynamic control by cutting each canopy panel in half at the centre section, which provides the decisive curvature control where 90% of the kite’s performance originates.
The Switchblade’s handling is extremely predictable, with smooth power delivery which is perfect for sharp and precise turns. It has a great upwind performance, resulting in exceptionally high hang times, and is very easy to relaunch. It is perfect for the rider who wants predictability, high-end performance, style, power, and craftsmanship.
So if you are an experienced rider looking for an additional kite or want to replace an old kite, or if you want to start kitesurfing, the 2017 Switchblade is an obvious option. It is available in sizes 4 to 14, and costs the same as most other high-performance kites on the market.
Drop in at your nearest Cabrinha dealer and see for yourself why the Switchblade is the best-selling and most popular kite of all time. You may just end up never wanting to fly any other kite again.
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The watersports industry and watermen around the world have been going crazy over Kai Lenny’s latest stunt. The Hawaiian waterman has released a video showing him using a Hydro Foil on a stand up paddle board to down wind at unbelievable speeds and get runs that lasted 300 yards.
Check out the video below.
The internet was abuzz at these visuals but many didn’t believe that Kai could get enough speed to rise up on the hydro foil and surmised that he hd been towed into the waves as there was no photoage of him actually paddling on a wave and launching onto the Hydro Foil.
Today however Kai silenced critics with a post on his twitter and his website. Kai Lenny Twitter
“For those wondering how I get up on the SUP downwind hydro foil, it’s actually quite easy. Check it out, you… http://fb.me/7rmX2iNdd”
Cape Town was known by mariners because the Cape of Storms. During winter huge surges water smash their way onto (as well as over) among the most beautiful seaside walkways on earth. The Atlantic coastline outside Cape Town is fabulously attractive – however in winter it’s an issue to acknowledge exactly how stunningly, mindbreakingly wonderful it can be under the summer sun.
Cape Town advantages from a Mediterranean climate which makes the winters cold and wet along with the summers absolutely glorious. And once visitors arrive in the summer the Cape delivers probably the most wonderful vistas and weather in the world.
To top it well beaches are spectacular. It is a place which includes year in and year out received recognition as the most wonderful beach and surf destinations in the world.
What visitors might not realize is the fact Cape Town is a lot more than others wonderful pictures that this tourist brochures show. That’s the Atlantic seaboard. The beaches are fabulous – among the best worldwide. The Atlantic Ocean washes on shores that happen to be pristine pristine along with the connection with simply lying there beneath the African sun can be something that will never be forgotten.
However there’s another coast (keep in mind that Cape Town is with a peninsula which has two oceans that lap at its edges), one where the Indian Ocean offers another (and warmer) experience.
So – what are the best beaches to have if you arrive in Cape Town?
First let’s take a look at the Atlantic seaboard.
This is certainly undoubtedly Cape Town’s trump card. The beaches have exceptionally pristine white sand, they’re sheltered as well as the ocean is magnificent. The process is it’s also cold. Extremely so. As inviting as that ocean looks there’s a good reason the surfers wear wet suits. That water sweeps in in the arctic. However – if you’re wanting to get that sun bronzed African tan there is a couple of beaches that you should look at.
Certainly just about the most beautiful beaches on the planet. And you’ve got a choice of places to place your towel down. Clifton has three choices – each using their own distinct personality. First beach is made for families due to the easy accessibility through the parking areas. Second beach might be accessed via the stairs – but be ready for a certain amount of exercise. Here is where the bronzed beauties spend time. Third beach is the place where locals spend time – smaller compared to the other two – but definitely worth the effort.
There’s a fourth beach if you are like a bit of a stroll – and its fabulous. For reasons unknown, maybe distance many people ignore the possibilities of this beach which lets you just relax from the crowds.
#2 Camps Bay.
Miles of sparkling pristine and easy access (about 10 foot) from your road. A fantastic beach with as much space as you may want. If you are searching for any beach that will permit your children to work free this is basically the location for you. Quick access to restaurants and great people watching this can be a beach that Capetonians love. You are going to not get a more attractive stretch of sand elsewhere in the world. Parking is surely an issue in high season – but wow! It’s really worth the walk from a couple of blocks away.
#3 Glen Beach.
Sandwiched between Camps Bay and Clifton can be a small, but perfectly formed beach that is a local secret. Ask a Capetonian and they’ll direct anyone to this stretch of sand. It’s the haunt of surfers and people in the know. A wonderful place to just chill out and relax Glen Beach is ideal for those who just want to chill out.
#4 5 Mile Beach.
If you wish to give that rental car a little bit of exercise you are able to head for Cape Point along the coast road (and some of the best views on earth) on the way you are going to turn a mild corner and see a stretch of beach that is certainly almost unrivaled. This can be 5 mile beach in Noordhoek. There is absolutely no way this beach is ever getting crowded. It’s enormous. The Atlantic Ocean kisses miles and miles of pristine white sand. You should work with a horse, because this is a beach that is perfect for galloping.
Swing over the peninsula and you’ll attend the foot in the much warmer Indian Ocean. Muizenberg boasts exactly the same sparkling appeal in the Atlantic beaches – however the ocean is warm. For this side from the Cape Peninsula you get access to great restaurants, fabulous sand and ideal salt water fun. Really worth the half an hour it will take to get rid of yourself from those tourist hordes that swamp Cape Town during the summer season. Recommended.
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Swimming must be the initial watersport that’s been used since the beginning of time, however, presently there are newer, more extreme sports which have taken over the water and they’re becoming actual destination sports. By that we mean, people are actually taking vacations to far-away destinations simply to practice their best watersport in which the conditions and scenery are perfectly spectacular. Let’s examine among the most popular watersports of today, and the kinds of places their fans congregate.
Deep-sea Diving And Snorkeling Will Invariably Have Got A Following
Many people may feel that diving isn’t exactly an activity, but people who travel 1000s of miles to dive will all disagree. The wonderful wonder of looking at all of that nature provides around the reefs of the world will continue to draw in fans would wide.
The reefs from the Caribbean are fairly near The United States and will offer some of the best diving and snorkeling that can be found. Off of the coast of Honduras, there are two great islands called Utila and Roatan that provide deep-sea diving classes and certification at a very reduced price.
You can remain at one of many backpacker hostels for as low as $10 per night whilst you take your daily classes on the world recognized diving schools, then spend the afternoons snorkeling. The incredible wonder of the reefs are accessible from shore, or you can rent boats or take trips to miles and miles of different parts of the reef. These beautiful Bay Islands are loaded with English and Spanish speakers to aid with every need you might desire.
Kiteboarding Is Probably The New Extreme Watersports That’s Rising
A lot of people haven’t actually heard about kiteboarding, however they may have seen one rather than known it. If you’ve seen a windsurfer, you get the standard idea, but a kiteboarder has a smaller board, similar to a snowboard with boots attached, and they get pulled such as a water skier with the kite.
The thing that makes this a fantastic sport is that the smaller boards are definitely more maneuverable for quicker turns, lighter hence they gain air while jumping, simple to drop by pulling a cord and plenty of fun to have an entire family. These day there are 1000s of resorts that are adding kiteboarding areas to enable them to attract the tourists in search of the best time. There, you’ll be able to take short classes concerning how to begin, be safe, and do tricks within a short time.
Other great reason why kiteboarding is so favored by the extreme watersports enthusiasts is the boards in addition to their kites are super easy to pack and undertake an airplane without extra charges. Anywhere there are water and wind they’re simple to operate, and because of recent improvements in technology, the game is now safe enough for the whole family to discover. The kiteboard is fairly inexpensive to obtain and straightforward to maintain.
Kiteboarding resorts are popping up in places like Baja California, Mexico, Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean, and plenty of great places in the Philippines, Hawaii, and in many cases California as well.
Jet Skiing Is Actually A Perennial Favorite Of Many Enthusiasts
Jet skis have invariably been a thrilling time making use of their power and ability to fly from the waves. One huge advantage in the jet ski is its capability to be applied anywhere where there is water since it doesn’t rely on the wind. Which means that any lake, river or ocean location the allows them, might be a good place to go.
By not having traveling long distances to take pleasure from your watersport you get the cabability to go to the river on any free day you have providing you have your own personal equipment. Many places that happen to be popular, will also have rentals readily available for hourly or daily fees as well. As the sport may cost a little bit more upfront, the wide availability of water around the world causes them to be more usable every day.
If you’re into watersports there’s no reason at all why you should limit yourself to merely one. Some sports, like kiteboarding are fairly inexpensive to start, although some like snorkeling can be carried out for up to free. It is possible to head over to some places like the Honduras Bay Islands and take advantage of 2 or 3 of the very popular watersports all-in-one day if you possess the stamina.
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Kiteboarding is much like windsurfing, if you’re knowledgeable about that, it possesses a smaller sail as well as the board is smaller, which makes it a lot easier to travel with to far destinations all over the world. You will still find lots of people that debate that is better between kiteboarding and windsurfing, we’ll look at some of the differences and look into the very best 5 Kiteboarding destinations as well.
It’s Simpler To Learn Kiteboarding Than Windsurfing
Both take the time to discover, and in case you don’t have time and effort it’s best that you just enroll in some lessons to speed things up. A kiteboard needs less wind to use and because it’s smaller it’s also quicker to maneuver for jumps and tricks. Also, as a consequence of it’s smaller size it is going to go faster, it’s easier to pack, much easier to haul, and to take with a plane.
Smaller size of the kiteboard means that there are much more enthusiasts making use of them when you get to far away destinations. Windsurfing boards a wide range of times very expensive to take on vacations, so they get left behind in favour of the kiteboard. Now that there are more safety measures and equipment, there are far more people than before taking on the game.
The Sport Now Welcomes Entire Families Including Kids
The smaller kiteboards that are offered for youngsters can help them begin a slower, easier to control board where they can learn all the basic maneuvers without having probability of injury. It’s now possible for entire families to experience the sport on kiteboarding vacations to exotic locations.
Considering that the kites are far cheaper than windsurfing equipment there is no reason why the whole family can’t get their own board. You can find new composite materials being invented for future years from the sport, but they’re not necessary to have fun and have fun.
You Will Find Awesome Destinations You May Go With Tepid Water And Plenty Of Wind
There will always be lots of disagreement around the the best places to kiteboard, but everyone will simply have to check out these places for their own reasons to choose.
Grand Cayman In The Cayman Islands
This is with the Caribbean Sea hence the water is a warm 80 F temperature year-round and the sky will probably be blue nearly every day. There are actually constant warm winds across the island and several bays to avoid to for tranquility at the same time. There may be a whole lot room that lots of countless boarders can all have plenty of space to themselves, pros or beginner alike. The Cayman islands are some of the safest places on the planet to experience crime free vacations without worries.
Maui, Hawaii is amongst the Most Commonly Known
The Hawaiian islands are an incredible place to view the sites while kiteboarding as the best thing about the islands is stunning. The wind is strong and ever present with very clean beaches, some areas have smooth water for fast sailing while other places have ample waves for jumping. There may be great food beachside because the main kiting beach opens at 11 AM you’ll have plenty of time for a few drinks plus some pit roasted pineapple pork prior to getting started.
Jupiter, Florida Is An Additional Great Home Grown Location
Jupiter is about the southeast coast of Florida and contains a great number of smooth, rough and wavy water conditions. The weather is great, water warm, lessons and rentals can be found too. There’s the beautiful Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse to check out within your spare time.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic Is Essential See
The nearby reef helps make the water conditions super smooth whilst the wind is blowing nicely. You may get up an excellent head of steam and extremely cover water, or visit the breaking waves a quick distance away and catch some air if you want to.
La Ventana, Baja California Mexico
La Ventana, the wind, is aptly named as the wind is definitely blowing here. The beach is large, water superb, and the weather conditions are most perfect in the fall, winter and spring months in the US. There is certainly snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and fishing all available with rentals and cabins nearby.
In the event you haven’t tried kiteboarding you should head over to any nearby location and rent a board. You’ll be very impressed at how quick it is actually to learn and fun it really is to accomplish. Then start scheduling your own personal vacations to check the waters worldwide.
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