Tom and Craig compete in russian Rail Masters contest
Tom and Craig headed over to Russia this past week to check out the Blaga Locals Park and compete in the Rail Masters contest! With 8 features and perfect wind though out the trip the level was high and hammers were going down. Craig advanced through his first heat taking out Aaron Hadlow and the top two Russian locals! Tom busted out a win in his heat as well against a surprisingly strong crew of Russians! The semis slotted the two NKB riders against each other and they definitely raised the level of their riding. Craig slightly edged the others for the win but the wind was a little light and the heat was called for a re-run. This time Tom stepped it up and took the win with Craig right behind him cruising into the finals! The level of the Blaga Locals is really high and they managed to have 2 of the 6 riders in the finals knocking out big names looking for a spot on the podium. The finals saw Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, Tom, Craig and local riders Artem Garashennko and Geno Kirilov! The level just continuously kept being raised due to the 20 minute jam format and bangers we're going down all over the park! In the end Aaron Hadlow managed to knock previous Rail Masters winner Sam Light into 2'nd with Tom following him in 3'rd and Craig closely behind in the 4'th spot. Looks like this event is about as legit as it gets and the scene is ridiculously strong with the Russians really doing something cool with this spot. On any given day you'll see hundreds of kites lining the Blaga strip and 15+ solid Russians throwing down in the park… watch out for riders coming up out of here and Rail Masters blowing up next year!
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2013 Engadin Wind Best of 3 - Lake Silvaplana
The annual pilgrimage to defend the Engadin Best of 3 Challenge in Lake Silvaplana, 1800 meters high in the Swiss mountains. For the second year running, the kite team took the overall title following high scores in course race, speed and slalom. Competing against the best Swiss foiling moth sailors like Phillip Käsemann and windsurfers including Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Karin Jaggi, Patrik Diethelm and German Champion Sebastian Kördel - the battle was on to determine the best.
The kite team included North Kiteboarding riders Dirk Hanel, Olly & Steph Bridge and Swiss rider Dani Rey, who were all using NKB 2013 Race Ltd boards & NKB 2013 Dyno kites. The North team was joined by Simone Vannucci from Italy. The kite team dominated the course racing from start to finish while the slalom discipline was more suited to Bjorn Dunkerbeck who now has incredible 41 world titles.
The speed discipline was recorded with a speed gun from the judge tower & all athletes had an hour to set some records and get the legs burning. It was Dirk who was holding the fastest speed of over 62km/h (!) for almost one hour and then just in the final minute, Bjorn and Dani spotted a gust and went for final runs bringing their top speeds: Bjorn managed to get to 65,5 km/h , Dani finished with an excellent run over 64,8 km/h putting Dirk into third with 63,5 km/h.
However, although individual performances are important, the overall team is what counts, so for the 2nd year running, the 'Best of 3' trophy went to the kitesurf team & captain - Dirk Hanel.
The traditional Engadin marathon followed on Saturday and over 130 sailors, kiters and windsurfers registered for this spectacular race, which covers approximately 30 km, which is over 4 times the length of the lake.
For his 2nd year running, it was Olly Bridge from Great Britain who won the marathon with Simoni in 2nd and Philip Käsermann sailing his moth just 1 minute behind. Steph Bridge (NKB) won the woman's event while the younger freestyle members of team Bridge - PKRA Youth World Champion Tom & Vice Champion Guy Bridge put a spectacular freestyle show together and showed the crowds some old & new school style off the tower.
Another great event for the North Kiteboarding race team and kiteboarding in general at the 2013 Engadinwind in St. Moritz. See you next year!
The KITEBOARDING TRICKTIONARY is now available
A book to help to improve your abilities in KITEBOARDING!
Professional kiteboarders from different countries, disciplines, supported by various brands, perform precise movements with best possible style, in order to analyse, visualize and describe the movement in detail for every kiteboarding level. Following the very successful and still available Windsurfing Tricktionary, we present the brand new Kiteboarding Tricktionary!
The book is a complete guide for twintip kiteboarding - it is split into three main categories:
Superbasics - Built as a reference for schools and teaching, and providing advanced kiteboarding techniques for all riding levels and styles.
Airstyle - Also known as Oldschool, is hooked in jumping, flying and sliding.
Newschool - contains unhooked moves, starting with Raileys and Rolls to very complex handle passes.
Where to get it:
At the Tricktionary website www.tricktionary.com
Soon in your favourite Kite shop,- school!
Tricktionary Website: www.tricktionary.com
Kiteboarding technique for EVERY level, 424 pages, hardcover
Available in ENGLISH, GERMAN, ESPANOL, FRANCAIS, RUSSIAN and ITALIAN
Superbasics, Airstyle, Newschool - The Kitesurfing bible!
Not to miss as it´s with NKB Rider Craig Cunningham with the new Vegas and the new Team Series on the cover – check it out!
Kite Designer Ralf Grösel about the new Vegas 2014
The Vegas 2014 is equipped with a completely reworked trailing edge. Also the Dacron section as well as the TE Force Control has been reworked for 2014.
WHY WERE THESE CHANGES NECESSARY?
The Vegas 2013 is an extremely balanced kite, which inspired Freestylers as well as Wakestylers and Freeriders. In the course of the development of the Dice, we realised that the gradient of the TE tension is extremely important for the performance of the kite. Hence we have changed the base of the Vegas 2013 until we found the perfect blend of durability and flying characteristics.
HOW DO YOU NOTICE THESE CHANGES ON THE KITE?
We have reduced the width of the Dacron strip by about 50% compared to the previous year and at the same time increased the canopy double draw (TE Force Control) at about 120%. Each trailing edge needs to have a certain tension to avoid fluttering and to discharge the right performance. The Vegas has an open cone (trailing edge radius), which is important to perform unhooked manoeuvres at zero pressure. Beyond that it is very important to design the trailing edge in a way that the kite performs well in different kinds of conditions.
RALF'S RECOMMENDED LINE LENGTH FOR FREESTYLE:
Out of my experience, the smaller Vegas 5 to 9 work extremely well with the 19 or 22m lines. When using a medium size kite like a 10 or 11 I would choose 22 or even 24m lines, depending on the riders weight. For the bigger sizes 12 plus I would go for a bar with 24m lines.