This year has been an exciting one packed with outstanding competition results, development of our online tools, design concepts becoming reality, and the launch of new products and projects. The list is endless, but we’ve chosen some which we are most proud of.
2016 kicked off with Aaron Hadlow being crowned King Of The Air 2016 for a second year running. We are now on the official countdown to the 2017 event and we know that Aaron’s been working hard on product development and his riding. Watch this space as there’s no doubt he’ll come storming out of the starting gates.
Following a few years of dedicated design and innovation going on behind the scenes, this year we launched the Click Bar! The real Gamechanger and a completely new kitesurfing experience, where powering and depowering your kite has never been easier. Embraced by all our world class team riders across all disciplines and styles of riding, we’re stoked and can’t wait to see the Click Bar and its concept evolve.
This year we relaunched our Young Blood programme which was a huge success, teaming up with selected retailers to create an affordable package for aspiring young riders.
We collaborated with PIQ launching a powerful and wearable product that provides live innovative metrics, reflecting the height of jump, air time, G force at landing, rotations, number of jumps or total air time. In addition to detailed session statistics, riders can be part of the PIQ community where they can challenge their friends, compete against other kiteboarders from across the globe, and partake in the North Kiteboarding and PIQ leaderboard.
We took a few wild and exciting adventures this year, heading to Patagonia to shoot ‘Untouchable’ and the Magdalen Islands, Canada for ‘Rough.’ Not the usual sun-soaked shores many might have expected, it definitely delivered something special and unique. Be sure to watch them both.
Matchu Lopes stormed the GKA Wave and Strapless Freestyle tour, being crowned 2016’s overall champion! From Tarifa to Fuerteventura, Mauritius and Dakhla, his talent and sheer determination never wavered. Now busy training for next season we can’t wait to see where he’ll take this side of the sport in the future.
We extended our 3D tool across our twintips and directional boards so dream products could be seen from all angles via the North Kiteboarding website.
The launch of the North Kiteboarding Academy was a major player this year. Kicking off with 27 tutorials, it’s now available offline so you can learn on the road, or even in some of the most remote locations.
Finally we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our loyal and new customers who’ve supported our brand over the years. To our distributors and shops for providing an outstanding service to the kiteboarding community. The marketing and media team who never fail to deliver exciting content to our screens. To our Team Riders who not only continue to push the boundaries of the sport, but who also represent and grow the reputation, and ‘cool’ of the brand. And finally to the designers, innovators and shapers who bring concepts to life.
From all of us at North Kiteboarding, we wish you a very Happy New Year!
Red Bull King Of The Air.
Can Hadlow do it again? The countdown has begun for the 2017 Red Bull King Of The Air! Five of our riders have made it into the official line up, with two warming the bench on the reserves list; a very exciting and solid representation of our brand, gear and team riders that continue to push the limits in kiteboarding.
The Click Bar.
Check out the dedicated information, tech’s and spec’s page for the Click Bar. Here you can see all the intricacies behind the product, what each component and function does, and the reasoning behind it all. Don’t miss out!
Young Blood programme.
Find out more about our Young Blood initiative on the blog. We’ve hand picked specialised products for your aspiring grom and to make sure their first steps into kiteboarding are passionate, fun and safe ones.
PIQ’s multi-sport sensor for kiteboarding.
We announced the announced the availability of a new multisport sensor dedicated to kiteboarding; in partnership with North Kiteboarding, the world's leading kiteboarding brand. Bringing fun to the forefront, North Kiteboarding and PIQ confirm their ambition to deliver a new, exciting and engaging riding experience, enhancing the passion for sports.
Sky Solbach, Reno Romeu and Tom Herbert head to the glaciers of Patagonia, on one of the most unique and unforgettable adventures in kitesurfing.
‘Rough’ - Magdalen Islands.
Follow Aaron, Craig, Colleen, Noe and Stefan to the Magdalen Islands, Canada. A slick edit stacked full of some of the most stylish riding, 'Rough' won't fail to impress.
A dream come true for Matchu Lopes
Team rider Matchu Lopes was crowned 2016 GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle Rider of the Year following four fantastic stops. Having played a major part in revolutionising and influencing the whole style of wave and strapless freestyle, he admits that he's still having to pinch himself to check that it's not a dream
3D Product Viewer.
Have a good look over potential products before you buy them, or scan over something new or different with our 3D tool. You may have seen it available for our kites, but now it is applicable to our twintips and directionals. Enjoy!
The North Kiteboarding Academy.
With numerous tutorials across all disciplines available, you can now take our tutorials to the most remote spots in the world by downloading your chosen video and saving it on the app. So whether you're travelling or chilling on the beach, hit play and take it all in, even when being offline.