The Flexifoil Force 2013
Flexifoil Force 2013
The Flexifoil FORCE 2013 is the latest offering the UK brand. Combined with the qualities of the ION but with a brand new shape, the FORCE flies like a true C-Kite but generates a performance similar to that of a hybrid. Its 4-strut design creates a more curved profile whilst its fully supportive bridle produces better performance, stability and control of the kite. Continue reading
On the 1st July, Richard Branson broke the record for being the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel at 61 years old. He crossed from Dymchurch, Kent, to Wimereux in northern France in three hours, 45 minutes to set the new Guinness World Record.
He had attempted to break the record the previous day, along with his son Sam and a team of his nephews and friends from France to England, but failed to complete the 30 mile journey. Richard Branson found that he did not have a large enough kite to get upwind so returned to France to change his kite but found there were no larger kites. His son Sam however, shaved 12 minutes off the previous record set in 1999 with a time of 2 hours and 18 minutes and the rest of the team followed minutes after. Continue reading
Did you know that Sir Richard Branson is an avid kiteboarder, in addition to being a billionaire entrepreneur? He has already made one attempt to kitesurf across the English Channel, an amazing feat that is not easy to accomplish.
Foiled by Bad Weather
On Tuesday 24th August 2010, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, attempted to cross the English Channel for his 60th birthday. The crossing from Dungeness, Kent across to France was unfortunately foiled due to high winds and rough seas. During his crossing, he was joined by his daughter Holly and his son Sam, as well as a friend Dave Clarke. High winds an hour into the crossing prevented the safety boats from following and Richard was forced to head back. At the time, he said he would make another attempt in the future.
As we aim to promote the sport of kiteboarding through our blog, we will write some pieces on famous and less famous kiteboarders around the world, who have contributed to the growth of the sport that we love so much. In this week’s blog post, we bring you a rider profile on Aaron Hadlow, one of Flexifoil’s Team riders and a kiteboarder whose skills we admire.
How it all started
Aaron Hadlow is one of the world’s leading freestyle kiteboarders and has been pushing the sport to new limits with his innovation and ever increasing progression. Aaron started kiteboarding in the UK at the age of 10, where he first flew his dad’s kite on the beach. It was not long thereafter that he was riding on a board, soon to be one of the world’s best kiteboarders.
The Kiteboarding Outlet Founder, Chris, talks about his recent experience testing the Flexifoil Proton 2 in Shui Hau Wan, Hong Kong:
Flexifoil recently released the next generation of their Proton range aimed at freeriders and wave riders.
First of all, I think the Flexifoil Proton 2 is a beautiful looking kite. I was testing with a 12m red model but the other available colours, Rasta and Petrol, look fantastic as well.
The construction of the kite is rock solid, as it was designed for all skill levels of kiteboarders. The kite has to withstand a beating for the beginners who are learning, while also being able to handle the finesse of advanced riders.