Twenty-nine-year-old Eric Rienstra from Lake Tahoe, California, is a huge fan of extreme sports. His parents practiced windsurf, so Eric tried kitesurf in 2003 and fell in love with it!
I switched to kiteboarding in 2003 and have been doing it full time since 2006. “Since I had been Snowboarding and Windsurfing since I was a toddler it was a pretty easy transition but since Kiteboarding is so unique it still took lots of time to perfect.
The La Ventana Classic is an annual kiteboarding, windsurfing, SUP, and mountain-biking event in La Ventana, Mexico. Along with the races (that bring top competitors) is a Party Island Downwinder Poker Run on giant inflatable rafts, a concert by Kilometro …
Situated on a 4km sandy bay, enjoy varied conditions year round with windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, SUP plus new foiling on offer. It’s good for slalom, freestyle and wave novices with more sheltered conditions in the north of the bay. Expert wave …
If the sport of windsurfing makes it to the Paris 2024, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary as an Olympic sport. Neil Pryde also noted that “kitesurfing is a potential competitor for Olympic status.” Explore the history of windsurfing in the Olympic Games.
The free festival is back for its tenth year and will host the ‘King or Queen of the Bay’ kitesurfing contest.
The two day festival also offers fireworks, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and freestyle shows and will take place on Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29.
There will also be entertainment on dry land with live music all day, a Kids Zone with fairground rides and a food village.
This year there will also be a Beach Market with over 25 traders selling everything from vintage clothes, vinyl records, Arts & Crafts and jewellery.
There will also be a Boardercross contest which is a mix of freestyling and racing which will bring a unique format of the competitors together on the starting line for a slalom style fight that is fast and furious involving jumping water obstacles.
Competitors include Irish champion and number six in the world for wave riding Jade O’Connor as well as Jalou Langeree, the world champion for wave riding and number one on the ladies world-ranking.
This year, Dublin City Council is celebrating Biodiversity (variety of life on earth) at the festival. There will be games for kids to interact with wildlife and learn how to conserve water as well as interactive bird displays and guided walks to the dunes of Dublin Bay.