Red Bull Kite road trip in South Africa with Aaron, Ruben, Lewis & Luke

Aaron Hadlow kiteboarding Witsands

Aaron Hadlow kiteboarding Witsands – Photo: Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull


Red Bull kiteboarders Aaron Hadlow and Ruben Lenten were joined by UK’s Lewis Crathern and South Africa Kiteboarder Luke McGilliwie on an epic road trip to the paradise fat water spot Witsands, Breede River on South Africa’s Garden Route earlier this year, in preperation for the Red Bull King Of the Air in Cape Town. This is the video of the road trip.

Red Bull King Of The Air 2013 – Excerpt from Jaco Laubscher on Vimeo.

A 24 minute kiteboarding special for the Red Bull Media House about the birth of the sport and the re-launch of the most prestigious event in kiteboarding.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012

THE LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE has yielded 45 National Records and 6 World Records to date !!!

It has taken the Organizers almost 2 years to prepare for the 2012 event to ensure that the sport of speed sailing continues to progress and higher speeds are achieved.
A new tried and tested canal will bring new speed sailing records for both windsurfers and kitesurfers.

History of the Event – Official Average Speeds recorded over 500m :

2007 – The very first run made officially was 44 knots, and within 4 weeks 48 knots was recorded.
2008 – A dam of sandbags was built for a flatter water surface, and 50 knots was achieved.
2009 – A channel was built inside the bay for the 1st time and higher speeds were achieved in less wind (51 knots).
2010 – A new channel was built in the bay with a better angle and the top speed hit 55.6 knots.

In 2011 a huge project was undertaken to dig a canal 300 meters away from the lagoon.
The organizers held a private event, and a few select riders were invited to test the new canal. As a result of this, modifications were made which improved the speeds and safety.

Below is a short clip of French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues on a run that broke a World Speed Sailing Record with 54.10 knots, which is 100.19 km/h

Below is a extended video of Luderitz and surrounds with some action from the strip.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.

The result was faster times in less wind, and the following improvements:

  • Competitors can race anytime of the day as the canal is no longer dependent upon tide.
  • Valuable time and energy is not wasted having to beat back upwind to the start, as a shuttle is provided at the end of the speed strip.
  • The water depth is maintained throughout the length of the run, which is a requirement of the WSSRC for official ratification.

The 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt will take place over 6 weeks:

  • Windsurfers from 5th of November to the 2nd of December
  • Kitesurfers from 3rd December to the 16th December.

Due to limited space on the shuttle vehicles that will be constantly ferrying competitors from the end of the run back to the start, the number of registrations must be limited.
For further information and registrations please contact us on

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VIDEO: Oswald Smith Busting Out in Mauritius

Oswald Smith Shredding One Eye - Photo Stephan Kleinlein (

Oswald Smith the 16 year legend from Cape Town, is on fire! his progressive tricks, and powered style is taking him around the world to compete in international events and train in tropical islands! here are just some highlights of him ripping in Mauritius. this is what he had to say about the trip:

“I just made a trip to Mautitius. It was really good I had a great time. The wind blew everyday. I had some good sessions and I landed a couple of new tricks. The swell was huge everyday and after I had a good full on freestyle session for about three hours, I went 2 One Eye and rode some nice waves. The water was warm and the sun was shining everyday. I got a couple of reef cuts, but nothing serious. This trip was amazing and I would love 2 do it again.”

Ozzie Is currently in Germany competing in the PKRA World Tour

Keep ripping Ozzie and Good luck

VIDEO: Aaron Hadlow Nails the 1st 900 on a kite, Check it! Boom

Here is the final episode of the 900 series, this time Aaron headed to Derde Stein, A wave spot in Cape Town, but on this day the kickers seems to be firing at the perfect size.
Ruben Lenten and Lewis Crathern went along to see if Aaron could manage it, there was a lot of riding around and searching but some absolute belters came through, and that’s all you need!