Welcome to Kite Masters!
The series that flies you around the world, together with the very best athletes from one of the fastest, most extreme and stylish sports: kiteboarding. For some people kiteboarding is a hobby, for others it’s a performance, but for many it’s life.
We bring the most passionate athletes experience inside the sport to the screen. We’ll take a look back over all the happenings earlier this season in the extreme world of kiteboarding, and the transformation of the sport on the road to Paris 2024.
Follow these pro athletes on their journey to become the best in their fields and their evolution throughout the years. Now available, on Nautical Channel.
In this first episode of 2017, we travel to the paradise beach of Pak Nam Pran, in southern Thailand for the first kite racing event of the year – the Asian Twin Tip Racing Championships. We also head south-east from Thailand to Indonesia, a country blessed with some of the best waves on the planet – and we meet up with pro kite wave surfers: Keahi de Aboitiz, Moona Whyte and Matt Elsasser. We visit another great place for kiting, Zanzibar, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, located east of Tanzania and from Zanzibar to Chile, to the big rocks of this incredibly wild coastline and consistently powerful waves. Finally, we move to Korea where the world’s top pro-riders faced off at the first round of the 2017 IKA Kitefoil Gold Cup.
In this episode we fly to Europe and descend on Italy’s notorious Gizzeria kiteboarding spot, where the riders really like to be Uncool – in a statement of “reverse kudos”. Thanks to its reputation for excellent kiteboarding conditions and a relaxing ambience, Hangloose Beach annually hosts some of the world's top events. We catch up with the 2017 IKA TwinTip Racing Slalom European Championship where the titles are closely fought among a line-up of almost 120 riders from 21 different countries. In addition, multiple Champion Oliver Bridge is going to introduce us to the basics of kite control.
Right after Weifang, some of the world's top riders flew to Pingtan for the 2017 IKA TwinTip World Championship, together with 2017 KiteFoil GoldCup - ACT3... and so did Kite Masters. Pingtan is the place where it all started for Kiteboarding in China. The first Kiteboarding School was established in Pingtan's sandy beach, helping develop the sport in every way. Since then, thousands of new riders have joined this exciting sport in China.
First stop for this episode is the exotic destination and kiteboarding playground of Mauritius, for one of the most high-profile and biggest kite-foiling events: the Hydrofoil Pro Tour. From one island to another, we leave the exotic racetracks of Mauritius and head to Cagliari on Sardinia for another exciting gathering of the world's best kitefoiling riders. The World Championship also marked the close of the 2017 Kitefoil Gold Cup World Series.
In this episode, we move to Dongshan, China for the 2017 Dongshan China International Kiteboarding Open. Combining culture with heritage, this small island, located along the Taiwan Strait, hosts a population of 200,000. The Youth Olympic Games is a hot topic in the Kiteboarding community, eagerly anticipated by riders and supporters. Reflecting an exciting and new race format, the slalom/boarder-cross is designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control, while maintaining maximum speed.
Together we’ll travel across the globe and follow the hottest action from the field of Kite! In this Episode, we have the opportunity to witnessup and coming young guns from 4 continents, fighting for their chance to live the Olympic Dream! Dakhla, in Morocco hosts the qualifying event for Europe and Africa, while Pranburi, Thailand is the place where riders from Asia and Oceania will fight for their right to compete in Argentina!
In this episode we are going to take you into the action from the 2018 milestone event, the International Kiteboarding Association, TT:R Youth Worlds. The fastest young athletes from across the globe have gathered on China’s tropical Hainan Island. With 8 qualification spots available for this year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, expect the competition to be fierce!
Immediately after the final spots for the Youth Olympic Games were decided in China, the International Kiteboarding Association, together with Hang Loose Beach host the 2018 TwinTip Racing Open World Championships and 59 competitors of all ages from 19 nations are getting ready for the next intense battles.
As kiteboarding becomes more popular and accessible to the masses, the hopes of many turn towards the Olympic Games. Although shaken, the spirit of the kiteboarders and their steadfast refusal to be defeated is rewarded with a vote of inclusion for the Youth Games in 2018 for the very first time. Yet again the Olympic dreams of the kiteboarders are on the line as the sport comes up for consideration for the Tokyo Games 2020.
In this episode, we are in the TwinTip open Worlds in Hangloose beach, Italy where Florian Gruber has defended his title for the 3rd time! Then, we are set to join the Kite World Series in China’s Weifang and Pingtan where the fastest foilers are ready to set new records in kite foiling. We finish our journey at the final of the series that took place in Cagliari, Italy where Maxim Nocher has been crowned Champion of the series.
In this episode we will focus on the action around the 2019 Kite Foil World Series, which is composed by four non-discard events. This means that all the event scores will be counted. The series began in Gizzeria, Italy and will head to China’s Pingtan and Weifang in September for two successive, action packed events before concluding in Cagliari, Italy. With the latter being the place where the male and female of 2019 Kite Foil World Champions will be crowned.
In this episode, we are travelling to the other side of the world for the second act of the Kitefoil World Series to see if Toni Vodisek can keep up with his great performance beating and second fleet after Gizzeria. The 19-year-old Slovenian has secured his first regatta on the professional kite racing circuit. Will he beat the lead from Axel Mazella?
In this episode we are taking a domestic flight to the east coast of Fujian Province, Pingtan, for the Kitefoil World Series. The long sandy beaches and good weather conditions are placing Pingtan second most touristic island of China and if you combine its good winds, Pingtan makes perfect venue for Kiteboarding!
In this episode we’ll be flying back to Europe, to watch the 2019 Formula Kite European Championships in Italy. Taking place in the Mediterranean track, Oristano Gulf welcomes kiteboarding in an event that will be as plastic free as possible. For all the athletes from the 22 countries participating, anticipation is high as this is the 4th major event for athletes in less than two months.
The last stop takes place on the magnificent island of Sardinia and the city of Cagliari. This is the third successive year that the Sardinian capital of Cagliari has hosted the series, where intense battles in the cutting-edge kiteboarding discipline will again be fought out on the Gulf of Angels off the pristine Poetto Beach.
In this year's season of Kite Maters we follow the life of Toni Vodisek, an athlete that has everything needed to become a star and win multiple titles. He has already won three World Series events in a row and found himself close to the podium spots at the end of the year. Also we talk with Guy Bridge: a Professional Kite foil rider that tells us what it takes to become one of the best.
We follow one of the most recognizable figures in the kite family: Florian Gruber. We’ll hear the story from the man behind the successful transformation of kiteboarding; from a bevy of kiteboarders spending their free time casually competing, to an Olympic Sailing Class. We also dive into the equipment of kitesurf and how it has evolved over time.
In this episode, we focus on the French team. They dominated the KiteFoil World Series scene, with many great performances. We’ll zoom in on Axel Mazella who clinched the Kitefoil European title and his second Kitefoil World title last season. Finally, we meet four-time World Champion, Daniela Moroz, who’ll share some tips for how to gybe in the best possible way.
We are finally back to action! After months of waiting due to the Covid-19 pandemic, athletes and sports enthusiasts had the chance to return to some high-end performances and demanding racing; for the 2020 Formula Kite Mixed Team Relay European Championships that took place in Ebensee - Lake Traunsee, Austria. Relieve the best moments on Kite Masters.
There are two elements that grabbed our attention during the 2020 Formula Kite Mixed Relay European Championships: the UK’s Connor Bainbridge and the Polish team.
Along with his teammate Elli Aldridge, Connor managed to defend his European title. Meanwhile, the Polish team was the great surprise of the championship, having two out of their six teams qualifying to the gold fleet. After that, we will focus on the Kite venues hosting the hottest action from the kite events.
We will discover why riders love these locations and what makes the International Kiteboarding Association so confident in the venues. Finally, we reencounter four-time world champion, Daniela Moroz, who shared some more golden Kiteboarding tips.
As we come to the end of the 2020 series, we'll take a look back over all the happenings earlier this season in the extreme world of kiteboarding as well as the transformation of the sport on the road to Paris 2024.
Later on, we are set to find out what happened during the last event of the season, the 2020 KiteFoil European Championships taking place in Playa de las Burras, Gran Canaria, Spain. We end our journey travelling to the USA to meet one of the most popular riders in the world: Daniela Moroz.
In this month’s episode, we travel to Gizzeria’s Hang Loose Beach, the electrifying, made-to-order venue for Kitesurfing. Every year riders from over the world gather to take part in one of the most thrilling sporting events. Famous for its world-class sailing conditions but also renowned for its great facilities, the mouth-watering traditional Calabrian food along with its nightlife, Hang Loose Beach is a fantastic spot, not only for the athletes but also their friends and families.
In this month's episode we travel to Montpellier, France, to enjoy some exciting action in the spiritual home of kiteboarding. France is a country that has dominated kiteboarding and produced many World & European champions, so there is no better place to host the Formula Kite European Championship 2021. Come join us!
In this episode we travel to magnificent Upper Austria. Surrounded by mountains, forests and alpine lakes, the towns of Ebensee and Rindbach are nestled in a picturesque landscape. It is an ideal place for a wide range of outdoor activities. Once again, this year the Upper Austria KiteFoil Grand Prix Traunsee attracted some of the top kite racers in the world who gathered to compete in the highly anticipated second stop of the IKA KiteFoil World Series. Let's jump into the action!
In this month’s episode, we will travel to Poetto beach in Cagliari, Italy for the next stop of the 2021 IKA KiteFoil World Series with the elite of the International Kiteboarding scene gathering to take flight. Forty-two athletes, from 19 countries and five continents vied for a share of the €25,000 prize pot, in the World Series Cagliari, the third of five scheduled acts. The winnings are split equally between the men and women, racing together in one fleet.
We have arrived to the last episode of Kite Masters for 2021, and what a year this was for the kiteboarding world! 2021 proved to be full of action for this hair-rising sport, and there could be no better way to wave goodbye to this year than following the cream of the crop events: we'll see who were crowned Formula Kite World Champions and who finished the Kite Foil World Series celebrating!