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  • What to Look for in a Beginner Kiteboarding Kite
    18 February 2020
    Here is how to choose the best beginning kite.

    You’ve taken your introductory kiteboarding lessons, you’ve learned the basics of the sport, the adrenaline buzz of kiteboarding is in your veins, and now you’re ready to buy your own gear, including your first kite. Yes! To quote Willem Dafoe’s character Sergeant Elias from Platoon: “Well, then the worm has definitely turned for you …”.

    How do you choose the BEST BEGINNING KITE? A kite is going to be the most expensive piece of equipment in your kiteboarding arsenal, and the shopping experience—with all the jargon and design-speak—can definitely be a bit overwhelming for someone just entering the sport. Buy the wrong kite and you could be inadvertently making the learning curve that much steeper for yourself. So, before you drop hard-earned cash on your first kite, make sure you understand the essential features you should be looking for in a kite that’ll not only get you started but also progress with you.

    Shape

    Kites can be divided into three basic categories: Bow, C-Shaped, and Hybrid. All of them have their benefits and ideal uses, but, as a beginner, you’ll want a Hybrid—this shape is a versatile, all-around style, both manageable and predictable for learning and progression. The Hybrid shape provides the ideal balance between friendly and responsive handling with smooth, steady power.

    Stability

    When you’re learning, you want a kite that stays in position and doesn’t react at the slightest touch of the control bar. A smooth, slow-turning kite is best as it’ll absorb most mistakes you make with control-bar input and lets you feel where the kite is at or where it’s going. Also, look for a kite with at least three struts—this will help provide stability in gusts and rough conditions, which are tricky to manage while you’re progressing your skills.

    Broad Wind range

    You’ll want to select a kite with a wind range of at least 10 to 15 knots. This broad range will allow you to control the kite safely and confidently even if the wind is gusty, picks up or drops off.

    Quick De-power:

    Having a kite that quickly de-powers is essential when you’re learning and progressing as it allows you to confidently regulate the kite’s power and not get overwhelmed if you make a mistake. As a beginner, your ideal kite will definitely be a bow or hybrid shape as they provide the best de-power—when you sheet out the control bar, a bow- or hybrid-shaped kite responds immediately and drifts safely to the edge of the window, parked there until you’re ready to sheet in and power it back up.

    Ease of Water Re-launch

    Fact: As you proceed along the path of learning and progressing as a kiteboarder, you’re going to be crashing the kite in the water quite often. Knowing that, it’s then crucial to have a kite that pivots to a wing tip and dependably water re-launches. You want a kite that will get back up in the air ASAP, so look for a hybrid kite with swept wing tips—this shape provides the quickest and easiest re-launch.

    Durability

    Another fact: Kiteboarding progression is tough on a kite—you’ll absolutely want a kite that is built with quality materials and strategic reinforcements. Here at Slingshot, we take pride in our reputation for building the most durable kites on the market. Just a few details that go into all of our kites include: Kevlar scuff patches, reinforced Dacron trailing edge material, reinforced leading edge seams, and our 4×4 Canopy Tech—reinforced ripstop material that is the strongest, stiffest and most durable canopy material on the market.

    INTUITIVE SAFETY SYSTEM​

    Yes, this final point is about the control bar and not the kite, but most people will buy the same brand control bar and lines as their kite, so it’s worth mentioning here the importance of a control bar’s safety system. You’re going to want a safety system that is extremely quick, easy, reliable and intuitive to operate—both to trigger and to re-set. While other brands have added a confusing array of gimmicks and gizmos to their control bars, we have designed our Compstick Control Bar to have the best and cleanest interface—in an emergency, a quick one-handed push on the safety release will immediately flag out your kite on a single line, completely depowering it. Safety should be simple and we trust that our Compstick Control Bar delivers on that adage.

    Decision Time

    Which 2020 Slingshot kite is the best for you and your voyage toward becoming a dedicated, self-sufficient kiteboarder? Without question, it’s our all-new Rally GT—with its hybrid shape, overall stability, excellent wind range, rapid de-power, speedy water re-launch, bomber construction, and a reliable safety system it’s the perfect first kite. And as an all-around freeride kite, the Rally GT will progress with you as you round out your skills to boosting airs, slashing the surf, or light-wind foiling.

     

    Get stoked! Once you make the Rally GT your first kite, your life is never going to be the same (and we mean that in that best possible way!). If you have any questions about choosing the best size Rally GT for you or need more information, no problem. We are here to help! Just contact our knowledgeable customer service crew and they’ll help dial you in on the Rally GT, as well as all-things Slingshot.

     

    Other Helpful Blog Posts: How to Pack Your Kite.

    The post What to Look for in a Beginner Kiteboarding Kite appeared first on Slingshot Sports.

  • 5 Spring Break Activities You Won’t Want to Miss in Ft. Lauderdale
    08 February 2020

    If you plan to head to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, you are in for a treat. With beautiful beaches, great shopping, a multitude of cultural attractions, and more, Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone. At American Watersports, we love our community and feel honored to share it with you. Make the most of your spring break in Fort Lauderdale with these five spring break attractions.

    1. Jet Ski Rentals

    A jet ski rental from American Watersports will pack some adrenaline into your week at the beach. Our rentals are great for riders of all ages and sizes; we even have jet skis that can accommodate up to three riders! if you want to experience the water at a slower pace, we also offer paddle board rentals and kayak rentals.

    2. Beachfront Promenade

    The Beachfront Promenade is located two miles north of Port Everglades, and it is stunning. Directly across the street from the beach, you will find luxury hotels, casual shopping, and dining options. You can also take a trolley from the Promenade to downtown Fort Lauderdale for a fun view of the city.

    3. Las Olas Boulevard

    Las Olas Boulevard is another great place to shop and dine. The boulevard offers high-end shopping, art galleries, and sidewalk cafes. Cycle Party also offers quadracycle foodie tours of Las Olas Boulevard; this is a great way to bond with friends and enjoy some of the best eats in the area!

    4. Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District

    For unforgettable entertainment, head to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District. The area offers world-class concerts, events, galleries, and more. Some of the more notable venues in the area include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, and the Stranahan House.

    5. Flamingo Gardens

    For a chance to see some of Florida’s natural beauty, head to Flamingo Gardens. This 60-acre botanical garden houses more than 3,000 species of plants, including some of the largest trees in Florida. Additionally, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary gives residence to permanently injured and non-releasable birds and animals. It is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks, and flamingos.

    Start Planning Now

    Start planning for your spring break trip to Fort Lauderdale by reserving a jet ski rental today. Our goal at American Watersports is to help you have fun on the water without breaking the bank. Contact us at (954) 946-1811 or make a reservation online today.

     

    www.sunny.org/things-to-do/top-10-things-to-do/

    fortlauderdale.cycleparty.com

    www.browardcenter.org

    www.fgo.com

    stranahanhouse.org

    www.flamingogardens.org

  • A Winter Wakeboarding Retreat to the Philippines
    06 February 2020
    Dylan Miller and Steffen Vollert report on the ultimate winter wakeboarding retreat. Words by Steffen Vollert

     

    Summer is great – Fall is the greatest. For us professional Wakeboarders the most hectic time of the year is over. Competitions, demos and other obligations are checked off the list. We’ve done our duty, the days are getting quieter and more chill, and unfortunately the temperature is getting more “chill” as well.  After some off-days, filled with housekeeping, yard work, taxes, and other day to day tasks the motivation to Wakeboard, freeride, and film a new project rises to it’s peak. There is no better place in the world to do so than CWC Wakepark.

    Brothers From Different Mothers

    Dylan going bank to bar – Philippino Style

    It starts by looking into flights, contacting teammates to see what they are up to, eventually you get a crew together. The world-class wake parks and climate in Asia make it very appealing. That’s why so many riders make the trip over during the North American and European winter.

    This pretty much sums up a trip to CWC

    CWC is definitely one of the most notorious and well-known parks in the world. We have been there a handful of times, but the last time we went was about 4 years ago. After seeing all the videos and photos online of new features at the park we decided it was time to go back and revisit one of our favorite wake destinations.
    Upon our arrival, we were stoked to see all the new features. It had changed so much since our last visit 4 years prior. We were accompanied by friends Trever Maur and Graeme Burress as well as Drone Pilot Dave AV, which got us even more hyped to start filming! 

    Putting the flex tips on the new “Volt” board to work

    Words by Dylan Miller:
    “Steffen and I rode way too much the first couple days which is guaranteed to happen when visiting CWC. But after we got comfortable with the new park set up we went right into filming/ shooting photos. It was great to see Steffen ride that much since he spends most of the time behind the camera when we are at parks and on trips together. We rode GoPro laps every day until our hands couldn’t hold on any more.  We filled our Instagram feeds with amazing “BlueWater-PalmTree-Sunshine-Good-times“ Posts.
     
    Being surrounded by so many like-minded people you are soaking up so many different ideas through conversations about different things that you constantly come up with new concepts for videos and photos. On an off-day Steffen had the idea to walk a lap of the whole park with his camera. This Idea got him so motivated that he decided that this is going to be his Vlog Concept for the future.” 
    Watch Steffen’s Future Vlog:
     

    When you look this good selfies are completely acceptable

    Tree maintenance with tree tools

    Splish-Splash, No Baths Required at CWC

    Dave AV doing Dave things…

    Night Riding at CWC with friends:
     
    The next day he planned to post up at each park feature and shoot photos of me until we had a good shot on each rail and film the whole process with a GoPro mounted to his camera. I was obviously stoked on the idea and jumped right on the water. Check out the Video Steffen has put together.

     

    Dylan working on his Captain Canada pose

    Solo Flex tips flexin’

    CWC is such a magical place. The whole Park Setup, the Locals, the other guests, accommodation and weather makes it the perfect place to extend your summer. Spending time with like-minded people is simply amazing and lets you grow as a Wakeboarder and as a person in general. If you haven’t had the chance to visit CWC yet, it should definitely be on your list of things to do. 

    Philippino “Big Rig”

    Our friend “7” taking a nap. He was the 7th cat to show up at our door step one morning. As you can tell we are very creative with names

    Steffen is always so cautious with his camera gear.

    Back to the dock Dyl, we are not done yet

    SQUAD!

    For male influencer opportunities contact @dylanmiller via DM’s

    Check out @dylanmiller and @steffevollert on Instagram for more of their latest content! 

    The post A Winter Wakeboarding Retreat to the Philippines appeared first on Slingshot Sports.

  • Dylan Miller and Steffen Vollert Re-Unite in the Philippines
    06 February 2020
    A Winter Wakeboarding Retreat to Philippines Dylan Miller and Steffen Vollert report on the ultimate wakeboarding retreat. Words by Steffen Vollert

     
    Summer is great – Fall is the greatest. For us professional Wakeboarders the most hectic time of the year is over. Competitions, demos and other obligations are checked off the list. We’ve done our duty, the days are getting quieter and more chill, and unfortunately the temperature is getting more “chill” as well.  After some off-days, filled with housekeeping, yard work, taxes, and other day to day tasks the motivation to Wakeboard, freeride, and film a new project rises to it’s peak. There is no better place in the world to do so than CWC Wakepark.

     

    Brothers From Different Mothers

     

    Dylan going bank to bar – Philippino Style

     

    It starts by looking into flights, contacting teammates to see what they are up to, eventually you get a crew together. The world class wakeparks and climate in Asia make it very appealing. That’s why so many riders make the trip over during the North American and European winter.

     

    This pretty much sums up a trip to CWC

     

    CWC is definitely one of the most notorious and well known parks in the world. We have been there a handful of times, but the last time we went was about 4 years ago. After seeing all the videos and photos online of new features at the park we decided it was time to go back and revisit one of our favorite wake destinations.
    Upon our arrival we were stoked to see all the new features. It had changed so much since our last visit 4 years prior. We were accompanied by friends Trever Maur and Graeme Burress as well as Drone Pilot Dave AV, which got us even more hyped to start filming! 

     

    Putting the flex tips on the new “Volt” board to work

     

    Words by Dylan Miller:
    “Steffen and I rode way too much the first couple days which is guaranteed to happen when visiting CWC. But after we got comfortable with the new park set up we went right into filming/ shooting photos. It was great to see Steffen ride that much since he spends most of the time behind the camera when we are at parks and on trips together. We rode GoPro laps every day until our hands couldn’t hold on any more.  We filled our Instagram feeds with amazing “BlueWater-PalmTree-Sunshine-Good-times“ Posts.
     
    Being surrounded by so many like-minded people you are soaking up so many different ideas through conversations about different things that you constantly come up with new concepts for videos and photos. On a off-day Steffen had the idea to walk a lap of the whole park with his camera. This Idea got him so motivated that he decided that this is going to be his Vlog Concept for the future.” 

     

    Watch Steffen’s Future Vlog:
     

     

    When you look this good selfies are completely acceptable

     

    Tree maintenance with tree tools

     

    Splish-Splash, No Baths Required at CWC

     

    Dave AV doing Dave things…

     

    Night Riding at CWC with friends:
     

     

    The next day he planned to post up at each park feature and shoot photos of me until we had a good shot on each rail and film the whole process with a gopro mounted to his camera. I was obviously stoked on the idea and jumped right on the water. Check out the Video Steffen has put together.
     

     

    Dylan working on his Captain Canada pose

     

    Solo Flex tips flexin’

     

    CWC is such a magical place. The whole Park Setup, the Locals, the other guests, accommodation and weather makes it the perfect place to extend your summer. Spending time with like-minded people is simply amazing and lets you grow as a Wakeboarder and as a person in generAl. If you haven’t had the chance to visit CWC yet, it should definitely be on your list of things to do. 

     

    Philippino “Big Rig”

     

    Our friend “7” taking a nap. He was the 7th cat to show up at our door step one morning. As you can tell we are very creative with names

     

    Steffen is always so cautious with his camera gear.

     

    Back to the dock Dyl, we are not done yet

     

    SQUAD!

     

    For male influencer opportunities contact @dylanmiller via DM’s

     

    Check out @dylanmiller and @steffevollert on Instagram for more of their latest content! 

    The post Dylan Miller and Steffen Vollert Re-Unite in the Philippines appeared first on Slingshot Sports.

  • Health Benefits of Kayaking
    02 February 2020

    At Beach Water Sports, we know the most engaging ways for beachgoers to escape the cold winter weather and truly enjoy the sun and sand. That’s why we offer boat, jet ski, kayak, and paddle board rentals. With so many rental options, you’ll be able to choose an activity that best suits your desired intensity level. Do you want a low impact activity that’ll improve your aerobic fitness and strength? Choose one of our kayak rentals. Kayaking not only is fun – it’s great exercise!

    Condition Your Core

    When watching someone paddle a kayak, you may think they are only utilizing their arm and shoulder muscles; however kayaking is also great for strengthening the core. Does this mean you’ll get 6-pack abs from kayaking? Actually, it means so much more! Your core involves at least 35 different muscle groups, and strengthening it can improve your mobility and daily life. A few things you might notice as a result of kayaking regularly:

    • Daily activities, like putting on shoes, are easier.
    • Soreness when performing on-the-job tasks or sitting in an office chair is reduced.
    • Back pain is reduced.
    • Mobility when playing sports or doing chores is enhanced.
    • Balance and stability is increased.
    • Posture improves.
    Other Health Benefits

    Better Health Channel lists these additional health benefits from an exhilarating kayak workout:

    • Improved cardiovascular fitness. Thanks to kayaking, you’ll improve your heart’s health.
    • Increased muscle strength. While rowing, you’ll be rotating and applying pressure with your legs. Along with gaining strength in your torso and legs, you’ll also work your back, arms, and shoulders.
    • Reduce risk of injury. Although paddling is an exercise, it’s a low impact activity. You’ll have a reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues.
    • Improved mental health. When you’re enjoying the picturesque waterways of Jupiter, Florida, not only will kayaking improve your physical well-being, it will also be a peaceful and meditative experience for your mind.
    Beach Water Sports At Beach Water Sports in Jupiter, Florida, we want your vacation to be full of fun and relaxation, so we recommend one of our quality kayak rentals for your sightseeing adventure. To find out more or to check our availability, contact us today at (561) 745-6900.

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  • Tips for your Easter holidays in the Algarve
    01 February 2020

    Tips for your Algarve Easter holidays It’s almost Easter! Are you lucky to have booked your Easter holidays in the Algarve, the South of Portugal? Cool! We’ll share some tips on the best activities during this time of the year. Most activities and things to do in the Algarve depend on the weather an...

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  • Top 10 blog posts about Portugal
    01 February 2020

    2019 was a busy year on our blog and the top 10 of our most-read blog posts were all about Portugal! Traveling to Portugal soon? Don’t miss out on our top 10 blog posts about Portugal. Within Portugal, some of the most-read blog posts were about the Algarve while others about Madeira. And, no surpri...

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  • Why not give experiences this Christmas?
    01 February 2020

    They say it’s science: giving experiences instead of toys boosts your kid’s intelligence and happiness. So, let’s give experiences this Christmas. This holiday season, let’s boost happiness.  In fact, this happiness isn’t measured by the number of presents under the tree. Stud...

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  • Things to do with children in the Algarve
    01 February 2020

    The Algarve is a perfect destination for families with children of all ages! Long sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, lots of nature and family-friendly hotels and accommodations invite families from all over the world to spend a great time here!  We know that kids are already happy if they can pla...

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  • Things to do in Gran Canaria during winter
    01 February 2020

    Visiting Gran Canaria during winter? Do you have enough of the grey sky and are the rainy days bothering you? Then grab your passport and come to the Canary Islands this winter. The beautiful beaches of the islands are waiting for you! When is the best time to visit Gran Canaria? Some may say that t...

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