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30 October 2020

  • The Download on the HOVER GLIDE Foil Wings – Comparison Charts
    24 October 2020

     The Hover Glide modular hydrofoil  platform covers 6 sports and any riding style or condition!  The cool thing about our modular system is we have put the freedom of choice in your hands.  You can optimize your foil for your riding style, body weight, and local conditions.   With 6 watersports to choose from, you have the confidence to build your Hover Glide foil for any sport and any ability. Learn, get comfortable and then explore your options to optimize your ride or maybe dial it in for different people you ride with.  When you get a chance we encourage you to check in with your local dealer to find your favorite wing.



    The FWake V3 foil is great for learning, towing with the handle in hand, and surfing most boat wakes up to the 2nd or 3rd roller back!

    • Carbon Composite Wing Construction
    • 24” Aircraft Grade Aluminum Mast
    • 2 Versatile mast mounting options for different performance.
    • Safe-T Winglets
    • Neoprene Wing Covers & Travel Bag


    The FSUP V3 foil is designed to carry the heaviest of loads, fly at the slowest of speeds, and pump farther than any other foil in the Slingshot Lineup!

    • Neoprene wing covers & Custom travel case
    • 28” Aluminum Mast
    • Infinity 84 wing has tons of lift and a surprising top-end speed
    • Foil of choice for downwind swell rides
    • Larger 48cm rear wing increases stability and leverage for pumping
    • Hover Glide is a modular system with a wide variety of add-on wings and components


    The Hover Glide FWIND has super early lift, plenty of side to side stability and a top end speed that will have you grinning ear to ear while you rip confidently..

    23 October 2020

    Chase the storm this weekend and enter our annual Dorset Big Air competition to be in with the chance of winning a@deadparadiselifestyle and @poseidonkiteschool prize bundle. Biggest air wins this weekend storm chaser mini comp so go for glory!

    Borrow a @woosportskite from the beach to record your score and we’ll let you know who got the biggest air this weekend.

    Find out more about the next big storm (not the COVID shit kind) of 2020 here.

    Good luck 🔥

  • MasterCraft XT Series Versus the X Series
    21 October 2020
  • Water Skiing – What Do You Need To Get Started?
    21 October 2020
    Your complete guide to getting started on water skiing and what is important to pay attention to when going out on the water

    Have you ever dreamt about walking on water? I know I have! And I can safely say water skiing is pretty close to it, if not better.

    Imagine being able to glide across the water at 32km per hour (20miles per hour), feeling as if you are going to fly. Water skiing is definitely a unique experience, and if you are interested in knowing what you need and about the types of water skis you need to get started, read on.

    Within this article, you will learn all about:

    • The History of Water skiing
    • How Water skiing Works
    • The Physics of Water skiing
    • Water skiing and The Force That Drives You
    • Water skiing Basics: How to Get Started
    • The Right Water skiing Equipment
    • Types of Water Skis
    • Trick and Slalom Skiing
    • Ski Jumping, Racing, and Show Skiing
    The history of water skiing

    If you are interested in trying out water skiing, congrats! You’ll be doing it on the 100th anniversary of the sport. Yup, water skiing is that old. Feeling late? You’re not the only one.

    Although there aren’t any official records backing this up, it may be that water skiing appeared in Sweden first before anywhere else in the world. Namely, the term “Vatternskida,” which means to ski on a body of water, dates back to 1921 in Swedish dictionaries.

    However, on the record, water skiing is recognized to have started by two brothers (only teenagers at the time) in Minnesota in 1922.

    The 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson living near Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota, got the crazy idea that just as you ski on snow, you can ski on water too. So, with the help of his brother, Ben, they worked on realizing this revolutionary idea.

    So, In July of 1922, Samuelson, for the first time, stood up on his two skis and skied on the water by being pulled by a boat his brother was driving.

    Of course, at that time, their equipment was quite obsolete and basic. Samuelson used staves of a barrel and lengths of woods held together by leather straps to form his skis. He used a window sash as a ski rope.

    Soon after trying out his equipment, he developed a method of how to do it right. He discovered that if he leaned back with the tips of your skis facing up, he could successfully glide over the water without losing balance.

    After his invention got around, Samuelson was recognized as the father of the water sport by the American Water Ski Association, which credited him in 1966 as the first on record to attempt the sport. He never patented his invention, so in 1925 while Samuelson was touring the East Coast of the United States showing his new sports invention, Fred Waller developed the first water skis for sale and patented them as such, naming them Dolphin AquaSkees.

    With the vast popularity around water skiing, the sport caught on pretty quickly in North America and Europe all throughout the 1930s.

    So, in 1939 we have the first national waterskiing championship held at Jones Beach in Long Island, NY.

    A few decades later, in 1972, at the Summer Games in Kiel, West Germany, water skiing was officially an Olympic sport, and fast forward to this present day, we now have more than 650 water skiing clubs and 11 million active participants in the United States alone.

    It’s important to know that the development of water skiing and the development of motorized watercrafts went side by side as one complimented the other. I mean, you can’t really water ski behind a canoe, right? There has to be a motorboat going at least 25 kilometers per hour to pull you so that you can glide across the water instead of sink.

    This is why, over time, technological advancements in motor crafts have only contributed to waterskiing’s evolution. Namely, the faster the boat, the quicker the skier and the more new tricks you can perform and maneuverability and control you can have overall.

    With all that said, how does water skiing work anyway?

    And why is that Samuelson found that pointing the tips of your skis up improved your skiing abilities?

    How water skiing works

    Water skiing as a sport is pretty straightforward.

    If you want to try and water ski, you will have what looks like snow skis on your feet, and you will be pulled behind a motorboat across the water. Of course, the more advanced you get, the faster you can go, and the faster the boat that pulls you is, the more tricks you can perform and control you will have overall.

    Nowadays, millions of people across the world water ski recreationally, and the sport also grows among competitive sports too. Only in the US, there are more than 900 tournaments held yearly. From small events for beginners to world-level competitions, anyone can compete in slalom, tricks, and jumping.

    So, how do you stand on the water skis without sinking?

    And what laws of physics work that enable you to perform tricks and glide over water seamlessly?

    And if you are a complete newbie, don’t forget to check our selection of the best paddle boards of the year. After all, you have to start somewhere, right? Well, paddle boarding is an excellent introduction to all water sports.

    The physics of waterskiing

    Being interested in water skiing and wanting to start out requires that you truly understand the principles of physics underlying the sport. In fact, several factors come into play when you water ski.

    The basic characteristics of water is that as fluid as it is when in motion, it is characterized as turbulent and laminar. When it is in motion and is turbulent, it has a rough surface and irregularities in its flow. When laminar, the water is smooth and calm.

    For those who want to nerd out on this and dig deeper, I have a formula called the Reynolds number, which compares the two types of water:

    Re = P (density) x L (obstacle length) x V (flow speed) / v (viscosity or internal friction)

    A higher Reynolds number indicates a more turbulent fluid. A lower number suggests laminar water, which is optimal for water skiing because it’s smoother and maintains a certain flow.

    If we go by basic recommendations, one thing you have to pay attention to is that before taking off, you should keep the tips of your skis out of the water.

    Namely, if you lift the tips of your skis, your position will apply pressure that will counter the force of the boat when it begins to pull you. By doing so, you create a tilt of the skis, which is the primary source of the lift that will pull you out of the water. With the ski tip-tilted up, the water will strike your ski as you move forward, creating a rebound downward from the ski.

    This will create an upward force on the ski and you. As long as the force of the upward water is equal to the downward force of gravity, and accordingly, the weight of the skier, you’ll stay afloat. Gravity is a constant force that determines the weight of the skier, skis, and the air above the water. Water counterbalances the weight above its surface.

    If we go by another law, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, we learn that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, when the boat accelerates, it’ll begin to pull you. Then, you supply e equal and opposite pull against the boat as you lean back to counter the force of the boat. And since, obviously, the force of the boat is much greater than your own, it will pull you up and out of the water.

    Water Skiing And Centripetal Force

    Further, in the physics realm, an additional important element is the speed of the boat that is pulling you.

    For instance, if you are approx. 75 kilos (150 pounds), the speed of the boat should be between 32 and 40 kilometers per hour (20 to 25 miles per hour).

    However, if you are using only one ski, then the speed needs to increase because there is less surface building up pressure against the water.

    When you are being pulled by a boat in a straight line, the two main forces acting on you are the force of the tow rope, which is created by the forward movement of the boat, and the force of the water on the skis. If there’s a constant tension in the tow rope, you’ll travel at the same speed as the boat.

    However, when you are moving in a perpendicular direction of the boat, then the waves created by the boat and its engine bring up a centripetal force, which also comes into play.

    Namely, this is a force that comes into play when a body moves in a circular path around another object, based on the fact that some force is pulling the body toward the center object.

    The rope onto which you hold yourself will keep you traveling in a circular path around the boat. Then, when an object moves on a curve, it accelerates. So, when you start moving on a curve around the boat, you accelerate significantly.

    Now that I have bored you with physics, let’s go into the practicalities of water skiing, the basics of the sport, and how to start.

    Water skiing basics

    Even though the majority of the performance depends on your water skiing skills, the person on the boat also has to know what they are doing in order to enable you to glide on the water unobstructed.

    To smooth things out, you and they have to have a method of communication worked out.
    Namely, here’s what you do at each stage of skiing.

    The Start

    To start water skiing, you begin by being in a sitting position in the water with your knees bent, and weight shifted to the back of your skis. Make sure the front tips of your skis are poking out of the water.

    Be sure to maintain your balance as the force of the pushing and pulling of the boat may make things a little tricky.

    As you feel the speed of the boat accelerating, and you feel the stronger pull, that’s a sign that you can begin to stand up. But how do you stand up without losing balance?

    • Keep your arms straight out as until now, straighten your back and start straightening your legs, but bend your knees for optimal control and maneuverability.

    However, you cannot just perfect this stance on the spot as the boat accelerates, and you have to stand up for the first time. First, you have to practice at home before you hit the water.

    • Try stretching your arms out straight and lowering yourself in a chair as you would sit but don’t sit. Keep your back straight and maintain a firm stance right above the seat of the chair.

    During all times, as you are gliding on the water, you should keep your knees bent. This will help you maintain balance through any bumps you might encounter. While skiing, make sure that you are behind the boat as it turns in order to stay inside the boat’s wake – the waves created by the boat.

    Otherwise, if you are outside the wake and you are following to the side of the boat, as it begins to turn, you’ll whip around pretty quickly. Of course, as you advance, there are all sorts of tricks and jumps you can perform outside the wake, but leave that for when you accumulate enough experience.

    Then, when you feel you want to stop, lower your body slowly until you sit on your skis and let go of the rope. As you sit and the boat is no longer near you, you will glide for a while longer and then come in for a smooth landing.

    Don’t ski into the docks, though. It’s the safest to land away from any object you could collide with.

    Waterskiing equipment

    Now, before we go into the type of equipment, let’s talk about why solid gear is important and the potential dangers of unsafe skiing.

    Namely, as a skier, you can reach up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), and at that speed, if something goes wrong and you lose balance and take a tumble, you may end up with serious consequences.

    Among water skiers, knee and facial injuries are the most common, although the arms and the whole upper body aren’t spared too.

    I don’t mean to scare you off with this, but you should be informed so that you know what to watch out for the most.

    Jumps, twists, and other maneuvers put a lot of strain on your knees, which is why keeping them slightly bent at all times is mandatory. Also, professionals’ recommendation is to exercise and strengthen the legs and arms well before you water ski so that your body is more resilient.

    Now, what kind of equipment you should buy in order to have the most enjoyable water skiing experience?

    Before we start dwelling on the types of water skis, the first two things that come to my mind are:

    • A life jacket – safety comes before everything
    • A boat that can reach speeds of at least 32 to 40 kph (20 to 25 miles per hour).
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    Types of Water Skis

    Skis made of fiberglass are the best in terms of durability and long-lasting quality.

    As for the length, how long of a ski you buy will depend on the type of skiing you will do, and your level of experience.

    • Beginners should use longer skis that have a larger surface on the water for increased stability. Also, their flat bottoms will help you turn more easily.
    • Sharp-edged skis allow you to move more quickly.
    • And, skis with large tips enable you to pull up more quickly.
    • There are..
  • What is Tubing and What do I Need for Tubing?
    21 October 2020
    Enjoy the water in a safe and easy way by going water tubing

    As devoted as I am to different water sports, I am also always on the lookout to bring you new experiences and interesting water activities and gear you can try out. Because although it’s good to perfect one thing, you know what they say:

    “Adventure may be dangerous, but monotony will kill you.”

    So, today I am not bringing you anything super dangerous but a new way to break the monotony of just surfing or paddling or kayaking. I bring you Tubing and everything you need to know about it.

    From basics to gear and river tubing near me, whatever you wanted to know, you can find all about it here.

    The Ultimate Guide to Tubing

    We don’t know who invented tubing, but I bet it was something done accidentally, and since then, it’s most people’s favorite summer pastime.

    With water tubing, you get a true relaxation on the water, and you’re able to kick back with a cool drink and enjoy the warming sun rays. If you have been wondering about water tubing near me, with this being such a wide-spread activity, you surely have a place to float not too far from your home.

    But even though it may sound like a complete relaxation activity where you just come and float on the water, you still need to prepare and equip yourself for your own summer tubing adventure. For this, I have made a thorough list and broke down everything you need to know about tubing.

    In this article, you will read about the desired water conditions, needed gear, how to prepare yourself, what to expect, and, most importantly, how to stay safe at all times.

    So, ready to start your river tubing adventure? I got your covered!

    The ways to Tube

    Tubing has two different ways in which can be done:

    • Towed Tubing
      This is when your tube is connected to motorized watercraft, sometimes also referred to as boating. You hold yourself firmly as you are being pulled behind a boat or any other personal watercraft. This adds some additional excitement to the regular tubing, so if you are in for some adventure, look for towed tubing instead. Wondering about tow tubing near me? This will most likely be found in larger waters where motorized watercraft are permitted.
    • Free-float Tubing
      On the other hand, if you want to spend the weekend relaxing with a glass of cold beverage looking at the clouds all day, you will probably want to go for the free-floating type of tubing. For this, you basically have the same gear, but your tube is not connected to anything, and it uses the river current to float.
      You will need to use your hands and feet for steering, and you can stop and take a break anywhere in the water to swim or sunbathe on the riverbank.

    Speaking of adventures, here’s another thing I bet you haven’t tried that is easily the most exciting variation of surfing: The kneeboarding! Try out a kneeboard here now!

    The basics to tubing

    River tubing has some details and nuances to know before you go, and I have listed all important here so that you have the most enjoyable time possible.

    Renting or Buying Tubes

    If you are new to river tubing or any tubing for that matter, and this will be your first time trying, surely you aren’t ready to purchase anything yet. Always try before you buy, right?

    This is why among the many experienced water sports fans, there will always be some that are willing to rent tubes and safety equipment to rookies looking to immerse their toes into the tubing.

    The things you will need to rent are life jackets and helmets as well as the tube.

    On the other hand, if you are bringing your own tube, make sure you have something light and easy to inflate the tube with, like a bike pump or air mattress pump, so that you avoid the hassle and save time. Also, don’t forget to bring your own life jacket.

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    Point-To-Point Tubing Trips

    When tow tubing, it is easy. You will most likely begin and end your trip near the same boat dock.

    However, when you go on a free-floating adventure, whether with a rented tube or your own, you will need to know how to get back to the rental place or to your car once you have had all the tubing you wanted for the day.

    Speaking from personal experience, I know how annoying and even tiring it can be to tube all day down the river and then to have to go up the stream or walk near the riverbank back to your car. To fix this, you can round up a group of friends and use multiple cars to shuttle your party back to the launching-off point after the trip.

    If you are renting a tube, ask the rental outfitter if they offer shuttle services once you are done with the tubing.

    Leave Nothing Behind

    As a sportsperson and admirer of nature, you know it‘s imperative to leave no trace behind while you are on your tubing trip, right?

    You should pack every item that you carry into the river and throw nothing away. No food scraps, plastic glasses, cans, or anything else. Pack everything and take it with you until you can recycle it right.

    And, just a word of advice, avoid using glass for any packaging as it can break and injure you or someone that comes after you.

    Also, all things you carry with you should be secured to you so that you don’t lose them to the water. This doesn’t only go to waste but for things like shoes too. For instance, flip-flops can be very inconvenient, and you can easily lose them to the water. So, you should go with river shoes or hiking sandals instead.

    Check Water Quality

    The water quality of the river you will be tubing in is as essential as the water temperature. So, make sure you check how good the water is because heavy summer rains can lower water quality and raise the presence of bacteria like E. coli, which can cause flu-like symptoms in people.

    Check On Current Water Conditions

    Similar to the quality of the water, it is important to know the conditions and type of water you will be in. So, before you go tubing, find out about the type of environment you will be in.

    Does the river have major rapids downstream? Or maybe a recent rainstorm had increased the flow of the river. Even a slow-moving river can pose a threat to the unprepared, no matter how good of a swimmer you are.

    This information can be obtained through the nearest ranger station or tubing outfitter.

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    Fancy a camping trip?

    Here’s how to turn your tubing into a fun camping trip. I mean, if one day of tubing is super fun, indeed the whole weekend of it is much better, right?

    Here are some things to take into consideration when tubing on your camping trip.THE PACKING
    Firstly we will start with the basics of camping and then go into the things needed for tubing:

    • A tent
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Food
    • Insulated water bottle

    Hydration is key when floating for hours on a sunny day. And we all know there’s nothing hydrating or refreshing about water that’s been boiling in a plastic bottle for hours. So, choose an insulated stainless steel bottle that will keep your water cold for hours.

    Many usually come with handles so that you can attach it to your tube by a carabiner instead of carrying it with you close by.

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  • Action Presents the Chapple Family | MasterCraft NXT
    16 October 2020
  • The Sentry Kite Control Bar REVIEW
    16 October 2020
    The Slingshot Sentry Control Bar recently launched and it is receiving overwhelmingly great reviews. See what the pros have to say!

    Ryan Goloversic, AKA Rygo, Head of Video Marketing and all around fun for MAC Kiteboarding is on the road testing 2021 products. 

          Rygo has touched, sold and tested more products than most of us and is always ready to share his honest opinion of what is working out there in the world. Here is one of his first reviews, THE SENTRY V1 CONTROL BAR, that will be coming to your home, remote, office in the next few months.  


    The post The Sentry Kite Control Bar REVIEW appeared first on Slingshot Sports.

  • Things to do during your trip to the Formula 1 in Portugal
    14 October 2020

    The Formula 1 in Portugal, the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix, takes place over 66 laps of the 4.684-kilometre Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimão, on Sunday, October 25th. If you’re planning to assist this spectacular race, please enjoy Portugal to the fullest during your stay. As part of S...

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  • The NEW Slingshot Sentry Control Bar – Patented Technology
    14 October 2020

    The all-new Sentry V1 control system brings forward Slingshot’spatented â€œCenter of the Universe” technology.

    The invention’s origin stemmed from when kites used safety depower systems that suffered from many drawbacks.

    • The possibility that the kite will not adequately depower,
    • The significant chance that the lines will become tangled,
    • Difficulty in relaunching the kite after it has been depowered.
    • How to restrain one of the flying lines while allowing slack in the remaining lines. 


    With all these issues in mind the Slingshot team went to work and in 2011, applied for the technology patent that had resolved many safety factors. These established state-of-the-art industry safety standards have been integrated into kite bars across every kite brand.  

    Fast forward to 2020, we have integrated some of the very original features from the patent plus a whole lot more knowledge into the invention of the NEW Sentry Control bar. 

    The Sentry bar integrates your flagging line through your depower lines. It is completely streamlined so you have a clear field of view. This layout will also help preserve the lifespan of your flagging line and the efficiency of your safety release. 

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  • 5 Tips for Planning Your Trip to the Canary Islands
    12 October 2020

    The Canary Islands have seen loads of tourists visiting the country for the past two decades. They are modern, cosmopolitan, and have Caribbean-like beaches. In other words, by visiting the Spanish Islands, you have diverse options in food, landscape, and entertainment and for reasonable prices. The...

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