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Giel Vlugt dared to kill a king on his way to claim fourth-place at his Redbull King of the Air (KOTA) debut.  The rookie’s presence was quickly felt by some of the biggest names at the 9th edition of the world’s renowned big air competition in Cape Town, South Africa, last weekend. The event saw 18 of the sport’s top heavy weights go head-to-head. Having missed out on a position to advance to Round 3 on Day One, the 26-year-old Dutchman came back with a vengeance on Day Two. In his first heat, Vlugt claimed a solid victory over KOTA...

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Photos by Svetlana Romantsova Mathis Ghio Steps onto the Podium at the GWA Wingfoil World Cup Last weekend, Mathis Ghio took on the world’s best in Dakhla, Morocco. By the last horn, the 18-year-old had seized 2nd place overall in rankings for Men’s Racing. Next up is Tarifa, as Ghio has his eyes set on gold. Action on this leg of the GWA Wingfoil World Tour kicks off Dec. 27-30.   Was this your first time wingfoiling in Dakhla, Morocco?   It was my very first time in Dakhla and it’s truly an amazing place for wingfoiling. I arrived there three...

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CONGRATULATIONS MATHIS! In his first major contest on the Glide A-Series wings, Ocean Rodeo team rider Mathis Ghio saw off most of the top seeds and scored a stunning 2nd place in the race discipline finals of the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in Morocco. Mathis only narrowly missed out on the top spot after Titouan Galea managed a risky overtake of Mathis in the final round. Good job Mathis, and we can't wait to see him in action again in Tarifa this December! WATCH THE FINAL DAY'S ACTION IN DAKHLA "I really enjoyed winning all my qualification heats, and especially...

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WE CATCH UP WITH DESIGNER ROSS HARRINGTON TO GET THE LATEST SCOOP ON THE INSIGHTS OF THE GLIDE Why did you decide the time was right to move into the world of winging? In January 2019, we attended a kite boarding trade event in Cape Town and a few other brands were discussing the new sport, wing foiling. A few reputable brands had already committed resources to develop wings at this point, so the game was on and we were aware of the developing market. At this time, we were very busy developing the ALUULA composites and decided to focus on this...

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Behind the Rise with CEO Richard Myerscough What are the main benefits of the Rise over other Big Air kites? Firstly, there’s a massive 40 to 50% weight reduction over competing Big Air 5 strut kites. The weight reduction on a 10m versus competitors kites is in the 2kg range! The ALUULA composite is also stiffer than Dacron. This gives more response to bar input for truly instant turning and sheeting. Meanwhile, the ALUULA seams are designed for a higher PSI, allowing riders to tune the airframe based on the wind conditions. The Rise is a high aspect open C...

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