Sea of Azov crossed by Ukrainian kiteboarder.

Ukraininan kite instructor Andrey Kukosch is a first man in who crossed the Sea of Azov on a board with kite. After a year of planning and preparation, on 10th September 2011 the weather and wind conditions finnally made the sail possible. Andrey set out on a journey from the Kazantyp headland located in the northeastern part of the Crimean peninsula. After 9 hours of sailing he traveled 210 kilometers and finished near Ukrainian city – Bilosariska Kosa.
Andrey was equipped with 2 GPS, mobile phone and a walkie talkie. He even prepared a special vest with GPS bracket, so he may constantly see his location while having hands on the kite bar. The journey was secured by 2 friends of Andrey, who followed him on a motorboat. Andrey was using the Nobile NHP 137 board, while Nobile XTR 140 cm was on the boat in case of low wind.

During the sail Andrey made 3 shorts stops to rest a bit. He was neither drinking nor eating during the sail. He lost the board once, so it took him some time to get it back and continue the journey. He was travelling with the average speed of 23 km/h, while the average wind speed was 9-12 M/s.
We hereby congratulate Andrey his success and wish him more achievements of this kind in the future.

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Published by: Nobile Kiteboarding

The Nobile brand as well as the kiteboard factory was established by Dariusz Rosiak. First Nobile branded kiteboards were released in 2004. The first kiteboards were build in snowboard technology and featured groundbreaking technologies developed by Nobile R&D, including Elliptical Progressive Concave, Dynamic Asymmetrical Shape, Hydrodynamic Rocker Line, 3D Construction or IFS System. Since then Nobile products are being famous from it's astonishing quality and performance. All Nobile products are carefully developed around our Human Concept philosophy. Nobile equipment offer the maximum possible performance and always keeping in mind the safety and comfort. Nobile Splitboards are the latest addition to our kiteboarding collection. Each of those board within a seconds can be packed to an usual quiver or travel bag still leaving enough space for other necessities, and help to save on the travel expenses. The Nobile office is located in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, in the center of Europe. The office is in the same house as the kiteboard Nobile owned factory, so company have a direct control over the manufacturing process and unlimited prototyping possibilities.

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