The Sports Archives – What Is Kite Surfing?

What is Kite Surfing?

Kite surfing is a water sport that uses a board and a kite to travel across the water. In order to kite surf you balance on the board as the power of the wind causes the kite to move. The speed that you will travel depends on the strength of the wind and the angle at which the kite is held.

Who can take part in kite surfing?

The kites come in a variety of different sizes and this means that they are suitable for riders of all different builds. It may not be suitable for very young children but most instructors will accept students that are aged ten and over, and many people continue to kite surf into their sixties and seventies. You do not need to have any experience of kite surfing to get started, so it is an ideal water sport for people of all abilities.

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What equipment is needed?

The main equipment that you will need is the board and the kite itself, as well as a harness which attaches to the kite. As it is certain that you will be getting wet, specialist clothing is also a good idea. An h2o sports men’s wetsuit can be a good choice as this will keep you entire body protected while you are out on the water. Generally speaking the equipment needed for kite surfing is very easy to transport as the kite can be compressed into a small bag and the board is relatively small as well.

There are different designs of kites that suit different levels of experience, so if you are new to the sport then you may be better off with an entry-level kite. You can also upgrade later to a kite that is more suited to performing stunts and tricks if this is something that you want to try your hand at. Larger boards are more suited to beginners, with smaller boards more likely to be used by people who are more experienced.

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What are the benefits?

There are numerous health benefits that kite surfing brings. It can strengthen muscle groups all over the body which can improve your overall fitness. In particular your legs, abs and arms will all get a workout. However, even though your muscles will be working, the water takes all the power of the kite so there is no excess strain on the muscles and you will not tire quickly.

Kite surfing is not an expensive sport to participate in. Once you have purchased the equipment there are no ongoing costs to pay. You may be able to hire equipment to start with while you are still deciding if it something you wish to pursue. If you wish to take lessons then this will be an extra expense, but again is not something that would be very expensive and they should be seen as an investment in future enjoyment.

As kite surfing does not require any waves like similar sports and it can be done in any open water. This makes it very accessible and is one reason why it is becoming such a popular sport. If it is something that you think you would like to try then there are many locations around the UK that offer lessons.

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The Sports Archives – The Player Who Hit For Opposing Teams In The Same Game!

Minor league baseball in the Americas consists of a list of leagues that compete at various skill levels.  The minor leagues prepare players for the major leagues by providing for further maturity and talent development.  The leagues are divided into three league types: Class A, Double-A and Triple-A, with least experienced players competing at the Class A level.  Some of the other countries besides the U.S. that supply players to the minor leagues are Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Minor League BallgameBeing a minor league player in any sport is a very challenging and exciting experience for an athlete. Those that work hard and maintain complete focus on the finish line are usually the ones that make it to the major leagues. Sometimes it also takes a bit of luck and just plain being in the right place at the right time. If you can’t get that lucky break, you may get well-traveled throughout the minors. This was the case of Dale Holman, a minor league baseball player who is at the center of a very odd coincidence in baseball.

An International League BallparkThe story goes like this:

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The Sports Archives – Tiger Woods vs. Rory Mcilroy

There is not a lot more that can be said about 2 of the most successful golfers of all time: Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy. They are the only golfers to win The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship and have joined only one other golfer, Jack Nicklaus, in winning three majors by the age of 25. So how do they compare to each other?

At the time of this writing, Mcilroy is 25 years old and is currently ranked first in the world. Woods is 38 and currently ranked tenth. Turning back the clock, Woods was ranked first in June 1997 when he was 21 years old – one tally for Woods. The point here is that you can compare achievements when Woods was the age Mcilroy is now or you can just compare total accomplishments by each golfer. Either way, no one can argue that we are looking at two of the best golfers in the history of the game with Rory Mcilroy on his way to potentially become one of the highest money-makers in terms of sports deals and endorsements as long as stays on the right path.

The Sports Archives would like to present to you an infographic that illustrates Tiger Woods versus Rory Mcilroy head-to-head brought to you by Aford Awards, a UK manufacturer of golf trophies.

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Tiger Woods Timeline Part 1: 1975 – 2001
Tiger Woods Timeline Part 2: 2002 – 2012
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Tiger Woods vs. Rory Mcilroy Infographic

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The Sports Archives – Stadiums Of The World!

There are a now a large number of sports venues which are built from precast concrete. Precast concrete is a cement product which is precast in a mold and then cured in a controlled environment for primary use in construction. The finished shape is transported to the construction site and lifted into place by a crane. Contrast this method with standard concrete which is cement that is poured and cured at the site.

Some of the advantages of using precast concrete are that it is much easier to mass produce certain types of molds and shapes and that curing in a precast concrete plant allows for a more environmentally controlled process with sophisticated monitoring systems. Production is usually performed at ground level which affords higher safety standards. All of these benefits allow for lower production costs. The disadvantage is planning the transport and placement of large precast concrete structures.

Aviva Stadium, located in Dublin, Ireland holds a capacity of 51,700 and is an example of a stadium built using precast concrete. The stadium, located next to the Lansdowne Road railway station, opened on 14 May 2010 and is home to the Republic of Ireland football team and the Irish rugby union team.

The following infographic is brought to you by Banagher Precast Concrete and showcases some interesting stadiums from around the world!

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The Sports Archives – Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Auto-Racing as a Sport!

Nascar Green Flag and  Sonoma Raceway 2 photo D Ramey LoganPeople drive cars; this is an irrefutable fact of 21st Century America. As time progresses, we can only expect to see more automobiles – for transportation, for recreational purposes, and even competition. While it lacks the longevity of a sport like baseball or football (predominantly due to the need of an automotive vehicle) auto-racing officially began its record as a sport as early as the 1800’s in Europe. From there, it quickly spread to the United States, slowly and steadily developing in popularity until it had become the iconic sport that it is today. With so many forms of auto-racing and popular franchising companies auto-racing can be a bit difficult for many people to understand. Like any sport, however, the roots of auto-racing can be easily understood by analyzing the fundamental rules, mechanics, and history of the sport.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, known more popularly by its abbreviated name, NASCAR, was founded in 1947 by the dream to unify the world of competitive car racing. Incidentally, the movement to bring NASCAR to life was not originally conceived by the United States, but rather, one of the first European nations to endorse the sport: France. This proud country would assist the program’s kick-off in its earlier years, providing financial assistance with many projects, including the implementation of the Daytona International Speedway. Time and investing has only resulted in a dramatic increase in auto-racing’s international popularity.

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The Sports Archives – Football (Soccer) Superstars!

The 2014 World Cup has come and gone and Germany will defend her title in 2018. We saw many of the well-known veterans like Argentina’s Lionel Messi , Germany’s Thomas Muller, and Netherland’s Robin van Persie display their talents on the pitch. We also saw many younger players such as Columbia’s James Rodriguez and Brazil’s Neymar, who will attempt to shine once again in 2018.

Soccer has had many famous names and continues to have shining stars. We would like to present to you, the infographic below which briefly describes a few of the great names of football (soccer) and a few interesting facts about some of the players.

For instance, did you know that Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style? Perhaps, you did not know that England’s Wayne Rooney was the youngest scorer in Premier League history. At age 11, Argentina’s Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that required expensive treatment.   Finally, as of the present, Argentina’s Diego Maradona holds the record for suffering the most number of fouls in a World Cup – 53!

This infographic is brought to you by www.sport4kids.biz, a Children’s Soccer Coaching Academy.  Enjoy!

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The Sports Archives – The 10 Commandments Of Surfing

  1. Don’t Drop In

One wave, one surfer. When you paddle for a wave, always look inside before you take off, just in case someone else caught it before you.

  1. The Surfer on the Inside has the Right of Way

Once a surfer is up and riding on the inside, he has the right of way.

  1. Wait Your Turn

If someone has been waiting longer than you, they have first choice for the next wave. At a pointbreak, the surfer who has been waiting longest usually paddles closest to the first possible take-off spot, which is called “the inside” of the wave. On a beach break he/she waits their turn at “the peak”.

  1. Don’t Snake

If someone’s already paddling for a wave and it’s their turn, don’t paddle inside them and try to claim the wave out of turn. That’s called “snaking”.

  1. Don’t Paddle Out Through the Break

Do not paddle out through the line-up or where the breaking area/impact zone of the waves are. By paddling around the breaking or surfable part of the wave, you will not interfere with another surfers ride.

  1. Don’t Hog The Waves

Don’t try to catch every single wave that comes through. You will only create animosity amongst the others in the line-up and will be seen as a wave pig or hog.

  1. Communicate

In case you are one of two surfers sitting in the middle of the peak and the wave opens to both sides, you should tell the other surfer if you are going right or left.

  1. Keep Control of Your Equipment

Never attempt a maneuver that will cause you to land or smash into someone else and always keep an eye on crew paddling out.

  1. Check Your Equipment

Always check that your equipment is in good shape. Try and get all dings (damage) fixed on your surfboard that has fiberglass protruding to avoid damage to yourself and others.

  1. Respect the Beach and the Ocean

Never leave garbage in the sand and water and respect all sea creatures.

The Infographic below adds more about Surfing lingo and is brought to you by www.totalsurfingfitness.com.

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