On land, snow or water - in Tahiti, Texas
or Tignes; Kiteworld International Magazine is the linchpin
between a kiter’s last and next session. The Kiteworld
staff reflect their passion, complement
their understanding and ignite the fire that enthrals the
masses in this varied sport, regardless of age, gender or
background. A blend of expert knowledge on technical matters,
aspirational travel writing and photography seamed with humour
and understanding offers a complete view of what it is to
be a kiter in this rapidly developing free sport.
Wake-style guru and five time World Champion,
Aaron Hadlow, was all set for a dramatic comeback to the world
tour this year, meaning there would have been four past world
champions all competing in the popular new PKRA format. Unfortunately
he suffered a nasty knee injury in February which means this
isn't possible. He's hoping to make his comeback dream a reality
in 2013, but for now hobbled into the office to give his thoughts
on what's to come and what he's been up to since dropping
off the tour a couple of years ago. In other areas of the
mag, Peter and Jordi, the kite design team at Best, break
down some kite terminology and discuss the skeleton of a kite
and performance differences for each rider. On test this issue
is a veritable feast of offerings, as we wrap up our epic
test sessions out in South Africa.
There is something for everyone, featuring:
KITES: Best TS, Blade Trigger, Cabrinha Nomad, Gin Guru, Hadlow
ID, Liquid Force Envy, Ozone Edge, Starkites Taina and Takoon
Reflex. TWIN-TIPS: Airush FS Team, Cabrinha Caliber, Liquid
Force Influence, Nobile T5, North Jaime, Shinn Dundee, Shinn
Street, Xenon LaLuz, Xenon Infra and Underground SRF wave
twin. SURF: Airush Compact, Wainman Passport and Underground
'C Kite City' breaks down a handful of the
latest modern C kites, featuring analysis of the Slingshot
Fuel, Airush Razor, Best GP, Ozone C4, Blade Prime, Nobile
Fifty50 and RRD Obsession Pro. Mark
Glendinning took a journey to an equally out there place –
the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean off the West Coast of
The Live The Dream theme is strong with this
feature, but sometimes you've got to dig deep into that travel
budget and you'll always think it's been worthwhile. Someone
who did dig deep recently was Nicollo Porcella who's been
charging at Jaws.
Kiteworld also report
from the front line of the first Len10 Mega Loop Challenge
in Cape Town and break down a sweet little move that's much
more with your grasp than you may imagine – the front
roll kite loop transition.
Includes Free 132 page annual Travel Guide
It's about that time of year again; time for us to stoke your
soggy winter travel fires with a burning desire to get out
there and experience some of the best kiting on the planet.
Issue #55 comes with a free annual Travel Guide, which is
bigger than ever. New additions to this year's guide include
Peru, Taiwan and the Philippines, but as usual we'll be covering
most corners of the kiting world.
In the mag Youri Zoon breaks down the moves
that won him the world title and we sum-up the first KSP World
Tour season. In global affairs, we analyse the recovery of
Egypt after the Arab Spring at the start of the year –
turns out kitesurfers have been key to the survival prospects
of many resorts, Jenna Hannon gives us the local's lowdown
on being a kiter in the City of Angels and Yaron Barlev and
Eitan Sulkin kick-off a series uncovering the riding potential
in the Middle East, beginning this issue with a tour of Israel's
On top of all that Kiteworld run through subtleties
in bridle designs in our technical feature, Pit Lane, Jason
Wolcott blinds us with some of his latest and greatest images
and we'll have a selection of the latest gear to have been
ragged by the test team. Plus lots more!
Issue 54 has more than a spattering of youthful
intent. The first really credible wave kiting competition
happened in epic waves in Mauritius in September and we cover
the best bits and new faces to emerge via John Bilderback's
French Connection is a stunning gallery by
Jens Hogenkamp featuring a collective of four young French
riders who are known as Children of Revolution. Super creative
and with exceptional riding talent, we take a look behind
the capturing of the shots.
In issue 54 we also guide you around the stunning
Florida Keys, specifically Islamorada. If the thought of the
onset of winter fills you with dread and the promise of warm,
shallow flat waters as far as you can see, 80 miles of coastline
on both sides and steady ten metre weather excites you, then
you'll love this place from November to April. The Kiteworld
team recently took a tour of the area and talked to those
most in the know to help you make the most out of a trip towards
the USA's southern most point and the colourful Key West.
PLUS: In Getting Shacked we snoop around a
kitesurfer's pimp pad in Vietnam; Roberto Ricci explains the
evolution of kite designs and how to develop a quiver; Martyn
Hogg breaks down the unhooked back roll, back-to-toe-side,
back-to-wrapped and finally the end progression – the
back mobe and ridden and reviewed are, KITES: the Epic Screamer
12m, Ocean Rodeo Razor 9m, F-One Bandit 5 10m, Best GP C kite
9m, North Vegas 10m, Cabrinha Vector 12m. BOARDS: Nomad Carbon
Kevlar 135, Underground FLX 135 and Underground Crypt 135cm.
Kiteworld expose the full glory of kitesurfing
around Cape Town in South Africa. There's a reason (actually,
there are many!) why so many pros and amateur riders head
there in the European winter time. The weather is fantastic,
the scenery is some of the most stunning on the planet, but
for us, as kitesurfers, it's the dozens of world-class spots
and phenomenal wind stats that make it such a wind sport heaven.
Kiteworld reveal the heap of reasons why those who've chosen
to make Cape Town their home, and why people who've travelled
all over the world looking for the best kite spots find themselves
returning to put themselves at the mercy of the Cape's awesome
Cape Doctor sou'easter time and time again.
Cape Town is actually one of kitesurfing's
most important hubs in terms of gear development, with many
brands spending all or part of South Africa's summer season
putting their prototypes up against the regularly testing
conditions. Airush relocated their operation to Cape Town
a year ago and have now developed a fully in-house working
system that includes everything from R&D and innovation
to design and art. We paid a visit to their new HQ in the
Muizenberg suburb of town with a particular focus on their
Active surfboard construction system.
Mark Shinn thought he was onto something pretty
special when he came up with the SuperShinn, which was released
in August. A high-performance twin-tip packed with an unusual
level of user-friendliness, he invited Jim Gaunt to take it
for a spin in the choppy, real world waters of Tenerife and
to see what he was making such a fuss about ahead of the product
launch in August
It's that time of year again – a van-full
of 2012 gear landed in the office earlier this month, including
the RRD Obsession, Cabrinha Switchblade, North Rebel, Airush
Lithium and Varial-X and the Slingshot Rally. Kiteworld get
to grips with these new offerings to get your late summer
season off on the best footing.
Crammed in elsewhere are ride guides to Saunton
Sands in the UK and Cape Hatteras in the USA, plus our regular
standard of stunning images, travel and technique advice and
comment, columns and headline news.
Issue 52 is loaded up with bundles of energy,
literally. Take in that cover! Imagine the forces involved
in a wave being able to pitch like that, and then the balls
it takes to stand right in its path! We get the scoop from
Ben Wilson and co's incredible sessions at Cloudbreak, Fiji
Kiteworld also take a look at the work being
done by some kiters who are using their sport to promote the
green benefits of wind and a more ecological lifestyle before
dishing some tips on how to control your strapless surfboard
as it writhes against all that moving water.
Racing is now one of the fastest growing sides
of kitesurfing, at least at event level in terms of the numbers
of participants. We chat to the North team and check out the
way raceboard shapes have drastically changed over just a
few years and we suggest some ideal boards for first timers
and those looking to take things more seriously.
As well as ragging up and down the coast on
a handful of raceboards, the test team also delve into the
realms of non-race-specific lightwind gear, including the
Ozone Zephyr and Blade Fat Lady 17m kites, the RRD Addiction
16m and the North Dyno 16m as well as the RRD 10Knots twin-tip.
The team also reports on the latest batch of regular 2011
Plus all your usual favourites, including
tips on the popped indy grab, the strapless back loop kite
loop, riding toe-side and much, much more!
New school freestyle is really starting to
take shape. The race for the next move has slowed and been
replaced with a journey towards incredibly stylish, but still
technical, moves. Even tricks on the PKRA are becoming more
and more familiar and we're reaching a stable trick list that
is allowing for riders to put more of their own individual
stamp and take on a trick, rather than constantly chasing
the next seemingly incomprehensible handle-pass. We set top
freestyle photographer, Ydwer, and ace move-maker Bas Koole
the task of capturing the art of freestyle at its best. Their
results from freestyle heaven in Brazil are incredible.
Surely it's everyone's dream to build a home
to their own specifications right in front of their favourite
break. We go back to the building site with Bertrand Fleury
and Tuva Jansen who've set up home right in front of “the
longest kiting break” they've ever seen.
Ever wondered how a kite is made, how long
it takes to construct each individual kite, how many people
it takes, how much material is used and why they are put together
in such a way? We get a tour around North's kite factory in
Sri Lanka and reveal all.
There have been some epic Sessions around
the world the last few months, and we have the full glorious
image details from Hawaii, Norway, Ireland, the Alps and more.
Issue #51 features many more gear reviews
from Cape Town, plus a handful more that we put the boots
and hoods back on for this month in the UK, including gear
from Cabrinha, Ozone, North, Best, CrazyFly, Blade, Shinn
All that plus the usual columns, favourites,
technique, news, travel and we reveal the secret behind holding
onto that pee in your wettie!
Kiteworld talks to two icons of kitesurfing.
Ruben Lenten's presence and huge aerial style on the water
are perhaps the most emphatic in terms of separating the potential
of kitesurfing compared to any other board sport.
Jason Furness was already a buggy champion
before kitesurfing on a surfboard in 1997. He's been at the
heart of kitesurfing ever since; friends with everyone and
involved in all that took part during the early conversations
of how the sport could progress, and was part of the group
that saw the potential early on, dared to dream and stuck
to their guns to help transform their early hair-raising sessions
into the amazing, diverse thrill that it is today for riders
of all ages.
Expect images and highlights from the last
decade in the sport from our favourite photographers, anecdotes
from the legends and tales from the top.
For starters it seems that the once mystical
speed target of 50 knots is now a thing of the past, with
Charlotte Consorti recently passing the mark and joining the
elite crew of male speed kiters now rapidly pushing towards
the 60 knot barrier. Rob Douglas now holds the overall World
Speed Sailing record over any other wind powered vessel, with
an average speed over 500 metres of 55.65 knots. We talk to
him and take a behind-the-scenes look at the Luderitz Speed
event with first time entrant, Fred Kloren from Xelerator
Ben Wilson has worked hard to become one of
the most solidly established names in kitesurfing. Kiteworld
take a look at Ben's efforts at targeting the surf market
with his new brand, Ben Wilson Surf.
On the travel front, Kiteworld talks to the
world's most well-travelled kite journalist, Udo Hoelker –
the man behind the epic World Kite and Windsurfing Guide books.
Jon Modica and Corky Cullen score amazing kiting waves in
Baja, Mexico that will leave you freeing up some work time
to book a trip on a forecast and an Al Jazeera TV producer,
Steffanie Dekker, talks us through her kiting life in Qatar.
Elsewhere in the mag you'll find reviews on
the Cabrinha S-Quad and RRD Gitana surfboards as well as our
first review of the F-One Bandit 4 9m.
Reo Stevens, John Amundson and photographer
Stephan Fournet discovered a cracking spot in the Indian Ocean
and returned with some spell binding shots.
Globe trotting freerider and ex-World Cup
rider Gabi Steindl loves nothing more than finding insane
kiteboarding in the most remote places. Her report from Papua
New Guinea will inspire, while the shots from Jason Pini will
leave a tingle down your spine.
On top of that we have galleries from Ozone's
Australia shoot and F-One in Mauritius and we catch up with
Aaron Hadlow to see what he's been up to and what's new with
the Hadlow Pro brand.
Kiteworld also managed to get their testing
mitts on some more brand new 2011 gear. This issue they feature
North's consistent performers, the Rebel and Vegas kites,
Naish's Bolt and the infamous Torch. We also get on a few
choice surfboards and will also reveal more surfboard offerings
from all brands in our annual surfboard guide.
As well as keeping you abreast with all the
most important tour updates and conclusions, world news, views,
comment and gossip, we'll also be spilling the secrets on
one of Ian Alldredge's incredible top turns and get you used
to your first sessions at attempting to ride unhooked.
Tested in this issue are the following items
that are already available for you to throw some cash at your
local shop in exchange for:
F-One's SUP kite – The Source, Airush's
One strut kite - The One, Flexifoil Ion, Globe Kites Sonic,
Best Taboo, MRK Zoom, Starkites S-Bow, Spleene SPX, RRD Obsession
kite, plus Flyboard's Flyradical twin-tip and Liquid Force
Kite Fish and Shinn Waterbird skimboard.
In other features Kiteworld take a look at
the history of Best Kiteboarding. They careered into the kitesurfing
market in 2004 with their brash, aggressive online tactics
that saw them drastically undercut their competitors and rapidly
acquire customers. In 2010 they are striving to shed the cheap
/ 'beginner' brand stigma.
Jim Gaunt met Best's R&D and marketing
teams in Guincho, Portugal during the launch of their brand
new Taboo kite to find out what really lies behind the hype
and how the brand grew, from being the most unaccepted within
the industry, to one of the biggest shifters of kites in the
Kiteworld also take
a trip to two popular resorts in Egypt – El Gouna and
Soma Bay - to check out just why this area of the Red Sea
continues to be one of the most popular kitesurfing holiday
destinations on the planet.
Plus: Tacking tips, secrets to insane one-footers,
kitesurfing beach etiquette dos and don'ts, Mark Shinn's 20th
column and much, much more.
Everyone has a favourite spot. If you're lucky,
it's your home spot, but more than likely it's the perfect
conditions you found on your holidays that you keep dreaming
about. Pro riders get the luxury of spending half their life
travelling to new spots as well as old favourites. Jeremie
Tronet and Linn Svendsen have made a career as travelling
kiteboarders, taking beautiful pictures and keeping notes
of all that they find.
This issue they present their top five spots
close to Europe, and continue next issue with their top five
closer to the USA. If you can't decide where to go next, these
two have all the answers for your freestyle, wave and freeride
As well as the usual technique know-hows,
our global trottings take us on the wave mission of our lives
in Indo, charity working and slider hitting in Kenya, sun
soaking in Florida and our popular Sessions feature continues
to uncover adventurous sessions from around the world via
minimal words and stunning photography.
Plus Shannon Best tells us his These Things
I Know. Judging by his Tweets, we may have to expand that
In terms of gear reviews, we have a little
something for everyone, whether you're a sophisticated freesrider,
hardcore freestyler, part time wave rider or light wind desperado,
plus we've reviewed our first Girls board from Crazy Fly.
Here's the list:
KITES: Blade Trigger, Gin Zulu 2, Ozone Catalyst,
Best Waroo, Epic Screamer, North Evo
TWIN: Xenom Rayo, RRD Poison, F-One TX3,
Crazy Fly Girls, Shinn Luigi, Best Armada
LIGHT WIND: Ozone Zephyr 17m kite, Flydoor XL twin, Shinn
King George XL twin and Airush choptop 5'3 surfboard.
2010 Beginners' Guide, Lou Wainman, Adam Koch,
Mozambique, BVIs, PKRA assessments and much more. Lou Wainman
has been the first name on the lips of top pros when it comes
to inspiration for many years. Hadlow to Vari have expressed
their praise for him. Images of Lou have been rare though,
only adding to his mystique, but when they did come and when
he popped up in the videos of Chris Tronolone, it was always
with stunning class and unimaginable style. He was already
doing powered handle-passes in 2001. Imagine that! At the
same time, many people that have been linked with helping
the sport's progression were still getting dragged up and
down their local spots, trying to figure things out. We have
an exclusive interview with Lou in issue #45 in which he talks
frankly about progression, why he went off the radar, how
he nearly threw it all away and how he's enjoying his kiteboarding
now more than ever.
Adam Koch clinched the IKA world kite course
racing championships in Corpus Christi, Texas this week. Ever
popular and enthusiastic, he recently won the North American
course racing championships after only entering two regattas
before that. Could a history in skiff sailing be what made
the difference for him? We talked to him just before he headed
to Texas to race the world's quickest and to find out what
he's been up to since competing on the PKRA world tour, back
in the days of Shinn, Vari, Meyer, Solback and co.
On test are the Airush Vapor X, RRD Religion
and Best Kahoona kites, and Crazy Fly Raptor, Best Spark,
Maelstorm Kamikaze and Nobile NHP twin-tips.
A winter swell in the summer in Cape Town
provided a few lucky riders with some huge walls to charge
at Witsands. Two riders hit up a lake session amongst the
alpine backdrop near the popular snowkiting area in Switzerland,
the Bernina Pass and Grant Twiggy Baker kitesurfs the hallowed
surfing territory, J-Bay. All pretty unusual.
What's not unusual is our regular quality
of contributions from our favourite and new providers of kiting
content. Kristin Boese explains the intricate details of tacking
a directional board, Sebastian Garat breaks down the pop transition
into manageable chunks in the Motor Drive Project, Jo Wilson
starts a new series on the psychology of riding, Johann Civel
breaks the kiting altitude record in South America, Gavin
McGlurg nearly kills a team of pro riders in the middle of
the night during a tricky passage onboard Discovery and we
visit Ireland, Boa Vista and Lizard Island in Australia.
Under interrogation is one of the sport's
original pros - Simone Vannucci, the man behind Royal Kiteboarding
and also Jozef Sr, Crazy Fly board designer explains why carbon
fibre is so good for making twin-tips.
That's just for starters, plus there are reviews
of the Ozone C4 and Naish Helix kites, twin-tips from Liquid
Force, Maelstorm and Crazy Fly plus a couple of bonus surfboard
reports on the Airush Converse and Naish Custom Fish.
Crammed with up-to-date news and views from
the depths of the sport's belly. We got the first interview
on the beach in New Caledonia with new World Champions, Kevin
Langeree and Bruna Kajiya and Mark Shinn gives his analysis
of recent events that closed 2009, including Lewis and Jake's
pier jump, and speculates on what it all means for 2010.
Travel stories in the mag feature Jeremie
Eloy swerving bullets and pulling into bombs in Mexico, and
Pavel Trcala introduces us to his home-land that was once
Czechoslovakia – a snowkiter's paradise.
The fine art of popping is a technique you'll
use every single time you want to get that board out of the
water, whatever trick you're aiming to crack. So it's vital
you understand the basics of it. The Motor Drive project is
devoted simply to that, with sequences taken from in front
of and behind the rider.
On test we have four surfboards, from F-One,
Resin8, North and RRD and four kites, from Airush, Flysurfer,
Liquid Force and Nobile ready for some rounds of winter warfare.
Alex Caizergues broke the infamous 50 knot
barrier last year and held the world sailing speed record
until September this year when a huge tri-maran monster called
Hydroptere added a few tenths of a second to his record. The
Luderitz Speed Challenge starts in November and we talk to
Alex about his experiences last year, how he feels about this
year and the fact that he's already recorded a 58 knot maximum
speed. Surely things are looking good!
We also talk to the first lady of speed, the
UK's Steph Bridge. Steph has won the PKRA world course racing
title for the last two years and regularly places well within
the top ten in the men's fleets. In the next issue she explains
in detail her tactics, theories and tells you what you should
On top of all that Kiteworld have got some
stunning gallery features, showing the best photographers
in their sport, innovating in the way they shoot alongside
the best riders in the world. You'd better get your good lenses
in to be able to cope with the high razzle-dazzle of it all.
For a year or so, when the bridled kite revolution
was kicking in, there were a few questionable design directions
and styles on the loose, but on the whole, they did make the
learning experience easier. Now it seems brands have really
been able to put their fingers on what a kite should be able
to do and to make it behave accordingly in order to push this
sport forward. More and more often it seems like it's supposed
to do everything for everyone.
Kiteworld went to Mauritius for the F-One
dealer meeting recently to try out the new Bandit Three kite.
It's got so much C shape to it that you'd think we'd moved
backwards, not forwards. A world away from traditional C kites
it is though, with astounding all-round performance, handling,
wind range and ease-of-use. Many manufacturers' offerings
this year will be the same, and won't it be fantastic when
we all need just one kite for all conditions and riding styles.
Simplicity has been lacking for a long time.
We teach you the keywords that will help you
learn your next trick, we divulge the secrets to the front
roll to toe-side, the front roll-to-blind and the Hasselhoff
in the Motor Drive Project and on test are the: Vari Condor
One 9m, JN Mr Fantastic 10m, Gin Nazca 2 15m, Ozone Instinct
Light XC 8m, F-One Revolt 9m, Wainman Blunt 135, Flysurfer
Flydoor Medium as well as a depowerable pulley bar from Southwind.
We also remember one the best shapers that
the industry has ever had, Colin McCulloch - a man with a
real love for the water who always wore his heart on his sleeve.
He will be sadly missed. Those who worked closely with him
and knew him best share some of their best memories of the
man behind Lost Cause and most of the Airush board range over
the last six years.
If you fancy your hand at this kiting lark,
but are unsure what you'll need, or are a bit anxious about
what it all entails, then look no further. We've assembled
a wealth of information from shop owners, instructors and
manufacturers from around the world to bring you the ultimate
guide to the essentials you'll need to get out on the water
as safely and quickly as possible. Issue #39 also contains
our summer wetsuit guide as well as info on harnesses, impact
jackets and more.
Getting down to it, Kiteworld get techy with
Litewave's board man, Dave Turner, Ozone's kite designer,
Robbie Whittall and the much-missed from the sport and new
company MD, Martin Vari. Kiteworld take you on a trip to the
Seychelles, climb aboard a 57-foot yacht to see if life at
the helm is as sweet as we think and Miguel ends up in Kenya.
Boosting your knowledge, we teach you how to hit-the-lip,
throw huge transitions, introduce the down-loop into your
repertoire and we also talk to four of the UK's best riders
who've spent their careers in the shadow of a legend.
Jeff Pfeffer finally decided what sedative
he'd need before analysing the working group dynamics of the
Eclipse team. “They've got more energy than six mad
hares in a paper sack! Need a cup of joe, a clove, a handful
of painkillers and a few shots of rum I reckon before getting
down to this one, Jim!” A day in the life: a life in
a daze! He tells the tale of living to ride, the knocks that
have been taken on the way and making it pay... just enough
to be able to ride tomorrow, of course.
Swerving hail bullets, praying for the skies
to clear and the breeze to not drop was the name of the game
for the KW test team, who were more like stealthy marines
in their rapid responses to the often surprise attacks they
got in the brief windows of wind from February to April. We
believe we've found some fantastic items to make the summer
of '09 your best yet with these racked up in your van ready
Nowhere invigorates the mind, body and soul
like Hawaii. Heroes are made and reputations are crushed in
a single session. Thousands flock to this chain of islands
to live out their dreams every year and to ride alongside
legends. But with a reputation like this comes a pecking order,
in the water, on the streets and in the back of beyond. Ten
guys who've carved out careers there and call Hawaii home
for all or part of the year give us the low down on where
watersports die-hards get washed up in the surf.
On the testing front, the Airush Vapor and
Ozone Instinct Sport are both third generation models in the
'super hybrid' category, built for performance but with more
ease-of-use than the traditional C kite. They have only just
been released and we put them through their paces to see how
they shape up.
Also, Robby Naish, Reo Stevens and Ben Wilson
shove a large dose of wave kiting down Mick Fanning's crew's
throat, we reveal the rustic beauty of the island of Sal,
tell you the secrets of handling a wipeout, dish out the top
tips to nailing the surface pass, indy grab and flat 3, Pavel
continues his journey around Eastern Europe, an Arctic explorer
tells his story of kiting to the South Pole and much, much
While everyone else was chowing down on the
Turkey giblets and mince pies over the Christmas holidays,
the boys and girls in the back room editorial bake house were
cooking up something very special to keep you out of trouble
for the next couple of months.
Holidays and travel is important - it keeps
us sane, grounded, refreshed and provides for a healthy reality
check. Fill your boots and book that dream trip. It's always
Moving onto our bread and butter: churning
out the highest level in top shelf kite smutter, and where
better to start than the cover of the new issue. Marc Ramseier
has made Indo his second home, which is pretty obvious when
you check out the angle he hits the mangle on the front page.
Full vertical style right in the critical
section bagged him his first KW cover. The poor Swiss ripper
is currently out of action after knee surgery, but was chuffed
with his belated Chrimbo pressie of featuring on thousands
of coffee tables, shop counters and newsagents all over the
Summer may be over in the northern hemisphere,
but the fun is really only just starting. The autumn winds
are here. Kiteworld will be wrapping you up with their wetsuit
guide and drysuit test. Yep, they're not only the chosen regalia
of dinghy sailors - drysuits have been to the clinic and had
a make-over! Kiteworld will be lifting the skins on three
of the latest slick rubber looks.
The snow is starting to think about make an
appearance in the many vast snowkite-friendly mountain ranges
around Europe and we'll be arming you with essential information
in the first of our three part snowkite guide. Our aim is
to build your knowledge of this smaller faction but massively
addictive area of kiting with technique articles, weather
info, details of the best spots, equipment and generally dishing
out an appreciation for all riders making a plight in the
The November issue is traditionally the home
of our annual gear guide and '09 is looking pretty special.
We have techno babble and pretty pictures from all the major
players and more, in this the first of a two part series.
You screamed for more technique; you got it.
You chased us down an alley and roughed us up for a surfboard
test; you got it and you tortured us with images of your sunken
eyes, grown tired from a lack of hardcore images from all
other sources with which to give them the workout they need...well,
like Vision Express we leap to the rescue with a veritable
surgery full of corrective procedures for your lens balls.
In Issue #35 you will reap the rewards of
many hours hard labour from two of our top photo hacks who
burnt gigs and gigs-worth of memory cards in Egypt and Hawaii
to provide the 'perfect' shot. Working with the likes of Aaron
Hadlow and Felix Pivec, William Milne and Jeff Pfeffer will
show you sides of kiteboarding like you've never seen them
Jeff Pfeffer took on a unique project in boardsport
media, explaining the subculture of strapless surfboard riding
where big, floaty airs are back in fashion, via breathtaking
images in the magazine, and on video at www.kiteworld.tv ,
making the most of all our platforms to bring you the ultimate
kiting entertainment experience... and hopefully a little
education and motivation to boot.
Another unusual project is Flexifoil's sponsoring
of the display team of Europe's most advanced fighter jet
plane, the Eurofighter. Kiteworld spent a day with some of
Flexi's team of riders who traded skills with the real life
'Top Guns' (who have also appeared on BBC 2's Top Gear) to
see who had the most skill. The results were very intriguing.
This issue, Kiteworld also got our hands on
an early drop of 09 kites, and you can read reviews on the
F-One Bandit Dos, Cabrinha Crossbow 09, North Rebel 09, Flysurfer
Psycho 4 09 and the Best Nemesis HP 09. Rounding out the reviews
of 08 kit are: Gin's Zulu, Eclipse's Thruster, Latitude's
Latitude, Ozone's Instinct Sport and Liquid Force Session
kites, while board-wise, we jump on the Royal One, F-One Trax,
JN Bonnie and Clyde, Best Ouija and Spleene's Rip 134.
It's that time of year again where kiteboarders
can no longer resist the yearn to burn their cash on new toys
ready for the start of the new season. The test team have
been sweating in the test arena of El Medano in Tenerife for
the next issue and will be bringing the most comprehensive
test report to date with over 40 items put through their paces.
Faults, strengths and the leading contenders will be revealed,
and if you plan on buying kit in the next six months, issue
33 is a must-have. Tests include a haul of the latest bows
and hybrid kites (that haven't appeared in the mag so far
for '08) and a mighty fine selection of intermediate to advanced
twin-tips. The testers took advantage of the wave breaks to
ride a few surfboards too! Expect appearances from all the
top players and a few surprisingly high-performing newcomers
that have stepped up to the manufacturing plate.
Also sliding their way in between the covers
are Miguel Willis's travel column as he tries to go down-the-line
in the Philippines (watch his excellent documentary video
by clicking here) , Mark Shinn offers a motivational master-class.
On top of all that we kick-off a brilliant new series that
we're very excited about developing in which we'll limber
you up for some of the greatest kiteboarding experiences on
the planet: the details of the world's best downwinders. Kiteboarding's
not the same unless you're clocking up the miles, and this
issue we kick off with a couple of classic routes along the
coast of Cabarete.
Offering you their skills that pay the bills
this issue, Jeremie Tronet takes over the Motor Drive project
with the Jesus Style transition, (yes, that's walking on water
– the masses will flock to see you ride!) building up
to it with a nose grab transition and some board-off basics,
Ken Russell looks at how to ride fast...and hold it all together,
and Adam Jones continues offering salvation to those with
all the gear, but no idea with a class on getting the most
from the correct board set-up for you.
Technique, Travel and Testing. You'll find
all of them in abundance in Kiteworld issue 26.
From getting yourself unstuck in the snow
during your first few snowkiting experiences through to nailing
more complex manoeuvres, like the surface-pass and the back
loop kite loop, we then also take you on into the surf. Issue
26 sees Kiteworld test editor and long-time wave warrior,
Neal Gent, tackle the intricacies of linking together mesmerising
bottom turn to top turn combos, analysing sequences of two
of the best wave riders in the sport right now, both unhooked
and strapless and hooked-in on a hybrid kite.
The Monster Buyer's Guide takes up a large
chunk of the magazine's contents this issue, bringing you
the findings from ten solid days testing in Tenerife. We rattle
through 11 twin-tips, nine bow and hybrid kites and five super-charged
Plus all the usual regular features, interviews,
gossip and tut from the world of kiteboarding.
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