Kitesoul Magazine #20 English Edition

Kitesoul

In this issue: Red Bull Megaloop Challenge 2017, Kitesurf WC Fehmarn, GKA KWT, RRD Demo tour, Hoek tot Helder, Waveriding cliniques, Cape Town, Brazil, Long Distance, Rally Dos Ventos, Core + WOO xr5Challenge, ITW: Steven Van Akkersdijk, Jeremy Chan, Product focus and much more.

EVENTS

GKA KITESURF WORLD CUP

RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE

TUTORIAL

16 BASIC MOVES STRAPLESS

WAVE CLINICS IN SARDINIA

ITW

STEVEN VAN AKKERSDIJK

JEREMY CHANL

ADVENTURES

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Editor

David Ingiosi

david.ingiosi@kitesoul.com

Wave Thecnique Editor

Mitu Monteiro

Freestyle Thecnique Editor

Alberto Rondina

Thecnical Expert

Renato Casati

Photo & Video

Maurizio Cinti

Design

Giuseppe Esposito

Translations italian-english

Daniela Meloni

OCTOBER 2017 - NOVEMBER 2017

TWO-MONTHLY

Texts

David Ingiosi, Reemedia, Reo Stevens,

Jerrie Van de Kop, Francisco Lufinha,

Willow River Tonkin, Alessandro Ferro,

Ioana Rucareanu, Kari Schibevaag,

Steven van

Akkersdijk, Alby Rondina.

Photos

Reemedia, Svetlana Romantsova, Ioana

Rucareanu, Joern Pollex, Ydwer van der

Heide, WKL, Red Bull, RRD, F-One, RRD,

F-One, Toby Bromwich, Cabrinha, Naish,

Core.

Cover:

Rider: Ewan Jaspan

Photo: Alix Butcher

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FEDERICO SUGONI

Publisher

He’s a manager and a businessman.

He fell in love with kiteboarding

almost 10 years ago in

the wild and amazing North

Shore of Oahu (Hawaii). Aside

from kiteboarding there is

only one other important

thing in his life: his baby

daughter.

He’s responsible for the 2014

launching of KiteSoul Magazine.

DAVID INGIOSI

Editor in Chief

Professional journalist and

video maker with a solid

experience in sailing, sea

adventures, travels and water

sports, he has been reported

the “blue world” from the

inside for more than 15 years.

He fell in love with kitesurf

several years ago in Sardinia,

then travelled all over the

world as Iko instructor.

MAURIZIO CINTI

Film-maker

Movie buff and keen photographer.

He’s a skater, snowboarder

and wakeboarder,

but he actually burns with

passion for kiteboarding. He

started off with freestyle a

few years ago, but nowadays

he’s more into chasing big

and powerful waves. This is

what he loves the most.

GIUSEPPE ESPOSITO

Art director

Kiter since he was in the baby

pram, he is a rider for RRD

Italia and he have a Bachelor

in Comunciation Design at

Politecnico di Milano.

With this assignment, he

finally has been able to put

together his two passions:

kite and design.


KITESOUL MAGAZINE

Feel The Flow

MITU MONTEIRO

Technical Editor-Wave Riding

He comes from Sal. Official

F-one and Manera rider.

2008 KPWT World Champion

and three-time Vice World

Champion. He started to surf

and windsurf as a kid and but

he definitively fell in love with

kitesurf as soon as he discovered

it.

ALBERTO RONDINA

Technical Editor-Freestyle

He’s the best Italian rider of

the competitive kiting world.

Cabrinha, Neil Pryde and

GoPro official team rider

and four-time Italian Champion.

Alberto has won the

2001 edition of the European

Championship and third

place in the 2012 PKRA World

Championship.

RENATO “DR. KITE” CASATI

Technical Expert

RRD Wave team rider. Kiteboarder

since 2000, he has

been PKRA athlete and judge.

He’s a professional sportswriter

for several technical

magazines. He lives between

Como Lake and Sardinia, but

he spends every winter in the

waves of Cabo-Verde.

DANIELA MELONI

Professional translator

Daniela mainly lived abroad

where she graduated

in Law and worked. She

discovered her passion for

water actvities back in 2007

when she moved back to the

Sardinian west coast and met

her husband, the kitesurfer

Enrico Giordano. Professional

translator since 2009. She is

a SUP lover and an amateur

photographer and never

misses to photo or video

shoot a Kite or Sup wave

session!


TRENDS

KITESURFING IS STILL A

LOW-BUDGET SPORT, THANKFULLY

Being a young and niche sport discipline, kitesurfing is still very far from the glittering

and big budgets stages. On the other hand, it is still a genuine sport, fuelled only

by the passion of those who practice it and train, often with great sacrifices. Maybe

one day this will change, so let's enjoy its authenticity.

Perhaps, one day competitive kitesurfing will become a rich sport: super paid athletes,

big sponsors, six-figure hires, exclusive interviews, live competitions on payper-view.

This is pretty much the impossible dream of all the so-called "minor" sport

disciplines: grow, leave the limbo, gain prestige, become more and more popular, gain

audience, attract investors. Turn into a sport for the rich, like football, formula one or

cycling. Not easy, in fact it’s extremely difficult. It takes history, champions, antagonists,

victories, but above all it takes the passion of people, that support you, enjoy

following you, and pay a ticket.

IN THE CURSED LIMBO OF

"MINOR" SPORTS

Kitesurfing is still light years away from all of that. First of all because it is a young

sport, just over 20 years and till yesterday it didn't quite figure out what it was itself,

just like a teenager. Secondly, despite its popularity and widespread practice on

the beaches worldwide, it is in fact unknown by those who are not sea regulars. The

Olympics would possibly be a way to slightly raise its popularity threshold, if one day

the international federations will come to an agreement. But even that would change

things only very little. Well, dreaming doesn't cost a thing, but for now kitesurfing

remains very far from those glittering and chromed stages, with big budgets, laurels

as well as the carnivorous plants of business, it just stands there in the outskirts, in

the suburbs of sport. But perhaps this is not that bad.


Photo Credit: WKL Courtesy

KITESURFING COMPETITIONS,

LIKE PICNICS WITH FRIENDS

Poor but awesome, why? Well, because it is still a genuine sport, powered only by the

sheer passion of those who practice it, because it is not yet contaminated by any power

games that would oppress it, humiliate it and make it a market product. Because

money is short and doping doesn't exist. Because the athletes that compete know

each other, share the journeys, train together and although during competitions they

give one another a good trashing, out of the water they are friends, support each other

and feel part of a big family. Because these champions are not full of themselves and

when you meet them they stop and chat, give you tips and take pictures with you. Just

turn to any competition, even a world level one and you will breathe this authentic

atmosphere, quite simple and beautiful. Imagine entering the AC Milan or Juventus

locker rooms and just stand there commenting on the game with the players, maybe

making jokes and having a beer.

TODAY'S KITERS LIKE

PILOTS OF THE 60S

Today, competitive kitesurfing recalls the outsets of other mythical and much more

popular sports such as motorcycle races, when the circuit paddocks were open to

everyone, the teams slept in camper-vans and in the evening, after showering, the

pilots would share sausages and steaks on the barbecue. Different times, different

values but things are different in that world too now. Things change, develop, that's

life, that's fine.

Maybe one a day competitive kitesurfing will become a rich sport. Hopefully. For now

though, let's just enjoy it the way it is.

David Ingiosi


SUMMARY

PORTFOLIO

RED BULL MEGA LOOP

CHALLENGE

WORLD CUP FEHMARN

18 30 38

PORTFOLIO

Joshua Emanuel is the

King of Megaloop

Matchu Lopes wins the

2017 Kitesurf World Cup

Fehmarn

EVENTS

EXOTIC SPOT

SPOT GUIDE

74

Alex Neto and his thriller

win across the lagoons

86

Phan Rang, Vietnam off

route

94

Maui: mystic island,

watersports paradise

CHARITY

TECHNIQUE

EXPERIENCE

150

Hoek tot Helder: a kite

marathon to support

medicine

158

The Clinics for

waveriding enthusiasts

finally land in Italy too

168

The Cape Town Chapter


EVENTS LONG DISTANCE RALLY DOS VENTOS

46 54 60

Airton Cozzolino crowned

2017 GKA Kitesurf World

Tour

Francisco Lufinha: che

odissea nella Atlantico!

Alex Neto and his thriller

win across the lagoons

TRIP BRAZIL

ITW

ITW

110

The Kite Traveler

124

Portfolio Steven van Akkersdijk: I

travel, pull kiteloops and

enjoy myself

142

Portfolio Jeremy Chan: with a kite

a catch more waves!

PROJECTS

STRAPLESS

FOCUS

180

CORE and WOO launch

the #xr5challenge, a big

air contest!

184

16 basic moves on

strapless surfboard with

Alby Rondina

218

RRD - OBSESSION MK10

RRD - PASSION MK9

CORE - SENSOR 2 SPRO


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PORTFOLIO

Aberto Rondina

RIDER: ALBERTO RONDINA

FOTO: LACI KOBULSKY


20 PORTFOLIO

LEWIS CRATHERN

RIDER: LEWIS CRATHERN


22 PORTFOLIO

KARI SCHIBEVAAG

RIDER: KARI SCHIBEVAAG

FOTO: SVETLANA ROMANTSOVA


24 PORTFOLIO

SAM MEDESKY

RIDER: SAM MEDESKY

FOTO: TOBY BROMWICH


26 PORTFOLIO

STEVEN VAN AKKERSDIJK

RIDER: STEVEN VAN AKKERSDIJK


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RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE

Joshua Emanuel is the King of Megaloop

Joshua Emanuel

IS THE KING OF MEGALOOP

The South African rider Joshua Emanuel

has taken out the 2017 Red Bull Megaloop

Challenge, hold last September at Zandvoort

in the Netherlands.

David Ingiosi | Photo: Red Bull Courtesy


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RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE

Joshua Emanuel is the King of Megaloop

What an epic day in an insane event. The world's

best big air kiteboarders survived gale force

winds in the 50-knot range and took to the

skies of Zandvoort, a coastal community West

of Amsterdam. The organization got the natural

kickers needed for the riders to go out and throw

their tricks up in the air. And you could not

have asked for a better showdown. The final had

Steven Akkersdijk, Joshua Emanuel, Lasse Walker,

and Kevin de Smidt aiming for the sky. There were


waves and whitewater rollers everywhere, but

all athletes got their fair amount of chances to

impress the judging panel. Emanuel was able

to nail down a stunning megaloop Backroll,

but he only knew he had won the competition

a couple of minutes after touching base at the

beach. "I don't have words right now. I'm super

stoked to take the win at the Red Bull Megaloop

Challenge 2017. I had no idea. It is a lot harder

than in Cape Town with onshore winds and


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RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE

Joshua Emanuel is the King of Megaloop


super gusty. Big thanks to everyone for all the

support, messages posts and especially Core

and Mystic for providing me with everything I

needed", expressed Joshua Emanuel. It was the


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RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE

Joshua Emanuel is the King of Megaloop

first time in the Red Bull Megaloop Challenge

history a non-European took the crown in the

extreme conditions at Zandvoort.


2017 RED BULL MEGALOOP CHALLENGE | FINAL

1. Joshua Emanuel (RSA)

2. Steven Akkersdijk (NED)

3. Lasse Walker (NED)

4. Kevin de Smidt (NED)


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WORLD CUP FEHMARN

Matchu Lopes wins the 2017 Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn

MATCHU LOPES

WINS THE 2017 KITESURF WORLD CUP FEHMARN

David Ingiosi | Photo: Joern Pollex


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WORLD CUP FEHMARN

Matchu Lopes wins the 2017 Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn

The Kitesurf World Cup final

kicked with a bang. Airton

Cozzolino put the pressure

on Lopes with a Flat-3 and a

Shifty-3, but Lopes answered

with a stunning Board-off

Back loop kite loop and a big

Rodeo.

Despite the sudden increase

in wind speed, Airton tried to

land a Handle pass, but

Matchu nailed a huge Tic-tac

kite loop and then a big Superman

backroll that proved

critical and awarded him the

first event win of the season.

"I'm feeling

blessed by

God, today! I'm so happy

with my first place here in

Fehmarn. Nobody thought I

could have made it, even me

honestly. Congratulations to

all the riders for putting

down a sick show,"

said Matchu Lopes.

Airton Cozzolino heads to the

final stage of the 2017 GKA

World Tour with a

comfortable lead over Lopes,

but the One Eye’s waves may

cost him the most

coveted wave kitesurfing title

on the planet.


2017 KITESURF WORLD CUP FEHMARN | TOP4

1. Matchu Lopes

2. Airton Cozzolino

3. Paulino Pereira

4. Julien Kerneur

2017 GKA WORLD TOUR | TOP 5

1. Airton Cozzolino: 3580 points

2. Matchu Lopes: 3210

3. Paulino Pereira: 3160

4. Mitu Monteiro: 3080

5. Keahi de Aboitiz: 2760


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WORLD CUP FEHMARN

Matchu Lopes wins the 2017 Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn

A NEW DISCIPLINE IS BORN:

THE FIRST STRAPLESS TOW-

UP BIG-AIR

Paulino Pereira manned the

jet-ski, gunned the engine

and towed the riders who

held their edge for as long as

possible before sending their

kites and boosting while

the jet-ski pulled them skywards.

When they could go

no higher the riders ejected

themselves from the towline

and looped their kites as

though their lives depended

on it as they descended.

Keahi de Aboitiz nailed the

biggest jump of the day with

what must have been at the

very least a 35 meter jump

and he somehow rode away

clean! Airton Cozzolino was

riding a 14 meter kite and

went big but he couldn't

come close to Keahi's

jump and

Ralph Boelen landed a massive

one on his final attempt

to take third place behind

Airton. Some serious handling

skills were required by

the riders to keep power in

their kites and not overshoot


them on their way down and

speaking afterwards

Keahi said, "I knew my jump

was a big one because when I

got up there and looked

to the shore and I could see

right over the event site to

the lagoon behind it." Big indeed!

HYDROFOIL AROUND THE IS-

LAND

Florian Gruber, still in Fehmarn

after the recent Hydro-

Foil Pro Tour event, beat

Levitaz’ Adrian Geislinger in

a race around the island setting

a new record in the

process of 1 hour 43 minutes

for the full 75 kilometer

route. That’s more than an

hour ahead of the previous

record of 2 hours 48 minutes!

Foils are certainly fast!

AIRTON TRIUMPHS IN A BIG-

AIR FEAST

Although the Big-Air events

do not count towards the

overall championship, a lot

of pride at stake as all these

riders love to purely go huge!


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WORLD CUP FEHMARN

Matchu Lopes wins the 2017 Kitesurf World Cup Fehmarn

There were four x

four-man heats in round one

with the top two riders from

each heat progressing on

to two x four-man semi-final

heats. The top two riders

from both semi-finals would

then go on to a single fourman

final.

Keahi won the first heat in

round one with a huge Boardoff

Backloop while Ralph

Boelen was going hard and

must have quads of steel to

have walked away from

some of his Kiteloop attempts.

In the second heat Gustavo

Arrojo landed some big Aerials

and it was clear he had

his mind set on a place in yet

another Big-Air final. In heat

three Camille Delannoy

stomped a massive Boardoff

in the opening minutes

before going quiet and Paulino

Pereira and Luis Brito both

rose to the occasion to progress

through to the semis

in the second round. Airton

then won the fourth heat

ahead of Matchu and they

both progressed through

ahead of Julien Kerneur.

In the first semi-final heat

Keahi de Aboitiz and Luis Brito

stole the show. Keahi went

the biggest but Luis was

close behind him. In the second

heat Airton landed some

absolutely massive jumps,

rotations and Rodeos leaving

nobody in doubt that he

was not to be outdone in this

format in which the judges

were looking purely at

maximum height gained.

He went through to the finals

alongside Gustavo where he

would meet Keahi and


Luis and the pressure was

on from the off. Although the

wind had dropped a little

Airton was prepared, riding

a 12m kite, which was bigger

than anyone else in the

final, and it seemed to work

for him. The riders went

jump-for- jump and the

applause from the beach

got louder as the heat progressed,

but nobody could

match Airton for sheer amplitude

and the heat was his!

BIG AIR RESULTS

1. Airton Cozzolino

2. Keahi de Aboitiz

3. Gustavo Arrojo

4. Luis Brito

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EVENTI

Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour

s

Airton Cozzolino

CROWNED 2017 GKA

KITESURF WORLD TOUR

What better way to crown a wave

kitesurfing champion than in the

iconic reef break of One Eye, in

Mauritius.

David Ingiosi

Foto: Ydwer van der Heide


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EVENTI

Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour


The 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour is over,

and we have a new champion. The race for

the championship title had two contenders

- Matchu Lopes and Airton Cozzolino - and

they put everything on each wave to raise

the coveted trophy. Both riders progressed

through the early heats until the competition

turned into a do-or-die showdown.

Airton and Kevin Langeree met in a quarter-final

clash, and this could have been

the moment Cozzolino's title-race against

Matchu ended. The rider from Sal had to beat

Langeree to celebrate a world title.

The Dutch pushed the limits and found a

barrel that could threaten Cozzolino's hopes,

but the Italian-Cape Verdean eventually answered

with the highest scoring combo of

the event and could throw the fireworks.


50

EVENTI

Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour

"I made it! Words simply can't describe how happy I am right now. I've been

fighting for this second world title for more than five years now, and finally,

all the hard work paid off," said Airton Cozzolino.

The rest is history. Matchu beat Airton in a mini-final, and Keahi de Aboitiz

won the event. Moona Whyte is the women's world champion.

There was little surprise on the beach when the results came in with the

competitors back on the beach but applause were not in short supply! Keahi


had taken the event and with it third place

overall on this year’s tour and Matchu had

secured third behind Sebastian in second.

Airton was fourth and, from his response,

it appears that was what he had expected.

Speaking after, he conceded that he had been

a little demotivated not to be in the final but

that he was still happy with his result.

Matchu was equally upbeat, commenting

that he felt he’d had a good event and was

happy with his performance after a tough

competitive season but, above all, happy for

his friend to have finally secured his own

world title. At least they both have one now!

Keahi was the most stoked of all and for obvious

reasons. Speaking after he said, “I’m

really happy with my results. I’ve never actually

won an event here and I felt like last year

I took the title away from Airton and gave it

to Matchu so this year I’ve done the opposite

and helped Airton take it so it balances out”.


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EVENTI

Airton Cozzolino crowned 2017 GKA Kitesurf World Tour

2017 GKA KITESURF WORLD TOUR | TOP 10

1. Airton Cozzolino

2. Matchu Lopes

3. Keahi de Aboitiz

4. Paulino Pereira

5. Mitu Monteiro

6. Sandro Pisu

7. Camille Delannoy

8. Ralph Boelen

9. Jan Marcos Riveras

10. Ismail Adarzane


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LONG DISTANCE

Francisco Lufinha: What an Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean!

THE KITESURFERS ANKE BRANDT AND FRANCISCO

LUFINHA MADE IT. THE LONG DISTANCE WORLD

RECORD HOLDERS REACHED OEIRAS, CLOSE TO

LISBON, ON THE 13TH SEPTEMBER. THEY COVERED

THE DISTANCE OF 1.500 KILOMETRES. ABSOLUTE

EXHAUSTION AS WELL AS PURE JOY TO HAVE

MASTERED THE CHALLENGE CAN BE SEEN ON THE

FACES OF THE TWO ATHLETES. THEY SET A NEW

RECORD. A TEAM OF TWO KITERS HAS NEVER

OVERCOME SUCH A LONG DISTANCE BEFORE.

DAVID INGIOSI | PHOTO: CHRISTIAN


TILLMANNS / ANNA-MARIA JESKE

Francisco Lufinha

WHAT AN ODYSSEY IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN!


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LONG DISTANCE

Francisco Lufinha: What an Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean!

The Portuguese Francisco Lufinha and the

German Anke Brandt, kitesurfers, rode their

kites and foil boards in the Atlantic Ocean

for about 800 nautical miles (1,500 kilometers).

The journey kicked off in Ponta Delgada,

Azores, on the island of São Miguel, on September

4th, and ended in Oeiras, Portugal,

on September 13th. After a promising start,

the kitesurfers encountered a no wind zone

west of the Azores and had to wait sitting

on the board in the ocean for days. They still

took turns every eight hours since the rule

also applied in the case of doldrum, one of

them always had to be in the water, no matter

if there was wind or not.

However, the wait was sweetened by the visit

of a pod of dolphins. On the evening of the

7th September the wind returned and the

kitesurfers progressed steadily towards Lisbon.


A long preparation phase, physical fitness

and mental strength as well as the crew on

the support boat ensured that the two carried

through. The crew of the support boat

provided food, water and physiotherapy.


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LONG DISTANCE

Francisco Lufinha: What an Odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean!

Lufinha and Brandt traded intercalated

morning and night shifts, and always kept

going. They faced huge waves and swells,

cloudy skies, shifty winds, currents, and

sudden wind drops.

"Our hands are in a mess from grabbing the

kite bar, the knees are in pain because of the

waves and forcing a course, and my neck is

also giving signs because we are always facing

left in a static position," explained Lufinha.

"WE GET TINGLING AND PAIN, WHICH ONLY STOPS AFTER

AN HOUR OUT OF THE WATER. RESTING ONBOARD IS A

BIT RELATIVE BECAUSE THE BOAT IS ALWAYS BOUNCING.

NEVERTHELESS, IT ALLOWS US TO RECOVER OUR

ENERGY."

The team supporting the kitesurfing duo

included four skippers, one photographer,

a doctor, and a physical therapist. Francisco

Lufinha is a world record holder. In 2015,

he set a new Guinness World Record for the

longest kiteboarding journey, after sailing

472 nautical miles (874 kilometers), in an attempt

to connect Madeira to Portugal mainland.

Anke Brandt is also a kite marathonist.

In 2016, she set a new Guinness World Record

for the longest distance ever kitesurfed

by a female rider. Brandt sailed 303 miles

(489 kilometers) non-stop between Bahrain

and Abu Dhabi.

Anke Brandt and Francisco Lufinha surely

have proved to be the right ones to conquer

that kind of challenge.


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RALLY DOS VENTOS

Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

RALLY DO

ALEX NETO AND HIS THRILLE

TEXT & PHOTOS: RRD COURTESY


S VENTOS

R WIN ACROSS THE LAGOONS


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RALLY DOS VENTOS

Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

NO RULES, NO COURSE, NO BOUNDARIES...

Alex Neto mastered the strong winds blowing across the striking

blue lagoons and immense sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses

National Park to win the second edition of kitesurfing’s

Red Bull Rally dos Ventos.


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Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

Neto about his race: "not many words to say, I am just feeling

amazingly happy to have won this hardcore race, 40km sea

plus 20km dunes and lagoons, I must say that it was an endurance

test from Red Bull".

The Brazilian star excelled on home soil to defend his title and


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Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

upset world champion Carlos Mario Bebê in a thrilling finish at

the end of a tough competition.

Forty-five competitors battled their way through 65km of picturesque

blue lagoons and huge sand dunes in one of South

America’s most breathtaking settings.

It was Bebê though, who managed to better master winds of

more than 40km/h until he made a small mistake in the final


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Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons


metres to allow Neto the chance to take the lead for good.

The 23-year-old revealed, "I didn’t think I was going to make it.

I was in second until the very last seconds, but I was able to

perform a trick right at the end and beat Bebê for the second

time in a row. It was a very tough race."

In the women’s event, American Susi Mai jumped out in front at

the beginning of the competition and made the most of every

opportunity thereafter to take the win.


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Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

She said, "I did really well in the beginning of the competition

and, when I got into the Lençois, I had to try different

strategies to go through the dunes."

"First, I started to slide on them and then I realised that, if I

had used the kite board to sit, I would have been way faster.

I’m really happy to get a win here at this unbelievable place."

The first edition of Red Bull Rally dos Ventos took place in

2014, with a far shorter 16km track. Rally dos Ventos was

also supported by ICMBio and Lençois Maranhenses National

Park.


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Alex Neto and his thriller win across the lagoons

RALLY DO

ALEX NETO AND HIS THRILLE


RESULTS:

MEN

1. Alex Neto

2. Carlos Mário "Bebê"

3. Bruno Elizário

WOMEN

1. Susi Mai

2. Maria do Socorro Vasconcelos

3. Alvelina Lameira

S VENTOS

R WIN ACROSS THE LAGOONS


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After spending an amazing winter in Cape Town, I

always wanted to discover Italy for the summer.

Now with the RRD demos and clinics I took this

opportunity to travel from North to South of Italy,

Sicily and Sardinia to visit most of the RRD kitecentres

and schools.

RRD DEMO TOUR IN ITALY

JERRIE VAN DE KOP | PHOTO: RRD COURTESY


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F

rom Amsterdam, I took a plane to Pisa

to join Francesco Cappuzzo, Italian RRD

team rider. With the RRD van we had a 5 hour

drive up North to Lake Garda (Torbole). Here

the event Garda Wind Garda was happening,

which is primarily focused on windsurfing

but kitesurfers are mostly welcome. Lake

Garda has some solid conditions for kit-


ing. Most of the time there is a nice thermic

breeze at around 2 o’clock. The wind doesn’t

get really strong, so make sure you have

some big kites with you as well. Besides that,

Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful and

unique places I have been. As a Dutchie, I’m

not used to kite right in between the mountains.

Specially in the afternoon when the

sun goes down behind the mountains this

place is magical. In Torbole, I met some really

cool guys from Kite Segnana. Kite Segnana

is a big centre in Torbole all the way downwind

from the lake. From windsurf, SUP, to

kitesurf... if you like water sports this might

be a nice place for you to learn or enjoy your

time on the beach there. Launching kites

on the land is not allowed around the lake.

Instead of doing this on the land a special

boat with a platform in the front takes you

to where the wind is the best. On the boat, local

instructors help you with your lines and

pumping the kite. Launching and landing is

really easy. After the event, doing the demos

and giving some clinics, it was time for me

to leave for the next spot: Grosseto.

Grosseto is a small town 450 km South, located

close to the Mediterranean Sea. In

Grosseto RRD has their HQ and board fabric.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit

this place and see how the RRD products

are made with great care. In Grosseto there

are some nice spots for example Kitebeach

Fiumara. It’s around 15/20 min drive from

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the brand manager. The spot is really good!

Luckily enough a massive storm popped

up with wind around 35knots. Fiumara has

a lot of space on the beach for kitesurfers

and in the sea some nice kickers to take off!

Unfortunately, the wind was too strong for

organizing a clinic. Nevertheless, I had an

awesome day during a demo by doing some

megaloops.

Werther is the kite designer for RRD, he has

an amazing place to develop all new gadgets.

It’s a huge sail industry where he also repairs

sails and kites. Really cool to spend

time with him testing new protos and work

on some of the equipment for next year! During

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mountainbiking with Alex! What trails!

From Grosseto it was time to continue the

trip to the South. Next stop: Crotone. First,

I had to pick up Tony Cili in Rome. Tony is

the wave riding Italian Champion and a cool

teammate who showed me the way to his

home spot Sport Beach Club Velico in Crotone.

Crotone is a 600-km drive from Rome in

the heel of the Italian boot. It’s a windy sunny

spot, on a beautiful beach. But where are the

kites? Crotone is a place where kitesurfing

is not so popular yet. But beside running the

kite school and restaurant, Tony also teaches

the next generation competition kiters.

It was awesome to see so many young kids

kiting and training for their (for some) ‘first

competition’. I had an amazing week joining

them and giving demos with Tony. I’m sure

that future kite champions will come from

these motivated and talented kids. I like how

more and more kids get coached with their

training and competitions! Big up to that

and I see these guys in Hang Loose beach for

the European Twin-Tip Race.


I got Invited to compete in the European Twin

Tip Race in Hang Loose beach Gizzeria. This

place has a beautiful set up for people who

likes to Camp for Campers or tents. Hang

Loose beach is a good location for this event.

There are many kids competing and everybody

could stay and spend their nights basically

on the beach.

I had so much fun racing in the adults’ division.

Just for fun. Freestyle is my favourite

discipline but this time I joined the slalom.

With a slalom race, you start all the way upwind.

From the start line you need to race

side downwind to the next buoy. From here

you downloop your kite and make the transition

with as much speed as possible. Then

you head to the next buoy. In one race, you

pass 4 buoys till the finish. One week full

of races was a great experience. Among the

competitors there were many guys specialized

in foiling race. These guys were also

training their foil skills, which was spectacular

to watch. Their speed is amazing! In the

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Olympic discipline! Audeuri Corniel, the RRD

team rider and youth world champion was

also here to compete in the race. He did very

well in the junior division. During the breaks

between the races there was also time for

some freestyle demos. The wind was most of

the time very light but still enough to throw

some tricks.

From Gizzeria we left to Sicilia, to the Stagnone,

to continue our demo and test tour. At

the Stagnone we met up with Mauricio from

Le Vie del Vento. Mauricio owns a great RRD

kitecentre and kite school. The spot at the

Stagnone is really nice and flat! Freestyle

heaven it is. It was good to explore the Stagnone

for the first time. I really had amazing

sessions and all demos and tests were a

great success.

In front of the kite spots, there are some nice

islands, so with no wind days a SUP trip is a

must. When it is windy the huge lagoon is full

of kites! There is plenty of space for everyone.

The people from Sicilia are pretty laid

back and friendly. And the food is amazing.


If you are looking for a nice freestyle spot

or place to learn how to kite, the Stagnone

might be the perfect option for you.

It is amazing to see how many opportunities

Italy has to offer for kitesurfing. From Sicily

Alex and I went to our last tour stop Sardinia.

First, we took the ferry which brought

us to Cagliari in a 12hour trip. From there we

drove all the way to the North where we went

to Porto Pollo. MB- pro centre. Michiel Bouwmeester

is a former Dutch windsurfing world

champion who has a huge centre which is

specially equipped for windsurfing actually.

They have a lot of other activities as well but

windsurfing is the main sport. Of course, we

had to visit some kite spots, which are nice

for some hydrofoiling when we were there. So

cool to foil around the bay and see all luxury

yachts. Some of them are crazy! The test-day

was a great success with al kite instructors

from the MB centre. What a cool crew! You

can be sure of having a good time spending

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and test were done and I really wanted to

try some windsurfing too! It’s harder than it

looks, but it’s so much fun!

Thanks to all the hosts of the kite centres.

Your hospitality was overwhelming. It was

great being with you guys and enjoy all the

pleasures that Italy has to offer. Italy is

amazing and I hope to be back there really

soon!


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Phan Rang, Vietnam off route

V I E T N A M O F F R O U T E

Amongst the high wind level locations popular with kitesurfers from around

the world, Vietnam is a country that offers a lot of spots, many of which still

unexplored. Starting with the famous Mui Ne Beach where several years ago

the water-sport enthusiasts’ tourism began, one can discover villages like

Ke Ga or Phan Rang that between November and March offer quality waves,

unspoiled territories and a genuine atmosphere that remains imprinted in

one’s heart.

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Phan Rang, Vietnam off route

When talking of Vietnam for kitesurfing, Mui

Ne often comes to mind. Kitesurfing landed

in Vietnam about ten years ago, with the

first schools that opened right in Mui Ne, a

small tourist town on the South coast of the

country.

Soon afterwards, over the years other schools

also opened in the same Bay, both because

of the great wind statistics, about 90 percent

between November and March, and also

because Vietnam is a welcoming and absolutely

safe country.

To date, Mui Ne is the most famous spot in

Vietnam for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

This fishing village offers a wide choice of

accommodation, from cheap guest houses

to 5-star superior hotels, as well as various

types of bars and restaurants such as of

course Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Italian, etc.

Night life can also be very amusing.


MUI NE, THE VIETNAMESE

TEMPLE OF WAVE RIDING

Vietnam is especially beautiful for those

looking for waves, from medium-small ones

ideal for surf learners, to the wave riding

"temples" with waves that can easily exceed

2 metres. There are many spots totally unknown

to the kiter community which every

year visits Vietnam. Almost all of them have

a sandy seabed, therefore also accessible to

wave-riding newbies. One of these is Ke Ga,

a small fishing village located at about an

hour's drive from Mui Ne. Ke Ga has a long

sandy bay nestled in pink granite rocks that

during December and January provides riders

a nice, smooth and fast wave that on top

days is well over 2 meters and when you surf

close to the lighthouse and ride down the

water-wall makes you feel invincible, like a

god.


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Phan Rang, Vietnam off route

The names of the villages you can visit during

a stay in Vietnam in the various excursions

and downwinds offered by local operators

may be difficult to remember, but the

emotions are unforgettable.

The quality of the side-cross shore wind, the

spots where one is basically alone in the water,

waves of all measures and the welcoming

and likeableness of Vietnamese people

remain in the hearts and memory for a long

long time.

KITESURFING IN THE SALT PANS

AND PADDY FIELDS OF PHAN

RANG

A very interesting spot in Vietnam is the area

of Phan Rang. It is a big city that lives off

of fish and textiles trade. Phan Rang overlooks

the Bay of Nin Chu, great for freestyle

with North East winds (during winter-spring

time) and South East (during the summer).

Leaving Phan Rang towards Vin Hy, after

about 15 kilometres past the fishing boats

bridge, you arrive at the great salt pans over

which basins the surrounding mountains reflect

like in a mirror: salt is a very important

resource for the dried fish industry.

Continuing for about 10 km along a road surrounded

by fields and small rice paddies

you arrive at a small fishermen village: the

Bay of Thai An. It is a long bay of white coral

sand surrounded by the rainforest of Nui

Chua park. The whole bay is closed by a rocky

reef about 700-800 meters from the shore,

the lagoon of the bay is perfect for freeride

and freestyle, while the waves can be found

outside the reef.

Depending on the perid outside the reef you

can get right-hand big and beautiful waves,

almost always overhead. The wind is sideside

off. Just in one single spot it is possible

to have great fun kitesurfing, windsurfing

and surfing. Unspoilt and out of time

coastlines

The area of Phan Rang-Thai An is very far off

from the tourist routes of the conventional

Vietnam, in fact the majority of the tourism

in this area is mainly local. When you get

to these areas it is like going on a journey

back in time: during the low tide, women

collect the seaweed off the reef to be dried

for the fish soup, the hard field work with

animals and children running out of school

and always greeting us with a big xin chao,

which in Vietnamese sounds a bit like "hello

my friend".


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Phan Rang, Vietnam off route

Alessandro Ferro

VIETNAM? WIND EVERY DAY AND A BUB-

BLING NIGHTLIFE

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU

DISCOVER VIETNAM?

Ever since I started working in my little kitesurf

school in Porto Botte, I always dreamt

about having a centre abroad too. So, 6 years

ago, after the summer season in Sardinia

I decided to go abroad. On the IKO website,

amongst other job offers, I found one for Vietnam,

of which I had never heard of, and as

they say I packed and left.

WHAT IS IT THAT FASCINATES

YOU ABOUT THIS COUNTRY?

Many things impressed me and convinced

me to stay. I was astounded by the feeling

of having "wind every day". I remember when

I had just arrived that the Monsoon started

to blow first week of November and the

first windless day was in early January. I was

struck by the great kindness and hospitality

of Vietnamese people, always smiling. And

the easy life style of Mui Ne, a large community

of kiters, instructors and young people

who work in the various bars, restaurants

and shops that meet again here every winter.

WHAT TYPOLOGY OF KITER

CAN ACTUALLY APPRECIATE ITS

TOURISM POTENTIAL?

The kiter that comes to Mui Ne not only looks

for good wind but also for a buzzing nightlife.

Mui Ne offers several clubs, bars, a live music

venue and many restaurants: Vietnamese,

Indian, Italian, etc. Mui Ne is the city

where you never get bored, there's always a

party. On the other hand, the kiter that opts

for Phan Rang or an itinerant journey over

the various spots, wants more adventure and

discover very different landscapes and lifestyles

every day, almost a trip back in time.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE

IDEAL JOURNEY FORMULA TO

DISCOVER ITS COASTS?

For sure the best thing is a journey that covers

different spots, not just one place but

visit Mui Ne, Ke Ga, Lagi and Phan Rang; for

those after the extreme, definitely the island

of Phu Quy.


WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO YOU

ADVISE TO TAKE?

Phan Rang aside, where there is a lagoon, the

rest are wave spots, pretty much of all sizes.

Therefore, definitely a surfboard and kites’

sizes 7 to 12m. But those who want to visit

Phu Quy better have the 5m and 7m.

WWW.KITESURFVIETNAM.COM


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KITE SPOT

Maui: mystic island, watersports paradise

MauiMYSTIC ISLAND

WATERSPORTS PARADISE

Viewed as the spiritual birthplace

of the sport of kiteboarding the

Hawaiian island of Maui certainly

invokes a certain image in any watersport

enthusiasts mind. Unfortunately,

I would hazard a guess that

a large population of those opinions

might be of the thinking that Maui

is a place ‘just for the pro’s’ and the

die hards. There is a mystique about

the island and on my behalf my preconceptions

of the island were certainly

a little daunting.

Photo: Cabrinha Courtesy


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Maui: mystic island, watersports paradise

Before I journeyed there for the first time, even as a sponsored and

fairly competent kiteboarder the very talk of Maui had me dreaming

up scenarios of huge building sized waves and conditions I certainly

felt a little anxious to confront.

As well as my slight hesitance to giant waves pretty much every

kiteboard film made in the early days was either shot completely

in Maui or had major sections there. The infamous crew of kite

legends, including Pete Cabrinha, Robby Naish, Flash Austin, Elliot

Leboe, Lou Wainman, Mauricio Abreu, Jason Stone, Andre Phillip

slumming it down at ‘Kite Beach’ from the early days threw down

so hard on 2 line kites I went weak at the knees just even thinking

about myself turning up there and sharing the same hallowed piece


of water as my heroes.

In reality, I couldn’t have been more wrong, well apart from the

possibility of building sized waves, which are certainly available if

you know where to look but there is such a diverse range of spots

and conditions to suit a wide variety of preferences. It’s no coincidence

kite brands such as Cabrinha, Naish, Wainman as well as a

whole host of windsurf brands have their roots firmly planted on

the island. The trade winds blow like clock work throughout the

summer months. I’ve certainly had a few instances getting excited

a little too eagerly when loading the windguru forecast where the

default forecast is set to Maui rather than what I was looking for.

Maui has certainly gone through cycles of change throughout the

years but you can throw out any misconceptions of unfriendly local

kiters. The scene is certainly one of the most welcoming I have

experienced and the amount of post session beers offered probably

makes it tops that chart. (Note to Self, Post session beer offered

destination chart to work on for future issue).

Kiteboarding, arriving late to the watersports party, has had to

take what was on offer somewhat with regards to spot locations

during the early days. The famous ‘Kitebeach’ is situated upwind


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(thankfully not downwind) of a sewage plant, just a stone throw

from the airport. There are numerous sandy locations to rig up and

launch with high quality waves just a few hundred metres out to

sea. Known as Kanaha this stretch of the north shore is the epicentre

of kiteboarding on Maui. Huge turtles mope through the water

and the island views looking back to shore are simply stunning. The

water temperature never gets below 20 degrees (75 Fahrenheit) so

the majority of people don’t use a wetsuit, although with the wind

chill if you feel the cold it’s best to bring a neoprene top or shortie.

Something often discussed in relation to Hawaii and more specifically

surfing is the term localism. Locals abusing tourists in the

line up and telling them to go back to where they came from and

the aggression against visitors certainly plays on the mind but this

situation even in surfing has cleaned up a huge amount. Sure, there

are local breaks which you probably don’t want to find yourself at

if surf conditions are perfect, this is the same anywhere and generally

speaking if you are at the level of these Hawaiian peaks when

they are firing you should already know what to expect and how

to act. Nowadays, the current climate is definitely in a better state

and especially once the wind is on the situation changes, the waves

are suddenly a lot less precious to the purist surfers and abiding

by a few island rules will prevent any issues and keep the aloha

respect strong when you are out and about.

With such an abundance of waves and wind the island should be

high up on your travel list. If you feel out of depth in the waves

on the north shore then other alternatives such as Kihei or Waiehu

offer up a different scenario but you’ll be surprised at the different

wave options you have on the north shore on any given day.

Ho’okipa is a famous north shore option but because of the quality


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it is often busy with surfers and once the wind is filled in the windsurfers

will be out in the force. Island rules dictate that no kiters

are allowed when there are 10 or more surfers/windsurfers in the

water. The lifeguards are right on the spot so you need to be on it

and get your maths right if you want to score waves there. If you

do manage to get it good with the right number of other water users

the point is a superb right-hand wave allowing for numerous hacks


efore reaching the inside and riding out through a rip channel.

The more usual option when busy and also the same launch is Lanes

which is downwind from Ho’okipa and often far less busy. The

launch and land can be a bit tricky due to the wind coming round

the coast though and the entry to the water is off a reef shelve. This

can make Lanes & Ho’okipa not for the feint of heart, few even opt

to use reef shoes and then once out just tie them onto the harness.


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Exploring the coastline down towards Kanaha is normally the best

and easier option and there are plenty of breaks all the way down.

Since it’s creation in 2000, Cabrinha has had it’s DNA firmly rooted

to the island and the wide diversity of conditions make it the perfect

place for the marketing and R&D team to hatch ideas and take

a product from concept through the testing phases and onto the

final product. With the annual photoshoot in Maui the riders get

to push the new gear to the limits whilst finding locations to show

off specific types of gear. There aren’t too many places where these

variables can be catered for but Maui does a good job even if you

have to play things out on a day to day basis looking at the forecast.

The famous Maui kickers, usually best at pro beach are some of the

best ramps a kiteboarder will find to perform various on and off

axis spins. With more and more park events springing up around

the globe and the Kite Park League a year round tour now, kicker

tricks have been fast progressing and these quick spinning, wild

rotating tricks inspired by wakeboarding are now getting landed

by kiteboarders.

One side of the sport that has recently blown up on the island is


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hydrofoiling. No matter how strong the wind, there is a dedicated

community of guys flying around on foils chasing rolling swells

and perfecting their skills. The surf industry here is so rich with

talent that the introduction of foils has definitely sparked off a

boom in excitement with what these magical beasts are capable of

when attached to a board of some kind.

It’s actually remarkably easy to fall in love with this little volcanic

island that rises almighty from the deep depths of the Pacific


Ocean. Situated a 5 hour plus flight from the nearest landmass it’s

easy to see why there is an abundance of waves and the tropical

landscapes and trade winds make you feel like you really have

made it to a board sports paradise. Leave all your preconceptions

at the airport and arriving with respect you will quickly see for

yourself what all the fuss and flying hours is about.


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Quick Fire Maui Guide:

Hungry?

PAIA FISH MARKET, NUKA (SUSHI RESTAURANT

HAIKU), WHOLE FOODS DELI (KAHULUI), FAR-

MACY (PUKALANI)

Thirsty?

CAFÉ DES AMIS (PAIA) HAPPY HOUR – HALF

PRICE LILIQUOIS MARGARITAS

Road trip?

NORTH SHORE TO HANA AND ROUND

THE BACKSIDE


Best sunset/sunrise

TOP OF HALEAKALA VOLCANO

Local kite shop

ADVENTURE SPORTS MAUI

Tourist spotsi

LAHAINA, KIHEI

No wind adventure

BAMBOO FOREST


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Maui: mystic island, watersports paradise

Best wave

HONOLUA BAY

(WORLD CLASS, PERFECT POINT BREAK RIGHT HANDER)

Best Coffee

MAUI COFFEE ROASTERS (KAHULUI)

Airport

KAHULUI (OGG)

Wave season

DECEMBER – MARCH


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The Kite Traveler

Text and Photo: Ioana Rucareanu


T R I P S T O B R A Z I L

THE KITE TRAVELER

It was 2am and I was in an airplane with my

boyfriend, flying over the Atlantic, when a

heavy turbulence woke me up. I had never

before been afraid of flying – I am a kitesurfer

after all - however this time was

different. The plane was shaking violently

as our carry-on luggage rattled above our

heads seemingly leaning towards breaking

out of the overhead compartment. I was

nervous and sweating as I realized we were

flying closely over one of the most mystically

dangerous parts of the Atlantic Ocean

where many airplanes had gone missing

over the years – the Bermuda Triangle.

The adrenaline was rushing through my

veins as I kept telling myself “I hope this

ends well”, something I tell myself every

time I try a kitesurfing trick on the water

– “will I land it or will I crash”, that is the

question. The answer to this was the same

as the number one rule of kitesurfing when

in danger: “Let it go!” … so I did, I let go of

the fear and focused on our final destination:

Brazil – the ultimate kitesurfer’s heaven.

We had traveled a long way, my boyfriend

Giacomo and I, to experience what we had

heard to be the best spot in the world to

kitesurf in. I’ve been a kiter for 5 years

now and together with my boyfriend – the

ex-champion of Freestyle Kitesurfing in

Italy - there isn’t one vacation I go on that

doesn’t include kitesurfing. I’ve spent a

couple of months in Turkey, learning to ride

waves; I’ve seen Sardinia from top to bottom,

kiting in some of the best conditions

in Europe; I’ve been to the north of Sri Lanka

where virgin tropical beaches were deserted

except for the kites of intrepid surfers.

Once hooked on the sport, a kitesurfer will

travel the globe looking for the ideal combination

of wind and waves. I guess we jump

at the chance of going to these far-away

places also because we hope to find that

one spot where nobody has been before, and

have it all to ourselves. Now we were in a

remote corner of north-eastern Brazil to experience

what is considered as kitesurfer’s

heaven in terms of conditions ranging from

wave spots to flat water spots with constant

wind during the season (from October

to February).

Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is

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The Kite Traveler

made up of a combination of features from

sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding,

windsurfing, surfing and paragliding.

The surfer stands on a kiteboard (similar

to a wakeboard or a small surfboard either

with or without foot straps or boots)

and then harnesses the power of the wind

through a controllable power kite that pulls

and drives the kite boarder by his waist

harness across the water. There are many

different styles of kitesurfing ranging from

‘wave’ surfing (skimming across the waves

with a kite) to ‘air style’ surfing (performing

high jumps off the waves) to ‘race’ surfing

(building up maximum speed) and finally to

‘freestyle’ surfing (doing tricks while airborne).

Freestyle kitesurfing is my preferred

style that requires the hardest to find conditions:

constant wind and flat water – conditions

that kitesurfers are willing to travel

the world to find.

The beautiful thing about this sport is not

only the physical workout aspect of it, but

rather the close-knit kiteboarding community

you enter when starting it, and the

lifestyle that slowly creeps into your life,

making you never want to look back. The

‘kite traveler’ is an interesting species that

draws some comparisons to surfers and

snowboarders, but has its own very distinct

attitude, style and lingo and has recently

emerged in many different places around

the world. They are wind maniacs that surrender

to the elements fearlessly, looking to


find complete freedom through their sport.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that kitesurfing

number one rule is to “Let go of the bar

and release” – whenever in danger, wind

that is too strong, or any uncontrollable

situation, the rider must let go of the bar

and finally “release” the kite so it doesn’t

pull in danger anymore. This “letting go” is

characteristic of the kitesurfer’s way to be:

easygoing, happy-go-lucky and low maintenance.

They don’t hold on to negative emotions

or fear, they simply let go.

The ‘kite traveler’ can usually be found in

one of two places: on the water kiting or

on a computer checking the wind forecast,

with his gear packed and ready-to-go in

case signs of wind show up in a different location.

Exhilarated when there’s wind, asking

around for a pump and consulting each

other on what size kite to take out – usually

referring to them by their sizes (“I have a 6

and a 9, what do you have?”) – or otherwise

adopting a ‘hakuna matata’ attitude when

there isn’t wind, engaging in unwinding activities

such as Stand Up Paddle or a beach

volley session on the beats of reggae, alternative

rock, or indie folk music playing in

the background.

The ‘kite traveler’ is a novelty seeker, always

in search of new places that may

offer the next best kite experience, on the

lookout for state of the art gear they can

upgrade to next and open to discovering

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immersing themselves in local customs.

Kitesurfing has increasingly been gaining

popularity in the past couple of years and

was also in talks of being introduced in the

2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which would

truly spread it worldwide. This phenomenon

has been seen before: The Baby Boomer generation

saw the rise of the “surf culture”

– a lifestyle based on surfing waves, living

the low-maintenance beach life, smoking

weed and living in Volkswagen vans. The

kitesurfing movement is new and has grown

with Generation X and more recently with

Millennials that have popularized the extreme

side of the sport on Social Media.

There are now definite ‘kite spots’ that are

known for their wind and attract kitesurfers

on pilgrimages from around the world such

as: Tarifa in Spain, Cape Town in South Africa,

The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cabarete and

the North-east part of Brazil, which is considered

the ‘spot of choice’ of all kitesurfing

champions to train in. This is what was

to be our home for the next three weeks.

On our first morning, I’m up early – partly

because of jet lag and partly because I’m

so excited. It’s 6am and this exceptionally

bright sun has woken me up – it feels like

noon, and it’s windy. I find myself walking

around our Posada in the already 30-degree

sun, getting accustomed to my ‘new home’.

As I walk through the lush gardens towards

our breakfast terrace, I realize that I’m being

followed by a donkey – our neighbor’s

pet – who I later found out was an intruder.

This is my first encounter with Paracuru, a

small fishermen village in the North-east

region of Brazil.

For the next three weeks, our days would

look something like this: we’d wake up, eat

a divine breakfast made up of mangoes, papayas

and pineapples, freshly picked from

our garden, with a side of tapioca pudding

(a traditional Brazilian dessert), and head

off in our jeep across the sand dunes to

our kite oasis in the middle of nowhere.

Our favorite ‘kite spot’ was called Taiba – 15

minutes by jeep on the beach across the

sand dunes from the “meet-up spot” called

Quebra Mar. Quebra Mar was actually the

place where all the kitesurfers got together

at the end of the day – they had a bar over

there where you’d soak up the sun while

drinking out of a coconut or else you’d grab

your kite and go out into the ocean. Nonetheless,

Quebra Mar wasn’t our favorite

place to kitesurf in because it was choppy

(and downright wavy at times) so most people

who kited there would go for the waves

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because focusing on both the waves and the

kite’s direction is a bit overwhelming for

me.

This is why we would choose Taiba on most

days. Taiba was a little oasis in the middle

of the sand dunes, where there was always

clean (not gusty) constant wind, the sun

was always shining, and the water was flat

and shallow – where else would you find

this perfect combination of conditions?

The beauty about Taiba (besides the heavenly

kitesurfing conditions) was the fact

that there were usually not more than 4-5

kites on the water which would allow you

all the space you wanted to try any tricks.

Being in the middle of these dunes, it was

reachable pretty much only by the beach so

you’d need a jeep and you’d need to know

the exact time when high tide and low tide

reached their peak, otherwise you would

risk losing your car to the ocean. Usually,

we would need to be back by 17.30 to be

‘safe’ however, on a fantastic wind day, you

lose the sense of time and there have been

a few times when we drove right through

the water.

When my boyfriend and I arrived in Brazil,

we instantly connected with a group of 10

fellow kiters from around the world – some

we’d already met in previous kitesurfing adventures,

others became new friends. Most

of us were staying at the same ‘posada’ so

we’d always bump into each other off the

water as well, whether at breakfast, dinner

or just around Paracuru. Every day we would

head out together in a type of jeep/pickup

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the front, four (or five at times) in the back

seats and the rest on the cargo bed along

with all our gear. Was this legal? Probably

not, but then nobody stopped us. You might

ask yourselves, why would anyone enjoy

traveling like that? It’s part of the spirit –

when you know a good wind day is coming

up, you have to get to the spot, and “the

end justifies the means”.

There are many times when I look at a sunset

and remember those surreal sunset sessions

in Taiba, trying out tricks and feeling

completely free in the middle of nature. This

submission to the elements is addictive

and I truly believe that kitesurfing changes

the way you think – it changes your list of

priorities and puts them into perspective.

Those moments when you’re cruising the

sea and you feel the sun’s warmth on your

face, the wind in your hair and the salt on

your skin, really make you feel there’s no

other better sensation or any better place to

be in than the present moment – it makes

you feel alive.

On one of those golden afternoons, about

half an hour before having to head back to

the main spot, I ended up being the only

one in the water with the whole lagoon to


myself. All the other kiters were on the

beach, laying in the shade that our jeep

was making, watching me kite. It had been

a very successful day for me of closing two

tricks that I couldn’t previously land so I

was looking for a new challenge. One of the

kite girls shouted at me to try the ‘frontroll’

and started explaining how to do it.

Soon enough, every one of them started

giving me tips and suggestions on how to

approach the front-roll and land it cleanly,

each gesticulating their take on the trick

from the beach. I felt like I had my private

group of supporters behind me rooting for

my success in carrying out this trick and

as luck would have it, I landed it clean and

safely from the first try and continued gliding

across the water as my ‘fans’ cheered

me on. I was truly proud of myself that day

yet at the same time nervous to try it again

because it’s almost a rule in kitesurfing

that if by chance you get it right the first

time, you’re going to inevitably mess it up

the next few times until you absorb the

mechanics of the movement and open yourself

to learning. The synergy that develops

between kiters in this kind of situation is

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just how close-knit this community of wind

freaks really is.

After my Brazilian escapade, I have four new

tricks under my belt which I’m very proud

of, but the biggest gift of all was experiencing

a culture of simple but happy people,

looking beyond their possessions, and into

their souls in the hope of taking a part of

their spirit back home with me. Our young

Brazilian friends that would lend us their

surfboards (one of their most prized possessions)

on the beach when they’d see us

yearning to go on the water, just out of the

joy of seeing other people sharing their

same passion without ever thinking that

we could break or lose their boards encapsulates

the warm, friendly vibe that these

‘masters of the elements’ create in their

communities. I’m looking forward to returning

to this tropical place in the near future,

but for the moment I’m ready for my next

kite adventure, wherever in the world it will

take me this time!


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STEVEN VAN AKKERSDIJK

I travel, pull kiteloops and enjoy myself


I N T E R V I E W


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The Dutch kitesurf professional in the team

of CORE is one of the world's best Mega-

Kiteloopers. His top rankings at the annual Red

Bull Megaloop events are well-known. However,

the 23-year-old is one of the most versatile

kiters, his board quiver always consists of four

boards. In addition to the board for Megaloops

and Wakestyle there is a Twintip, Waveboard and

a Skimboard. On all of them, he makes a pretty

good figure. And from what we can see also a new

Kiteloop in the future from him, he tells us in

this interview.

Steven van Akkersdijk

BORN: 01-06-1993

FROM: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

CURRENTLY LIVING IN: The world

FAVOURITE CONDITIONS: Nuking winds with high waves

and an 8m CORE GTS4 (Megaloops!)

SPONSORS: CORE, Carved, Mystic

BOARDS: Carved Tantrum custom 142, CORE Bolt2 142

KITES: CORE GTS4


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Most of the entries under

your name in Google are related

to?

Steven: "Big crashes and

Megaloops. Due to my crash

at the Red Bull Megaloop

Challenge in 2015 the first

2 hits are videos from that

day. I guess people just love

watching crashes!.

Then let's start from scratch.

You are one of the world’s

best kiteloopers, or better

"Mega-Loopers". Did this simply

just happen? And when

did you notice "I can make a

living out of this!"?

“My entire “career” is built

on fun. I love riding and I love

what I do. For me kitesurfing

just started as a sport/

hobby, but after a while I

noticed I was good at pulling

kiteloops and above all

I enjoyed pulling them. The

realization that I could actually

be “someone” in this

scene came up after I won

the Kiteloop part in the Red

Bull boven N.A.P.

What is the kick at 40 knots

to jump so high and then turn

the kite so slow and deep?

“The speeds and the acceleration

that you get from pulling

a loop in strong winds

are just incomparable. This

together with a freefall and

high-speed landing make

this move addictive for me.”

Our respect! The sporting

highlight of the year is then?

“Red Bull King Of The Air!

This competition is just insane

and already taking part

to it is a lifetime experience.

I can call myself lucky

enough to have competed

in this competition 4 times

now. My results have been all

over, but the impression this

event leaves on me stays the

same every time.

Is your body size and weight

an advantage?

“It’s hard to say as the condi-


tions aren’t always the same.

With low winds, I am in a big

disadvantage. Because of my

weight I have to take a bigger

kite and they don’t jump

as high or loop as fast as the

smaller kites. When the wind

starts to pick up it’s a different

story. I can hold my kite

for a lot longer and should

have a slight advantage over

the smaller guys.

What factors are necessary

to make such kiteloops?

“Kiteloops are actually very

simple. You need to go high

and just pull the kite in a circle.

But it’s very important

that you go high enough so

that your kite can catch you

again. The amount that you

steer has a huge impact on

the turning circle of your kite

and the pull that you get. The

bigger the circle the more

power you will feel. Also, the

moment of pulling your loop

is very important. If you pull

early (on your way up) you’ll

get a lot of pull and forward

speed. This will result in an

aggressive loop where the

kite doesn’t recover as fast

as it would with a loop that

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Megaloops are an increased

risk. How did your accident at

the “Red Bull Megaloop Challenge”

come about two years

ago?

“That crash was just bad

luck. I pulled the loop at the

wrong place, at the wrong

time, with the wrong wind.

Just as I took off I caught a

big gust, this gust took me

up faster than expected and

threw my timing for the loop

off. Instead of looping close

to the apex of the jump I

looped the kite too early and

got an acceleration downwind.

When the gust ended

(just after my loop) I was flying

faster than the wind and

my lines became slack. From

that moment on there was no

recovery.

Keyword “recovery”. Are accidents

like the ones of Lewis

Crathern and Lasse Walker

"inevitable"?

“I wouldn’t say crashes

are inevitable. Both crashes

have been human errors

like mine. Lewis seemed to

over rotate his kite making

for a long fall down with no

chance for the kite catching

him again. When I looked at

Lasses crash I got the feeling

it was fairly similar to mine,

steering the kite too low/

early and flying close to the

wind speed. On events like

the Red Bull King of the Air

riders take a lot of risks. This

is their own choice as they

want to go bigger and higher

than the rest. One mistake

though and you’re going to

end up on a stretcher.


At your accident, you ended

up on a stretcher as well. And

what you first brought out

was just a "oh, I had a beautiful

dream".

“I was talking with the guys

who dragged me out a few

weeks later, and they told me

their side of the story. It was

funny to hear from them that

the first thing I said when I

got my consciousness back

was something like: “I had

such a nice dream”. I got

knocked out on the impact

and probably had a low oxygen

level, this often makes

your brain trip. You hear this

a lot from people who almost

drowned.

Where are the limits and how

do you see a further development

of Megaloops?

At the moment, there are a lot

of guys riding in their boots

when they do Megaloops.

I did as well as I prefer the

steady feeling on the landings.

With boots, you really

narrow down your options

though. I’ll probably start

riding straps again so I have

a wider range of options that

are possible. Hopefully with

that I will feel a bit safer as

well as try out new stuff that

has not been done before.

Steven, away from the theme

"Megaloops" and to the "Allrounder

Steven Akkerdijk". In

the past two weeks in Brazil,

you have proven your multitalent

more than ever. How

many boards do you take on a

trip to have fun?

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there. Kiting is so diverse, so

why only stick to one part of

it.

I always take my twintip with

boots. I love to perform some

unhooked wakestyle tricks

and sometimes hit the cable

park. Next to that I take

a board with straps. Sometimes

it’s just nice to go big

and be capable of taking

a foot out on a big jump or

even kiteloop.

In the strapless department

I always love riding my

waveboard in the waves and

my skimboard in the flat or

choppy water. It’s crazy how

quick you can progress in

these riding styles and how

different the tricks are. Not

being connected to your

board and still jumping with

it brings up new problems.

What type of competitions do

you take part to?

I am not the biggest fan of

competitions as they are so

in the moment. You have to

wait for your heat and then

you have to show your skills

in 7 minutes. For me this is

not enough. I participate in

competitions when I happen

to be around, like the

Dutch nationals (I’m actually

a former Dutch champion)

and wave competitions. One

event that I always travel to

is the King of the Air though.

This event is so special to

me and the kiting world that

I can’t skip it. But even there

my results are all over the

place (best result was 3rd).

In the above competitions, I

don’t hear you mentioning a

strapless freestyle competition

although I’ve seen you

practicing a lot of it. Are you

planning to compete in one of

these one day?

To be honest I just love riding

strapless, because there

is not really a certain way of

how you should do it. It’s all

very open and free. I don’t really

plan to compete as competitions

just put your riding

style in boxes. That’s exactly

what I don’t want at the moment.

Your board quiver also has

a skimboard. Your style on

freestyle, how do you call it?

“Freestyling on a strapless

surf- or skim board is like

nothing else. You need a lot

of foot control and the slightest

foot movement makes

a huge different. I love this

style of riding as it is still

fairly new and you can improve

a lot on it.

You hardly find this “strapless

freestyle” on the water. What

are the advantages of this riding

style?

Strapless freestyle is a riding

style that is actually coming

up a lot. Because you’re

riding a surfboard you can

kite in lighter winds as you

have more surface area. In

the end, it’s more fun though

with stronger winds. I just

love it because the crashes

are less hard. When you

crash with your boots you

can catch a backside edge

and this results in a hard hit

on the water. With strapless

freestyle, everything is more

like playing, and as you are

not attached to the board the

crashes are less hard. The

trick in making the board

stick to your feet is angling

them in the right way so that

the wind pushes it against

your feet.


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On the other hand: we still

see you pulling off wakestyle

tricks on the water. Are you

still enjoying it like you used

to 3 years ago?

I still like wakestyle a lot. But

to be honest I don’t like it

nearly as much as I did a few

years ago. This riding style is

so heavy on the body if you

want to progress at a high

level. Simply said, I would

still like to walk when I’m 40

years old. Without crutches

or pain in my knees!

This makes sense! How did

your riding style become so

diverse?

I started traveling around

the world 6 years ago. In this

time, I’ve seen many places

with a lot of different riding

conditions. Low winds,

strong winds, gusty… When

riding at these spots you

have to adapt to the conditions

you have. If the wind is

strong you won’t be unhooking

that much, so I started

pulling kiteloops. If there

are good waves I prefer to hit

them on a surfboard instead

of trying to freestyle on my

twintip.

You have told us that your father

and mother did have a lot

of influence on your current

life!

Your childhood and the environment

you grow up in

always have a huge impact.

My mother unfortunately

died when I was 8 years old

due to a heart attack. Since

then I’ve always handled my

frustrations and anger by

going out and doing sports.

I started windsurfing at the

age of 9 and a few years after

I gave kitesurfing a try.

I was hooked from the first

taste. My dad has always encouraged

me to travel and

do what I love. In that way, I

ended up where I am now.


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All this traveling isn’t cheap,

how did you finance it from

the start?

Kitesurfing isn’t a cheap

sport but when you know the

right people it can become a

bit cheaper. I’m super lucky

with my group of friends and

colleagues that I have known

for many years now. I started

working for a Kitemobile

(a kitesurf school in Workum,

The Netherlands), and

taught there for many years.

The owner provided me and

the other instructors with a

free place at the campsite

just a 2-minute walk from

the beach! In the winters,

I would travel over to a different

spot in the world and

teach for the season to earn

my ticket plus some extra.

After that, one of my friends

started “Core n More” (a kitesurf

shop in Workum), he offered

me a little contract so

I could get my kites cheaper

in return for some local promotion.

This really gave me a


good boost. I’m super grateful

that I got to know the

people I did in those times,

it makes all the difference.

Today you are a "professional"

rider at CORE. Can you

live from your sponsorship income?

Although kitesurfing is an

expensive sport there is not

a whole lot of money in it.

Despite this I can call myself

very fortunate to be capable

of actually living from this

sport and my sponsors. The

more work I put into the media

the more money I get out

of it. Next to that, CORE also

offered me a part time job

within their company. This

really is a life safer!

In the past two weeks, I’ve often

seen you working on your

laptop. What are you working

on?

I mainly earn my money with

media exposure, but as I have

to spread out all that media

it involves a lot of work behind

the computer. Next to

that I’m doing the Facebook

page for CORE Kiteboarding

as a little extra. Always good

to have some spare money

when you go on a trip.

Finally, a question. In our talks

during the daily evening dinner,

you mentioned about a

new “project”, a new kiteloop!

Kiteloops are always done in

a circle. And at the moment

there is not much more to it.

Maybe a rotation or the size

of the circle is different but

the principal is the same. I

would love to try some different

varieties of steering. Ruben

was talking about steering

the kite back the other

way on the lowest point (like

an S). Would love to give this

a try.


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The right technique for Megaloops:

How to make a big loop:

The trick of pulling a megaloop is steering slow, so

slow that the kite comes in front of you, but still

catches you at the end. This is a fine line, but

with a lot of practice you can get there.

Dangerous?

Loops are as dangerous as you make them. A lot of

the mistakes and crashes are human errors. If it is

gusty don’t loop or stay on the safe side and make

smaller loops. But with the heights that you reach

there is of course more risk involved.


Rhetorical question, the highlight of a year?

My highlight for this year was landing kiteloops on

my skimboard/surfboard. It’s a new trick for me and

I absolutely love it!

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Jeremy Chan

WITH A KITE A CATCH MORE WAVES!

Name: Jeremy Chan

Nationality: Mauritian

D.O.B.: 05 August 1988

Residence: Mauritius

Discipline(s): Wave riding and strapless freestyle

Favorite gear: Religion/ Maquina v3 5'6/ Maquina ltd 5'7/ Cotan ltd v2 5'2 /

Thrive harness / Celsius Pro wetsuit

Favourite spot(s): On Eye, Mauritius

Hobbies: Kitesurfing, surfing, hiking, gym

Best result(s): Quinti posto assoluto GKA Mauritius Strapless Pro 2016

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeremy.chan.752

https://www.facebook.com/JeremyChanOfficialPage/

Instagram: pro_surfer


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Where did you grow up?

Mauritius Island.

Tell us more about your background in kitesurfing...

I started windsurfing when I was 7 years old, surfing when I was 10 and

kiting about 10 years ago but I was more into surfing before. It has been

like a combination of windsurfing and surfing that brought me into kiting

in waves. I've started riding on a directional board in 2013 and been

inspired by all the pro riders. Since then, I never went back on a twintip!


You were a professional surfer before, what made you

switch?

I was 2x the junior surf champion of Mauritius. I've switched because

when kiting in the waves you can catch many more waves than in surfing

which makes it even more fun. And if there are no waves you can still

have a lot of fun doing strapless freestyle tricks.


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Do you still surf a lot?

Not a lot because in Mauritius there is more wind than waves and I rather

kite than going for a surf. But I still surf in summer when there is no

wind and perfect waves.

What is your best result?

My best result was in the GKA Mauritius Strapless Pro in September 2016

where I knocked out Airton Cozzolino and ended up in the top 5.

Tell us about that famous heat where you beat Airton

at One Eye in 2016.

Before the heat started I remember Airton telling me he was going to get

a drink at the hotel and come back haha. I think he was overconfident of

winning that heat whereas I just took everything easy and went for the

heat as if I was going to have fun on a normal session at my home-spot.

I scored a really nice wave and a perfect barrel that gave me the win!

When I came back to the beach all my friends came to me and told me I

had won... I was so stoked and still cannot believe it.

What is your favorite gear?

Religion/ Maquina v3 5'6/ Maquina ltd 5'7/ Cotan ltd v2 5'2 / Thrive harness

/ Celsius Pro wetsuit.

What is your favorite spot?

Oneye, Mauritius.

What are your goals in this 2017?

My goal for 2017 is to compete in the strapless world tour and finish in

the top 10.


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Jeremy Chan: with a kite a catch more waves!

How do you see kitesurfing evolve in 10 years?

It is evolving a lot year by year whether it is on the gear, freestyling or

wave. But I think the discipline that has been growing the most in the

past years is strapless kitesurfing!


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Hoek tot Helder: a kite marathon to support medicine

HOEK TOT HELDER:

A KITE MARATHON TO SUPPORT MEDICINE

David Ingiosi

Photo: Kite 4 Charity Courtesy

STICHTING KITE 4 CHARITY

NL43 INGB 0007 3665 90

WWW.HOEKTOTHELDER.NL


On 19th August, 100 experienced

kitesurfers took part

to the second edition of Hoek

tot Helder, a 130km kite marathon

for charity that runs

along the North Sea beaches,

organized by Kite 4 Charity,

an association that seeks to

a great performance in the

water during the race, but

they also did their utmost

to collect as much money as

possible through donations.

This led to double the total

collected in 2016. I am proud

of our kitesurfing heroes!

raise funds for medical research.

This year, thanks to

this open competition and

to the riders’ donations,

over 95,000 euros have been

raised which will be earmarked

to the Heart Foundation,

a Dutch foundation

that deals with cardiovascular

diseases. During the

race the riders' fleet passed

in front of the beaches of Kijkduin,

Scheveningen, Noordwijk,

Zandvoort, Bergen aan

Zee, Egmond and Den Helder

as last stop, where the kite

marathon ended.

Martijn van Dijk, Director of

the Kite 4 Charity association

is very pleased: "The first

edition of the Hoek tot Helder

in 2016 had already been a

great success, but this edition

has exceeded all expectations!

We started selling

the tickets at the beginning

of May. Within six hours 100

tickets had already been

booked. Furthermore, the

participants not only gave

Fortunately, the weather was

perfect and the kiters were

encouraged by a large and

enthusiastic audience. It

was a long trip to ride at sea,

but everybody was satisfied

and we can proudly say that

95 out of the 100 participants

managed to close the

course track. We are already

preparing the third edition


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for 2018!".

Chris van Stichting, also

from the Kite 4 Charity association

adds: "It was great

to see so many participants

in this second edition of the

event. This year there were

only 6 women. We hope to

inspire other female surfers

so that they will come next

year".

The Heart Foundation is a

Dutch foundation that carries

out research projects

dedicated to heart diseases

and believes that it is possible

to detect any cardiovascular

disease through

the blood cells. Among its

activities, stands the one to

attract the interest of the

community to run prevention

tests against heart attacks

and the treatment of

patients suffering from cardiovascular

diseases.


BASTIAAN VISSER

TIRED BUT SO HAPPY TO BE HERE

The day began at 04:00 when I drove from my hometown to

Hoek of Holland, where the wind was blowing at 25 knots.

After a short skippers meeting, 110 kitesurfers got ready to

hit the waves at 07:30 hours for the first run toward Scheveningen,

the first stop some 30 kilometers away. Wind was

blowing from the South-West at a perfect angle for my directional

board to ride beautiful waves. In total we made 5 stops

along the 130 km Dutch coast. Half way through, the wind

turned more to the west which made it possible to kitesurf

to the coast line at a speed of 50 to 60 km/hour. At 17:05 I

arrived in Den Helder, tired but very happy. Only 3 kitesurfers

dropped out due to gear failure. During the party, the

Heart Foundation was presented with a check of EUR 94.000,

which was raised by all kitesurfers amongst friends, family

and colleagues.


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The Clinics for waveriding enthusiasts finally land in Italy too

TECHNIQUE

THE CLINICS FOR WAVERIDING

ENTHUSIASTS FINALLY LAND IN

ITALY TOO

To reach a waveriding high level it takes a lot of time, but often

the rider does not know which steps to take and especially in what

direction. KAS Wave Clinics, organized by Luca Marcis and Enrico

Giordano, aim exactly at showing how to improve one’s level, by

conveying the necessary fundamentals, acquire the instruments

for self-assessment and learn or strengthen all the self-rescue

practices in the waves. As a matter of fact, with waves, things can

happen that do not normally happen and it becomes essential to

be ready to deal with the unexpected.


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THE BEST SARDINIAN WAVE SPOTS

The KAS Wave Clinics are for wave-kiters, beginners and experienced,

they last 3-4 days and are held in an exceptional location,

Sardinia, in the Sinis area, in the West coast of the island.

The lessons will be held in three main spots: the beach of " Mari

Ermi " and "Porto Suedda" for the Basic and Intermediate Clinics

and the famous Capo Mannu for the "Capo Mannu" Clinic.

Each clinic will be organized during a time frame, on-call, upon

the arrival of strong Mistral wind (Northwest) with at least 3

days’ notice. These are the available waiting periods : 1st October

- 30th November / 1st April - 31st May (Basic and Intermediate

Clinics); 1st December - 31st March (Capo Mannu Clinic).


ENRICO

LUCA

THE TWO COACHES: LUCA AND ENRICO

The KAS Wave Clinics coaches are Luca Marcis and Enrico

Giordano, experienced kitesurfers since 2001, still now pro

riders with many successful experiences both at national

and international level. Using their experience, the two

riders and friends invite you to Sardinia, to the waveriding

Clinics, the artistic expression of kitesurfing in the waves.


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WAVERIDING CLINIC: WHICH TOPICS?

Here are some of the topics and notions that the participants

to KAS Wave Clinics will address: Wave glossary, switching to

surfboard, straps or strapless, tack and jibe, bottom turn &

cut back, right of way on the wave, self-rescue techniques, tips

& tricks (Basic Clinic). Positioning and timing on the wave,

the body posture in front-side and back-side waveriding, kite

movement (pull and apparent wind), expressions and style,

transition manoeuvres, self-assessment techniques (Intermediate

Clinic). How to tackle the Capo, waveriding in big waves,

rescue techniques in extreme conditions, flanking in Capo

Mannu, tips & tricks (Capo Mannu Clinic).


VIDEO COACHING, NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL

TRAINING

The Clinics educational program includes photos and videos in

action for each participant, which will be used during the set

seminars to analyse the waveriding aspects. Also, in addition

to incisive technical notions, in order to adequately take on

this discipline, Enrico and Luca make themselves available to

suggest some good eating practices and specific daily physical

exercises which they adopt in order to be always ready to

face a swell at best.


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THE LOGISTIC BASE OF THE CLINICS

All participants to the KAS Wave Clinics will stay at the Hotel

and Restaurant Sa Pedrera , a beautiful resort surrounded by

the green and 5 minutes from the spots, which will also make

available the venue for the video coaching, briefings and seminars.


HARDBACK

The hardback molded part is made from PURE ® material. This innovative and patented material is a 100% polypropylene composite

material, that is fully recyclable. The heat fused matrix offers excellent strength and stiffness, and is environment friendly, containing

no carbon. The flex and smooth fibres preserve stitching throughout the product. It is solvent resistant and stable. PURE ® material has

a high stiffness and low density, making it buoyant.

MK 5 PLATE

The Pure composite hardback gives the perfect stiffness for huge power management with comfort and no slip. It works with

our anatomically correct MK 5 plate, evolved over 20 years, for the correct flex to avoid hard edge pressure and to move with the

riders body, while absorbing and spreading huge kite loads.

PIN RELEASE SYSTEM

The Vapor uses the super strong FATBAR spreader bar with patented Prolimit pin-release that is quick, easy and safe.

The system allows for quick engagement and release without the need to loosen and then re-adjust the webbing straps.


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The Cape Town Chapter

Kari Schibevaag | Photo: Courtesy RRD


The Cape Town Chapter

- K A R I S C H I B E V A A G -


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I open the window of the plane when we touched the

ground in Cape Town, Wooow! I did not remember

the sun so strong. Finally, it´s been a year since last

time. This is the trip of the year and the trip I am

looking forward to after a long dark winter in the

Arctic.

Well, last winter was great. Kiting, supping and

swimming around with the orcas is on my top 1 list

and also snow kiting, and I love it. But, in the North

at this time of the year the sun is not even up so it’s

been a while since I saw the sun and felt it on my

skin.

Like I never left

Everyone is here and everything feels like normal.

After just a few hours I feel like I never left this

place. We are the same people around the same table

and at the same place eating the same food. It’s crazy

and it´s so good to be finally back.

The wind was pumping when I landed and it took

just 2 hours from when the plane landed till I was in

the water with my kite and of course with sunscreen

50 on, the sun is really working here. The water is

cold and fresh and it’s super nice to wake up after

this long trip from Norway.

Cape Town is Roberto Ricci´s family paradise and

ours now. Every year we are getting together for a

shoot and fun. I have to say, every year is different

and special.

This year we are staying a bit in Scarborough in

Roberto’s place, but also in Big Bay. We are moving

around to find the best conditions to play and have

fun.

Cape Town is not about if there is something to do or

not. There is always too much to do and every year I

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visit, but there is never enough time. Maybe that’s

good! That means I must get back next year to continue

my TO DO /SEE list.

The forecast looked good for the week and I was

not stressed about water time and action. Forest,

Julien and Svetlana were ready to capture all on

camera and the team rider family was ready to

perform as well.

Julien and Forest have made a lot of video projects

around the world and they are also super good kiters.

They call themselves the light brothers and

are working together in a team. RRD has them in


the rider team, but also uses them as camera guys

on shoots like this. We feel safe with these guys

behind and in front of the camera, they know the

sport and have the views of what will look good.

Svetlana has been the photographer for the last

years and she has become a name in the kite world

industry. There are not many kiters that have not

seen a picture from this (Girl)woman. She is also a

super good friend so I love to have her around. I do

not know how many trips we´ve been on together,

but it is starting to fill up.

She knows what to do and we don’t need to wonder


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if it will be good or not… She is a hard-working

girl (Woman) and I love her.

A new day has just started and I`m sitting on the

balcony looking at the waves breaking outside like

nearly every morning. I can see the ocean from

where I am. It´s windy and the turquoise water is

so crystal clear that you nearly can see everything

that moves around in the waves. Cape Town is the

place with sharks, but I´m trying not to think too

much about this. There are also other animals, but

let us just focus on the good conditions for kiting,

not the animals co-existing with us.

I am in Scarborough, south from Cape Town in

South Africa. Scarborough is a small village that

holds everything I love. The sandy beach, clear water

and nice waves. A small café and restaurant,

a nice bakery and happy people doing sports and

enjoying life. It´s quiet and the nature reminds me


a bit like home.

The neoprenes are hanging in the garden from the

sunset session we had last night and the barbeque

is still smelling after Roberto’s Braai last night. Pictures

from that session are still in my head. I saw

some penguins swimming and we were kiting all day

way to the end. Neoprenes still a bit wet, but we are

not even thinking about it. Just grabbing the small

kites and running down to the beach.

Scarborough is known for its beautiful sunsets, but

I have to say it is even more epic off-shore from the

water with a kite in your hands. We are having a

morning session in the waves before we are filling

up the car with gear and moving to a new spot for

kiting.

We are driving to a lagoon in the middle of nowhere.

It is a really nice spot with hot water and good wind.

Alex (team manager) has made himself an office and


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is sitting in front of his Land Rover under a gazebo.

We are pumping kites and hitting the water with foil

and freestyle gear. It is super beautiful for freestyle

and the good thing is that we are alone out there.

We are spending the rest of the day there and when

the sun is starting to go down we are jumping in the

cars again to manage to get to the house in Whitesand

before it gets too late. We are all super tired after

a long day, but after a good day it´s ok to be tired.

The next days we are in Whitesand. It is my first time

at this spot. The freestyle guys Julian, Forest and Jerry

are so excited to be here. They have been looking

for a place like this for a long time. It’s a river mouth

so it´s full of bull sharks, but it has this crazy sanddune

that makes the water flat. I have to say I love

the waves, but when you have these conditions for

freestyle it is crazy fun to be there.

The guys are shooting, kiting and having fun all day

long. You can see that this is the place to be. They

just love these conditions and it’s also a good place

to train before the world cup.

Whitesand is a small place with not much going on.

There is a restaurant and a really nice farm, a café

with home-made cakes. If you are in Whitesand it is

a must to taste them out. But we came for the conditions

and I have to say I was impressed with the

place.

Julian, Forest and Svetlana were also really happy

with the place for shooting. Svetlana was running

around finding new angles and also new motives for

the picture. It´s funny to see them working, running

around getting upset with us or at too much sun or

themselves and then suddenly happy again. It is nice


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to see how they capture all and to see that we all

have to work in a team to get it perfect. Because,

for sure it has to be perfect.

The days were flying and we had to pack the car

again to get home to Cape Town and Scarborough.

I surely have to get back to this place!

Back in Scarbrough, Roberto had booked a table at

the Hub, so we drove straight there. It was Saturday

and this means pizza night. The Hub is a small

place with only ecological products and homemade

food. It´s one of my favourite and the pizza

is the best pizza in the world (I think the Italians

can also say this). The Hub is a must to visit when

you are in Scarborough (you will miss it when you


leave, so remember to enjoy it when you are there).

The whole RRD family around the table and we were

all excited to tell about the small trip we had. It was

a nice trip, but it was also good to be back in our

small paradise Scarborough.

The next days were spent like always in Cape town.

In the water, riding waves, foiling and also freestyling,

sleeping and eating.

This is the good life of Cape Town that we all miss

when it´s game over for Cape Town. But, the best

thing is that we will be back.


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CORE and WOO launch the #xr5challenge, a big air contest!

CORE AND WOO

LAUNCH THE #XR5CHALLENGE,

A BIG AIR CONTEST!

For many of us, the first kiteboarding trick we learned was how

to jump. It’s hard to forget the feeling flying high above the

water for what felt like an eternity. And now, CORE Kiteboarding

and WOO Sports Inc. have teamed up to capture these moments

with the XR5 Big Air Challenge, a global contest open to

kiteboarders of all abilities.

The #xr5challenge kicks off in August and runs through November.

Four grand prize winners will fly to Cape Town in January!

Sounds fun? Then, read on!

Former WOO global big air record holder Joshua Emanuel and

CORE want to see if you can go bigger! All you need is a WOO

sensor attached to your board, and a little courage to pull with

your back hand.

Find out more about the challenge below in this email and

check out our official contest website with all the details and

conditions corekites.com/xr5challenge. A press kit is available

to download here. Please direct any questions to marketing@

corekites.com. See you in the Air!

Team CORE and the WOO crew


HOW IT WORKS:

Log your WOO sessions with #xr5challenge. Starting August 1st, log every WOO session with

the #xr5challenge hashtag to enter the contest. That’s it!

Top monthly performers will be awarded cool prizes in three categories. Every month from

August to November, we will be awarding the following prizes:

+ Male Biggest Boost

for the highest male jump in that month.

+ Female Biggest Boost

for the highest female jump in that month.

+ Cumulative Height

for the male or female with the highest cumulative jump height during that month.


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ALL MONTHLY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

- a cool #XR5Challenge T-Shirt

- a customized kiting photo with digital overlays

- a feature on CORE Kiteboarding and WOO Sports’ websites

- a chance to win the grand prize trip to Cape Town in January

Fly to Cape Town to challenge Joshua Emanuel on brand new CORE gear!

Four grand prize winners will win a once in a lifetime Cape Town trip to go head-to-head with

Joshua Emanuel on brand new XR5s! Three of the four grand prize winners will be selected

from:

Male Biggest Boost - highest jump between the 4 monthly winners (m)

Female Biggest Boost - highest jump between the 4 monthly winners (f)

Biggest Month of Boosting - the rider with the highest average single month of boosting

from the 4 Cumulative Height qualifiers.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOURTH GRAND PRIZE WINNER?

Who doesn’t like a wildcard? In addition to the three monthly winners, a wildcard winner will

also go to Cape Town in January! Simply share your WOO sessions on Facebook or Instagram,

add the hashtag #xr5challenge and you’re entered into the wildcard draw. At the end of the

contest, we will select 10 of our favorite photos and let the community decide which one is

best! A funny photo, your stoke factor, or an epic action shot might bring you to Cape Town!

There is no limit to how many photos you can share so get posting!


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While you are waiting for the next big day to hit the waves on a

surfboard, there is nothing better to prepare yourself than trying

some basic moves on flat water. Here in Sicily, where Alby

Rondina has his kite school ProKite Alby Rondina, we have a

massive flat and shallow water lagoon perfect for beginners and

freestyle, so one would not expect surfboards roaming around.

But really, it’s a great place to move your surf game to a next

level. Once you get your board more under control, you will be

able to catch more waves and do more damage to them, plus

doing those tricks is also fun.


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START

Nobody wants to get wet before the session, plus often there

is a swell at the beach so you need to be super fast when you

go on the board. Instead of sitting in water and figuring out

when to water start, learn how to start straight away – run a

bit and throw your board in the water in the direction of your

desired ride. It is important that the board will slide a bit so

it’s easy for you to go in planing after you jump on it. When

you throw your board, steer your kite down with your other

hand, so after you jump with your feet on board the kite will

pull you and you will continue your ride.


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Finish

The worst thing you can do after a sick sesh in waves is

drop to the water while approaching the shore, thus keeping

all the ladies unimpressed. A much more admired finish

will be a simple pop where you grab your board and exit

the water like a boss. Just put your kite at 12, pull slightly

the bar and push on your back leg, so the board comes

close to your front hand. It is also easier if you apply some

surf wax on the rail of the board, so it will be easier to grab

and hold, same goes for other similar tricks.


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Riding & riding Toeside

First off, you need to be able to ride normal and toeside

stance as well with your eyes closed. Often when you have

to attack the wave you need to approach it toeside, so make

sure you have mastered both rides on flat water first.


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Toeside Jibe

When you know how to ride it is time to learn how to change

your direction without falling in water. Opposite to twintip,

where upwind turn is easier, on a surfboard you want to

learn downwind turn – jibe first since it’s easier. First one to

try should be the one when you start toeside and finish normal

stance, it’s easier. Just steer your kite slowly through 12

o’clock and carve the turn by moving your weight from toes

to heels.


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Jibe

Pretty similar to Toeside Jibe, but slightly different. This

time you want to start normal stance and finish at toeside.

This turn is often used in waves when you need to engage

the face of the wave in short time so be sure you can do them

with ease. They are a little trickier, but apply more pressure

on your toes at the end of the turn and you will get them in

no time. In general, it is easier to learn jibes when you are

well powered, so you do not lack the power from your kite

after the turn.


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Jibe with downloop

If you often lose power from the kite at the end of the jibe it

is time for downloop! It will give you extra power so you can

carve harder, have bigger spray and exit turn with higher

speed. When you go for a downloop it is important to pull

the bar all the way in and make the loop fast (the slower you

loop, the more power will you get) and after the loop push

your hands straight, so the kite is not back-stalling.


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Tack

Jibes are fast and fun way to turn, but you lose your upwind

progress with them so if you want maximum efficiency and

priority on the wave, you need to learn upwind turn – tack.

The way how you do it is by sending the kite at 12 and quickly

pushing the nose of the board upwind. In that moment, you

want to stand above the board and with your feet flip the

board into the new direction. It requires some training and

skill, but once you get the trick you will be able to do it every

time.


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Backroll tack

Want to add more style into your turns, so you keep your

Alpha position in the eyes of the girls on the beach? Then

adding the Backroll into your tack is a thing for you! When

you go for the turn go in rotation with your whole body, keep

the kite at 12 and when you are almost done push your board

with your back leg. Steer the kite in the new direction and

ride off! This move is easier when you do it a bit faster and

powered. For sure you should be able to do Backroll transition

jump on a twintip first.


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Pop

Want to go areal off the wave? Well than put your eyes on

the basic pop on the flat water and get it done! It’s a little

different from loaded pop on twintip so you better get used

to it. The trick is that you have to quickly steer the nose of

the board against the wind and push with your back leg (try

to stand wider) in order to lift the board. After, with your

front leg you have to keep the base of the board turned into

the wind, which will help keep the board at your feet. During

the pop, the kite should be a bit higher to create a small lift.

Good luck!


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Pop with grab

Same as pop, maybe even easier. When you get the board

from the water quickly reach for a grab, for example with

your front hand at the nose like Alby. It will not only look

more stylish, but also help keep your board at your feet. For

a better grip, it helps to vax the rail of the board.


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180 transition with Shovit

Now we are getting into a more advanced area. If you really

want to stand out with your turn, you need to learn this one.

Basically, it is a pop transition 180 where you flip your board

with your hand. Easier said than done, trust me. You need to

keep the kite at 12 and once in the air quickly flip the board

with your front hand, then it is time to pull hard on your

back hand so the kite pulls you into your new direction.


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Backroll Hand-Drag

This one is actually quite easy and fun! First, you want to

learn the Backroll Hand Drag on a twintip, if you know that

then you are ready to put your hand on a surfboard during

the trick. It looks and feels great. Towards the end you should

loop the kite and push the board under your feet and up you

go. Pull this one in front of the wave and you will see bikini

tops flying in your direction!


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Fins first

If you need to surf over shallow water or reef without hurting

your fins, get them out of the water! It’s quite easy to start

riding fins first, just go a bit slower and don’t force it too

much upwind. Afterwards you can do a stylish Shovit for the

crowd!


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Backroll

If you are serious about your strapless freestyle then pay

attention to this one. You want to pull the Backroll similar

to a regular one but help with a grab with your front hand. At

the landing pull a kiteloop with your back hand for a smooth

landing and speed. Pull this one of the wave next!


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Shovit

If you saw any strapless freestyle video or competition then

you probably saw guys like Keahi or Airton pulling insane

720 Shovits with their surfboard. Well you should start with

a single shovit, which will still require lots of training and

commitment. Make sure you have the pop 100% and be careful

not to end up with a fin in your bottom…


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16 basic moves on strapless surfboard with Alby Rondina


Pop to blind

If you fancy wakestyle tricks, then you might be interested

in this one – Pop to Blind, which you can add after other

tricks like Frontroll, etc. You want to keep the kite a bit higher

and go for the spin. After landing blind put all your weight

on your front leg and make sure you don’t pull the bar. Continue

by making “ole” with the bar around your head and

finishing the 360 rotation.


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OBSESSION MK10

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

Text & photo: RRD Courtesy

We are now releasing the tenth

version of our pure blooded

freestyle kite. This iconic kite

has reached a major milestone

so we decided to do something

BIG! The tenth edition of the Obsession

blends the Obsession

and Obsession Pro into one freestyle

machine. The Obsession

MKX will now provide for all who

want to jump huge, loop like a

boss and want to unhook till

their arms fall off.

No compromises were made on

the shape and characteristics

that distinguish this true freestyle

machine. Nor did we leave

anything to chance while putting

the entire structure of the

kite under intense scrutiny. The

Obsession MKX is a pure, fine

tuned, C-shaped kite, designed

to be precise, powerful, or very

neutral when needed.

The shape of the kite is similar

to the previous Obsession Pro

MK3. We did however adjust

the struts position and angle to

help the kite rotate better on the

surface of the water, which increases

relaunch. But the most

exciting and notable change to


the new MKX is that we made

this kite work perfectly with either

four or five lines!

For those who want a pure freestyle

5-line kite but prefer the

benefits of a 4-line, this kite will

surely exceed your expectations.

In this setting, the kite

turns faster, increases the depower

range, provides more lift,

more hang time, and is easier to

relaunch. The 4-line MKX is ideal

for those who decide to dedicate

themselves to the freestyle

discipline without having to

fully commit to a 5-line set up

for the hardcore unhooked freestyle

or wakestyle disciplines.

The Obsession MKX will come

out of the bag with the 4-line

configuration. The 4-line Global

bar attaches to a short bridle

with no pulleys. The 4-line configuration

provides a stepping

stone into the next chapter of

the full-on unhooked freestyle

discipline by having a kite that

is capable of stellar loops and

loads of pull to create huge pop

for extreme, fully powered maneuvers.

In the 5-line configuration, the

kite will be more powerful and

it provides a ton slack! When

using the kite fully powered up,

you can easily unhook and get

a very neutral feel throughout

the trick while the kite remains

in the correct position. The turning

speed is the same as the

previous model: the Obsession

Pro MK3; stable when unhooked

but fast enough to kiteloop confidently.

A very precise and predictable

behavior in the air is

coupled with a fast turning speed

delivered by the super squared

tip design. You will always

know where the kite is without

the need for extremely high bar

pressure. This is the high performance,

high aspect, freestyle

kite designed, developed, and

tested by our elite team of pro-


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fessionals that grind, loop, fly,

and power their way through

each session!

Do you want to take your riding

to the next level, see your name

on top of the leaderboards, be

the local hero, demolish personal

records, are you constantly

chasing progression, or maybe

all of the above? Then you’re ready

to step up your game and

find your new Obsession...MKX!


FEATURES:

New

•C shaped leading edge design with the choice

between a 4 and 5 line set-up

•Redesigned Air Flow Valve for easier pumping

and deflating, with special moulded protection

cap

•Techno Force Double Ripstop

•New strut positioning and angle for better relaunch

Standard

•Internal extra reinforcements on every leading

edge panel, to secure long lasting stitching and a

rigid connection

•Trailing edge reinforcements and leading edge

protections on every seam

•Bridle anti tangle device

sizes: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.5, 12, 13.5, 15


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What I love about the Obsession MK10 is that we as pro-riders can

ride it as a 5- line kite and get the full freestyle and wakestyle performance

out of it, but at the same time I can let riders during my

coaching clinics or my dad for example use it for doing some big

airs, work on their freestyle progression and slash a couple of waves

down the line and they would ride it on the 4-line set-up which takes

just a couple of minutes to switch around, this way we get best of

both worlds, which is amazing.


Next to that I just feel super confident on this kite, I ride it a lot

in 4-line set-up myself as well. I broke my knee in the past while

doing a megaloop, but with this kite I am back in throwing big loops

again, because I trust it and know it will always come up after the

loop.

Julien Leleu


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PASSION MK9

www.robertoriccidesigns.com

Testo & foto: RRD Courtesy

'Excellence

through Passion'

The Passion MK9 is the benchmark

of a high performance allround

kite, impressing everyone

from entry-level riders to

experts.

The MK9 still delivers pure,

predictable power, paired with

amazing stability. This ‘new

best thing’ is a fantastic kite for

all-round freeride, wave, big air,

and freestyle progression that

provides a perfect blend of turning

speed, handling and jumping

ability.

Expect increased performance

and all-round use from this kite

due to the changes made to the

MK9. This year we have lowered

the aspect ratio, shortened the

bridles, and removed all four

of the pulleys that were on the

MK8; that’s a total of zero! This

kite will respond immediately

to input and provides direct feedback

throughout the more

rounded, faster turns.

One of the important differences

between most of the classic

freeride kites on the market

is that the Passion MK9 has 3

struts instead of five. The reduction

of two struts translates

into a lighter kite with more maneuverability

and an increased

low-end.

The MK9 is re-designed, refined,

and has redefined the durability

of its predecessor, the Passion

MK8. The bar pressure is now lighter,

it flies more on the front

lines and the kite has slightly

sizes:

5-7-9-10,5-12-13-15-17

less grunt, which is compensated

by the increased speed.

At RRD, we pride ourselves in

providing the highest quality

product without cutting corners.

Every individual kite size

has a customised leading edge

thickness. For the smaller sizes,

we accomplished maximum rigidity

to handle extreme conditions

whereas the larger sizes

are focused on a leading edge

diameter that has the perfect

balance between weight, stiffness,

and air penetration.

Additionally, we have constructed

this kite with Techno

Force Double Ripstop. Techno


Special features:

•REDESIGNED QUICK AIR FLOW VALVE WITH PROTECTION CAP

•3-STRUT CONSTRUCTION WITH ADDITIONAL REINFORCEMENTS

•45-DEGREE LEADING EDGE REINFORCEMENTS PANELS

•TECHNO FORCE DOUBLE RIPSTOP

•LEADING EDGE SEAM PROTECTION

•BRIDLE ANTI-TANGLE DEVICE

•RADIAL REINFORCEMENTS

Force which is a high-density

fabric with a tear stopping

structure that is constructed

with a high tensioning double

polyester yarn. This material

does not only add to the strength

and longevity of our kites,

but it also improves the stability

and the flying characteristics

without adding weight.

But wait, there’s more! Relaunching

is easier, even in low wind

conditions. It is extremely predictable

because the gradually

changing power while sheeting

is coupled with consistent bar

pressure. And due to the increased

speed and stability, the

MK9 provides an abundance of

addicting lift that will generate

some huge airs!

If there is one kite that will

transcend the boundaries from

beginner to expert, this is our

solution towards excellence

through your Passion.


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Product focus

SENSOR 2S PRO

www.corekites.com

Testo & Foto: Core Courtesy

LIGHT. DIRECT. SAFE.

Your session’s awesomeness

depends heavily on your gear.

We believe the Sensor 2 control

bar system contributes much

more than you would think to

kite performance. And it is what

you don’t see that makes our

bars so unbelievably good. The

functional know-how we hide

inside and the minimalist design

on the outside gives our bars

the signature CORE confidence

you expect. And the safety features

you rely on.

The Sensor 2 bar is now joined

by the new Sensor 2S and Sensor

2S Pro. Two new bars with

more tech wizardry that you

can’t even see at first glance.

Regardless of your bar selection,

The CORE Sensor 2 bar

system will provide you with the

lightest, safest, and most direct

feeling bar on the market.

Because we sell more than just

cool bars. We sell confidence.

Meet the new Sensor 2S Pro bar.

The only, titanium trussed, carbon

fiber control bar. A bar that

exhausts superlatives. A bar we

are very proud of. We leveraged

our experience in carbon fiber

board building to build a 100%

carbon fiber, thin grip, unibody

bar reinforced with a titanium

alloy truss. Although it shares

many of the same features as

our sensational Sensor 2S bar,

it is profoundly different in that

it features a full carbon fiber bar

and 100% Tectanium lines, top

to bottom. Go Sensor 2S Pro.

CARBON FIBER BAR

Yes, even lighter than our Unibody

bar. Our carbon fiber bar

reduces the already low weight

to an unimaginable 200g. With

the same breaking strength, the

titanium reinforced, carbon bar

is even stiffer than the Sensor

2S bar. Its low mass and low

bar-end height reduces inertia

and optimizes leverage. For

perfect balance, control and response.


Principali Caratteristiche:

Full TECTANIUM® LINES

Exclusively developed for CORE

by Liros, the market leader in

specialized aeronautical and

sail cordage. The virtually tangle-free,

no stretch, Tectanium

center and steering lines are

400% more resistant to elongation

and feature an unbelievable

50% greater breaking

strength. To cap things off, the

lines are 10% thinner and, therefore,

more aerodynamic.

TECTANIUM® LINES

•10 percent lighter and thinner

•50 percent higher break load

•400 percent higher stretch resistance

The "S-SYSTEM"

CERAMIC UNTWIST

Functional simplicity. Untwisting

your front lines has never

been easier. Front line twists

only occur below the Sensor 2S

bar. An improved, below the bar,

swivel with hi-tech ceramic bearings

unravels the front lines

virtually on its own or whenever

the bar is pulled in. The days of

manually spinning the front line

swivel are over. Welcome to the

Sensor 2S Pro era of super auto

untwist!

S-NECK

Perfect balance. The stainless-steel

connection between

the Rotor QR and the depower

lines is shaped to provide more

symmetric pulling forces on the

lines. S-Neck: Smoother auto

untwist. Zero unwanted leverage.

Perfectly symmetric pulling

forces. Now that’s smart.

TECTANIUM® S-SLIDE / DE-

POWER LINES

The Sensor 2S Pro replaces the

front lines from the “Y” to the

chicken loop with our exclusive,

no stretch, Tectanium. And

we protect it with a 5.2mm,

UV-stabilized, Polyether where

it passes through the bar. Techno

speak for a really durable,

self-lubricating, no pinch, depower

line. The new, virtually

frictionless, depower/safety lines

are more aerodynamic, provide

better feedback, and are

more comfortable between the

fingers. Just wait till you try it.

You’ll see.

Tectanium® VARIO LINES

Tectanium Vario lines come

standard. With the base 18m lines

and 2 extensions, you can

fly your Sensor 2S Pro bar with

18, 20, 22, or 24m line lengths.

Liros’ innovative emulsion (protective

coating) process shields

your Tectanium lines against

abrasion, dirt and UV radiation

better than ever. Trust Tectanium.

TITANIUM CORE

Leave it to CORE to design the

strongest bar ever. We engineered

an internal, aircraft quality,

grade 5 titanium alloy truss to

reinforce the bar. The titanium’s

featherweight rigidity gives, in

part, the Sensor 2S Pro’s direct

feel. And it permits a reduced

diameter, no cramp, grip.

ROTOR QUICKRELEASE

The only 2-way quick release

you do not have to think about.

Releasing the kite is as simple

as turning the mechanism

in either direction for a simple,

safe and intuitive process. It’s

well known that more torque

can be generated twisting than

pushing or pulling. Unlike conventional

systems, our quick

release does not require you to

overcome the flow of water. The

Rotor sets the standard for ease

of use, safety, and performance.

Another advantage of the

Rotor over conventional push/

pull systems is size. The Rotor

is shorter, lighter and more


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compact than those other systems.

All things being equal, a

shorter Rotor permits a closer

trim adjuster location. And who

would not want to have a shorter

reach to the trim adjuster?

SUPPORTED SINGLE FRONTLI-

NE SAFETY (SSF)

Exclusive to CORE. When the

Rotor quick release is activated,

the kite will fully depower and

come to rest in a ‘drift launch

ready’ position (nose to wind)

until you are ready. The benefits

here are twofold. The kite

stays put and does not want to

relaunch into the sky. And there

is no pull on the lines while

the kite is in ‘drift launch ready’

position simplifying the process

of re-engaging the Rotor

quickrelease. So how does SSF

work and why does the kite not

‘turtle’ and stay in the air? The

answer is that the kite does

not flag out on one front line

or equally on 2 front lines. SSF

releases 100% of the back lines

and flags the kite mainly on one

front line. But sufficient tension

remains on the other front line

to steer the kite down. So, in

effect, it is the slight (unequal)

tension on the other front line

that prevents the kite from turtling

and remaining sky bound.

SHORT SAFETY LEASH

Extra short is extra safe. The

short safety leash comes standard

with all CORE bar systems.

When connected to your spreader

bar, our short, 50cm long,

leash delivers better ergonomics

and safety. It is easier to see

or grab and it won’t tangle like

longer leashes might. If you do

not see unhooked freestyle in

your future, then protect yourself

with a short leash.

VARIO WIDTH

One bar covers all our kite sizes.

From 4 to 19m! Nice. The Sensor

2S Pro bar width is adjustable

from 46cm to 52cm by moving

one knot. The best design ideas

are the simple ones. Switching

widths is as easy as: 1. Pull back

the floater exposing the bar end

leader. 2. Undo larks head knot

on the back line where it attaches

to the bar leader. 3. Pull

on the opposite bar leader knot

and reconnect larks head. Simple.

And unbreakable.

CORE LOOP/STICK SET

You will even find CORE engineering

at work here too. We designed

the loop stick to move out

of the way when unhooking so

hooking back in is easier. This

design also prevents unintentional

unhooking too. Nice touch?

We think so.

SENSOR ADJUSTER

Easy, one line, trim adjustment

for those who prefer simplicity.

Our clam cleat design reduces

pulling effort by 25% which is

noticeable in powered conditions.

Still not comfortable?

Then follow our step by step instructions

to lower the cleat for

a shorter reach.

SPLICED ENDS

A small but important detail relates

to how we finish our line

end loops. We don’t simply fold


over the line and stitch it up. No,

that’s cheating. We braid the

loop before stitching and finishing

for a safer, stronger, and

more aerodynamic connection.

Durable 24 Meter LINES

Made in Germany quality. Our

line supplier, Liros, is a name

synonymous with innovation

and workmanship. For example,

they pre-stretch our lines

under heat. Only 1.8mm thick

and sporting 50% greater breaking

strength, the Sensor 2S

Pro lines will perform beyond

your expectations. A small but

important detail relates to how

we finish our line end loops. We

don’t simply fold over the line

and stitch it up. No, that’s cheating.

We braid the loop before

stitching and finishing for a safer,

stronger, and more aerodynamic

connection.

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