Kitesoul Magazine #23 International Edition


In this issue: Airton Airs Victory at home, Jerrie VDK in Zanzibar, Landkite speed WR, Catamaran kite experience, Spot Guide Embuaca, Demo Tour RRD, The magic of Dakhla, Philippines trip, ITW David Tonijuan, BIG Air world tour, Red Bull Megaloop Challenge and much more!


RRD: Ten Knots ; Poison | Core: Section 2 | F-One: Lynx Bar


Jerrie Van de Kop in Africa


Youth Olympic Games 2018


Philippines | Brazil





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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


He’s responsible for the 2014

launching of KiteSoul Magazine.


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.



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.


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.


Feel The Flow


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



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



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.


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


David Ingiosi


Which rider wouldn’t like to get on the water and land a new trick? No matter whether it is our first jump

or refining that deadly Front Mobe. The satisfaction is always amazing. Once we land a maneuver for the

first time not only our brains but also our muscles start remembering the positions and then, this way,

everything becomes easier. To improve the riding and tricks there is no other way but to spend as much

time as possible on the water. Of course, perseverance is also crucial. If over a season we only count

about twenty sessions our progression will be inevitably slow and not very satisfying, not to say frustrating

because every time will be like starting it all over again.


One of the best ways to improve your riding skills is set yourself new goals and focus on those. Do you

want to land a maneuver? Try to visualize it, think of the different steps, imagine the progression and

beat the timing. Having a positive attitude is also of great help: imagine the happiness once you land

it. This way body and mind are already prepared for the challenge once on the water. The beginning of

the session, when still fresh and full of energy, is the right time to try new tricks, after a brief warm-up.

8-10 times will do. Then, stop and think of what was wrong or didn't work and above all try to understand

why. Then repeat, maybe leave it aside now and again and motivate yourself with something you already

master. If you want to score your goal you need to have the right attitude: have fun while you try. The joy

of experimenting, to challenge one's limits starts while trying and not necessarily when you've reached

your goal.


Kites are engineered to fly properly but also to handle crushes. So, don't be afraid of crushing the kite on

the water. Mistakes are necessary to measure what both the kite and ourselves can or cannot do. If riding

upwind and bodydrag are already mastered skills, don't worry about getting it wrong. Watching video tutorials

on the maneuver you are trying to close can be very helpful. But, it’s necessary to choose the right

one, that better fits us and explains it more clearly and understandably. The best thing would be having

someone ashore looking at us to tell us what we do right and what wrong, as often because of the speed

of the maneuver we cannot pinpoint the critical points and the correct movements.


Some riders lose themselves in the equipment attributing to the latter the majority of their successes or

failures in landing a maneuver. But to make any progress, 80% of factors has to do with one's skills and

motivations. In some African, South American or Eastern spots you can see youths on the water doing

wonders with very poor quality or old equipment. Modern equipment is extremely high performing, safe

and versatile. All it takes is choosing the one more suitable to our riding style, with which we feel at ease

and game on. Then it's all up to us.


Much more important is keeping fit. Kiteboarding is a sport that stimulates muscles, joints, and tendons.

Not to mention the body stress during a couple of hours spent trying new movements with inevitable

mistakes, falls, recoveries that over-stimulate our body. Running, cycling, stretching not only increase

the chances to stay longer on the water and face the repeated efforts but also prevent accidents

like muscular sprains, contractures, twists, etc.





18 30 40



Dakhla hosted the qualifiers

for the Youth Olympic

Games in Buenos






Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar


A catamaran for kiters

strolling around the Caribbean


Embuaca (Region Ceara,






David Tonijuan: as an

athlete I believe in hard



99.62 km/h: Thierry

Collado sets a new world

speed land kiting record


Jump: how to go higher


48 56 58

A true adventure





GAMES 2018







Portfolio The magic of Dakhla and

the beauty of kitecamps


Portfolio Philippines, a trip out of

the norm



RRD: Ten Knots ; Poison

| Core: Section 2 | F-One:

Lynx Bar



Alberto Rondina






PHOTO: F-One Courtesy

















airs victory at home

Text: Matt Pearce

Photo: Ydwer van der Heide






Throughout January the event organisers, race officials

and competitors had been salivating over the

images and footage that were being circulated around

social media of Ponta Preta going off and at least a

few people had been (perhaps tentatively) gearing

themselves up for a massive start to the season.

However, as the event drew closer the wind died down

a little and the swell backed right off. In the last week

before the event, many of the riders who’d travelled

here early to practise found themselves looking at a

totally flat Ponta Preta which is quite out of character

at this time of year.

Then, on the morning of registration day with the wind

already blowing, Ponta Preta began to show signs of

life. Mitu and Djo Silva, the legendary local organisers

of the event who have a deep knowledge of the conditions

on the island, gave the riders and crew the

heads up, the swell was fast approaching!

From there on, we had five epic days of competition

that saw 38 men and 11 women doing battle at this

iconic right hander and at another right, Secrets, further

up the coast. Cape Verde delivered! Airton Cozzolino

kicked off his season in front of a screaming

home crowd in fine form by beating Keahi de Aboitiz

in the men’s final, the first time he’s EVER beaten Keahi

in any heat!

"From there on, we had five epic days of competition

that saw 38 men and 11 women doing battle at this

iconic right hander and at another right, Secrets,

further up the coast. Cape Verde delivered!"




Speaking afterwards Airton admitted that he couldn’t

have asked for a better start. He didn’t win his 2017 title

the way he would have liked to, with a clean sweep

at the final event and it's clear that he intends the

faultless performance he pulled out at this event to

be the first of many. His ensuing victory in the strapless

freestyle expression session only underlined that

Airton isn’t looking to make any mistakes in 2018. You

can however be certain that a few riders, Keahi included,

will be waiting ready to capitalise on any slip-ups

that he does make along the way.

The defending female tour champion, Moona Whyte,

had a similarly ideal start to her season at this event,

beating Jalou Langeree in one of the tightest heats of

the competition, the women’s final. There are some

very complete riders in the women's division but Moona

and Jalou are a step above right now and, it looks

like we’re going to see a closely-run contest between




these two at this year’s upcoming tour stops.

Jalou adapted well to the new challenge of competing

on her back hand.

The next two events in Dakhla, Western Sahara, and

Viana do Castelo in Portugal favour Moona as well,

as she’ll be riding at both of them on her front hand.

A fire has been lit under Jalou though and she’ll be

training hard to improve her backside riding on the

run up to the next tour stop with her eyes firmly fixed

on first place.

We also saw some other riders who are not entirely

new to the GKA KiteSurf World Tour, but who didn’t

compete in all of the last year’s events, open their accounts

on the 2018 tour with stunning displays in the

men’s division.

Of course, some incredible performances were seen

across the board, but these were some standouts and

it looks like there’s some impressive talent coming

up in the ranks this year that’ll be nipping at the heels

of the tour’s heavyweights when the next event begins

in Dakhla, from 24th to 29th April.






1: Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA)

2: Keahi de Aboitiz (AUS)

3: Sebastian Ribeiro (BRA)


1: Moona Whyte (USA)

2: Jalou Langeree (NED)

3: Ines Correia (POR)



1: Airton Cozzolino (CV / ITA)

2: Matchu Lopes (CV)

3: Camille Delannoy (FRA)



Dakhla hosted the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires









Last 25th February ended the Continental Championship in Dakhla,

Morocco, for the qualification of the European and African young kiters to

the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires in 2018: the victory

of Sofia Tomasoni gives Italy its first qualification for the TT:Racing girls.

Good result also for Slovenia, South Africa and Morocco.




Dakhla hosted the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires

After winning the Youth World

Championship in Brazil in 2017,

Sofia Tomasoni continues her

brilliant ascent to the kitesurfing

Olympus. She pocketed a nice ticket

for the Youth Olympics which

will take place in Argentina in 2018.

During the qualifiers for the prestigious

Olympic event, held from

20th to 25th January in Dakhla, on

the Red Sea in Egypt, Sofia stroke

a series of incredible results, with

four nice first places in the eight

boards competed in the week of

racing. Slovenia was also selected

for the European Boys with

Toni Vodisek, South Africa for the

African Girls with Rut Gouws and

Morocco for the African Boys with

Jonas Ouahmid. "I am so happy -

said Tomasoni - I had been waiting

for this moment for almost a year.

Now I am not thinking about the

Olympics but about keep on winning.

It is such an amazing feeling".The

competition was tormented

by the unfavourable weather

conditions that forced the athletes

to run all the races in the last

three days with very strong winds,

even over 30 knots, but flat water

thanks to the race track set up in

the sheltered lagoon in the Bay of

Dakhla. Nevertheless, the young

athletes proved an excellent technical

level especially in relation to

the change of kites and the strategic




Dakhla hosted the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires













Dakhla hosted the qualifiers for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires




European Boys

1 Toni Vodisek (SLO) 9pts

2 Benoit Gomez (FRA) 9.9pts

3 Maxime Chabloz (SUI) 15pts

European Girls

1 Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) 6pts

2 Alina Kornelli (GER) 12pts

3 Nina Font Castells (ESP) 12pts

African Boys

1 Jonas Ouahmid (MAR) 12pts

2 Pieter Botha (RSA) 15pts

3 Terje Magnus Groenewoud (RSA) 24pts

African Girls

1 Rut Gouws (RSA) 8pts

2 Johane Botha (RSA) 15pts

3 Assia Roussafi (MAR) 22pts

Mirco Babini:

"Taking kitesurf to increasingly higher levels"

"Italy proved once again its strong organization, cohesive and professional.

The joint work of the Italian Sailing Federation and Kiteboarding

Class is an important basis and it will represent the future

course of action. I have a great responsibility and I will try to pursue

this route with commitment and professionalism to take the kiteboarding

discipline to increasingly higher levels. We are a sailing

discipline with a huge potential". Said Mirco Babini, International

Kiteboarding Association (IKA) President. "The organization, supported

by the Moroccan Olympic Committee, by the Sailing Organization

and local Authorities, was faultless - added President Babini - as well

as the logistics at the Dakhla Attitude village".



A true adventure

A true adventure

Not just the slogan but the pure definition of the Kite Downwind from

Sal to Boa Vista in Cape Verde. Covering over 75km through the Atlantic

Ocean, this extreme sport event has become a downwind every kiter

should have on their bucket list.

Boa Vista is easy to reach from many European airports in just 6 hours

and offers a true paradise for kitesurfers who seek amazing downwinders

along the island, perfect waves and a no-stress lifestyle. A hidden

treasure far from mass tourism and the standard kitesurfing holidays immersed

in the local lifestyle.

Ulrich Frank the founder of the Kite Downwind came to Boa Vista in 2015

for the first time and fell in love with the place right away. “During the

winter breaks from running a water sports center in Malcesine at Lake

Garda I could travel the world, in fact that was my plan. I wanted to visit

Cape Verde, South Africa and all those places a kitesurfer has in mind.

I ended up coming back to Boa Vista again since and guess where I will

be going the next winter break again? After the first Kite Downwind in

2017 it was clear to me that this event should have been repeated! Back

then we only had 14 riders, a creepy website and not a lot of footage to

promote the next one but it was time to move ahead and start to push.

I decided to dedicate more time to this project, not only a simple sports



A true adventure

event but a charity fundraiser for local kindergarten on the Island run by

Sonia Stacchezzini and the team of Un click per un Sorriso.

After the successful event in 2017 a new website went online and with

it the idea that more events would follow. was

orn and now hosts the Kite Downwind from Sal to Boa Vista and the

first Foil around Boa Vista competition in December 2018.

Both Events seek to raise money for the kids on the Island. After careful

planning the second event in February 2018 was a huge success.

30 riders from all over the world left Sal Island on 4th February in the

morning at 09:00am.

The highlights of the event were definitely the participation of Mitu Monteiro

and Matchu Lopes. The 2 heroes of the Cape Verdean kite community

dedicated their crossing not only to the kite4change cause but to

Francoise Guy who was the first windsurfer to make the same crossing

in 1994 and had a big impact on the water sports scene in the Cape Verdean


To see Mitu, Matchu and Sean the son of Francoise Guy out there on the

ocean playing with the elements made me proud and filled with joy. This

and 24 – 27 knots, 4 meters of waves and a lot of kites in the air made this

crossing one that will be remembered for a very long time.

The last piece of the downwind marks the final race. Roundabout 10km

before finishing the riders gather together and the support boats form a



A true adventure

starting line. After 3 hours of kiting on the open ocean this race is definitely

not an easy one. The first kilometer most riders were in one line

but then you could see the pros flying over the chop leeward of Praia


Matchu Lopes won the race closely followed by Sean Guy and Arsenio

Dias. When we arrived on the Beach on Boa Vista in front of Morabeza

it felt like the whole island came to see us. Hundreds of people were

cheering on the beach and running around with Cape Verdean flags to

salute Matchu and Mitu.



A true adventure

Truly a warm welcome. We continued with the Winners Ceremony and

great live music under the star lights. We were able to collect a bit more

than 1000€ for the local kindergarten and bought new chairs, tables and

scholastic materials”.

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Dates announced for the Red Bull

on the official site. 16 kiteboarders

will be challenged to show their

biggest megaloops in the most extreme

Dutch weather conditions,

when the wind hits 30+ knots or

more. Let’s get ready! Riders can

subscribe until March 20th 2018!

When Mother Nature will show her

skills between April 1st and November

1st, we’ll ask you to show

us yours.

The first 3 selected riders for the

sickest kite event in the world

were announced:



The Red Bull Megaloop will be organized

when the weather conditions

are perfect. That means:

when the authorities warn to stay

indoors, but the best kiteboarders

only have one goal: ride hard and

fly high.

Joshua Emanuel (South Africa) –

Defending champion

Lasse Walker (The Netherlands)

Nick Jacobsen (Denmark)







In 2018 the GKA Kiteboarding

World Tour will stage a series of

World Cup events that will put the

wow factor and spectators’ enjoyment

at the heart of the action.

Wild and dynamic performances

will take the best of all aspects

of twin-tip freestyle kiteboarding

and at the end of the season World

Champions will be crowned: let

the Air Games begin!

The essence of the tour is to find

the most complete twin-tip rider

out there, however the basis of

each judging category primarily

calls for as much height as possible.

After that, the show will come

down to each rider’s interpretation

and how they want to display their

vision for where an all-round show

of explosive riding can go in the

given conditions.


Tricks will be judged over four categories

and at the end of the heat

(4 riders per heat) each rider’s best


three tricks from three different

categories will count.


Regular jumps (spins, grabs – anything

goes, as long as it’s high)


Kite loops


By developing a format with four

different and diverse categories

the visual show will always be dynamic,

explosive and exciting. By

allowing riders to omit one category

of trick, there’s still scope for

them to specialise without having

to sacrifice their own distinct

riding styles, so we expect to see

some of the sport’s biggest stars

throwing down in their own trademark


Imagine Carlos Mario’s double

handle-passes off big kickers in

Cabarete mixed with Jesse Richman’s

kite loop double half cabs.

Picture the huge hang-time of Tom

Hebert’s insanely high board-offs




in front of thousands of people on

the beach in Tarifa up against the

flow of Kevin Langeree’s massive

inverted kite loop back rolls. Could

Aaron Hadlow realise yet another

World Championship by combining

his undoubted ability to adapt

to all aspects of twin-tip kiteboarding

– whether the conditions

are calling for adaptation towards

more powered technicality or high

wind artistry?

One male and one female rider will

prevail, and this tour will bring together

the world’s best riders to

open all our eyes to what’s possible

when inspiration from all

corners of the twin-tip spectrum

merge as one into Air Games.


The competition will run in any

winds of 15 knots and above, so riders

need to be prepared to switch

up their performances. As the

winds increase, the overall height

factor will score more highly, while

at the lower end of the wind scale,

judges will be rewarding more

technicality, while still expecting

as much height and amplitude as


Staged at some of the most iconic

kiteboarding competition venues,

expect classic kiteboarding conditions

that will ignite the imagination

of people all over the world

and at the same time inspire true

kiteboarders, too:

Throughout 2018 the GKA event

team will work with the riders to

create a strong tour for the athletes,

public and sport. Anything

could happen! Stand by for takeoff…

Round 01

Mondial du Vent, Leucate, France: 17th – 22nd April

Round 02

Tarifa (combined event with strapless freestyle): 27th June – 1st July

Round 03

Susi Mai Invitational, Cabarete: 9th – 15th July






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Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar

- Jerrie Van De Kop -


Text: Jerrie Van De Kop | Photo: RRD Courtesy



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar

Zanzibar where it all started. On

this behind the scenes shot, you

see me showing the hydrofoil

to kids. This is how I’m going to

the mainland. Kitesurfing on my

hydrofoil. But why? Explaining to

kids the problem of global warming

with the help of Lutman who could

translate the story. It is ‘the’ way to

raise awareness for global warming

to young generations. An easy and

cool way.



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar

First session for me in Zanzibar! Finally! This was a really special session.

This is the first time for Lutman to ever kitesurf. Lutman is a talented

acrobat who lives on Zanzibar. It’s crazy to see how athletic this kid is!

Once we were kiting together and the only thing I could hear was strong

breathing and laughing. He was stoked! Awesome to share his first time

kiting with him and I’m sure Lutman will be a big name in acrobatics or

maybe even kitesurfing!

For the start of my mission we were looking for empty beaches where

it’s not usual for kitesurfers to go. Meeting up with the kids is awesome.

They have no idea of what is happening. It’s hard to communicate with

them because of a different language. They speak Swahili.

Changing kites is a big deal once you are out there in the open sea. During

my trip to mainland Tanzania I had to change my kite to a smaller

one. Later on, the wind picked up and I could ride my 7m Passion. Changing

kites in a small boat is tricky but it was the only way to do it. After

traveling for 6 hours I made it to the mainland.

During my trip from Zanzibar to Tanzania I stepped into a sea urchin.

There are loads of them around the reefs of Zanzibar. It’s so hard to get

them out so I decided to let the splinter in… Worst decision ever! My toe

got infected by the sea urchin, I had to solve this problem before hiking

the Kilimanjaro!

So, I asked a local on the beach. I could not communicate with him, just

show him the infection.

The man came back with a young fruit and some oil. He looked into my

eyes and said ‘sorry’.

He took my dirty toe in his mouth and bit as hard as he could around

the sea urchin splinter. I have no clue why, but I think to open the wound

again. My toe was hurting too much! Then, he took the milk from the

young fruit and rubbed this into my toe. He did the same thing with the

oil and… done! The next day I woke up and the infection and splinter were

gone. Yes!

Searching for a place to sleep when you don’t know where you are, it’s

difficult. I ended up with these two men who invited me to their home for

some food and a cup of tea. This place is really special for me because

‘normally’ you don’t get into these houses… This house was not a normal

house, but one from dirt and wood. There was no door and only one little

window in the little house. The 2 men lit a fire inside. After a few minutes

the house was full of smoke from the fire. It was easily 35 degrees inside

and the man was chilling in a winter jacket nearby the fire... On our trip

searching for a good place to landboard we met many friendly and cool



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar


Perfect place, wind, sun and Masai! We got so lucky with the perfect

conditions to start the next stage. Crazy to see how dry the land gets

during my landboard mission through the drought areas. I never really

landboarded before but that was pretty easy. It was so nice to see how

interested the Masai were. Pretty sure that they had never seen a guy

landboarding there before. They came to check out the landboard, kite

and bar... Landboarding was not the only transport I used to continue my

way to Kili. Also, with a blowcart and kitewing I managed to get closer to

the mountain!

Later that evening we stayed inside a national park and slept in tents

inside the park with all wild animals. Around the camp we made fire to

scare the animals away. This was such a sick experience because we

were far from cities or the inhabited world… Without light or fire the animals

would come into our camp. We woke up at 4 o’ clock in the morning

by the sounds of lions around the camp. This was also the time to wake

up to prepare the hot air balloon. I had never been in a balloon before,

so this was an awesome experience too! Floating over the national park

over all the animals and drought areas to get closer and closer to the

Kilimanjaro, my last stage to finish my mission.

On the way, we found these kids on the road. They say that dressing up

like this is the last stage of becoming a ‘man’. They are beautiful.

Once we organized all our stuff and surviving kits for the hike it was time

to hike to the first camp, the third cave. It’s important being fit and well



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar

rested before the climb. Our Crew worked already really hard with long

days of work in Zanzibar and Tanzania shooting. We were so tired already

before the hike even started… Living in Holland without any mountains to

train or practice, the Kilimanjaro was the first big mountain I ever hiked.

The nature you pass by during the climb is amazing. From green jungles

first to very dry and dead climates to the top… Sleeping in tents with -10

degrees at high altitudes is difficult. How could we prepare for that? The

climb gets heavier and harder once you go higher to high altitude levels.

As result, no energy and sleepless nights. We had a super positive and

cool crew to help us through hard times. I’m definitely proud of everybody

in our crew for making it to the top! It felt like walking on the moon!

Hiking the mountain was already a huge challenge for me. But I came

here to kite on top of the Kili, at almost 5.700 m, to raise awareness for

the melting glaciers. We got so lucky again with the bit of snow that we

had that day! Really a miracle. When I woke up I felt so bad. I never felt

so bad in my life before. I had to deal with a serious portion of high altitude

sickness. Someone of the crew, Jerome, helped me getting up and

tie my shoes and get to the tent to eat something. Jerome was basically

carrying me because I could not walk or stand straight. All my balance

was completely gone and couldn’t get air because of the puking and high

altitude. I tried to eat something and took some aspirins... after a while

I was just a tiny bit better and felt like trying! The crew pumped my kite

with 5 or 6 men, because of the thin air it took way longer to inflate the

kite and pumping a kite at high altitude is almost impossible.

The kiting went all on automatic pilot. Without any balance I crashed a

few times, but I was happy, adrenaline made me feel a bit better and…



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar




done! Sooo stoked to be the first one kiting on world’s highest freestanding

mountain! We went back to the camp and made everything ready to

go down again. In total we have been hiking 8 days up and 1 day down!

Once down my balance came back and felt a lot better.

"Global warming and climate change are at the base of many problems

throughout the world. It caught my attention that the ice caps on the Kilimanjaro

are melting due to the drought. There is only one fourth of the

ice left on and millions of people rely daily on its melting water. Besides

that, the steady winds in Zanzibar, my friends and I love so much, will

disappear. I’m mind intrigued by the charity Just Digg It that invented

the Hydrological Corridor system. This system can help change the world

into an ecologically thinking society that contributes positively to fight



Jerrie Van De Kop in Zanzibar

drought all over the planet. Just Digg It creates positive global awareness

via on-and off-line campaigns and education programs to inspire,

unite and activate an entire generation to cool down our planet. If you

ask me, I think that if we can warm up the earth, we can most definitely

cool it down as well! For this reason, I created this unique project: ‘Follow

the wind’, which is all about raising awareness for global warning in a

positive way. By going on a 23-day expedition lead by only wind itself, I

wanted to let the wind guide me through the dry areas and see the problem

with my own eyes. My trail starts in Zanzibar and leads to the highlands,

passing the dry districts of the mainland of Tanzania and Kenya.

The wind guided me through one big ecosystem including three different

climates: Water, Dry landscape and Snow".



A catamaran for kiters strolling around the Caribbean

Text: Stefania Conte | Photo: Gerard Smith

A catamaran for kiters strolling

around the Caribbean

The Caribbean has always been considered as one

of the most favourite winter getaways, also for kiters.

The opposite season circle compared to Europe

makes these islands the perfect destination to escape

the grey and cold winter European months. The

Caribbean area includes all the islands between the

Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, washed by the

Caribbean Sea. A multitude of islands with the most

diverse shapes, grouped in various archipelagos, of

both coral and volcanic origins and one better than

the other: Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,

Saint Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, Guadalupe, Saint


Wind hunters such as kiters find what they are after in

this paradise. The Trade winds blow from November

to June from the Atlantic, created by the Golf Current

and with an average speed between 18 and 24

knots. They are stronger at the beginning and end

of season, and in December the so called "Christmas

Wind" from North-East reaches 30 knots, whereas at

mid-season it settles and rotates Eastward to pick

up again stronger by May/June blowing from South-

East. What better destination then to enjoy this exemplary

meteorological condition?

Traditional resorts aside which make a holiday pretty

static, the new kite trips trend in these places is

to hire those catamarans especially equipped for kite

safari. This way it is possible to move around every

day from one island to the other to test the countless

spots and at the same time fully enjoy all the wanders

of these islands.

Cruises last between 7 to 10 days and the most popular

ones are those among the enchanted and semi-deserted

islands in the Archipelago of the Grenadines:

Union Island, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm Island.

Some of these islands are only 100 meters long and

30 meters wide: on one side very fine golden sand,

on the other one small pieces of coral covering the

beach washed by the waves; in the middle tall palm

trees create a shady area ideal for a well-deserved si-

esta in between sessions.

On a catamaran, on top of admiring idyllic panoramas,

everything is at arm reach and in less than half

an hour sailing you can move from one spot to the

other. The various location typologies meet the needs

of both pro riders and beginners as one can choose

from sheltered bays, coral reef, lagoons amongst the

mangroves and waves at open sea.

Temperatures range between 26 and 31 degrees

Celsius and the water is warm, 27 degrees average,

crystal-clear and with breathtaking turquoise colour.

A swim in the coral reef for some snorkelling is also

a must, one of the many nice activities to keep the

non-kiting guests busy.

Something important which cannot be underestimated

nowadays is the all round safety of its territory.

Tourists can travel around these islands and be totally

safe, moreover there's no need for any vaccination

and the malaria doesn’t exist. The predominant religion

is Catholicism.



A catamaran for kiters strolling around the Caribbean

The kite trips on a catamaran usually leave from the

marinas of Saint George in Grenada, Rodney Bay in

Saint Lucia or Saint Vincent, which are the islands

with international airports with direct flights from the

United States (New York and Miami) and from Europe

(London and Frankfurt). Waking-up every morning in

a different bay, seeing places only accessible via sea,

swimming with turtles, having various kite sessions

at any time, by also launching from the boat, make a

holiday on a catamaran a unique experience, different

from any other type of holiday.

One of the first operators to organise kite trips on a

catamaran in the Caribbean is Zenith Ocean Voyages

which over the years developed a very much appreciated

holiday formula and its cost includes high

quality food, limitless drinks and soft drinks, custom

duties, port charges and the fuel. Guest can also use

for free various kite and board models branded Crazy

Fly: Kites: 1 x 7m, 1 x 9m, 1 x 11m, 4 x 12m, 1 x 13m, 1 x

14m, 1 x 15m, 3 x 17m, 1 x 19m. Boards: 2 x surfboards,

7 x TTs (136-138).

The boat, a 2010 Fountaine Pajot, named Meercat

is the most modern luxury catamaran specialized in

cruises for kiters in the Caribbean. It is set up and optimised

to allow a safe and clean storage of the kite

equipment (kites, boards, bars, harnesses, pumps)

without invading the comfort areas of the boat.

There are three double en-suite cabins for the guests

with hot water shower and lavatory. The minimalist

interior design maximizes the space. On the deck, sun

beds and springboard are always available for relaxing

also during the sailing.

The Wi-Fi amplifier right at the top of the mast connects

to the hotspots ashore which transmit via Internet

to multiple devices on board, so you can stay connected

during the holiday. A powerful 9kW generator

provides 220V power and activates the desalinator

which produces 180 litres of water per hour, essential

for navigation at open sea and in the remote islands.

Safety devices are certified and regularly checked.


Here are some of the ports of call of the Zenith Ocean

Voyages catamaran with the description of the kite



The favourite ones by the captain of the Meercat,

who has been navigating these waters for over ten

years, the Grenadines offer a mix of seven different

spots not more than 45 minutes away from one another

and always windy. No wonder this is the most

popular destination.

Fregate Bay: butterflat water with direct off shore

breezes, 2m deep sandy bottom and no obstacles

or rocks. This is the place to go big and practice new


Mayreau: with the boat anchored behind a sandy

beach kite on shore breezes only 10m from the an-

chor. A strong north east swell gives up to 2m waves

on the reef, normal swell produces small kickers and

wavelets. If you are not strong on waves kite the Lagoon

inside the reef.

Clifton: Home of Happy Island and super flat, shallow

kiting. Show off your skills and the sundown session.

Palm Island: A small up wind expedition half a km

from the anchorage of Clifton. Here you find waves,

flat water and channel swell.

Tobago Cays: 170 square km of protected marine park

turquoise water hides behind the great horse shoe

reef. Free ride over crystal-clear water, coral heads

and marine life. Typically, we boat launch adding a

new challenge to the catamaran kiting experience.

The Grenadines’ vibe is rustic, the Caribbean of old,

untouched by mass development. The beach barbecue

and rum shacks are the same today as 50 years



Different from the Grenadines, Antigua offers a contradiction

of remote kiting condition free of traffic

and shore line development... with the glamour of the

high and super yachting industry. The beginning and

end of the Antigua trip is in Falmouth Harbour, home

to great bars, restaurant and night-life.

Green Island: 4 hours sail from Falmouth Harbour, this

kite spot sits between two head lands connected by a

reef. Launch from Green Island beach only 40m from

the boat. Deep flat water is great for free riding, free

style and beginners. There is enough room for everyone,

typically there are no more than 15 kiters on the


Devils Bridge: shallow super flat water only 1 km from

the boat, an easy expedition for free style heaven.

Barbuda: a day sail from Green Island, following an

underwater shelf to fish for fresh tuna. Arriving at Low



A catamaran for kiters strolling around the Caribbean

Bay we anchor on 12 Mile Beach. Deep water and off

shore breeze with a strong on shore swell produce almost

snowboard conditions. Carve heal and toe side

along the 12-mile shore line, it's unique. This spot is

probably the last place we know where you can kite

with no other kiters.

Now, imagine of having spent a day of pure kiting and

fun, in the sun, a crystal-clear sea and now you are

there in the cockpit sipping your favourite drink and

admiring the colour shades of the clouds at sunset...

In the Caribbean, winter will be just a vague memory.


These are just two of the kite expeditions offered by

Zenith, other islands include St Marteen and Guadalupe.

For the ultimate expedition Zenith offers the

Mega Trip, a 500-nautical mile journey through unlimited

kite locations along Venezuela, Bonnair and

Curaçao. This trip has a true expedition feel unlike

the regular 7 to 10 days kite vacation trips mentioned





Embuaca (Region Ceara, Brazil)



A participant to a Kiteboarding clinic returns with the 4x4

pickup from the day trip to the starting point back in Guajiru.

The group had been "at a northerly spot", "it has been splendid

...". When asked which location they had been to kite today,

there are only perplexed looks. "In any case, it was the best

spot in the area!" "Aha". After some inquiries, we quickly come

up with the answer. Embuaca! But Embuaca?!




Embuaca (Region Ceara, Brazil)

Embuaca? Ever heard of it? Where

is it? We usually hear these questions

when talking about this kite

spot between Flecheiras and Mundau.

Embuaca is still relatively unknown,

which could change well

over the next few years. The brochures

of kite tour operators are

producing more and more spots

in the Ceará region. It starts with

Cumbuco and then it goes up to

Macapar, north of Jericoacoara.

And Flecheiras and Guajiru are

known to many kitesurfers. Five

kilometres north of Flecheiras lies

the largely unknown fishing village

of Embuaca.

Embuaca shines with good kite

conditions for a wide kite audience.

Beginners and intermediates,

wake-stylers and wave-ambitious

kitesurfers are in good

hands here. The spot is located in

a small bay. Through the slightly

lukewarm headland, the waves

turn into this narrow bay.

But one after another. As in Flecheiras

and Mundau, the waves in

Embuaca are relatively clean. A

sure indication for this are the

surfers, who are regularly found

here at high tide. The locals have

to be out every day, so they are fit

in these waves. Mainly the guys go

out in the middle of the village and

create several stylish turns in the

clean waves. "The wave is always

breaking clean there," adds Bernie

Hiss, CORE CEO and Brazilian connoisseur.

The waves are certainly

not the largest of the environment,

but they run at times quite ordered

and break just as clean. You

can do up to four turns on a wave

in good conditions. "Embuaca has

an easy-to-ride wave that you can

play with!" Enthuses a visibly enthusiastic

kitesurfer from Holland.

"Embuaca is the spot with probably

the best waves in this region!"

Says a French kitesurfer, who has

been exploring the coast up and

down for years. If you go a little direction

windward, then these are

already a little smaller. But more

importantly, here in the small bay

and further up the headland anyway

the wind always works. Even

in the morning and in the evening,

when surrounding spots still suffer

from the "side-off". In Flecheiras

one has then in any case no

optimal wind conditions. In Embuaca

there is no such problem.

"Even in the morning we already

have an absolutely free, very constant

wind, no bothering any covers,"

Bernie sums it up. Windward

direction there is a small reef on

which waves break again.

"At low tide, the water is mostly

flat, at high tide the wave is easy

to play with and in the lee direction

you can easily slit beautiful

waves. Ideal for wave beginners,"

he adds. So, we find Bernie and Kai

Enseleit, head of a big windsurf

shop in Germany, already at the

spot in the morning. Bernie takes

some waves at low tide with his

Wave SUP board and Kai has the

surfboard with him.

Starting the kite on the beach is

also possible in the morning and

late afternoon without any problems.

In this respect, an important

safety criterion is given from

the point of view of beginners and

intermediates. On the wide sandy

beach there are the typical Brazilian

sailboats ("Djangardas"). There

are no stones here.

Embuaca can be reached by car. In

the middle of the village through

which the coastal road performs,

in the front there are once again

the Djangardas. The fishermen

arrange their nets here and every

day the village youths plays soccer

on the football area. Two small baracas

are right on the beach, where



Embuaca (Region Ceara, Brazil)

you can eat good fish. "Alone the

delicious fish dishes directly at

the spot are brilliant", Bernie appreciates.

Nevertheless, everything here still

seems sleepy and original. "The atmosphere

is super relaxed here,"

adds Bernie. Here you will not find

a pousada. "A territory where you

feel equally comfortable regardless

of your preferences," says




Embuaca (Region Ceara, Brazil)

General Information


At almost 600 km in length, Ceará's coast is one of the most beautiful

and longest in Brazil, with its big dunes, rugged cliffs, coconut palms

and freshwater lagoons. The climate is humid and warm, with average

temperatures of 26 to 30 degrees and a humidity of 80%. The water temperatures

vary between 25 and 28 ° C. A lycra shirt and a short or bikini

are sufficient. The sun is shining daily from June to January, with most of

the rainfall occurring during the months of March, April and May. Then it

rains one, sometimes four hours, but rarely all day.


-TAP Air Portugal takes you from Lisbon/Portugal to Fortaleza/Brazil in

about 7 hours. Tip: Multi-hour stays in Lisbon are great for touring downtown.

Furthermore, KLM with attractive connections from Amsterdam.


We basically have 4x4 cars on our trips to Brazil, which makes it even

more flexible on the beaches. Partly can be with these Hilux', Volkswagen

Amaroks and so on… also to cope with other routes on the beach. The 4x4

cars cost between 85-125 euros a day, buggies and other cars are around

40-60 euros a day.


From June to January the constant wind blows from the right and can

reach wind forces up to 35 knots in the best months.

The waves are dependent on the swell and wind as well as low and high

tide. The tidal range is about 1 to 2 meters.





Here we go, time to take off again! The 2018 RRD International Demo

Tour Italian stops are finally out, a great opportunity from one of the top

world-wide brands for kitesurfing equipment production to make the

large audience of enthusiasts try all the equipment in the catalogue of

the Italian brand and for anyone planning to buy something new. Many

spots and so much new equipment to try with the international team

athletes, among which the wave and freestyle professionals Tony Cili

WaterMan, Greta Menardo, Gabriele Garofalo Kiteboarding and all the

international guests which we’ll unveil stop after stop.

We start on 1st April in Puglia where we’ll visit the Impact-Shop Bari.

See you on the beach!

The 2018 RRD International Demo Tour will run from

1st April to 7th July. Here are all the stops: Bari, Gizzeria,

Anzio, Calabrone, Vada, Maccarese, Puzziteddu,

Stagnone, Senigallia, Igea Marina, Lake of Santa

Croce, Torbole, Campione, Gera Lario, Talamone, Salto

di Fondi, Marina di Grosseto.



Simplicity is our mission.

We remove any unnecessary items, instead of adding them,

to make every component more functional.

Simply said : ”you cannot break what does not exist”.


We obviously still deliver you the bar with the exclusive RRD Rigid thread lines. These lines are made with using the most recent

fibers and an innovative production process. Not only are the lines easier to untwist, but most importantly, they don’t stretch!






No need to ‘change any game’ with the release of our 8th version of the RRD Global Bar.

Because of the great history of performance, we have kept our new version simple, reliable,

and packed with the same great features of the previous versions. But with the V8,

we now take another step forward with new components and redesigned parts.











The magic of Dakhla and the beauty of kitecamps

The magic of

Dakhla and

the beauty

of kitecamps

Text: David Ingiosi | Photo: Mariano Arias

As we go down the staircase of the

plane, a cool and furious wind hits

us on the chest. Smiles grow bigger

as we exchange looks feeling

chuffed in the evening darkness.

We came to Dakhla wind hunting

and what a better way to start our

adventure? It's a nice party of 20

people, medium-high aged, several

career professionals, some girls,

many Tuscans, several Romans,

the northerners of course and a

Calabrian relocated to Switzerland.

Everybody happy to be on

holiday and only one thing in their

mind: kite as much as possible in

Dakhla paradise. Some of us are

beginners, others more experienced

with more than one exotic

trip around the world. Lorenzo Leoni

is our trip manager, true-blu

from the Maremma region, experienced

look, ready wit and iceeyes.

Lorenzo owns the kite school

and Iko centre, Kite's Angels Beach

in Castiglione della Pescaia and

for four years has been organising

kitecamps to Dakhla. "I travelled

loads and kited in some amazing

places, but nothing compares to

Morocco in terms of quality conditions",

positively explains in a very

strong Tuscan accent.




We couldn’t possibly disagree with

him and the strong welcoming

wind at the airport just pleasantly

proves his words. We put our luggage

and equipment in the vans

and off we go to what will be our

accommodation for the next 9

days: the Dakhla Attitude resort.

In recent years Dakhla lagoon has

seen the creation of many hotel

facilities along its coasts, all deeply

aligned with kiters' needs which

come here from all over the world.

However, the Attitude, strictly

managed by Moroccans, was one

of the first hotels and capacity

wise it’s still today one of the biggest

and for sure the most prestigious:

proof is the fact that every

year it hosts the Pro Tour athletes

and the related international competitions.

With its cobalt blue bungalows,

recently repainted, that

stick out among the white sand

dunes and Cabrinha flags everywhere,

it surely cannot escape notice.

Check-in, welcome tea and

off we go to our rooms. It's past

midnight and we start feeling tired

from our journey from Italy.



The morning after we wake up at 8

am, have breakfast and start getting

our equipment ready. Each of

us receives the keys for the storage

closet and as it happens, we

exchange opinions on our kite and

board quiver. Our attention however

is drawn to it, the lagoon of

Dakhla in full splendor. Moroccans

call it "Rio de Oro" because according

to an ancient legend, at sunset

the golden fish came to the surface,

colouring the entire expanse

of water. In this sheer of salted wa-



The magic of Dakhla and the beauty of kitecamps

ter surrounded by the desert, the

wind never stops blowing morning

till evening and never below

20 knots average from March to

September, whereas thanks to its

nearness to the Tropic of Cancer,

the climate is dry and day temperatures

range from 25° to 30° C. At

night, on the other hand they suddenly

drop by even 5-8 degrees. A

winter coat is necessary.

The wind is super strong: over 30

knots fill the water with spume

and make quite a consistent chop.

Many of us are not used to go on

the water with such conditions

and the initial impact it's quite intimidating.

The small kites, like 7

or 6 are fast and super responsive

on the bar and it takes some hours

before becoming familiar with

it. In the afternoon there are the

first lessons: helmet, life jacket,

short lines, the students enter the

water monitored by Lorenzo and

the other instructors, all Iko certified.

Everyone is full of adrenaline.

The great thing about kitecamps

is sharing everything, happiness

and anxiety. Being together is the

real power of kitesurfing which no

wonder creates intense, longlasting

and always very special friendships

which last well over the trips.

Go out together, support each

other, progress, swop equipment,

debate on tricks, stance and style.

As the days go by we familiarise

with the lagoon, the strong wind

and the hundreds of other riders

cutting through the crystal-clear

waters. On the beach a team of assistants

from the hotel kite school

looks after the riders: Rashid,

Mustafà, Kamal, Nabil, Moroccan

boys with a generous smile, tireless

and super efficient. The beach

is very wide and it’s just amazing

watching them going back to the

school dragged by the kite, digging

barefoot long furrows in the

sand with such exceptional mastery.



Close to the Dakhla Attitude there

is a super flat-water spot: it's

called Speed Spot and it takes a

10-minute transfer organised by

the hotel. Wind is off, and a rescue

boat is included in the service.

Here it is common to bump into

international athletes, mainly freestylers,

that gather here to train for

the next competitions. We greet

Paul Serin, F-One, and Mikaili Sol,

young Brazilian athlete from North

Kiteboarding team who is climbing

the world championship rankings.

At high tide some of us rush into

a downwind to Dragon Island, a

pointed-shaped islet with emerald

green waters and breathtaking

sceneries. For those who

prefer waves, there are several

wave spots on the Atlantic coast:

West Point with the namesake hotel

dedicated to surfers, Point de

l'Or safe also for learners, Foum

Labouir one of the most famous

beaches in Dakhla with right-hand

waves, deep and fast, beach break

and lastly for the experts there is

La Sarga, inaccesible and wild, at

the far end of the peninsula of Dakhla.

After the sessions we chill by the

Attitude beach bar, sun bathe,

mess around, some do yoga, and

some enjoy a well-deserved massage

in the hotel's Spa. Of course,

you also make friends with other

groups of kiters: Spanish, German,

and French who are the majority

here, given the Moroccan cultural

heritage as former French colony.



The magic of Dakhla and the beauty of kitecamps

Another quite popular pastime is

looking at the photos taken in the

water by Mariano Arias, Argentinian

professional photographer who

spends his days capturing the riders

with amazing shots. Perhaps

those photos express the true essence

of these trips: smiles, emotions,

the joy of practising the best

sport in the world, living in touch

with nature, travel the world and

breathe the scent of freedom.

Thank you Dakhla, Bsslama!






Philippines, a trip out of the norm



Text: Ewan Jaspan | Photo: Frankie Bees



Philippines, a trip out of the norm

It’s always exciting visiting new kite locations, but

even more so to a place where the kite spots aren’t

even kite spots yet. This was the case when we were

visiting the farthest North East province of the Philippines,

Cagayan, to explore the rough and rugged

coastline and find windy paradise.

Our trip started in the bustling metropolis of Manila,

not only home to 22 million people, but also the most

densely populated city in the world. This was a bit of a

shock to the system, arriving to the middle of the city,

surrounded by pollution, traffic like I have never witnessed

and heat that initiated a few clothing changes

throughout the day. Wading our way through the city

we explored all its crevices and hot spots with our local

tour guides Paula and Dane, who know the city

better than anyone. It’s a very confronting experience

amongst all the homeless on the side of the streets

with young children and babies lying between traffic,

as we were walking around with expensive kite

gear and camera equipment, it definitely felt like we

were a little out of place and definitely privileged to

be wandering the city in our circumstances rather

than some others. At the end of the day returning to

our hostel and the cool breeze of the air conditioner

was a reward like no other and after two days it was

definitely time to escape up north to the trade winds

and tropical waters of Cagayan. Manila was an experience,

it’s great to see and do this kind of thing every

now and then to gain perspective on how so much on

the world functions and lives.

All packed up and ready to go at night, our bus arrived

in the middle of town and we boarded what was

supposed to be an eight-hour 600km drive through

the countryside, this ended up being a bigger mission

than expected. We got in the bus and had a good

sleep, and I awoke expecting to be pulling up in Santa

Ana (the town in Cagayan) but then checking the

map, eight hours in we had barely left the city and

were only about half way. The roads are small and



Philippines, a trip out of the norm

chaotic throughout the entire country, where buses,

trucks, cars, tuk-tuks, scooters and animals all share

two lanes limiting our cruising speed to something a

little under what we expected. Finally, after 15 hours

we arrived at our hotel, a vast resort with its own runway

and casino, but no one to be seen other than


Our first day was spent exploring the locations for our

shoot. The locals put it all on for us with cars and jetskis

at our disposal to search out new spots around

the islands and reefs. After sussing out the spots that

would work for the cycle of trade winds rapidly approaching,

we finished the first day tow foil surfing at

the most picturesque reef break I have ever ridden. It

was my first time foil surfing and what an experience

it was, whipping into a lump of water and going from

gliding to all of a sudden feeling a surge underneath

your feet and the foil is powered. We towed ‘til the

sun went down and we all had some great long rides

linking peaks together then cruising back to base with

a purple sky, cold beers and feeling totally refreshed

and reborn after our city stopover and never-ending

bus ride.

Our first morning waking up in the north and we were

welcomed by wild conditions. 30 knots and rain were

not what we were expecting but it sure made for entertaining

riding and a tough job for our camera crew

Olivier and Frankie. We shot the first day at the marina

in town where all the local fishing boats come and

go. Jesse and myself enjoyed a big air session as the

locals were left speechless, never having seen something

like high wind kiteboarding before, let alone

former King of the Air champion, Jesse Richman, going

wild boosting over their boats and looping over

the pier. We had a great time amusing the crowd and

stacking some crazy kiteloop shots against a jungle

backdrop whilst testing the new Naish Dash and getting

accustomed to it’s looping power and lively feel.

After hours of riding we ventured to the next spot

on the other side of the headland, tired and sore, we



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were just at the start of this photoshoot and Damien,

in charge of the shoot, was not going to let up on Jesse

and myself until there was no wind, light or shots

left to get.

Throughout our four days of kiting in Cagayan we

explored every kite spot possible and rode some untouched

picturesque slices of paradise. We ventured

into the waves, which ranged from mellow fat slow

rollers to crunching triple overhead slabs, found flat

water, hit the reef and foiled through the lagoons and

everything in between. On our last day after exploring

all the mainland had to offer (or maybe not even

scratching the surface) we boarded the traditional

fishing boats and made way for Palaui, an island just

off the coast voted to have beaches in the top 10 in

the world and kite spots surely nearing there too. After

our first session, Paula had organised us to do a

beach clean up from the kite beach down to the village

primary school. Our aim was to raise awareness

and educate the locals about the effect human waste

has on the environment and to protect and cherish the



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beautiful piece of earth they live in. We involved all of

the local boat crew in the clean up and by the time we

had reached the school, we had about 20 large garbage

bags filled with trash, from food wrappers, old

fishing equipment, plastic bottles and even old shoes.

I think delving deeper into this issue with the locals

and really showing them how many little bits of trash

have built up in their habitat really made an impact

and they were all super motivated to make a change

and keep their paradise, paradise. The school kids all

cleaned up their school and we talked to them, with

the help of Paula, about the issue and what effect it

is having on the environment worldwide. It’s amazing

to see such a happy community of people who live

such a simple life and shows that real happiness is not

materialistic, but about making the best of what you

have and caring for each other, family and friends.

Afterwards, we took the kids back to the kite spot and

they all played with the kite gear and leading by example

we made sure to leave no trace and finish our

trip with the island in better condition than we found

it. It’s definitely important to try and give back to the

environment as we spend our lives in it and want to

preserve it for future generations to come.

On the final day of wind, after completing all of our

tasks, Frankie and Olivier stacking all the shots we

needed and Jesse and myself completely out of energy

we celebrated with a great local dinner and then a

trip to the Casino to see what was going on. The food

was great, local fish and delicacies partnered with

fresh juices but what we found next in the casino was

jaw dropping.



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Walking in we went through all the security checks,

so common in the Philippines, and walked into a vast

open room jam packed full of tables, hundreds of

staff, but very strangely, absolutely no customers. We

had never seen anything like it, the amount of empty

tables and money obviously invested in the casino,

for no customers and no one to be seen. Apparently,

it was a Chinese online Casino where rich Chinese

people hire locals to gamble for them online and

spend an absolute fortune. It turns out that almost

half the people in the town work at the casino but

they’re either working on a table dealing, or gambling

on someone else’s behalf, something I for one, didn’t

know even existed.

Cagayan was full of surprises and the whole trip was a

great experience with a tight knit crew. We made the

best of every situation and had a real adventure. After

shooting on Maui for years the trip was something so

far from what we were used to and pushed us all to

our limits to make it all happen. From the senseless

city to the rural outskirts of the country we experienced

all the Philippines had to offer, paradise, poverty,

happiness, sadness, wind, waves, man made and

natural jungles and the amazing people, we had an

unforgettable time and recommend the trip to anyone

looking for a trip out of the norm.



David Tonijuan: as an athlete I believe in hard work

as an athlete I believe in hard work

23-year-old David Tonijuan is an all-round athlete who

loves Freestyle, but indeed he practices every aspect of

kiteboarding and that includes its lifestyle and the love

for travelling that comes with this sport. Since a few

years now he is part of the F-One international team

and he switched from excellent competition seasons to

others not quite so, but he grew up a lot especially as a

professional and as a person. Funny thing is that he was

born in Barcelona, a city with no wind…



David Tonijuan: as an athlete I believe in hard work

David, you have been doing several extreme sports.

Can you please describe why kitesurfing is so attractive

to you?

Since I was a little boy, I always needed to have a

board under my feet and I can say I was sort of born

with that attraction inside me. Kitesurfing is magical,

not only because of its purity as a sport but so it is also

the lifestyle it brings you when you attach yourself

to it. I like all sports, but not all of them allow you to

travel, to know new cultures, to learn languages and

to practise it with natural resources from our world

like the wind or the sea. I kind of see Kitesurfing as a

mix between different sports and this might be the

reason why it has attracted me so much. You can be

“surfing” as many waves as you want, you can do such

great “wakeboarding” tricks with the help of the kite,

you can use a “paraglide” to fly and you can use the

kite and the wind to lift you up when “snowboarding”

in the mountains…

Why do your friends call you "Handel"?

It is mainly my best friends who call me that, and it

comes because of kiteboarding. We all know, that the

advanced tricks in freestyle were called handle-passes

because is the one way you can do several horizontal

spins without getting tangled with all the bar and

lines system. A friend of mine, when we were kids,

started to call me that without even knowing what

the meaning was, but it seems it stayed there for a


What do your parents think about the level you

reached in this sport? Did they expect you to become

a professional athlete?

I think none of us expected it at the beginning. My father

started kitesurfing at the outset of the sport and

I always wanted to follow him. I must say, the level

came with the motivation of having fun riding with

my kite mates. I am ambitious, and when I saw someone

doing a new trick I needed to do it just to make

sure I was able to do so. My parents have always sup-



David Tonijuan: as an athlete I believe in hard work

ported me, however I appreciate a lot that they have

also pressured me with my studies. Kitesurfing is extremely

beautiful, but it is still a minority sport which

makes it hard to live from it forever.

How has your life changed after joining the F-One


F-One opened a new world to me. My life is fortunately

the same but with two extra years of experience.

Since I started with F-one, lots of things have

happened and I tried to learn a lot from them; I got

my best result in competition but also my worst, I

have been able to learn so much by getting involved

in the design of the WTF freestyle line, I got to know

closer the functional departments of a kiteboarding

company and I have been able to meet incredible

people and visit awesome places.

How have your sponsors, including F-One, helped you

achieve your goals?

The term “sponsor” is the most frightening one for a

rider in every extreme and minority sport. You probably

know what you want but it is also true that you

can’t do it without some sort of support. Sponsors

have been essential for my achievements so far which

I don’t consider to be outstanding yet. My goals have

been changing over time and somehow you start to

appreciate that once you achieve one, suddenly a new

one appears. When I decided I wanted to compete I

was very worried about it: “How someone from Barcelona,

a place where there is no wind and it’s forbidden

to kite during summer time, could ever get into

the elite of the sport without having the support of

a sponsor?“ I knew that without a sponsor I wouldn’t

have been able to travel and train to reach the level

needed. I must say, that together with a good friend

of mine who always told me “work hard, show it and

the sponsors will come” and my family, I am where I

am and have achieved it thanks to them.



David Tonijuan: as an athlete I believe in hard work

Tell us about your favourite quiver and what you really

appreciate in it...

I am riding ¡¿WTF !? kite, the eleven is my favourite

and the 138cm board size. I have been riding its variations

already for more than two years testing tens of

prototypes we built for its development. I think that

together with the good performance of the equipment

on freestyle and my personal love for it have

been the main reasons why I appreciate it so much.

Which new tricks are you learning at the moment and

what are your best ones?

I am focusing on rewind tricks and kicker stuff trying

to make them with proper execution. We are in

a moment when in competition everyone is always

training for the 5 trendy tricks that scores highest. I

am trying to work on tricks that are same high level

and that could score as high as a “typical one” but

they look “cooler” because you don’t see them very



David Tonijuan: as an athlete I believe in hard work

often. Tricks are about a combination of double handle

passes mixing switch and rewind rotations. I am

also focusing on the single handle passes but powered,

solid and trying to make them stylish.

Where are your favourite spots to ride in the world

and why?

I have an easy answer for that: Brazil is and will always

be the best spot in the world! Six months a year nonstop,

20 knots, flat water lagoons, 30 degrees and

such a good lifestyle. What else could you ask for?

Professional Kiteboarding is getting more and more

extreme, powerful and spectacular. How do you live it

personally and what is your deep motivation?

It seems like big air has come back and strong. It’s

funny to see how the sport is changing starting at its

origins with boots and dangle passes, changing into

straps and wakestyle tricks and now it seems like it is

moving and asking for big jumps again.

I must be honest and say I like all disciplines, but none

is like freestyle. It is sad to see how badly freestyle

suffered last years and see how it is right now. However,

we are professional kiteboarders and I personally

think we have to adapt for what it has to come, it

is the only way to move forward and keep straight up.

Our body suffers more than everyone could think.

People think is just water, but the sport is asking more

and more power to evolve and our knees, back and

shoulders are the ones suffering the consequences.

In order to avoid that or slow down the arrival of injuries,

the out of the water training is a must for every

freestyle competitor.

What are your plans for the rest of this season?

I am still under calendar’s confirmation of the new

“World Kiteboarding Championships” to see what will

be happening at the end. But I want to announce I

will be focusing partly on some video-projects, I have

never felt I had time for that while competing but

looking at the situation we have now, it seems I will

be able to dedicate time to that which is something

I’ve always wanted to do.

How do you take care of your body and what is your

approach to the risks of the discipline?



99.62 km/h: Thierry Collado sets a new world speed land kiting record



Land kiting, also known as kite landboarding or

land kiteboarding, is one of the most underrated

disciplines in kiteboarding. Nevertheless, and

despite the fact that it is performed on terra firma,

riders can reach high speeds. Surprisingly, or

maybe not, land kiteboarders are nearly as fast as

their fellow water performers.

On February 18th 2018, Thierry

Collado set a new world speed

land kiting record. The rider living

in Ventura, California, drove his

equipment at 61.9 miles per hour

(99.62 kilometers per hour, or 53.78

knots) at La Franqui, in France.

"I really didn't expect it because

there was still standing water in

a few spots, and a lot of slippery

areas. But I found many places to

do my thing. The wind was not

strong. Instead, it was 'disgustingly

gusty,'" explained the man nicknamed

Akkrew. "Suddenly, a gust

stronger than the others carried

me beyond my hopes. I heard my

bearings screaming, and I had the

impression to go a little faster than


Collado checked his GPS and

quickly knew he had a world record

on hands. He continued riding

his kite, but the wind decreased,

and Thierry started feeling tired.

"I am so close to reaching my goal

- the 100 km/h mark. I am very excited

and will be back soon. But,

for now, I am happy to be back on

first place in the world ranking,"

concluded Thierry Collado.

At the moment, the fastest kiteboarder

in the world is Alex Caizergues

with a remarkable world

speed record of 57.97 knots (66.71

mph or 107.36 km/h).



Jump: how to go higher


how to go higher

One of the things that always appealed

to me about kitesurfing

was the possibility of jumping, fly

high, almost like a seagull, even

if only for a few amazing and unforgettable

moments.Over the

years, I’ve often asked myself

about the key factors necessary to

improve this basic skill of my favourite

sport and slowly I made it

to 23-m height.Here, I put together

some tips, which don't aspire

to be a final guide, but more like

an introduction to take you to the

next level, because "the next step"

is always round the corner once

you've learnt how to fly; you will

find that jumping is highly adrenaline-charged

and it’s a hard-togive-up

addiction, always chasing

bigger heights.




One of the main problems of jumping high is the loss of "grip" of

the board while loading the jump, resulting in a long jump instead

of a height one, with a likely fall of the kite when landing

because you pass under the lines during the flying phase. That’s

because the kite tends on pushing you forward and you must

contrast that by leaning backwards with your body as much as


This is the typical mistake due to the technical inability while you

are riding to properly edge and pop the board as you invert with

the bar. Being overpowered often forces you to shift forward

the weight of your shoulders and consequently of your body, in

order to increase your depower capacity and be able to load. This

aspect can be improved through a simple exercise: try to firmly

increase the upwind angle, as if about to jump but without actually

jumping. Then leave the edge and take it quickly back and

so on and so forth. Once you have familiarised with this exercise

you will be able to make small jumps, even just 1-m high, but by

using your back leg pop to lift and not the kite.Try to focus your

attention on your back leg and on the nose of the board properly

pointing upwind. Slowly combine these movements to the bar inversion,

making sure the board is kept upwind as much as possible

until the pop, as if you were about to do a back roll when you

start going up.

In short, the basis for a good jump is a fantastic pop with the

board which is the result of a proper EDGING, in other words

keeping the rail at high speed upwind or when riding beam

reach. Without this basic skill, bigger kites or any other trick are

useless... this is really the FIRST basic aspect to set up properly.



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Keeping your hands at the centre of the bar creates less inversion

speed and greater physical effort. Therefore, it is useful to keep

your hands as far apart as possible on the bar so to maximise the

lever when inverting, with the least physical effort.

This rule works all the more if you have the right or a small kite

size. In strong overpowered conditions the kite’s responsiveness

is greater therefore, your hands can remain more centred on the





To jump high and long it is necessary to have advancement speed

which proportionally creates an always increasing tension on the

lines. SPEED is crucial, it is not possible to jump high if riding


We must distinguish between riding types and lines’ tension. A

super upwind creates maximum tension on the lines, but you

lose some speed and the pop is easy. A normal upwind, tending

to beam reach, gives you much more speed but makes the lines

looser and a more complicated pop. Therefore, the best riding for

loading is one in between the two, which is "the maximum speed

during which you can make a proper and effective pop without

losing speed nor tension on the lines”.

Your body posture during the jump loading phase is crucial,

because when pop-upwind and legs are spring-loaded ready to

burst you must not lose tension on the lines letting your body


Your body must go backwards, as if to touch the water with your

bum to counter- balance the kite going back up and keeping the

same tension on the lines.


To go high the kite must be inverted as fast as possible by properly

using your hands on the bar. Most people invert too slowly

keeping a prolonged pressure on the bar which makes the kite go

forward and not up, losing this way the edge too fast due to the

physical inability to keep the strong kite acceleration.

The inversion speed is extremely important, and it is crucial to

focus on your hands' ACTION which must be diametrically opposed,

one hand pulls hard but the other must push and not

remain inactive! Careful, as the most common mistake in kitesurfing

is pull with both hands, which nullifies the speed inversion

and, a greater speed inversion means greater verticality and

therefore more height.

During this phase a widespread mistake, even with the correct

inversion procedure, is loading with both hands too soon,

that’s when the kite is still moving forward. If you observe the

kite movement while inverting, you’ll see that for a sec it moves

forward and that's when you should stop pulling so that the kite

can verticalize as fast as possible over your head instead of going

forward. If you pull, you favour the forward movement. If you let

go, the upwards one. Recapping: the inversion must be done as

fast as possible with your hands doing two diametrically opposed

actions. Once the inversion is finished, the kite moves forward.

Now, slightly leave the pressure off your hands to let the kite



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breathe and make it verticalize for few tenths of a second and as

soon as you feel it’s verticalizing, that's when you must symmetrically

pull with both hands as hard as possible to make you go

up to stellar heights.

Mistakenly, many believe that to jump higher the kite must be

sent to extreme positions such as 13.30 or 14.00.

But this would result in awfully messy jumps in the air and badly

landed with ridiculous hang times.

The secret to fly high is to be as one with your kite as much as

possible, by being aligned with it during the flying phase. There-




Once the previous aspects are all checked, you are ready for the

best possible pop.

The spring-loaded legs and the kite inversion will take you to a

point where you will be slung upwards (Momentum), when you

will finally have to go along with this phase as much as possible

with your body which from its full counter-position will switch to

a total go-along with the power of the kite position.

During this phase, focus on the board which must keep the edge

for as long as possible, without flatten it out before the pop,

even if losing some speed. Also, after the pop the board must not

go too much behind your body, as in Raily style, nor remain too

horizontal on the water.

This pop balance, focused on the board position, guarantees an

optimal body flying position with an excellent balance of all the

joint segments.

There is a long-lasting debate on whether it would be better

to favour a pop speed, sacrificing the hard pop which makes

you lose speed, or keep less speed with a super powerful pop.

Of course, the mix of the two characteristics would be top, but

that takes many years of practice to refine the timing, crucial

for combining the two elements, as well as having remarkably

trained legs to keep that type of strain at high speeds.

If you have a wave as a ramp, your entire visual attention must

focus on the growing kicker to hit it on its most vertical point.



fore, the best final position to stop the kite while ascending is

12 - 12.30, starting from about 10.30, even better if you can keep

even lower positions, i.e. 10, with the board on inverted pop.

The type of kite you use also makes the difference: a C kite will

better work from 11.00 to 13.00 whereas a Bow kite from 10.00

to about 12.00. Thing is that a lot of people have a wrong timing

with the pulling hand, pulling for too long, without the opposite

hand pushing to counter-call it, which takes us to the next point.


After quickly inverting the kite, the focus must shift on counterbalancing

the inversion with your hands to stop the kite at 12 /


Once the kite has settled at about 12.30, then we can move to a

loading phase and that's when both hands do pull on the bar to

near it to the maximum power point and further load the flying

phase. All that happens in a wink, these are "automatisms" that

come with time and practising lots of jumps.

This loading phase with both hands must end when we feel that

the kite is about to pass us backwards. That’s when your hands

distance the bar from your body to let the kite "breathe" so to

move it back ahead of us and speed up the landing phase, perhaps

with a downloop. Then your hands go back to the pull/push

action, ending the previous stage where both pulled.


After having been thrown in the air, your body must find a balanced

position which will depend on the load and pop phase.

Tucking up while flying, legs on your chest becoming smaller,

helps keep an optimal centre of gravity during the aerial phase,

moving your body as little as possible to avoid loss of balance.

You can imagine that by becoming smaller the wind will have less

surface to act on and get us off balance or slow us down.

Often, we find ourselves in an over-rotation condition because

we didn’t properly execute the previous steps. However, during

the flying phase it is almost always possible regain the lost balance

even after the pop, by using shoulders/head in the opposite

direction to the pop over-rotation.



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When the ascending and the stalling phase end, it's time to think

about the landing and change the position of the kite that was

holding us at 12 o'clock / 12.30.

Timing is crucial for a soft-landing, therefore neither anticipate

too much nor delay the phase of moving the kite forward to get

it back at about 11 o'clock.

If you anticipate the kite too much you will have heavy forward

landings, like belly flat with face smacked on the water because

of too much pull. If you delay it too much, your bum will always

touch the water because when you'll get to the surface the kite

won't have any pull yet as it was left too much behind.

Once you start jumping over 10-m high and even more so if over

15 m, you will realise that you must definitely learn the downloop

landing, also and especially with kites smaller than about 9 m,

because a small kite descends very fast and from a certain height

it does not give enough support to land properly using the simple

swing procedure. If you use C kites, the downloop is part of

the game even for moderate heights, if you use high elongation

AR kites the lift during landing is greater and the downloop not

always necessary.


The landing must be "favoured" and not hindered therefore we

must act in favour of the kite pull instead of opposing to it.

During the landing phase we must focus on the nose of the board

which must always point downwind, avoiding loading only the



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back leg, which would stern-down the board, pound on the water

and eventually fall. This downwind phase quickly removes tension

from the lines so to decrease the speed and get back to the

upwind angles.

Also, remember not to put the board immediately on the rail, but

flatten it as much as possible to get more stability at high landing

speeds on higher jumps.




Only after making sure all the previous steps have been properly

mastered, you can shift your attention on the best equipment for

jumping, those that will give you greater drive to further improve.

Up to a certain height, which I empirically appraised at about 10

- 13 meters, almost every kite works just fine, so don't blame the

kite for not jumping, but turn to your technical limits, perhaps

get somebody film you so to later analyse it and understand your


It's no point in having a Ferrari if we can hardly drive a FIAT 500,

so don't rush into the ultimate kite or the best board because the

equipment makes a difference only once the technical level is


Once your level is good, you will then find that the right kite can

actually make you gain something when combined with many

other small details.


Of course, if a kite has been engineered for wave riding it won't

be exceptional for its ascending capacities as it would be an

engineering nonsense developing a kite that must be as close

as possible to the water and then it jumps extremely high when

inverted. Therefore, although any kite could take you to reasonable

heights if your technical skills are fine, undoubtedly a 5-strut

kite, engineered for hang time, can better perform jumps compared

to a 3-one engineered for wave riding.

The magic word is often "A.R.", Aspect Ratio, the relation between

the length and the width of the kite. Without getting too

technical, there is a logical principle which can make you understand

the type of reaction that the kite will have in the air: if you

have a low AR kite, i.e. 3.5, it will have a kind of balloon shape,

very roundish. On the other hand, with a high AR, i.e. 6.3, the kite

will have a very "elongated" shape, for example the F-One Furtive

or Foils such as F-One Diablo.

The difference between these two A.R. worlds is enormous,

because if on the one hand a low AR gives the kite an amazing

responsiveness during inversion, slinging you upwards in a nanosecond,

it’s also true that it will end its ascending phase quite

early as the wind has less horizontal surface on which project its

propulsion and, above all, it will descend far too fast, as it lacks

of "floating" capacity, due to its too small horizontal shape.

Nowadays every manufacturer has in its catalogue Big Air or

Hang Time models and I would advise to buy at least a couple of

different sizes if you are serious about Big Air.

A further feature that a good kite for jumping should have is an

excellent Top End, that is the ability of performing well even at

the high wind limit for which it was designed, that's because,

often, who jumps high is overpowered and if the kite doesn't

depower properly, the bar remains distant from you while riding

and you will not be able to load the pop properly. C kites are

excellent for jumping high, but with equal wind they must be one

or two sizes bigger to reach the same height as the bow or hybrid

ones and above all they definitely have less hang time. So,

they reach stellar heights but fall back very fast and you must absolutely

master the downloop when descending to avoid traumatizing

your knees too much on landing.


Any board is ok for jumping and there are basically two schools

of thought on this, both good depending on your likings:


Some people rather have a very loose board, with less grip but

with significant pickup, which means more speed and a smaller

size kite which is faster and verticalizes earlier.



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Some others prefer a slower board, with a very strong edging,

as it gets the necessary pickup from the kite and the great grip

guarantees an impeccable control of the pop when lifting.



Either way, a good pop must be an intrinsic feature of the board.

In my opinion, the board size, long or short, it’s personal as there

are clearly pros and cons. A short and narrow board, for example

a 127x36, gives amazing control over speed, therefore allows to

accurately load the jump during the pop, but it isn't so brilliant

over the chops, penalizes the landings and tends to slow down

in wind lulls compared to a longer board while you are trying to

pickup to gain speed. But it allows you to better handle the overpowered


A longer board, for example 139x42 favours speed and chops

overcoming and facilitates the landings, but it is harder on the

legs and can lead to excessive acceleration resulting in an inability

to edge properly while riding and pop while loading.

Those really skilled can make good jumps with any size, therefore

don't get paranoid about 5 cm more or less. Instead try to understand,

by borrowing your friends' ones the grippy or loosy feeling

the board gives you, which is more important than the size per


I personally prefer very short boards at the expenses of the

landing a little, but I have a fantastic control over the pop, as I

said, it's extremely personal and some jump very high with more

generous boards by having a slightly longer fin so to have more

edging, legs' strength permitting.


A seat harness allows to handle greater overpowered conditions

as the lower centre creates a contrast with less effort. Basically,

one can better lean backwards and arms/shoulders remain further

back and stretched, favouring greater contrast.

I mean, if you look at the pro riders they all use waist harness for

jumping, but those are people with muscular structures different

from 90% of us mere mortal kiters. It's worth noting that also pro

riders emphasise the importance of not having the waist harness

rise up too much otherwise the abilities to edge, proportionally

decrease as the hook rises.

However, the advice would be to do some jumps, same day with

same wind, but with the two types of harness and evaluate the

esults through Woo or Piq: you will appraise the differences

between the two harnesses, even more so if your abs are not the

same as Hulk...


Landings can be hard, especially from substantial heights. Nowadays

every binding has been equipped with soft Pads, some of

which even with interchangeable bearings which allow to adjust

the "softness" of the pads, by simply changing bearings. Therefore,

soft pads help preventing inflammation injuries to knees

and tendons.

What sometimes gets overlooked though is the width of the

strap. Hard landings create a serious risk of finding your instep

up to the strap limit, which can cause unwanted injuries to ankles.

My advice is to firmly tighten the strap so to block the

instep halfway through, preventing it from shifting too much forward

and your ankle can quickly exit backwards if necessary.

Bindings are excellent for getting the best possible grip and surely

allow a totally different feeling, but only few can actually use



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them with ease for jumping high, as there are good chances of

possible injuries to the knees during the destructive falling phases.






The grip of a twin-tip board is given by its rails and any channels

in the shape but also by the fins. Sometimes to make a board

more grippy just slightly lengthen the 2 fins on the leading rail.

Don't underestimate this aspect, it’s easy, immediate, cheap and




It is understandable that 40 knots can project higher than 20.

Not only because of the propulsion power, as the same power

could be reached by using bigger kites with light wind. Stronger

winds allow to use smaller kites, therefore faster during inversion

to go vertical, bringing this way height instead of length.

However, pro riders rarely use kites any smaller than 8 m size,

even with 50 knots: I saw people on the water with a 10 m and 40

knots which is insane! Therefore, do not do it, unless you weight

100 kg, or you master the necessary technical level!

But what makes them go out extremely overpowered is the principle

according to which, with that wind intensity the excessive

overpower makes highly responsive even a bigger kite which has

the advantage to make you go back down from stellar heights

with a lot more lift compared to a smaller kite and has bigger

surface during the ascending phase. Of course, you must also

have the technical skills and physical ability to handle it, which

makes all the difference. Consequently, being capable of handling

overpowered conditions with very strong wind is a fundamental

skill to reach significant heights, but one can easily get up

to 10-15 metres with normal kite sizes, the ones of everyday sessions.

Jumping overpowered is pointless if you cannot load the

edge and when you pop, assuming that you do, you get projected

forward instead of upwards. It is often said "use the biggest size

you can" and that's true, but the last two words do make the difference

“you can", which means that you can handle, keep, that

you can pop and verticalize.

Of course, you need to appreciate that being overpowered is

dangerous for you and others around you, therefore only with

years, a lot of sessions and experience and very slowly, you will

be able to increase the basic kite sizes, bearing in mind the risks

you take.


Surely there must be a reason if every pro rider jumps high in

South Africa. Water conditions are extremely important. Water

with little chop allows to reach higher speeds which turn

into height when you invert. If during the pop phase you add a

"kicker" (that is a wave), this will create greater contrast as you

strongly slow down on the wave while you invert. As if you had

someone holding you from behind while you invert. Clearly a

1-m wave will make you go up less than a 5-m one, therefore the

height of the ramp is essential. And 40 knots will make you go

higher than 20.

Last but not least, the wind direction, side/side off, which makes



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a greater traction on the lines and makes you slow down on the

wave even more.

All these elements together create the best theoretical condition

to fly as high as possible. And South Africa is top for its beaches

that offer these amazing conditions.

I often wondered in how many metres this ideal heavenly condition

materializes compared to the standard ones that we often

have of side-on or even on-shore wind, bloody messy chop and

2-m wave, if even that... Unfortunately, I still have not been to

South Africa to experience it personally, but some of my friends

who in Italy jumped some given meters, after having been there

improved their heights of about 2.5 to 5 m, not a minor increase

given by that insane mix of factors just mentioned.


All the tests we made with Piq and Woo were carried out over

about a hundred trials in over 30 days at El Medano (Tenerife),

at the spots of Pigsbay, Muelle, Cabezo, Flashpoint, alternating

wave condition and wind angle.

The kites used for the tests were F-One, as the tests also aimed

at finding the differences between the pump universe and the

foil one in relation to the reached heights.

Over the last years, I occasionally jumped switching between the

two universes because as far as jumping is concerned, the foil

kite is undoubtedly a fighting machine and I highly recommend

you to try it if you still haven't as it is a hardly forgettable feeling,

so much so that for some time you'll be tempted to leave the

pumps aside and use only foils.

Having said that, foils have several considerable structural limits,

with which you must inevitably live with if you want to jump with

them. They are more complicated to handle during launching, not

only because a bigger area is necessary, but mainly because with

strong wind or in strong overpowered conditions the launching

can become very dangerous because, unless 1 or 2 people hold

you from behind, you will be projected forward and upwards,

even if you launch from edge of window which isn't easy either

with strong wind.

In addition, handling gusts with a foil is totally different compared

to a pump, so I strongly discourage you from using them

with very gusty wind or you will often find the foil that flag opens

and violently and suddenly folds back in and gives you brutal

jerks or it falls bundling up resulting in a swim for you. Also forget

about kiteloops or downloops as the AR are so extreme that

the rotation arch is far too long to do it effectively, unless you

use very small foils. So, why are they so attractive?

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Because they do jump in light and medium-light wind range,

more than pumps, and their hang time is significantly better, so

much so that, if you try some old school and board off with the

foil you'll realise quite unexpectedly that you are better than


This higher Air Time is given by the greater lift while descending

due to the more elongated shape with greater AR. However, to

avoid these feelings remaining such, we asked F-One, which we

thank for their precious collaboration, for a FURTIVE 10 m, pump

kite which comes from the Top for Big Air within the inflatables

and a DIABLO 9 m, kite foil that comes from the Top Race within

the Foil kites, but which in theory could have great hang time

qualities. We then compared them, with the same rider, same

wave and chop condition, same spot, with different rising wind

intensity, and recorded them both with Woo and Piq.

The following are the average scores of an excellent rider weighting

75 kg. Don't try copy him! You would get hurt. It is a test in

overpowered conditions with a fit and technically skilled rider.

It clearly appears that Foil kites perform better in light and medium-light

wind range, while pump kites tend to equal and

outdo the foils in medium-strong and strong wind range. That's

for height. On the other hand, Hang Time wise the Foil universe

maintains a winning gap. The Diablo was not used during the 30-

35 knots test as at 25-30 knots it was already in an overpowered

condition (F-One recommends using Diablo with maximum 25



knots) and handling an overpowered Foil with gusts is really dangerous

for anybody. However, the nearly converging score of 15.3

m vs 15.8 m already with 25 knots suggests that the pumps outdo

the foils with more intense wind, with a much easier handling of

the kite as well as being less dangerous with strong gusts normally

carried by strong winds. The natural and appropriate objection

then would be "why don't the pro riders use them then?"

There are many reasons which can be explained with the risks

of the foils for jumping as above described. And let's not forget

that the KOTA for example, it's not a Big Air competition where

who jumps higher wins, but who throws powered manoeuvres at

substantial heights and downlooping with foils is an inadvisable

experience to say the least. But with not too strong and gusty

wind conditions and the only objective of going as high as possible

or having more hang time for old school manoeuvres, foils are

by far the best choice, as long as their intrinsic disadvantages are


To measure the height of the jumps you will need a measuring tool which

will make you progress really fast. Currently, top market products are

Woo, the 3.0 version is about to be released these days and, Piq North.

If you are uncertain on which to buy or you simply would like to know

better about their pros and cons, stay tuned as we will tell you all about

it in our next Kitesoul Issue.

Now then, after all this talk, all you need to do is go in the water and try

your best, day after day and in time your results will only improve.

Have fun!




Product focus


Text & Photo: RRD Courtesy

The Poison LTD V5 is a coveted

creation and the most wanted

freestyle board in our range

since its introduction. The LTD

construction consists of Biaxial

Carbon layers on the top

and bottom of the board with a

special mix of Paulownia and lighter

weight wood, CNC shaped

core. It’s 20% lighter, thinner,

more responsive, and of course,

provides loads of pop. Once you

use the Poison, you’ll immediately

fall in love with it. There is

something about it that makes

it feel just right.

A new outline shape will take

the V5 and its riders to new

heights. This board has a more

continuous but subtle curve on

the outline providing comfort

and control in a wide range of

conditions. A new lamination

technology combined with the

incorporation of unidirectional

carbon stringers, resulted

in less negative flex and more

rigidity. This new lay-up combined

with slightly more flex from

the top results in more explosive

pop, increased speed control

and reduced vibration.

The more squared/swallow tips

provide more surface area for

grip and increased pop. This tip

shape creates a higher angle

of attack on the water surface

and increased control. The Poison

is an amazing freestyle board.

This version has a carbon

reinforced track system that, in

combination with our Rad Pads

or boots, enable the rider to

make the smallest adjustments

needed to perfect their stance

for maximum performance.

Picking your Poison is now easier

than ever as the Poison V5

defines the Status Quo of freestyle



• Deck and bottom Biaxial Carbon 450 grams

• Anti-torsion box tip design

• Deep concave in the middle of the board

• 5mm sidewalls

NEW Features

• CNC shaped mix of Paulownia wood core

• New tip profile on squared/swallow outline

• Reduced Thickness

• Unidirectional carbon stringers

• Carbon reinforced ABS track channels for pads

Adam Super about the

Poison Ltd V5:

“The Poison can be easily described

in one word, incredible.

The flex pattern is just right;

blending comfort and performance

seamlessly into an aggressive

freestyle machine that

can be appreciated by all skill

levels. I love the pop and response

from the carbon that is

paired perfectly with smooth,

buttery rides from the more

continuous outline. The boards

stiffness, speed, comfort and

control allow me to maintain my

laid-back style, even in tough

conditions. It’s easy to be steezy

when you got a Poison LTD

under your feet.”




Product focus


Text & Photo: RRD Courtesy

Do you want to be the

first one on a twintip

out there as soon as a

breeze comes up?!

The 10 knots v4 LTD is the new

premium twintip light wind machine

that represents the spirit

of free riding. The very flat scoop-rocker

line of the board and

the new tips design allow incredible

ease of kiting and an amazing

grip while going upwind in

the lightest breezes.

”As soon as a breeze comes up I want to be

the first one on a twin-tip out there!”.


The 10 Knots LTD V4 is completely

built and assembled in Europe

with a new exclusive even

lighter technology and is laminated

with pre-preg Biaxial 220

grams Carbon on deck and bottom,

has ABS sidewalls and a

CNC PVC core, which makes the

board a planet of its own.


Laminated with pre-preg Biaxial

CARBON 220 gm deck and bottom.

Special Features

• Pre-Preg Biaxial Carbon

• Pvc superlight core


CNC PVC Core + reduced weight

ABS sidewalls.




Product focus


Text and Photo: F-One Courtesy

The LINX bar is our brand new

updated control system for

2018! We’ve taken all the best

bits of the Monolith Bar and added

some great features to create

the ultimate connection to

your kite.

The LINX bar is available in two

sizes, 52-45cm and 45-38cm;

this allows you to choose the

perfect size bar for your quiver.

Our new integrated floats on

the rear line not only offer a cleaner

look; they also house the

mechanism to adjust the size of

your bar too.

A new One Line Flag Out safety

system features this year and is

now the standard for all F-ONE

kites. There’s a high-quality corrosion

proof Inox steel hub on

the front lines that allows one

line to slide. The first 6m of the

front lines are larger in diameter

for durability, and there is a

stopper to prevent the bar from

travelling too far away from you

when the safety is engaged.

We have also added a manual

swivel on top of the chicken loop

this year; it uses a high-quality

ball bearing and is easy to rotate

even when powered. This

allows you to untwist your front

lines after performing rotational

tricks and is a feature every ri-

der is going to fall in love with!

The Lifeline safety connection

has an added swivel, so there

is no danger of twists affecting

the release of the kite, and the

same goes for the leash too.

The safety can be set up in suicide

mode for freestyle riders

while still retaining full functionality

when the chicken loop is

released as the loop can slide

through the Lifeline safety connection

with ease.

There’s a new Inox steel ring on

the front lines; riders can choose

to run the front lines through

this ring to give the kite a short

V on the front lines. Or you can

run the lines outside of this ring

to have a full front V. Kites like

the Furtive perform better with

the full front V, while the Bandit

flies better with the short V. This

feature of the bar means you

only need one kite bar regardless

of your quiver of kites.

We’ve retained the ability to

tune the rear lines, so if a line

does stretch, you can still tune

the bar so all the lines are equal,

and the kite will still fly properly.

The LINX bar features a smaller

diameter to make it comfier in

your hands and reduce fatigue

and, of course, we have new

fresh colours for 2018!




Product focus

CORE Section 2

Un miglior drifting, più leggerezza e un vero wave kite

Testo & Foto: Core Courtesy

The second gen Section is built

for both traditional and freestyle-wave

(surfstyle) enthusiasts

with serious depower for downthe-line

drifting and incredible

control off the lip. “Weight management

is a critical component

in performance wave kites,”

Chief Designer, Frank Ilfrich

begins, “and we’ve leveraged

our proprietary fabrics to achieve

further gains.”

CORE’s no-stretch ExoTex Dacron

frame incorporates a unique

radial reinforcing thread

pattern that enables higher

pressure airframes with smaller

diameters. It improves airflow,

flight stability, and rider

feedback by substantially increasing

tube strength and rigidity

despite reducing diameters.

“ExoTex creates a lighter

yet more robust canopy that’s

ideally suited for wave riding,”

Frank concludes. The Section

2’s acclaimed ExoTex airframe

holds a better shape in gusts

and improves water relaunching

in big waves.

The Section 2 carries over its

small diameter ExoTex airframe,

lightweight surf construction,

and super quick reflexes from its

predecessor. The design team

found additional weight savings

and rigidity improvements on

the airframe. And they simplified

the intelligent trim system

that customizes bar feeling and

turning speed.

CORE’s no compromise Section

2 is designed to improve every

wave riding experience with effortless

directional control and

the right amount of pull to keep

strapless riders upwind and

on their board. Freestylers will

love the confidence and in-air

control to land those physics

defying aerials. When it comes

to waves, the Section 2 is ‘all in.’

Perfect for foilboarding too!

This drifting phenom with huge

range pairs perfectly with any

foilboard. Its lightweight construction,

nimble behavior, and

reduced lateral forces make it

an unexpectedly awesome foiling

kite. It won't yank you off

your board, and it zips through

lulls with ease. Yup, the Section

2 will amaze you with its foiling


Section 2 LW: Small Wave Phenomenon

The new Section 2 LW departs

somewhat from traditional

wisdom in that a bigger kite is

counterproductive on waves.

The new Section LW’s immense

range lets riders easily spill the

wind so they can focus on surfing.

The LW’s agility and surface

area to weight efficiency give

the feeling of a smaller kite and

yet it still has the pull to get you

out of trouble in the lulls. And

gusts are held in check with its

incredible depower. It’s easy to

question the efficacy of a 12 or

14m wave kite if you haven’t ridden

one. If you ask Rob Kidnie,

a CORE team rider in Indonesia,

which Section 2 is his favorite,

he’ll say the 14m LW. “The old

rule of thumb that a smaller kite

is always better may no longer

apply to the LW,” suggests Bernie

Hiss, CORE’s CEO and avid

wave rider.





4.0 | 5.0 | 6.0 | 7.0 | 8.0 | 9.0 | 10.0 | 11.0 | LW 12.0 | LW 14.0


1. Ultra Light Frame: Super light yet amazingly rigid and durable.

2. Surf Profile: Wave tuned camber and aspect ratio.

3. ExoTex® Ultra Rigid Dacron: Zero stretch airframe.

4. CoreTex® Triple Ripstop Canopy: Extreme durability and UV protection.

5. Future-C Shape: True C-kite feel. For snappy turns with a controlled and consistent


6. Radical Reaction Tips: C-style shaped wingtips for faster bar response.

7. Short Bridle System: Improved kite feedback.

8. CORE Intelligent Trim (CIT): Customizable “power steering” and turning speed.

9. Instant Auto Relaunch: Reliable waterstarts in difficult conditions.

10. Speed Valve 2: Quick, reduced effort inflation.

11. Speed Pump System: Super fast all strut inflation.

12. Sensor Bar Ready: For maximum kite feedback and control.


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