Kitesoul Magazine #27 Iternational Edition

In this issue: Adeury Corniel and Sofia Tomasoni win historic gold medals at 2018, Formula Kite: foils are heading to Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Entries, Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo sets new Guinness world record for the largest kitesurfing wave, St. Peter Ording - Endless Playgrounds, FOILBOARD: MAKE TIME FOR ADVENTURE, Chile Buena Onda, Good Vibes in Chile, Exploring Prince Edward Island, Ralph Boelen: "kitesurfing is still a young discipline", Andre Magarao, Daniele Milazzo, Steven Akkersdijk: "Kite-surfers believe I'm only on the twintip" and much more.

In this issue: Adeury Corniel and Sofia Tomasoni win historic gold medals at 2018, Formula Kite: foils are heading to Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Entries, Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo sets new Guinness world record for the largest kitesurfing wave, St. Peter Ording - Endless Playgrounds, FOILBOARD: MAKE TIME FOR ADVENTURE, Chile Buena Onda, Good Vibes in Chile, Exploring Prince Edward Island, Ralph Boelen: "kitesurfing is still a young discipline", Andre Magarao, Daniele Milazzo, Steven Akkersdijk: "Kite-surfers believe I'm only on the twintip" and much more.


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Editor<br />

David Ingiosi<br />

david.ingiosi@kitesoul.com<br />

Wave Thecnique Editor<br />

Mitu Monteiro<br />

Freestyle Thecnique Editor<br />

Alberto Rondina<br />

Thecnical Expert<br />

Renato Casati<br />

Photo & Video<br />

Maurizio Cinti<br />

Design<br />

Giuseppe Esposito<br />

Translations italian-english<br />

Daniela Meloni<br />

DECEMBER 2019 - JENUARY 2019<br />


Texts<br />

David Ingiosi, Kari Schibenvaag,<br />

Gabi Steindl, Andre Magarao, Lucas<br />

Arsenault, Tom Bridge, Christian Brill,<br />

Tim Kummerfeld, Theo Demanez, Reo<br />

Stevens, Alby Rondina, Naish, Cabrinha,<br />

Core, RRD, F-One.<br />

Photos<br />

David Ingiosi, Pablo Jimenez, Gabi<br />

Steindl, Andre Magarao, Daniele Milazzo,<br />

Thomas Burblies, Bromwich, Robervania<br />

Bösch, A Ydwer van der Heide,<br />

Reo Stevens, Axel Reese, Svetlana<br />

Romantsova, Reemedia, RRD, F-One,<br />

Cabrinha, Naish, Core.<br />

Cover:<br />

Photo: RRD Courtesy<br />

Publisher and advertising<br />

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Amministratore Unico<br />

Federico Sugoni<br />

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All content is copyright of <strong>Kitesoul</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> / Visu Media Srl.<br />


Publisher<br />

He’s a manager and a businessman.<br />

He fell in love with kiteboarding<br />

almost 10 years ago in<br />

the wild and amazing North<br />

Shore of Oahu (Hawaii). Aside<br />

from kiteboarding there is<br />

only one other important<br />

thing in his life: his baby<br />

daughter.<br />

He’s responsible for the 2014<br />

launching of KiteSoul <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />


Editor in Chief<br />

Professional journalist and<br />

video maker with a solid<br />

experience in sailing, sea<br />

adventures, travels and water<br />

sports, he has been reported<br />

the “blue world” from the<br />

inside for more than 15 years.<br />

He fell in love with kitesurf<br />

several years ago in Sardinia,<br />

then travelled all over the<br />

world as Iko instructor.<br />


Film-maker<br />

Movie buff and keen photographer.<br />

He’s a skater, snowboarder<br />

and wakeboarder,<br />

but he actually burns with<br />

passion for kiteboarding. He<br />

started off with freestyle a<br />

few years ago, but nowadays<br />

he’s more into chasing big<br />

and powerful waves. This is<br />

what he loves the most.<br />


Art director<br />

Kiter since he was in the baby<br />

pram, he is a rider for RRD<br />

Italia and he have a Bachelor<br />

in Comunciation Design at<br />

Politecnico di Milano.<br />

With this assignment, he<br />

finally has been able to put<br />

together his two passions:<br />

kite and design.


Feel The Flow<br />


Technical Editor-Wave Riding<br />

He comes from Sal. Official<br />

F-one and Manera rider.<br />

2008 KPWT World Champion<br />

and three-time Vice World<br />

Champion. He started to surf<br />

and windsurf as a kid and but<br />

he definitively fell in love with<br />

kitesurf as soon as he discovered<br />

it.<br />


Technical Editor-Freestyle<br />

He’s the best Italian rider of<br />

the competitive kiting world.<br />

Cabrinha, Neil Pryde and<br />

GoPro official team rider<br />

and four-time Italian Champion.<br />

Alberto has won the<br />

2001 edition of the European<br />

Championship and third<br />

place in the 2012 PKRA World<br />

Championship.<br />


Technical Expert<br />

RRD Wave team rider. Kiteboarder<br />

since 2000, he has<br />

been PKRA athlete and judge.<br />

He’s a professional sportswriter<br />

for several technical<br />

magazines. He lives between<br />

Como Lake and Sardinia, but<br />

he spends every winter in the<br />

waves of Cabo-Verde.<br />


Professional translator<br />

Daniela mainly lived abroad<br />

where she graduated<br />

in Law and worked. She<br />

discovered her passion for<br />

water actvities back in 2007<br />

when she moved back to the<br />

Sardinian west coast and met<br />

her husband, the kitesurfer<br />

Enrico Giordano. Professional<br />

translator since 2009. She is<br />

a SUP lover and an amateur<br />

photographer and never<br />

misses to photo or video<br />

shoot a Kite or Sup wave<br />


David Ingiosi<br />

The pink side<br />

of sessions<br />

Until recent it was quite unusual to see a girl on the beach, ready to get on the water<br />

and have fun with the kite. Today though, thanks to the development of materials that<br />

guarantee higher safety and basically unlimited access, women are a regular presence<br />

in all spots worldwide, they take part in competitions, kitecamps, work as school instructors<br />

and raise the technical level in every discipline, from Freestyle to Big Air, from<br />

Racing to Wakeboarding.<br />

Initially, kitesurfing was not only purely a male sport, but also restricted to a limited<br />

category of brave men, fairly crazy and with solid foundations of past water activities,<br />

surfing and windsurfing just to mention two. The potentials of this discipline, the thrill<br />

of being pulled by a kite, the glide speed and the excitement of flying in mid-air were<br />

already there, but the equipment in general needed improving in terms of performance,<br />

power control and especially emergency systems. It was still a sport where getting a<br />

wrong manoeuvre or just a simple distraction could be very costly. It took nerves of<br />

steel, be a darer and have toned muscles. Therefore, it’s normal that up till then women<br />

just waited and watched.<br />

Grace, technique and solidarity the secret weapons of<br />

female riders<br />

Now that kites' performances are perfect, the quality of the materials unquestionable<br />

and safety measures widely proven, kitesurfing has almost completely lost that early<br />

aura of extreme sport. On any dedicated beach you’ll go, you'll see all sorts of people<br />

having fun, giving it away on the water: tall people, short, thin, fat, young, adults and<br />

them, women, who year after year, have slowly increased in number and still do.<br />

Of course, girls have their own approach to this discipline, very different from males,<br />

but these differences, bodily, head and heart are where their strength lies. Women<br />

have a unique complicity and ability to support each other. Where they lack in physical<br />

strength, they make it up with grace, agility and technical skills. Of course, a wipe out or<br />

a crash on the water it’s just the same for them, that's why they need to work out, tone<br />

muscles up and pull out all the grit needed in water sports.

Kajiya and Consorti, wonderful trailblazers<br />

In recent years, girls’ technical level evolved considerably in disciplines that represent<br />

the maximum technical expression, such as Freestyle. One of the first female athletes<br />

to lead the way to the top tricks was Bruna Kajiya: when she landed the Double Handle<br />

Pass, the first girl to do it, then the entire female community followed her example. Not<br />

to mention Charlotte Consorti a constant presence and one of the best top riders in<br />

the Speed discipline, perhaps still today one of the last outposts ruled by male testosterone.<br />

She holds the current women's world speed record of 50.43 knots registered in<br />

Lüderitz, Namibia, in 2010. In fact, now that male riders have reached a very high level<br />

on the water and the technical curve takes only small steps up, women's competitions<br />

are most lively and spectacular because anything can still happen and landing a new<br />

maneuver can mean winning or losing a competition.<br />

Equipment, clothing and magazines all girl oriented<br />

But the number of kitesurfing female athletes and professionals is not the only thing<br />

that has exploded. We are talking about enthusiasts in general, girls that take up courses,<br />

hang out in the spots, bug their kiter fiancé to be taken on the water, have holidays<br />

together and go to kitecamps. Brands did get the message of Girl Power and are now<br />

much more into conceiving dedicated gear, not only in terms of colours and graphics,<br />

but also design, performances, ergonomics and style.<br />

The female universe has fully entered into kitesurfing and that is just right, natural and<br />

extraordinary just as extraordinary as the pink side of life. The problem about women is<br />

that they are so many, much more than men, and who knows, maybe one day the Girl<br />

Power will rule the beach. Then, us boys will be left with the only option of courting<br />

them, perhaps by keeping a bouquet of flowers in our kitebag.



YOG<br />


18 28 32<br />

Adeury Corniel and Sofia<br />

Tomasoni win historic<br />

gold medals at 2018<br />

Formula Kite: foils are<br />

heading to Paris 2024<br />

Olympic Games<br />



FILM<br />

52<br />



56<br />

Chile Buena Onda, Good<br />

Vibes in Chile<br />

80<br />

Exploring Prince Edward<br />

Island<br />

ITW<br />



112<br />

Portfolio Steven Akkersdijk: "Kitesurfers<br />

believe I'm only<br />

on the twintip"<br />

120<br />

How to wipe out and no<br />

die in kitesurf<br />

126<br />

Let’s focus on style: The<br />



36 42 46<br />

Red Bull King of the Air<br />

2019 Entries<br />

Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo<br />

sets new Guinness world<br />

record for the largest<br />

kitesurfing wave<br />

St. Peter Ording - Endless<br />

Playgrounds<br />

ITW<br />


RIDER<br />

86<br />

Ralph Boelen:<br />

"kitesurfing is still a<br />

young discipline"<br />

94<br />

Portfolio Andre Magarao: I try to<br />

capture the uniqueness<br />

of kiteboarding<br />

106<br />

Portfolio Daniele Milazzo<br />



138<br />

The Tack<br />

142<br />

RRD: Emotion, Squid<br />

| NAISH: Slasch | CORE:<br />

Section 2 | F-ONE: Bandit

18<br />


Mallory de la Villemarqué<br />

RIDER: Mallory de la Villemarqué<br />

PHOTO: Toby Bromwich

20 PORTFOLIO<br />




22<br />


Jesse Richman<br />

RIDER: Jesse Richman<br />

PHOTO: Frankie Bees

24 PORTFOLIO<br />




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Adeury Corniel and Sofia Tomasoni win historic gold medals at 2018<br />

YOUTH<br />


GAMES<br />




MEDALS AT 2018<br />

Photo: World Sailing<br />

Adeury Corniel and Sofia Tomasoni became the first ever kiteboarders to win gold medals at the 2018<br />

Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.<br />

Kiteboarding made a successful Olympic debut with a slalom/boardercross style competition on twintip<br />

racing equipment. The winner-takes-all finals got underway at Club Náutico San Isidro and offered

no shortage of drama in both men's and women's divisions.<br />

In the women's fleet, Alina Kornelli was clearly the favorite rider. She had won five out of six races. But<br />

after falling in the final, she never recovered.<br />

Poema Newland crossed the line first, but a post-race two-point penalty made sure she could only settle<br />

with silver. Tomasoni was obviously ecstatic. "It's a dream come true. The final race was very hard. I<br />

rounded the first mark, and I had too much wind and couldn't jump the obstacle and was third," explains<br />

Sofia Tomasoni. "Then, at the very last tack, I came in second, and I was very frustrated. But then, another<br />

girl had a penalty, so I got the first place."

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Adeury Corniel and Sofia Tomasoni win historic gold medals at 2018<br />

In the men's fleet, Corniel dominated the races; Christian Tio and Toni Vodisek tied in second place.<br />

"I feel really happy. The conditions today were very good. In the beginning, I thought there was no wind,<br />

but in the end, everything changed, and we had 50 knots. It was good to have a fair race," notes Corniel.<br />

"I would like to thank the Cabarete Kite Academy for supporting me and helping to prepare me to be<br />

here. I really hope to see more kids around and for more Dominicans to get this energy and make their<br />

dreams come true."<br />

In the end, Dominican Republic and the Philippines made history by winning their first ever medals in<br />

an Olympic sailing event.

32<br />


Formula Kite: foils are heading to Paris 2024 Olympic Games<br />


The Annual General Meeting (AGM)<br />

of World Sailing has confirmed the<br />

official line-up of events for the Paris<br />

2024 Olympic Games. The sport of<br />

kiteboarding will make its debut in<br />

the Olympic movement in France with<br />

a foil board, and a ram air kite.<br />

The wind range for the Olympic kite<br />

competition is of between 5 and 40<br />

knots.<br />

All Olympic kite equipments must be<br />

available worldwide without restrictions.<br />

World Sailing, in cooperation<br />

with the International Kiteboarding<br />

Association (IKA), will manage and<br />

control the builders' licenses.<br />

The chosen equipment will be "locked"<br />

per Olympic cycle to ensure confidence<br />

and reliability in gear investment<br />

and a controlled evolution from<br />

one event to the next.<br />

This means that the official equipment<br />

should adopt the current Formula<br />

Kite class, which allows different

The equipment rules for kiteboarding's first<br />

appearance in the Olympic Games are as<br />

follows:<br />


WEIGHT RANGE (MEN): 65-85 KGS;<br />

WEIGHT RANGE (WOMEN): 50-70 KGS;<br />

KITE SIZE (MEN & WOMEN): 7-21 M2;<br />






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Formula Kite: foils are heading to Paris 2024 Olympic Games

models from different manufacturers<br />

to compete against each other on an<br />

Olympic level playing field.<br />

In terms of competitive format, we<br />

should expect a short track relay on<br />

a short windward/leeward course,<br />

with team members (men and women)<br />

sailing laps and taking turns on a<br />

changeover zone.<br />

Competition may consist of an opening<br />

series of heats and a knockout<br />

stage or another form of final (i.e., the<br />

best of x races wins).<br />

go down the single manufacturer or<br />

one-design road," explains Markus<br />

Schwendtner, executive secretary of<br />

IKA.<br />

"In the Youth Olympic Games, we had<br />

registered series production equipment<br />

for the first time, and it was a<br />

great success. I am thrilled that we<br />

have also achieved this as the equipment<br />

criteria for Paris 2024. Formula<br />

Kite will ensure that we retain the spirit<br />

and identity of kiteboarding."<br />

"Through the years, it was always our<br />

goal to keep the whole community<br />

and industry involved and not to

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BIG AIR<br />

Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Entries



38<br />

BIG AIR<br />

Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Entries<br />

With 2018 fast drawing to a close and<br />

Red Bull King of the Air 2019’s window<br />

period on the horizon, there are just a<br />

couple of weeks left for kiters to submit<br />

their entries to stand a chance to<br />

join the world’s best at the event.<br />

Red Bull King of the Air takes place on<br />

the windiest day with the best conditions<br />

for big air kiteboarding between<br />

the 26th of January and 10th of February<br />

2019. The event will see 18 of the<br />

world’s best kiteboarders go as high<br />

and as big as they can in the powerful<br />

Cape Doctor to see who will take the<br />

title.<br />

Get Your Red Bull King of the Air 2019<br />

entries in Before 30th November<br />

If you haven’t already, it’s time to rally<br />

the filters and video editors and get<br />

your biggest airs from the past season<br />

into a tight clip. With the windy season<br />

in Cape Town fast approaching,<br />

the deadline for the video entry process<br />

for the most prestigious big air<br />

kiteboarding contest in the world, Red<br />

Bull King of the Air 2019, draws nearer.<br />

Red Bull King of the Air 2019 will return<br />

to Kite Beach in Cape Town where it<br />

was staged very successfully in 2018<br />

and will have a window period of two<br />

weeks in late January and early February<br />

2019 with the competition being<br />

run on the windiest day.<br />

Entries are open to riders from anywhere<br />

in the world, but there are only<br />

a few spots available. The 2019 riders’<br />

list will be made up of the top 9 from<br />

the 2018 event with the remaining<br />

spots decided through the video entry<br />

process.<br />

Dutchman Kevin Langeree out-classed<br />

young Spanish gun Liam Whaley and<br />

Lewis Crathern to win his second Red

40<br />

BIG AIR<br />

Red Bull King of the Air 2019 Entries

Bull King of the Air title. The 2009<br />

World Freestyle Champ last stood on<br />

the top step in Cape Town in 2014, and<br />

it was a fitting return after a serious<br />

injury had kept him out of the 2017<br />

event.<br />

Kevin Langeree wins Red Bull King<br />

Of The Air, Kite Beach, Cape Town on<br />

January 31st, 2018. “The move to Kite<br />

Beach was the best thing ever” Langeree<br />

said, “It gave us as riders the<br />

opportunity to show our moves, and<br />

it was a day I won’t easily forget,” he<br />

said.<br />

Riders vying for video contest slots<br />

need to convince the judges that they<br />

have what it takes to compete with the<br />

likes of Langeree and co. The world’s<br />

best big air kiters. They need to do this<br />

by submitting a video of only their biggest<br />

and highest moves.<br />

According to Sportive Director, Sergio<br />

Cantagalli, the judging panel is looking<br />

for big, completed, aerials; and<br />

video clips through which the judges<br />

can see the potential of the rider. “This<br />

event is unique in that it is in continuous<br />

evolution with the input of the riders<br />

and the judges it is always our aim<br />

at improving it. It is like a World Tour<br />

in one event,” he added.<br />

Langeree, Whaley and Crathern are<br />

confirmed for the 2019 event along<br />

with being past champions Jesse<br />

Richman and Aaron Hadlow. Steven<br />

Akkersdijk, Lasse Walker, Sam Light<br />

and Gijs Wassenaar round up the top<br />

9 that receive automatic entry in the<br />

event.<br />

Kiteboarders who think they have<br />

what it takes to compete in with the<br />

world’s best aerialists in an extreme<br />

air contest are invited, please click<br />

here to submit a one-minute video of<br />

their biggest airs.

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RECORD<br />

Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo sets new Guinness world record for the largest kitesurfing wave<br />

Nuno "Stru"<br />

Figueiredo<br />




The Guinness World Records have confirmed it. Nuno "Stru"<br />

Figueiredo has officially ridden the world's biggest kitesurfing<br />


44<br />

RECORD<br />

Nuno "Stru" Figueiredo sets new Guinness world record for the largest kitesurfing wave<br />

On November 8, 2017, the kitesurfer<br />

from Porto, in Portugal, launched his<br />

kite at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, and<br />

sailed into one of the most dangerous<br />

beach breaks on the planet.<br />

The wind was blowing from the north,<br />

and the waves were slightly facing<br />

south. After jumping off the crest of<br />

a couple of waves to get acquainted<br />

with the lineup, Figueiredo aimed for<br />

record wave.<br />

According to the Guinness World Records,<br />

the wave measured 62 feet (19<br />

meters).<br />

"I guess I feared it when I was still<br />

looking at the waves from the outside.<br />

But when I got to the water, fear<br />

went away. You have to focus because<br />

your life is on the line," explains Nuno<br />

"Stru."<br />

"But you've got to be willing to do<br />

it. And you need years of training. I<br />

watched how Nazaré worked for a few<br />

years because, in kitesurfing, we need<br />

more than just big waves. You've got to<br />

know exactly how the wind is blowing<br />

and behaving."

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St. Peter Ording - Endless Playgrounds<br />

St.Peter Ording<br />

E N D L E S S P L A Y G R O U N D S<br />


22nd of September, in the morning my call to the St. Peter<br />

Ording local Christian Brill. “Hey Christian, at noon is<br />

high tide, the large parking lot from the main beach will be<br />

flooded and we´ll get onshore wind with 25-40 knots. Are<br />

you ready for a photoshoot?" “For sure and Tim Kummerfeld<br />

will be at the start as well”, he replies only briefly and<br />

an hour later we met in the parking lot in front of the main<br />

beach. Already, an hour before the high tide, the big sandy<br />

parking lot is completely under water and cars are not allowed<br />

to pass through to the beach anymore.<br />

Christian and Tim started their 7m kites and immediately<br />

it is clear that they will be well powered. Christian Brill<br />

otherwise goes kitesurfing at another beach in the south<br />

of St. Peter Ording (“SPO”), has a lot of fun on the water. At<br />

least that's how it works when he runs through his mega<br />

kiteloops in these smooth water conditions on the sand<br />

parking lot - where there are on normal days (without this<br />

kind of high tide) hundreds of cars and motorhomes - and<br />

all ends up with a downloop in a butter-soft way. Respect!<br />

Tim Kummerfeld immediately hits the local hero and scores<br />

similarly high kiteloops. The two conquer the air of St. Peter<br />

Ording again and again and then take on other areas of<br />

the existing only a few hours water area. Tim continues to


search for natural obstacles, in the form of flat stilt houses/<br />

pile builts, on which the remaining beach chairs remaining<br />

for the autumn season placed and process them. Then the<br />

rustic wooden football goals are the obstacle of his desire.<br />

It is obvious to both that this session is special, because<br />

the stormy wind, the whole flooded sand parking lot with<br />

all possibilities and last but not least daring walkers, who<br />

spellbound all mega-jumps, are the composition for these<br />

hours. Endless Playgrounds in St. Peter Ording!

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St. Peter Ording - Endless Playgrounds<br />

Christian Brill:<br />

"In our WhatsApp group “Kiten-SPO”, the 30 knots on Friday and Saturday<br />

have been hotly debated for days. On Friday, Tim and I started at the main<br />

beach of Ording, in a wind break with 30 knots of ground wind we are with a<br />

little uneasy feeling on the water - in the distance you could already see the<br />

next black wall/clouds.<br />

The same happened: 15 minutes later, we found ourselves fighting over the<br />

waves in gusts of over 50 knots, again. Our summary, as we slipped from<br />

the water behind the kite: "We have still learned nothing." On Saturday, the<br />

wind started more moderately. Gusts only up to 40 knots. This high tide at 12<br />

o'clock means in the forecast in St. Peter: water up to the dunes and kiteloops!<br />

Smooth water allows the perfect jump and plenty of space for swinging.<br />

The whole summer we have not had such weather in St. Peter. Even in the fall,<br />

there are only a few of those days. The water is only 50 cm deep, so everything<br />

has to fit. Then catch a gust and pull the kite as low as possible.<br />

Together with Tim, it was a day in St. Peter as in the old days when we practiced<br />

for competitions. The flooded playground was the best setting for this<br />


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Tim Kummerfeld:<br />

"Storm surge (strong high tide with a storm), autumnal temperatures and<br />

gusts around 40 knots - after a hot summer of mostly 13m kites on the water,<br />

St. Peter-Ording returns from its true rough side on the 22nd of September.<br />

Although I come from Hamburg, St. Peter-Ording is a bit of a home for me. During<br />

school, it was the weekends that I spent here with my parents and during<br />

my studies, I lived the semester break exclusively on the bus to use every minute<br />

on the water. It's been 10 years now. Much has changed since then, but our<br />

kite community is still there. In times before Instagram, Facebook and GoPro,<br />

we filmed our newly learned tricks with shaky mini-DV camcorders and put<br />

the videos online on self-programmed websites.<br />

It was an exciting time, and then Christian and I were in the eternal contest<br />

of landing a new trick first. Strangely enough, not much has changed in this<br />

regard. We're both out of contests, but when we're on the water together, we're<br />

still pushing the limits of our aging bones. At almost 30 you are actually still<br />

in the prime of life but falls and neck cuffs do a lot more hurt than at 18.<br />

Storm high tide days arouse these memories. St. Peter-Ording only feels real<br />

again when the waves break against the pile dwellings and the entire beach<br />

becomes a huge playground. Football goals and the platforms of the beach<br />

chairs invite you to be used as obstacles. In these moments, there's nothing<br />

better than being on the water with your friends and forgetting the time. The<br />

fall announces itself with a bang, and we mourn the summer not a bit behind.<br />

Endless Playgrounds in St. Peter Ording!

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Text: Gabi Steindl | Photo: Pablo Jimenez, Gabi Steindl


Chile Buena Onda,<br />

Good Vibes in Chile<br />

Tiburon! (Shark!), the people are calling from the rocks.<br />

We’re only a few surfers in the line-up, it’s shortly before<br />

sunset and my first surf in Chilean waters. Whilst processing<br />

what I just heard, I spot a huge black fin break<br />

the water’s surface just a few hundred meters away.<br />

It takes me a moment to grasp, but then I scream “es<br />

una orca!” (it’s an orca!). Adrenaline rushes through my<br />

body. Excitement takes over fear. Mesmerized I sit on<br />

my surfboard totally wrapped up in a 5/4, hoody, gloves<br />

and booties. My legs are dangling in the 12 degrees chilly,<br />

dark green water of the Pacific. With all my senses fully<br />

in the moment, I’m feeling that buzz that only travelling<br />

and experiencing something for the very first time in a<br />

completely new place can give you. “Welcome to Chile,” I<br />

whisper to myself and smile.<br />

The next morning, fishermen clarify the situation: there<br />

were in fact nine orcas in the bay that day, munching<br />

away on a deceased baby whale…<br />

With 4300km of wave-rich Pacific Ocean coastline, Chile<br />

has been on my bucket-list for a fair while. Having spent<br />

three years in total in Brazil and Venezuela whilst competing<br />

on the PKRA World Tour and being totally infatuated<br />

with South America, I’ve been yearning to return<br />

since I quit competing and moved to Australia ten years<br />

ago.<br />

After roughly 36hrs total travel time, way too many<br />

dodgy airplane meals and being in quite a zombie state,<br />

the captain of the Boeing 747-400 finally announces<br />

the descent into Santiago, the capital of Chile. With my<br />

nose against the Plexiglas window of my economy seat,<br />

my tired little red eyes are glued to the outside. The view<br />

of the peaks and rock formations of the Chilean Coastal<br />

Range and the Andes, the longest continental mountain<br />

range in the world, spanning over six countries, with a<br />

myriad of snowcapped volcanoes and pristine lakes as<br />

far as my eyes could reach give me goose bumps. This<br />

is my first glimpse of the immense scale of nature and<br />

the landscape that is typical throughout all of Chile.<br />

My two gigantic quiver bags luckily arrive at the same<br />

time, and I decide to kick off my Chile adventure with a<br />

couple of days sightseeing in the capital. I check into a<br />

little Air B&B in Providencia, a centrally located barrio<br />

(neighborhood). Javier, local, slightly eccentric young

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architect, guru on all things in Santiago and mate of<br />

a mate, is happy to show me around. Together we explore<br />

nooks and crannies that would be impossible to<br />

find on my own. Spreading the buena onda (good vibes)<br />

is an instinct for Chileans and Javi is the perfect proof<br />

of that. On Javier’s pride and joy, two beautiful, almost<br />

antique, silver race bikes, we weave our way through<br />

crowds of people and dense traffic, swing by the most<br />

important museums, landmarks and historical sights,<br />

cruise through beautiful little parks, sit down with local<br />

musicians and watch loved up couples dancing the traditional<br />

Lindy Hop in the shade of Poplar trees to tunes<br />

somehow still coming from an old cassette recorder.<br />

Larger street crossings transform into highly entertaining<br />

temporary stages for jugglers and acrobats, during<br />

the few minutes between traffic light sequences, who<br />

show off their amazing skills. Santiago’s graffiti and<br />

mural scene is alive and kicking! Artists have turned<br />

urban areas into canvases, Barrio Brasil and Barrio Bellavista<br />

are full of funky and colorful street art. At Santiago’s<br />

Mercado Central, which opened its gates in 1872<br />

and is now famed as South America’s best seafood market,<br />

we feast on the best fresh fish to regain vital energy<br />

necessary for more sightseeing. Next, a funicular from<br />

1925 lifts us up to the lookout point on Cerro San Cristóbal,<br />

a woody hill that rises 860m above the city. From<br />

here we inhale staggering views of the capital, beautifully<br />

framed by snowcapped mountains. In Chilean tradition,<br />

Javier and I celebrate our successful Santiago<br />

tour with a Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru and<br />

Chile, both claim the origins of the spirit and cocktail.<br />

It’s a lethal drink, yet addictive! Clear local grape brandy


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(pisco) is mixed with sugar syrup, lime juice and an egg<br />

white for the authentic frothy finish, a dash of Angostura<br />

bitters on top, ready, ¡Salud! (cheers). Pisco Sour<br />

comes in two sizes; strangely the name of the large version<br />

is “catedral” (cathedral) as opposed to “normal”<br />

for the small. With two chinchineros (the typical street<br />

artists of Chile) rocking up, the day achieves legendary<br />

status in my travel history books. Carrying a drum on<br />

the back, with two big drumsticks to play it and cymbals<br />

on top that are connected to the feet with a rope,<br />

the two chinchineros stop the traffic and perform a vigorous<br />

dance, a mix of fast steps, turns and acrobatic<br />

moves, in the middle of the street. They move and swirl<br />

around so fast, they literally nearly get airborne whilst<br />

playing their instruments in a performance that could<br />

be part of the Cirque du Soleil.<br />

The next day, I can’t help but chuckle, when the rental<br />

car company delivers my van. Of course, I already had<br />

seen pictures on the internet, but in reality, it looks<br />

even funnier. With a rather unusual format, super short<br />

and very narrow, only two seats in the front and cargo<br />

area in the back, it reminds me of a camion de fleurs<br />

(a French florist van) somewhere in Paris. With all my<br />

gear safely stored away in the back, I hit the highway towards<br />

the coast. Destination: Matanzas, the mecca for<br />

wind and kitesurfing in Central Chile about 100 miles<br />

southwest of Santiago.<br />

Matanzas, a tiny authentic fishing village beautifully<br />

situated on the hilly coast, is only one main street<br />

that runs parallel to a long black volcanic beach. During<br />

the week the town is super quiet but come the weekend<br />

it’s pumping with people from Santiago flocking to<br />

the coast to enjoy the sun, beach and ocean. The area<br />

around Matanzas is “in” and many wealthy Chileans<br />

own their piece of paradise with spectacular architect-designed<br />

holiday homes.<br />

Here I meet up with Mike, founder of “Kite Chile” – www.<br />

kite-chile.com. Mike is Swiss, but has lived in Chile until<br />

recently and knows, as a passionate kitesurfer, the area<br />

and all its spots like the back of his hand. He’s been in-

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credibly helpful with the planning of my trip. Luckily, my<br />

trip coincides with Mike’s two-month stint in Chile for<br />

“the best kiting of the year” (Nov + Dec) and he offers<br />

me a room in his cabaña (rental house) in Matanzas.<br />

Together we head out for my very first kite session in<br />

Chile, a downwinder from the main spot in Matanzas<br />

to Roca Cuadrada (square rock), about 1.2 miles to the<br />

north and only accessible by 4x4 on the black sand<br />

beach. The prevailing Surazo (strong southerly winds)<br />

are blowing 25-30 knots, a typical strength for the region<br />

at this time of the year. The cold Humboldt Current<br />

brings chilly water to this coast and I have to admit, I<br />

was pretty scared of the 12°C ‘warm’ water. It all turns<br />

out not to be that bad and in all my weeks in Chile I<br />

never felt cold, not even whilst surfing. The good news<br />

in Chile is that when it’s windy, it’s usually sunny, with<br />

about 25°C air temperature, and as long as you’re prepared<br />

(5/4mm, booties, optional: gloves and hood), you<br />

won’t feel the cold.<br />

Mike and I explore all the spots in the neighborhood together.<br />

Roca Cuadrada becomes my favorite. The wave<br />

here peels off the square rock that sits just off the<br />

beach. Depending on the wind and tide, Roca can throw<br />

up some really clean faces that are superbly good fun<br />

to hit. When it gets bigger, it can get pretty gnarly with<br />

heavy, powerful and often very hollow surf. Kiting out<br />

here with sea lions popping up right next to you with<br />

the steep limestone cliffs and huge black sand dunes<br />

as the backdrop is truly magic.<br />

10 minutes by car further north is La Boca, the river<br />

mouth of the Rio Rapel, a picture-perfect flatwater spot<br />

with water like a sheet of glass, constant wind, and<br />

black and white swans, surrounded by the greenest nature<br />

and spectacular cliffs. For learning or for freestyle,<br />

it couldn’t get much better than here.<br />

The little town of Pupuya is situated in the next bay<br />

south of Matanzas. The beach offers a lot of space with<br />

a cross-onshore wave-playground and a small waist<br />

high lagoon for learning. Pupuya is home to the stylish

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“La Lobera” Kite Club, a kind of Café del Mar for kiters.<br />

An interesting architectural structure made out of a<br />

lot of glass and wood offers superb views of the spot<br />

from restaurant and bar. With music, huge chill out<br />

cushions, sun lounges, and even a climbing wall on the<br />

outside of a cool sea container that acts as shower and<br />

changing room it’s a great place to hang out. And of<br />

course, featuring a typically Chilean outdoor “Hot Tub”,<br />

a round, wooden bathtub, heated by fire to warm up in<br />

after long sessions in the ocean, with perfect view of the<br />

ocean, ideally to be combined with a Pisco Sour for the<br />

ultimate indulgence.<br />

After a week, the first proper swell pops up on the forecast,<br />

my cue to organize a first photo shoot. Chilean surf<br />

photographer Pablo Jimenez is my man for it. Our plan<br />

is to shoot at a super special place: Topocalma, a beautiful<br />

coastal stretch of heaven, 45min south of Matanzas,<br />

and only accessible by 4x4. Matias, one of Matanzas’<br />

top local windsurfers, is happy to give us a ride in his<br />

pick-up truck. He’s keen to sail at “Topo”, as the locals<br />


call it, too. Until recently, permission from the administration<br />

in Santiago to access the beach of the privately<br />

owned “Hacienda Topocalma” had to be requested via<br />

fax. However, things are different now as the whole plot<br />

is currently being redeveloped into an area of luxury villas<br />

and fancy holiday homes. Mike goes totally silent<br />

passing through miles of cleared land where a beautiful<br />

dense forest once stood. Thank God, nothing has been<br />

changed along the last section of getting to the spot.<br />

Then it’s just full throttle in 4WD up the black sand<br />

dune and we are there. A stunningly beautiful, pristine<br />

volcanic beach lies in front of us, about 2.5 miles long.<br />

At the far southern end, Pan De Azúcar, a distinctive<br />

pyramid shaped rock about 170 feet high, sticks out of<br />

the turquoise Pacific. That’s where the wave breaks. In<br />

Topo the wind usually blows 5-10 knots stronger than in<br />

Matanzas. Due to the geography of the spot, the headland<br />

and cross-offshore wind, the waves run as clean as<br />

they can get. Everything has its price and for the same<br />

reasons, it’s usually gusty as hell here and without a<br />


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doubt, much better for windsurfing than kiting.<br />

The swell hasn’t really kicked in yet and the wind blows<br />

a pleasant 15-18 knots, “highly unusual” according to<br />

Matias, who sails Topo very frequently. I hit the water to<br />

try the conditions. For a fair while I’m enjoying myself<br />

out in the blue, ride some small but really fun waves<br />

and feel happy to experience this magical spot; until<br />

the moment, when things take a drastic turn. In a split<br />

second, the wind turns to nuclear with crazy gusts in<br />

the high thirties. The session ends in a self-rescue after<br />

my kite stalls in a mega wind hole, and before I get a<br />

chance to relaunch, gets heavily worked by the gnarly<br />

beach break. Four fingers of my left hand are in the<br />

wrong place at the wrong time. For a moment shock<br />

takes over the pain, when my kite powers up and a line<br />

cuts deeply into the middle joints of all four of my fingers.<br />

The index finger cops the brunt of it with a nasty<br />

gash, a huge flap of skin and my bone staring back at<br />

me. Blood is literally pissing out of the wound when I<br />

finally make it to the beach about one mile downwind<br />

of Pablo and the other windsurfers.<br />

The charming Julio, a young Chilean paramedic stitches<br />

my index finger back together with seven stitches in<br />

the little outpatient clinic of Navidad, an hour’s drive<br />

from Topo and bandages the other three fingers. It’s a


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small miracle that the tendon is still intact, and I’ll be<br />

forever grateful that all my fingers are still where they<br />

belong. After a tetanus jab and with a pack of antibiotics<br />

still in my poncho, I trudge outside. Nobody is waiting<br />

there for me and I figure Matias would have been super<br />

keen to get back on the water. With all the time in the<br />

world to wait for Mike, I sit down on a little park bench<br />

in dismay. It’s Game Over for kiting for me for the time<br />

being.<br />

Challenges, obstacles and unforeseen events are all part<br />

of travelling. It’s my first kitemare in ten years and of<br />

course I’m majorly pissed off that it had to happen on<br />

this trip. However, injuries never come at the right time<br />

and life’s too short to mope about something that can’t<br />

be changed.<br />

I will fly to Patagonia, I announce to Mike a few hours<br />

later sipping a consolation-Pisco Sour at a beach bar in<br />

Matanzas looking out to the ocean where others are still<br />

kiting and windsurfing. Mike chokes on his Pisco and<br />

stares at me with raised eyebrows coughing. He reckons<br />

I would be the only person who has decided to visit and<br />

fly out to Patagonia within 24hours. Most take months,<br />

sometimes years to plan this undertaking. That same<br />

evening, I book a flight online for the next day to Punta<br />

Arenas, the capital of the Chilean side of Patagonia.<br />

Patagonia is at the most southern tip of South America<br />

and stretches over two countries, Chile and Argentina.<br />

With a spectacular landscape, Torres del Paine National<br />

Park on the Chilean side is among the world’s great<br />

natural wonders of our time. With an area of over 181.000<br />

hectares, Mother Nature displays her beauty and energy<br />

here on an epic scale: dazzling glaciers and mountains,<br />

gigantic granite rocks in the most peculiar formations,<br />

luminescent turquoise lakes, crystal clear rivers as far<br />


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as the eye can see and further! The name Torres del Paine<br />

derives from the mountain range and the park’s landmark:<br />

three striking granite peaks towering 1800m high<br />

right next to each other.<br />

Each year more and more people visit this alluring, magical<br />

spot at the end of the world and it’s kind of “in” these<br />

days to experience Patagonia at least once in a lifetime.<br />

The “W” track founded in 1994 is, a circular route in the<br />

shape of the letter W winds 70kms around the Paine Massif.<br />

It can be done in 4-5 days and is the most popular<br />

way to see Torres del Paine. The territory is a well-developed<br />

network of trails with camping grounds and refugios<br />

(mountain huts) to bed tired bones safe from the<br />


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elements.<br />

Slightly shocked by the outside temperature, I exit the arrivals<br />

hall of the small airport in Punta Arenas and wait<br />

for the bus to Puerto Natales. During the 3.5hrs journey<br />

along an almost dead straight road through seemingly<br />

endless steppe, I don’t spot a single soul apart from<br />

a few other cars and buses and two baqueanos (type of<br />

Chilean cowboy in Patagonia) on horses, droving sheep.<br />

Puerto Natales was a small fishing town back in the days.<br />

Today, it’s the last outpost for tourists before heading<br />

into the Patagonian wilderness. Luckily, regardless of the<br />

huge influx of visitors in recent years, it has managed to<br />

conserve its charm. From the bus stop, I stroll by foot to

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the center of town. The small colorful wooden houses, the<br />

cool temperature, the stiff breeze and the endless views<br />

over snowcapped mountains make me think of Alaska in<br />

summer. There’s a magical atmosphere in the air, you really<br />

feel like you are at the end of the world here.<br />

In reaction to the high demand for trekking in Torres del<br />

Paine, CONAF (National Forest Corporation) is regulating<br />

visitor numbers since 2016 and visitors need a confirmed<br />

bed for each night they spend in the park, as accommodation<br />

is limited.<br />

I scarcely believe my ears, being told in the Puerto Natale’s<br />

office of Fantástico Sur, one of the organizations<br />

that manage accommodation in the park, that nobody<br />

could enter the park for the next five days due to a total<br />

crash of the computer booking system. “WHAT? But I’m<br />

already leaving again in five days”, “Lo siento, no es posible”<br />

(sorry, not possible). For a moment I feel like I am in a<br />

bad movie. My left hand in a gigantic dressing, still slightly<br />

in shock after my kitemare knowing how close I got to<br />

losing four fingers, two long bus journeys, an expensive<br />

domestic flight and a very rough night in my van at the<br />

short-term car park at Santiago airport right next to the<br />

terminal with excessive sound levels, I’m struggling to<br />

contain my composure.<br />

I come up with a plan B: to rent a car, to drive myself into<br />

the park instead of catching a bus, and to crash in the car.<br />

Things map out trickier than in theory: I scour several hire<br />

places, but all cars are rented out. At last I strike a bonanza!<br />

The car has to be brought by driver from Punta Arenas,<br />

which translates into additional costs and time, however,<br />

the reward is worth it: a brand-new pick up truck! For the<br />

first time in my life, I am the proud rentee of two cars,<br />

my florist-van at Santiago airport and this fancy ride in<br />

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of my desperation to get into the park. I use the time to<br />

buy supplies to get me through five days in the wilderness.<br />

Rental Natales www.rentalnatals.com, the shop of<br />

young Guillermo, is a treasure trove and has everything<br />

one could possibly need during trekking or camping for<br />

rent. I get myself a pair of proper trekking boots, walking<br />

sticks to save my knees, a small gas cooker, a bowl and<br />

some cutlery.<br />

With Latino sounds blasting from the radio, I’m feeling<br />

the ultimate freedom zooming in my flash truck at<br />

dawn and 2°C outside temperature, along the “Ruta del<br />


Fin del Mundo” (route at the end of the world) towards<br />

snowcapped mountains. Catching my first glimpse of the<br />

snowy Paine massif protruding almost surreally from the<br />

lush pampa in the distance, I get goose bumps. With a<br />

profoundly content smile on my face, I’m experiencing<br />

another of those “only during travelling” buzzes that

keeps me heading into the unknown time and time again.<br />

At the CONAF office at the park gate, a small miracle happens.<br />

I manage to complete all formalities without anybody<br />

asking me where I will be staying. And I’m in! The<br />

next days undoubtedly turn into some of to the most<br />

memorable in my travel life. I go for long hikes, like the<br />

9hr trek to the Torres, watch herds of wild horses roaming<br />

the steppe and find myself in the middle of a flock<br />

of guanacos, a local wild kind of camel and ancestor of<br />

the lama. There are even 60 pumas still living in Torres<br />

del Paine! Uncountable times I just stand there, speechless,<br />

unable to move, in utter admiration and awe of the<br />

majestic beauty, incapable of turning my attention away<br />

from marveling at Mother Nature, feeling in every part of<br />

my body the stoke of experiencing this. Patagonia is infamous<br />

for its weather and the extreme wind conditions<br />

in the park are a legend amongst hikers. Wind gusts up<br />

to 110mph regularly rip through the park, fierce enough<br />

to lift a hiker with a backpack. During one of my hikes,<br />

the wind turns in perfect Patagonian fashion from calm<br />

one moment to hurricane-like the next. I’m lucky there’s<br />

a lake upwind of my track and I’m able spot the gusts on<br />

the water coming from afar, in time to brace myself for<br />

the impact with all four on the ground, in order to not get<br />

airborne. A fellow hiker isn’t that serious about it and pays<br />

the price, with a gust hitting him so hard that he falls,<br />

landing really unluckily with his wrist on a stone slab.<br />


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One of the highlights in Torres del Paine is the boat trip<br />

on Lago Grey (the grey lake) that gets fed by its namesake<br />

glacier (Glaciar Grey). Already walking to the boat<br />

anchorage, I stagger… through the trees that line the path<br />

I spot luminescent blue icebergs looming out of the grey<br />

black lake. They look totally unrealistic. They’re pieces<br />

that broke off the millennia old glacier. The nuances and<br />

intensity of the blue is something I’ve never seen before<br />

and which will leave a permanent mark in my mind. Blown<br />

away, yet once more, by Mother Nature, things couldn’t<br />

get any better when the boat crew serves us Pisco Sour<br />

with fresh Grey glacial ice!<br />

My mind awash with amazing experiences, it’s time to<br />

leave Torres del Paine. My body feels stiff and old after<br />

sleeping on the passenger seat of my car for too many<br />

nights. Compared to the prices in the refugios (one bed in<br />

a dorm for 6 people sets you back USD 170 per night!) or a<br />

campsite (no tent, only the spot – USD 120 per night), my<br />

bodily aches are a small price to pay. Patagonia is without<br />

a doubt one of the most expensive places I’ve ever set my<br />

kiter feet upon.<br />

Charming in his Latino way, Julio removes the stitches<br />

from my finger. The wound isn’t looking pretty but being<br />

super keen to get back on the water duct tape is my last<br />

resort. I celebrate my comeback with Mike at Roca Cuadrada<br />

with a seven-hour session, during which I only come<br />

in once to quickly eat a few nuts and drink some water.<br />

The ocean is full of life in Chile and after my forced break<br />

the encounters with sea lions popping their little heads<br />

up trying to communicate through funny noises, are even<br />

more intense and special. Huge pelicans often come worryingly<br />

close flying past making me doubt that my kite<br />

would emerge as winner in a collision.<br />

I can’t get enough of Chile and ask Mike if it would be ok<br />

to borrow one of the mattresses from the house, to pimp<br />

up my florist-van into a home on wheels. Mike is buena<br />

onda and off I go. First, I hit Pichilemu, the surf capital<br />

of Chile, home to notoriously famous Punta de Lobos, the<br />

most acclaimed point break of the country. Holding as<br />

big as it gets, you can watch local big wave hero Ramon<br />

Navarro taking on triple overhead++ water mountains<br />

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the headland, but Infiernillo, just around the corner to the<br />

north, can get really good for kiting.<br />

After a few sick surfs in Pichilemu, I cruise further down<br />

south, the “surf pearl” of Chile. Uncountable breaks,<br />

empty line-ups, picturesque green landscapes, the south<br />

coast is kind of “holy” to the local surfers. Practically<br />

untouched by urbanization, the scarce population lives<br />

off farming and fishing in small villages, often so quiet,<br />

they seem deserted. It’s a totally new face of Chile that<br />

I get to know here, time seems to be standing still and<br />

I feel thrown back into the past at the sight of farmers<br />

ploughing fields with oxen and huasos (Chilean rural<br />

workers) on horses in their traditional costume (poncho<br />

and straw-hat).<br />

Curanipe is a classic left-hand point break. With or without<br />

wind, wave addicts can quench their thirst here with<br />

long, peeling lefts, most of the time totally alone. Unfortunately,<br />

at this point the coastal fog moves in, a highly typical<br />

weather phenomena for this part of Chile, especially<br />

during the hotter months. Some people call it a curse<br />

with thick cloudbanks building along the coast, killing<br />

any hope for wind, warmth or sunshine. That cloud wall<br />

can sit there for days on end, grey in grey, and suddenly

summer turns into winter.<br />

The campground in Pullay, directly on a sweet surf spot<br />

becomes my home for my last few days in Chile. There’s<br />

quite a bit of swell around and I surf many of the top<br />

breaks in the neighborhood, such as Buchupureo and<br />

Cobquecura. I buy chicken thighs every day at a small<br />

butchery and grill them over open fire for dinner, before<br />

retiring to my bedchamber in the back of my van that I<br />

share with all my toys.<br />

Walking to the departure gate of my flight back home to<br />

Australia, deeply wrapped in thoughts and sad that my<br />

Chile adventure is coming to an end, a sign suddenly<br />

rivets my attention. In huge letters it says “The Last Pisco<br />

Sour”. I have to smile and order one. “Catedral?”, “Sí<br />

señor por favour”. I reckon the waiter can feel my leaving-heartache<br />

as he serves me not only the best but also<br />

the strongest Pisco of my time in Chile; it certainly isn’t<br />

my very last, though, because one day for sure I will return<br />

and do it all over again (…maybe not the kitemare)!<br />


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Hot and dry in the North, cold and wet in<br />

the far South, the regions in between have a<br />

pleasant, Mediterranean climate, however, a<br />

warm hoody or jacket and a pair of jeans is<br />

recommended for the evenings, particularly<br />

on the coast. When the coastal fog hits, it<br />

can get pretty chilly even during daytime.<br />

Water temperature: around Matanzas chilly<br />

all year round (12-15°C), peaking in late summer<br />

at around 18°C. Bring a good 5/4mm<br />

and booties. The more neoprene the better,<br />

gloves and hood are optional, for surfing the<br />

hood is definitely a great idea!<br />

Wind: Surazo (strong southerly winds) blow<br />

fairly consistently with 20-25 knots (often<br />

more!) between September – April, with the<br />

greatest wind probability in November and<br />

December.<br />

Swell: The Humboldt current and the Roaring<br />

40s deliver swell all year round, however, at<br />

the height of summer (Jan + Feb) it’s usually<br />

the smallest.<br />

Coastal fog can always throw a spanner<br />

in the works. It usually occurs during the<br />

warmer months due to cool air from the Pacific<br />

(cold Humboldt current) colliding with<br />

hot air over the land. Due to the topography<br />

and without any prevailing wind, this highly<br />

moist fog gets stuck along the coast, sometimes<br />

for several days, as the coastal mountains<br />

(Cordillera de la Costa) block it like a<br />

wall from moving and disappearing. That’s<br />

when winter hits in summer, grey in grey<br />

and with zero chance to kite, even though it’s<br />

sunny and over 30°C only a few kilometers<br />

inland.<br />


Generally you could do Chile by public transport<br />

due to a good bus network, however, you<br />

would need a lot of patience and time, plus<br />

you would miss out on seeing/kiting a large<br />

number of spots. A rental car is definitely<br />

the way to go. I suggest CHILEAN RENT A CAR,<br />

with a wide range of different vehicles in<br />

their fleet, several depots and in my opinion<br />

the best prices:<br />

www.chileanrentacar.cl<br />


TACT<br />

KITE CHILE organizes packages for wave-kiters<br />

incl. accommodation, transfer and spot<br />

guiding. An experienced guide takes guests<br />

to the best kite spots around Matanzas and<br />

ensures unforgettable experiences along the<br />

pristine, wild coast of Chile. Activities on nowind<br />

days and for couples, where only one<br />

partner kites: www.kite-chile.com<br />


Directly at the spot of Roca Cuadrada with<br />

private access to the beach:<br />

www.centineladematanzas.cl<br />

And for the ones who make it to Patagonia,<br />

Guillermo of RENTAL NATALES is your man for<br />

advice, guidance, resources and all the best<br />

gear for trekking & camping for rent:<br />

www.rentalnatales.com<br />


CHILE<br />

For PHOTOS of your trip: Pablo Jimenez normally<br />

only shoots pro surfers, but for readers of TKB<br />

he’s available for road-trips or bookings on a<br />

daily basis: www.pablojimenez.cl<br />

2018 Gabi Steindl www.kitegabi.com<br />


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Exploring Prince Edward Island

FILM<br />

Exploring<br />

Prince Edward Island<br />


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Exploring Prince Edward Island<br />

Lucas Arsenault, Tom<br />

Bridge and Theo Demanez:<br />

the trio explored the<br />

kiteboarding potential of<br />

Prince Edward Island<br />

Welcome to Prince Edward<br />

Island, the smallest<br />

province in Canada. The<br />

archipelago also known<br />

for its fabulous red sand<br />

beaches, massive dunes,<br />

red cliffs, and potatoes.

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Exploring Prince Edward Island<br />

Prince Edward Island, or PEI, offers<br />

more than 800 kilometers of beaches,<br />

and air temperatures that range<br />

between 98°F (36.7°C) and -35°F<br />

(-37.2°C).<br />

The territory is hugged by Nova Scotia<br />

and New Brunswick, but it ends up<br />

receiving several lost swells coming<br />

from the North Atlantic Ocean.<br />

Lucas Arsenault is the Canadian freestyle<br />

kiteboarding champion. He lives<br />

in Prince Edward Island and knows<br />

the island's potential when it comes<br />

to wind sports.<br />

Recently, he was joined by Tom Bridge<br />

and Theo Demanez on an exploration<br />

trip around the island. The trio unveiled<br />

several never-before-ridden<br />

kite spots that work out in every wind<br />

direction.<br />

The adventure gave birth to "PEI - A<br />

Kiteboarding Discovery Film," a nonstop<br />

action video in which Lucas,<br />

Tom, and Theo unroll their arsenal of<br />

new school tricks, strapless moves,<br />

and classic freestyle maneuvers in<br />

flat and bumpy waters.<br />

Prince Edward Island is one of the<br />

most underrated kite destinations<br />

on the planet. With its stunning landscapes,<br />

natural obstacles, and fun<br />

waves, it could very well be the next<br />

go-to kite spot in North America.

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Ralph Boelen: "kitesurfing is still a young discipline"<br />


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Ralph Boelen: "kitesurfing is still a young discipline"<br />


Where did you grow up?<br />

I grew up in Normandy and I still live there, so far, I appreciate<br />

to find all the family close to me, especially after<br />

travelling on long trips away from them.<br />

Tell us more about your background in kitesurfing...<br />

I started kitesurfing pretty early, when I was 10 years old,<br />

with my two brothers and my sister, we have been introduced<br />

to this sport by my dad in Normandy, I kept doing<br />

it occasionally when I had the chance to travel with the<br />

family during the school breaks. It definitely became a<br />

great common interest for everyone, which made this<br />

sport much more fun. I started to step up my level up with<br />

the twin-tip especially on old-school tricks, until I finally<br />

finished school and dedicated a year traveling for the<br />

sport. I always wished I could spend some proper time to<br />

progress, and from that year I discovered the strapless<br />

discipline. I completely got stuck to it and I’ve been lucky<br />

to find myself progressing enough to sign up in my first<br />

competition after about one year.<br />

What is your best result?<br />

My best result is 5th in the World Championship Ranking<br />

of the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Tour, and after<br />

reaching this result, of course one just wishes to get a<br />

podium.<br />

What’ s your favorite gear?<br />

I’m in love with the Religion MK8 obviously… the wave rid-

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ing kite machine of RRD “ my go to board is definitely the<br />

C.O.T.A.N. V2, this board is a super playful, perfectly working<br />

in many conditions and seems to be holding well the<br />

pressure after heavy landings!<br />

What is your favorite spot?<br />

Silversands/Barbados. Amazing playground to scratch<br />

some fun waves, great for learning moves.<br />

One-Eye/Mauritius. Heavy walls when you remember your<br />

best turns and your worst ones. Guincho/Portugal. Super<br />

windy spot, but one of my favorites to throw huge airs with<br />

the nice kickers coming towards you.<br />

What are your goals for 2018?<br />

First of all, I look forward to getting again a Top 5 in the<br />

World Tour, secondly capturing some epic images and<br />

footage, I can’t wait to edit!<br />

How do you see kitesurfing evolve in 10 years?<br />

I must say that I am positive seeing how good it is going<br />

in the industry, especially on the competition side, Global<br />

Kitesports Association (GKA) is making an awesome job<br />

bringing us a solid tour. We all know that kitesurfing is<br />

still a young discipline, but I believe we can bring it to the<br />

next level like Surfing.


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Ralph Boelen: "kitesurfing is still a young discipline"<br />



Nationality: French.<br />

Date of Birth: 05/06/1992<br />

Residence: Honfleur, France<br />

Discipline(s): Wave Riding / Freestyle strapless.<br />

Signature move(s): Backroll Grab.<br />

Favorite gear: Religion MK8 / C.O.T.A.N. V2.<br />

Favorite spot(s): Silversands/Barbados, One-Eye/Mauritius, Guincho/Portugal.<br />

Hobbies: Photography/Film making — Extreme sports.<br />

Best result(s): 5th Ranking in GKA world Championship


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Text: David Ingiosi | Photo: Andre Magarao<br />

Andre Magarao<br />

I try to capture the uniqueness of kiteboarding

W W W . A N D R E M A G A R A O . C O M

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Andre Magarao: I try to capture the uniqueness of kiteboarding<br />

Andre, in a few words how can you<br />

describe yourself to those who don't<br />

know you yet?<br />

I’m quiet and I like to think I’m pretty<br />

chilled. Being a photographer has<br />

some stresses but let’s face it, it’s<br />

hard to claim I’m stressed when I’m<br />

working at the beach. If you have never<br />

seen me, it’s pretty easy to spot me,<br />

I’m the weird guy taking way too much<br />

equipment to the beach.<br />

You are very highly qualified besides<br />

your professional photography<br />

background. How do you mix your<br />

marketing studies with your work as<br />

a professional photographer?<br />

I went to College and did an MBA. On<br />

one hand it doesn’t mix at all. Before I<br />

had a normal job and I quit to go after<br />

being a photographer. But on the other<br />

hand, being a photographer is pretty<br />

much like being a brand so there are<br />

a lot of marketing and business concepts<br />

that you can apply to yourself.<br />

How did you to get involved in photography<br />

and in the kitesurfing industry?<br />

I’ve been into photography for a really<br />

long time. I first got into it back in<br />

the film days. My dad had this film SLR<br />

camera that I started playing with. I got<br />

into shooting kiteboarding way later<br />

when I met Reno Romeu in Rio. We became<br />

good friends and started working<br />


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Can you tell us about your favorite<br />

gear to shoot in the water and the<br />

main difficulty to cope with in this<br />

environment?<br />

Well, to shoot in the water you need a<br />

good waterhousing. I’ve tested many<br />

brands and to be honest I don’t really<br />

have a favorite one. Every brand<br />

seems to have good and bad aspects.<br />

You kind of have to pick what works<br />

better for you and for your goals.<br />

You were born in Rio de Janeiro<br />

and then moved to Canada, United<br />

States and New Zealand. Probably<br />

you still travel a lot. How do all these<br />

countries appear in front of your<br />

camera's lens?<br />

Traveling is the best way to learn and<br />

experience new things. I’ve definitely<br />

learnt a lot from traveling to study<br />

or work abroad. Every place has its<br />

uniqueness and as a photographer I<br />

always try to capture that. I’m always<br />

looking for new adventures. I would<br />

say that the best inspirations and<br />

ideas come from the places you least<br />

expect.<br />

What's the philosophy you put in<br />

your job?<br />

I always try to do my best. Kiteboarding<br />

has this really unique aspect<br />

when it comes to water board sports<br />

that you can set up shoots with the<br />

rider just like I do in skateboarding<br />

for example. So, I would say that for<br />

me a big reason behind a good shot is<br />

communication with the rider. If the<br />

photographer and the rider are really<br />

aware of each other’s goals I’m sure<br />

something good is going to come out<br />

of it. So, I try to explain to the rider<br />

what I’m looking for in that particular<br />

shot and I also try to listen to the riders<br />

needs. A lot of times there must be<br />

a lot of compromise from both parts<br />

for the shots to be as good as the ones<br />

you see on magazines. Sometimes the<br />

riders need to ride where the wind isn’t<br />

the best just because the background<br />

is nice or something like that. But that<br />

communication is what allows me<br />

to shoot with big studio flashes. The<br />

rider needs to do a certain trick and<br />

this pretty exact spot for the flashes<br />

to work well. We usually do a few tries<br />

and once we get what we are looking<br />

for we move on to a different trick and<br />

different flash set up. Of course, at<br />

the end of the day the shot I get most<br />

stoked about is the one the rider and<br />

I are both happy with. I also try to be<br />

open minded and put myself in situations<br />

I’m not super comfortable. I try<br />

to shoot as many different things as<br />

possible. There are a lot of photography<br />

techniques that I’ve learnt from<br />

shooting skateboarding or even products<br />

that I try to bring to shooting<br />

kiteboarding for example.

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By working in the kitesurfing industry,<br />

you meet a lot of pro riders. Do<br />

you have some funny or just curious<br />

story about them? Who do you like<br />

the most to work with?<br />

Not as many as you would expect.<br />

Everyone in kiteboarding is really nice<br />

and professional. There are always<br />

good stories for sure. Since I shoot<br />

a lot in Brazil there are always those<br />

buggy stories you know… getting<br />

stuck, having the buggy break in the<br />

middle of nowhere at the beach with<br />

the tide coming up as so on. But apart<br />

from that everyone is pretty mellow<br />

and chilled.<br />

Can you describe how shooting<br />

kitesurfing activities & sports has<br />

changed in the last 5 years?<br />

I think camera gear evolved a lot in<br />

the last few years. And that plays a big<br />

part in the way we shoot and work together.<br />

Different gear allows the photographer<br />

to do different things. And<br />

also, just the confidence in each other.<br />

I’ve been working with about the same<br />

guys for quite a few years now. So,

there is a lot more trust in each other<br />

now. I know how everyone rides, they<br />

know how I shoot. So, things are easier<br />

and smoother now.<br />

Do you have any special project you<br />

are planning or works that you want<br />

to share with us?<br />

I always try to keep this part of the<br />

year open, so I can work as much as<br />

possible with kiteboarding. It’s my favorite<br />

sport to shoot and it’s always<br />

a good time. This season I shot with<br />

some riders I always shoot with and<br />

that was very productive. I’ve also shot<br />

for Slingshot. I guess one of the most<br />

memorable sessions of the season<br />

was with Ruben Lenten at this spot I

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I try to capture the uniqueness of kiteboarding

"Sometimes the<br />

riders need to<br />

ride where the<br />

wind isn’t the best<br />

just because the<br />

background is<br />

nice or something<br />

like that."<br />

had never been before that was pretty<br />

sick. I’ve also shot with the KPL guys<br />

and it was impressive to see what they<br />

can do at handrails and kickers. Now<br />

I’m just hanging out at the World Kiteboarding<br />

Championships, watching<br />

my friends compete and trying to<br />

help the Brazilian locals on the Qualifiers.

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Daniele Milazzo<br />


to be competitive in Freestyle you must work hard<br />

A third position gained at this year's Freestyle Italian Championship officially made Daniele Milazzo one<br />

of the top riders in Italy and this result is also an important landmark in his young career. It’s the outcome<br />

of great motivation, consistent training and a more professional approach to sports. In this interview<br />

he tells us how it went and few more things to get to know him better...

Daniele, during this 2018 you've trained hard both in<br />

and out of the water, you’ve paid attention to your diet<br />

and never missed a session in any condition. In short,<br />

you professionally approached kitesurfing and competitions.<br />

What took you to change?<br />

For four years I’ve been focusing on Freestyle competitions.<br />

The first one was in 2014. At the beginning you give it a try<br />

almost improvising, then you realize that if you want to be<br />

really competitive you must take care of every aspect, the<br />

sessions on the water and the training at the gym, healthy<br />

eating and stretching and don't underestimate a good<br />

warm up before getting on the water. My, let's say more<br />

serious approach came naturally and by coincidence also<br />

the third position at the national Italian Championship, so<br />

that's a sign I'm on the right track. In fact, my goal is to grow<br />

further and don't stop here, perhaps participate in some international<br />

competition.<br />

During the competition for the Italian Championship in<br />

Sardinia you were in perfect form. How did it go?<br />

That day there were 25 to 27 knots at Porto Botte and the<br />

competition was pretty tough. I finished fourth and thanks<br />

to the points from the previous legs I got the national third<br />

position. I was totally focused but my opponents were just<br />

the same. Year after year, there is a growing level and every<br />

athlete tries to do its best. We are all driven by the same<br />

passion for Freestyle and by the desire to win on the race<br />

track.<br />

Daniele you are from Marsala and your main training<br />

spot is the Stagnone. However, you train all by yourself<br />

and this can be a disadvantage compared to those who<br />

train with others which favours a faster improvement.<br />

How do you overcome this gap?<br />

Group training sessions are always more effective, sometimes<br />

all it takes is some friends. Now and then I train<br />

with the reigning champion Gianmaria Coccoluto when he<br />

comes here to Sicily. If you train alone you need to be more<br />

disciplined, strive to exceed your limits, always remain focused<br />

and find the right motivation inside yourself.

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Daniele Milazzo<br />

In 2018 not only you became a KSP team rider, but you’ve<br />

been promoted to brand Ambassador with a slightly different<br />

role. Tell us about this new job...<br />

In recent years the brand KSP has grown, the work increases,<br />

and this opens new opportunities also for us riders.<br />

Alessandro, the owner, decided to put me in charge of the<br />

brand for Italy, therefore find new distributors, take care of<br />

commercial relationships with our longlasting retailers,<br />

but also manage the athletes, look for new riders and get<br />

people to try our equipment. What makes me so proud is<br />

the trust I have been granted for a new activity to me, but I<br />

believe that with the right dedication I can achieve important<br />

results. I'm very happy.<br />

KSP 2019 catalogue has already been presented. What<br />

are your impressions on the new equipment and what do<br />

you use?<br />

This year we issued two new kites the PURE and the SELECT.<br />

The first one is a Freeride-Freestyle, whereas the second one<br />

is a Freeride but ideal for Big Air, with a great hang time and<br />

a soft pressure on the bar. I use the PURE, an open C bridled<br />

that gives me great satisfaction. The materials used are excellent,<br />

with double thread. And then there are the twintip<br />

boards: the Slide, a pure freeride suitable for any level, the<br />

SHARK, for freestyle that can be used with straps or boots<br />

and then the HAMMER for wake-style that needs flat water.<br />

I normally use the SHARK, measures 141/43, I feel more confident<br />

when landing and I don't feel any strain.<br />

Are you planning any training trips for the winter?<br />

Yes, I am hoping to spend at least a month in Brazil or Kenya,<br />

I don't want to waist my training, in fact I want to expand<br />

my repertoire of manoeuvres so that next season I can be<br />

even more competitive.<br />

What do your parents think since you took kitesurfing in<br />

a more professional way?<br />

I lost my father ten years ago, so I have only my mother who<br />

is very happy with what I do. My father always supported<br />

me when he was alive, in fact he was the one that passed<br />

me the love for the sea, nature and sports.<br />

Daniele you were born in Marsala, and you’re a local at<br />

the Stagnone one of the top Italian spots more and more<br />

popular worldwide. Why is that in your opinion?<br />

It is certainly one of the easiest spots in the world to learn<br />

and improve your level thanks to its shallow and flat waters,<br />

and constant winds all year round. And a long season<br />

that starts in March and ends in November. The Stagnone<br />

is a 12 km long lagoon. There is enough room for everyone.<br />

How can people follow you?<br />

For sure through my Facebook and Instagram pages where<br />

nearly every day I post photos and videos of my training<br />

sessions, my journeys and my professional life with KSP<br />

and with my other two sponsors, Riprop for leashes and<br />

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Steven Akkersdijk: "Kitesurfers believe I'm only on the twintip"<br />

Steven Akkersdijk:<br />


Red Bull King of the Air in Big Bay, Cape Town: Steven Akkersdijk is one<br />

of the main protagonists of probably the world's most prestigious kitesurfing<br />

event. At least 15 meters high kiteloops with 25-30kn-wind are<br />

his specialty and at least this windspeed drives the Dutch, winter after<br />

winter, to South Africa, because these megaloops unleash the adrenaline<br />

in his veins really high. For years, Steven has been one of the favourites,<br />

which has resulted in his fame in the worldwide kitesurf scene. His<br />

board? Carved 142cm x 42cm with straps. So, we know him from the published<br />

pictures and movies from the biggest megaloop event.<br />

On a trip to Brazil, however, we get to know the 25-year-old kitesurfing<br />

pro on the water differently. Depending on the conditions, different board<br />

types are used under his feet every day. And again, and again we rub our<br />

eyes and come out of wonder about his tricks shown on boards of all categories<br />

with invariably high levels of difficulty. Twintip with straps? Yeah,<br />

that's how we know about the King of the Air events. "Yes, that is a part,<br />

but only just this one part of me," he explains quite vehemently. Twintip<br />

with boots? Strapless Freestyle Board? Skimboard for kiting? Foilboard?<br />

Steven Akkersdijk brings a top performance on each of these boards,<br />

which actually enables him to participate in international events. Let’s<br />

discover how...<br />


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Steven, which riders do you know that can offer such a board spectacle, at<br />

such a high level?<br />

I honestly don’t know many riders that ride on all these different types of<br />

boards and enjoy all the different sides of the sport. This is also because<br />

you’ll only see what the riders are good at on social media channels, so<br />

even if they might be playing around on the other boards every once in a<br />

while, you won’t really see it.<br />

Are you bothered that the kitesurfing public thinks you are only on the<br />

twintip board?<br />

It doesn’t bother me at all. It just means I should show them more that I<br />

am able to ride all these type of disciplines within the sport. Lately I’ve been<br />

publishing more videos in which you see me riding a bunch of boards that<br />

I am able to ride all these type disciplines .”<br />

Steven, you show fantastic performances on all boards. What drives you to<br />

be on such different boards?<br />

When I’m always doing the same thing, I quickly get bored. This doesn’t<br />

only go for kitesurfing, but also for other sports. I need to mix it up to keep<br />

it interesting. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck on a certain level with one<br />

discipline. That’s the best moment to switch it up for me and practice new<br />

stuff on the other boards. Most of the time when I then return to the trick<br />

that I was stuck on, I quickly land it or get some new inspiration.<br />

You started on the Twintip Board, right?<br />

I started riding twintip and that’s also what I learned it on. In the first two<br />

years I only touched the twintip and in the third year of kiting friends of<br />

mine got me in contact with the skimboard. From there on I quickly started<br />

experimenting with different kinds of boards. Whilst still having a big focus<br />

on my twintip riding. Nowadays, I ride whatever the conditions are right<br />

for. It couldn’t be better, or?!

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It couldn´t be better or? This is the question. On which boards do you see<br />

yourself in five years?<br />

The same boards as I’ve been riding for the past five years. As long as I’m<br />

able to mix it up I totally will. Probably I’ll put a bigger focus on waveriding<br />

and foiling and slowly start dropping riding boots on a twintip. The conditions<br />

just need to be so perfect for me to still have loads of fun on that<br />


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TAVOLA<br />



CARVED<br />



Flat water and waves<br />



Solo in acqua piatta<br />






SPOT?<br />

Yes<br />

Cape Tonw, Tarifa<br />

Yes<br />

Brazil<br />




AND SIZES?<br />

TRICKS?<br />

16-55 Knots 16-21 Knots<br />

Nexus /GTs5 8-17m GTs5 10-17m<br />

Big Air, Kiteloops,<br />

Unhooked Freestyle<br />

Hooked Freestyle<br />


TRICKS?<br />

Kiteloop Late Backroll<br />

Unhooked frontroll to blind with<br />

tail grab<br />







Kiteloop duble front<br />

Boosting big<br />

back to blind with switch grab<br />

Stomping tricks with kite low<br />




BOARDS?<br />


BOARD?<br />

30% 10%<br />

I Love all

CORE 720<br />




Flat water and waves Acqua piatta Flat water and waves<br />

Yes no Yes<br />

Cape Town Home and Brazil Mauritius and Tarifa<br />

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Nexus 5.-12m Nexus 8-17m Nexus 5-12m<br />

Strepless Freestyle, up to head<br />

high waves<br />

Strapless Freestyle<br />

Strapless Freestyle, wave riding<br />


Frontside air reverse of the wave<br />

in onshore conditions<br />

Frontroll Kite 360<br />

Duble Frontroll Duble Frontroll Kite 720<br />

Rip any wave possible and landing<br />

powered tricks<br />

Pure playing<br />

Flying and defying the wind<br />

30% 10% 20%<br />

of them!

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How to wipe out and no die in kitesurf

How to wipe<br />

out and no die<br />

in kitesurf<br />

Do you know how to crash safely when you are kitesurfing? Wipeouts are part<br />

of the kiteboarder's game but learning how to control crashing is following a<br />

basic safety procedure. Learn how to be safe when things don't go as planned.

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How to wipe out and no die in kitesurf<br />

Kiteboarding is not as safe as football,<br />

but it is not as dangerous as wingsuit<br />

flying. As with any other sport, you've<br />

got to know what to do to when the<br />

equipment fails, or when you did<br />

something you shouldn't.<br />

When you move from a beginner's level<br />

to intermediate and advanced stages,<br />

you tend to start pushing your limits.<br />

However, in kiteboarding, progression<br />

may result in serious injuries which<br />

include sprains, cuts, fractures, and<br />

bruises.<br />

The most frequent wipeouts occur<br />

when kiteboarders hit the skies and<br />

then are confronted with Isaac Newton's<br />

Law of Universal Gravitation. In<br />

other words, what goes up will inevitably<br />

come down.<br />

The early kite tricks often result in failure.<br />

Like big airs. So, is there a magic<br />

formula for crashing safely? Should<br />

we learn how to hit the water without<br />

major wounds? Yes, let's do it properly.<br />

When you're still up high in the air:<br />

1. Let go of the bar if you feel your trick<br />

is not going well or if you feel uncontrolled;<br />

2. Try to keep your orientation in the<br />


4. Estimate the time-to-impact;<br />

5. Be aware of the horizon;<br />

6. Protect your body by using your<br />

arms to defend your ribs;<br />

7. If necessary, get rid of the board in<br />

the air, or get free of any lines;<br />

8. Try to hit the water in a flat angle;<br />

When you feel the impact in the water:<br />

1. Let the air out of your lungs;<br />

2. Tuck up;<br />

3. Cross your arms over your chest;<br />

4. Press your chin onto your chest;<br />

5. Bend your knees to smooth the impact;

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When you recover your composure:<br />

1. Get clear of any kite lines;<br />

2. Re-establish your orientation;<br />

3. Retrieve your kite bar and your<br />

board;<br />

4. Do you want to resume riding or get<br />

back to shore? Make your own decisions;<br />

5. Get your gear ready and relaunch;<br />

Wearing a helmet and an impact vest/<br />

PFD, riding over deep waters, staying<br />

away from rocks, buildings, and other<br />

obstacles, and enjoying the session<br />

with a couple of friends are additional<br />


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THE GRAB<br />





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Let’s focus on style: The Grab

Any sport discipline is a blend of technique and style. First<br />

comes the mastery of the athletic move, the use of muscles,<br />

movements coordination, then gradually interpretation, attention<br />

to detail, elegance, character, expression and personality<br />

take over, in other words you place your signature,<br />

so to speak, on the motor movement. If we think of our heroes<br />

of any sport for sure we are surprised and amazed by<br />

their technical level but most of the times, their style is why<br />

we love them and makes them unique.<br />

Attention to the style and pursuit of radicality on the water<br />

Kitesurfing too, of course, being one of the most popular<br />

and spectacular water sports in recent years, as technical<br />

as it may be, doesn’t escape the charm of style. Every rider,<br />

once out of the "beginner’s zone", starts facing this concept<br />

and tries to improve its own riding style: an aggressive upwind,<br />

a compass-proof power jibe, an above water-surface<br />

toeside. Succeeding is pure enjoyment for us, but also delight<br />

for the crowds. Not to mention the various kitesurfing<br />

disciplines, from Freestyle to Wave Strapless and Hydrofoil,<br />

which press on the pursuit of elegance, radicality, attention<br />

to the style and personal expression, all elements that<br />

enhance and increase the spectacularity and difficulties of<br />

the technical level.<br />

Within such pursuit of style, perhaps kitesurfing has a<br />

movement that is most representative, and kind of starting<br />

point for all the most beautiful and acrobatic manoeuvres.<br />

We are talking about the Grab, that is grabbing the board<br />

with one or two hands while airborne during a jump. It’s by<br />

all means an embellishment of a complex manoeuvre such<br />

as the jump, and which somehow perfects it and makes it<br />

even more spectacular.<br />

The Grab, invented by a Z-Boys’ skater<br />

An interesting story the one of the Grab, a manoeuvre borrowed<br />

from skateboarding and invented by the great Tony<br />

Alva, one of the first members of the Z-Boys, very young Californian<br />

surfers who in the late 60s between Santa Monica<br />

and Venice Beach (USA) were the pioneers of the four-wheel<br />

discipline giving birth to the popular Dogtown epic. From<br />

skateboarding, where it's still now a fundamental manoeuvre<br />

and the basis of every jump, before reaching kitesurfing<br />

the Grab found its evolution in all the other board sports,<br />

from surfing to snowboarding. Let's say that in recent years<br />

with the development of the strapless surf board used for<br />

Waveriding replacing the twintip board, it finds in this kitesurfing<br />

discipline a dignity (and importance) similar to the<br />

original skateboarding one. Also, in the Air Style, I mean the<br />

one of Toby Brauer, it carries a decisive role in the creation<br />

of numerous tricks. Generally talking it remains an exciting<br />

expression of style.<br />

Key points: right hang time and bent legs<br />

How to Grab. Because it’s an on-air manoeuvre, it’s necessary<br />

to be already capable of jumping and landing properly.<br />

So, make a normal jump and as soon as you are launched<br />

in the air, take off either the front or back hand from the

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bar, bend your legs and slightly contract your abs to near<br />

the board to your body, then grab it with your hand, lastly<br />

let go of the board and land normally.<br />

Of course, key point of a Grab is the right technical manoeuvre<br />

time, therefore the jump must be sufficiently high<br />

to remain suspended enough seconds to grab the board.<br />

Normally the Grab is made at the peak of the jump, then<br />

let go of the board and put the hand back on the bar whilst<br />

landing. In order to increase the hang time, it can help a<br />

lot reaching quite a bit of planing speed or use a chop or a<br />

wave. If you have trouble controlling the kite with one hand<br />

when landing, first try to jump with one hand without grabbing<br />

the board. To refine the Grab technique, you can practice<br />

out of water with a normal board or even better with a<br />

cardboard outline.<br />

Which Grab? Here’s the "map" on the board<br />

Ok then, "grabbing the board", but where? Where we grab<br />

the board is one of the main elements of the style of the<br />

Grab and it also affects the position of our body and our<br />

movements on air. We can start with whichever part of the<br />

board we feel easier and more comfortable to grab, then we

can try to change the point of contact or else how we grab<br />

the board.<br />

So, there's an official list of different types of Grabs with<br />

rather weird names which depend on which part of the<br />

board you grab, the hand used to grab and any board rotation:<br />

there are 9 Grabs made with the back hand and 10 with<br />

the front one. Here is what they are:

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Back hand Grab<br />

Stalefish: hand in the centre of the heelside rail of the board slightly close to the<br />

back foot.<br />

Tailfish: hand on the heelside rail between back foot and tail.<br />

Tail: hand on the tail of the board.<br />

Tindy: hand on the toeside rail between back foot and tail.<br />

Indy: hand on the toeside rail right in between the two straps.<br />

Canadian Bacon: hand at the centre of the toeside rail passing in between legs.<br />

Crail: hand on the toeside rail between front foot and nose.<br />

Nuclear: hand on the heelside rail between front foot and nose.<br />

Roast Beef: hand at the centre of the heelside rail passing in between legs.<br />

Front hand Grab<br />

Chicken Salad: hand on the heelside rail passing in between legs.<br />

Method: hand on the heelside rail between the straps, legs bent backwards.<br />

Hoochie Glide: hand on the heelside rail between the straps.<br />

Melon: hand on the heelside rail pushing the board forward.<br />

Lien Air: hand on the heelside rail between front foot and nose.<br />

Nose: hand on the nose of the board.<br />

Mute: hand in the centre of the toeside rail.<br />

Japan Air: hand in the centre of the toeside rail pushing the board upwards behind<br />

your back and knees facing down.<br />

Tai Pan: hand on the toeside rail passing in between legs.<br />

Seatbelt Rocket: hand on the toeside rail near the tail pushing the front leg down.

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Two-handed Grab<br />

Rocket: both hands on the nose pushing the front leg down.

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THE TACK<br />

THE TACK<br />


Reo Stevens<br />







1.<br />

As you turn your kite towards the 12<br />

1.<br />

Keeping your weight centered on<br />

o’clock position, turn the nose of your<br />

the board is key, by doing so you will<br />

board into the wind..<br />

keep the board stable. Stepping wildly<br />

2.<br />

Keep turning the nose of the board<br />

into the wind until it is pointing directly<br />

into the wind. As the nose of the<br />

board approaches pointing directly<br />

into the wind, you will lose your for-<br />

around and off centered on the board<br />

will increase the difficulty of staying<br />

on the board and completing the Tack.<br />

2.<br />

Taking your front hand off the bar<br />

ward momentum. You need to time<br />

allows you to twist your upper body<br />

switching your feet so that your feet<br />

and point your chest into the wind to<br />

STEPS<br />

are switched by the time the board<br />

loses all forward momentum.<br />

3.<br />

You should be able to swap your feet<br />

help you turn the nose of your board<br />

into the wind.<br />

3.<br />

Remember, your feet are simply<br />

TIPS<br />

in two steps: as you turn into the wind,<br />

switching positions, not creating new<br />

bring your back foot up to your front<br />

ones… Your back foot becomes your<br />

foot. When you feel your foot firmly<br />

front and your front becomes your<br />

planted on the board place your front<br />

back. You went into the turn with your<br />

foot where your back foot originally<br />

feet in the ideal spot on the board, so<br />

was.<br />

it only makes sense that that is where<br />

4.<br />

Your feet are switched, and you are<br />

most likely standing still so continue<br />

to bring the kite down towards the water<br />

for a power stroke to start your for-<br />

they need to be when you finish the<br />

turn.<br />

4.<br />

As you bring your back foot forward to<br />

ward momentum and head back the<br />

meet your front foot, you can use your<br />

direction you came from.<br />

front foot (only foot on the board at<br />

this time) to pull the nose of the board<br />

through the wind window.

S TAY<br />

SALTY.<br />

lucamarcis@hotmail.com<br />

S T A Y<br />


- S T A Y S A L T Y -

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• Lightweight, Durable Construction<br />

• Quad Channels<br />

• Including 2 G10 6.5 Toxic Wave Fins<br />

Construction:<br />

• Paulownia Wood Core<br />

• Unidirectional Carbon Reinforcement<br />

• ABS Sidewalls<br />

• Full EVA brushed top striped groove deck pad.

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Naish<br />

Product focus<br />

NAish SLASH<br />

www.NAISHKITES.com<br />

Text and Photo: Naish Courtesy<br />

Pure Wave/Strapless<br />

The ideal choice to stoke out<br />

dedicated wavekiters, the 2019<br />

Slash delivers unmatched drift,<br />

a wide wind range and quicker<br />

reaction time.<br />

The leading edge bladder has<br />

been further tapered through<br />

the wingtip, creating an even<br />

smaller diameter for improved<br />

turning speed and response.<br />

Providing incredible low-end<br />

power and the best down-theline<br />

drift in the Naish line, the<br />

bar pressure has also been slightly<br />

decreased to help fight fatigue<br />

and keep kiters on the water<br />

even longer. Made to take a<br />

beating in heavy surf, the Quad-<br />

Tex canopy remains the strongest<br />

material in the industry,<br />

while the leading edge seam features<br />

a new thread that tested<br />

off the charts in strength. Thanks<br />

to the strength that Quad-Tex


- Quad-Tex Ripstop Fabric = Stiffest, strongest canopy material on<br />

the market.<br />

- Shark Teeth Trailing Edge = Reduces weight while minimizing &<br />

dispersing canopy flutter.<br />

- Precision turns on a small axis with minimum power increase in<br />

the turn.<br />

- ABS Bridle = Consistent forward drive + maximum depower + no<br />

back-stalling.<br />

- Unmatched drifting ability.<br />

- Ultra-reinforced wingtip construction.<br />

- Quick water relaunch.<br />

- Constant leading edge taper.<br />

SIZES:<br />

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12<br />

- High-flow valve.<br />

- Octopus Inflation System = Lightest, easiest single-point inflation<br />

system delivering uniform pressure in the struts and leading edge.<br />

provides, Dacron strut panels<br />

can be removed without a loss<br />

of canopy rigidity, allowing for<br />

further weight reduction. Bladder<br />

Lock has also been added<br />

to ensure there is no movement<br />

in the leading edge bladder or<br />

struts when inflating, deflating,<br />

crashing or packing.<br />

The Slash has established itself<br />

as Naish’s premier wave kite,<br />

providing incredible down-theline<br />

drift and stable flight, perfect<br />

for park-and-ride style kitesurfing.

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Manera<br />

Product focus<br />



www.manera.com<br />

Text and Photo: Manera Courtesy<br />

Misure: XS-S-M-L-XL<br />

Having worked on ergonomic<br />

designs for a while, our goal<br />

was to push our frame concept<br />

to more stiffness, allowing<br />

a better support of the back<br />

and a lower fit. But something<br />

100% hard was not an option:<br />

our back needs some adaptability<br />

and human morphology<br />

is unique. So here comes<br />

the ECLIPSE, a skilful balance<br />

between stiffness and flex that<br />

brings support where you need<br />

it and the freedom to move the<br />

way you want.

Adaptive shell<br />


Adaptive shell<br />

The Adaptive Shell stiffness shades from hard in the center area<br />

to softer on the edges. The stiff center-belt prevents the harness<br />

from folding and compressing your body while preserving a good<br />

lumbar support. The softer outline preserves intuitive mobility and<br />

adaptability. It results in a shell that is forgiving where you need<br />

flex and stiff where you want support.<br />

The Adaptive Shell stiffness shades from hard in the center area to<br />

softer on the edge.<br />

Gel foam<br />

Gel foam<br />

The gel foam disperses pressure evenly and efficiently to provide a<br />

“pillow comfort”, much appreciated during long sessions. It creates<br />

a different sense of feeling while riding as it moves along with your<br />

movements, therefore the contact with the harness is more intuitive<br />

and it prevents any rash or rubbing discomfort. Because there’s<br />

nothing worse than a harness that rides up during your sessions,<br />

we developed the DOWN HOLD SYSTEM, an asymmetrical attachment<br />

that distributes the forces downward. Secured in its original<br />

position, the hook does not ride back up.<br />

Tuck flap<br />

Tuck flap<br />

The TUCK FLAPS further assist the DOWN HOLD SYSTEM using the<br />

flaps positioned on the ends of the spreader bar and inserted into<br />

the harness. Once the straps are tightened, they are compressed<br />

and locked. By stiffening the connection between the harness and<br />

the buckle, they prevent it from riding up.<br />

Spreader bar system<br />

Spreader bar system<br />

We wanted to avoid unpleasant lateral contraction of the harness<br />

on the chest, which is why we adapt our spreader bar to harness sizes.<br />

A well-suited spreader bar will pull along both sides of the harness,<br />

while a spreader bar that is too small will pull with an acute<br />

angle, putting pressure on the rider and causing troublesome pain.

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F-One<br />

Product focus<br />

BANDIT 12<br />

www.f-one.com<br />

Text and Photo: F-One Courtesy<br />

How do you improve the Bandit?<br />

Every year we ask ourselves<br />

this question, and each year<br />

there follows another question,<br />

what are we looking for? Our<br />

primary focus is to develop the<br />

wind range, the lateral pull of<br />

the kite, the feedback and feeling<br />

at the bar and the maneuverability.<br />

After eleven years of<br />

constant enrichment, we focused<br />

on specific areas to channel<br />

our efforts and achieve our<br />

goals with the twelfth edition of<br />

the BANDIT.<br />


This has always been a key are<br />

for the BANDIT, a wider wind<br />

range means you can enjoy<br />

longer sessions in more varied<br />

conditions. Just because a<br />

kite works across a wide range<br />

though doesn’t mean it is good.<br />

Enhancing the effective “Riding<br />

Range” was the goal for the designers<br />

and testers; this is the<br />

range of wind in which you can<br />

perform all your tricks. You’ll<br />

find the BANDIT allows you to<br />

ride at your best regardless of<br />

the conditions.<br />


There is a special link between<br />

the rider, wind and the water.<br />

Your connection to the kite<br />

is crucial, it is how you feel the<br />

power from the wind, and it provides<br />

the control as well. The feelings<br />

we get when we are kiting<br />

are always different, the wind is<br />

constantly changing and so too<br />

is the water we ride on.<br />

With predictable and consistent<br />

power delivery and incredible<br />

bar feedback, the new BANDIT<br />

ensures every session is a good<br />

session. There will be no more<br />

complaints about gusty winds<br />

or struggling for control when<br />


SIZES 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 17<br />

WIND RANGE 35 + 30 + 28 + 25 + 20 > 35 15 > 30 12 > 26 11 > 24 10 > 22 8 > 18 8 > 16<br />


At F-ONE we believe that we’re<br />

happier when we are riding<br />

smaller kites. 7-9 m2 kites are<br />

always the most fun to fly, as<br />

they are so reactive. This year<br />

the handling on the new BAN-<br />

DIT has been further improved<br />

so that every kite feels smaller<br />

in the sky. You’ll find the 12 m2<br />

flies like a 9 m2 and that feeling<br />

is priceless.<br />


Many kiters don’t fully appreciate<br />

the importance of lateral<br />

pull in their kites. When we ride,<br />

we are always fighting the forces<br />

from the kite by edging the<br />

board to create forward motion.<br />

For many years we have been<br />

working to reduce the lateral<br />

pull felt by the rider, this means<br />

you can enjoy longer, more<br />

comfortable sessions with less<br />

effort. The new BANDIT offers<br />

the perfect balance between<br />

power and lateral pull, with fantastic<br />

low end and incredible<br />

comfort in the middle and at the<br />

top of the wind range. Edging<br />

has never been so easy, your<br />

jumps will be even bigger and<br />

your board is released.<br />


• The fantastic riding range of the new BANDIT means that you’ll<br />

enjoy every session, no matter the wind variations<br />

• The kite is an extension of your body that performs in harmony<br />

with you; this ultimate link means that as soon as you’ve thought<br />

about the turn, the kite is already making it with a perfect feeling<br />

and control.<br />

• This year the BANDIT delivers extraordinary maneuverability and<br />

reactivity, it’s like driving an “F-ONE car” instead of a bus.<br />

• Power delivery is smooth and consistent regardless of the conditions<br />

offering you maximum comfort.<br />

• The perfect fusion of all our knowledge, the latest materials and<br />

technology means you can enjoy a kite that excels in all disciplines<br />

and makes every session one to remember.<br />





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