As one of the most exciting Watersports on
the planet, Kitesurfing deserves a magazine to match.
Island Style: Two of the best waveriders
on the planet and definitely two of the favourites for their
respective KSP titles this year - hook up and score some waves
at a few lesser known spots around the Cape Verde Islands.
Exodus: Much to the annoyance of us regular
riders in colder climes, there is a select bunch of UK guys
who routinely get to declamp for the cold months and go hone
their skills somewhere hot, windy and normally with plenty
going on after hours. This winter, Sam Light stuck a pin in
the map and ended up in Cape Town.
Thai Slider Project: A great escape by some
of the Canadian contingent to Asia. Craig Cunningham, Sam
Medsky, and David Drinkwater investigate the continent and
spread some slider love along the way.
Richman: Brothers hey! Tough going at the
best of times, but what if both happen to be right at the
top of the kitesurfing tree of Maui? Thankfully as is often
the case, time has ensured that these two are also best of
The Imperfect Storm: You can probably count
the number of 'classic' cross-off days for kiting in the UK
each year on one hand. As proven by a few typically grey shots
to emerge from West Cornwall.
Brave New World: Both having had their fair
shre of troubles over the last few years, Kitesurf take a
look at whether kitesurfing has been affected in Egypt and
Greece. The savvy kite traveller can both save a few pounds
doing their bit to help out our European counterparts too.
Tricks: Air Reverse, Back to Blind with Airpass,
Inverted front roll with tail grab.
Tested: Cabrinha Switchblade, Ocean Rodeo
Rise, RRD Passion, Wainman Smoke, Crazy-Fly Raptor Pro Ltd,
F-One Acid, Naish Fish, Wainman Gambler
Bali Bagus: One of the most surf-drenched
islands on the planet and one of the industries most-respected
One of Four: Kai Lenny's 4 in 1 antics were
well documented and we've managed to get out hands on some
epic stills from the late-avro kiting element of the day.
Aaron Hadlow On: Top bloke that he is, he
reports on his ACL reconstruction, ASPIRE movie and how wakestyle
riding is represented.
The Graduate: Nina Nicklin elected to join
her brother and cousin at Kite Watuma and play her part in
developing their family business in Kenya.
The Dark Months: Epic shots from winter in
the UK. Next time your are cursing the fact that you left
your boots in the van and they're frozen solid, have a quick
leaf through these pages and remind yourself how lucky we
actually are on these little island of ours.
Tricks: Grabbed KGB, Karate Kick, Unhooked
Tested: Airush Varial-X, Crazy-Fly Sculp.
Summer Wetsuits: We check out 6 of the biggest
brands of the wetsuit business.
A Short Break in Cloudbreak: Reo Stevens
takes ben Wilson's advice and makes themost of a window in
hos schedule to take on one of the most feared waves in the
planet, Cloudbreak on Namoutu, Fiji.
The Enigma - Kiting Teahupoo: Jeremie Eloy
answered a call from Ben Thouard to head over to Tahiti for
some massive Cloudbreak action to join Laird Hamilton and
other big wave legends in the line-up.
KSP 2012: Three new stops including Ireland,
prize money up for grabs and an altogether more high profile
affair. Kitesurf talk to riders, judges and organisers ablout
last year's tour and look forward to the KSP 2012 season.
Women on Top: Whichever way you look at it,
2011 was an awesome year for UK kiting, with UK riders representing
in every discilpine at the very top level.
Wave Kit Test: Kitesurf put a staggering eight
boards and seven kites through their paces. From onshore to
cross-off and from 15 knots to 35 plus. Airush Lithium, BWS
Noise, Best Kahoona, Cabrinha Drifter, Naish Bolt, North EVO,
RRD Religion, Airush Choptop, Cabrinha S-Quad, Circle One
Graphic, Naish Global, North Whip, Ocean Rodeo Surf Series,
RRD Asso Pigliatutto, Slingshot Tyrant.
Tricks: Indy Flat 5, Backside Hack, Rodeo
The Brand Trip: Pete Cabrinha has been around
the block a few times, so to hear him frothing so much about
his Marshall Islands trip, it must have been seriously good.
The Pro Trip: Alby Rondina takes us through
his off-season regime in Brazil where he knows exactly where
to head and exactly what to do to ensure he's got-it-going
on next season.
The Road Trip: With the "fastest"
already ticked off, Alex Caizergues goes for "highest"
and "longest" while on the road in Peru.
The Island Trip: Gabi Steindl returns to the
tropical idyll of Bali, where her kitesurfing adventure began
almost ten years ago and finds some old friends, new waves
and near death experiences.
Tricks: Backhand barrel, strapless board spin,
S-Mobe with grab
Tested: Hadlow ID, Ocean Rodeo Razor, Best
TS, Cabrinha Switchblade, IN Wild Thing 3, Best Armada, Naish
Travel Special: Kitesurf asked a few of the
best riders on the planet why we should come to their back
yard and what we need to know when we get there.
Antandroy: More hotly anticipated than the
next season of Mad Men, F-One's latest televisual offering
takes us back-to-basics in deepest Mauritius. Following on
from the highly respected Addikt films was never going to
be easy. Raphael Salles tells us how he went about it.
Summer Loving: Kitesurf's very own bratpack
cancelled their annual jaunt to center parks this year and
hit up the US for some of the most respected 'independent'
kitesurfing events instead. James Boulding takes us through
Access all areas: Ever been on the water and
spotted some too-far-away unridden waves reeling down a point
and thought 'if-only'? Tuva Jensens got a crew together and
most importantly a boat and had a tour around Cape verde.
Ian Alldredge: The man with the velcro feet
who does impossible things with his schtick, explains how
years of experience has helped him to build his perfect board.
Tricks: Backmobe, Slim Chance, Raily to Blind,
Tested: Naish Torch, North Vegas, Flysurfer
Unity, F-One Bandit 5, Naish Momentum, North X-Ride, North
Wam, F-One Signature
Coldwater Gear: We check out 6 of the biggest
brands involved in wetsuit accessories to keep you warm throughout
the icicle season.
Behind the Scenes: Get a back stage pass
to Naish's 2012 kit shoot. Big names, big moves and no-wind
shenanigans. Happy families or did it all go a bit Big Brother?
The Dream Tour: Competitive waveriding comes
of age in a big way. Kitesurf Mag gets the lowdown on the
most hotly anticipated event for years. The KSP Wave Tour.
New Kid in Class: Robinson Hilario. F-One's
golden boy and PKRA newbie takes some time out to let us know
how things are shaking out.
Back to School: The new editor steps into
the lion's den for Freestyle 101 with East Devon's most terrifying
pack of super-groms.
Winter Travel Guide: All of the options featured
will do you perfectly through the winter months for a perfect
Winter Wetsuits: We check out 6 of the biggest
brands of the wetsuit business.
Tested: Best Taboo, Naish Park, RRD Obsession,
Naish Money Shot, Wainman Joke, RRD Joystick, RRD Big Bertha
Magazine Issue 67:
Midnight Express: Fight against the tyranny
of the Icealnd volcano ash cloud. Will he succeed in a mad
inter-continental dash to board the BEST Odyssey in time?
Flick my Bic: Sometimes a trip is just so
totally tubular you have to put pen to paper and share your
experiences. Dominique Granger reports from her Caribbean
adventure aboard the Meerkat.
Atlantic Ocean Colour Scene: Jamie Turnbull
sends us a report on his local scene, Perranporth in Cornwall
Back in Business: Will Bennet was glued to
the TV when he noticed news about the Egyptian revolution
was scarce. Thinking it would be safe to go back in now, he
jumped on a plane to Hurghada.
PKRA Top Trumps: The world tour's having a
breather for the summer so to tide you over, Kitesurf mag
has created Top Trump Cards of the top competitors.
Interview with Lewis Crathern: We ask questions
of Lewis like no one else has done before. Real issues, work
Tested: Liquid Force Envy, Best Nemesis V3,
Caution Spitfire 2011, Naish Charger, Xenon La Luz Twin Tip
and Circle One Bamboo surfboard.
Edge Cup: Denzilla reports from a new type
of kite racing event. News: The new
Kite Pro Wave Tour plus UK Beach cleanliness.
Products: RRD's Race Kite, Kite Compressor
Kit and bikini's. How-To: Get changed
into your wetsuit in public. Race Scene:
A candid exposure with Alex Aguara, craftsman of winning race
Make it Sticky: Royal sons of Maui Kai Lenny
and Jesse Richman come down from their thrones to teach we
the loyal unwashed subjects, the appropriate methodology of
riding surfboards with nae straps.
The Stars of Track and Field:
Once there was a time when we'd say PKRNay, but now we're
saying PKRYay! Here we're giving you the good points and the
'must try harder' points of the main podium threats. We threw
in some bikini shots too.
Wakestyle: Tom Court takes us back to square one for riding
in boots (the bindings, not the chemist) and explains the
differences of kites, cables and boats.
Surfstyle: William Bennet breaks down the process of riding
a directional for the first time and throws a few bones out
there for surfers wanting to try the kite.
Freestyle: Kiteforum boss and big air king
Toby Braeuer delivers a passionate article on being the best
that you can be, up in the air, spinning around without the
board on your feet.
Race style: Before you even get into what the latest boards
are, or most efficient fin set ups, you'll need to know the
race rules and flag systems. Denzil Williams lays it all out
for us here.
Tested: Best Kahoona V3, Flexifoil Proton, GIN Zulu, Wainman
Smoke, plus F-One TX4 and Flexifoil Anarchist twin tips!
DVD Reviews: Ryland Blakeney's Broken Water / FatSand Progression
Beginner / Oxbow Waterman Experience
The (Down) Under Achievers: James Boulding,
Sam Light, Tom Court - two have nouns for their surnames;
one has a kind of verb. All three of them conspired to deliver
the most visually appealing trip story we've seen. It doesn't
even matter that it's about Australia!
Mad Dogs and Geordie Boys: Just who the hell is Jonathan Slater?
And who told him he could charge the racetrack rights of Ponta
Preta like that?
ER Timeline: Jesse Richman needed a lot of plasters, hospital
food and we presume, suppositories over the last year. This
is how he got over his year of pain. Ex-Lax, STAT!
Buy That Man A Beer: Cameron Dietrich. Cam Wrong Deep Trick.
Camera On Cheap Trick. Whatever, he's just gone and charged
the biggest wave we've ever seen printed in a kite mag. Brother,
this is an issue or raising bars and beers alright.
Perspective: James Boulding in mad kite rescue
shark dodge act of heroism, and being shot by a helicopter.
He is one busy Northerner.
Tested: RRD Vision, Mutiny F-Series, Slingshot
RPM and North Fuse. Plus RRD Placebo and North Select twin
Ride Guide: Westshore, North Wales. I'm telling you, it's
like a cold-water carbon copy of Kite Beach.
Aloha Bruvver: Dream of making that pilgrimage
to Hawaii and seeking out some of the finest Aleutian Juice?
Whilst not exactly 'bustin' down the door', we hope to lay
a few misconceptions to rest here.
Is this the best kitesurfer on the planet?: Well, we're hearing
it said with more frequency that Ian Alldredge from Central
California really is the cat's pyjamas.
Let there be wind (or not): Brian Wheeler brings a full report
from the seminal kite-cable crossover event, Wind or No Wind.
Mick Hucknall nearly ruined by boat trip: Will Bennet and
Celine Collaud body-swerve the Ginger Whinger who sought to
thwart their Gaudeloupe surf-kite cruise.
Entry Lines: Ben Wilson kicks the issue off with as far as
we can tell, the most irrefutable case for welcoming the next
growth explosion of the sport.
The Launch: Riding giants, and the boards you need to do it
with Kai Lenny; 20 things we learned about Hawaii; boost your
YouTube viewing figures!
Tested: Best Taboo, F One Bandit 4, Naish Park and the Slingshot
Fuel, plus F One Bamboo, North Whip and Slingshot Verve surfboards,
then a couple of Crazyfly twinnies.
Products: RRD's new Vision kite kicks off
this issue's new gear.
How it works: The most popular new kite on Maui, the Naish
Park, with Damien Girardin
I won't cook it but I'll order it from Zanzibar!:
Kenya not exotic enough for you these days?
Head south for this colourful little archipelago.
Astral Weeks: Nicky Rudd gives us the straight scoop on living
under the stars in West Oz.
Invaders Must Fly: The definitive Colonial Empire travel round
up! Twenty-seven locations charted for your holiday planning
Trust me on the sunscreen: Ramblin' man Andy Gratwick pools
his experience here with ten top travel tips to keep safe
An en'Tiree'ley good idea! A roll-on roll-off guide to the
windiest, sunniest place in the UK - Spain er I mean Tiree!
The Launch: Packing the ultimate travel quiver
Tested: New format yo! Naish Torch, North Fuse and SS Rally,
plus twins from Crazyfly and Canrinha.
Trigger Finger: How to get a cover up, plus blind judge and
tantrum for the twinnies
Future Freestyle: Be kind, rewind. Tips on using your HC camera
to ride better.
Strapless Tutorial: Wakeskate 101! Starting off with the cheapest
new discipline in kiting.
Blackpool BKSA: Highlights from the closing competition
News: James Longmuir's astonishing Speedweek win, Rob Douglas'
Products: North Fuse in focus, plus latest 2011 kites about
The Joy of Six: Featuring travel gadgets
Kit Reviews: Fatsand's Intermediate DVD, Finisterre Anabatic
jacket and O'Neill Gooru slam vest
Denzil's Race Scene: Understanding course racing flags and
the latest on kiting in the Olympics.
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