did you get started in power kiting:
I first started using a Flexifoil Stacker
6 and went from there - taken a while to get into power kiting
seriously because of previous occupations and being a photographer
I did not get a lot of time in front of the lens.
equipment do you use:
High performance four line fixed power and
depowerable foils, Flexifoil Airdeck, a few other boards and prototypes
- depends on the wind conditions.
board do you use:
Most of the time - Flexifoil Kite-Specific
Airdeck it great for holding lots of power and fantastic freestyle
have you been doing the past year:
I have been invited to a lot of festival
attendances across the world including Colombia, New Zealand,
Jordan, United States, Holland, Canary Islands, Tunisia and Portugal
- so have spent quite a lot of the time away but I have also done
a lot of research and development for kite companies as well as
spending a lot of time editing and producing articles for magazines.
plans do you have for this year:
I have a lot of promotional work to do this
year as well as TV appearances, photo/video shoots - more research
and development and appearing at few more festivals around the
Kite Landboarding Spot:
Difficult - I would have to say North Wales
has some great beaches but they are also great places inland such
as Sutton Park in the West Midlands which was a great training
ground! I would have to say Jordan has real potential! But I think
New Zealand's South Brighton Beach and St. Augustine in Florida
are great contenders for my most favourite location for boarding.
What would you recommend as a first
time kite boarder who wanted to enter into the sport, what kite
and board would you recommend and why:
Only to get to know the kite you are flying
as much as possible - kitelandboarding is about 70% kite skills
- choose a kite that is something that you feel both comfortable
with and you will use for a majority of conditions. It makes your
progression onto your board quicker and the learning curve easier.
Take your time and enjoy the learning process.
kind of tricks do you like to do?
There are so many! I love them all - there
is nothing as good as going high - a 360° deadman is great
spectator trick - board-offs are good but the wind has to be just
surface do you prefer for landboarding?
Hard Sand and Sandstone are great surfaces
to go landboarding on - grass is excellent however for holding
lots of power and staying upwind!
do you think the sport will grow?
There will be more and more people able
to get going in power kiting - kites are becoming more efficient
and stable allowing people to get up to a good level quickly.
is your best session to date?
Too many to list really but I always tend
to have good times when testing out new boards and kites - they
always tend to make you work harder to get the most use out of
them. South Brighton Beach in New Zealand stands out for just
pure fun and hassle- free flying!
you received any injuries from power kiting?
Nothing serious - power kiting is quite
a safe sport providing you are wear the necessary protection and
check your equipment on a regular basis for wear and tear.
else you want to say?
Only that everyone should
have a go of this sport and just remember to keep it fun!