IKSURFMAG Issue 38 Goes Live

We hope you are well and have found some time to get on the water recently! We are really excited to announce that Issue 38 of IKSURFMAG has gone live, and it is packed with great stories, photos and videos!

IKSURFMAG Issue 38 Goes Live

IKSURFMAG Issue 38 Goes Live

Bertrand Fleury features in our Kitesurfing Originals profile looking at the riders who have been there since day one, and are still just as stoked! We also look at the importance of keeping secrets, Kirsty Jones is back from injury and has a chat with us about how excited she is to just be kitesurfing, and of course Christian and Karine have a huge technique feature for you! There is literally loads more inside, including lots of light wind gear on test ready for summer, so be sure to check it out!

Cheers

The IKSURFMAG Team
http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue38/

IKSURFMAG online Magazine Issue 36 Goes Live

We hope you are well and have been managing to find some time to get out on the water recently! We wanted to let you know that Issue 36 of IKSURFMAG has just been released and it is packed with all the latests and greatest photos, videos and stories from around the world of kiting. We have travel guides for Cape Town, Montenegro and Peru, plus there are nine kites on test, including five “pocket rockets” for those howling days. Christian and Karine are on hand with the technique and we also have an in depth look at North Kiteboarding and interview the man behind it Till Eberle. Of course there is plenty more inside so be sure to check it out…

IKSURFMAG online Magazine Issue 36 Goes Live

IKSURFMAG online Magazine Issue 36 Goes Live

We hope you enjoy the latest issue!

Cheers

The IKSURFMAG Team

 

http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue36/

China Freestyle Goes Huge on Day 3 Hainan Island

Living up to the full anticipation of a huge first day for the freestyle single eliminations, day three provided all the action packed excitement one could hope for and more. With the morning starting out at about 12-18 knots, riders pumped up their larger kites, with the hopes that they could go big and impress the discerning judge’s panel.

Some of the first heats saw the advancement of a number of PKRA veterans, such as Mario Rodwald (GER), Victor Hays (FRA), and Helena Brochocka (POL), while several riders from Kazakhstan later put forth their best efforts when up against heavy hitters like Kevin Langeree (NED) and Johnno Sholte (NED). A few local riders even went for the challenge of competing alongside Youri Zoon (NED) and Reno Romeu (BRA), but didn’t quite make the cut before the sound of the ending horn.

Kites China

Throughout the day, every heat provided incredible action that enthralled and excited the beach goers and spectators, who rarely see such large-scale kiteboarding events in their home country. Karolina Winkowska (POL) and Gisela Pulido (ESP) put on an impressive show, exhibiting just how talented this group of women competitors really are. In this tense and high performance heat, Winkowska managed to land a Slim Chance, Blind Judge 3, and KGB, earning 27.5 points, while Pulido’s Sbend 3 and Slim Chance, in addition to other tricks, left her short by 5 points.

The men took the opportunity to heat things up in the afternoon. With each competitor realizing that this would be their second to last single elimination round of the year, they threw down hard in their calculated maneuvers and complicated tricks.  Christophe Tack (BEL) did well in his heat against Zoon early on, as he stomped a nice Blind Judge 5; however, it was not quite enough to overtake Zoon’s trademark power and speed, which he best demonstrated with a Front Blind Mobe and Blind Judge 5.

Bruna Kajiya

As the end of the singles drew near, it became apparent that no competitor was about to give up without a fight. Winkowska and Bruna Kajiya (BRA) took part in one of the closest heats of the day as Kajiya landed a remarkable SBend 3 and an equally impressive KGB. Winkowska answered right back with many well executed tricks, such as a switch Sbend 3, scored at 7.17 points. In the last moments of this nail biting heat, Bruna lost the bar before she was able to ride away clean, just seconds before the buzzer sounded, which garnered much attention from the spectators in suspense.  The stand-out performance from Karolina, however, earned her the win for the women in the single eliminations, and Kajiya not far behind in second.

Karolina Winkowska

In the men’s final, and not surprisingly so – Alex Pastor (ESP) and Youri Zoon (NED) rode exceptionally well. With possibly the best wind conditions of the day, both men threw down with full power and speed. While Alex impressed with a big Double Sbend 3 and a highly technical Shifty 5, Zoon seemed to take more chances and pulled off an explosive KGB, Front Mobe, and Blind Judge 5. These tricks from Zoon, respectively, earned high scores of 8.7, 7.43, and 9.93. In the end, this gave Zoon the advantage in this final heat with 52.69 points against Alex’s 48.56.

And thus continues the high suspense action for this incredible Hainan Island PKRA tour stop, with major action, huge wins, and an end result that is yet to be decided – but will help determine the ultimate Freestyle World Champion of the 2012 season.

Zoon & Pastor