Kiteworld Magazine # 65 kitesurfing world Teahupoo thaitii Reo Stevens

ISSUE #65

Issue #65 will be with you from early September and features guides to Cumbuco in Brazil and Langebaan in South Africa. Adam Super gives vital tips on how to set about achieving some serious progression, we spill the news on the 2014 kite releases so far, Reo hits Teahupoo and much, much more !

Kiteworld Magazine # 65 kitesurfing world Teahupoo thaitii Reo Stevens

Kiteworld Magazine # 65 kitesurfing world Teahupoo thaitii Reo Stevens

Kitesurfing Teahupoo thaitii Kiteworld magazine with Reo Stevens

 

Kiteworld #65 – Coming Together

The tour of kitesurfing’s meccas continues for the Kiteworld editorial team as they hit the northeast coast of Brazil. First stop is the small village of Cumbuco 45 minutes northwest of Fortaleza that struck gold in terms of kiting tourism when it became apparent that there aren’t many places in the world with such a staggeringly consistent seven to eight month wind season. Thousands visit here for the long golden beaches, choice of lagoons and endless downwinders. The kids here grew up surrounded by kiteboarding, and it shows.

In issue #65 we feature a ride guide for Cumbuco, and in issue #66 we’ll be taking a look at some more of the riding delights further north. The wind is already taking on its clockwork tendencies and set to blow every day until at least the end of January!

Another area that’s just about to come into season is South Africa. We also offer advice on traveling to Langebaan, a stunning flat water playground 90 minutes north of Cape Town and throw a further lure out in the form of a Cape Town freestyle gallery from Jens Hogenkamp.

Adam Super is an incredibly technical and analytical rider that we met in the States. Living in Hatteras and working for Kitty Hawk Kites, Adam gets to kite nearly every day, but also gets to watch streams of kiters of all levels come through the school as students and freeriders, with both good habits and bad. He starts a column this issue focused on helping you understand how to go about learning how to learn. If you need inspiration to go huge, check out our interview with Toby Braeuer about his new Airstyle DVD with 666 tricks!

We also hear from Brianna Hirsch-Pollitt, a 19-year-old woman for whom kiteboarding gave such strength in rebuilding her life after being diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma when she was 17, culminating in her attending the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer mega event in Hood River in July this year.

You will also find out about Poul Rasmussen in Jason Gallate’s regular To Love, To Kite column. Poul was literally a ‘Great Dane’ – a man who literally lived to kitesurf until he was 88. Our doctor in the house looks into finding the lessons we can learn from Poul to help us all push beyond the norm.

All that, plus: flow better in waves with the downloop, Reo at Teahupoo, Shinn and Hadlow columns, Readers’ Gallery, the sport’s best images from the last couple of months and more!

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CAPTION – Toby Braeuer recently released his big air DVD, Airstyle, containing 666 hooked-in tricks. A massive undertaking to collect and very different to the constant new school unhooked freestyle barrage – we talk to Toby in issue #65.PHOTO – Fabian Huelsen / airstyle.tv

Sir Richard Branson is set to join 300+ riders who will attempt to break the record for the biggest group downwinder along the south coast of the UK, from Hayling Island to Lancing. Now fully supported by Virgin, the ‘Big Charity Downwinder’ has become the ‘Virgin Kitesurfing Armada’… read more here. or visit Kiteworld Events Directory.

RANDOM VIDEO – North Vegas 2014

Read all about the early 2014 kite releases in issue #65. Some early movie teasers for the products are out now too, including this excellent video on the North Vegas!

 

SUBSCRIBE & WINIssue #64′s subscriber competition was the change to win a weeks holiday in Tarifa. For Issue #65 we’ve teamed up with Cabrinha to offer the Cabrinha Stylus as a prize. All you have to do is have a valid subscription on 15 October 2013 and you will be entered in the draw to find the winner.Don’t have a subscription ? Get it here ».

 

 

 

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Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin

When did development first begin with the Ride kite concept? How long did it take before you were happy with the final design?

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

I first started working on the Ride over two years ago. Originally, I wanted to make the Park with two struts. The very first samples ended up being the Park, but without a center strut. Then, we decided that the Park should keep three struts (for stability and gusty wind control), but I didn’t want to give up on the two struts idea – the prototypes were way too good! So we re-focused the project toward a more “user-friendly” kite concept in order to help the re-launch and give it a more forgiving feel.

What characteristics set the Ride apart from other kites in the line?

Easiness! The Ride has that in its DNA. With the Ride, you don’t need to be a good kite flyer with advanced steering skills; you can just sheet-in and you’re going! The Ride never wants to back stall so it’s very forgiving when over-sheeting.

Why is the Ride’s 2 strut design so ideal for freeride kiting?

The two struts on the Ride provide a lighter kite that generates a better low end and naturally flies better in the air (lighter weight means better efficiency).

Why is the Ride so stable with just 2 struts?

The Ride is stable because the overall kite is perfectly balanced. Technically, this means the tow point of the kite (i.e. the virtual point where all the bridles pull from) is perfectly aligned with the center of effort of the kite (i.e. the virtual point that results from the addition of all the force generated by the entire canopy of the kite.)

Why is the Ride so easy to re-launch?

The re-launch of the ride is easy because of the overall outline of the kite; the wing tips are swept back in a way that allows the kite to easily rotate when on the water.

Why does the Ride work so great in light winds?

The reduced amount of struts results in two things for light wind riding. First, as stated above, the fewer number of struts translates into a lighter kite that is more efficient and flies better. Second, because there is no center strut, the center of the kite acts like a spinnaker, expanding a bit when you need power to harness more wind.

What is new for this year’s Ride?

This year’s Ride was built on last year’s proven platform. We’ve made the arc a bit flatter in order to improve the low-end and changed the bridle platform by making them start higher up on the leading edge. This makes the kite more solid when flying thru the window and in the end, results in a kite that responds quicker to the rider’s input when initiating a turn.

Q&A with Trip Kite designer Damien Girardin

When did you first start development on your strutless kite concept? Was the end result what you expected?

The idea of removing struts is a process that I started years ago when I first began designing kites. I always wanted to design the lightest, most simple and functional kites possible. But maintaining performance while removing struts is not that easy.

When you remove the struts on a kite you have to make sure it remains stable. In previous years, we went down to 3 struts with the Park, and then played with the idea of 1 strut, but wasn’t happy with the result. So then I went to 2 struts with the Ride. The Ride turned out to be such a good kite that it felt natural to move forward and design a strutless kite.

The design objectives for the Trip were very clear: create a compact kite convenient for traveling that has a lightweight, simple overall design and continue the idea of a user-friendly, fun kite. A minimalistic design that’s also lightweight is always favorable for any “flying object”.

After a long period of development, we ended up with a design that exceeded our expectations in terms of light feel, stability and light wind riding.

What advantages do you believe the Trip has over a traditional SLE or Bow design?

The main advantages of the Trip are that it is light in the air and the lift generating center section of the canopy will expand when flying. This translates into a great gain in light wind power. Other advantages include faster inflation time and more compact packing, making the Trip a great “go to” kite for traveling.

Are there any disadvantages to riding a strutless kite like the Trip?

Even though the high end control on the Trip is really good, you will reach a limit where the kite will simply saturate and start fluttering when you sheet out or head downwind. The re-launch will require more skills, as the kite won’t keep its structure when lying on the water.

We don’t recommend the Trip to be the only kite in your quiver, because in some conditions, or for certain styles of riding, it will not perform as well as the Park, Draft, Ride or Torch.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin park wave

First concerns about a strutless kite are relaunch and stability. Please address both for the skeptics.

There may be times where you need some advanced skills to get a strutless kite back in the air. This is the main reason why we do not recommend the Trip for beginners. Also, instability in the air is not an issue when flown within the Trip’s wind range. However, fluttering can occur when fully depowering the kite.

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Naish Kiteboarding Kites 2014 with designer Damien Girardin kiteboard antic

Where does the Trip kite fit in your product mix?

The Trip is a kite that targets intermediate to advanced riders that want to lessen their load when traveling. It’s perfect for someone who wants to travel with only one “all around” kite that works well in most conditions.

The Trip is in a class by itself and is a nice addition to the rest of our line.

http://naishkites.com

ANTIC-Wakestyle-Cable Hybrid

The Antic is a high performance hybrid TT wakestyle board designed for kite and cable park riding.

Designed to be ridden with boots or the Apex binding, the Antic is built tough for intermediate to advanced wakestyle riders looking to hit kickers, sliders and ride hard.

http://naishkites.com/antic-wakestyle-cable-hybrid/

Ruben Lenten signs with Best Kiteboarding

All days are good, some are just better. Just like this one. I have found the right partner to push extreme kiteboarding to the next level. Stoked with my new partner in ‘crime’, Best Kiteboarding.

Ruben Lenten signs with Best Kiteboarding

Ruben Lenten signs with Best Kiteboarding

First of all I would like to thank Slingshot for all their support over the past 10 years. It’s been an absolute blast to ride and work with you guys. Thanks for all the experiences that I will never forget and also for helping me explore the limits of kiteboarding.

Now the time has come to move on and continue to follow my vision. My passion for kiteboarding is big, it’s my life and this partnership allows me to raise the bar of extreme kiteboarding even higher.

At the highest level of sports and in the strongest conditions there is a strong demand for high quality products. That’s why LEN10 likes to team up with companies that have a similar vision and want to put the time, effort and money into accomplishing it. Quality is essential to feel safe on the water and in the air. In order to push the limits of your body and sport you need to feel comfortable. This comfort comes from the performance of the kite and all other gear. In my opinion there are very few products that make riders feel comfortable enough to go as big as they would like. Not because  they can’t but simply because the products won’t let them. That’s a shame because I feel extreme kiteboarding is the discipline that keeps our sport hardcore and spectacular.

Sebastian Heitmann, CEO at Best Kiteboarding says:
“Best Kiteboarding is incredibly proud to make this next step for our sport. With Ruben Lenten we will push extreme kiteboarding to the next level and are happy to partner with such a great sports icon who will challenge our R&D team more than ever before. LEN10 rides with us so stay tuned because we have many more exciting plans to come!”

Best Kiteboarding and LEN10 will be working closely together to create the ‘best’ products for the rider that wants to ride hard with us!

I can’t wait to get started and will keep you updated on the progress and testing of our new products.

Slingshot Sports LLC Separates with Ruben Lenten

Slingshot Sports has separated with Ruben Lenten. According to Slingshot Team Manager Mauricio Abreu, “Slingshot has always been a brand that builds both leaders and champions, but we don’t buy them. It is an end of a great era – a time when our products and Rubens riding literally took the sport to the highest level possible today. We are now looking forward to kiteboarding’s next era of champions to take the sport beyond what we are currently capable of.”

According to Jeff Logosz Slingshot CEO “Ruben has been a part of our family since he was only thirteen. We have deep-seated roots with Ruben as we have watched this kid grown into a man and transform the realm of possibility in our sport. On behalf of the entire global Slingshot family we wish Ruben the best in achieving his dreams. “

Slingshot Sports LLC Separates with Ruben Lenten hood river

Slingshot Sports LLC Separates with Ruben Lenten hood river

With the end of an Era comes a new chapter for kiteboarding with new faces and new possibilities. Slingshot has always had a firm belief that eventually “Youth Serves.” The company is excited about the opportunity to build a new Youth Brigade and support them in their dreams of advancing kiteboarding to the next level.

Slingshot is deeply committed to the Fuel and the hardcore riders that have made this kite a legacy. Over the last 14 years the Slingshot crew has dedicated endless time and effort channeling their passion for Watersports to people throughout the world. Established in 1999, Slingshot Sports LLC has worked diligently to establish a solid reputation in the Kiteboarding, Wakeboarding and Standup Paddle markets by manufacturing high-quality products through innovative construction and design standards, and presenting an image that is unique, edgy and young.

The Slingshot vision is steadfast and the company will continue to innovate legendary products for riders who have incredible dreams. Stay tuned – Slingshot’s track record of creating champions is unrivaled. You won’t want to miss the excitement that is sure to accompany this next era.