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Kiteworld Magazine #79

Kiteworld Magazine #79

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GETTING HAMMERED

A survival journey through surf, with neuroscience lecturer Dr. Jason Gallate, Keahi de Aboitiz, Patri McLaughlin and Jesse Richman. Firstly, the cardinal rule for surfing in the surf with all your digits in place…

TRADING UP

If you were buying kitesurfing equipment in the UK in 2006, an Airush Flow nine metre set you back GBP£600 without a bar. In 2016, it’s modern equivalent, the Airush Union, costs around £949 kite-only. Have the last decade’s design improvements really been worth a 50% increase in price? Matt Pearce investigates 

IMPROVING YOUR MAXIMUM BOOST POTENTIAL: PART THREE

Lewis Crathern continues his quest to help you jump higher. This issue he breaks down his recommended approaches to the different surfaces you’ll encounter when taking-off

 

TESTS

The testers thought Christmas came early in November and December. Windguru relentlessly stacked up the windy days as we put the F-One Bandit, RRD Obsession and Ozone Catalyst through their gears. For the travellers amongst you, we also have the Nobile Split Board

WINTER WARRIORS

Nevermind ‘Winter’s coming’ – it’s here! But it’s nothing to be scared of, as this series of interviews with cold water heroes reveals

RESORT REPORT: KALPITIYA, SRI LANKA

Arguably the fastest growing kiting hotspot in the world right now, offering authentic living, a feeling of adventure, several huge lagoons and the endless downwinders that your dreams are made of

RUFFING IT

Meet John Ruffing, a kiteboarder who travels full time with a big kite bag and a rucksack with the rest of his life in it. You may dream about doing something like this, but could you really do it? We like his style and we’ve given him a column. This issue he reports on his time in Cartagena in Colombia

SHALL WE GO, AMIGO?

Did hearing news about two surfers being murdered in Mexico make you think twice about visiting? Matt Pearce weighs up the reality of the situation for kitesurfers

GOING OFF-SET

In our continuing series surrounding sustainability issues, we admire the lifestyle and dedication of Axis’ Adrian Roper

THE SNAP

Photographer John Bilderback’s column revolves around North Shore kiting culture. Tapping into our taste for adventure, this issue he tells us the tale of an inspiring vessel that has become a cultural icon for Hawaii by taking on perhaps the greatest downwinder of all time

MARK MY WORDS

As a World Champion himself, Mark Shinn pities those competitors who bravely stepped up to the plate this year and put on incredible performances, only to be crowned via email


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