Friday, June 14, 2024
From The Mag

From The Mag

Kevin Wade Rep 411 Interview

In this exclusive industry insider interview, we delve into the life and career of Kevin Wade, a prominent figure in the US kitesurfing community....

Nathalie Lambrecht: In-Depth Interview

A force to be reckoned with. North welcomes Big Air / Freestyle Pro Rider Nathalie Lambrecht to the team in 2024. Half-Swedish and half-Flemish,...

Qatar Kitesurfing – Fuwairit Kitesurfing Guide

By John Bryja - Walking Tour with Sarah LordPhotos courtesy Romantsova/GKA Quick FactsBest Months: November to JuneConditions: Flat Water 15-30 knotsAirport: HIAHotel: Fuwairit Kite...

World Wide Kite Sales

by John Bryja Ever pondered about the global sales figures for kites and boards? I certainly have. When I was the editor of SBC Kiteboard...
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Driven | Capucine Delannoy’s life as a Kitesurfing World Champion

Nationality: France, French RepublicSponsors: North, MysticSpecialist discipline: Strapless Freestyle, SurfHome spot: Prea Brazil At just 17, Capucine Delannoy is already a global sensation, seamlessly transitioning...

Michael Phaneuf – Rep 411 Interview

Rep 411 Interview Name: Michael Phaneuf Hometown: Bennington, New Hampshire Current home: Cape Hatteras, North Carolina Favourite board and kite: Carved Imperator 7 139 cm, Nexus 3 9 meter Favourite conditions: Big air 28-35 mph...

Pro File: Frances Kelly

Hometown:  Sidney, British Columbia, Canada Board: Ocean Rodeo Creep and I also have a prototype surf-specific board designed by Reece Myerscough. Kites: Ocean Rodeo HL CRAVE Years on...

On The Cover – Issue 19 – Evan Netsch

Rider: Evan Netsch Location: The Outer Banks Photographer: Nicole Laiben After spending decades of my life kiting in this exact location, it’s extra special to see a...

Antigua Kitesurfing Guide

by Jake Kelsick I was born and raised in Antigua and got into kitesurfing in 2003. I got to travel a lot growing up thanks...

Patagonia: Park is not Dead 

By Ryan “Rygo” Goloversic and Ramiro Gallart Photos by Andre Magarao History  Watching the city lights below grow larger, I felt the familiar mix of stiff legs, excitement...

Cape Hatteras Kitesurfing Guide

Evan Netsch's Ultimate Guide to Cape Hatteras Kitesurfing and Wing Foiling with pro rider Evan Netsch / photos by Nicol LalbenNeed to Know:Airport Code: ORFAverage Wind...

Manera – 79°NORTH

Words by Paul Serin / photos by Matt Georges Packing for the unknown The D-day is approaching, and my excitement is through the roof. This trip...

Tom Court – Kite Vlogging

You are one of kiting/winging's most popular vloggers; how did you get into Vlogging? Getting into vlogging was a slow process that contradicted how I worked in...

Rope Slider – Tech Talk with Matchu Lopes

Matchu Lopes: “I don’t want to use anything else!” What’s the best way to go wavekiting? With a harness hook or a rope slider? With...

MATCHU LOPES – The Big Change

The level of riding on the GKA Strapless Kitesurf World Cup Tour is developing faster than any other discipline in kitesurfing. Seven years ago...

2023 Kite Reviews: Lighter, Smoother, Faster, Stronger – Unleash the Evolution of Kite Performance!

The evolution of kite performance continues with improvements in overall wind range, power efficiency, and handling in many of the 2023 models. Kite designers...

Mental Health in Extreme Sports – We Need To Talk

In the adrenaline-fueled world of extreme and action sports, mental health challenges often take a back seat to the thrills and excitement of pushing...
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Bruna Kajiya – Interview with the 3x Kitesurfing Freestyle Champion

KITESURFING MAGAZINE: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Victory in Qatar: A Deep Dive with 3x Kitesurfing Freestyle Champion Bruna Kajiya Interviewed by John Bryja, Kitesurfing Magazine’s Publisher John Bryja: Congratulations...

GKA’s new Freestyle contest format for 2023 is sick!

Get ready for a showdown royal! The new 2023 GKA Freestyle contest format is beyond epic! The opening event in Qatar was a visual...

Up your social media game!

Riding Bikini As a professional kiteboarder, you're no stranger to the thrill of riding the waves and the wind. But let's face it, in today's...

SLINGSHOT MACHINE V1

SYNOPSIS: THE MACHINE V1 IS A SMOOTH PULLING AND EXPLOSIVE-LIFTING BIG AIR KITE WITH ITS FLAT OPEN C CANOPY THAT OFFERS EXTRA HANG TIME...

REEDIN SUPERMODEL 3

Likes: The Reedin brand emerged two seasons ago from the minds and passion of legendary kite pro and Red Bull King of the Air...

OCEAN RODEO RISE A-SERIES

SYNOPSIS: CONSTRUCTED WITH THE NEW REVOLUTIONARY ALUULA FABRIC, THE RISE IS A FIVE STRUT, HIGH ASPECT RATIO SHAPE THAT OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN STRATOSPHERIC...

NORTH ORBIT

SYNOPSIS: THE EMERGING ICON OF BIG AIR, THE THIRD EDITION OF THE ORBIT IS A HIGH WIND, HIGH PERFORMANCE KITELOOPING MACHINE THAT OFFERS THE...

NAISH PIVOT

SYNOPSIS: THE DO-IT-ALL MASTER THAT SETS THE BAR IN VERSATILITY WITH AMAZING BOOSTING ABILITY AND THE POWER BAND CONTROL AND MANOEUVRABILITY THAT CAN CATER...

F-ONE BANDIT XV

SYNOPSIS: THE BANDIT XV CONTINUES TO DELIVER–AS IT HAS FOR A DECADE AND A HALF–BREAKING THE BARRIERS OF PERFORMANCE WITH MORE BOOST AND GLIDE...

ELEVEIGHT XS V2

SYNOPSIS: THE ELEVEIGHT XS V2 CAN BOOST AND GLIDE WITH THE BEST OF THEM AND YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A KITELOOPING SUPERSTAR TO...

DUOTONE REBEL SLS

SYNOPSIS: THE FIVE STRUT, BIG AIR FREERIDE LEGEND IS REDESIGNED WITH A LIGHTER, MORE REACTIVE FRAME THAT DELIVERS MORE DEPOWER, FASTER RESPONSIVE STEERING AND...

2022 CORE XR7 SKYSCRAPER

SYNOPSIS: A LEGEND THAT MAKES EVERY LEVEL OF RIDER BETTER AT BOOSTING BIG AIRS WITH A HUGE SWEET SPOT, SMOOTH DRIVING PULL AND TONS...

2022 Big Air Freeride Kites – Head-to-Head Tests

Be sure to check out the individual 2023 & 2024 Big Air Kite Reviews tested as well, but not part of this 2022 head-to-head...

Steven Akkersdijk – KITE VLOGGING

Steven Akkersdijk is one of kiteboarding’s top big air riders. He was on the podium at the 2014 Red Bull King of the Air...

NORA KLEMENT 

DATE OF BIRTH: 09/21/1999 COUNTRY: GERMANY LOCAL KITE SPOT: FEHMARN, GERMANY  KM: What motivates you on the water? Nora Klement: I get really motivated when I have people...

STIG HOEFNAGEL 

DATE OF BIRTH: 07/10/1999 COUNTRY: NETHERLANDS LOCAL KITE SPOT: STRAND HORST, NETHERLANDS SPONSORS: NAISH  KM: What motivates you on the water? Stig Hoefnagel: Kiting new locations always motivates me...

LORENZO CASATI 

DATE OF BIRTH: 11/25/2005 COUNTRY: ITALY LOCAL KITE SPOT: EL MEDANO, TENERIFE, SPAIN  KM: What motivates you on the water? Lorenzo Casati: Every time I land new tricks...

COHAN VAN DIJK 

DATE OF BIRTH: 04/26/2002 COUNTRY: NETHERLANDS LOCAL KITE SPOT: TEXEL, NETHERLANDS  KM: What motivates you on the water? Cohan van Dijk: My motivation comes out of all the...

GIEL VLUGT 

AGE: 26 COUNTRY: THE NETHERLANDS LOCAL KITE SPOT: TARIFA, SPAIN SPONSORS: OCEAN RODEO  Kitesurfing Magazine: What motivates you on the water?  Giel Vlugt: Seeing anyone else who’s better than...

HANNAH WHITELEY 

DATE OF BIRTH: 01/03/1992 COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM LOCAL KITE SPOT: LYTHAM ST ANNES, UK  Hanna Whiteley third at 2022 BAKL Cape Town. Andy Troy photo KM: What motivates you...

JANEK GRZEGORZEWSKI

Kitesurfing Magazine:What motivates you on the water?Janek Grzegorzewski: I started kitesurfing because I always wanted to fly. Freedom to fly is what I always...

On the Cover – Issue 18 – STIG HOEFNAGEL

"As a kid I grew up close to one of the bigger surf/kite shops in Holland. But being a young 12 year old that...

2022 AWSI Trade Show Gear Preview

What’s better than an outdoor trade show in a windy location where retailers and Kitesurfing Magazine can try out the gear? One held in...

Sensi & Scheid – Coupled Kite Power

Sensi Graves and Brandon Scheid in La Ventana, Mexico. Photo by Eric Duran Sensi Graves and Brandon Scheid are kiteboarding’s quintessential power couple. Kitesurfing Magazine’s John...

Peer Pressure – Chris Bobryk

For more than a decade Chris Bobryk has been on the cutting edge of the US pro kiteboarding scene. His full-on powered style is...

State of the Industry – MIKE RAPER – NORTH

Kitesurfing Magazine: What was the biggest challenge for North Kiteboarding during the past year-and-a-half?  Mike Raper: At North, digitization was already well established when the...

State of the Industry – PHILIP SCHINNAGEL – CORE

COVID-19 has impacted all of us and our families. Kitesurfing Magazine publisher John Bryja caught up with some of the leading CEOs to find...

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY – RICHARD MYERSCOUGH – OCEAN RODEO

COVID-19 has impacted all of us and our families. Kitesurfing Magazine publisher John Bryja caught up with some of the leading CEOs to find...

State of the Industry – JEFF LOGOSZ: CEO 7-NATION / SLINGSHOT SPORTS / RIDE ENGINE

JEFF LOGOSZ: CEO 7-NATION / SLINGSHOT SPORTS / RIDE ENGINE COVID-19 has impacted all of us and our families. Kitesurfing Magazine publisher John Bryja caught...

Robby Naish – State of the Industry

COVID-19 has impacted all of us and our families. Kitesurfing Magazine publisher John Bryja caught up with some of the leading CEOs to find...

Craig Cunningham – Team Manager

Craig Cunningham is one of kitesurfing’s first generation of riders that just missed the OG category. We first met Craig when, as a 19-year-old,...

Get High With Mike – Mike Mac Donald

Hey guys! My name is Mike Mac Donald, also known as Get High with Mike. You may have seen one of my YouTube videos....

Shaun Bennett

“If you go to just about any beach in the US, it’s likely you’ll meet someone who knows Shaun Bennett. Everyone’s excited when Shaun...

Helena Brochocka

“Helena, or Hela as we call her most of the time, is a passionate rider who loves challenging herself. Her trick list might not...

Sam Medysky – Rep 411

Sam Medysky is the North American sales manager for Airush and a six-time Canadian national kitesurfing champion. He makes his home in Squamish, British...

FIRST TIME – With Tim Walsh

When Kite Beach is your local spot, you get good quick. Tim Walsh is one of those locals that benefited from being a local....

KITEBOARD 4 CANCER 2021 – POWERED BY WIND VOYAGER

Kiteboard 4 Cancer was founded in 2007 by Garret Zallen, pediatric surgeon and Tonia Farman, whose brother passed away from leukemia. The two set...

Lighter, Stronger

View from above; the AWSI Trade Show in Hood River, Oregon, 2022 gear preview. Toby Bromwich photo. The AWSI trade show in Hood River, OR...
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Luccas Filho kitesurfing at 5 years old!

Some inspirational video from 5 year old kiteboarder Luccas Filho.

Marc Jacobs

Peer Pressure with Marc Jacobs Age (Date of Birth): 21/11/1989 Country: New Zealand Local Kite Spot: Auckland, NZ Sponsors: North, Mystic , Andoo, Lab7 Top Result: First place at...

Chucktown (AKA Charleston, SC) Kiteboarding Guide

ROAD TRIP - Kiteboarding Chucktown  from the Spring 2021 Issue of Kitesurfing Magazine. WORDS BY SHEA GIBSON, FORCE KITE AND WAKE TEAM RIDER AND IKITESURF...

Sam Light – Kite Vlogging

 Kite Vlogging with Sam Light from the Spring 2021 Issue of Kitesurfing Magazine. WHAT ARE YOUR MOST POPULAR VIDEOS? My most popular videos have been my...

On The Cover – Issue 17 – Chris Bobryk

“This photo was taken about a mile out from Miami’s Stiltsville; a large sandbar with narrow canals with many shallow spots provides kiters with...
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Top 10 Kitesurfing Items 2022 AWSI

Publisher John Bryja and head tester Shane Thompson discuss Kitesurfing Magazine's top ten items at the 2022 AWSI Tradeshow that you should check out.  
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Canadian Reece Myerscough cracks top four in Sylt, Germany!

It was another insane day of intense action on the water as stormy Sylt continued to deliver the goods. The competition started bright and...

John Bryja – Publisher Editor-in-Chief

John Bryja is one of North America’s original watermen. As a youth, John Bryja dominated the Ontario windsurfing race circuit winning multiple youth titles...

Marley Franco – WHO’S THAT

“We’re in an age where it’s not uncommon for young kids to be trained to become professional surfers, even before they can fathom the concept....

ON THE COVER – Issue 16 – Eric Rienstra

 “Riding the same park laps everyday can get a bit stale so to freshen things up, my homie Brandon and I go on missions...

Robert Bratz – Trade Secrets – Eleveight’s

Kitesurfing Magazine caught up with a number of brands to find out about the impact of COVID-19 on their design, marketing, and production processes....

Kitesurfing at 85-Years-Old – FRED The Oldest Kitesurfer in the World?

INTERVIEW AND PHOTO BY NANCY SCARDAONI LELIVELD  Fred is the oldest kitesurfer in the world (that we know of)! At 85, Fred continues to inspire all...

Patri McLaughlin

Super Swell Saturday “There are only a few days in a lifetime that the waves get this big. They’re the biggest kiteable Jaws waves I’ve...

Tim Walsh – Maui Kitesurfing Guide – Pick Mangoes in Mango Season

by Tim Walsh Springtime is typically my favorite time of year on Maui for a number of reasons, but this year a lot of the...

Matchu Lopes – Strapless Wave Riding 

Kitesurfing Magazine: What is style anyway?  Match Lopes: You have a style or you don’t have a style. It’s like dancing. How you move your...

The Eric Rienstra Interview

Interview by John Bryja California’s Eric Rienstra has been a force on the U.S. pro kiteboarding scene since the sport’s early pro pool days at...
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Small Talk with Matchu Lopes

We hung out with Matchu Lopes while shooting for some ION/Duotone stuff here in Portugal. He's such a character and I hope this helps...
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Strapless Freestyle Men’s and Women’s Finals – Distance Battle

The GKA Distance Battle Freestyle Champions have been crowned! Last night the GKA Distance Battle, the first of its kind, online kitesurfing competition, crowned it’s Strapless Freestyle winners....
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GKA Pro Tour – Distance Battle Semi Finals

Strapless Freestyle Men's and Women's Semi Finals LIVE The GKA Distance Battle is the first online video competition in kitesurfing, bringing you the best action...
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GKA Distance Battle Strapless Freestyle Men’s Quarter Finals LIVE

The GKA Distance Battle is the first online video competition in kitesurfing, bringing you the best action from top twintip freestyle and strapless freestyle...
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Designer Talks with Damien Girardin

In this video Damien give you an inside look on the design features of the Reedin SuperWave. Aiming at Dedicated wave riders. Made to...
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Robby Naish on the 2021 S25 Naish Kite Foilboards

Soar above the surface with an increased range of sizes for all skill levels - from our super compact Hover 97 to our stable...
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North Kiteboarding 2021 preview

Kitesurfing Magazine test editor Shane Thompson previews the new 2021 lineup with North Kiteboarding's Matt Aiken. New for the fall, the big jumping...
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Lincoln Parker – 4 Year-Old Kiteboarder

Who's the youngest kiteboarder ever? A quick search of the internet will show a handful of budding riders but this us the youngest we...

Jack Rieder – Covid Lockdown

Kitesurfing Magazine catches up with the 2019 Canadian Kitesurfing Champion Jack Rieder. He is semi-locked down on Canada's west coast in British Colombia, healing...
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Covid Lockdown – with Reider Decker

Kitesurfing Magazine checks in with Cape Hatteras local, and Hatteras Wave Classic Champion Reider Decker. Kitesurfing Magazine: How are you passing the time? Reider Decker: Thankfully...
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Fred Hope

For this Lockdown, Kitesurfing Magazine catches up with Fred Hope: Hood River ripper and Slingshot International team rider. Kitesurfing Magazine: How are you passing the...

Reedin – New Kids on the Block

Does the World need another new kite brand? Big air master and three time King of the Air Champion Kevin Langeree and top kite...

Ryan Goloversic

In this new series for 2020, Kitesurfing Magazine explores the world of kitesurfing video blogs. What makes for a successful video? How can we...

Till Eberle – Trade Secrets Duotone

Till Eberle, the head of Boards & More, took a significant gamble when he bid goodbye to North and introduced Duotone in 2018. Despite...

Lockdown – with Ewan Jaspan

Kitesurfing Magazine catches up with the world's top riders to find out how their handling the Covid-19 Lockdown, and what they are doing to...

ISSY VON ZASTROW

Age: 25 Home Park: Hood River Country: Half American, half Kenyan. WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON THE WATER?  Park riding never ceases to inspire me due to the ever-changing...

SENSI GRAVES

Age: 30Home Park: Slider Project Park in Hood River, ORCountry: USA WHAT MAKES YOU SO ATTRACTED TO PARK RIDING? Park riding has always been the discipline...

JULIA CASTRO

Age: 24 Home Park: None Country: Spain/Denmark WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER? I have a really strong drive for excelling in all I do and making the...

COLLEEN CARROLL

Age: 31Home Park: Slider Project Park, Hood River, ORCountry: USA What makes you so attracted to park riding? Since everyone is focused on a fixed point...

KATIE POTTER

Age: 25  Home Park: Melbourne Cable / Hood River Country: Australia WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER? Riding with people better than me and people that are exciting...

LAUREN HOLMAN

Smooth flat water session in Sicily. James Boulding photos Age: 22Home park: Boarder Pass Wake ParkCountry: Canada WHAT MAKES YOU SO ATTRACTEDTO PARK RIDING? Ever since I started...

KAROLINA WINKOWSKA

Age: 28Home Park: Warsaw Wake ParkCountry: Poland WHAT MOTIVATES YOU ON THE WATER?  Better execution. I am always working on my tricks to look better and...

New International Quick-Release (QR) Safety Standard

The Global Kitesports Association (GKA) has achieved a milestone in kiteboarding safety! The new ISO Standard for kitesurfing quick-release systems is here! Since 2014, the...

Editor Note – Changes

Our lives are changing in ways we could never have imagined. The global spread of COVID-19 has changed the way we kite. Our collective...

The Women of the KPL

COMPILED BY SENSI GRAVES The Kite Park League is the premier kiteboarding competition series for professional-level park style kiteboarding. Park style is a stylish and...

Peer Pressure – Airton Cozzolino

Compiled by Axel Reece No one has shaped strapless freestyle like Airton Cozzolino has in recent years. The professional from Cape Verde with an Italian...

HUGH PINFOLD DIRECTOR OF DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Kitesurfing Magazine catches up with Hugh Pinfold the director of design and engineering at North Kiteboarding. Kitesurfing Magazine: We had a chance to use the...

North Kiteboarding Reborn – The Pat Goodman Interview

The relaunch of North Kiteboarding is unquestionably the most anticipated event in the kitesurfing industry this year. With Boards & More rebranding their kitesurfing...

COMPETE | 2019 WIND VOYAGER TRIPLE-S INVITATIONAL

2019 was the 14th year of the most anticipated park style competition on the planet; the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. A week long event...

DESTINATION STATION – 90 MILES TO CUBA – Paul Menta

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY PAUL MENTA  Over my 20 years of being a sponsored kiteboarder I’ve met some amazing people, traveled around the world and...

LIFESTYLE | MAINTAINING BALANCE

WORDS BY LAUREN HOLMAN / PHOTOS BY JAMES BOULDING  There are two things I know for sure: I love to kiteboard, but I can’t kiteboard...

COMPETE – OLYMPIC FORMAT TESTED FOR 2024

WORDS BY EVAN HEFFERNAN / PHOTOS BY OLIVER HARTAS As the Formula kite fleet looks towards the Paris Olympic Games in 2024 the race format...

Trade Secrets – Aluula – Richard Myerscough

A revolutionary, new lightweight kite material is being introduced by Ocean Rodeo in two kite models this fall. We caught up with Ocean Rodeo...

Rich Sabo – Rep 411

NickName: Richie Bap / Age: 32  What do you rep? I rep Liquid Force Kites. Pretty damn hard these days.  Where is home? Hood River, OR.  Best...

Who’s That – Jack Rieder

“Once I hit the kicker I try not to think past spinning, grabbing the bar and landing smooth.” Bromwich photo  NICKNAME: J-Ride HOME-TOWN: Squamish, Canada YEARS RIDING:...

Editor Note – Issue 14 – Bucket List: Dakhla, Morocco. CHECK!

Bucket List: Dakhla, Morocco. CHECK! Tommy Kogut photo Need to Know: Windy: Year Round Best Wind: April to September Hotel: Dakhla Attitude Airport: VIL One of the biggest perks of publishing a...

On the Cover – Issue 14 – Airton Cozzolino

AIRTON  PHOTOGRAPHER: AXEL REESE LOCATION: PONTA PRETA, CAPE VERDE   “Airton loves to give kitesurfers a show on his home island of Sal in Cape Verde. He likes...

How Coronavirus Is Impacting Kitesurfers Worldwide

compiled by John Bryja As Kitesurfing Magazine goes to press, it’s early days in the Covid-19 pandemic. This page marks the point in time that...
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Helena Brochocka – Naish’s Newest International Team Rider

Maui, Hawaii – Naish continues to charge into the new decade with the addition of Polish ripper Helena Brochocka to our International Kiteboarding Team. Born...

ANNELOUS LAMMERTS – Profile

Home Park: TerHills Cable Park in Belgium. Country: Netherlands KITESURFING MAGAZINE: WHAT MAKES YOU SO ATTRACTED TO PARK RIDING? ANNELOUS LAMMERTS: There are so many different tricks...
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The Life of Lous – Winning the SSS – Ep.1

Welcome to the first episode of 'The Life of Lous', a series of videos following Annelous Lammerts on her kiteboarding journey.  
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GKA Freestyle World Cup – Gran Canaria – Day Three Highlights

Duotone rider Mikaili Sol won the GKA Freestyle World Cup Gran Canaria in a sunset final against North's Bruna Kajiya, Rita Arnaus (Duotone)  and...
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GKA Gran Canaria Freestyle World Cup – Day One Highlights

All the action from Day One at Playa de Vargas in Gran Canaria, the second stop of the GKA Freestyle World Cup 2019. Men's...
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The windiest contest I’ve ever done! KEVVLOG³ #12

"We got a call 48 hours before the start of the RedBull Megaloop challenge. Everyone flew from all over the world and I had...
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The Life Of Andre Phillip & His Impact On Kiteboarding!

In today's podcast episode, I sit down with Andre Phillip who is the Co-Founder of Tona Kiteboarding and has had a huge impact on...

CORE SURFBOARDS – Designed in Germany, handcrafted in Portugal

Core Surfboards are being shaped and laminated in the wave spot Peniche on the Portuguese Atlantic coast. What sets them apart from their competitors?...

AARON HADLOW – Profile

INTERVIEW BY AXEL REECE / Ydwer photo  Born on the fourth of October, 1988, Aaron Hadlow turned 30 this past fall. His star went on in...

Editor’s Note – Jumping in Feet First

The first time I saw someone jump a kiteboard I knew it was the sport for me. And the first time I jumped was...

TRICKS & TIPS | MARIO JUMP

The Mario Jump developed over years of using the kite to launch me back downwind to my surfboard after falling. I was doing this...

SESSIONS | OLIVIA JENKINS AT JAWS

“When you first meet Olivia Jenkins you would never know how hard she charges. She loves girly things and she's super humble. I’ve never...

JULIEN FILLION’S HAWAII QUIVER -TOOLS OF THE TRADE

words by Julien Fillion photo by William Pollock Maui between the month of December and March offers an enormous variety of conditions. Each year I spend...

On The Cover – Issue 12 – Olivia Jenkins

“This photo was from my first session out at Peahi during the 2018-2019 winter season. This is also my second time ever kiting out...
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Karolina Winkowska – Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational 2019 Pre-Show

Trip Forman and Jason Slezak talk to defending Triple-S champion Karolina Winkowska about her time off the water, equal pay, and what's to come...
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2019 Pascucci Formula Kite World Championship – Documentary

This is the first world championships since kitesurfing was granted Olympic status. Looking forward to watching the 2024 Olympic Games. Will we see America's Daniela...

2019 Hydrofoil Surf Designs Go Head-to-Head

The number of new foil models continues to expand with new shapes and improved construction technology refining and improving performance in 2019. There’s never...

Doldrums: Calm expectations with unpredictable results

WORDS BY ROB KIDNIE / PHOTOS BY ANNA KUZMINA A wise man once said, “variety is the spice of life.” I think he also said,...

Egypt Kitesurfing Women’s Trip – The Sum of 5

words by Paula Novotna  photos by Toby Bromwich It was our dream to make a girls’ trip for a few years already and this autumn it...

Blondes in Indo

PHOTOS BY YDWER WORDS BY JALOU LANGEREE, CATHARINA EDIN AND OLIVIA JENKINS  THOUGHTS BEFORE THE TRIP  “The competition season was good but a little frustrating as...

Wind Voyager – Union Island

WORDS BY SAM LIGHT / PHOTO BY MOLELII  I have always wanted to go to Union Island and the Grenadines. I have heard nothing but...

Park Check – Baja Kite Park, Mexico

WORDS BY LUCAS ARSENAULT / PHOTOS BY LAUREN HOLMAN AND LUCAS ARSENAULT Park riding is blowing up in the kiteboarding scene; things are progressing quickly...

Destination Station – Top 4 US Wave Progression Spots

Compiled by Kevin Wade From basic kite control and body drags, to Handlepasses and barrels the never ending progression in kiteboarding is the driving force...

XANDER RAITH

AGE: 21 HOME: NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS SPONSORS: DUOTONE Heroes:Chad Otterstrom, Dave Redden, my friends and those who inspire me. Music: Rap, rock, and live music. Listening to music live...

Mike Duhaime – Rep 411

Nickname: Mike DAge: 33 What do you rep? Naish Kiteboarding (Switched to North right after this interview... go figure.) Where is home?: Hood River, OR  Best part...

Editor’s Note – The Year Before the World Changed

This issue the Kitesurfing Magazine test team checks out surf foil boards. The team was keen to find out how these new shapes would...

On The Cover – Issue 11 – Alex Fox

Rider: Alex Fox Photographer: Molelii Location: The Grenadines, Petit Tabac “This shot was taken on the fourth day of our trip to the Grenadines off the coast...

Aaron Hadlow: 

30-Years-Old 15 as a Pro Born on the fourth of October, 1988, Aaron Hadlow turned 30 this past fall. His star went on in 2004...

Trade Secrets: Dave Kay – Airush Kiteboard Designer

Airush Kiteboarding recently added Dave Kay (DK) to their design team, taking on the responsibility of Design Engineering and Product Design. Dave was formerly...
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Kevin Langeree – Three time King of the Air Champion

Dutchman delights 9,000 fans in South Africa with stellar kiteboarding tricks. Kevin Langeree rotated brilliantly through the air in high winds on Wednesday in South...

2019 Liquid Force Galaxy and Impulse Foil REVIEW!

2019 Liquid Force Galaxy Board and Impulse Foil rated one of the best progression setups by the Kitesurfing Magazine test team. LIQUID FORCE Liquid Force Impulse...

10 Best Sunscreens for Kitesurfing!

Davey Blair got a little crispy during the Triple-S. We want to help him find a good sunscreen, so we asked kitesurfing's  top pros...

Billy Parker – Peer Pressure Interview

This issue we asked Billy Parker's friends, and fellow pro-riders, to help us expose this top Florida ripper. Billy Parker is sponsored by Eleveight...
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Robby Naish and the 2019 Naish Foil lineup.

Robby Naish speaks with Kitesurfing Magazine test editor Shane Thompson about the 2019 Naish foils.

LIQUID FORCE WOW V3 REVIEW

SIZES TESTED(m): 7, 9 / SIZES AVAILABLE(m): 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 / CONTROL SYSTEM: Mission Control System  SYNOPSIS Great drift, responsive steering...

WAVE KITES TESTED: The Performance Edge in the Surf and Beyond

BY TEST EDITOR SHANE THOMPSON  Kitesurfing in waves or freeriding with a directional board continues to be one of the fastest growing kite disciplines. This...

Ewan Jaspan – Peer Pressure

Ewan Jaspan has been the face of Australian kiteboarding in the USA for the past couple of years. His fast park style riding was...

Brandon Scheid – The interview – VICTORY LAP

Kitesurfing Magazine’s John Bryja caught up with this year’s Wind Voyager Triple-S winner, Brandon Scheid for an exclusive interview about the event and what...

SHE PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT – Project Cococam

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY EVAN NETSCH AND LUCAS ARSENAULT Trying to get that shot is what it’s about for many pro kiters. The best shot...

DUOTONE | WHAT’S THE STORY?

Interview with Till Eberle, managing director of Boards & More GmbH  It’s true: Boards & More is bidding farewell to North Kiteboarding and will be...

Canadian Pro does Dakhla – Life on Tour

WITH REECE MYERSCOUGH / PHOTOS BY JAY WALLACE  Need to Know: Best Winds: April - September Best Waves: October - May Pro Tour: End September What’s it like to compete...

CAMERON MARAMENIDES | OLYMPIC BOUND

Cameron Maramenides is representing the USA at the upcoming Youth Olympics on October 6-18th in Buenos Aries. Kitesurfing Magazine tracked down Cameron the day...

SEND IT | THE MOVIE

Kitesurfing is getting a real life Hollywood movie. Shot around the Triple-S, the film includes an all-star cast of actors and riders. Joel Martin...

ON THE COVER – Issue 10 – NOÈ FONT

Rider: Noè Font  Location: Cape Hatteras, North Carolina  Photographer: Toby Bromwich “I think this might be my favorite photo this year. It was during our annual trip...

Editor’s Note – Board Silly

OK. I will admit I have a problem. I develop a personal attachment with each of my kiteboards, and never, ever, ever want to...

CABRINHA S:QUAD REVIEW

Length: 5‘9” / Width: 19.1”  Thickness: 2.21” / Fins: Thruster  The S:Quad model has been the higher performance short board shape of the Cabrinha lineup for...

SLINGSHOT MIXER REVIEW

Length: 5’10” / Width: 18.33”  Thickness: 2.25” / Fins: Quad  The Mixer is the new surf shape in the Slingshot lineup this year and it’s designed...

Airush – 2018 Gear Trends – Marc Schmid

Kitesurfing Magazine caught up with Airush Marketing director Marc Schmid for a look at the changes at Airush for 2018. He did such a...

F-One – 2018 Gear Trends – Chloé Scamps

Kitesurfing Magazine: It wasn’t that long ago that F-One’s Bandit was the only kite in the lineup. Will we see the lineup grow even more?  Chloé...

LIQUID FORCE THRUSTER FOIL REVIEW

Foil Performance  The Thruster is the new high performance freeride foil of the Liquid Force lineup. Paired with the Galaxy foil board, this was one...

LIQUID FORCE IMPULSE FOIL REVIEW

MAST LENGTH: 60, 94.5 CENTIMETERS / BOARD MODEL: GALAXY  BOARD LENGTH: 4’8” / BOARD WIDTH: 56” / VOLUME: 20.2 LITERS  FOIL PERFORMANCE  The Impulse is Liquid Force’s...

CABRINHA DOUBLE AGENT FOIL REVIEW

FOIL PERFORMANCE  The Double Agent Foil has some unique characteristics that set it apart as a true freeride foil that can up the fun factor...

SLINGSHOT FSURF H4 WING

DECK PERFORMANCE The Dwarfcraft 4’6” is a compact and snub-nosed board, but has just enough float and volume for the aggressive beginner. It’s a...

SLINGSHOT NF2 HOVERGLIDE

SLINGSHOT NF2 HOVERGLIDE  MAST LENGTH: 38, 61, 76, 90 CENTIMETERS  FOIL PERFORMANCE  Slingshot has the most comprehensive line of foils with five models reaching into every realm...

AIRUSH CORE FOIL V2

DECK PERFORMANCE The new Core Foil deck range has three sizes, with some new design features over last year’s model. The wide points moved...

NORTH SPEEDSTER COMBO FOIL REVIEW

DECK PERFORMANCE  The Pro Foil Board is a glass and sandwich construction, dedicated foil that’s shaped nicely on the deck and is lightweight. Lots of...

Naish Thrust Surf Large

FOIL PERFORMANCE  The Thrust Surf Foil was designed in collaboration with Kai Lenny, who is one of the pioneering experts of surf and kite foiling....

2018 Naish Hover 130 Naish Thrust KS1 Review

DECK PERFORMANCE  The Hover 130 foil board is a short and thin design that can be used by the aggressive beginner but is designed for...

2018 FREERIDE FOILS TESTED: REDEFINING THE GAME

2018 is an exciting year for the newest kite discipline of foil riding. There’s an explosion of new foil models that are conjuring their...

Naish – Gear Trends 2018 – with Damien Girardin

Kitesurfing Magazine tracked down Naish designer Damien Girardin to find out the influences behind the design innovations at Naish. Kitesurfing Magazine: Naish has embraced foiling...

Cabrinha – Gear Trends 2018 – with Pete Cabrinha

Cabrinha has been a leading kiteboarding brand right from the start. Kitesurfing Magazine caught up with Pete Cabrinha himself for a look at the...

CORE & Carved Customs – 2018 Gear Trends – with Phil Janke

How has Hiss-Tec’s roots as a high-end custom board builder transferred over into the CORE brand vision? Back in 2001, our founder and CEO, Bernie...

Liquid Force – 2018 Gear Trends – with Gary Siskar

Liquid Force Kites’s parent company is one of the leading wakeboard brands in the world. One would assume you would focus on the wake...

North Kitesurfing – 2018 Design Trends – with Philipp Becker

Kitesurfing Magazine: North Kiteboarding has been the top-selling brand in the world for a few years now, and has done it by developing the...

On the Cover – Issue 9 – Moona Whyte

Rider: Moona Whyte Location: Indo Photographer: Jason Wolcott/LiquidEye Style, grace, power, flow and a great smile are all words I would use to describe the subject of...

ELEVEIGHT RS Review

Smooth power delivery, versatile for freeride with the boost and range driven by a proven Delta shaped, three-strut platform. SIZES TESTED(m): 9, 12 / SIZES...

Lucas Arsenault – Peer Pressure

Lucas Arsenault’s life revolves around kiteboarding; whether it’s planning the next kite trip, discovering a new kite spot, constantly checking the wind, or figuring...

On the Cover – Issue 8 – Ewan Jaspan

“After winning my first Triple-S I decided to treat myself and stay on an extra four days at the Real Park. The forecast looked...

Trade Secrets: The Liquid Force Solo V3

Kitesurfing Magazine sat down with Liquid Force kite designer Julien Fillion, and team rider/product developer Jason Slezak for the inside scoop about the much...

Daniela Moroz : Who’s That? California’s 15-year-old World Champion

Daniela Moroz kicked some serious butt on the foilboarding racing scene last year. The 15-year-old from the Bay area won the last four races...

Head-to-Head Foilboard and Hydrofoil Test Reviews

Riding a hydrofoil board or foil has emerged as one of the industry’s fastest growing new disciplines. One of the greatest things about kiteboarding...

On the Cover – Issue 7 – Willow-River Tonkin

Rider: Willow-River Tonkin Location: Embuaca, Brazil Photographer: Axel Reese “Traveling last year brought me to some pretty epic places. It was awesome to travel the world...

On the Cover – Issue 6 – Danny Barnette

  On the Cover: Volume 3, Issue 1 Boink The Barge When hurricanes throw barges your way, you boink ‘em!   "I woke abruptly to my entire beach cottage...

The Jesse Richman Story

www.jesserichman.com Since the first time Jesse Richman had a kite in his hands at the age of 9 years old he knew that he wanted...

Progression 315

The 315 is an extension of the 313, the difference is the added 180 rotation, so you should be able to land the 313...

Danny Barnette

“Born landlocked in Raleigh, North Carolina, Danny Barnette was home-schooled as one of seven brothers and sisters. Growing up in the shadows of the...

Who’s That: Will Palmer

Will Palmer grew up in St Petersburg, Florida. Fun fact: St. Pete holds the guiness world record for most consecutive days of sunshine at...

Jesse Richman @ Jaws

Interview by John Bryjaphotos by Quincy Dein Jesse Richman is unquestionably one of the most well-rounded, all-around kiters on the planet. He’s done it all:...

Liquid Powder: The Foilboarding Experience

by Alex Fox and Jason Slezak “Have you ever skied in two feet of powder? Then you know what it feels like to foilboard!” With...

Kite Tow In @ Cloudbreak

“It was a super windy afternoon at Cloudbreak. Everyone had finished surfing for the day because it’s pretty hard to sit out there in...

Five Questions with: Andre Phillip

Interview by John Bryja  photo by Toby Bromwich One man that needs no introduction in kiteboarding is Andre Phillip. He is a multiple Triple-S champion and...

Robby Naish at Cloudbreak

words by Robby Naish photos by Glenn Duffus The first time I went to Fiji was almost thirty years ago, when I flew with Pete Cabrinha...

Best of 2016: Colleen Carroll

Best Event: Colleen Carroll: Hood Jam!  I have to say that because I organized it 😉 Best Trip: Colleen Carroll: Watamu, Kenya with Craig Cunningham.  It was...

Best of 2016: Karolina Winkowska

Favorite instagram photo this year Karolina Winkowska: A photo with the girls from the event that Hela, Kasia and I organised at the Polish seaside...

Peer Pressure with Reider Decker

“He’s referred to as The Reider Decker Show, on the Airush team. And it’s because of one reason; everyone stops to watch when Reider...

On the Cover – Issue 5 – Reider Decker

Rider: Reider Decker Photographer: Ydwer Van Der Heide Location: One Eye, Mauritius “One Eye is a great spot, probably one of the best wave spots for kitesurfing,...

On the Cover – Issue 4 – Craig Cunningham

Rider: Craig Cunningham Locations: Squamish, Canada Photographer: Toby Bromwich Kiting at home in Canada is always good times. No matter where you go, Great Lakes, East Coast,...

Kite Surfboard Design – Sky Solbach – Trade Secrets

Interview and photos by Axel Reese This issue Kitesurfing Magazine catches up with North (Renamed Duotone) Kiteboarding's Maui based shaper Sky Solbach. Originally from Hood...

First Time Competing?

Competing at your first ever kiteboarding event? Here are some top tips from 2015 KB4C winner Grom Gormley. “Compete before you’re good enough to expect...

Daytona Beach, FL – Sandy Point Progressive Sports – Mike Klein

SHOP NAME: Sandy Point Progressive Sports YOUR JOB TITLE: You Name It LOCATED: Daytona Beach, FL BRANDS: Takoon, Progressive, Cabrinha, Slingshot, Liquid Force, Airush, Dakine WEBSITE: www.progressivesports.com www.progressiveboards.com PHONE: 386-756-7564 How did...

Evolution of the TRIPLE-S INVITATIONAL

Not many kiting events have pioneered and blazed new paths for the sport like the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. In fact, none have. With a...

Party fouls, hookups and best parties! The Best of TRIPLE-S!

The Wind Voyager Triple-S this June 4-10th promises to be one of the best kiteboarding events of the year. The past 10 years have provided...

SESSIONS | AIN’T NO SURF IN TEXAS

Coffee, bright morning light, north wind wreaking havoc in the palm trees; the smell of sand dunes thick in the air. Don’t even check...

Craig’s List – Favourite North American Kiteboarding Spots

1. CAPE HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA When it’s on it’s on and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. You can kite in...

MUST ATTEND KITEBOARDING EVENTS | 2016

Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational June 4th - June 10th Cape Hatteras, NC With live music every night and the world’s best kiteboarders competing in the world’s biggest...

2016 Naish Park HD Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Ready to pop-and-play in your local park, a refined legend reborn with optimal depower and smooth powered loops. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available...

2016 North Dice Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Direct and responsive handling and pull, smooth-pulling pivots, solid performer for freestyle and waves. Sizes Tested (m): 12, 9 Sizes Available (m): 4, 5, 6,...

2016 Cabrinha Switchblade Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS:  Legendary power, refined precision handling, and a great blend of performance versatility. Sizes Tested (m): 11, 8 Sizes Available (m): 4, 5, 6, 7,...

2016 Slingshot RPM Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Aggressive but intuitively stable and direct flying performance that’s adaptable to general freeride or freestyle and waves. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m):...

2016 Liquid Force Solo Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Exciting efficiency, impressive stability, plug-and-play, smooth pivoting gem. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m): 4.5, 6.5, 9, 12, 15.5, 17.5 Control Bar: Response Control...

2016 F-One Bandit Review

REVIEW SYNOPSIS: All-encompassing, refined performance, unmatched versatility. Sizes Tested (m): 9, 12 Sizes Available (m): 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,17m Control System: Monolith Bar THE GOOD STUFF: The legendary F-One Bandit shows the high...

Takoon Furia Review

TEST REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Smooth and reliable with more power and enhanced direct steering and smooth four-line pull. Sizes Tested (m): 9 Sizes Available (m): 6, 7, 9,...

2016 Freeride Kite Reviews – Head-to-Head

This past fall, Kitesurfing Magazine assembled a crew of experienced test riders in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The team scored a remarkable number of...

GAGE FICHTER

Date of birth: 9/19/92  Years riding: Third year kiting, second year strapless.  Sponsors: Hatteras Island Sail Shop, Dakine.  Hometown: Putney, VT  Current home: Waves, NC  Off-water activities: Running, hiking,...

FIRSTS | WITH BRANDON SCHIED

FIRST SETUP? My very first kite setup was a LF Drop 136 with a pair of Best bindings. I also had a 12m Wipika Hydro...

Blunt Nose Surfboards Tested

The Kitesurfing Magazine Test Team were excited to have the top brands’ newest and most progressive surf shapes in a head-to-head review over two...

2016 Naish Skater Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: This thinner-profiled and more heavily-channelled directional freeride shape has unique feel and performance. The Skater is a playful hybrid for both waves and...

Naish Mutant 5’5 Tested

DESIGN FEATURES: The Mutant caters directly to small surf and lighter wind conditions. It’s quick, light and reactive underfoot when you step on the tail,...

Issue 3 Out Now

On the Cover:  Location: Peahi, Jaws, Maui / Rider: Jesse Richman / Photographer: Quincy Dein Cover Story: JAWS: THE ULTIMATE GOAL Jesse Richman is no stranger to Jaws. This past wave season, Richman pushed...

On the Cover – Issue 3 – Jesse Richman

Location: Peahi, Jaws, Maui / Rider: Jesse Richman / Photographer: Quincy Dein “Jaws has always been my ultimate goal growing up on Maui. We would go to the cliff and watch...

Designer Corner: Dakine’s Chris Gilbert

photos by Richard Hallman interview by Colin Field One of kiteboarding’s OGs, Chris Gilbert has been there since the beginning; it was 1997 when he first launched...

Tobago Kitesurfing Guide

Need to know (quick facts) Airport Code: TAB Average wind strength: 14-22 knots Best Months: Mid Dec to Mid June Cost Factor: Mid Local Centre: Radical Sports Local pros: Orion Jakerov,...

Father and Son: The Medyskys

Father and Son: The Medyskys Two directions always cross paths Kiteboarding became a part of this family over a dozen years ago. Their summer home at...

WMFG – A Brand is Born

WMFG started as a little side project by former SBC Kiteboard advertising sales manager Matt Aiken. He was on the strapless surfboard thing pretty...

On The Cover – Issue 2 – Brandon Scheid

Photo: Toby Bromwich Rider: Brandon Scheid Location: Cape Hatteras, NC Event: Venyu Triple-S Invitational Celebrating its ten-year anniversary this past spring in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the Venyu...

Foilboarding Beginner’s Guide

Foil Future words by Damien LeRoy Have you ever dreamed of flying? The feeling of floating in the air with no noise, completely silent, and not...

Matt Nuzzo’s 5 Quick Tips – Learning to Foilboard

Matt Nuzzo’s 5 Quick Tips Real Kiteboarding’s Matt Nuzzo has been teaching a lot of kiters how to foilboard over the past year. He has...

Tool of the Trade: Reider Decker

I was born and raised on Hatteras Island and have been kiting for 11 years, more than half of my life.When I was in...

HOW TO: Building kickers, boxes, and rails

words by Joby Cook photos by Lance Koudele More and more people are wearing boots and riding park in kiteboarding. But there aren’t a lot...
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Story Behind the Video: Kite vs. Moth vs. Nacra F20 FCS vs. Marstrom 32

It’s always fun to cheer for your favorite team. So for kiteboarders, when Zack Marks took on three high-tech sailboats, we couldn’t help but...

5 Best Flatwater Kitesurfing Destinations

Kitesurfing Magazine asked Craig Cunningham to share his top 5 flat water destinations. As part of the North international team, Craig Cunningham has travelled all over...

On the Cover – Issue 1 – Jesse Richman

Summer is the perfect time to visit your local kite shop and pick up the premier collector's edition issue of the new Kitesurfing Magazine....

Jason Slezak 10th Anniversary Triple-S Interview

Jason Slezak is one of the main organizers behind the Venyu Triple-S. He has been involved with the event since it's inception in 2006....

Hope LeVin – Chasing Dreams on Maui

A couple years ago if someone told me I’d be a professional kiteboarder travelling the world, I would have laughed and said it couldn’t happen to...

Florida Keys Kiteboarding: Islamorada & Marathon

Closest airport: Miami International Airport and Key West International Airport Best wind:  October to May Average wind: 15 to 25 knots Hotels: Check Price and Availability Top riders:...

The Lou Wainman Interview

Lou Wainman is unquestionably the most influential kiteboarder of all time. During the late 90’s and start of the last decade, he pioneered the...

Kiteboarding Wind Minimum

What do you think is the lightest wind a person can kiteboard in? We posed this question to North Kiteboarding designer Ken Winner. Winner...

Ian Alldredge

Born: June 19, 1988 Ian Alldredge, at 23 years of age, has already been featured more in SBC Kiteboard magazine than any other rider. Hailing for...

Martin Vari

Past, Present and Future: Three Time World Champion Martin Vari   Full Name: Martin Vari Nick Name: Tino Date of Birth: 27/2/82 Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina Weight: 160 Height: 5’9’’ Sponsors: Vari Kites   Martin Vari became...

Greg Norman JR

Interview and photos by Tracy Kraft Full name: Greg Michael NormanPrefer to be called: Greg Norman Jr.Hatched on: 9/19/1985Born in: A hospitalGrew up in: An airplane and hotels around golf...