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 help pass the time. Today we catch up with Naish international team rider Ewan Jaspan.

Kitesurfing Magazine: How are you passing the time?

Ewan Jaspan: I’ve got a home ‘gym’ set up to keep fit, plenty of old and new footage to go through as well. I’ve been keeping in close contact with Naish still working on bringing you the best products and new innovations as well. Trying to fill the time and stay productive!

Kitesurfing Magazine:  What’s your favourite binge worthy show?

The online streaming services are being well used. Right now I’m heading into season 3 of Better Call Saul, and season 3 of Ozark, both worth a watch for sure!

Kitesurfing Magazine:  What your favourite Kite Movie from the past year?

Ewan Jaspan: We just released two movies  ‘The Africa Archives’ which is a trip with Naish riders Stu, Stig, Ross and myself through Cape Town last December. It’s a great fun film edited and shot by Michael Veltman. The other is ‘Death of Park’ which is very different to Africa Archives. This one is all about pushing the level of technical kiteboarding in the park, and showing what’s possible. It took a lot of effort and time, and while many people may not appreciate it as much, it’s definitely one of the toughest projects I have been a part of. Alex Lewis-Hughes did a great job filming and editing for all the board lovers out there.

Kitesurfing Magazine:  What’s your favourite kite film of all time?

Ewan Jaspan: Too many to say, but anything with people pushing the limits and innovating new tricks. Many from Aaron Hadlow and Andy Gordon were my inspiration when growing up, I don’t think those can really be beaten for the time especially. Autofocus of course for the premise and Dre’s part. Freeride project 1 was also up there!

Kitesurfing Magazine: Have you read any good books recently?
Ewan Jaspan: Sadly, I’m going to have to say no. I do wish I read more, but I just don’t..

Kitesurfing Magazine: Do you do any cooking? What’s your favourite recipe?

Ewan Jaspan: I do some cooking, and a lot more so now we are in lockdown. We have been getting great use out of our Weber BBQ. Making some fish tonight actually. I’ve been making a lot of large risotto/pasta meals at the moment to eat for coming days as well. Nothing too fancy, but every now and then I like to try something new in the kitchen.

Kitesurfing Magazine: Bucket List Trip?

Ewan Jaspan:I’ve been talking about this one with a few friends in Melbourne, to kite foil the chain of islands in the Caribbean with boat support, and being able to kite many of the freestyle spots on the way. Taking a few months through the windy season to do it would be epic!

Kitesurfing Magazine: Parting thoughts?

Ewan Jaspan:Use this time to progress your mind, and even you’re riding! You can keep fit and imagine all the tricks you want to do in your head. You can learn more about technique from your living room that you would ever imagine possible!

Photo: Ewan Jaspan poses for a portrait during the Red Bull King Of The Air in Cape Town, South Africa on January 30, 2020. Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool