In issue #53 we expose the full glory of kitesurfing around Cape Town in South Africa. There's a reason (actually, there are many!) why so many pros and amateur riders head there in the European winter time. The weather is fantastic, the scenery is some of the most stunning on the planet, but for us, as kitesurfers, it's the dozens of world-class spots and phenomenal wind stats that make it such a wind sport heaven. We reveal the heap of reasons why those who've chosen to make Cape Town their home, and why people who've travelled all over the world looking for the best kite spots find themselves returning to put themselves at the mercy of the Cape's awesome Cape Doctor sou'easter time and time again.
Cape Town is actually one of kitesurfing's most important hubs in terms of gear development, with many brands spending all or part of South Africa's summer season putting their prototypes up against the regularly testing conditions. Airush relocated their operation to Cape Town a year ago and have now developed a fully in-house working system that includes everything from R&D and innovation to design and art. We paid a visit to their new HQ in the Muizenberg suburb of town with a particular focus on their Active surfboard construction system
Mark Shinn thought he was onto something pretty special when he came up with the SuperShinn, which was released in August. A high-performance twin-tip packed with an unusual level of user-friendliness, he invited Jim Gaunt to take it for a spin in the choppy, real world waters of Tenerife and to see what he was making such a fuss about ahead of the product launch in August
It's that time of year again – a van-full of 2012 gear landed in the office earlier this month, including the RRD Obsession, Cabrinha Switchblade, North Rebel, Airush Lithium and Varial-X and the Slingshot Rally. We get to grips with these new offerings to get your late summer season off on the best footing.
Crammed in elsewhere are ride guides to Saunton Sands in the UK and Cape Hatteras in the USA, plus our regular standard of stunning images, travel and technique advice and comment, columns and headline news.
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