Kiteworld Issue #73

Kiteworld issue 73 front cover

Kiteworld #73 explodes into 2015 with more of the uplifting and inspirational kitesurfing content you’ve come to rely on the magazine for, however you choose to read it!

Here’s the opening gambit:




It’s hard not to get dejected as the season draws to a close. It’s hard not to feel frustrated as the ephemeral sensations all too quickly evaporate and I’m back to looking forward again, scavenging for hope through winter’s cold turkey.

If you’re looking down both barrels of the depths of winter, don’t despair – it doesn’t have to be that way. Switch your approach and you could be having one of the best sessions of your life… this weekend. Check out our Winter Survival Guide on page 92 to find the tools you need to make it happen.

The actual time we spend kitesurfing compared with the time we spend thinking and obsessing about it would seem ridiculous to someone without this affliction of addiction. But I wouldn’t be without it.

This issue is for all of us who leave it longer between sessions than we’d like, for all of us for whom work constantly seems to get in the way of countless missed sessions, for those that like to dream… for those that can associate with kiting’s most core qualities of escape, relief and complete absorption in the here and now. For those that know how it feels to believe – even for the shortest time – that nothing else matters.

In this issue we explore the inner perspectives of those that make the extra effort to allow kitesurfing to take centre stage in their lives. All of them have jobs and need more than just boardshorts to ride where they live, and none of them are under 25 or living off beans in a tent on a tropical island. Every one of them has made big sacrifices to spending more time riding: they’re guys that have gone beyond the ordinary just to kite for themselves.

Gabi Steindl, Corey Jones, Kari Schibevaag, Johann Civel and Ian Young remind me of Jack Kerouac’s experiences when travelling in the 1950’s, of which he wrote; “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Enjoy the issue,


Kiteworld issue 73 front cover

Kiteworld issue 73 front cover

More to enjoy in Kiteworld issue #73:

  • An indispensable guide to kiting in Dahkla in Morocco (plus Essaouira)
  • Kiteworld’s winter survival guide
  • Carbon looks sleek and shiny, but do we really need it? We look into the secrets of its success
  • The Mad Ones: Johann Civel in France, Kari Schibevaag in Lofoten, Norway and Gabi Steindl’s home in WA
  • Kitelement and Nobile split boards reviews
  • Cabrinha Radar kite review
  • An Australian ex-serviceman who swerved the sharks over 1300 kilometres of the Western Australia coast in aid of Soldier On
  • How to avoid crashes on the water
  • How to boost huge and then land softly
  • Mark Shinn on the Red Bull King of the Air’s build-up and wildcard approach for 2015
  • Aaron Hadlow explains what’s really going through his head in his most technical moves, split second by split second
  • And the usual top notch mix of opinion, insight, news and advice from the pros to help you get more out of your own kiteboarding experience.

Kiteworld issue #73 will be released in January, dripping with new year cheer!


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