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Issue #87 is out now in print and digital editions and is full of inspiration, advice, equipment reviews, travel stories and guides to fuel your kitesurfing know-how and knowledge.
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Highlights this issue include:
IMPROVING YOUR MAXIMUM BOOST POTENTIAL
Fancy yourself as a mega looper? Well, it all starts somewhere. Lewis Crathern explains how to introduce a downloop to your riding. For any intermediates, this is a key technique to develop in your arsenal to add flow to your turns.
For the strapless riders, Keahi de Aboitiz returns to explain how adding a stalefish grab to your strapless back roll can really help you nail it.
And if you’re about to get into foiling, we have advice on managing those first few exciting hours!
Our intrepid constant traveller, John Ruffing, has been exploring the Emerald Coast of Mexico.
If you feel at all suffocated by the rapid onset of technology, or hemmed in by a world that seems increasingly smaller, then a trip to Lord Howe island might just be the escape back-to-basics and beauty you need. Gabi Steindl was luck-enough to sample Australia’s lost paradise for this story in which she reveals an unchartered kiting territory in a class of its own.
Meanwhile, Sam Light drove 2,500 miles around the UK in 12 days for his latest shoot. He got some banging shots and uncovered some classic conditions, though he was made to chase it!
And we have tales from two rippers who grew up in one of the world’s best kitesurfing destinations, Cape Hatteras, USA.
LET MY PEOPLE GO (KITE)SURFING
On the subject of the USA, KW’s Matt Pearce headed to Ventura, California in April to visit Patagonia’s HQ and get the skinny on their Fairtrade practices. We’re lucky he came back at all as he seems convinced by the culture of the Californian work-life-surf-life balance. Sustainable threads, sustainable shreds indeed!
We bring you a worldwide whip up of event news and general kiting buzz. This issue we shine a light on the Hydrofoil Pro Tour, including some of the key performances from that ‘Formula One’ kitesurfing championship and look towards the Youth Olympic Games.
We wrap up the reviews from our Cape Town sessions earlier this year, and this issue have full breakdowns on the following gear:
KITES: The Slingshot Turbine and Takoon Scoop.
WAVE KITE TESTS: The Cabrinha Drifter, Core Section and North Neo.
SURFBOARD TESTS: The Cabrinha Spade, North Session, North Pro CSC, RRD Maquina and RRD Rocket.
TWIN-TIP TESTS: The Airush Switch, RRD Placebo, CrazyFly Raptor LTD, Nobile NHP, F-One Trax, North Jaime and Jaime Textreme and Carved Imperator.
ACCESSORIES: Extra products we’ve used and really enjoyed: Ocean Rodeo’s Soul drysuit and Dakine’s Pyro harness.
All that, plus the usual visual highs throughout the issue from the sport’s best photographers, columnists and writers.
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