KW 94 TOUCHES DOWN
Tales of adventure
The key to happiness
The road to Paris 2024
The latest reviews, technique tips and news…
Cover: Svetlana Romantsova / Photo: Carl Ferreira
HIGHLIGHTS THIS ISSUE INCLUDE
MIDDLE OF THE WORLD
Carine Camboulives, Manu Bouvet and their daughters have been travelling the world since the girls were little to reach un-kited destinations and engage with the people that live in them. As ardent campaigners for the environment, on their latest trip they headed to the tiny African nation of Sao Tome to get to know a community that’s revolutionising its relationship with plastic waste. And yes, they also went kiting!
Neuroscientist Dr Jason Gallate is back with another instalment in his series on neural adaptation and the science of happiness. The doctor prescribes increased water time for maximum happiness and, in his latest feature, he explains why!
Downwinders are an adventurous experience totally unique to kiting. In no other board sport can you travel long distances without walking or relying on fossil fuels and, for some people, a downwinder is the zenith of the kiting experience. Before you embark on one though, be it along your home coastline or on a downwind adventure tour abroad, there are a few things you need to consider! Surfin Sem Fim guide Bowen Dwelle talks us through the need-to-knows-before-you-go in KW 94.
Ever imagined losing access to your local kite spot? The interests of kiters don’t always chime with those of governments, other beach users and coastal development and it seems like we often come off worst when a conflict arises over beach access. In KW 94, we investigated a couple of instances in which kiters from around the world have fought against a threat to their local beaches and their access to them and won! It’s essential reading for any kiteboarder who might one day have to fight for the right to kite!
For those who’ve been involved in the Olympic movement in kiteboarding for quite some time, the fact that the sport is now well on the road to Olympic inclusion is huge. A time is now approaching in which kiteboarders will have the chance to represent their country on sport’s biggest global stage. But what does it mean for the rest of us and the for the sport as whole? We set out to find out!
KW endeavours to cram as many reviews as possible in to each and every issue and the new one is no different. In this issue you’ll find our review of Flysurfer’s recently released all-purpose foil kite, the Soul, as well as LF’s brand new freeride-specific P1 and we’ve also shifted focus to electric skateboards this month and reviewed the Inboard M1 – a battery powered skateboard that can 22 mph / 35kph per hour! What a way to get to the beach..
If you’re losing your mind over the lack of summer swell but still want to up your surfboard skills then check out this month’s Technique feature. We’ve enlisted Ralph Boelen to take us through the strapless indy grab!
The travel stoke continues as we explore Asia and the Brazilian kite destination you may not yet know about – Florianopolis. There’s also all the latest insight about the what’s happening on the World Tours, in the industry and on your home beaches. We’ve also got all the regular goodness from our team of expert columnists who demystify the (sometimes) confusing world of kiteboarding for us in every issue!
AND…if you were wondering what was happening with the the rebranding of North then we explain the situation both in KW #94 and here on our site!
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