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Issue #109 is now live and packed with gear reviews, riding insights and designer interviews. Enter this issue through the belly of the beast as James Carew takes us on a POV journey through this secret right hand slab as pictured on the cover – check out his video clips on the cover too!
We catch up Peter Stiewe from Eleveight to find out what has been done to the XS v2 to make this kite such a boosting machine, while our test team put some hours in on a vast array of kites, twin-tip and surf equipment. The Big Air Kite League put together a competition in Cape Town which saw some incredible riding, we have a photo journal from the event as well as a rider profile interview with the event winner, Ross-Dillon Player.
Back in January, a pair of Eleveight team riders released two of the most impressive big air clips from the same spot in Leucate on the same day. Was is a coincidence that they were both riding the same kite – the final prototype of the Eleveight XS V2, which is to be released in May? Jim Gaunt found out
Liam Whaley is insanely good. Colin Colin Carroll argues, however, that the Spaniard hasn’t yet peaked and perhaps his greatest success is consistently bringing out the best in others
The question on everone’s lips is: should I book a summer holiday? Rick Krystallis from Surf Club Keros is here to set your mind at ease and lure you out to keros
Kiteworld assistant editor Kyle Cabano was on camera duty for the event and filed this photo journal from the day
Like Ross-Dillon Player, Kiteworld assistant editor, Kyle Cabano, grew up close to Cape Town and got into kiting at a similar time before their paths diverted. Following Ross’ win at February’s Big Air Kite League event, it was time for a catch-up
PLUS – TESTS:
Airush Union v6 – a new school tool
Cabrinha Contra 9m ’21 – Brand new single strut machine for all light wind freeriding
CrazyFly Sculp 9 & 12m – Few kites will fuel your boost I their bottom to mid-ranges like this
Naish Pivot 7 & 9m – A King of the Air classic that also has extensive depower control
Ocean Rodeo A series Flite 14.5m – A light wind performer with a very immpressive top end range
Shinn Slicer 138 – A twin-tip that splits in two, though to ride it you’ll never know
Naish Global 5’9” – A stone cold classic kite-surfboard for charging in strong conditions
AS WELL AS:
Take a moment to read the story of a serious accident suffered in the surf by one of kiteboarding’s greatest photographers
Mark my words
Marks Shinn’s 86th column
News of new products heading your way
Theory and Technique:
The Better Kiter
The foundations of a good stance with BKSA head of training, Andy Gratwick
May the weather be with you
If you want to boost biggest, you need longer lines to reach stronger winds!