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RUSHING IN THE AMERICAS (AND OUR FREE ANNUAL TRAVEL GUIDE!)
FIRST HIT: CHILE
'The climatic diversity of this country is as astonishing as the friendliness of the people. From the edges of the driest desert in the world to lush coastal rainforests to high mountain peaks and everything in between. Now add heaps of consistent swell and wind that wrap on seemingly endless point breaks and you've got a port tack wave rider's dream. Almost. There is one catch. It is cold. Bone chilling cold. Nipple-cracking cold. Seal your sphinx with hot wax and pray to God it doesn't leak cold.' - Jeff Pfeffer
Felix Pivec and Jeff Pfeffer get the locals view on the rising star in the port tack wave riding world.
SECOND HIT: HOOD RIVER, USA
The Gorge is unlike any kiteboarding destination we have ever been. For starters, it blows everyday in the summer and the people of Hood River are united by a common attitude, that had I not experienced first hand, would have passed off as cheesy with their 'Right ons' and 'You bets'.Conducting the interviews and research I had planned were difficult to execute as everyone was on the water all the time. And I do mean all the time. The place is crawling, not only with wind-addicts, but with connoisseurs of just about all the great outdoor activities man has managed to invent. Whether they're bouncing around the river attached to an inflatable kite or sliding down a mountain... when it's on, it seems every pro, Joe, man, woman and child are there to enjoy it all together, and it's impossible not to get swept along with the excitement and fit right in.
In issue #31, we profile some of the characters that are synonymous with the scene there and highlight the reasons they believe this part of Hood River has achieved cult status among wind-addicted travellers over the last 20 years.
There's a lot more to South America's most visited country than Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. William Milne didn't get to ride the longest wave in the world which was close by, but he did find a small pack of ex-surfers, now devoted kiters, who've found their spot in life, and spend
much of it in the many pockets available in the Mancora region of northern Peru
AN ALASKAN SNOWKITE ADVENTURE
Rounding out our four stop tour of the Americas is a snowkite story from Alaska, accompanied by the crisp, clear and make-you-want-to-drop-what-you're-doing-and-get-some-of-that photography of National Geographic photographer and snowkiter, Andrew McGarry.
Crank out the most powerful top turns in Turn and Face, progress from hooked-in front rolls to the slim chance in the Motor Drive Project and in the intermediate chapter crack the back roll and hand-plant transitions. We also uncover the latest in teaching techniques and it means the death of the figure of 8 ? the long standing aid of the beginner!
The latest RRD Type 9, Best Nemesis HP, North Vegas and Flysurfer Pulse kites go through the testing mill.
Issue #31 comes with our free bumper Travel Guide supplement. Last year was the first of its kind to be published and this year it's even bigger with over 100 pages of the best kiting destinations across the world.
You can't handle any more!
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