ISSUE #44: YOU GOT ME FIRED UP!
First up to whet your whistle for issue #44 is news of some epic images and front line reports of all-time sessions, with unusual twists. A winter swell in the summer in Cape Town provided a few lucky riders with some huge walls to charge at Witsands. Two riders hit up a lake session amongst the alpine backdrop near the popular snowkiting area in Switzerland, the Bernina Pass and Grant Twiggy Baker kitesurfs the hallowed surfing territory, J-Bay.
All pretty unusual. What's not unusual is our regular quality of contributions from our favourite and new providers of kiting content. Kristin Boese explains the intricate details of tacking a directional board, Sebastian Garat breaks down the pop transition into manageable chunks in the Motor Drive Project, Jo Wilson starts a new series on the psychology of riding, Johann Civel breaks the kiting altitude record in South America, Gavin McGlurg nearly kills a team of pro riders in the middle of the night during a tricky passage onboard Discovery and we visit Ireland, Boa Vista and Lizard Island in Australia. Under interrogation is one of the sport's original pros - Simone Vannucci, the man behind Royal Kiteboarding and also Jozef Sr, Crazy Fly board designer explains why carbon fibre is so good for making twin-tips.
That's just for starters, plus there are reviews of the Ozone C4 and Naish Helix kites, twin-tips from Liquid Force, Maelstorm and Crazy Fly plus a couple of bonus surfboard reports on the Airush Converse and Naish Custom Fish.
This stack of inspiration to get you psyched up for the new season will be available from early March.
Kitesurfing Test - Boards 2013
Nomad 136-Team series
Kitesurfing Test - Kites 2013
Blade Trigger 9m
Kitesurfing travel directory