Issue #49 comes free with our annual Travel Guide for 2011. The fifth edition of the guide features over 40 hot (and cold ? snowkite spots) from around the world that should be on your list of possible kiting holiday destinations this year. As usual, there's all the basic knowledge you need to know, plus vital local level tips and ideas that the guide is now famous for. At 116 pages and free with the magazine, it's a great way to start to your dream kiting year!
In the mag...
The last few of months of 2010 produced more than their average share of excitement. For starters it seems that the once mystical speed target of 50 knots is now a thing of the past, with Charlotte Consorti recently passing the mark and joining the elite crew of male speed kiters now rapidly pushing towards the 60 knot barrier. Rob Douglas now holds the overall World Speed Sailing record over any other wind powered vessel, with an average speed over 500 metres of 55.65 knots. We talk to him and take a behind-the-scenes look at the Luderitz Speed event with first time entrant, Fred Kloren from Xelerator kiteboarding.
Ben Wilson has worked hard to become one of the most solidly established names in kitesurfing. We take a look at Ben's efforts at targeting the surf market with his new brand, Ben Wilson Surf. On the travel front, we talk to the world's most well-travelled kite journalist, Udo Hoelker ? the man behind the epic World Kite and Windsurfing Guide books. Jon Modica and Corky Cullen score amazing kiting waves in Baja, Mexico that will leave you freeing up some work time to book a trip on a forecast and an Al Jazeera TV producer, Steffanie Dekker, talks us through her kiting life in Qatar.
Elsewhere in the mag you'll find reviews on the Cabrinha S-Quad and RRD Gitana surfboards as well as our first review of the F-One Bandit 4 9m. Technique-wise there are valuable features on how to boost huge in the Motor Drive Project and we also have an intro to wave riding ? including the preparation, knowledge and tactics to stay safe while shredding. In Sessions, there's kiting in high heels, oh, and Lewis jumped a bigger pier recently, too...
All that plus the usual views, news and kite schmooze
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