Kiteworld Magazine was started by Hugh Miller in 2001 to reflect what was happening in kitesurfing at the time. There was a need for an independent international magazine to help establish the fact that kitesurfing was a sport in its own right, not an extension of the windsurfing industry. 50 issues on and kiting has boomed across the world, but we're still just trying to make sure we portray the true essence of the sport as we see it. No hype necessary – this is kitesurfing; just the word alone makes hearts race with excitement and anticipation.
On land, snow or water - in Tahiti, Texas or Tignes; Kiteworld International Magazine is the linchpin between a kiter’s last and next session. We reflect their passion, complement their understanding and ignite the fire that enthrals the masses in this varied sport, regardless of age, gender or background. A blend of expert knowledge on technical matters, aspirational travel writing and photography seamed with humour and understanding offers a complete view of what it is to be a kiter in this rapidly developing free sport.
The Kiteworld team, energised by the fact that every member of staff is a kiter, have worked hard to develop a connection with our readership, and our own range of styles and levels are the ame as those on the beaches, parks and snow plains across the world, helping us to connect and to relate to every one.
Kiteworld International Magazine continues to work from the basics up, to show the best of our sport, to deliver the most original content for which the magazine has become renowned and respected for.
|MEET THE TEAM|
|Name: Jim Gaunt
Role: Kiteworld editor
Years kiting: 9
Details of first experiences and why I started kiting:
I was in Cape Town for the winter windsurfing and ended up living with a bunch of kitesurfers in a hostel called Windswept. In my dorm were Rob Claisse, Christian Black, Stav Thraves and a few other riders. I was immediately hooked by the big air these guys were getting - it was like seeing the world in 3D for the first time and being able to ride a board as if in a cartoon! When I left Cape Town and got back to Brighton, kitesurfing quickly took over and I took up the role of dogsbody at the Kiteworld office.
Shorts / No shorts: I even wore kite pants for a short time, but am now a firm no shorts over the wetsuit kind of guy, unless it's a short legged wetsuit, and there's someone pointing a camera, then it's a different question!
Favourite spot: Waves: Mauritius and plenty of spots around Cape Town
Flat water: Witsand nr Cape Town, Cape Hatteras area, USA, Hayling Island, UK
Favourite rider: For awe and inspiration: It's got to be Hadlow
For shits and giggles: My mates
Kitesurfing power meal of choice: Homemade banana smoothie, but usually petrol station pork pie
Kitesurfing apres session intake: Ale and pork scratchings
|Name: Brian Goldesberry
Role: US representative for Kiteworld Magazine
Years kiting: 6
Details of first experiences and why I started kiting: I took my first kiteboarding lesson in 2004 and was immediately hooked!
Shorts / No shorts: commando
Favourite kiting slang: I've got a "board meeting"
Favourite spot: The next place I am going to
Favourite rider: Dimitri or Andy Defillipes
Kitesurfing power meal of choice: breakfast of grilled mahi, avocado, beans & rice
Kitesurfing apres session intake: ?
The gear I currently have in the van is: Naish Helix, Norcal, Rogue Wave custom & Jimmy Lewis
If I could learn any move tomorrow it would be: F16 transfer to blind
But the reality is it will probably be: backroll kiteloop, or almost nailing a handle pass
When not on the beach, you will probably find me: working or playing with my kids
|Name: Anina Simpson
Role: Office Manager
Years kiting: less than one
Shorts / No shorts: Skirt
Favourite kiting slang: ow that hurts
Kitesurfing power meal of choice: dried mango
Kitesurfing apres session intake: 5 or so beers
If I could learn any move tomorrow it would be: how to stay on the board
But the reality is it will probably be: faceplanting
When not on the beach, you will probably find me: Driving round Europe in a dragon car