Eclipse new recruit, Felix Pivec, and his boss, Chris Cousins, arrived at the KW offices on Tuesday, straight off overnight flights from Hawaii, for Felix, and Hatteras, for Chris. Felix was tripping out over being in the UK when we took him up the road for some food before kiting.
"How cool is landing in England! The first sign I see on the road when we left the airport is for Staines! Ha ha. Ali G. Classic! And how's Brighton? This place looks just like a film set!"
We fed him up with some fish and chips which left his stomach "with a gut full of fat" before taking him out for kite session at Hove in front of the King Alfred. It took all of half-an-hour before the wrath of the mighty Alfred beach struck and he snapped the nose off his board, but that didn't stop him busting out some insane strapless airs and varials. His thoughts on kiting in Brighton:
"You could learn so much here. Nice cross-on conditions and little waves and ramps for strapless jumping. This is windier than we usually have in Hawaii (Felix was on a prototype 7m Eclipse C kite - everyone else was on 9s or 10s; Felix is incredible at efficient flying and making a small kite work). It's good here and definitely not horse shit."
Yesterday they went to Lancing, which was booming with around 40 kiters out and got as many people as they could out on their range of demo Eclipse kites.
After plying them with warm local ales, European football and some dodgy fish suppers we packed him and Chris off on their way to Bournemouth this afternoon and onto Edge Watersports in Exmouth Devon. They are eventually making their way up to Blackpool for Hangtime's demo weekend this weekend - 9th and 10th May.
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