Issue 54 has more than a spattering of youthful intent. The first really credible wave kiting competition happened in epic waves in Mauritius in September and we cover the best bits and new faces to emerge via John Bilderback's well-trained lens.
French Connection is a stunning gallery by Jens Hogenkamp featuring a collective of four young French riders who are knowN as Children of Revolution. Super creative and with exceptional riding talent, we take a look behind the capturing of the shots.
In issue 54 we also guide you around the stunning Florida Keys, specifically Islamorada. If the thought of the onset of winter fills you with dread and the promise of warm, shallow flat waters as far as you can see, 80 miles of coastline on both sides and steady ten metre weather excites you, then you'll love this place from November to April. The Kiteworld team recently took a tour of the area and talked to those most in the know to help you make the most out of a trip towards the USA's southern most point and the colourful Key West.
PLUS: In Getting Shacked we snoop around a kitesurfer's pimp pad in Vietnam; Roberto Ricci explains the evolution of kite designs and how to develop a quiver; Martyn Hogg breaks down the unhooked back roll, back-to-toe-side, back-to-wrapped and finally the end progression – the back mobe and ridden and reviewed are, KITES: the Epic Screamer 12m, Ocean Rodeo Razor 9m, F-One Bandit 5 10m, Best GP C kite 9m, North Vegas 10m, Cabrinha Vector 12m. BOARDS: Nomad Carbon Kevlar 135, Underground FLX 135 and Underground Crypt 135cm.