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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2010 - 21:29

It’s a tad ironic that although I’ve lived on an island my entire life that I’ve never spent more than a day on a boat before. I’ve always been a bit nervous about committing to a long-term boat trip before as other peoples tails of misery from seasickness has always deterred me. However, when Gavin and Jody sent me an invite to spend two weeks on their boat “Discovery” with promises of long barreling lefts and not another soul insight, I would just be stupid to even attempt to come up with an excuse not to go on such an adventure. Plus, there’s always an added allure to go somewhere new, especially to a remote destination like Madagascar. As it was a last minute trip, my itinerary was not ideal. It involved a 4 stop, 5plane, 3.5-day journey (takes the same amount of time to get to the moon) and a few lost bags before reaching the port where Discovery was anchored. However, it was my best baggage experience ever. First, the check-in lady willingly ignored the surfboard charge because she was: “so happy to see you leaving Hawaii and seeing the rest of the world”. I got my entire check in luggage checked through to Madagascar for only $40US. When I got to Antananarivo (the capital of Madagascar) my luggage was left in Kenya but the airline gave me $100US for compensation for delaying my bags and would later deliver them to the boat the following day. The whole experience resulted in making $60US and having my bags delivered to the boat all without ever seeing them since check-in in Hawaii a few days previous; by far the best experience I’ve ever had with check-in baggage.?After the mind-numbing journey, I rocked up to the luxurious Discovery. Discovery is a 57foot Lagoon catamaran, completely first class to say the least. Six cabins that comfortable sleep 12 and crewed with a full time 1st mate, full time gourmet chief and a captain who makes you feel so comfortable that you could swear you’ve been best friends for years. I couldn’t help but wonder how lucky I was to find myself in this position. With the freedom of living on a floating mansion for two weeks, Madagascar offered up a few different choices of world-class waves. The first being “TTs” or “Tony’s Tavarua” named after the 20 year South African Madagascar local Tony. Tony has never been to Tavarua, but started calling this wave Tavarua after its close resemblance with the Fijian wave, Cloudbreak. The second is “Flameballs”, this was by far my favorite wave that we found the entire trip. No one beside us for miles, this 100-200meter barreling left was our personal surf break. The only paddle surfers on board were: Captain Gavin, first mate Tim and myself. We were frothing on first site of the goofy foot’s wet dream and wasted no time jumping in the water scrambling to get every wave that came through. There were more perfect waves coming through than the three of us could catch. Going surfing was a bit of a trip for me as I am used to traveling with a bunch of wave junkies. However, aside from Gavin and Tim, I was the only surfer on board and the rest had no surfing background what so ever. It was the strangest feeling showing up to a perfect barreling wave with not another soul in site and being the only one excited about the scenario. It felt like I was the only one laughing at a movie in a full theater; it’s a little uncomfortable. As the trip progressed the others on board started showing an interest in catching a wave, so the when the swell dropped of a bit we found a small right that was perfect for learning on. Everyone on board grabbed whatever they could: SUP, surfboard or boogie and jumped in the water for a surf/wave catching lesson. I took the SUP out and started barking instructions to everyone and to my own surprise, I managed to coach everyone to their feet and ride their first self caught (no kite/windsurf assisted) wave of their life. One of the only days of no wind and no surf, we took advantage of the time off and booked a local zebu (local cattle) ride into the Adansonia forest. More commonly known as a “Baobab”, it is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and one to Australia. The mainland African species also occurs on Madagascar, but it is not a native. They are an amazing and complex tree; growing as deep underground as above and some are thought to be thousands of years old, which is difficult to verify as the wood does not produce annual growth rings, so they use radiocarbon dating to be able to find out the age of a tree. A few days after the Baobab excursion, the swell started to pulse again and Gavin and I were quickly on the rising swell with the SUPs. Unfortunately, the session didn’t last long, or end well for Gavin. A late drop, with an odd angle cause Gavin to hit his rib on the hard, dense rail of the SUP causing him to loose his wind and struggle to keep afloat. No one saw the fall and he spent the entire set taking double overhead waves on the head with a collapsed lung, broken rib and a 12lbs SUP dragging at his ankle. Luckily after the set passed, Jody saw him waving for help on the inside and took the dingy to rescue him. After about an hour, he brushed the look of death off of him and walked away a little shaken up, and with a cracked rib. Truth be told, the man’s an animal, from barely able to move, to walking around the boat, shouting instructions and commanding the Discovery within an hour and doing it all laughing about it and with a smile. Legend. Despite the injury scare and the lack of wind (from the right direction) for wavering, the trip I couldn’t have felt it more of a success. There were some great times had, a few new friends made and a lot of good waves caught. Madagascar has the potential for greatness, I just need to come back and find it! Reo Stevens - Naish Pro Rider ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 03/30/2010 - 19:24

Age: 17 Years kiting: 3 Hometown: Somerset West Favourite kiting spots: Le Morne ,Strand, Maccassar, Kamers ,Witsands (Breede River) and La Mercy Favourite move: Mobe 5 Sponsors: Naish, Reef, Blue Eye eyewear, Rodwy clothing, Wellness International. Who is your kiting role model: Both Aaron Hadlow and Kevin Langeree. Aaron is no doubt the best freestyle kiter in the world but it appears that Kevin could possibly be a better overall kiter considering his wave riding abilities. Who taught you to kite: My dad Do you think living in the Cape gives you an advantage, as it is the ideal training ground in Summer? Many people think so, but I think there is more to just having loads of wind. Cape Town seems to be the best training ground for the top riders, however I think Brazil, Dominican Rep, Venezuela and Mauritius are better locations to practise new tricks. Once a trick is mastered , rehearsing it in sometimes tough Cape Town conditions certainly prepares one well for the different conditions on tour. What’s your average day at home in the cape if the wind blows? My dad is the “official officer” on the farm we live. I therefore have weather and wind updates on the hour. When the wind looks favorable for the day, we check the tides, wave size, wave intervals and location and then plan either a freestyle or wave ride day. Because of my flexible schooling program I try to pick the best 5 hour window for the day. And when it doesn’t? I try to put in as much schoolwork as possible to create extra time for kiting when it’s good. I also spent time at the horses on the farm, play some golf and read. What other training do you do? A good friend of ours who specializes in health through exercising, together with my dad and I ,have work out a kiting related gym program, sometimes frowned upon by the serious iron pumpers . I would gym everyday when there is no wind ,with one day a week break. I would also gym on days when the window for kiting is anything less than 2 hours. What are your goals for the upcoming season? I would like to compete in all the local competitions and do well. As far as freestyle is concerned I would like to focus on my passes 99% of the time on water. Hopefully my season will include another Mauritius trip or preferably Brazil if finances allow. Because freestyle is hard work, I would like to relax with as much wave riding as possible. What are your long term kitesurfing goals? If I manage to attract the necessary sponsors I would like to compete on the PKRA tour from 2010 onwards. I do understand that the industry is still developing and that sponsors are hard to come by but it is not deterring me from setting goals and working towards it. It’s been a wonderful experience thus far. How long were you in Mauritius for this last time? Two and half months. Where did you stay? Pik Pik windsurfing village in Le Morne What did you learn/work on while there? Worked on all the powered passes and some switch passes as well. I also spend considerable time practising unhook wave riding. Why is it an ideal training ground? Loads of wind. Perfect freestyle conditions, especially on low tide and probably some of the best wave riding conditions in the world. What was the best part of your stay? I enjoyed many great moments but the main purpose was to work hard on my freestyle and it finally paid off. What was the worst part of your stay? I fell of my bicycle on my way back to Pik Pik after a cooking session and sprained my wrist. Fortunately I recovered quickly thanks to the advice of my uncle who is sports medical doctor. Who did you go with? My kites! No, I went on my own but met some lovely people there last year and had a warm welcome on my return this year. How do you fit in schoolwork etc? It must take a lot of discipline? I’m very blessed to have very committed parents who home schools me and has taught me to be a self learner from a young age. Believe it or not, unlike most school attending children I actually enjoy my studies, especially the sciences. What makes it easy is the flexi hours and therefore it’s not to difficult to commit to 3 hours of studying every day. I must admit it does feel good to be able to kite while my contemporaries are at school. My plans are to continue with correspondence tertiary studies even if I do manage to go on tour. Anybody you would like to thank? My parents and my sponsors. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/14/2009 - 22:13

iKiteboarding.com was recently invited along with Kiteforum.com, iKSURF, Kitesurf Magazine UK and the biggest publications to Tarifa, Spain to join the international Cabrinha team for their 10th anneversary and their first ever media launch. Here's some pictures from the trip. Special thanks to Bill Tai for contributing many of these pictures. Tarifa Town at Night, 9.30pm to be exact. This place starts buzzing after midnight. Susi Mai and Bill Tai (from Mai Tai Kite Camps) Chris from Neil Pryde UK and Rou Chater for iKsurf David Hastilow, Cabrinha Product Tester Kites on Tarifa Beach Toby from Kiteforum.com, Carlo from iKiteboarding.com and Dom from Kitesurf Magazine (UK) Jesse Richman and Nikki Cameron, Dre and Suzi ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 22:00

Self Launching a bow kite is very easy and safe to do. Product Used: Cabrinha Crossbow 1, size 7 Location: Dolphin Beach & Sunset Beach, Cape Town, South Africa Wind Direction: South South East Wind Speed: 11-15 knots Important Warning: This procedure is not advised for inexperienced kiters to attempt on their own. We will also highly recommend that you try to do this for the first time together with someone standing by just in case things do start to go wrong for you. 1. Place the kite on the specific spot from where you would like to launch it. (Remember to take into consideration obstacles such as rocks, kelp, people, other kites, and sign posts for the actual launching procedure). 2. Pull the bridle lines out from underneath the kite and separate them neatly. 3. Walk the bar and lines directly into the wind. (I recommend this way as it is easier for me to deal with the wind and the lines.) Separate the lines and connect them to the bridle lines of the kite according to the colours on the lines and the kite. 4. Take both kite lines on the right side of the kite and pull them underneath the kite, to the left side of the kite. (This is to stop the kite lines from tangling during the launching process.) 5. If the wind is very strong, you can place a bit of sand on the far right side of the kite. 6. Pull the right side of the kite slightly into the wind so that wing-tip catches a bit of wind. 7. Walk to your bar and connect the bar to your harness. 8. Connect your safety leash to the kite bar. (This method is for half-release: which means that I will not loose my bar and the kite will not collapse if I unhook by accident - which has happened to me a few times during launching the kite. Full-release connecting means that the safety leash is connected directly to your left centre line on the bar. This will instantly collapse the kite once you have unhooked and let go of the bar.) 9. You are now standing directly upwind from your kite. Walk with your bar and lines connected to your harness, to a 90 degree angle of your kite (directly into the wind window where it is the safest position to launch your kite from.) 10. Hold the bar with your left hand. With your right hand take hold of the right inside line. Pull backwards until all the lines in the kite start to tension. (You might need to walk back a few steps while pulling on this line.) 11. Once the kite has flipped up, let go of the line and take control of the bar and launch the kite. 12. Depending on the speed of the wind and the location, you can also stand at a 45 degree angle to launch the kite safely. If there is too much power in the kite while it is launching, you can let go of the bar and the kite will continue to go up and stop pulling you instantly. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:54

Brad Symington of Downwindshuttle.com recently upgraded the service he provides to the kiteboarders who wish to do downwinders on this magnificent 17km stretch of beachfront in South Africa. So far, we have made use of Brad's service this entire summer getting lifts from Doodles to Sunset Beach almost every day, and its been a pleasure. He offers the riders drinks, an opportunity to play on one of his 4 Sony Playstation Portable systems, cool tunes to listen to and the chance to meet and chat to fellow kiteboarders - an opportunity you dont often have otherwise. This service is perfect for anyone who wishes to save you time and not leave your car on a selected location, or for beginners who cant maintain upwind yet. Its also a safe way to get back to your destination if you dont wish to hitch a ride alone. Rides cost 30ZAR a pop and or the tokens can be bought upfront or paid to Brad direct when you take the ride. All you need to do is contact Brad on his mobile 082 297 1566 and he or his driver Natalie will fetch you at the given time of your choice and where you wish to be collected from or taken to. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:49

by Carlo Freedom. It means a lot of different things to a lot of people. But to me, as a kiteboarder, true freedom is simply the ability to go where you want, when you want. There are few places in this world that epitomize this better than South Africa's long stretches of beach. To live in Africa is freedom in itself. With all this chaos that surrounds those living in Africa comes a huge amount of freedom. Lack of resources means lack of control on most beaches. What separates kiteboarding from other sports? To me, it's the ability to be free. To go where you want on the water with minimal effort. To fly through the air. To hear absolutely nothing at the peak of a high jump. Flying through the air and being able to catch so many waves without having to paddle in or wait your turn to catch a wave. Independence Kiteboarding offers independence on a level that very few sports do. It's a solo sport which means you don't have to rely on team players. And it's a good thing that it's an independent sport. One cannot be truely free if you're not self sufficient. If you stick to uncrowded beaches, it's a sport without rules. If you can land and launch your kite on your own, and don't have to worry about catching a lift after a downwinder it's even better. Nature is freedom Perhaps the best part of kiteboarding is that the wind is absolutely free. Once you have your kiteboarding gear, you don't have to pay anything to get lit. Put up a kite, go where you want and kite for as long as the wind blows. Exemption from the presence of others, the solo stoke way Some of my best sessions have been on an empty beach with just me out there. Kiteboarding on your own brings a different experience - one where you don't have to worry about anyone else around you. It's just you, your kite, the ocean and the wind. Nobody to rescue you when things go wrong. Nobody to pick you up after a downwinder. Hiking back after a long downwinder in the dark. Going where the wind takes you. Just you and nature. Solo kiting. If you are a kiteboarder like me, chances are that deep down you're an anarchist at heart, seeking your piece of freedom in a world full of boundaries rules and impossibilities. The waves, the wind and the water is where you truly feel free. I hope that the next time you go kiteboarding, you realize that just like freedom, kiteboarding is a privilege that only a few people get to experience in their life....

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:48

by Carlo Kiteboarding photography is something that most kiteboarders get into at one stage or the other. But there's a difference between taking pictures and great pictures. Here's a few tips to get better looking kiteboarding pictures, based on my experience. Equipment Guidelines Sports photography is very demanding on your wallet. If you want to get good at sports photography be prepared to start spending some money. Sports photography lends itself to favor fast telephoto lenses, ultra wide angle lenses, and the fastest camera you can buy. You'll need to invest in at least one or two fast telephoto lenses and at least one wide angle or ultra wide angle lens. When it comes to camera bodies, professional sports photographers prefer the Canon EOS 1D or Nikon's D2X which are top of the line sports cameras. You don't need to invest in top of the line DSLRs though; a mid level camera that can shoot at 5 frames per second and has relatively fast auto focus capabilities is more than adequate if you couple it with a pro level lens - think Canon EOS 40D or a Nikon D200 coupled with a 300mm f2.8 or a 400mm f2.8. You can also get great results with an underwater housing and a wideangle lens. But this combo can be expensive and this method brings along a whole new set of challenges. You have to make sure that there are no water drops on your housing and that your horizons are level - this is easier said than done. Great pictures can be taken with an underwater housing but it takes a lot of practice and patience. Pictured below is the Canon EF 300mm f2.8L lens. This and the 400mm f2.8L lenses are the sharpests and fastest lenses I have used to date, but they're also expensive coming in at ZAR46,000 and ZAR75,000 respectively. Technique Before you begin, ensure you know how to use your camera properly. Know how to use your camera's AI Servo function (the function that tracks movement and keeps the subject is focus as it moves closer or further away from you). - Ensure you have your maximum frame rate enabled, you'll want to fire away multiple frames when you need to. - Know how to use Aperture and Shutter priority on your camera. - A monopod is an absolute must if you are using a telephoto lens of 200mm or more. Tripods are recommended for focal lengths of 500mm or more. As you increase the focal length, you also increase camera shake which makes it increasingly difficult to keep your camera still at focal lengths of 300mm or more. If you can't keep your camera still you will have a tough time to keep your auto focus sensors on the subject. If you hand hold your camera your pictures won't be pin sharp as hand holding telephoto lenses causes camera shake - not even a high shutter speed will give you pin sharp images. Always use a monopod, even better if you can use a tripod. - The best way to become good at sports photography is to practice as much as possible. Your first few shoots will have a lot of misses and very few keepers. When you get home after a shoot load your pictures and analyze your mistakes. - Learn to anticipate the action. Immerse yourself in the sport that you are photographing - knowing what's coming next in sports photography is almost a prerequisite. - Getting sharp pictures will be your greatest challenge. The first thing you'll have to learn is to keep one or more of your auto focus sensors on the subject as the subject moves. This sounds a lot easier than it is as only a slight movement on a 400mm or 500mm lens can move your subject out of frame completely. Troubleshooting If you get a lot of out of focus pictures it's usually one of the following things: 1) Auto focus sensor. - Auto focus sensor not on subject at the time that you took the picture. Use your digital SLR’s software to show you the active focus points. Usually the standard software that comes with your DSLR allows you to see the active focus point. (e.g. Canon's Easy Viewer Utility) In such cases your auto focus sensor usually missed the subject and focused on something just behind or in front of the subject. More practice will ensure that you will be able to keep the sensor on the subject. 2) Camera shake. If your picture is not pin sharp, but your subject is in focus, you probably have camera shake. Make sure you use a monopod and move up to a tripod if possible. 3) AI Focus. It's possible that your AI Focus did not engage properly. Always give your camera a second or two to lock on to the subject before taking the picture. To do this, ensure that your shutter is pressed in half way and that you are tracking the subject with one of your auto focus sensors. I usually always track the subject with the shutter pressed half way so that I am ready to shoot at any time. 4) Low shutter speed. If you are shooting in low light you might not have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the action and to prevent camera shake. Bump up your ISO to 400 or more if this is the case. Also ensure that you are using a fast lens with a wide aperture like f2.8. 5) Inadequate equipment If your pictures are still out of focus and you have ruled out technique, it might be time for an upgrade. If you're not using pro level equipment you'll have to accept that your equipment will let you down at times. Standard lenses and camera bodies simply cannot track your subject at the same rate as pro level equipment can. Sports Photography Examples: The following are some kiteboarding pictures I have taken with various lenses and cameras. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:45

1. Tell us about yourself: My name is Luke McGillewie. I was born in Margate (Kent, UK). Im 13 years old now and we moved down to Cape Town, South Africa in 1999. Back then, since I was 5 years old I started flying the little triangular kites on the beach. In 2006 I had a go on the real thing. I was instantly hooked. 2. Where do you live? In a little suburb close to Cape Town (South Africa) called Flamingo Vlei. 3. How old are you? Ive just turned 13 (25 December 1994) 4. Where do you go to school? Blouberg Ridge Primary school 5. Do you like going to school? NEVER NO. 6. What subjects do you like the most at school and why? Natural science is my favourite subject and I like being on the water as much as possible. 7. Which are your favourite teachers and why? Funny why I'm not answering this one. 8. Who are your favourite friends at the moment? Anyone that is keen to do down winders with me are always my friends. 9. How did you get involved and interested in kiteboarding? I met Grant Ross at his shop one day just over a year ago and I just kept going back to visit them. Soon I started giving a hand and doing things around the shop for them. Grant then gave me a 1.5 foil kite and that's were it all started... 10. What do you like doing most if the wind is not blowing? I enjoy going onto the internet and chilling, often I also enjoy going for a surf. 11. I believe you just got a waterproof mp3 player! What songs are you going to put on there? …anything and every thing. I prefer music that that makes me amped for my session and some chilled stuff as well, nothing specific really. 12. What is your favourite kite and why? I will have to say that it goes to the Cabrinha switchblade 3. 13. What does your kite gear consist of ? My boards are the Cabrinha 118 Imperial and a 5.3 Cabrinha s-quad, I fly a Cabrinha Switchblade 3, a XXS Cabrinha Deluxe Waist and a Deluxe Seat Harness, I have a reef wet suit (but would like to get a Quicksilver one sometime soon) and of course I get chauffeur driven in the luxury of in a Vito 112tdi (downdwindshuttle.com). 14. What is your favourite move? GOING BIG 15. What move are you working on at the moment? Handle pass 16. Who do you kite with most of the time? Brad (caveman) 17. What do you like the most about kiting? I think its when you just lose your self - its the best. 18. Is there any move you would love to do but just cant do right now yet? Handle pass. 19. What do you want to do when you leave school? Definitely the would tour. 20. Because its that time of the year, tell us some of your secrets. How many valentines do you have this year? Me to know and you to find out. 21.Who are your sponsors? Firstly, from the start it has always been Cabrinha Kiteboarding South Africa and if I need something they will help me get it or achieve it. Downwindshuttle.com has helped me tons (I do so many down winders and they are always there to fetch me every time) and they pay for all my entries to the comps and if I need to travel the two together will make a plan for me. Both my sponsors are really good to me and I would like to thank them for that. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:42

Mark Shinn recently visited South Africa to promote the launch of Nobile kites. We sat down with the former two time world champion to see if we can get a glimpse of what the future holds for kiteboarding. 1. Where are you based now? I'm English but am now living in Tenerife, Canary islands 2. What is the main purpose of your visit to South Africa? To see the SA launch of the new kites. My new designed kites will be in the kite shops worldwide very soon. 3. What do you think of South Africa? It's very beautiful, I love Table Mountain, it's way more spectacular than I thought. So far I have seen in SA a combination of places that remind me of Australia, Greece and the Canary Islands. There is such variety here. 4. Tell us about yourself, what have you been up to since you left the PKRA tour. I made a choice to stay in the kiting scene and started working with a production company and became part of the Nobile brand. I've been working on the R&D of their kiteboarding boards, and have now also recently designed my own Nobile kites. 5. How many times were you the world champion and when was it? I was part of 2 world tours in 2002, I won both. Thereafter I competed for another 2 more years only. 6. What's your take on the skimm boards? I started messing around with the idea to design a board for super light wind conditions. I only ride strapless surfboards or skim when I riding for myself. But when I test I ride with straps. 7. What do you think about the current PKRA tour - with Aaron Hadlow dominating? Aaron is the kind of person that would dominate any sport. He could so easily be sidetracked into any other sport, there is so much money to be made. Aaron will dominate the scene for a very long time if he remains to be motivated. I believe he is being held back by the rules of the game. The judging is being done for quantity rather than quality. For him to go really big he needs space and time, and during comps he needs to get as much as possible done in a short amount of time. 8. You were involved with Naish for a long time and for a while you were on Cabrinha Crossbows. What are you flying right now and who are you sponsored by? The difference between the kites from 1 year to the next was so small, …(I lost this one) I have been riding Nobile since 2005, and wanted to design a kite that was compatible to the Nobile boards that Im riding. Now we have a Nobile kite and a board design. 9. What is your home break like? I test everywhere, but I have a special wave spot right in front of my house. There are a lot of rocks though, so its not safe for anyone to kite there. I have my own kite school just about 1 km from my house where the beach is beautiful and the kiting is much safer. 10. Bow kites, C shape kites and Hybrids. What's your take on this. Is there a place for Bow kites on the PKRA tour? Bow kites are dying… well then it depends on your definition of a bow kite. A real bow is not meant to be in the PKRA, but in the end everyone is trying to achieve the same thing. If it wasn't for the bow, we would not have seen any SLE kites now, even the C-kites bridles now. 12. We've seen unhooked, big jumps, board grabs, handle passes and wave riding. What do you think the next big thing is going to be? I don't think there is a next big thing. Each thing will just get bigger. Free ride will always stay the core of the sport. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:33

The Kite boarding Pictures Competition produced once again some really good photos. I would like to give feedback as a non professional photographer with a passion for photography to all my fellow happy snappers out there. I find that many of you take really good pictures and believe there is a need to discuss the need for editing a photo. Raw photo's are rarely found to be 100% perfect, and therefore editing is more often than not part of the art of taking the good shot. I like to use Photoshop, but I found that Picasa offer free easy to use software that provides excellent results too. There are a few things that came out while I was trying to choose the best photo; the one is that some of the best pictures were over cropped. Most often cropping is necessary, but too much or too little can make or break the photo. The other thing that is important after taking the shot is to make sure your horizon (if there is one) is level. Often a level horizon is not the focus or aim of the outcome, but when it becomes part of the shot, please try to rotate your shot so that you have a level horizon on presentation. Colour is also key to a good photo. By adjusting the colours of your photo's you can take a really average picture and make it awesome. Once you have edited your picture as best as you can, it could then probably also do with a little sharpening. This is an example of a pic sent in that would have been considered in the top pics if it was edited slightly. This is the same picture which I edited with the auto correct feature in photoshop and sharpened it a little. I hope my comments are received in the light of helping you produce the better kiteboarding photo's for yourself in the future. Some really nice photo’s were sent in and thank you to everyone for their contributions. I would like to first start by announcing the Nominees that did not get to win the prizes. Well done it was a hard task, and equally hard as many of them did not win because they are from the industry: The overall best photograph including action, location, move, sharpness, colour, is the one of Brad from Downwindshuttle.com. Brad could not win the prize as he is a sponsor. The only crit I have on this pic is that it might have been cropped just a little too much, otherwise awesome shot. Well done Brad. Time has now come to announce the winning photo's: The winner of a Progression Kiteboarding DVD goes to the Heckroodt family for submitting this awesome shot. 5 Downwind shuttle tokens go to the following 3 photo's: The winner of a Snapshot DVD goes to Nico de Bruin for producing a really good composition photograph: Well done again to all the winners! Please email me direct, or via the contact form, or via the forums to confirm with me how you would like me to get your prize to you, thank you. Regards, Juanita www.iKiteboarding.com ...

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