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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:25

Cape Town is one of the world's most popular kiteboarding destinations. During the months between September and March, the South Easterly wind, or the Cape Doctor as it is known by locals, practically blows on a daily basis. Typically, the wind starts blowing in the morning and picks up as the day moves on, often blowing as strong as 35knots or even 40knots by the evening. Big waves on nearly all the beaches makes this the perfect kitesurfing spot, and the long coastlines means you can do down winders of up to a 100km or more. The most popular place for kiteboarding in Cape Town is Kitebeach in Table View where most kiteboarding shops also operate from. There is a downwind shuttle service operating in Table View - just phone them before or after a session to arrange a lift to or from your car. Kiteboarding Cape Town Pictures Kiteboarding Cape Town Contact Numbers Baysports (Airush Kiteboarding) 021 556 7679 Cabrinha Kiteboarding 021 556 7910 Cape Sports Centre (Langebaan) 022 772 1114 Ocean Spirit 021 555 2602 Suntrax (Naish Kiteboarding) 021 556 0044 Windsports (Best Kiteboarding) 021 556 2765 ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 21:23

by Carlo I caught up with Aaron Hadlow at Big Bay over the Easter weekend for a few pictures. Since the last time I photographed him, his style has evolved on a much more technical level, with slightly less focus on powered maneuvers. To appreciate the technical level of his tricks one has to see him perform in person, as the pictures only show fragments of his maneuvers. Each maneuver consists of multiple moves in one - like for instance a handle pass followed by a unhooked board grab and landing to blind. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 20:42

by Rob Munro (Naish Africa) Maui has always been a steering pot for a lot of different surfing and windsurfing trends. Some of them grew up to be bigger, like kiting and some stayed in a niche. But all of them have something in common – they are fun. The group around watermen like Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Robby Naish, Buzzy Kerbox or Shaun Ordonez socialized paddle surfing and brought it to an extreme level. In the past years, especially in summer time, you were able to see people paddling down the coast on oversized longboards mostly driven by Laird Hamilton and some of his friends this new sport combined traditional hawaiian canoe paddling with long board surfing. It didn’t take long to gain momentum on Maui and Oahu, partly as a great opportunity to get away from crowded surf spots as well as a work out when doing downwinders along Mauis prestige north shore stretch while surfing all the spots on the way down to Kanaha. Several major surfing publications also picked up the trend and by now you can see stand up surf boards on cars from Maui to California, South Africa, Australia, Japan and Europe’s coast line. Various surf and windsurf brands have taken on the trend and profit from their excperience in producing durable higher volume sandwich boards. The open mind of the windsurfing industry towards various facettes of the sport and the ability to use stand up boards also for longboard sailing in waves and flatwater brought this part of the water sport industry a bit closer together. In the end people like Robby Naish, Dave Kalama, Laird Hamilton and many others are simply adicted to being in the water with the right toys. Open mind is the key word there again that allows for such a great development. What can Stand Up Surfboards do? As usual what we can see in the first outgoing media is already the tip of the iceberg but I don’t know many other sports where the versatility is so obvious. Sure, the surfing part is core, popular and on the top of the list right now but it is amazing how many fun facettes there are. - The surfing part; Most hip right now. Stand up surfing gives a new aspect not only to old time surfers but also to first timers. Standing up on the board to begin with you see the waves easier as you are higher up, You are faster to get to the right position in the lineup, earlier on the wave and last but not least it is easier to get to uncrowded spots. As a general rule you should stay away from crowded surfing lineups or if you are good enough at least show the proper respect and share waves. This is the most important factor. There is enough room in the ocean that we can coexist with everybody else who is having fun out there. - Core training and distance paddling; The famous paddle board Molokai – Oahu Channel crossing sets the hard core example for the next way to use the boards. Distance paddling is kind of like going for a walk on the water. In some locations like Maui we race downwind trying to catch the open ocean swells and surf them by connecting as many glides as possible. But even in flatwater or no wind locations this is an amazing core workout exercise that is social at the same time. You can be racing each other (and you will be surprised to find out that it is more technique to go fast then actual power) or just being on a leisure cruise to check out the beach front properties – it schools your balance at the same time as strenghtens your body and joints. - And not to forget windsurfing. A lot of areas all around the world offer great surf but only light wind. Stick a rig on your stand up board and you will be able to catch waves and surf in conditions and places you have never imagined before. The almost lost tranquillity of just gliding along and checking out whats going on around you was almost lost to the high strung performance of modern windsurfing. With stand up paddling the balance should be restored again. I am not saying it is the perfect travel item but Windsurfing has always been connected to a certain frustration whenever the wind fails to cooperate. Now I don’t even raise my eyebrow anymore as I can be sure to have something to do that will definitely be fun. The fact that you catch waves not only helps your normal surfing but also improves your wavesailing and most importantly your wave judgment. Product development in Stand up surfing is blooming right now. The big advantages for the end-consumer are obvious as there is so much heritage of knowledge in both construction as well as shaping. Here is a brief look into what’s happening in terms of development: Shapes: There is certain tendencies that are naturally to any development of something new. More defined directions are addressed and things will get partly more specialized for a while. At the same time the classic longboard style is setting the pace as the most universal shape for a wide variety of applications from pure stand up surfing to core workout paddling. Those boards have the advantage to perform in anything really well. They might not be the fastest boards for downwinders and not the absolute top notch in pure surfing but they do everything well. Right now the range from 10’0’’ to 12’’ with a width between 28 and 31”. This, for m,e is the best choice as you get a board that is fun in everything. With step rails and thinner tails even the biggest of those boards get very responsive, stable and easy to ride. In pure surfing there is a lot of development towards shorter boards. Again they have certain advantages and disadvantages. The shorter you go the less momentum the board keeps when paddling in a wave. On the other hand you can surf more hollow waves and the maneuverbility in terms of turning on a wave gets more sportive. They are usually harder to ride as they require more balance. The fins are also smaller to loosen the boards up even more. Right now the development ranges around 9 to 10’ with widths around 27 3/4/ to 29. Quad fin setups are also getting popular on those shapes as they provide a lot ot thrust combined with great turning when done right. As stand up paddling allows you to catch waves extremely early it is also a great platform for bigger waves. Currently there are more and more prototypes showing up that are going more towards classic gun outlines ranging from 11’ to 13’ – they feature a pointier nose and a pintail together with faster rockerlines and thruster fin setups. They allow to drop into much bigger waves early and still have the control on the face of the wave due to their gunnier outline and the smaller tail. Width wise they range between 27’’ and 29”. I expect to see solid big wave surfing with those boards as you can cruise the outside reefs without the need of a jet ski. In certan places a stand up racing scene starts to develop as well. Coming from a paddle board background which is extremely strong in Hawaii, Australia and California long distance paddles are popular and you can see some boards being designed specifically for that. They are usually longer ranging up to 16’ and very narrow at about 27” to 28” with a partly strong v- bottom and a very fast and flatter rockerline. I would call them specialist boards as they are pretty much limited to paddling in a straight line and do not offer the option to surf. In terms of construction stand up surfing profits a lot through the windsurfing industry as the used constructions are already proven for so long that they can be directly applied to stand up boards. Weight plays a slightly different role in stand up surfing then in windsurfing as it is not necessarily a bad thing as slightly heavier boards keep more momentum than lighter boards which makes it easier to catch waves and to keep speed. The goal is to reach a combinaton of best durability, comfortable weight to carry and the right shape. All in all I believe that all this development of custom boards will benefit the production boards. The beauty of this sport is that you can get away with one board that does it all. The goal in development is to make those boards easy to ride no matter if you are surfing or just paddling around on a lake for exercise or to cruise around with friends. Looking at the sport at this point I think that there will always be the surfing part which is the core of the development. At the same time I can see that it is taking a certain place as a outdoors workout trend – kind of like nordic walking on water. Being on the water, gettting a full body core work out and being able to be social at the same time is not combined in too many sports nowadays but stand up paddling is definitely making its way right in there. It is easy to get into Stand Up Paddling and a lot of you may think that R7000-8500- is a lot for a board, but it’s still cheaper than the average kite and you only need one! Then you also need a board and a harness, so not so bad after all hey? Demos, Clinics and Lessons are available from the following Naish SUP Centers:: The Cape Dr HQ shop @ 64 Blaauwberg Road, Tableview Lifestyle Surf Shop – Muizenberg Friday Island – Langebaan The Paddle Center – Fishoek Check out the Naish gear @ www.naishsurfing.com or www.naishafrica.com. Also the great video presentation of SUP @ www.naish.tv ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 20:38

In the first of a series of profiles on kiteboarding photographers, I chose to start out with Al Nicoll, a Durban based adventure photographer of English descent. His work regularly appears in Blunt, Zig Zag, Saltwater Girl, picture libraries, various overseas publications and Gust. Al particularly interested me as his work clearly shows a good mix : a strong sports documentary feeling, with a good mix of funk and creative angles. I got lost on his website, and was particularly intrigued by his surfing work. From an early age he showed an interest in photography, but it was only after finishing a degree in Zoology that he decided to pursue a full time career as a photographer. He sees himself as a sports, lifestyle/fashion, editorial sports and travel photographer. He is adaptable to each subject matter and loves looking for the unusual photographic angle. His clients includes magazines, photo libraries, commercial and private businesses . He describes himself as an outgoing, adventurous individual who loves to be creative. He got his first real taste for travelling when his parents took him skiing for the first time to Switzerland at the age of five. Since then it has been ingrained in him. Taking photos always seemed natural to him especially when travelling. His photography became serious after a surfing injury, which allowed him to channel all his energy into it. While he was living in the Canary Islands he started shooting for Spanish Surfing Magazines, and since then he has never looked back. Needing more input, he returned back to the UK and to University to study a Foundation Degree in Photography at the Bournemouth Arts Institute. During this time he won 2 awards. He earned The Observer Newspaper’s Student Sports Photographer of the Year and The Kodak Association of Photographers Award in the Sports Editorial category. Al is now based in Durban, South Africa - away from the cold and clouds of the UK. Self Portrait taken through ice in whistler canada. Canon 14mm with Flash and timer This image is of Bret Pengelli when he jumped the pier in Durban. Bit of a rushed shot as I had to quickly change lenses from the 600 to the 200 and run into a good position as he began his run up before I was ready. I guess his adrenaline was really pumping. Anyhow I managed to be there in time thank God. Canon 1D Mk11 70-200 Ralph Bachschuster at Kamers (Big Bay) doing a tweak air. His windsurfing expertise really shows. Shot On the Canon 1D mk11 With the 600mm F4. Waves were fun with good ramping section to hit. This one is of Greg Thijsse doing a KGB at Big Bay with Table Mountain in the background, again on the Canon 1D mk11 with 600 This one was shot during the White Air Extreme festival on the Isle Of white in the uk. A competitor heads out for his heat. Thought with the light at the time that it would capture the feeling and buzz that you get when you head out. Canon 1D mk1 with 17-35 F 2.8 While shooting at Kamers (Big Bay), I was looking for some different angles and noticed how the kites danced over the small wind blown dunes. I just liked the simplicity. Canon 1D Mk11 70-200 F4 This one of Marc Shinn when he was down at kelso point in KZN. I just like the angle and the trippyness of someone elses kite in the background. Canon 1D mk 1 600mm F4 Taken one of the many Cape point reserve trips, hoping that the winds will be good and not skunked again. Peter Petersen taking on the lip for a floater. Canon D Mk 11 600mm F4 Again Peter Petersen. There was really solid swell hitting, so we looked at Haakgat. A hell current was running but the guys got some bombs. Had a bit a walk on the dunes to get the right elevation but worth it. Canon 1D Mk11 600mm F4 Ralph Bachschuster Smacking it hard in the reserve with his straight back leg technique. Shot a sick sequence of this move power and style. Canon1 D Mk2 600mm F4 With shots like this the shutter speed is the key factor so 800th /sec upwards is needed to freeze the water. Aperture 7.1 is my norm when sunny. If the lights drops you can open up to 5.6. If it drops further i increase the ISO so that the sensor is more sensitive to light, therefore allowing to keep the same settings. I always use manual setting and spot meter off the white water so that it is 2/3 of a stop below the end of the scale which is bleached out white. With this in place all the rest of the tones fall into place. Check your graph on the your display and it will show this. On any session you have to assess the waves, wind currents etc. Ralph giving Randalls point (Still Bay) a long hard stare. The wind was play like a pro poker player that day trying to tease you out but it was just not strong enough, so the waiting game began. canon 1D mk11 28-70 2.8L Table mountain is the symbol of Cape Town Kiting. I've been eyeing up this shot for a while until the right cloud cover was out and I was on it. Used some Graduate Lee filter Blue and red. Long exposure tripod. Began exposure just as the water began to retreat after a wave to get that fresh wet sand reflection. Shot with Canon 1D MK ii 28 -70 Be sure to check out more of Al's work on his website at http://web.mac.com/alnicoll...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 20:31

Bruce Chrystal from Ocean2Air in Durban sent in these pictures of his brother Craig Chrystal getting slotted at Durban's Kitebeach on the 20th of May 2008. Durban is a premiere kitesurfing destination during winter time in South Africa. While most kiters in Cape Town sit around waiting for wind, Durban is usually firing with good waves and wind in winter time. Clint Smart took the pictures. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 20:29

Gavin Spowart, legendary surfboard shaper from Durban, offers some solid advice on choosing a surfboard. What different styles of surfboards out there and what's your take on them? There are a bunch of different styles of boards out there. You need to figure out what you want from the board. The fish style has become popular for very light wind conditions and riding strapless - not too sure about the mini-mal thing though. I still feel that the traditional modern performance surfboard is the way to go here. In saying all the above just about anything works to a degree. I'm in the market for a surfboard to improve my wave riding. What size should it be? Does my height and weight play a role in choosing a board? This does really depend on your weight and height as well as the size of kite that you have. The average sizes that are popular at the moment are between 5ft8 and 6ft. I have noticed a definite move towards bigger boards lately. So basically in a nut shell the bigger and heavier you are the bigger your board would be. Although some guys still prefer to have a small board and ride a bigger kite, for me this is not really the way to go. You get way more drive and flow out of a board that is suited for your weight and by this I mean for example if you are 5ft10 and 80kgs I would suggest you ride a board that is between 5ft8 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4 and 5ft10 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4. What sort of Board construction should I look at? What's out there in terms of board construction and how does it affect price, performance and durability? This is a very debatable one, plenty of options to go for in the market, but yes price is a factor here. If price is not the issue then go for an epoxy vacuumed composite lay-up. Something with a warranty helps as well. As far as the core is concerned I prefer the feel of the original surfboard polyurethane core as it just feels more like a surfboard as opposed to the EPS core used in many production boards. I have made a few EPS core boards and feel that they bounce around a bit much. Definitely get something that has been tested and will stand up to some vigorous riding. What sort of Fin setup should I go for - Thruster, Quad or 5-fin setup? How does the fin setup affect the ride? There are a few options, I will try and explain them here : 1. Firstly the traditional thrusters or tri fin set up: this fin set up will be most suited for down the line carving conditions, allowing the rider to apply maximum pressure through the turns. 2. The quad or 4 fin set up this setup would suit most conditions but is especially suited for those choppy small onshore conditions. I find the 4 fin works really well when riding on my backhand. 3. The convert or 5 fin set up: Allowing for 3 different configurations, this is the ultimate all rounder. As explained above this allows you to ride in 3 fin or 4 fin mode. When you're really powered and need maximum traction you can also use it in 5 fin mode. How much of a factor is fin size? The fin is a very important factor on a surfboard, probably the most important. Size does matter here and the bigger the fin, the more grip and the harder you can push the tail. What's your take on footstraps - straps or strapless? I believe both have a place, always have inserts in the board allowing for both disciplines. There are definitely days when one or the other will be more suited. Some days it’s just impossible to ride strapless, strong winds and big consistent waves are not conducive to strapless riding. Gavin Spowart is the owner of Cyclone Kiteboarding and imports Slingshot kites for South Africa. More info on his website at http://www.cyclonekiteboarding.com ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 14:08

The Caribbean island of Anguilla has over 30 beaches with clear blue water and white sand. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kitesurfing - and when the conditions are right, surfing. Here's a short guide to kitesurfing in Anguilla with a rundown of what you can expect to find at each beach. Vacation and tourism magazines around the world claim that Anguilla has the most beautiful beaches in the world. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Janet Jackson, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Uma Thurman all visit this tropical paradise because of its tranquility and beauty. There are absolutely great places to kitesurf in Anguilla that will literally take your breath away. Anguilla is known for it's beautiful, safe and comfortable beaches which are perfect for kitesurfing, and that is what makes Anguilla so unique. With no buildings or mountains to obstruct the wind, the island has some of the most consistent wind imaginable, and lots of it. Some information about the beaches (To see beaches photos and directions, click here http://www.tropical-paradise.net/great-places-to-kitesurf.html) Long Bay Northwest coast. Very quiet. Swimming is great. Fantastic Kitesurfing spot with a north or northeast wind. Access's a bit of a challenge. Near Temenos Resort and Oliviers Restaurant. Mead's Bay Northwest coast, west of Long Bay. Quiet. Swimming is excellent. Very good spot for surfing and Kitesurfing with a north or northeast wind. Barnes Bay Northwest coast, west of Meads Bay. My 2nd favorite beach. Good swimming and snorkeling. Cove Bay Southwest coast. My "home spot". Very good spot for kitesurfing with an east or southeast wind. A mile of beach and sand dunes. Good for swimming and walking. Savannah & Junk's Bay North of Sandy Hill Bay. A very "wild" spot for surfing and Kitesurfing with East wind. Offshore reef good for snorkelling (south east coast). Shoal Bay West One mile of excellent beach. Swimming is great, snorkelling is great. Perfect beach with excellent walking conditions, watersport rentals plus restaurants on the beach. Not crowded either. (North east coast). Saint Martin and Anguilla Beaches are very good spots for Kite surfing or surfing. The guys from Tropical Paradise took note of the wind’s forces on a daily basis. For more click here : http://www.tropical-paradise.net/wind-for-kiteboarding.html Most of the wind comes form the East and North East since 2003. The beaches in Saint Martin and Anguilla are easy and safe and there is almost always good wind for kiteboarding. You can meet turtles, dolphins and and many kinds of tropical fish. The sand is white and powder-soft and the sea is a beautiful neon blue. Getting there See more details here: http://www.tropical-paradise.net/caribbean-special-travel.html Air transportation: Flights of American airlines leaving Porto Rico airport and they take between 45 minutes to an hour until they arrive the small Island. You can also take a daily ferry, every 30 minutes from 8am to 17:30pm (departure at the Marigot Water Front) Population: Approximately 15,000. Language: English is a widely spoken. Currency: The East Caribbean dollar (currency code XCD) The weather in Anguilla is almost perfect all year long, which makes the island a popular vacation destination for thousands of sun-loving travelers. Tourists should expect great weather while visiting this gorgeous island, but should also be prepared for unexpected forecasts, like rainstorms. (Read more here: http://www.tropical-paradise.net/caribbean-island-weather.html ) Special thanks to Thierry & Tal from Tropical Paradise for sending this exclusive article to iKiteboarding.com Check out their amazing site with all the info you need on kiteboarding anywhere in the Caribbean at http://www.tropical-paradise.net ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 14:02

As many know by now, the Northeast coast of Brazil is blessed every year with reliable trade winds which turn the area into a giant playground for kitesurfers from all over the world, guaranteeing wind almost every day from July to January. For these reasons, many long-distance record seekers have chosen this region of the planet and particularly the state of Ceará with its 600 km of beaches - from Canoa Quebrada to Camocim - to accomplish great adventures. In November of 2006 Philip Knetch from Switzerland, chose the state of Ceará to break the previously held record of 213 km non-stop kiting held by Englishman Andreya Wharry. After dealing with local logisitcs issues (such as renting a motor-boat for assistance), on November 6th at 5:35am, Philip took off from Cumbuco’s kite beach -30 minutes from Fortaleza’s international airport- and started to head downwind on his 10m North Rhino. After 10 hours on the water and some difficulties due to light winds on the first part of the downwinder, he reachs his original goal, the windsurfing town of Jericoacaora. Feeling good and with winds now in the 30 knots he decides to keep on going to see how far he can reach. He eventually makes it to Camocim and passes the 300 km mark on his GPS (exactly 300,57 km) after riding for 12 hours and 09 minutes. Congratulations Philip! Philip’s story: http://www.kiteblogs.com/component/option,com_jd-wp/Itemid,26/p,1299/ A couple of months later, in March of 2007, Dom Rivard from France will beat this record with a 324 km (175 N. miles) ride in the Caribbean (St Vincent). The following season in Northeast Brazil again, two French -originially paragliders- decide to go on a slightly different but also extreme kitesurfing downwinder. Eric Gramond and Olivier Laugero’s plan was to kite the coast from Natal (in the “Rio Grande do Norte” state), along the entire coast of “Ceará”, past the small portion of the “Piaui” state and finally end up in Sao Luis (“Maranhao” state), approximately 1,200 km downwind from the departing city! “We wanted to transfer this spirit [of bivouac paragliding] in the Kite activities. So we did, with Eric Gramond, my friend, a wonderful down winder for 14 days without assistance, no car, no bus, just the wind.” says Olivier Laugero. After spending 2 weeks training in Paracuru and downwinding to Jericoacoara twice, they take a bus out to Natal on Nov. 8th, with each an 11m Ozone Instinct, a kite board and as Eric reports it: “A bag with a hammock, few liters of water, few biscuit, a pump for the kite and a camera video…” Because of somewhat unconsistent winds during the first couple of days, it took them almost a week to make it to Fortaleza, the capital city of Ceará. The following day they were in Paracuru again, they took advantage of their base to change kites (9m² now for the stronger winds) and traded their “mutant boards for more comfortable twin-tips”. Two days later they get to Jericoacaora and keep on going with offshore winds and having to go out as far as 5 km out in some areas before reaching city of Parnaiba (which is also the largest delta in South America). It eventually took them another 3 days to get past unhabited areas such as the “Lencois Maranhense National Parc” (75 km of coastal desert with large sand dunes) and only missed their planned goal by 80 km. Olivier and Eric stopped at the beginning of the Sao Luis bay because of lack of wind. “we would have needed a 15m², not a 9m²” says Olivier. Today, they still wonder if they were the first to complete a 1,120 km downwinder over 14 days! Eric and Oliver’s story: http://downwindbrasil.hautetfort.com/archive/2008/03/25/downwind-1120-km-ne-bresil-2007.html Ten days after completing this mega-downwinder, with still plenty of energy, Eric decides to leave Paracuru for a solo downwinder on December 3rd around 5:30 am. Seven hours later he is already flying by the windsurfers in Jericoacoara, used to the conditions and the area he continues on and after 12 hours on the water he eventually makes it to “Luis Correia”, a small fishing village 325 km from Paracuru. He doesn’t know it yet, but he has just beat the previous world record long-distance kiting in 24 hours, by 1 km. Unfortunately for him, lack of witnesses and GPS tracking of his accomplishment won’t enable Eric to have it accepted as an official record. “That’s great news… now I have a reason to go back next year!!” says Eric Gramond. Eric’s non-official world record story: http://downwindbrasil.hautetfort.com/archive/2008/03/25/record-du-monde-non-homologue-dedistance-en-kitesurf-sur-24.html Some history on the origin of the downwinders in Ceará, Brazil: The first downwinders started as windsurfaris in 1999, when double-motocross champion & exrally pilot Daniel Araujo ventured along the coast in his 4x4 truck leading groups of amateur windsurfers from Cumbuco to Jericoacoara. “I have been roaming these beaches and dirt roads for well over 20 years” says Daniel who was also the first native to windsurf in Jericoacoara in the late 1980’s. He used to train along the coast for endurance in motorcycle competitions and has an unmatched knowledge of the area. Daniel now runs a service that provides 4 x 4 assisted downwinders which offer total freedom to kiters so they can focus on enjoying some of the most epic downwinders in Brazil. While kiteboarders enjoy the reliable winds and beautiful scenery, Daniel and his assistant help with landing & launching, watch out for the riders security indicating dangers ahead (and rescuing if necessary), and organise the lunch stops during the kite-safaris. Daniel also programs the stays in the “pousadas” (local name for small hotels) where the kitesurfers rest at night, these are usually quiet, comfortable and located on the beach. He adds “We often work with pro-riders, but these downwinders are accessible to anyone with decent kitesurfing skills and experience looking for something different”. It is currently not possible to provide 4 x 4 assistance along the entire coast because of river mouths and mangrove areas which oblige them to go inland. “we try to do as much as we can along the beaches, the other few sections turn into a fun safari!” In addition to assistance during the trip they take pictures and video of the safari and provide the kiters with a CD or DVD upon arrival to destination. According to him, a GPS system is in the works for this season, he wants to track how many miles kiters actually ride in a day in order to better schedule the following days and deliver a report at the end of the kite-trip. “We usually start in Cumbuco and go down from there” says Daniel, “depending on the kiters levels we can go all the way to Paracuru on the first day and keep on going for 2 to 3 days.“ He says it’s all up to the kiters, what he offers are custom designed trips that will usually end up in Prea or Jericoacoara, “but anything is possible”. Contact Daniel at http://www.downwindbrasil.com for more details on these Brazilian kite-safaris & professional downwinders. Useful info: - The windy season starts in July and goes all the way into mid-January. - The closest international airport is Fortaleza (code: FOR). - No wetsuits or booties are necessary (water and air temperature average 28 Cº - 78 Fº). - Bring loads of sunscreen. - Kite size ranging from 7m² to 12m² (14m² for beginning of July and January recommended) - Expect winds ranging from 15-20 to 30 knots, the further West (downwind) along the coast, the windier it gets. ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 13:53

by Diana Pond Klase Now that so many spots are opened up across the planet for kiting you may ask yourself, "why should I check out Maui? I have all the choices in the world, dude!" Dude! (or Dudette!)... There are so many reasons! #1- CONDITIONS Picture yourself riding cross-onshore winds out on warm turquoise waters looking toward sandy beaches and a magnificent volcanic mountain called Haleakala. With rainbows arching across the North Shore, the sun shining, trades blowing steady, and waves breaking across the outer reefs, ... this is kiteboarder's paradise. This is Maui. There are conditions to please every level of rider, from first-timers to seasoned pros. It is no accident that this is the place chosen over and over again by the world's top riders to return to. Many of them base themselves here year-round to take advantage of the exceptional quality conditions Maui is so well-known for. Whether flat water is your passion, or you prefer wave-riding, there is nearly always a spot that will please you. The waters are warm year-round, and the strength of the sun is tempered by the daily trade-winds bringing fresh and cooling breezes. Unlike many other destinations you never need a wetsuit in Hawaii. Just board shorts, and a rashie if you like... (or not... one of our well-recognized kiteboarders has even been seen out kiting with nothing on but his harness... now that's showing some balls!) #2 - WIND Maui's unique topography creates some of the most reliable wind conditions on the planet. The island is composed of two major volcanic masses. 10,023 foot Haleakala, and the 5,788 foot high West Maui Mountains. Between these are the Central Valley. With normal trade winds blowing out of the Northeast or East these two masses funnel those winds across the valley. Kite Beach is located on the North Shore (at Kanaha) at the top of this valley. The wind flows right through Kanaha. This is a prime example of the Venturi Effect in action and we definitely benefit from it at Kite Beach! When occasionally the wind direction shifts, the West and South sides of the island become the premium spots to kite, so as long as the wind is blowing you can generally find a great spot to ride. *The summer months are the most consistently windy, the best waves are in the fall, winter, and spring. Although kiting here is year-round the winter months can be wind-less for a week or two (or even three sometimes...ghack!) so if you only have a short time to visit summer is best as you are almost guaranteed wind. **As a general rule winter kite sizes run in the 9-15m range while summertime winds usually require kites in the 6-9m range. Summer trades can blow over 30 mph when they are at their peak but are more normally between 15-25 mph. **NOTE: As a courtesy to divers and fishermen kites are not launched on the water prior to 11:00 a.m. **Additionally, there is an area where kiting is prohibited by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America. This area includes the beaches located at the end of the Kahului Airport runways. #3 - NO HASSLES We have no strange diseases, parasites, or malarial mosquitoes, and our water is safe to drink. The crime rate is low, and the attitude is laid-back and relaxed. Nobody's harassing you for baksheesh, stylos, or bon-bons, and you're not seen as the target foreigners are in many places. Smile and you'll get a smile in return. Nice! English is the language spoken, and currency is the U.S. dollar. (Which means Maui is a super-bargain for citizens of those countries whose currencies are currently trading so high against it)!! #4 - CULTURE, ACTIVITIES, AND ADVENTURES If you decide to take a break from riding to explore the island there are an abundance of sights and activities to enjoy that are sadly lacking in many other kite destinations. In addition to some of the world's best beaches, Maui has mountains and deserts, jungles and ranch lands, pineapple and cane-fields, and even snow once in a while, albeit at 10,000 feet. There are Asian temples, missionary churches, and whaling museums to visit. Hippy towns, rodeos and trendy resorts. You can paraglide, horseback ride, take a dive-boat trip, explore caves, hike, eat sushi, enjoy a helicopter flight around the island, golf, shop, sing karaoke in a Korean bar, try Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding, taste pineapple wine at the local winery, fish, camp, hunt wild pigs, join the naked drum circle at Little Beach on a Sunday evening, tour a sugar cane factory, check out the sharks at the aquarium, get lei'd, eat Spam Musubi at 7-11, take a yoga class, experience the abundance of art galleries that designate Maui "Art Capital of the Pacific", go surfing, play "spot the mahu" (transvestite) in Wailuku (or on Front Street in Lahaina), go to a luau, drink too many mai-tais, watch Tahitian hula dancers, ride a bike down the volcano, play tennis, drive a Harley, and if all that's not enough then hit the Saturday Market in Kahului for even more local-style culture. The population is a melting-pot of Hawaiian, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Haole (white), and more. The various cultures have amalgamated here to create a unique and beautiful example of many peoples becoming one ohana (family). Unlike a majority of places, where cultures clash, ours in Hawaii tend to blend and adapt. #5 - WIDE VARIETY OF ACCOMMODATIONS Whether your style is high-end, luxury resorts frequented by the rich and famous, or back-packer hostels, family-style self-catering condos, or quaint bed and breakfasts, you can find it all here with little effort. The North Shore is the home of Paia and Haiku, laid-back hippy/surfer towns with a splash of high-dollar tossed in at Spreckelsville. The South Shore is home to Wailea and Kihei. Resorts, hotels, condos galore. Wailea is up-scale with high-end resorts and world-class golf courses while Kihei has condos of every price and description readily available, plenty of grocery and convenience stores, and a colorful night-life. Lahaina, Ka'anapali, and Napili on the West Side of the island also offer a wide variety of accommodations, restaurants, shops, and night-life but are a farther distance from the main kite beach at Kanaha. #6 - LOADS OF TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS Rental cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes, flashy sports cars, dented old beaters, SUVs, 4WD, if you want to rent a vehicle you certainly have a lot of choices! There is also a pretty good public transportation system with regular bus service to many parts of the island, and of course, loads of hungry taxi drivers as well. Hitchhiking is a popular choice for some people, and if you're here for a bit of a longer stay you may consider buying one of the many "Maui Cruisers" that are always on the market. It is exceptionally easy to buy a used car on Maui and then sell it on again when you leave and that is a popular option for longer-term budget-conscious visitors. #7 - PROFESSIONAL KITE LESSONS Often when you hit a new spot there are unanswered questions regarding the safety and details of that particular place. Every kite beach has its own little quirks and Maui is certainly no exception. If you have not yet begun to kite, or have been kiting a while but would like a bit of assistance getting comfortable with our kite beach, Maui has many highly trained and experienced, safety-conscious instructors who give professional instruction to all skill levels. Lessons are conducted at the more southerly end of Kanaha's Kite Beach. The winds are cross-onshore and the beach is a long curve of sand with plenty of room for safe downwind practice runs. Easily spotted on Kite Beach, our favorite school is Aquasports Maui. In business from nearly the inception of the sport, they feature the very latest and safest Naish kite-gear, experienced IKO-trained instructors, follow-up guidance and advice on kiting, safety, and gear for all students, and are always a very friendly and trusted presence at Kite Beach. Their lessons are reasonably priced and can be booked either on-line (http://www.kiteboardingmaui.com) or via telephone (country code 001 (808) 242-8015 ), or if you like, in person at the beach. *In addition Aquasports Maui provide support for http://www.kitebeachcam.com, a live web-cam that allows you to check out the action at Kite Beach every day but Sunday to see who and what's going on. (We LOVE this)! #8 - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE If you are taking your kite trip with loved ones, sometimes those darlings aren't so interested in sitting on the windy beach admiring your creative skills with a kite. For those, of course first we offer kite lessons. Get them involved!... then they will want to hang at the beach all day with you and you don't have to try to find alternative entertainments for them. But if that isn't working for you Maui is the perfect kite destination because there are so many other activities to please anyone, whatever their age, sex, skill levels, or interests.... (see #4).... and that is a definite advantage over many other locations. To sum it all up; I've experienced many kite destinations around the world. I have enjoyed the cozy rubbery goodness of wet-suit heaven. I've baked for hours waiting for that breath of kite-able wind to appear for 10 minutes at a time. I've experienced the delights of kiting in off-shore winds, on-shore winds, huge tidal ranges, massive shore-breaks, ugly protruding rocks and reef, and more chop than a Ginsu knife. On the way I've lived with locals who would rip you off blind if your eyeballs weren't attached, boiled well-water borrowed from the camels, donkey, and sheep, struggled with strange languages, argued with officials over the right to kite... (then paid them money for that right)... and know for certain there is no place I'd rather be kiting than Maui!!! So, yes.. you do have a lot of choices, dude... but... Maui No Ka Oi (Maui is the best)! For more info on Kiteboarding in Maui, visit http://www.kiteboardingmaui.com ...

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Submitted by ikiteboarding on 04/15/2008 - 13:48

1) The Kiteboarder Magazine http://www.theringmedia.com/KBMAG/Archive/Archive.php Format : Downloadable PDF The standard for kiteboarding magazines (online and print). Great layout, great content, and a great bunch of guys who runs the magazine. This magazine is as easy to read online as it is to read offline, and the online version is identical to the offline version. What more could you want? The archives date back all the way to September 2004, and currently there are 16 magazines to download. My personal favorite; I never miss an issue. In fact, I am tempted to subscribe to the print version of this magazine, it’s that good. Ryan Ricatelli, the editor of this magazine, also runs a great website with weekly podcasts. Check the website out at http://www.asnews.net/ and download The Kiteboarder Magazine at http://www.theringmedia.com/KBMAG/Archive/Archive.php 2) FreeMagazin http://www.free-magazin.de/freemagazin/downloads/ Format : Downloadable PDF Although this is a German magazine, I have been subscribing to the print version of this magazine for nearly 2 years. Like the print version, the online version is a high quality magazine with amazing pictures. The magazine covers kiteboarding, surfing, and windsurfing. If there’s one magazine that will make you want to learn German, this is it. Like Kiteboarder Magazine, the layout is professionally done, and the online magazine is identical to the print magazine. A must “read”, highly commended. I never miss an issue of this magazine either. 3) IKsurf Magazine http://www.iksurfmag.com/ Format : Online Flash Viewer Another magazine with great content – featuring lengthy articles and great pictures. This magazine suffers one fundamental flaw: The flash interface for this magazine seems to be particularly slow. I often wait more than 2 minutes for the next page to load, only to find out I was waiting for a double page ad to load. I usually only last a few pages before I click out. It’s a pity as this magazine has a wealth of great content, only to be hindered by the pitfalls of online flash readers. If you can get past the slow loading pages, and ads, this magazine has good content and pictures. Worth checking out. 4) Core Online Magazine http://www.coreonlinemagazine.com/ Format : Online Flash Viewer Another online magazine. Featuring great content and pictures, but once again no downloadable PDF. All this being said, I quite enjoyed the articles in this magazine, and it’s well put together. 5) Kite Now Magazine http://www.kitenow.com.br/home/ Format : Online Flash Viewer A new online magazine from Brazil. In Portuguese, but features great pictures and fairly fast to view. The interface is pretty easy to use, but it suffers the same problems as the rest of the online magazines : You are forced to view the entire magazine online. 6) Kiteboarding Journal http://www.kiteboardingjournal.com/ Format : PDF This is another new magazine. It’s not as well put together as the rest, but the content is still pretty good. The PDF file links to other PDF’s which means you have to download a bunch of PDF’s instead of downloading just 1 PDF which you can read offline.Even though it’s a PDF, it’s really and index file which points to a bunch of smaller PDF’s – which sort of defeats the whole purpose of PDF which is to make it easy to read. 7) Epic Kite Magazine http://www.epickitemag.com/ Format : Online Flash Reader Another online magazine subscribing to the flash reader format. This one has a slight difference : the entire magazine loads upfront, making browsing nearly instant once you start reading. That being said, this online interface actually works better than the others :although the content to ad ratio was acceptable, the few ads that loaded didn’t hinder me as the entire magazine loaded upfront. I could skip pages in an instant and get to where I wanted to in a reasonable amount of time. The layout wasn’t as good as that of the other magazines. Closing comments: There’s a wealth of kiteboarding magazines out there to be read for free, and the amount of online kiteboarding magazines seems to be on the increase. This is a good thing for readers in one way, but in another it seems to present a new problem. Online Flash Readers I’ve got a major beef with online flash readers in general, and the format in which most of these online magazines are presented. Why, you might ask. The answer is simple : The online magazines that subscribe to the flash reader format display a wealth of information through a difficult to use interface. This makes accessing all this information difficult, time consuming and frustrating. Navigating the pages are difficult, and it makes searching for what you want impossible. It forces a linear way of reading (traditional print) on a web platform, and that doesn’t work. People read magazines and newspapers in a different way to websites. People rarely read Web pages word by word; instead, they scan the page, picking out individual words and sentences. Some of these online magazines just fail miserably when it comes to readability and usability. The average user spends a maximum of 3 minutes online before they venture off to another site. These magazines require you to either wait a few minutes for the pages to load upfront, or require you to wait a few seconds for each page to load, only to find out that you’ve been waiting for a double page ad to load, and the only way to get to the articles you want to read is through this interface. It’s frustrating. To approach the online medium with a format that was designed for traditional print publishing doesn’t work using the online Flash format that we see used here. Which brings me to the PDF format. This format works. Why? PDFs can be navigated by keyword search, table of contents or hyperlinks. This makes the document easy to read and do what you want. You’re not crippled by a Flash design that doesn’t allow you to search, makes you wait for pages, or forces you to view pages you don’t want. Once downloaded, PDFs are very fast to read. If you want to skip a page or an ad, simply go to the next page, just like you would in a magazine. No waiting, no frustration, no problems. PDF documents are searchable. You can search for any text in the document and it’ll take you there in an instant. They’re easy to print. Since most of the articles in the PDF magazines are as detailed or identical to their magazine versions, you might want to print an article and read it. PDFs are easy to print and they fit great on a page. All these advantages translate into faster, cheaper and less complex viewing, which makes the PDF format a winner when it comes to online magazines. In closing, I’d like to praise both The Kiteboarder Magazine and FreeMagazin for having great online (and print) magazines. These magazines are always packed with detailed and high quality editorials coupled with great pictures. The layout looks great and it’s easy to read....

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