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Kiteworld Magazine

Issue #100 August - September 2019

Kiteworld is essential reading for all kiteboarders, since 2002. Read the best reviews of the latest kites, boards and gear and improve your riding with our technique articles - whatever level you're at. Kiteworld's editorial team includes World Champions Aaron Hadlow and Mark Shinn and top coaches like Brandon Scheid. Each issue is packed with the inspiration and know-how you'll need to fuel your next ride

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United Kingdom
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XC Media
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in the beginning...

In 2002 kiteboarding was a very raw experience and a time of almost daily development in all aspects of the sport. The gear is thankfully so much safer now and, at a professional level, riding has of course moved on to become very slick and polished, but looking back over the images that we’re running this issue from the year that Kiteworld came to life, the connection I feel with them is perhaps is even greater than with shots of Carlos Mario mid slim 7. Holding on to the bar with white knuckles, eyes wide and filled with emotion, legs straining to maintain correct course with the pull of the kite – and that’s just how it felt to mow the lawn at the turn of the century. Whatever you’re…

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kiteworld magazine

EDITOR JIM GAUNT > jim@kiteworldmag.com ART DIRECTOR IAN ROXBURGH > Ian@design147.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR MATT PEARCE > matt@kiteworldmag.com TECHNICAL EDITORS CHRIS BULL, JIM GAUNT, MATT PEARCE and NEAL GENT INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING CAROLINE MORRIS > caroline@kiteworldmag.com DANIELLE GAUNT > dan@kiteworldmag.com STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS JOHN BILDERBACK / YDWER VAN DER HEIDE DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT CRAIG SAWYER > craig@kiteworldmag.com TEA BOY KEITH MOSS COLUMNISTS MARK SHINN, TOM COURT, SENSI GRAVES, JASON GALLATE CONTRIBUTORS YDWER VAN DER HEIDE, CHRISTIAN BLACK, ANDRE MAGARAO, JOHN BILDERBACK, MATT GEORGES, DAVID VAREKAMP, SAMUEL CARDENAS, REO STEVENS, STEVEN WHITESELL, ROBBY NAISH, AARON HADLOW, JEFF TOBIAS, ROB CLAISSE, MANU MOREL, RICK LEEKS, TRACY KRAFTLEBOE, JAMES OROC, TOBY BROMWICH, EVAN NETSCH, FRANKIE BEES, THOMAS BURBLIES, TAYLOR HOLL, JAMES BOULDING, JANINE AVERY, ALBY RONDINA, LACI KOBULSKY, SENSI GRAVES, VINCENT BERGERON, BRANDON SCHEID, RUBEN LENTEN, ROBBIE WHITTALL, BERTRAND BOONE THE CORE TEAM: IAN, CAROLINE, MATT, BULLY AND DAN FOUNDING EDITOR: HUGH MILLER EARLY CORE TEAMS: MATT COYNE, VAL ISHII, IAN BLACKMORE,…

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most wanted

CORE The latest edition of Core’s World Record setting big jumping kite is here - the XR6. Look out for our review on page 109. XR6 SIZES: 13.5, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5m XR6 LIGHT WIND SIZES: 19, 17 and 15m Core have also just released the XLITE – a tube kite designed specifically to use with hydrofoil boards. This one strut kite fuses the power of the Nexus all-rounder and the drifting of the Section wave kite into a package that Core say is genuinely 20% lighter but also strong. Serious foilers will notice how light and responsive the XLITE feels in the air and how it loops with just enough pull to get you safely round your air jibes, while beginners will appreciate the XLITE’s reverse launch ability. XLIGHT…

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100 covers, a ton of stories

Although kiteboarding (or kitesurfing, whichever you prefer) was born before the internet, it certainly went on to grow up and explode alongside the greatest innovation to connect people, not just with information, but also each other. Kiteboarding fed off the internet more so than probably any other sport as it was just (sort of) becoming safe and to get your hands on gear you no longer needed to know the designer / his friends. When Hugh Miller started assembling a team to help launch Kiteworld, kiting was getting ready for mass consumption, but perhaps the world still wasn’t quite ready for the sport. Let’s settle on agreeing that the first movements towards a vision of kiteboarding becoming a mainstream sport was around the year 2000. It was very difficult to gauge who was…

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the high five

“TORRENTIAL RAIN IN THE FORECAST AND A FLASH FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR O’AHU…” ... my truck radio laughed at me. I was parked outside the Kodak film lab in Honolulu and it had been a very long day shooting at the Pipe Masters. It was touching nine o’clock and I had been charged with driving the film from all the SURFING magazine photographers into Honolulu to get processed. We were on a ridiculously tight deadline with just a few days to get our shots on a plane to California and the night drop box at the lab was full of water from a rather bad design and a poorly timed Kona low pressure. Ahhh, the good old hard old days. I used to load my water housing and swim out…

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spynetwork –rewind visionaries being the best - martin vari

”I WANT TO PUSH THE SPORT IN A MIDDLE DIRECTION, STILL DO BOARD-OFF PARACHUTE JUMPS, BUT ON THE NEXT JUMP PULL A KITELOOP, DO AN UNHOOKED KITE DIVE TRANSITION AND GO FOR A KGB ALL IN THE SAME SESSION WITH THE SAME GEAR. I THINK THAT THAT WILL MAKE THE NEXT ULTIMATE COMPLETE RIDER.” In 2002 there were two world tours, the PKRA and KPWT and at the time riders were unrestricted to compete on both. Mark Shinn pipped Martin to the 2002 PKRA title and he also won the KPWT (read more in his column this issue on page 132). As things would turn out, Martin had a plan to totally blow the doors off the world tour in 2003 and when the Space Monkeys played a premiere of their…

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