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Kiteworld Magazine Issue #96 December 18 - January 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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frontiers men and women

We’re approaching the final frontier of 2018. Like every year, I started it positively, intending not to let as much work and admin get in the way of all the sessions I wanted to take. Then one of the strangest summer’s of lighter wind ensued and I kept hearing similar stories around the world. Here at home, the usual fluttering kites on the beach were replaced by leathery skinned Brits on deck chairs enjoying a real Mediterranean summer. However, as sales of freeriding kites and boards went down, inquiries and deposits on foiling gear went up! I often look over the issue plan and wonder, should we be reigning the foil content in a bit? But then my own enjoyment of it is reflected by the volume of designs in the…

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most wanted

AIRUSH The Lithium enters a 10th generation this year and continues to further cement its credentials as an ultra-accessible freeride kite, ideal for the early intermediate or anyone looking for an easy handling, dependable kite for use across a range of disciplines. The Lithium’s smooth and predictable steering is easy to tune into while the low end remains substantial and the airframe solid, even in punchy, gusty conditions. This year the bridle has been reworked so that the steering remains super consistent even when the Lithium is maxed out and being ridden fully depowered. All of this combines for a truly progression-friendly package. SIZES: 17, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5m www.airush.com CABRINHA The FX delivers for the advanced rider who wants to do everything imaginable on a twin-tip. Whether…

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fairtrade wetsuits and environmental news patagonia

Patagonia came up with a world first four years ago when they implemented Yulex, a ‘bio-rubber’ made from rubber trees into their suits. It was significant because it was, and still is, the most environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional neoprene produced from petrochemicals. It took a few years for them to fully phase neoprene out of their suits, but by last year they’d done it, reducing the carbon emissions released in their production by up to 80%. They backed that up with an Ironclad guarantee, meaning they’d fix their suits if they broke and then they went on the road around the UK, Europe and the US over the summer fixing wetsuits from any brand for free at surf shops and events. That showed a commitment to the end-user and the environment…

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the campaign against sup rages on

In a time when it’s almost impossible to avoid using disposable plastic and the free world is led by someone who thinks climate change is a lie invented by the Chinese, it can be hard to find any positive news when it comes to the environment. There is hope though! Here are a few positive things that have happened in the last few weeks. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in the UK has launched a consultation on banning plastic straws, plastic stirrers and cotton bud sticks. If it goes ahead it could eliminate 316 million plastic stirrers, 1.8 billion cotton bud sticks and 4.7 billion plastics straws in the UK alone each year. The British government is also planning to implement a tax on plastics that are not at…

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spy network-uk

KING OF THE EXE The first ever King of the Exe went off in Exmouth on Saturday 13th October in pumping conditions. The days leading up to the event had been so windy that there’d been speculation over whether or not it would even go ahead but, when the wind dropped down to a more reasonable 30+ knots, it was on! The competition ran in the same format as the King of the Air and UK legend Robin Snuggs landed the biggest kite loop of the event and battled all the way to the final where he took third against Guy Bridge and Oli Sweeney. Oli and Guy were going huge and pushing each other hard as the wind pumped into the estuary, but Oli was smooth and super-consistent and took the win…

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spy network-us

CAPE HATTERAS WAVE CLASSIC This year’s Cape Hatteras Wave Classic presented by Patagonia was unable to run due to Hurricane Florence tearing her way up the east coast during the event window. The contest organisers have instead decided to roll the prize purse, which is equal for men and women, into the 2018 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic Video Shootout. $16,000 is now up for grabs for the best kitesurfing videos which will be judged on 50% wave riding, 25% tricks and 25% overall impression. It doesn’t matter where a video is filmed and whether it’s in picture-perfect barrels or heaving onshore chaos. How riders perform in the conditions on hand will ultimately dictate their score. The competition is open to kitesurfers from around the world and it’s free to enter. The entry period closed…

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