Few weeks ago, our Brand Ambassadors Marlie van de Ven and Arnold van der Linde decided to leave cold and rainy Holland for a while and catch some waves at El Cotillo in Fuerteventura. Check out thier pictures.
Our rider Natasha Begnazarova after competing in KTA she moved to Egypt, where she met with Eudazio and Carlos. Here are her thougths:
Kiteboarding world is really tiny. How many people over the world kitesurf? Thousands at best. And great thing about it is that wherever and whenever you go you are bound to find your kitemates there.
I spent a resulting winter season in Boracay, the Philippines and for the first time in my life took part in something which is a way more significant than any local Russian kiteboarding competition- KTA (Kiteboard Tour Asia). But good things don’t last forever, the Asian season is over and in search of good riding conditions I moved to another part of the globe- Hurghada, Egypt, African continent with more or less steady winds and chances to progress in kiteboarding.
How lucky was I to meet there not just my team mates but riders, whose level is so much hard to reach but it can push you further to the new limits- Nobile team top riders – Eudazio da Silva and Carlos Madson. They are fast, they are highly-skilled, and they are young. Two cousins 20 and 19 years old from a well-known kitesurfing village Cumbuco. They have just started climbing the PKRA competition ladder yet showing great results. From the last year’s PKRA stop in Dakhla it was obvious to many and to me as well that Eudazio (he finished 3rd) and Madson have all chances to be among the best world riders.
They came to Egypt to join Spring Kitejamboree event in RedSeaZone kiteschool. Right after Egypt Eudazio and Madson made their way right to Leucate, France for the next PKRA stop. Wish them luck for the next stops of the tour!
SNOWKITEN SCHWARZWALD: the stormy effects of the mountains
by Marlie van de Ven – Arnold van der Linde.
The first trip in the snow with our camper, with a crappy heater, on the way for some fresh powder!
We have to drive eight hours for the best condi0tions what was possible for two days of snowkiting.
Day 1: We must work till 5 o clock, so we meet at 17:30 to pack the van, eat some frites and hit the road. We drove non-stop eight hours. We arrived at 4 o clock in the night and hit some sleep for a nice next day. The first day was full of sunshine but no wind. So we went down to snowboard and checked the area on the Feldberg and made some nice powder pictures. We met there some guys from the kiteschool “Skywalker”.. they have a permit to give snowkite lessons over there, it’s a nice place to snowkite you have a lot of different high levels en enough area! So we talked a little bit and they took us the next day to different nice spots. You can take the first lift on the bottom on the mountain, with a 1 way card. When you are at the top, you can recognise the huge snowkite area between de tower and the other side of the mountain. Be sure you pump up your kite and roll out your lines on the area where the piste bully is. Otherwise the snow will eat you. The first day without wind but nice scenery of the Feldberg. The first night, outside -15 degrees Celsius, no isolated van and a crappy gas heater. The ultimate receipt for a fever ;). But we are very romantic and light some fire for heat.
Day 2: We would meet the guys from kiteschool skywalker in the morning. When they arrived the wind was very strong down under the mountain. If the wind is strong under it would be to hard on the mountain. So one of the guys was going to check the other spot it was lower located. He called us that it was better over there so we decided to go with them to a spot in the middle of nowhere. Finally there we arrived at some land from farmers. They told us it’s no allowed, but it’s okay to snowkite. The first spot we visited was no wind. So we drove 15 km further north. The farmers they were enjoying the snowkite show overthere. First it was a little misty and the wind was easy to ride on. For the beginning we snowkited a couple of times up and down to recognise where the steady wind was. The wind was steady but soft, so we decided to start a tour. We went to the top of the hill were the wind was very strong and it look a bit stormy. We stayed there for a couple of hours to enjoy the powder, the view and to freestyle something. Suddenly black clouds where coming and the wind was going stronger and stronger. So we tried to go back to the camper. But there was u huge gusty wind blowing and a lot of trees. Lucky the powder helped us out to have good grip. Another guy who was snowkiting over there crashed his kite in a high tree, and pulled his safety. Hell yeah, it was time to go back and to eat some nice soup . The wind was very strong and aggressive so we bridge the open area’s and stopped when the tree’s came to close. We decided to land the kites, dig the snowboard into the snow and put the bar on foot straps. Back by the van it was 17:00 o clock, so it was time to go home for the eight hour drive. We wanted to drive away, but we parked half on the road, and half in a snow dune. So we get stucked. Pushing wouldn’t help and a farmer pulled us out with his Defender, thanks to him! With a big smile on our faces we were going back to Holland after a nice weekend! Stoked enough to plan the big snowkite trip!
One tip for campers, 1. Have a good heater 2. Take enough sizes kites with you, rare winds. 3. Watch out for dang ous obstacles while snowkitng and 4. Ask some warm clothes and electric blankets from Santa 🙂
To see all pictures from our trip go here.
What better place to start off a new season than where it ended successfully in March, on this dreamlike Filipino island of Boracay. On one side of the island tourist heaven, a short walk to the other side you arrive in kitesurfers haven. Training grounds for many of the riders during winter season, Boracay is windy close to every day from mid-December to April. And so it kicked off with 3-star ratings on Windguru…
Topping last years event with 68 riders, yet again a record with 79 riders registering!
Now in it´s 3rd season KTA has really managed to build a positive reputation amongst riders. On Bulabog beach the KTA attitude and Filipino spirit come together for an event that has inclusion and friendliness written all over. Experiencing hands-on the positive vibes was probably what made Aqua Boracay announce that they want to be in it for the long run and sponsor this event for 5 years to come!
Strong winds on first day of competition did not stop riders from giving it all in freestyle, and single eliminations finished half an hour before sunset. In the judge tower were two skilled guys usually seen pleasing a crowd from the water; Turkish Sedat Celenk and French William Bourget. Together with two regulars on the judging team, Mars Gersbach and head judge Stephan Hertig, they had no breaks from first to last heat with 38 competitors going for their best moves. Being an ambassador of kb4girls I was especially thrilled to see 16 female freestylers signing up, and in the twintip raceclass there were 17! It seems girls inspire each other to enter the competitive scene -hopefully this will push the level and passion of kiting in girls even more in years to come.
Day two was a good mix of racing and double elimination. Moving on to racing, 62 riders (!) made a very colorful skyline -introducing the twintip race class KTA makes competition accessible for almost everyone. By encouraging riders of different levels to join for the fun of it, the organizers really hit one of the key points of events: promoting a love for the sport.
Third day had perfect conditions for finishing freestyle double eliminations, and this event has really shown some up and coming young riders. The European tour seems more dominated by younger riders compared to the Asian tour, but the podium spots did not reflect this: 2nd and 3rd places in mens freestyle were both riders below 20 years old, in 3rd place Slovenian Jaka Komocar at only 15 years old! Another rider to watch out for is one year younger local rider Stefano Ganugi who ended 6th, pulling of kiteloop slims rumor has it this talent is without proper sponsorship… Ben Bowd had to defend his 1st place after singles, but could not hold up against entertainer Ukrainian Andrej Salnik who won after 2 final heats. A true entertainer always with a smile on his face: last season on Boracay Andrey took out a pair of flipflops and kited on them in strong winds!
Weeks ago word on the island was Russian Champion Veronica Soloveykina would get to top of the podium in womens freestyle. Early on she impressed the crowd with a tantrum to blind and went through the competition winning all of her heats. Another powerful rider spending winter season on Boracay is Estonian Kristiin Oija; she landed a few air passes (blind judge, blind judge 3) and with higher consistency she will probably rise to the podium at later events. A very consistent rider at 2nd place was kiwi Susan Key who actually decided to stop competing back in 2007. Her skills are very much intact and hopefully this experience inspires her to come back and spread more of that positive energy! „Local” Australian Ali Dudfield of Freestyle Kite Academy Boracay landed an array of blind tricks securing 3rd place: this season she will for sure be in it for a spot on the overall podium.
In racing all of the classes were on the water together, and what a spectacular show on the first day. In the production board class most people expected Yo (Narapichit Pudla, Thailand) to excel after breathing down the neck of pro-rider Bruno Srouka last season. For the womens racing it came as no surprise German Kathrin Borgwardt won. This might be changing though as there were 6 women on raceboards here on Boracay, and with forces promoting it as an Olympic sport it will certainly become more attractive in the nearby future.
Twintip race class
No matter varying conditions, Polish Michalina Laskowska took a well deserved first place with 4 out of 6 races won, and 2nd runner up Norwegian Rebecka Maudal gave her credits coming of the water with this statement „She is so freaking fast!”. 3rd place went to Russian Dina Muldasheva. For the mens twintip class it was a lot of local riders battling it out on the water as 6 out of the 10 spots are held by Filipino riders – but on top of the podium was the speedy and always cheerful Kerem Balik from Turkey.
Greetings from Boracay,
To get to know more about Jannicke Stav visit her website.
For more photos, latest compatition updates and riders info visit Kiteboar Tour Aasia website.
Adreas Meder is our local rider from Germany. Few months ago, together with his friend Marian Hund they went to Brazil to extend their kiteboarding season. Here’s their story:
We started our trip on September the 22nd. We flew from Munich to Lisbon and then Recife.
Marian Hund and I were able to stay in a really nice Villa in Recife, thanks to my friend Jana. Jana was joining us for the first 3 weeks of the trip and we really had a lot fun together. The wind in Recife is not that strong, but most of the days it was perfect for the 12m² Nobile NHP. We had a great kitespot right in front of the Villa. During low tide there was flat, waist deep water and no other kites at all. A reef is breaking the waves and keeps the sharks away.
After the summer in Germany and the cold water, it felt really good to ride without a wetsuit again. The water and air temperatures were both around +30°C. Besides kiting we visited the nice town of Olinda, it has some really nice buildings and a stunning view over the City of Recife!
We also had a nice Speedboat trip through the mangroves, were horse Riding in the jungle and kart racing with 35 horsepower go-karts. As you can imagine, it never got boring for us in Recife.
Check the first video from Recife here. After 2 weeks in Recife, we needed to go to Cumbuco, where we booked a nice Pousada. A plane would have been too expensive, buses made trouble with the big boardbags, so we took a rental car and headed 1000km up north to Cumbuco.
In Cumbuco life was pretty much the same every day. We lived in the “Cumbuco Guesthouse” for overall 9 weeks and went kiting nearly every day. In the morning we got a nice breakfast and did a downwinder to the cauipe lagoon afterwards. Sometimes we took a buggy instead, to bring our camera gear. At the lagoon we were kiting for 1 or 2 hours, did a break during midday and went out again in the afternoon. To go back to Cauipe town, we took one of the buggy-taxis.
There is another lagoon, placed in Tabuba, were you can go by bus really cheap. We went there for a couple of days and also were filming for the second episode.
For Dinner we were cooking chicken and rice, sometimes pasta or we went to one of the local restaurants, where you can eat really cheap. Nightlife isn’t that bad either 🙂 You can go for a drink or two in a lot of different bars and there´s a small nightclub, were you can party till the morning light.
The last week before we had to leave, I got the brand new 50Fifty kite and I liked it a lot!!! It´s such a nice kite, perfect pop and really low bar pressure during the pass!
So in our final episode we want to show you our Cumbuco Life, kiting in cauipe lagoon. Click here to watch it.
A big thanks to all people who made this trip possible and so awesome!!!
Thanks to my sponsors and special thanks to all my new friends from all over the world. You made this to such a good time for me!
Ukraininan kite instructor Andrey Kukosch is a first man in who crossed the Sea of Azov on a board with kite. After a year of planning and preparation, on 10th September 2011 the weather and wind conditions finnally made the sail possible. Andrey set out on a journey from the Kazantyp headland located in the northeastern part of the Crimean peninsula. After 9 hours of sailing he traveled 210 kilometers and finished near Ukrainian city – Bilosariska Kosa.
Andrey was equipped with 2 GPS, mobile phone and a walkie talkie. He even prepared a special vest with GPS bracket, so he may constantly see his location while having hands on the kite bar. The journey was secured by 2 friends of Andrey, who followed him on a motorboat. Andrey was using the Nobile NHP 137 board, while Nobile XTR 140 cm was on the boat in case of low wind.
During the sail Andrey made 3 shorts stops to rest a bit. He was neither drinking nor eating during the sail. He lost the board once, so it took him some time to get it back and continue the journey. He was travelling with the average speed of 23 km/h, while the average wind speed was 9-12 M/s.
We hereby congratulate Andrey his success and wish him more achievements of this kind in the future.
To see pictures, video and route plan visit: