Nobile Kiteboarding has been awarded “Must Have” award by Lodz Design Festival. must have is a free-of-charge quality mark, which Polish businesses can use in Poland and abroad. It was established to showcase excellent Polish design and thus promote Polish business and designers. The Board of Expert choose our splitboards – W-Connection Nobile System. We have presented two boards: Separa NHP Split and Separa Infinity Splitboard Saudade 2015 Collection. This year in the first stage of the poll there were over 360 entries – both products nominated by the Board of Experts and those entered directly by makers. From those the Jury singled out and awarded the must have mark to the 60 most interesting designs. The Board of Experts is made up of: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka – Programme Director of the School of Form; Ewa Solarz – Editor of the online service domzpomyslem.pl; Agnieszka Gruszczyńska-Hyc – Editor of the magazine M jak Mieszkanie; Anna Nowak-Ibisz – Present of the programme Pani Gadżet on TVN Style; Michał Bachowski – Researcher for the magazine F5 TREND BOOK; Anna Grużewska – Editor of the magazine Dom & Wnętrze. Thank you! More: http://lodzdesign.com/en/event/must-have-5/
Virgin Kitesurfing Armada has finished. We are back home. That was great weekend and we are very happy to host all you on our stand. With an unbelievable effort from all who took part, on sunday we set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of paddle boarders with 256 participants completing the 1 mile course off Hayling Islands West Beach. Cool 🙂 Thank you again and see you soon! Meet our team (from left): Jakub Wesolowski, Sales Manager Kiteboarding; Gosia Rosiak-Brawanska (Nobile CEO); Michal Kamyk (Chief Product Officer Kiteboarding) and Dariusz Rosiak (Nobile Founder and Owner).
Wow, over £7,000 raised for our charities in the last week alone across all fundraising pages! Amazing. But special congrats to our Nobile Kiteboarding Fundraising Comp winners: Katherine and Charlie Railton who win a bespoke Nobile board! With a close second Christopher Reed and joint third Jeff Carter and Phillip Langridge. Thanks to everyone for their support.
Lots of people, many talks and great time in Orlando. Audience interest a lot in our splitboards (Separa Line Saudade Collection 2015). There is no extra cost when you travel by plane with Separa line boards – just read the story: http://www.sbckiteboard.com/gear_article?news_id=2182 and check (pre-order)http://nobilekiteboarding.com/products/boards.html#Separa
Always snow? It sounds like a slogan taken from the Snow Queen fairy, but we in Nobile have been in love with winter sports for 20 years. It was the snowboard which was born first in the Nobile family – here in Bielsko-Biała, where the top-quality products with use of the best materials and the latest technologies have been and still are made. That is why we named the new Nobile Snowboards collection Always Snow, because we believe that when you have one of our boards, you will continuously search for snowy spots all over the world, just to taste the moment with Nobile snowboards.
Nobile Snowboards are one of the most advanced products on the market. In the ABS Sandwich construction the poplar wood is used, which offers the perfect proportions between the weight, the resilience and the vibration dampening. The most important technological advantages include: high-quality press-formed slide, the TRIP technology which enables easier turns initiating, as well as improves the ride stability and safety; the APS Core technology which ensures the effect of comfortable yet dynamic board with optimally adjusted flex, user-friendly and boasting the perfect edge grip, thanks to the torsional resistance. These are only few of technologies used by Nobile in their snowboards.
This year’s collection has been prepared in cooperation with the best Polish graphic studios and designers. The biggest contribution to the collection has been made by Warsaw’s Biuro Centralne studio, founded by people with long-standing work experience in advertising agencies (i.a. Leo Burnett, Lowe GGK and PZL). They are the authors of Ikaros, Climax, Mrs. Gear and The Epic designs. The Beat – Heavenly and Tokyo – board was designed by Walk Creative, while the Tricky model was designed by freelancer Damian Górny. The final projects and the Nobile Snowboards website were worked out by Daria Majchrzak from Labmatic company.
„This year’s collection has been prepared very carefully. We have chosen the best products and adjusted them to the market’s expectations. We have also bet on the best Polish designers. It turned out that the snowboard enthusiasts already have problem to choose the board for themselves, because there is more than one board available” – said Dominika Jagodzińska, Chief Product Officer in Nobile Snowboards.
The ambassador of Nobile Snowboards is Łukasz Starowicz, the Polish Olympian, former World Champion and multiple National Champion. He recommends the Ikaros model for professional riders. The second ambassador is Rafał Bogowolski from Lake Tahoe in United States, whose choice is Climax.
We can already inform you with pleasure that two members of German national snowboard team have become the members of Nobile Global Pro Team. Their Race boards are truly exceptional, but it is another story that is yet to be told soon.
THIS YEAR THE KITEBOARDING WORLD WILL CHANGE. SOMETHING NEW IS COMING. SOMETHING YOU WERE ALWAYS WAITING FOR. IT’S CALLED SAUDADE.
Be the first to know: http://nobilekiteboarding.com/saudade
Date: Saturday, 16th of August
Place: Hel Penisula (Poland) – Chalupy 6 (https://www.facebook.com/chalupy6)
In the morning:
* Polish premiere of the Nobile Kiteboarding Saudade Collection 2015
* Sessions from Nobile Kiteboarding Global Pro Team riders: Katarzyna Lange (Polish, world # ) and Eudazio da Silva (Brazil, world #
* Amateur Competition / Prize: NOBILE NHP CARBON LIMITED EDITION!
In the evening:
* B-Party with music (From: 9 pm till sunrise, free entrance; Music: LAST ROBOTS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRvyv9PFC6s); MIRA EL TORO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLaaY6QPBT8); WIOSNA (vocal live).
Partners: Nobile Kiteboarding; Chalupy 6 Camping; Kite.pl/360 Travel/LoveSnow.pl; EASY Surf & Kite Center.
SURFHOUSE Nobile team Lithuania is just back from Prasonisi, Rhodes. They were there for 10 days, testing new NOBILE gear, advancing their skills and teaching some new kitesurfers! Here’s what Agne from Surfhouse wrote us:
“It was an awesome trip, we had really great time and plenty of good sessions on the water with the best kite we have ever flied – 50FIFTY! But the coolest thing was that we met global NOBILE team down there on Praso! Those guys are just amazing! We hope to see them one day in our spot in Lithuania!”
Arriving in Vietnam the Windguru forecast was not promising as storms over south-east Asia messed up Mui Ne thermals. No wind for several days is very rare for this winter kite destination, making main organizer Willy Kerr praying for just one day of good wind. Even without a main sponsor the KTA organization decided to pull this event off and work pro-forma for it all to come together, as one goal of KTA is crowning the Asian freestyle champion. Karma came around and Willy´s prayers come through: a full day of action from morning til sunset!
On morning of registration day the palm trees were not swaying at all and forecast was saddening -but a total of 40 riders made their way to registration, 25 for the freestyle competition. For mens freestyle it was very open as none from the KTA Boracay podium were here, and riders new to the tour added excitement upfront. For the womens freestyle 6 out of 8 riders were familiar faces from KTA Boracay, and in addition there were two Polish girls new to KTA (Helena Brochocka followed the European Tour last summer). In addition to freestyle there were also oldschool and big-air competitions, so of course „king of oldschool” Toby Brauer of kiteforum.com made his way over to Asia as oldschool events are hard to come by these days.
Luckily the weather forecast changed and storm clouds blew over: 3rd day it was time to get out on the water. Skippers was held at 9am, quite early for Mui Ne where winds usually kicks in around noon. Dark clouds inland created nice side-onshore winds and the first freestyle heat went off already in light winds at 1020. From there on the wind only got stronger and stronger until finals were completed on small kites. Mui Ne is known for the rough shorebreak, however this year the competition spot was further south than last year so waves were not too intimidating. The trade-off however was fishing lines in the competition area, when competing you had to pick your take-off wisely as the area was big but had certain limitations with plastic bottles here and there. Local kiteschool C2Sky worked hard for weeks with Vietnamese officials to get the lines removed -without Liz & Jeff there for sure would be no competition area at all (great work from the always smiling local organizers).
In first round of womens freestyle Ali Dudfield defeated the „joker” unknown to the others, a very strong rider from Poland, Katarzyna Lange. This was probably the most technical womens heat of the day, and as conditions got more challenging the smaller kites came out. Being sick almost since arriving I was happy to reach my goal of advancing through the first round defeating Helena Brochocka, then got a „free pass” to the finals as kiwi Su Kay unfortunately injured her knee in the semifinals. For the finals it was my turn giving Nanette van der Snoek a walkover as a binding came loose already in the first unhooked kiteloop. Ended very pleased with second, and all credits to Nanette who´s been training on Boracay this season -at only 19 years old she will probably be a rider to look out for in the coming years.
For the mens freestyle Canadian Sam Medesky made a strong appearance, a rider so far competing on the American continents. Polish Marek Rowinski Jr made 2nd place, while the nr 1 Filipino rider Ken Nacor is really holding high level against the younger riders on the tour. The battle in earlier seasons has often been between Ken and Yo (Narapichit Pudla, Thailand), but Yo has not been able to advance through in freestyle so far this season. As it is now Ken is the strongest candidate for taking home the title of Asian Freestyle Champion in KTA Thailand next month, where there will also be Asian race championships (for womens freestyle there are only a few Asian riders -here in Vietnam there were none). The countdown is on for KTA Thailand in March where Kristin Boese will also hold a KB4Girls event -until then we´re crossing our fingers the weather man will be on our side!
Photos by Jannicke Stav & Tommy Bachata