SNOWKITEN SCHWARZWALD

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!

Arnold Snowkiting

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.

snowkitebus

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!

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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 🙂

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To see all pictures from our trip go here.

KTA Boracay – A Rider’s Perspective by Jannicke Stav

Kiteboard Tour Asia by Jannicke Stav
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.


Freestyle Mens
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!


Freestyle Womens
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.

Raceboard class
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.

Videographer Jim Thirion of Lines Productions and photographer Alexandru Baranescu are doing a terrific job; check out Kiteboard Tour Asia on Vimeo and Facebook for more visuals.

Greetings from Boracay,
Jannicke:)

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.

Nobile 2011 collection

2011 collection is already here! Once again we put a lot of effort and passion to create new, technologically advanced and visually outstanding board range. Nobile 2011 collection features not only such classics as NHP, 50fity or T5 but also 3 totally new models. DoubleHydroDynamic (2HD) is the first of them. This superfast, double profiled bottom TT board is most probably the best performing board on the market. Just to mention, this is the one on which our team rider Eli Zarka took 2nd place in race competition during The 2nd Weifang International Kitesurfing festival in China. And he did it against traditional (directional!) race boards!

Don’t forget to have a look at another new models. Flying Carpet and Wood Skim family is also something you should check out.

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