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Article Series: Kitesurfing with kids – tips & tricks Vol. 2

After Vol. 1 of “Kitesurfing with Kids – tips & tricks” now it’s about Vol 2.: You’ll get some reports of parents whose children collected their first kitesurf experiences already as little tots.

Three fathers of kitesurf youngsters reveal their most imortant tips regarding this topic – which factors must parents observe and how can they give the best possible support to their kiddies for their kitesurf beginnings?

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Valentin Bontus: One year in the World Class Kiteboarding Academy

Lately I talked to Valentin Bontus, a 16-year-old austrian pro kitesurfer who told me about his experiences traveling one year around the globe with the  World Class Kiteboarding Academy. Read more about the experiences he collected during this time, his plans for the next months and his new sponsor.

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Article series: Annoying kitesurf characters Vol. 2 – the self-declared equipment expert

Here we go with Vol. 2 of the series “annoying kitesurf characters”. In fairness it must also be said that among kitesurfers there are only a few really stressful people … but some can really shatter one’s nerves! The first article was about killjoys, this time it’s about self-declared equipment experts. I must repeat that I really wrote this articles with a small wink and a large dose of humour … which is the best way to deal with complicated characters, right?

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Let’s get off the hook! Unhooked tips from professional riders

After reaching a certain basic level with hooked tricks lots of kiters want to attempt unhooked tricks too. For good reasons: Not only that this will lead to a totally new kitesurf feeling, unhooked tricks open doors to so many new possibilities! I asked four kitesurf professionals to reveal their most important tips for those who want to progress in unhooking.

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Restube review: Inflatable safety backup for kitesurfers

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There are things we can be happy about when we don’t need them … anyway it’s good that they exist in case of emergency! Like for us watersports addicts this could be a self-inflating backup that might safe your life through offering buyoancy to keep yourself above the water surface – whilst it’s compact and lightweight in it’s inactive state and, super important, never gets in your way when you’re riding.
Restube produces such safety floats and provided me the sports version which I tested for this article.

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Why to go kitesurfing in bad weather – a little motivation guide

Most kite pics we see in magazines show kitesurfers in perfect conditions: Blue sky, turquoise water, warm temperatures and spots that offer good conditions – like constant winds and flat water or beautiful waves. Apart from the fact that on photos you just see a single moment and not how the session really was, some may assume that kitesurfing is always like this – bikini or boardshorts weather and so on … It’s definitely not! Harsh weather though acts as a deterrent do a lot of kiters. Too bad – cause there are many good reasons to go kitesurfing in bad weather, even if it’s grey and it rains.

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Kitesurfing: How fear turns into (healthy) respect

Nowadays kitesurfing is declared as fun sport. So as the definition says, it’s fun. I totally agree. Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t do it! However some underestimate that kitesurfing under certain conditions is still what it was in its early years: an extreme sport.  And extreme sport is dangerous. Or can be dangerous, depending on how one looks at it.

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Crashing is part of the kitesurfing game. We have to go through that. (c) Helmut Fuchs/kitejoy

Though modern safety systems are incomparable to those in the initial years of kitesurfing (depower was non-existent or very low, and Quick release was also not really developed) unfortunately there are still tragic accidents. It happens that kitesurfers get badly injured or even die. Of course such incidents are frightening and can lead to doubts – on the one hand one absolutely wants to try kitesurfing, on the other hand he’s afraid.

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Business, lifestyle, boyfriends, catfights: Interview with Maroean Mones from Girlzactive

Lately I talked to Maroean Mones who is the founder and owner of Girlzactive, a company who organizes women’s only kiteboarding camps and boardsport events all over the world. While working in the corporate banking/financial world after university she took her first kitesurf lession in 2013. Finally she asked herself “Is this all?” and officialy started Girlzactive in November 2014. She did the kite instructor license, teaches and organizes the Girlzactive trips together with her team. Currently she lives all over the world while her house is in Utrecht/Netherlands.

It was really amazing to hear the thoughts of a women who just DID it – she decided to take a risk and followed her heart – and now lives the surfing lifestyle everyday. Which doesn’t mean that this isn’t also a lot of work, it’s even the opposite!

Read more about the spirit of Girlzactive, Maroean’s rituals, the kitesurf-boyfriend-thing and the cliché about catfights in women’s groups in this interview.

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Why Yoga will enhance your kitesurf performance

Kiting is a sport that makes a lot of demands on your body and mind. Whilst you are on the water, you should be concentrated, and your movements need a high level of coordination, especially if you train new tricks. No question that it makes sense to be physically fit, to train your muscles for kitesurfing – on the one hand to have more power for certain moves, on the other hand to reduce the risk for injuries.
But what about the mental part? Yoga might be the key to prepare both body and mind for awesome kitesessions! Learn more interesting facts about this ancient but popular method with its amazing impacts on your kitesurf performance as well as on your overall life.

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5 questions, 5 answers: Laila Puehringer

It was 2007 when Laila Puehringer got addicted to kitesurfing. The hometown of the half-austrian-half-moroccan Ozone teamrider from Vienna travels a lot and has also been living in the Dominician Republic. Since 2009 she participates in kite contests, also in the worldcup – in former times in freestyle, now strapless in the waves. In the GKA-Wave-Competition which took place in Mauritius this September she missed out on the semi finals by a single point. But she says: „I am hungry for more!“
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