THEKITEMAG ISSUE #44

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“I know it can seem crazy when you list what I’ve jumped with a kite, but I take great honor in being in control and assessing the origin of the occasional fear, so when I do it, it never feels crazy…”


Entering his third Big Air season with North Kiteboarding, Nick Jacobsen explains to Victoria Stuart how he’s managed risk and fear for over six years, and on adapting to life beyond extreme kiteboarding.

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“When you fly in and look through your plane window you can get a good taste of what Sicily has to offer: mountains, volcano, lakes, wineries, beautiful beaches, small islands and clear blue water surrounding this little heaven. Out of all that is on offer here, I chose to be on the northwest corner, the most exposed to wind and waves you can be.”


Alby Rondina reflects on his love for Sicily, a corner of the world which – perhaps more than anyone – he’s pinned firmly on the kiteboarding map as a must-visit destination.

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“We would change spots for each session depending on the wind direction and tides exposing sandbars and butter flat water. We met the local wildlife on our downwinders through the mangroves, running into a turtle and small nurse shark and seeing the iguanas that reside on Little Water Cay, another iconic kite spot.”


Due to Covid-influenced travel restrictions, Katie Potter and Ewan Jaspan had to take a bit of two-week detour to get back into the USA from Europe. The Turks and Caicos turned out to be just the ticket…

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“People are entitled to their own opinions; not everything I do is going to be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay. Negative comments do affect me; I feel it. But it’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s about how you get back up.”


One of kiteboarding’s most prolific content creators and a true talent both on and off the water, Hannah Whiteley responds to questions from her peers in the latest Tangled Lines…

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“In round four I faced Xavier Kain and Jan Zoon, both of whom I know very well and know that they can go massive when the wind is nuking. Fortunately for me we had about 22 knots and my 9m A-Series ALUULA kite is fast enough to loop and catch without a problem in these conditions…”


Giel Vlugt is the talk of the fast-growing Big Air scene right now, as he turns up the heat at every BAKL stop on his way to the biggest prize of all: the Red Bull King of the Air.

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“The wind was irregular and meant I landed a bit heavily at times, but I scored some good tricks, while in the back of my mind I was aware of the possibility of stingrays. I missed a board-off, and just as I started a body drag to recover my board, I felt a stab under my foot and a sharp pain – the feared stingray had got me…”


Paul Serin and other big names from the F-ONE pro team head for Mexico to celebrate the Bandit’s 15th anniversary. They find perfection… albeit via a small run in with the aforementioned local.

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