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My Beach: Valencia & Tarifa

Kiko Roig Torres is a talented strapless freestyle rider and recently came third in the Surfboard category of the GKA Big Air Kite World Championships in Tarifa. Although he currently lives in Tarifa, he’s originally from Oliva, a small town near Valencia on the east coast of Spain. We found out how both spots helped shaped his riding style.

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My beach: Rio de Janeiro

These stunning photos of iconic Rio nearly had us booking the next flight over there. It might normally be northeast Brazil that kiters head to, but as Reno Romeu shows, his home spot provides some good kiting conditions too, plus some fine scenery to admire when you’re out on the water. Reno tells us about the beautiful city where kiting started for him.

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Technique: GETTING THE SHOT

We had the great pleasure of meeting up with professional photographer Harry Winnington on Rhodos, Greece during our holidays this summer. Photoshoots are always a process, with many things to be considered and if needed adjusted during the photo session. Together with Harry’s experience and input, and our implementation, we have put together a winning formula of how to get the best results for your kite photos even if you don’t have a camera that’s worth $10k+! Let’s look at camera and shooting equipment, location, time of day, trick selection and posture during the trick, distance to the photographer, and creativity.

Riders: Andrea Zust and Peer Schnyder

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My Beach: Orient Bay, Saint Martin

If, like us, you love kiting in tropical, turquoise waters, then read on to find out more about the beautiful beach in the Caribbean that Theo Demanez hails from, where he honed his skills that helped him come fourth at the recent GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Sylt, Germany.

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The Mission: Rinse and repeat

Carl Ferreira gives us a quick round up of his time in Italy and Spain earlier this year. It was all going well until sadly he had a déjà vu of last year’s trip and once again had to head home early due to an injury. Fear not though, he’s already on the road to recovery. Better luck next year…

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The Mission: TRAILBLAZER

When we recently went on the XP Sertões downwinder in Brazil – check it out on our Instagram – we met a Brazilian who has perhaps done more in her life than the rest of us put together. Not only does Karina Oliani spend time doing the sport we all love, she is also a doctor, adventure athlete and philanthropist who wins trophies, breaks world records, climbs the world’s highest mountains, and enables medical care for isolated communities. After many years traveling the globe, when she needed a relatively quiet holiday, she visited the beautiful lagoons of Lençóis Maranhenses, northeastern Brazil.

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C Kite Festival: Bringing the good vibes

What would you do if you had a world class kite spot on your doorstep which you really wanted to bring to the attention of the kitesurfing world? You could spend some cash on digital advertising, maybe take some space in esteemed publications such as this… Or you could focus on your social media channels and showcase your spot in the best possible light… Or… You could get a bunch of pro kiters, a Masterchef winner, some insane live musicians, a massive marquee, and have a huge kite festival over three days. That should do it. The guys at C Mauritius tried that last year and it was such a success they decided to do it all over again. TheKiteMag’s editor-in-chief Alex Hapgood took the hit and headed over to cover the event…

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Antidote to Chaos

Airush riders Jason van der Spuy and Alessa Mensch headed to Ireland for a Brunotti photoshoot. A rare ‘heat’ wave meant no wind for their first two weeks and when it did eventually kick in things got pretty chaotic, but they got the conditions they needed to shoot their video project and were overwhelmed by the beauty of the country.

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Strike Mission

Skeleton Bay [or Donkey Bay], near Walvis Bay in Namibia, has unique waves with long barrels that go on forever at incredible speeds. But it only works in the Southern Hemisphere’s winter and needs a big, long-period groundswell to wrap in at just the right angle or it doesn’t break. And even when the conditions are perfect the wave usually only lasts for a couple of days at a time. It hadn’t really worked for over two years and surfers were worried it might not work again, so when Joshua Emanuel heard that the forecast looked promising, he hightailed it up there to take advantage of the short-lived conditions.

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Follow the Rugged Coast

After Prolimit’s ‘Follow the Current’ mission in Cape Town that we featured earlier this year, they embarked on a new mission called ‘Follow the Rugged Coast’ to shoot their winter collection with Stig Hoefnagel and Jeanne Vanderick. This time, the destination was the breathtaking Achill Island, off the rugged west coast of Ireland. Inspired by the powerful Gulf Stream, Prolimit sought to capture the essence of coastal exploration and the thrill of water sports against the stunning backdrop of Achill’s dramatic landscapes.

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Ariba Aruba!

The quest for the perfect location for that perfect shot can mean journeying to some of the most breathtaking spots on Earth. Slingshot’s Wind Marketing Manager, Elliott Tauscher, took a team of talented riders and seasoned photographers on a memorable trip to the Caribbean paradise of Aruba. Their mission: gather assets for the 2024 product launch and immerse with the local wind sports community. What unfolded was a two-week adventure of epic days on the water, nights dancing in the sand, unexpected challenges, and the creation of some stunning assets, plus a cover for TheKiteMag to boot…

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TANGLED LINES LEGENDS: Nuno Figueiredo

Nuno ‘Stru’ Figueiredo from Portugal is renowned for riding big waves and tucking into barrels. With Nazaré on his doorstep, it was natural he became the first kitesurfer to tackle the huge waves there and he went on to secure a Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever kitesurfed. We asked other wave riders and his fellow Eleveight team riders to throw some questions at him, to find out more about the mindset needed to ride giant waves.

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The Committed: Fadi Issa

Fadi Issa was one of the original pioneers of kiting on Maui back in the day. Now living on the windy island of Fuerteventura, he is a respected judge for the GKA and GWA, as well as being a super talented rider himself. He has also become creative with his love of the ocean, embracing the Japanese art of Gyotaku…

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