THEKITEMAG ISSUE #43

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“In theory this all made sense and we got some great backing from some incredible crew and created a team with amazing surfers. But a combination of our inexperience working in China and surfers not really connecting with kitesurfing (I’m still super hopeful it’ll click one day!) taught us both a lifetime of experiences, and ultimately led us to stop manufacturing products.”

Ben Wilson recently wound up his company BWSurf in a pretty emotional video that had us all a little moist in the eye department. But it’s onwards and upwards for the wave pioneer as he re-joins the Slingshot team. We hear all about it.

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“To get to Cape Verde, I had to fly from Malaga to Lisbon. Traveling was quite difficult – especially with a Brazilian passport – given the pandemic at the time was at its worst point in my country. For the first time in my life, I understood how it feels to be discriminated against simply because of where you come from. Although I hadn’t been in Brazil in months, I was almost denied entry on multiple occasions.”


Bruna Kajiya faced a tricky time getting out of Spain and into Cape Verde simply due to her nationality. Luckily, immigration saw sense and finally she got where she needed to be and, as you can see, it was very much a worthwhile trip…

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“At that time, the rules and regulations for kiting Stiltsville were very different from what they are today. As you can imagine, kiters, including myself, saw the docks, rails and pylons as the closest thing to a Miami kite park that we could get. You can find some pretty epic shots and videos of kiters using their creativity with these buildings as a playground.”


Regulations have tamed what kiters can get up to in this prohibition-era village in Chris Bobryk’s home waters off of South Miami. But it still provides a pretty unique backdrop, as you can see here…

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“I, of course, will be beginning my Olympic campaign as soon as I can be arsed. Bit far away to bother thinking about at the moment, but when those salaries from Team GB start to look a bit more enticing, rest assured I’ll be out there, driving my foil board thing into Connor Bainbridge’s spine as fast as I can.””


We’ve handed over another six whole pages to Colin Colin Carroll, and he’s put them to good use in his own unrelenting style. This time it’s all about the future of kiteboarding itself…

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“I would ride with Gisela Pulido, Alex Pastor and a bunch of kids that were around my age such as Jerome Cloetens and Forest Bakker. We were definitely a solid crew of kids that dreamt of being professionals, and I think this really motivated me to succeed.”


Hallowed ground for any kiter worth his or her salt, Ibiza-born Liam Whaley tells us all about how he first landed in Tarifa, and how it shaped him into the pro rider he is today…

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