THEKITEMAG ISSUE #45

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“I can really relate to Capucine – hers is almost like the brother situation I used to have, traveling together all over the world, our parents there to support us – it seems like history repeating, how fired up they are as a team, with the same sponsor.”


After 20 years of competitive kitesurfing, Jalou Langeree has decided to call it a day to make way for the new guard, including fellow North team rider Capucine Delannoy. Victoria Stuart speaks with both about the clear parallels the two riders’ share.

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“After almost 12 hours of travelling by plane, ferry and car, we finally arrived at our destination. We dumped our bags in the cabin, and as there was not much wind on the forecast, decided to explore the island right away. The Lofoten have been on my list for a while now, and we immediately found out why: these landscapes were truly impressive.”


Granted – Youri Zoon’s expedition to Norway’s Lofoten Islands wasn’t the most productive of kite trips, with the wind resolutely in a ‘skunking’ mood. However, not all was lost and the mind-blowing scenery more than made up for the times he couldn’t get on the water…

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“Giel was kiting in typical Dutch cloudy weather and when I spotted some rays of sunlight on the ocean, all I could hope for was that he remembered my advice. When the ray of light came closer, I could see him getting ready and he completed a grade 10 move and pulled off one of his best jumps of the day.”


Before Dutch Big Air rider Giel Vlugt departed for his first ever King of the Air event in Cape Town, he threw down for a photo session with pro photographer Rein Rijke. Rein relates the tale of that 35+ knot day…

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“He met Liam Whaley in the semis. There can only be one ultra-chiseled mega-man going through. Marc knows that Liam can match him on everything, apart from board-offs on the way in, right foot forward. He shows the judges this. And he wins the most exciting heat of the event.”


In his latest Love Letters slot, Colin Colin Carroll breaks down – in his own inimitable way – the reasons as to why Marc Jacobs always deserved to win the King of the Air…

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“t’s always fun to go back and forth between my surfing and kiting, and take little things from both sports and implement them in different ways.The more time I spend in the ocean the more I learn, and I think that holds true with all the sports I do allowing me to find some unique lines and approaches.”


Be it with a kite, on a surfboard or holding a wing, Keahi de Aboitiz is a true man of the water. Here he reflects on a year well spent in the seas around both Hawaii and Tahiti.

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“We were the only three kiters out there and it’s hard to describe how intense and pure that trip was. Hivanui met up with some of her family and showed us the real vibes there. From Turks and Caicos, to Hawaii, to New Caledonia and more, I’ve traveled to many islands in my life but nothing beat the Tahitian energy and vibes.”


Tahiti features again as Victor Hays takes up an offer to visit friend Paul Serin and his girlfriend for an island-hopping jolly around the Polynesian archipelago.

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