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KITEWORLD WINTER EDITION 2020 / 21
Kiting’s natural sensory nourishment has never been as obvious as this year when so many aspects of life have been dumbed down. We are human and we’ll do what we need to to survive. Right now that’s doing whatever it takes to suppress a virus, but when I looked around the beaches this year, it was obvious just how effective kiting is at feeding our natural need to explore, play and feel success.
Some kite brands and shops have recorded their best ever summer seasons of sales after an immense scare in April when they looked at how much gear they were sat on. Kiting has been our saviour and we really need these companies to survive.
There is a healthy spirit of competition between manufacturers and everyone wants to be first to market with the next big thing. In contrast to what you may think when you pay well into four figures for a kite and bar, not everyone is making a mint in kiteboarding. Covid shocked the industry into realising it’s as frail as its supply chain, but also as strong as its passionate participants.
The bottom line is we all just need more water time, whatever we choose to ride. We’ve all been forced to reset our expectations and understanding of the world this year, and I can’t see the need and popularity of kiting going anywhere but up.
This issue we’ve focussed on people, moments and journeys. If ever there was a time to be more self-sufficient, of course this is it.
On page 14 you can read about Dave Kay’s recent 20th anniversary kite session in which he designed all his own gear and also learn about the kite design programme he’s launched online that could help you start to do the same.
Female product managers are a rare thing in kiteboarding. On page 70 Duotone’s Elsa Berger reveals more positivity in the industry pipeline other than just her own presence in what has, up to now, been very much a man’s design world.
Four years from now we’ll know which relay team won kitesurfing’s first full Olympic Gold medal. The race is on. We go behind the scenes, on and off the track, from page 40.
We’ve laid our hands on some of the year’s most hotly anticipated new kites, suitable for all the weather can throw at you, plus a brace of hot Shinn twins and a majestic duo of hydrofoils
KITES: Airush Lift / Core GTS 6 / Eleveight RS / F-One Bandit ’21 / North Orbit V2
TWIN-TIPS: Shinn Monk Glitch / Shinn ADHD Distortion
HYDROFOILS: Duotone Pace with Spirit Carve 700 and Spirit Freeride 700 / F-One Pocket Carbon 130 with Mirage 1000
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