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08 December 2017

Apply to be a Kite Week instructor

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

We're looking for experienced coaches to work with us in Fiji

Apply to be a Kite Week instructor

We are now accepting applications for kitesurfing instructors for the Namotu Island Kite Weeks. 

Yes, it's a dream job but it takes more than good kite skills so read on before you apply. 

Our instructors must be proficient across surf and kite with SUP and fishing experience as a bonus. We sometimes require instructors act as surf guides/lifeguards on surf breaks, so it is essential that you have a good level of surfing experience. Surf Lifesaving experience or qualification is a bonus.

 

06 December 2017

Brazil Kite Camps

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Photos from two weeks in Taiba

Brazil Kite Camps
In October 2017 Stu Gibson and I spent two weeks in Taiba, Ceara in Brazil at the Vila Marola. We had unbelievable wind and met some amazing people. The contrast between tradition and technology is pretty stark here, as is the divide between rich and poor.
Here's a small selection of Stu's photos that show how incredible the kiting is and just how stunning the landscape is. We'll be back for sure.
Special thanks to Sigita Pipiriene for arranging the whole thing and Vila Marola for having us. 

05 December 2017

Battling Back Pain

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Yoga and Pilates for preventing and treating back pain

Battling Back Pain
Back pain is something many of us live with. In fact I Googled some statistics – 1 in 6 Australians will suffer back pain at least once each year with 80% suffering at some stage in their lives – that’s huge! There aren’t many people who escape Scott-free but kitesurfers and surfers are at a really high risk. For years I was plagued with lower back pain that worsened after I broke my foot in 2014. I thought was just something I had to deal with, an inescapable consequence of competing and kiting for 20 years (and getting older). 2015 was my worst year; I was training hard with lots of weights and high intensity exercise at the gym but my back suffered. I was “fit” but I felt like shit. It’s only in the last 2 years have I started managing it properly with yoga and Pilates and finally found relief.

11 November 2017

BWSURF 2018 Season

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

The inside story on our kites, bars and boards

BWSURF 2018 Season

Over the last 24 months my team and I at BWSURF have been busy making a lot of changes and working on an all new product range which is finally ready. The Æ2 Kite, Blue Chip Bar, Stallion V2, DHD signature boards and the Drifter 2.0 are the latest in our range of wave kiting equipment and I couldn't be happier with their performance and quality. 

I am going to be honest and say that we have always been super proud of how well our gear performs in the waves however we’ve had more than our fair share of issues with the quality of some products.

But things have changed.

06 November 2017

Find your perfect (kiteboard) match

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

If you're confused by board talk, read this

Find your perfect (kiteboard) match
During my kite coaching sessions I always touch on what goes into a surfboard - shape, fins, channels, tails, reinforcements, nose and rocker. There are a lot of elements that combine to affect the performance of a surfboard and let me be honest - there’s no magic combination, because every person and every day is different. 

Your level, size, weight, what you want to do (airs or turns), whether you're surfing, kiting, or both is going to vary so picking just one board isn't going to work for most people. And often a board that started as your perfect match might not work for you anymore as your skills evolve. So don't get too attached - be flexible, try new things and don't be afraid to ditch your old favourite for a newer model. We always say to treat your surfboard like your girlfriend…. But on this occasion you might want to keep your options open.

Below I’ve broken down and explained some of the ingredients that go into surfboards and how they work in different conditions.

20 October 2017

Rory Chapman's Stand Up Paddle Guide

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews, Kitesurfing How To

Paddle technique, stance and getting started

Rory Chapman's Stand Up Paddle Guide
Rory Chapman is a BWSURF team rider and one of my Namotu Kite Week coaches. Although he spends much of his time teaching kiting and surfing, he's actually a very talented stand up paddler too. Over the last couple of years the number of our guests who either SUP or would like to has really increased so I thought I'd ask Rory to put down in words what he teaches in Fiji. Over to you, Rory.... 

 

11 October 2017

Filthy West Kitesurfing Movie, 2011

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews, Kitesurfing How To

A trip along the coast of Western Australia

Filthy West Kitesurfing Movie, 2011

I've been kiting in Western Australia for a long time and it's definitely one of the top places for wind and waves. It's rugged and challenging at times but offers some incredibly long and uncrowded stretches of coastline. In 2011 Ryland Blakeney, Josh Mulcoy, Ian Alldredge and I documented a trip from Perth down to Margaret River. It was filmed by Ollie Jacobsen, Jason Wolcott and Darren McCaugh. It's been 6 years since we released this film and fashion has changed since then but I'll always be so stoked when I look back on that trip. We scored some epic sessions. 

12 September 2017

Coral Coast, Fiji Kite Week

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews, Kitesurfing How To

Look inside a different Kite Week experience

Coral Coast, Fiji Kite Week

I've just returned from Fiji after hosting 4 consecutive Kite Weeks. The first three on Namotu Island and the last at Matanivusi Resort on the Coral Coast. I love the variety and huge downwinders this part of Fiji offers plus of course the opportunity to kite waves such as Frigates and Fiji Pipe. The area tends to be very windy with uninterupted Trade Winds blowing from May to October every year. 

Watch this short clip by Stu Gibson for a look inside this special Kite Week. 

10 September 2017

Namotu Island Kite Weeks

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews, Kitesurfing How To

The highlights reel from each trip of 2017

Namotu Island Kite Weeks

The Namotu Kite Weeks are all over for another year. We had some great conditions for surfing, stand up paddle, kitesurfing, foiling and more. Watch the weekly wrap-up clips by Stu Gibson to see some highlights from each trip. 

There's a lot more to Kite Weeks than just kitesurfing - Namotu is the perfect place to learn to surf and SUP too. So whether you're looking to surf, SUP or kite yourself, or bring your partner and friends to learn, check out these trips and get your name on the waitlist as we're already booked a year in advance. 

05 September 2017

Taiba Wave Camp, Brazil 2017

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews, Kitesurfing How To

Don't miss this wave kitesurfing clinic

Taiba Wave Camp, Brazil 2017

I'm heading to Brasil this October for a small wave kitesurfing clinic in Taiba. There are still some spots open so check it out as it's not often I head over to South America these days. 

Dates are 31 October to 5 November 2017

01 August 2017

Kitesurfing the Great Barrier Reef

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Adventure to the outer reef

Kitesurfing the Great Barrier Reef

I’ve spent the last few years trying to coordinate this Great Barrier Reef kite trip. I’d heard whispers of remote waves that only break in certain conditions and rumours of their location but all the locals who surf out there stay tight-lipped. Nobody shares this kind of knowledge.

So over the last couple of years, whenever I was fishing up there, I’d look for waves. I scoped out patches of reef with potential and I started putting together a plan to come back and kite it one day.

18 May 2017

Kite-Specific FCS II Signature Fin

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

My signature kitesurfing fins are now available!

Kite-Specific FCS II Signature Fin

I've been working with FCS for over 10 years now, and over the past two years we've been developing the world's first kite-specific fin. They're finally ready to go and I'm so proud to see them out there.

Projects like this are one of the best things about what I do. There's nothing better than testing different products and working with designers to refine them and give other riders the best experience in the water. 

A lot of hard work has gone into this product from all of us and it's been awesome working with the team at FCS.  These fins are made from the best materials and designed especially to withstand kitesurfing's high speed and pressure. But we haven't neglected surf-performance either; this fin is still responsive enough to use for regular surfing.

I predominantly ride a thruster setup because I feel it works best in the widest range of conditions; it's predictable and controlled. I still ride a quad in certain conditions, however I chose to work with FCS specifically on a thruster. If you're interested in getting yourself a quad as well, I recommend an FCSII carver quad rear set as an addition. These work perfectly with my fins and I actually got a lot of inspiration from the FCSII carver fin.

16 May 2017

SoloSports Kite Weeks April/May 2017

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

Looking back on two weeks of Mexico magic in Punta San Carlos

SoloSports Kite Weeks April/May 2017

I've just returned from hosting two small coaching-focussed camps at SoloSports in Baja, Mexico. These weeks are not for the faint-hearted; it's an adventure from the moment you arrive at SoloSport's rocky airstrip till the moment you land back at San Diego's Brown Airfield. Kevin, Joey and the team down in Baja take care of us all with amazing food, the best kiting, mountain biking, surfing and SUP'ing gear, ice-cold cervezas, and comfortable tents overlooking the waves.

08 March 2017

Strapless Front-side Air

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

Learn to land your first front side kitesurfing air

Strapless Front-side Air

Frontside airs are a lot of fun and are great to practice on small waves or wind chop. The best conditions are cross-onshore to onshore winds with smaller steep waves.

As always, kite position is critical and will vary depending on what kind of air you want to do; you might aim for a long, flat air or a high, vertical air. The conditions will really affect where your kite should be; on light days, if your kite is low it won’t provide much lift and will instead drag you sideways rather than providing height so you’ll need to keep your kite a little higher to get that lift. 

11 January 2017

Unstrapped Back-Roll

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Kitesurfing How To

A step-by-step guide to landing your first strapless back-roll

Unstrapped Back-Roll

The unstrapped back-roll is a great starting point if you’re new to aerials as they’ll help you practice control through the air and develop your ability to land moves.

CONDITIONS: back-rolls are easiest in side-shore or side-onshore wind as you can head directly at the chop or wave and get a really good launching pad. But you don’t need a wave to practice on, just a decent bit of wind chop. 

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