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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.

13 June 2016

Namotu Island, Fiji Pro 2016

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Josh Kerr's first kitesurfing lesson

Namotu Island, Fiji Pro 2016

Consecutive lay days on the Fiji Pro means everyone has to find alternate entertainment - fishing, free surfing, maybe a little partying and sometimes even kitesurfing.

The wind is pretty good at this time of year so I always take my kites and try to get a few sessions in. This normally sparks a bit of interest and I usually manage to rope someone into giving it a go. Joel Parkinson & Mick Fanning have tried their hands at kiting and this year Josh Kerr had a crack. I have to say he takes the record for the fastest learner - up and riding in minutes and even going up-wind on his second run! I guess it's no surprise these guys are naturals. They don't really have to worry about the board so all their focus can be on the kite which makes it pretty simple. Here are some pics from Josh's first kite lesson plus a few extras from the week here on Namotu... 

 

All images thanks to fellow kiter & fast learner, Stu Gibson.. 

 

07 December 2015

Kite Trips with Ian Alldredge & Me

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Our range of kite camps across the globe

Kite Trips with Ian Alldredge & Me

07 December 2015

Stu Gibson: A Sunny Disposition

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A short bio clip on our favourite photog

Stu Gibson: A Sunny Disposition

I've worked with Stu for nearly 10 years and know him to be one of the finest surf photographers around. Every year he joins us for the Namotu Island Kite Weeks but I also work with him on side projects and trust him to shoot my biggest moments. This clip is up on Surf Stitch and was commissioned as part of their Sunny Disposition series. Pretty much covering people with the best jobs on the planet. 

26 October 2015

BWSURF Team Rider Kite Guide

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Tips, tricks and more from the BWSURF international pro team

BWSURF Team Rider Kite Guide

BWSurf team riders are incredible kitesurfers, but they’re also extremely talented surfers. In fact, many are pro-surfers who discovered kiting as a means to extend their time on the water and compliment their surfing. These guys are a big part of the BWSurf family. It’s their input into our R&D and constant feedback that allows Dano and Ben to create the best equipment to suit different riding styles and conditions. Having riders who are competent in both kiting and surfing, enables us to be innovative and at the cutting edge of surf-style riding. This ebook will give you a good insight into what drives our riders as well as some handy tips you can apply to your own riding.

22 October 2015

Josh Mulcoy: Words of Wisdom

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Why pro surfers love kiting

Josh Mulcoy: Words of Wisdom

For the last 6 or 8 years I've been saying that more surfers will eventually discover kiting the way we have; as a means to get in the ocean and ride waves as much as we can. There are always a few bold individuals who defy popular opinion and choose the road less travelled. Josh Mulcoy is the perfect example. His favourite places to surf are better known for snow than swell, but to a guy like Mulcoy this couldn't be more perfect. It's a struggle to find a wave to yourself in North America and utterly unheard of in Santa Cruz where he calls home (at least that's where his mail is sent). So Mulcoy packs his boards and kites and heads out of town. 

Here's a bit of insight into the mind of Mulcoy...

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER KITING?

I live in Santa Cruz and there’s a really good surfing wave just past Waddell. For years I’d drive by and see windsurfers. Eventually I started seeing kiters and had to stop to check it out. I thought to myself, “Wow, that turns the ocean into a big waterpark with endless opportunities to ride waves!” I was lucky enough to have a friend help me out and get me going. During this time I actually didn't surf for the whole month - just kited. I was addicted - there’s just something about gliding across the water...

15 October 2015

Trevor Hendy

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Kitesurfing for the Soul

Trevor Hendy

Australians in particular will remember Trevor from his Ironman days where he was the unrivaled champion, year after year. A true athlete, Trev had a successful foray into kayaking before coming to the realisation that he’d much rather help others achieve their own gold medals. Now a lifecoach/mentor, his years of battling rough ocean conditions and taking it all in his stride makes him a genuine inspiration. Somewhere in-between all this, Trevor learned to kite. And of course he’s pretty amazing at that too! Trev is a member of multiple Sporting Halls of Fame, holds an Order of Australia, and is an inspirational speaker, kite instructor, father and mentor. He also joins the Namotu Kite Weeks as a beginner kite & surf coach, helping our new students to relax and ease their way into the water in the most calm and natural way possible. 

“I first got into kitesurfing through my buddy, Paul Jackson, who is very good. He’d always go off kiting when the wind came up. One day he said, ‘Let’s go,’ and he took me down to the beach, put the kite in the air and stood with me until I could fly, land and take off. He immediately put me on the board and sent me out to sea, through the waves. It was when I got out the back that I realised he hadn’t told me how to turn around and that I had never stood goofy-footed before. I made my way back eventually to see him laughing and simply saying, ‘I knew you’d be ok, I wanted to see how quick you could pick it up’. I have never taught anyone else that way and wouldn’t recommend it, but it made for quick learning!”

12 October 2015

Big Wave Kitesurfing

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What I've learned about big waves

Big Wave Kitesurfing

I love to kite big waves because of the rush, the adrenaline, the thrill and sense of risk. I think the kite is the ultimate vehicle for whipping into big waves and I truly believe this is the way of the future. Rather than towing in on a jetski, the kite allows you to drop in under your own power. I also love how three-dimensional it is; you’re harnessing the power of the wind and water at the same time to create speed and control. It’s seriously exciting!

 

Conditions

Choosing the right conditions is essential. First of all, onshore wind and big waves does not work. There’s a point where the wave is more powerful than the wind and you’ll be pushed back towards your kite. In general, big waves and light wind doesn’t work either as you’ve got two different forces travelling at different speeds. Ideally you are looking for side-offshore conditions because you can really park and ride, actually enjoying the wave. The waves will also tend to be cleaner and smoother to ride. 

11 October 2015

The State of Wave Riding

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Interview with Stance Magazine

The State of Wave Riding

This interview appeared in Stance Mag a while back but I thought I'd share it here as well. 

How long have you been riding waves?

I’ve surfed since I was a grom and have been kiting in waves for the last 9 or so years

Why did you choose waveriding instead of freestyle and wakestyle? How did you get into it?

I grew up surfing so it has always felt natural to me. 

Is there a big difference between waveriding in competition and just freeride?

Yeah, I think competition requires a lot more discipline while free riding allows more experimentation and creativity. It’s not a completely different mindset but a different approach. 

If you need to choose, for a session, do you pick surfing or kiting?

Surfing to me is absolutely the best thing when the waves are perfect and you’re out there with a couple of mates getting barreled. Those moments happen so rarely you could almost count them on one hand so for everyday consistency, I’d choose kiting because I can have fun in a wider range of conditions. 

Is the wave riding spirit different than in other disciplines like freestyle? Is it closer to surfing?

To be honest I wouldn’t be in a position to comment because I don’t really get involved in freestyle anymore. But I think kitesurfing is now more like surfing was in the 70’s. Surfing these days can be really overcrowded with a negative energy whereas you’ve still got more space to yourself with kitesurfing. 

What do you like the most about wave riding, and riding strapless?

09 October 2015

World's Largest Wave Ever Kitesurfed

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Cloudbreak, Fiji 2011

World's Largest Wave Ever Kitesurfed

Cloudbreak is such an iconic wave but nobody had attempted to kite it at that kind of size before. I’d been looking at it for five years, getting to know the wave and local weather patterns and understanding what it takes to make sure I was there at the right time. 

I studied the conditions constantly and it seemed like maybe twice a year something would pop up and look good, then it would come to nothing. To be honest the whole process is super draining. Even on the day I was completely drained! For a week it was a rollercoaster of, “it’s going to happen,” or, “maybe there’s not enough wind”. But during those times there were a lot of good moments when it wasn’t that big, just a good warm up session. On the day, I knew it was looking right so I brought the whole team in: helicopters, videographers, photographers. A lot of logistical preparation went into that wave.

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