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06 September 2018

Namotu Island Kite Weeks: what you missed in 2018

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Namotu Island Kite Weeks: what you missed in 2018

Each year the Namotu Kite Weeks seem to get a little bigger and a little crazier as we pile more and more into each trip. This year we had a huge amount of incredible instructors providing everything from foiling to kiting to yoga and stand up paddle. With more space opened up on the Island to bring more support staff I've been able to offer a new level of service and improve the experience for our guests. 

 

09 July 2018

Cloudbreak Big Swell 2018

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

Kiting, towing and surfing one of the biggest swells in Fiji

Cloudbreak Big Swell 2018

I was on Namotu Island for some meetings about two weeks before the swell hit. I was preoccupied with work and not really watching too carefully but about 10 days out everyone started talking. A bunch of surfers started asking me if there was space on the Island and whether this was going to be like the 2012 Volcom swell. So instead of heading home as planned, I stayed on for the ride.   

19 May 2018

SoloSports Kite Weeks: wave clinics in Baja, Mexico

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

The place to go for serious progression

SoloSports Kite Weeks: wave clinics in Baja, Mexico

There’s a reason why people travel to such a remote part of the world; SoloSports is a wind and wave machine.

I kited every day for two weeks during the two consecutive Kite Weeks. The degree of progression made by guests here is second to none and that effect really comes down to the consistency of the wind and gentle waves that give everyone the opportunity to practise turns again and again till they’re comfortable. 

When you’re not kiting there’s mountain biking, surfing, SUPing and siestas. Photographer Stu Gibson who joins each year to capture everyone's progress and act as unofficial mountain bike guide. 

We’ll be back again same time next year so if you’re interested in improving your existing wave skills or moving on to a directional board then this is the trip for you. The group size is small so you have plenty of personal attention and you really won't find a better kite haven than SoloSports. 

Next available trip is 4-11 May 2019. Click here for details. 

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.

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.

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.

13 June 2016

Namotu Island, Fiji Pro 2016

Posted in Interviews

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.. 

 

28 May 2016

SoloSports Kite Week, Mexico

Posted in Kitesurfing How To

The perfect trip to improve you wave riding

SoloSports Kite Week, Mexico

I was lucky enough to spend two weeks earlier this year running Kite Weeks at SoloSports in Punta San Carlos, Baja Mexico. The setup is incredible and we couldn't have asked for better conditions. The place is incredible for kiting but also provides excellent surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking and SUPing - it's adventure sports paradise. Massive thank you to Kevin Trejo and the crew for having me this year, I'm already looking forward to next year's trips! 

I'll be running three trips to SoloSports next year and have just released dates and details. Check out the video for more info. 

 

21 April 2016

Backhand Barrels

Posted in Kitesurfing How To

Grab rail and tuck in on your backhand

Backhand Barrels

I love grabbing rail and pulling into tubes on my backhand. I think there’s a massive advantage with grabbing your rail - you can get yourself in a really tight little ball and push through and fit in the tiniest of sections and also lock into your board and maintain control and composure throughout tight parts of the wave.

Probably the biggest difference between getting barrelled surfing opposed to kiting is that surfing barrels you’re not restricted by the kite at all, so you can stay in the barrels longer and have more control. Whereas kite-assisted barrels tend to be shorter and basically ‘get in and get out’ before you’ve really stuck the kite. 

 I like to ride in the barrel hooked-in pretty much all the time. I have played with getting barreled unhooked, but I really find riding hooked-in gives you an added advantage of being able to sheet in and out the kite while you’re in the barrel. When you’re riding unhooked you’re really limited to just the one speed and just doing self-adjustments. I’ve definitely had some fun barrels over the years unhooked, but the best ones I’ve had and the longest ones I’ve had have definitely been hooked in.

Here are some tips to help make the most of backhand barrels.  

14 April 2016

How to Set-Up and Catch Waves

Posted in Kitesurfing How To

A few tips to make the transition from surfing to kiting simpler

How to Set-Up and Catch Waves

In contrast to surfing, when you are kiting you need to catch the wave further out, well before it breaks. Once you’re in position and have chosen a wave, adjust the angle of your kite and prepare yourself to catch it. Parking the kite in the right position and allowing it to drift down the line allows you to ride the wave and pick it up again when needed.

When it comes to speed, you don’t need to be going flat-out, just fast enough to stay on the plane. Having said that, it’s better to keep moving though as speed can be quickly washed off but takes longer to build up.  

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