Articles tagged with: kitesurfing

24 September 2018

The when and where of kitesurfing holidays in Fiji

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

The best breaks and the best time to kiteboard in Fiji

The when and where of kitesurfing holidays in Fiji

Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday. But sometimes a holiday can bring change. If your kiting progression has ground to a halt you might need to rack up some hours in the water or even get some coaching. A little here and there with no advice might see some small improvements over months or years but if you want results now, a trip is in order… 

So you’ve been considering a kitesurfing holiday to Fiji. Well here’s what you need to know to get the best experience from your kitesurfing trip. 

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. 

05 March 2018

Kitesurfing Cyclone Gita on Namotu Island

Written by Ben Wilson, Posted in Interviews

A few fun moments from Fiji's category 5 cyclone in February 2018

Kitesurfing Cyclone Gita on Namotu Island

In February this year (2018) Cyclone Gita devastated Tonga and was heading toward Fiji. I was on Namotu Island hosting some fishing trips and saw the pattern forming about a week out.

Cyclones are not uncommon for this time of year and I'd noticed the water was really warm, something that tends to bring both good fishing and cyclones. We tracked the weather system for about 7 days before it hit and although I had a feeling it would miss Fiji, the day before it was heading in our direction so I was forced to evacuate all the guests from the Island...

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.

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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