Red Bull Megaloop Challenge 2013 at the Spot in Zandvoort, october 27. Featuring 16 of most extreme kiteboarders of the Netherlands. Won by Jerrie van de Kop. Continue Reading →
Pro Kiteboarder Kevin Langeree has been hanging out in Indo for the past couple of weeks while he waits for the next stop of the PKRA.
One thing’s for sure, he definitely hasn’t been getting bored. Kiting, SUPing, getting shacked, free diving, all in a days work for Kev.
Dirty Habits photographer Bianca Asher Photography is on also on a surf trip with Jarrod David and met up with Kevin to snap a few shot of his wave session. Kevin also got some pics on his GoPro
Kevin working on his barrel face.
Cape Town Kitesurf Photography: Bianca Asher Photography
When the wind blows 6 days a week in Bloubergstrand during summer it’s really easy to get stuck in a routine; Big Bay session at 9am, Kite beach at 2, and downwinder to Haakgat for sunset. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not complaining, but sometimes you just have to get away, ride some different spots, session some different conditions, and Langebaan is just that. A fresh escape from Cape Town. Dirty Habits Boardriders Magazine was invited to WINDTOWN Lagoon Resort, Restaurant & Spa for a few days with Tom Court, Sophie Mathews, Nick Catelan, Graham Howes, Candace Liu and RipSlix Prductions.
Tom Court was busy on this trip with filming for the Freeride Project with Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, and James Boulding. Traveling with Tom is a very unique experience, he has a constant entourage following him, He has camera’s following him, girlfriends pumping his kites and laying his lines (Sophie girls need to take pointers from you), a guy to repairs his helicopter when he crashes it (Chris Willmott), he even has The Kite Launcher to launch and land his kites. He suffered an injury whilst training for the Red Bull King Of the Air which meant and even bigger support crew to tighten his boots and other stuff he couldn’t reach.
It’s a wonderful place, 200m from Langebaan Kitebeach, were all the action goes down. Restaurants, pubs, kiteshops, lessons; it’s were it all happens. Then you can hop in the car and less than 5 minutes you’ll be standing at Shark Bay, one of the best kite spots in SA. Waist deep, turquoise, flat water, for as far as you can see and most of the time you’ll be riding in board shorts or a bikini.
When you done with your 8 hour kite season, sunburned and dehydrated, the oasis that is WINDTOWN awaits you, Totally protected from the wind, and with a pool side bar, it’s a trap that makes it very hard to leave.
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Watch the VIDEO Below‘The Freeride Project’ for the action from this trip and Cape Town, with Tom, Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light and James Boulding
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Windtown Lagoon Resort & Spa, Bree St. 9, 7357 Langebaan, South Africa.
SA Kiteboarding champ Oswald Smith is taking a break from the cold winter in Cape Town, and throwing in some tropical training sessions in Mauritius before he heads off to Germany to compete against the best riders in the world. Enjoy the pinacolada ‘s Ozzie.
Photography: Stephan Kleinlein
After suffering a terrible double knee blowout earlier in the launching season, making sure the UK crew where off the ground, he has been spending some time recovering at home in the UK and looking after the girlfriends whilst the boys are Kiting in Cape Town
The Life of a professional Athlete is never as easy as it seems, but when you introduce girls into the mix life can get complicated… The Kite Launcher, is experiencing this first hand as he tries to balance his girlfriend, his clothing brand, the movie and the album whilst keeping his professional launching career up in the air…
Needless to say his traveling schedule has taken a hit, but now that he has got all the necessaries in place, hopefully he will get rid of the unnecessaries and will be travelling with the boys again soon!
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This Episode was shot in Cape Town towards the end of the South Africa summer season and we are joined by steezy Brit Tom Court as guest host who gives us the benefit of his opinion on the features and riders appearing in this episode. Keahi de Aboitiz won our ‘2012 Video of the Year’ competition voted for by you with his ‘Hawaii Sessions’ flick, and we get his reaction to such a prestigious award. Tom Court joins his boys Aaron Hadlow and James Boulding for an interview at the Dirty Habits Mansion in Cape Town with Jim focusing on the filming of Freeride Project 2 (Sam Light almost made it back from the cable… but the filming was just too good we hear).
Jim also sits down with Ryan Evans, Rich Sabo and Sam Medysky from Best to hear how they’ve recently expanded their riding team to include the likes of Youri Zoon and Ruben Lenten. We announce the winner of the Best Profanity board and launch the North Trust bar competition. The Red Bull King of the Air dominates the news section as our host Jim was a judge, so he caught loads of reaction from that and we also fill you in on the latest world tour news. This episode’s Move of the Month features a bunch of Amercian Gangstas, Youri Zoon relives winning the 2012 PKRA World Title in Mystic Moments and we close the show out with our video of the year 2012, Hawaii Sessions.
Dirty Habits Boardriders Magazine will be publishing all future episodes of The Kite Show. so you want miss a thing.
If you want to check older episode of The Kite Show, check out thekiteshow.tv
Big Up to Jim Gaunt editor of Kiteworld Magazine, for putting together a great show, can’t wait for the next one.
If you have been anywhere near Big Bay, Cape Town this summer, you sure would’ve seen these 2 ankle biters running around the beach and kiting circles around you. Leo Faclio (8) and Eden Faclier (11) are the youngest members of the SA Kiting community. They both competed in their 1st kite comp this weekend (the Big Bay Big Air Challenge) With Special thanks to their Dad, who can be seen most days running up and down the beach, launching, landing, and all round Caddying for his boys. It’s a hard job keeping up with the energy levels of these two. So if you see them on the water. share the love. share the stoke. we need more families like this.
Here is a video of Eden 11 and Leo 8 years old two brothers from Cape town
Filmed by Surf skolan Crew surfskolan.com Surf and kitesurf school in Sweden
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The Big Bay Big Air Challenge went down with a bang this weekend. The 1st event of many to come i’m sure. The condition were fantastic, the turnout, amazing, and the vibe… incredible.
Big thanks goes out to Hans de Gelder for organising the Big Bay Big Air Challenge! The event was a massive success and well attended. 64 competitors including 8 women!
Emphasis was 100% on fun, and going big, keeping the big names out of the event meant everyone had a chance at taking gold, and the old school finally prevailed with some of SA’s 1st kiters walking away with silverware.
Lets hope our community can learn from this, and see how much fun there is to be had when everyone gets involved. and build on a great platform.
1 Heinrich Rohwer
2 Greg Thijsse
3 Colin Heckroodt
1 Hannah Whiteley
2 Nanette van der Snoek
3 Iva Lopes De Sarria
Over 35’s Men
1 Lanral Ruddock
2 Neill Niel Joubert
3 Clinton Santillan
1 Jason David van der Spuy
2 Eden Faclio
3 Leo Faclio
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Shot while traveling from Hood River, OR to La Ventana, BCS, a 2,111 mile road trip. On our journey we scored killer wind and waves, had plenty of tacos, made tons of new friends, explored the Baja peninsula, and even found some flat water. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Music: Breezeblocks, Alt-J
Shot with Canon 60D
This afternoon Ruben Lenten hit the water for a pre-event session just as the Cape Town sun was setting
Pictures from Redbull.co.za images (c) Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool)
more info on redbullkingoftheair.co.za
Press Release: 2/1/2013 – Slingshot Sports, LLC Separates with Ruben Lenten.
Slingshot Sports has separated with Ruben Lenten. According to Slingshot Team Manager Mauricio Abreu, “Slingshot has always been a brand that builds both leaders and champions, but we don’t buy them. It is an end of a great era – a time when our products and Rubens riding literally took the sport to the highest level possible today. We are now looking forward to kiteboarding’s next era of champions to take the sport beyond what we are currently capable of.”
According to Jeff Logosz Slingshot CEO “Ruben has been a part of our family since he was only thirteen. We have deep-seated roots with Ruben as we have watched this kid grown into a man and transform the realm of possibility in our sport. On behalf of the entire global Slingshot family we wish Ruben the best in achieving his dreams. “
With the end of an Era comes a new chapter for kiteboarding with new faces and new possibilities. Slingshot has always had a firm belief that eventually “Youth Serves.” The company is excited about the opportunity to build a new Youth Brigade and support them in their dreams of advancing kiteboarding to the next level.
Slingshot is deeply committed to the Fuel and the hardcore riders that have made this kite a legacy. Over the last 14 years the Slingshot crew has dedicated endless time and effort channeling their passion for Watersports to people throughout the world. Established in 1999, Slingshot Sports LLC has worked diligently to establish a solid reputation in the Kiteboarding, Wakeboarding and Standup Paddle markets by manufacturing high-quality products through innovative construction and design standards, and presenting an image that is unique, edgy and young.
The Slingshot vision is steadfast and the company will continue to innovate legendary products for riders who have incredible dreams. Stay tuned – Slingshot’s track record of creating champions is unrivaled. You won’t want to miss the excitement that is sure to accompany this next era.
Pictures from Redbull.co.za images (c) Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool)
The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red
Bull King of the Air 2013
The much anticipated return of Red Bull King of the Air has seen kiteboarders the world over doing
anything to get their hands on an entry. Sixteen of the world’s best as well as eight wildcards have
been selected to compete.
CAPE TOWN (South Africa) Red Bull King of the Air returns to the fore after an eight year
hiatus since the last running of the event in Maui, USA and wind patterns are currently
looking favourable for the window period of 1 – 15 February at Big Bay, Blouberg on Cape
Sixteen invited kiteboarders from around the world will be joined by eight wildcards.
Included in the lineup are extreme kiteboarder Ruben Lenten (NED), compatriot and
world number 1 in 2012 Youri Zoon (NED), Lewis Crathern(UK), who recently jumped over the Brighton and Worthing piers, and local wildcard Oswald Smith who goes into the competition having just won SA Champs.
The judging panel consisting of fearless female kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld
Magazine and presenter of ‘The Kite Show’ Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull
King of the Air alumnus Greg Tijsse will be watching the water to gauge height, style and
creativity each kiteboarder executes their movement with.
The newly developed ‘flag out’ competition format is unlike any others – it gives each
kiteboarder the opportunity to pull their best moves and score high. Four riders hit the water
wearing different colour rash vests that matching a corresponding flag on the beach. After
an allocated time, the rider with the lowest score will be flagged out (flag will be lowered) and
must leave the water. The last man standing is the winner.
The event will also feature the godfather of wind-based watersports Robby Naish who will be
in Cape Town to put the title hopefuls through their paces in the lead up to the event. Robby
has multiple World Titles across windsurfing and kiteboarding disciplines and still competes
internationally, at the tender age of 49.
The Invited Kiteboarders
Ruben Lenten (NED) Redbull Extreme Kiteboarder.
Kevin Langeree (NED) 2009 World Champion
Youri Zoon (NED) 2011/2012 World Champion
Nick Jacobsen (DEN) Crane Jumper
Billy Parker (USA)
Sam Light (GBR)
Lewis Crathern (GBR) Brighton/Worthing Pier jumper
Kevin de Smidt (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Steven Akkersijk (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Jesse Richman (USA)
Tom Court (GBR)
Luke Whiteside (GBR)
Gianni Aragno (ESP)
Shawn Richman (USA)
Luke McGillewie (RSA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)
Sam Medysky (CAN)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Johnno Sholte (NED)
Andries Fourie (RSA)
Graham Howes (RSA)
Jandre Fraser (RSA)
Alan Steele (RSA)
Nicolas Falcou (FRA)
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Some people ‘trick-or-treat’ others carve pumpkins… at Dirty Habits this is how we do Halloween
Jason V puts down his axe for a quick kite session in Cape Town.
Rider: Graham Howes (Dirty Habits)
Photo: Bianca Asher Photography
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Thanks to Liquid force Cape Town
Luke McGilliwie is off to the 2nd leg of the KSP in Ireland,
Luke has been getting some decent training in with the last 2 weeks of Solid South Easter.
Check out his latest video from his session with 3 GoPro’s on him and his kites.
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CAMRIG – Action Cams and Action Cam mounts (line mounts, strut mounts)
Mandi Ireland Photography
Luke McGillewie and Donovan O’Neale Hit up a session in The Bos, Luke adjusting to the cold water after bumming around in Le Morne for the past few weeks. Springtime is a very unique time for kiting in Cape Town, light Westerlies with small clean swell make’s for some fun sessions. Luke’s training for the next stop of the KSP in Ireland, lets hope he gets some onshore winds. Photo’s By Bianca Asher
Photo’s By Bianca Asher
We got an email from Lewis Crathern this morning, and it’s also great hearing what he’s been up to. After Jumping over the Worthing and Brighton piers he has become a household name in the UK aswell as the rest of the world. And there is nothing greater than someone who has the chance to make a difference actually doing so.
Through his involvement within Education, Lewis has also become a prolific success away from the waterline and is currently more motivated to teach Kids about Thinking Eco & living healthy than ever before. Using his passion for the exciting sport of Kitesurfing Lewis is able to inspire the younger generation by re-living challenges he has experienced within his own life.
Crathern has also been causing a stir on the airwaves, having ventured in a new direction of Commentator/Presenter. At a time where the General Public may find ‘the most rapidly growing watersport in the world’ hard to grasp Lewis is well renowned with the ability to communicate the sport to all levels in an informative yet witty way. Lewis’s typical, energetic presence in the commentary booth or in front of the camera has resulted in many lead positions for Extreme Sport’s Event’s and TV Productions around the world.
Below are some of the projects Lewis has been Busy with, see what he has to say and get involve.
Picnic In The Park
Picnic in The Park took place this month and the weather was great for the second year running. It’s quite an unusual event for me to attend as its based in a park in land (not where you usually find kitesurfers) but it has a great vibe and offers the public a closer look at Kitesurfing. Families come down through out the day to have a picnic and see all the different stands/exhibitions. It’s a great time for parents to talk to me about kitesurfing, they all usually like the look of it they just need a push to get out there and get some lessons! The kids love it too, I’ve learnt that a bar tied to the van is the perfect simulation for them, they really believe they are on the water kitesurfing!
I’m not a major religious man but I did go to Church in Lancing the other month for “The Blessing Of The Boats”. It’s an annual event which originally involved blessing the boats of the local fishermen. In a more modern way they blessed my kitesurf board and a local sailors Dinghy. It was moving to see a whole church of people focusing some time to care about people using the water. During the ceremony I went up the front and chatted a bit about why Lancing is a great spot for kitesurfing. My local beach I learnt to kitesurf at has the 3rd biggest Kite Club in the Country!
Last weekend I commentated/presented The Worthing International Birdman event with Dave Hunt my Local Radio Icon. Birdman is a competition for human powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. Seeing as I have some history with the Pier its fitting that I’m involved with the event sharing my flying knowledge!
There are 3 flying classes so prospective entrants can decide if they wish to be a serious aviator or want to take part for fun and raise money for charity. This event brings thousands of visitors to Worthing over the weekend (over 10,000 on Sunday!), gaining both national and international publicity. The exposure is great for me over the weekend as I’m on full screen live broadcast commentating the event to the beach. Most years are windy so I can put on a kitesurfing show for the beach however it was not to be this year but the conditions did suit the flyers well.
See me in action on the event video here http://youtu.be/Ga-6tcpGVyU and some BBC coverage here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19310902
Coming up in the next few months….
The Autumn conditions are just round the corner, the most extreme of the year – high winds and big seas I can’t wait. My schools program continues in England and I’ll be off to wales to see Steve Jones http://www.kiteboardinglessons.co.uk/ to work with some of his clients in a Clinic Based Weekend. I also have some great clinics to take in Egypt with African Space (Oct) and Morocco with Wave Riders (Nov)
Speak soon, Lew
It’s that time of the year again! August is definitely the most active month when it comes to kite companies. Next year’s stuff is officially coming out and the promo videos are flowering.
This time, it’s Liquid Force’s turn to show us what card they have in their hand for 2013 and it looks good! No matter what road you take, you will get to the water and enjoy some more fun again this year with the Liquid gear, just like Jason Slezak, Brandon Scheid, James Boulding, Manuela Jungo, Sensi Graves and many others.
for more info go to: liquidforcekites.com
Lewis Crathern making the most of the strong winds this week off Worthing beach. It’s not easy getting mates to take photo’s of you, but his best mate Aaron Hadlow got behind the lens for this one.
Check out Lewis’ website: http://Windmachine.biz
Oswald Smith is arguably South Africa’s top kiteboarder. he is on almost every podium for freestyle, waveriding and course racing. Ozzie recently returned from a trip to France and Holland where he competed in his 1st PKRA tour.
This video was filmed at Beauduc
Ozzie Smith: http://www.oswaldsmith.com
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