Win a Xenon Kiteboard!!! With Afrikites and Dirty Habits!

Afrikites.com Is Giving away a brand new Xenon Kiteboard,

 

To Enter is simple, click on this link to go to Afrikites Facebook page, Click the ‘like’ button, and you will be entered, winner will be announced on the 1st of Novemeber!

 

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The board has a 2 year warranty, you break it while kiting, and it will be replace by afrikites.

Laluz 2011 is consistantly Xenon’s high-performance freestyle board designed for a modern versatile style of kiteboarding.
Proved outline with wide tip/tail combined with high, continous rocker line, deep single concave and balanced flex result in outstanding performance.
The Laluz 2011 will prove outstanding with regard to basic parameters and high-end ability. When looking at pop, speed and upwind the Laluz 2011 will perform at the peak requirements.
Compared to Laluz 2010 , the latest version has a lively, hip feel to it’s and highly responsive. The 2011 also now offers an extra wide stance on 132 and 135 for taller riders and new school lovers. Board comes with completely new, moulded EVA pads with a bi-directional pattern and new 50 mm G10 fins.
Construction:
Full wood core laminated with Triax glass reinforced with carbon-kevlar stringers.
Equipped with:
• Fully adjustable, easy to mount foot straps with nylon cambers
• Light, moulded EVA pads
• Ergonomic grab handle
• White, G10 Xe 50 mm fins
Sizes: 129, 132, 135

Afrikites.com

Designed for:
Intermediate to proriders, modern kiteboarding style.

Terms & Conditions

*This Contest is run by Afrikites, they are responsibly for prizes and condition of the contest

*This is a contest for South African kiteboarders only,

*Afrikites will cover the shipping costs anywhere in South Africa, Only!

The Skimboarding, Skateboarding, snowboarding DOG jusr got his own Tour bus


According to Guinness World Records, Tillman is the World’s Fastest Skateboarding Dog! Tillman skates across the country! He skates the Winter Olympics in Canada! Times Square! See him skate in front of the Whitehouse!

This Is the Video of Tillman Skimboarding, Snowboarding and Skating on a Half Pipe

16 Year old Pro Kiteboarder Narrowly escapes Death after hitting Sea Wall

16 Year old Pro Kiteboarder Narrowly escapes Death when his kite launches him into a sea wall, across a boardwalk and wedged him between 2 cars!!

Dean Kaplan

Last week Dean Kaplan, a local Cape Town Kiteboarder, went from having a fun freestyle session in the Milnerton Lagoon to waking up in a ambulance, in a matter of seconds!
In 2009 this exact spot claimed the life of a 38 year old fellow kitesurfer in a fatal accident.

When we hear horror stories like this, we all think it’s just another beginner who is riding in conditions or a location not suited to their abilities, but when a friend who’s pulling off some technical freestyle tricks at his home spot, lands up unconcious and covered in blood in the car park, it makes one think.

Dean Kaplan

 

As I write this story I recall last winter the exact thing happening to me. I came in hot after landing a blind-judge my line went slack, wrapped around the bar and looped me straight out the water with my wake board still attached to my feet, I missed a bolder but dented and broke off a vehicles mirrors before I could find my safety release!

Dean Kaplan Kiting In Milnerton Lagoon... the Scene of the crash

Interview With Dean Kaplan:

Dirtyhabits: Dean you have competed on the South African Kiteboard Tour and you are a Team Rider for Afrikites; hows that going for you?

Dean: The last tour was great! i manged to get to all the spots around SA ,i just hope I’m up and riding before this years tour begins and my new sponsor is insane. The owner of the company is awesome which just makes it that much better and the gear i have used so far has been top class.

Dirtyhabits: How Long have you been riding for and how experienced would you say you are?

Dean: I have been kiting for 2 years i have been on the water pretty much every time the wind blows, so i would say that i am pretty experienced

Dirtyhabits: How were the conditions on that day, did you or any other riders think it was unsafe to ride?

Dean: It was a normal winters day, it seemed fine to go kiting no one had bad things to say about the wind that day, but me and my bro thought we pumped up to big of a kite… i pumped up a 9m he was on a 11 but once we got in the water it all seemed fine , i was doing unhooked tricks , so i wasn’t that overpowered.

Dirtyhabits: I hear your mom saw the whole thing happen, and found your broken, bloody body K.O in the car park! you must still be in the dogbox!!! how did you explain that one?

Dean: Well she did want me to stop kiting, but she know that’s not going to happen. the new rule she put in place was , no more kiting in the lagoon (Milnerton River), which i think is a good thing and every other kiter should do the same, looking at where we kite in that lagoon is so dodgy and it is not a surprise something happened to me a you.

Dirtyhabits: With those gashes on your head and stitches on your face you must have taken quite a beating to the head! what happened (if you remember)?

Dean: I don’t really remember much but my last memory was doing a jump, landing it… my lines went slacked and wrapped around my bar and my kite just looped me into the air and i just remember being in the air with my hand on the release and i just looked down and i saw the rocks under me and i thought i cant release up here… so i just hoped for the best.

Dirtyhabits: I see you’re famous now Dean, in all the local news, and they all say the same thing: “Dean is very lucky he got swept toward the beach and not further out to sea….” Haha… comments…?

Dean: Haha… i have read so many articles and i just want to call that newspaper or where ever wrote the articles and just tell then to get there facts straight before publishing it. i mean i would much rather get swept out to see then onto land… but just not to far out to sea.

Dirtyhabits: So Chicks dig scares! Tell us about the Damage!! I bet you left a dent in the sea wall!

Dean: hahaha i haven’t be down there to check it out but i think i came out second best…
I fractured my pelvis , had 10 stickers in my head and 4 in my eye brow. i could have have been so much worse though.

Dirtyhabits: Well Dean, looking at the positives, we now have a full time photographer to sit on the beach and snap away! how long till you back on the water?

Dean: I’m off the water for 6 to 8 weeks and if you guys want me to take some pick just give me a call 🙂

Dean pulling a Kiteloop

Thanks Dean! Get better soon

This article isn’t intended to make the Kitesurfing look dangerous, it is meerly showing how quick accidents can happen, Milnerton is an advanced riders spot, and when riding in strong onshore winds, a small mistake can be applified, as you will get pulled directly to the building on the beach, So when learning kiting or kitesurfing in storm or cold fronts; for safety choose a beach with lots of space and minimal hard objects downwind!

Remember Kiteboarding is an Extreme sport!

And don’t forget, if you wanna Dance… you have to Pay the Band!!

Mandela Day… 67 Minutes of West Coast Barrels!! Photos: Rodney Somogyvari

So Cape Town can’t Decide whether it is winter or summer, the cold fronts have become more scarce than Dial-up, Your wetty hasn’t been dry in 2 weeks and your tan lines around your neck are starting to raise questions about all those sick days you been pulling this month, not to mention your girlfriend you’ve neglected on the couch. Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Robby Naish Surfs a 1.09km wave in Costa Rica (2min 15second on 1 wave)

Robby Naish recently set out on a Central American mission to find, and ride, the world’s longest wave. In the action sports world, as in life, the more you set yourself up for success, the easier it is to ride to glory. And that’s just what Naish did, catching a macking swell at Pavones in Costa Rica, a Pacific coast gem often called the longest left in the world. Here, Naish gives credence to that tagline.
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2011 Slingshot RPM Review

Slingshot RPM

TESTED: 12m
AVAILABLE SIZES: 4.5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14m
TESTED IN: La Ventana 16-26 knots, large chop

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FROM THE MANUFACTURER:

We’re proud to announce the 2011 Slingshot RPM. The RPM is changing kiteboarding with its innovative 3 strut “Open C” canopy design. It delivers limitless high end performance options for all conditions. Excel your riding regardless of your style. The RPM is the one kite that allows for top performance while executing unhooked freestyle, wakestyle, and surf style. It’s also the first and only non “C” kite to take a PKRA championship podium finish. It delivers limitless high end performance options for all conditions. For 2011 we have added Split-Strut design.

THE KITEBOARDER REPORT:

Out of the Box: For 2011, the largest change to the Slingshot RPM is the addition of Spitstrut, which means that the struts are now integrated into the canopy as opposed to being attached to the bottom of it. The RPM remains a three-strut one-pump kite built on an Open-C platform, meaning that the profile of the kite is more open (flatter) than most other kites. The compact and unique Full Suspension front bridle features two pulleys per side and is highly adjustable to change bar pressure, kite feedback, and turning characteristics.

The 2011 Comp Stick bar is similar to last year’s version, but the depower cleat has been changed to be easier to use. It features a push away quick release, below-bar depower cleat, above bar swivel, rubberized grip, adjustable stopper, and comes if different sizes. Our 12m test kite came with a 20” (51cm) bar and 25m lines.

On the Water: For the sake of consistency among our testers, we left the RPM on the stock bridle settings. The RPM sits back from the edge of the window and is a very stable and predictable kite. Even though it sits back in the window, it shoots forward easily when edging hard and gets upwind well if you use your board to control power instead of sheeting out. On the stock settings, the RPM has medium bar pressure, but this is adjustable through the bridle.

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Turning is smooth but not especially fast. Unhooked, the RPM is very well behaved as it remains stable and is forgiving to small inputs from the rider during unhooked moves. After crashes, we found the RPM to be easy to relaunch. One tester rode the 12m very overpowered and found that the RPM depowers very well.

PROS:

  • The RPM combines great C-kite like unhooked performance with the depower and ease of use of a bridled kite.
  • The highly adjustable bridle allows the RPM to be tuned for a wide variety of conditions and riding styles.

CONS:

  • The trim system on the 2011 bar is definitely easier to use than the 2010 system, but it’s still a little difficult to use.
  • The RPM canopy flutters quite a bit when depowered a lot.
 

THE VERDICT:

For 2011, the RPM remains a great all-around kite that a lot of riders will like. This kite really shines if you want a kite with C-kite unhooked performance mixed with the depower of a bridled kite. The adjustable bridle means you can tune the RPM to feel how you want it to. The stability (especially for unhooking), smooth handling, and easy relaunch will appeal to many riders. If you don’t ever unhook and want a kite that gets upwind easily without having to edge hard, take a look at the RPM Rally. If you are after a great all-around kite that performs well unhooked, try the RPM.

TIPS:

  • Pump up the RPM hard, but don’t worry about the struts looking soft when the kite is sitting on the beach as this is normal for a Splitstrut-equipped kite.
  • Rinse the front line swivel with fresh water occasionally to keep it working properly.

TESTER COMMENT:

“The 2011 RPM felt even smoother than last year’s kite. Even through sharp turns, the power stays smooth and even.” –Paul Lang, 200 lbs., Surf Kiter