Kevin Langeree can pretty much call himself a Cape Town Local, he has been spending the summers in Blouberg for longer than i can remember. He is the definition of waterman; SUP, surf, spearfish, big waves and ofcourse a world champion kiteboarder. So to get this dude to sit down for 10 minutes and ask him a few questions was a task on it’s own.
With the whole kiteboarding world moving onto riding wakeboarding boots on their kiteboards, it’s a pretty straight forward progression for your average pro wakestyle kiter. However for Kevin, it’s not that easy. If you have been lucky enough to see Kevin freeriding, you would understand, he is either doing 40ft high board-offs, riding his board one footed, riding it on his ass, flying through the air with it under his arm, climbing a coconut tree with it or doing Jesus walks. Now tie a board to his feet and see what happens. But progression is progression, and when you are chasing a 2nd world title, that little bit more power, or more board control can mean the world of difference in a PKRA final. So lets see what he has to say about riding boots, and if it is actually ‘the way forward’.
Home Town: Noordwijk/ Cape Town
Started riding: Spring 2000
Top Places to Ride: Cape Town hands down! Hawaii is really sick as well.
Favourite Moves: All depends on the conditions but bootsing as high as possible never gets boring.
Other Dirty Habits: Farting on airplanes feel extra good.
Gear: Naish Torches and Monarch 134 for freestyle and Park and global for waves.
Sponsors: Naish, O’Neill, G-Shock and Sinner eyewear
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ kevin_langeree
Dirty Habits: So Kevin, we see you riding in boots now, you have always hated the idea of riding boots as it’s so restricting and style and trick. Tell us about how it lead to you riding boots?
Kevin: Yea I’ve never really liked boots cause it limits your movement. But the riding and the landings with freestyle are getting so much harder that you need a lot of control on the landings and the only way to achieve that is to ride boots.
Dirty Habits: It is a huge change for you, your whole style and energy on the water is about freedom and fun, board offs, one footers, jesus walks etc…. isn’t it frustrating having your feet locked into boots all the time now.
Kevin: Yes it really is a big change for me and sometimes a bit frustrating but I feel that riding boots give me an other challenge. I love challenges cause they keep me motivated. But I must say that it isn’t as big as a different as I thought it would be, I actually feel pretty confident on them already. Board offs are a lot harder…
Dirty Habits: Do you see yourself riding boots full time in the future, or is this a purely competition and power thing?
Kevin: For comps I’ll definitely keep riding them but I would never go on a trip without throwing a par of straps in. The cool thing about kiteboarding is that there are so many ways of riding and it doesn’t really matter if you ride boots, straps, strapless, finless, waxless ect. As long as you are having loads of fun, then that will be the only thing that matters.
Dirty Habits: The big debate is whether it is safer riding boots or not, some argue you are ‘locked in’ and more secure in boots, others say there is more risk as you are ‘stuck’ to your board on big crashes. Do you think boots has are safer and maybe better in terms of knee injuries and ankle.
Kevin: That is a pretty good question. Being locked in and not you losing your board and being stable on landing can prevent you from crashing hard. But if you crash it’s NOT really nice to have a board stuck on your feet. Boots definitely give you a better whiplash on hard crashes. I think it doesn’t really make a different whether you ride boots or straps.
Dirty Habits: A lot of your fans will follow your footsteps and go straight out and buy boots (even if they are still learning to jump. When do you think a rider is ‘ready’ to start riding boots.
Kevin: That is hard to say… I would ride boots when every you feel comfortable enough to ride them. It took quite a while for me
Dirty Habits: Give us some pro’s and cons about riding boots
– You don’t lose your board
– Landings are more stable and soft
– Takeoffs can be more powerful
– No cold feet
– Limits your movement on some tricks
– Takes a while to put them on
– Your board is heavier
Dirty Habits: Ok. Lets get serious now about these Playboy bunnies, tell us about these lovely ladies who volunteered to model for this shoot in Cape Town. They put on quite a show for you.
Kevin: That was just SOOO hilarious! Haha this chick was so on it and the only thing she wanted was posing as sexy as possible. She did pretty good don’t you think! HAHA The only thing she needs to do is to bring a visit to the dentist for some new front tooth. Haha thanks for the laugh
Dirty Habits: I heard the Playboy Girls you did the shoot with in Nitro City Panama were jealous that they missed out on the action.
Kevin: Yea they called me and sounded really upset… Guess the only way to make them happy is to do an other shoot with them!
Dirty Habits: You obviously will be beck in Cape Town for the summer to train and enjoy the life down here, any other plans for new movie projects, clinics or anything like that, which we can look forward to.
Kevin: Still planning some things. But I’m really looking forward on heading back to CT. That place is just magic!
Dirty Habits: Lasty.. Hidden line’s movie you filmed with Eyeforce was a huge success around the world. I’d say it was the biggest production kiteboarding has seen. Do you think we will see a Hidden lines 2? or another coloration with Nick or Youri?
Kevin: Yea it really was a big success even bigger than I had every dreamed off. I had a meeting with eyeforce a couple weeks ago and we talked about some new plans. But they will stay secret for a little. Sorry…
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