The Kite Launcher 5, featuring Tom Court

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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Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012

THE LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE has yielded 45 National Records and 6 World Records to date !!!

It has taken the Organizers almost 2 years to prepare for the 2012 event to ensure that the sport of speed sailing continues to progress and higher speeds are achieved.
A new tried and tested canal will bring new speed sailing records for both windsurfers and kitesurfers.

History of the Event – Official Average Speeds recorded over 500m :

2007 – The very first run made officially was 44 knots, and within 4 weeks 48 knots was recorded.
2008 – A dam of sandbags was built for a flatter water surface, and 50 knots was achieved.
2009 – A channel was built inside the bay for the 1st time and higher speeds were achieved in less wind (51 knots).
2010 – A new channel was built in the bay with a better angle and the top speed hit 55.6 knots.

In 2011 a huge project was undertaken to dig a canal 300 meters away from the lagoon.
The organizers held a private event, and a few select riders were invited to test the new canal. As a result of this, modifications were made which improved the speeds and safety.

Below is a short clip of French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues on a run that broke a World Speed Sailing Record with 54.10 knots, which is 100.19 km/h

Below is a extended video of Luderitz and surrounds with some action from the strip.

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.

The result was faster times in less wind, and the following improvements:

  • Competitors can race anytime of the day as the canal is no longer dependent upon tide.
  • Valuable time and energy is not wasted having to beat back upwind to the start, as a shuttle is provided at the end of the speed strip.
  • The water depth is maintained throughout the length of the run, which is a requirement of the WSSRC for official ratification.

2012:
The 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt will take place over 6 weeks:

  • Windsurfers from 5th of November to the 2nd of December
  • Kitesurfers from 3rd December to the 16th December.

Due to limited space on the shuttle vehicles that will be constantly ferrying competitors from the end of the run back to the start, the number of registrations must be limited.
For further information and registrations please contact us on luderitz.speed.challenge@gmail.com

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Dene Botha Interview

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Welcome to the world of Dene Botha – surfer, entrepreneur, actor, model, MC, event commentator, TV presenter, sports coach, Guinness World Record holder, party-animal and tireless thrill seeker.

Whether its surfing the perfect points of Morocco or snowboarding in Aspen, paragliding in Spain or dangling from the world’s highest bungee jump here in SA, surf coaching in Norway or attending a trance-parties in Zambia and Portugal, Dene is always up  for an adventure.

Give him the microphone and he’s interviewing the country’s best entertainers, or MC’ing events such as ‘Peroni Cafe’, ’Springtide Beach Festival’, ’Sports Illustrated Lingerie launch party’ and even heading up the MC’ing at ‘Rocking the Daisies 2011′ .

The son of an international surfing promoter and an award-winning actress, he was surfing at five and acting in professional productions, including Shakespeare, at seven. Bailing school at 15, Dene worked as a waiter and model while running hugely popular parties. Soon earning more than his teachers, he enjoyed several stints in England, Europe and the USA before he turned 20.

 

Dene seeing Cape Town from a different perspective to most.

 

Date of birth: 16 Feb 82

Home Town: Kommetjie in the Dirty South (Cape Town)
Top Places to Ride: Anywhere along the SA coastline (Surfboard), Sea Point promenade (Sector 9), in and around CT CBD (Bicycle), my bed (?)

Your Dirty Habits: Surfing, Sector 9’ing, SUP’ing, hiking, running, cycling (as a mode of transport though – I’m NOT one of those leotard wearing speed-bumps) Speaking my mind.

DH: You are part of the new board culture evolving, people with an open minds who ride any board that suits the conditions of the day or your mood. Has your life changed since you added skateboards & SUP’s to your quiver?

DB: Absolutely, it open up new options for exploring your inner fun-maker / child. It’s all about the fun and the energy, with more equipment you have more choices… It’s about mixing it up. The problem is when you travel or go or a road trip, haha, you need a truck to take all your toys. Actually wait, that’s it! I’m getting a truck.

DH: You get up to some interesting things in a day, surfing, skating, parties, etc. give us a rundown of your average day?

DB: Insomnia usually takes it’s toll rather early, coffee and emails while planning the day ahead and waiting for the sun. Run, box, surf, SUP, swim (depending on conditions), scoff down some breakie, plug-in my Skullcandy‘s, jump on the bike and head into town. From there it’s a series of phone calls, emails, meetings, admin, castings, shit loads of coffee, dodging cars and taxis, and missioning around… Usually plan the day around the swell so will try get in the ocean at some stage, otherwise an evening Sector / SUP session, OR, you’ll find me at a Rafikis… Celebrating SOMETHING.

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Photo Copyright: Shaun Timoney

DH: You’ve been spending a lot of time behind the mic these days, how does that fit into your lifestyle?

DB: Give me the mic baby! Hehe… I love it. Clearly. “Mommy-dearest” threw me onto the stage when I was just a pup, it’s all been down-hill since then, acting and performing, and now MC’ing and commentating various event. It’s mad fun! Started with surfing events for Billabong, then other brands, then music festivals, then hosting fund-raisers, to events such as the Sports Illustrated Swimwear party, Cosmo Lingerie (Eat your heart out lads) and now on to rather large gigs like ClubvibeSA at the CTICC, The Wailers at Trinity, @ Door Cinema Club with 5Gum Experience etc. Don’t get me wrong, it can be pretty daunting (I used to lecture “Stiffs” on the basics of trade foreign exchange in London – RATHER intimidating), BUT there is no greater reward than standing in front of 10 / 12 / 15 000 people like at Rocking the Daisies and controlling the crowd – Getting that energy flowing… Oh man, it gives me shivers just thinking about it. Can’t WAIT for this year’s event! 4-7 October – Make plans around it. Simple

Earth Wave, The Record attempt at having the most surfers on 1 wave. Muizenberg. Photo: Alan Van Gysen

DH: Your dad, Paul Botha has had a huge involvement in SA surfing from the start. When did he get you on a surfboard for the 1st time and how much influence has surfing had on your life.

DB: My father is “Mr Surfing SA”… He’s the man! Best friend, business partner, father and hero… He’s done it all. You might say I’m following in my parents footsteps, one ‘stage’, and one ‘surfing’. My Pops was pushing me into waves at Fish Hoek (DIRTY South) when I was five, I got bitten by the surfing bug then and have never looked back. It’s a way on life, thinking, feeling and doing… We’re different people us ‘Board riders’, and I’m proud to be a part of the clan. Did the competition side of things for a while, until a serious of injuries dictated that I wouldn’t ‘Turn pro’… To be honest, I was more interested in organising the events then competing in them anyway (Yeah, well that’s what I tell people anyway 😉 )

Dene and Dad (Paul Botha – Mr surfing SA)

 

DH: You are involved in a lot of fundraisers and charity events, tell us a bit about some of the projects you are involved in?

DB: Rhinos, Global Warming and Feeding the Hungry I suppose are the things closest to the heart and with which I have been working. We have the most beautiful country here, and we need to look after it. Charity events coming up are the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival 29 & 30 September – Muizenberg (Guinness World Record Attempt for the “Most Surfers on a Wave”, creating awareness for Global Warming), Skydive for Rhinos 21 – 23 September in Robertson (Trying to raise money for our ‘Horny’ friends), jumping NAKED to try raise my R10 000 – Don’t event ask, think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew on that one!? A few bits and bobs in between for CANSA, Feeding the Hungry, Sisters Incorporated etc, the list goes on. I feel we all need to do our part… Nuff said.

Dene at it again. Photo: Nikki Leadbetter – nikkileadbetter.com

DH: Is there anyone in particular that has been a big influence in your life or surfing?

DB: Plenty, too many to mention… When I was growing up, it was the likes of Daniel Beatty and Michael Grendon (Komskom boys who were / are very inspirational), and now just seeing all the little ‘whipper-snappers’ like Michael February, the Brand brothers, and the Kommetjie guys that are starting to kill it on the international front – Go boys!

DH: You’ve managed to dodge the desk job pretty well until now, what advice would you give a kid coming out of school now.

DB: Stick it out, get that education (it will come in handy), THEN, find your dream and don’t stop tapping away at it until you’ve achieved it! You don’t need to give in to main-stream society (unless that’s your ‘thing) and do what makes you happy… If you are any good at it you’ll find a way to make money from it… Promise you. AND GO TRAVELING! It truly is the BEST education…. You learn about YOU, can’t go wrong with that.

Dene looking smooth with his hip Afro. Photo: Alan Van Gysen

DH: Whats the craziest thing you’ve done lately.

DB: Um, about to jump out of a bloody plane NAKED!? Yeah, hope I remain intact if you catch my drift…? (I said drift, not draft) Other than that, cycling into town everyday is pretty damn crazy – Those DAMN taxi drivers – YUSSY! ‘Life’ in general has been crazy, it’s a wild ride man… Enjoy it.

DH: Why is Cape town the best place to live?

DB: Really?! I could go on and on but it’s like one big play-ground, with a whole lot of interesting people and places. Gorgeous women, crazy parties, mountains, oceans, beaches, missions, nature, work, opportunities… LOVE THIS CITY! (And it’s pretty easy to jump in the car and head up the coast-line, either one)

Dene. Photo – Unkown

 

DH: Anything cool projects in the mix?

DB:YES! I’ve been working on a DREAM for nearly 8 years now (As mentioned above – DO NOT GIVE UP… EVER!), it’s a TV show about traveling around Southern Africa… The name is set to be confirmed this week, but something like Get Lost or Global Nomads. The concept is simple, think “Going Nowhere Slowly”, on acid! Hahaha. ‘Adventure travel’ at it’s best! Crazy places and people, hidden venues and locations, wrapped up nicely with some quirky presenters and top notch production. NOT Top Billing, so NO 5 star hotels, cruise-liners, Dom Peringon, or stiff presenters – We’re gonna have a laugh, and probably take-the-piss a little too – Hehehe. Will be airing next year – Stay tuned for more. HELL YEAH!

Getting ink done.

 

DH: Anyone you’d like to thank or mention.

DB: YOU guys at Dirty Habits. Was honoured when this interview arrived in my inbox, love your work and will be supporting you guys all the way – KEEPING IT REAL, and leading the pack… Good on ya!

The Hoek – Photo Alan Van Gysen

 

Follow Dene and his latest projects and trips. And if you need a MC for an event, He’s the man.

www.denebotha.com

www.kahunasurf.co.za

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https://twitter.com/DeneBothaSA

 

Photo’s, unless otherwise stated, copyright Alan Van Gysen –  www.avgphoto.co.za

 

 

 

How To: Tack Jibe a Surfboard with Luke McGillewie

RRD Team rider Luke McGillewie shows us how to tack a surfboard or race board.

Luke McGillewie shows us how to tack a kiteboard/surfboard

For best results, you should already be able to perform the basic gybe transitions before learning this maneuver.

The Tack is a useful move for changing direction without losing downwind ground. This move can prove extremely handy when trying to get out past breaking waves or during course racing.

Luke McGillewie Tack Jibe from Luke McGillewie on Vimeo.

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DYNAMICS – AARON HADLOW AND SAM LIGHT, THE MOVIE

Aaron Hadlow and Sam Light Are arguably the 2 best wakestyle kiters in the world, so when you put these two in some amazing spots, and throw in a crazy cable park, you wouldn’t expect anything less that this for 7 minutes of the best riding and action ever!

Nice One Boys!

DYNAMICS – AARON HADLOW AND SAM LIGHT from andi jansen on Vimeo.

Sam Light and Aaron Hadlow in Turkey kiting at Ayvalik, Wakeboarding at Hypnotics cable. Filmed and edited by Andi Jansen.
Big thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, Kite Zone Ayvalik, Arzu, and Kemal.
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Photo’s: Brotherly Love With James and Matt Busse

When 2 kids that don’t have enough fluff on there faces to qualify for Movember, pull up to the beach in a pimping Hummer. You wouldn’t expect to meet 2 more humble, polite and kind guys! James has just finished matric, so he has way too much time on his hands. So I rounded up James and his younger brother Matthew, tried to get them to put some boardies on and got them in the water! It’s great to see brotherly love on the water, sharing the stoke and having fun!

Both these kids were pulling some new tricks out of the bag and it is going to be a very interesting summer of Competition with James on the SAKT. Not only focusing on his technical tricks but he’s pulling them off with style and loads of power!

James busse Blind judge

James Busse
Home Town: The Mother City
Age: 18
Sponsors: Cabrinha – South Africa
Years riding: 4 years
Favourite Trick: A megaloop with a late backroll with a one foot board-off with a downloop. boom!

James with a solid slim chance

Plans for 2012:I want to do the best I can in all the South African kiting events and hopefully compete in some events abroad. I will be teaching kiting for a few months and I am going to start flying aircraft sometime next year which I can’t wait for. Most importantly I want to be happy and keep the AMP UP! As long as I have a smile on my face, I’m doing it right.

James Busse with a huge handle pass

Describe your brother in a few words?
Matt is an excellent kiter and has a lot of potential. It’s  best kiting with him especially laughing off all the big bails and fails that we make.

Mixing it up with a Kungfu air!

Best Moments with your bro:
The best memory to date was when I was in hot pursuit in a Lifesaving boat to rescue Matt along with the emergency helicopter. Back in the amateur days, he put his kite down behind the rocks at Big Bay in light wind and massive swell. Good memories !

James about to throw down something huge!

Matthew Busse
Home Town: Cape Town
Age: 17
Sponsors: Cabrinha Africa , Glider Eyewear
Years riding: 4
Favourite Trick: Backmobe
Plans for 2012: World Domination (he laughs)

Matt Busse thowing some massive loops

Describe your brother in a few words:
James has got infinite possibilities for pioneering new tricks and styles for the sport thanks to his freakish monkey strength.

Matt nailing a flat 3

Matt Busse big bay

Monkey boys