Just over a year ago, I was was packing my car for a big air training session, a few days prior to the start of the Red Bull King of the Air, Max Blom, the owner of Mystic pulled up in my driveway to drop off Continue Reading →
The Dirty Habits Crew is a group of professional athletes from around the world, who chase the sun to Cape Town and other parts of the world to push each other to the extreme limits in performance, stunts, and taking day-to-day activities to the next level. We also feature friends and other professional athletes.. surfers, kiteboarders, stuntmen, skateboarders, wakeboarders,, adventure filmmakers, freedivers, and big wave surfers. Continue Reading →
Professional Kiteboarder from the UK, Hannah Whiteley in Turkey. An insight into the madness and fun that goes on inside ‘HANNAHLAND”.
Another Art Project by Broken Head Film
DOP Kieran Bray
MUA Pippa Buist
Producer Radical Kitesurf
Directed by Mark Bristol
Music – Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitar
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Hannah would like to thank her sponsors for making her adventures and achievements around the world possible: Best kiteboarding, Chiemsee, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge and Prolimit.
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Colleen Carroll and Sensi Graves find kiteboarding progression and bliss in the flatwater lagoons of Northern Brazil. See the girls in action as they revisit a kite destination unlike any other. Thank you to North Kiteboarding, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, ION, NA Blend, Sensi Graves Bikinis and all of our Brazilian friends!
An eye-catching journey to discover what South East Asia has to offer in Kite and Cable Riding. One insane trip, Dominique Granger and Colleen Carroll went on a true adventure where they later met up with friend, Paula Rosales.
Kite and Cable Riding
SONG: Lorde – Million Dollar Bills
CAMERA: Colleen Carroll, Dominique Granger, Chris Simpson, Elke Venken, Maja Enander
EDIT: Colleen Carroll
THANK YOU: Camsur Watersports Complex, Oui Kite, Kite Cable Thailand, Willy Kerr, Paula Rosales, Bahari Beach Resort
SPONSORS: northkites.com slingshotsports.com sensigravesbikinis.com juneswimwear.com ion-products.com ripcurl.com ouikite.ca
The “FreerRide” project is an idea that started in 2011. Four riders from different brands started traveling together and filming how they wanted the sport to look and be represented.
Four riders quoted saying, this is a no-mess, un-brand motivated representation of what we want kiteboarding to be and what it means to us as we travel to some of the best spots and biggest wakestyle events throughout the year, to just have fun and ride!
This video goes to South Africa, Greece, Cape Hatteras, Egypt and Russia, with some kiteboarding and wakeboarding action in each spot.
Sit back and enjoy, the video will be available for free download soon. The idea being that you can burn your own DVD/movie, share it at home or play it in your shops!! Spread the word!!
A big THANKS to all involved who made this possible and helped us along the way! The KiteLauncher!!
Edit: Ripslix – Tom Court – ripslix.co.uk/
Music: Original Soundtrack from Joe Publik, Born Ina Barn and Rustik Records
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON
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Sound cloud: soundcloud.com/borninabarnuk
Other Tracks – The TrainSpotters – World Wide
Link to FreeRide Project 1: vimeo.com/41314544
At 17h06 on Tuesday the 8th of April, NSRI Port Alfred volunteer sea rescue duty crew were activated following reports of a kitesurfer in difficulty at Eastern Beach, Port Alfred in South Africa
A NSRI Port Alfred volunteer sea rescue duty crew responded to the beach to find Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) efforts being performed by bystanders on a 66 year old local man.
The man had reportedly collapsed unconscious, suspected to be from unknown medical causes, while kite-surfing with his son and fellow kite-boarders and he had been brought to shore breathless and pulseless. CPR immediately commenced on the beach and the alarm was raised.
A past NSRI Port Alfred volunteer was amongst the kite boarders and he assisted with the CPR efforts.
On arrival on-scene our NSRI Port Alfred medics continued with CPR efforts and our local Multi-Security control room was instrumental in summoning additional emergency medical support to respond to the scene.
Guardmed ambulance services arrived and took over with advanced life support CPR which continued in the ambulance en route to hospital. Extensive CPR efforts were continued in hospital but sadly, after all efforts to resuscitate the man were exhausted, the man was declared deceased by doctors.
Sincerest condolences are expressed to the family.
Dirty Habits would also like to Thank the NSRI, (National Sea Rescue Institute)
The Sea Rescue is the charity that saves lives on South African waters.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by 940 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.
Donations and sponsorships cover our annual running cost of R27.5m
So please donate to this charity, you never know when you’ll be the one getting rescued.
FILMED & EDIT: Anders Krüger
ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE: Jamie Barrow & James Boulding
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dan Max (maxy.co.nz/)
TRACK LIST: soundcloud.com/cabrinhafilms/sets/the-road-north
RIDERS: Keahi de Aboitiz, Jamie Barrow, James Boulding
GEAR: Switchblade, Chaos, Drifter, Contra, Custom, Custom CBL, Skillit
Tourism New Zealand
Skydive Bay Of Islands
AJ Hackett Auckland Bridge Bungy
Kaitiaki Adventures Rafting
Find us on Instagram @cabrinhakites
This weekend, on the 18th January, local fisherman were using live bait to catch a shark in the Cape Town’s paradise lagoon, Langebaan, Shark bay Kiteboarding spot. They caught more than they bargained for whilst using a large live Yellow Tail as bait. The fisherman caught this large female 190kg, 3 meter ‘Bronzie’ (Bronze whaler or Copper Shark) a few kilometers up the lagoon in the channel between Shark Bay, (the very popular kiteboarding location, frequented by hundreds of beginner and professional kiteboarders every day) just across from Kraal Bay, a popular freestyle windsurf spot.
Lofty lineup for Red Bull King of the Air 2014 announced
Cape Town (South Africa) – There are just over three weeks to go until the window period for this year’s Red Bull King of the Air event opens on January, 25 and the full list of competitors selected to take part in the Biggest Kiteboarding contest have been announced.
Joining the likes of defending champion Jesse Richman (USA) and Ruben Lenten (NED) is 5-time kiteboarding World Champion, Aaron Hadlow (GBR). Hadlow was unable to compete in the 2013 edition of the competition due to injury and is hungry to challenge for the title: “I’ve been riding in Cape Town for 12 consecutive seasons and have always loved the strong winds. Big Air is not my focus but it’s a discipline I still love and enjoy. I wasn’t ready to compete this time last year because of my knee injury but now I’m fit and feeling strong and ready to ride.”
When asked who he had the strongest chance of coming out on top, his answer was rather diplomatic: “The best thing about this event is that at least half of the field are odds on to win this event – anyone could take home the win. There is no clear rider that stands above the rest because you never know what might get pulled out the bag on the day. The win is also very dependent on the conditions on the day- different riders may excel in different wind strengths.”
There are 24 confirmed participants in the lineup for the competition. Hadlow joins 3 other wildcards: current PKRA world champion Alex Pastor, Reno Romeu and Linus Erdman along with the top 12 from the 2013 edition who received automatic entry into this year’s competition. The remaining 8 participants, selected from online entries at www.redbullkingoftheair.co.za, join them to round up the lineup.
The Cape’s famous ‘Cape Doctor – a south-easterly wind – ensures for perfect kiting conditions during South Africa’s summer months and Big Bay in Blouberg, where the event takes place, is a prime location will make for some pretty gnarly airs and big moves when the right wind conditions arrive.
In order to ensure the best wind conditions possible for Red Bull King of the Air to take place, the event window period extends from 25 January 2014 to 9 February 2014. Make sure you keep up with all the news at www.redbullkingoftheair.com or follow the hashtag #redbullkingoftheair on your favourite social channels.
Jesse Richman (USA), Nick Jacobsen (DEN), Sam Light (GBR), Gianni Aragno (ESP), Ruben Lenten (NED), Lewis Crathern (GBR), Oswald Smith (RSA), Shawn Richman (USA), Billy Parker (USA), Kevin de Smidt (NED), Kevin Langeree (NED), Andries Fourie (RSA)
Online Entry Riders
Graham Howes (RSA), Stuart Downey (RSA) Jandre Fraser (RSA), Sam Medysky (CAN), Steven Akkersdijk (NED), Tom Hebert (FRA), Jerrie van de Kop (NED), , Johnno Scholte (NED).
Aaron Hadlow (GBR), Alex Pastor (ESP), Reno Romeu (BRA), Linus Erdmann (GER)
For more information on the riders visit: http://redbullkingoftheair.co.
Just before Ruben Lenten packed his bags for Cape Town the storm or the winter hit the shores of Holland.
Just in time for Ruben to test out his new BEST kiteboarding pro model, The EXTRACT. This kite is designed for 1 thing.. and that’s riding hard. check out the pics from his session shot by
Facebook: Ruben Lenten
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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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 →
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!
The KiteLauncher is back!! http://kitelauncher.me Limited edition ‘failure to launch’ riding vests available for two weeks only!! CODE: kl123 @ http://palmeralocal.com/index.php?rou…
Music by: Born Ina Barn – Joe Publik
Rustik Records – http://www.rustikrecords.co.uk
All clothing available at: http://palmeralocal.com
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
CHASING THE ULTIMATE STORM TO FLY HARD
Images: Erwin Polanc and Ydwer.com)
In 2005, Dutch kiteboarder Ruben Lenten participated in Red Bull King of the Air, the most extreme kiteboarding event in the world. “Since the inception of this event in 1999, the jumps became bigger and bigger” says Ruben Lenten. He traveled to Hawaii where he competed with the best riders in the world. “The final was between sports legend Robby Naish and myself. A dream come true”. Ruben Lenten won. Since then, the event had a break of a few years, but early February Red Bull King of the Air is back. This time in South Africa, where Ruben Lenten and 23 other riders will push themselves to the max. He has not been idle in recent years. The clip Ruben Lenten produced together with Red Bull and Eyeforce shows his most important goal in life: ‘fly hard’.
Extreme Kiteboarding in Ireland & Holland – Ruben Lenten 2013
“The clip was created when I had the idea to capture my signature style of extreme kiteboarding. This is only possible when the conditions are perfect. In the clip we have been monitoring the wind forecasts at different spots to get the ultimate storm. The predictions for Ireland looked perfect, but unfortunately the storm lost all its power over night and it was impossible to fly high enough. Miraculously an even better storm appeared on the radar for the Netherlands. I could not believe my eyes, exactly what we needed. A real Dutch autumn storm. It was the perfect playground for me. ”
“Throughout the year I am always searching for the best conditions and projects to keep on pushing the sport. In the time coming up I will mainly focus on the Red Bull King of the Air event and the development of even better products to go higher and harder. I will also be shooting new sick footage and work on organizing national events to get extreme kiteboarding to a higher level.”
“2012 has been a great year and I am satisfied with my achieved successes and personal development. Together with Mystic and Red Bull I have done some extraordinary projects that have pushed kiteboarding and myself to new hights. In South Africa and in the Netherlands we organized two extreme kiteboarding events to help young talented riders get better and prepare themselves for the Red Bull King of the Air. My snowkite cliff jump in Norway also pushed my boundaries and gave me an adrenaline boost. The last months I have put all my effort in getting as fit as possible, mentally and physically and I enjoy it to the maximum. Every year a step higher, I love it!”
Red Bull athlete Ruben Lenten is an extreme kiteboarder, always searching for the biggest storms around the world.
After a disappointing trip to Ireland, Ruben heads back to the homeland where one of the year’s fiercest storms is about to hit the coast of Holland, and Ruben is more than ready for it.
Images copyright – Credits: Erwin Polanc and Ydwer.com)
Red Bull content pool.
It’s not often that i drool when watching kitevids, but the power and technique of these 2 riders definitely puts them in front of the pack.
The World Champ Youri Zoon and Vice World Champ Bruna Kajiya nailing down some big freestyle tricks.
Just action on top of their game, so sit back, enjoy!
Forest Bakker just released his latest video Drop It”. not only does he throw down hard in this video, but he also produced and edited the video to. Forest is recovering from knee surgery from a injury he got while filming for this vid. so go to riders match and give the boy a vote. ridersmatch.com/match-details.php?match=92&video=1567
Sit back and enjoy some sexy action with some of Forest latest moves before his knee Injury.
Images are filmed in April 2012, the day Forest got his knee injury, in fact you can see the crash in the video.
VOTE FOR VIDEO HERE: ridersmatch.com/match-details.php?match=92&video=1567
Tune: Travis Porter – Ayy Ladies ft. Tyga
Camera: Alvaro Onieva, Marvin Saint-Requier & Forest Bakker
Editor and Producer: Forest Bakker.
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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
Grahams sponsors: Dirty Habits, CTI, Brunotti, Mystic, Liquid force.
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Thanks to Liquid force Cape Town