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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.

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Niel Joubert – Braai Master

Donavon O’neal – The firestarter.

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

Lewis Crathern & Raymond Long did a great job behind the mic and judging all day.

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Graham Howes – Dirty Habits Halloween

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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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.

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Kelly Slater Claims Historic 11th ASP World Title at Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco

OCEAN BEACH, San Francisco/California (Wednesday, November 2, 2011) – Kelly Slater (USA), 39, has claimed a historic 11th ASP World Title today, clinching the year-long pursuit with his advancement out of Round 3 at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.

In pristine three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 metre) peaks at Ocean Beach, Slater fought back to an inspired start from opponent Dan Ross (AUS), 28, to claim victory in the dying moments in front of a capacity crowd at Ocean Beach.

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It was a scrappy heat, I didn’t win it in the most effortless style,” Slater said. “I’ve had a lot of heats with Rossy (Dan Ross) this year, and he’s real dangerous with a little power so I knew he’d be dangerous and I was nowhere to be found in the beginning of that heat. I was hunting those lefts and they were fading off I was thinking ‘why am I taking off on these things.’ I knew I had to get in on some of those rights. That wave had a nice open face and I thought it’d probably be just enough.”

After a banner year that witnessed the iconic Floridian make five of nine Finals (thus far) and post three wins, Slater seems to be surfing at the top of his game.

“This is pretty fabulous,” Slater said. “Two days ago in the afternoon it was chunky and small and didn’t look inviting at all. Yesterday was nice and today looks like a nice day in France. I don’t know, this hasn’t sunk in. I’ve been pretty stressed about it and I’m glad it’s over. It’s very fulfilling and there’s personal satisfaction. It feels real nice. I’ve dedicated my life to surfing and competing and to go a whole year and win a world title and have it pay off, it’s really fulfilling. To win on American soil is nice. Everyone’s been so cool and the locals have been so stoked. It’s been a special time. It’s been warm and offshore and a nice little swell. Someone’s looking over us and probably Andy (Irons).”

Today’s clinching of the 2011 ASP World Title comes on the one-year anniversary of the passing of Andy Irons. Irons, who is credited with being a defining force in Slater’s career, was once a bitter rival of the champ (claiming three consecutive ASP World Titles himself) but became a close friend and confidant in recent years. The symbolism of today was not lost on Slater.

<p>“It’s sort of weird and I’ve been thinking about a lot of things coming together,” Slater said. “What are the chances of me winning on the anniversary of Andy passing away? It makes it a lot more special for me. It’s a way to celebrate my memories with him and be thinking about him. It’s been on my mind and I wrote a story about him the other day. It’s a time to think back.”</p>
<p>2011 ASP World Title Series Results:<br />
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: WINNER<br />
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Equal 5th<br />
Billabong Rio Pro: Equal 13th<br />
Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay: No Show<br />
Billabong Pro Tahiti: WINNER<br />
Quiksilver Pro New York: Runner-Up<br />
Hurley Pro at Trestles: WINNER<br />
Quiksilver Pro France: Equal 5th<br />
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Runner-UP<br />
Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco: TBD<br />
Billabong Pipeline Masters: TBD</p>
<p>With the 2011 ASP World Title sealed, Slater is now focused on performing in the event at hand, the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco.</p>
<p>“I’m refocusing on another win here,” Slater said. “I’ve accomplished the year goal. I definitely feel like I can go out and surf a lot more relaxed now. It’s really nice to win here in these conditions with so many people on the beach, I thought it’d be freezing cold and onshore and it’s been amazing.”</p>
<p>Having claimed his first ASP World Title in 1992 at the age of 20, Slater still boasts the record for the youngest-ever ASP World Title holder. Now at 39 years of age, Slater holds the record of being the oldest ASP World Champion ever, but was characteristically coy regarding any talk of retirement.</p>
<p>“I think 39 is actually pretty young to most people,” Slater said. “I guess in the past, you would top out once you hit 30, but that’s definitely not the case now. I feel like I’m surfing at the highest level of my career and I feel like I can keep going. I haven’t thought about it too much, but I plan on relaxing for the rest of the year and enjoying my time in Hawaii. We’ll see what 2012 brings to the table.”</p>
<p>Kelly Slater’s ASP World Title Clinch Locations:<br />
2011: Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco – USA<br />
2010: Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico – USA Territory<br />
2008: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain<br />
2006: Billabong Pro Mundaka – Basque/Spain<br />
2005: Nova Schin Festival – Brazil<br />
1998: Mountain Dew Pipeline Masters – Hawaii<br />
1997: Expo 98 Figueira 97 – Portugal<br />
1996: Coca Cola Figueira 96 – Portugal<br />
1995: Chiemsee Pipe Masters – Hawaii<br />
1994: Chiemsee Gerry Lopez Pipe Masters – Hawaii<br />
1992: Alternativa Surf Rio – Brazil</p>
<p>The Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco is Stop No. 10 of 11 on the 2011 ASP World Title Series with a waiting period from November 1-12. The 2011 Pro Search will be broadcast live on Fuel TV, and</p>
<p>Surfline, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco, are calling for he first two days of the waiting period, Tuesday and Wednesday, to see solid northwest ground and windswell mix along with generally favorable wind conditions (although still lumpy and bumpy surf on Tuesday). The end of the week and into the following weekend (3rd-6th) will see more swell, but also variable and, at times, strong onshore wind.</p>
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Heinrich Rohwer Strapless airs and 360’s

Heinrich Rohwer

Cape town Kitesurfer, Heinrich Rohwer has been a familiar name is the South African kitescene from the beggining, if he’s not busting out huge airs, big kitloops or charging big waves, he’s Jamming with his band Favela and keeping us entertained!

These days you’ll find him pushing the boundreies on whats possible to do when Surfing strapless with a kite!, landing reverse airs and other aerial surf moves assisted by a kite. This is his latest video, filmed in False bay (Strand, Betties bay and Cool bay) and he doesn’t seem to phased about sharing his spots with ‘the men in gray suits’ either!

I’ll stick to the west coast for now!


Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, James Boulding and Tom Court Latest Video

Seems these 4 British Boys make more than just a good cup a tea!! their skills are unreal! They are taking kiteboarding to new levels. Aaron Hadlow, Sam Light, James Boulding and Tom Court, aren’t just ridiculously good at kiting, they are talented at Filming, editing, directing, and well not so good at driving!
Look out for them in the water this summer! Rumor has it, they going to be causing havoc in Cape Town this summer!!
Check out the latest clip from there DVD they are releasing in 2012, it’s gonna be mad!!