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Paula Novotna is a 20 year old kitesurfer from the Czech Republic. She is currently on PKRA Tour. Known as the Czech Charger, this girl is one to watch out for.
Images: Bianca Asher Photography
Name: Paula Novotna – the Czech Charger
Years kiteboarding: 6 awesome years
Sponsors: North kiteboarding, Snowboardel, 69 slam, Animal, Skullcandy
Where are you from and where do you spend most of your time these days?
I am from the Czech Republic, middle Europe, but most of my time I spend abroad as we don´t have sea and wind. I like to travel around Europe in the summer and in the winter I like to go to places where it’s summer, like I did this year, escaping from my winter into South Africa’s beautiful summer. I really enjoyed the time there and I would like to come back next year.
How did you get into kitesurfing?
That´s really lovely story. My dad says it was around 10 years ago somewhere on holiday and we sat on the beach till sunset watching the guys riding. As soon as we got back home my dad did kitesurfing lessons, in Holland I think. When we were little we were traveling with them and I was always just pumping the kites or packing them. I really liked to help my dad and even watch him kite. I liked the sea, the waves, all around it. As soon as my dad taught my mum, I started to beg them to teach me as well. They thought it was too dangerous, but I convinced them and learned to kite. It took me around a year, because we only went kiting on vacation, but after that I really got into it. In my 2nd year I got sponsored by our Czech North distributor and since than I started to learn more and more! Now I am happy I grew up in a family like this. It´s awesome when you can spend some time together with your family doing your favourite sport and actually have the same lifestyle.
Favourite kitesurfing spots?
I think my favourite kite spot is Greece, Rhodes. That´s a place where we spend our summer. You can choose if you want waves or flat. So my parents always go on waves and we go to train freestyle on the flat water side. Through the years it’s become pretty crowded but I can still find the time to be on the water alone.
Favourite trick? I love to do everything, actually I really hate back roll passes, so I think I really like front roll passes. I think my favourite trick is the S bend to blind or S bend pass.
Are there any new kite tricks you would like to learn?
This summer I will focus on lowmobe and back to blind airpass. I am not familiar with backroll rotations and backroll passes, but I am sure I will do it one day.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome in your kitesurfing?
I think it was my knee surgery. I tore my ACL ligament and had to have surgery. It took around 5 months to kite again and 8 months to be safe on the water. Now I am super happy I did the surgery, because I mostly kite without the brace than with. I can say I am proud of myself. I am more careful on the water now, I always warm up before session and stretch afterwards to avoid any more injuries.
What are your proudest achievements so far?
Last year I won the European Junior Championship. I am also the Czech Champion of 2012. We will see what brings this year.
What are your other interests besides kitesurfing?
I love to enjoy life, be happy even if it´s not windy. I love to do other sports, adventures. I used to go snowboarding very often before I really got into kitesurfing. I spent some time in Brazil, where I used to surf a lot. I really really like the cable park! And I love to study languages. My friends are also my interests, I love to spend time with the people I like.
What are your plans for 2013?
I am starting the PKRA world tour, I will do some stops and I will see how it goes. Maybe I will be competing in the Kitesurf Tour Europe, but I am not sure about this yet. Between all this I will try to train and finish my first year of University.
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!
Heading to the beach based on wind forecasts is like going on a blind date. You never know what you’re gonna get. Head out based on a real-time wind feed and you’re sure to be blown away!
Welcome to Windhunters Beta
The wait is over
After months of hard work, research and lots of late nights Windhunters Beta is ready. Windhunters provides real time wind conditions as measured by weather stations at thirteen of the best kiting spots in the Western Cape. Head over to www.windhunters.com and login using your Facebook account. Please bear in mind that this is a beta so there might be a couple of rough spots that we need your help ironing out. If you have any suggestions, find a bug, or just need somebody to talk to, send the boys an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subscription will be free during the beta peroid, thereafter, a monthly or yearly subscription fee will apply. This means you have time to test our site without having to commit to a subscription.
WIN A ONE OF 3, ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO WINDHUNTERS
Winners will be announced on Friday 21 Dec.
Know which wind directions work
On-shore, off-shore, cross-on… Confused yet? We don’t blame you. The wind-compass includes a simple indicator showing which wind directions are good for each spot.
Windhunters Spot List
Thirteen spots across the Western Cape:
With stations at thirteen of the best kiting spots in the Western Cape there’s little chance you’d be dressed up with nowhere to go.
Currently we support the following spots:
Lagoon Beach Rivermouth
Spots in the pipeline:
Thanks to Stephen and Eugene for the time and work they have put into setting this system up. Cape Town surfers, kites, paragliders, sailors and beach users couldn’t ask for a better service than what Windhunters has to offer.
Thanks boys, We’re Stoked
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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Luke McGilliwie is off to the 2nd leg of the KSP in Ireland,
Luke has been getting some decent training in with the last 2 weeks of Solid South Easter.
Check out his latest video from his session with 3 GoPro’s on him and his kites.
Luke McGilliwie on Facebook
CAMRIG – Action Cams and Action Cam mounts (line mounts, strut mounts)
Mandi Ireland Photography
The Epic Day 5 (Photo by John Bilderback)
The contest is taking the right direction : Mens were shredding strapless in fat conditions… respect ! Something happen today, check out the vid at the end of the page….
With the long-anticipated mega swell hitting One Eye today and winds holding strong, the KSP One Eye Pro resumed with Men’s Round 4. Ten- to 12-foot faces (and the occasional 15-footer) kicked the day off to an exhilarating start. More offshore than normal, the strong winds kept the wave faces exceptionally clean, setting the stage for some history and career-making heats.
Riding strapless in Heat 23, Jesse Richman (Hawaii) pulled into the sickest and longest barrel of the event so far, but was knocked off his board as he exited the tube. Had he ridden out of it, “I would have given him a 10,” commented KSP Judge Felix Pivec. “He was so close.” Scoring an 8.5 for his best wave, Richman advanced to the Quarter Finals.
Heat 24 pitted North teammates Patri McLaughlin (Hawaii) and John Amundson (Hawaii) against one another. Demonstrating his progressive, unstrapped surf-influenced style, McLaughlin beat Amundson.
Next, as Women’s Round 4 Heat 11 started, the swell ramped up to 15-foot sets (faces), the biggest of the day so far. Both catching some bombs, Kristin Boese (Germany/Best) rode strapped against the unstrapped Steph Bridge (United Kingdom/North). After Bridge’s kite went down early in the heat, Boese went on to ride a couple monsters, advancing to the Semi Finals.
Standing out from the rest of the women’s pack, Mauritian local Ninja Bichler (originally from Germany) exhibited stellar flow in Heat 12 as she rode the triple-overhead waves top to bottom. Riding 11 waves, Bichler scored an 8 on a set wave, the second highest women’s score of the day — which she later destroyed.
As the wind ramped up a notch and the swell continued to grow in size, Round 5 featured standout riding from Solbach and Monteiro. Sky with an 8 on his best wave and Mitu with an 8.83.
Riding rail to rail on macking waves in Round 5, Bridge advanced to the Semi Finals, where she faced One Eye wave slayer Bichler in Heat 16. Tremendously familiar with the break, the unsponsored Wild Card winner Bichler beat out Bridge with some mind-blowing riding. As the surf jacked up to 20-foot faces, and the Coast Guard rescue boat disappeared deep into the trough, Bichler wasn’t the least bit shy of the quadruple overhead monstrosities. Picking off set wave after set wave, she scored a 9.6 on one bomb, securing her a place in tomorrow’s finals against Marie Gautron (France).
Marie Gautron above, Ninja Bichler under… the girls
Action-packed, the Men’s Quarter Finals shook the ground of the sport as well. Receiving 10s across the board from the five judges, Airton Cozzolino (Italy/North) scored the first perfect wave of the event with his strapless performance in Heat 30. Smashing set waves with clean, dynamic turns in the most critical sections, Cozzolino nudged out the unstrapped Solbach and fell just half a point short of a perfect heat score of 20.
Then in the last Men’s Quarter Final, Heat 32, Monteiro (Cabo Verde/F-One) with his innovative and smooth style faced McLaughlin’s surf-influenced grace, making for one of the closest matchups of the day. With a heat score of 18.5, Montiero knocked out McLaughlin by 2.5 points.
Conditions permitting, tomorrow will consist of Men’s Semi Finals (Pedreira v. Cozzolino and Richman v. Monteiro), followed by Women’s and Men’s Loser’s Finals and Finals.
All results and the upcoming heat order are available at kspworldtour.com/ladder. Stay tuned for the next live webcast with live scoring at 9 a.m. (Mauritius time).
(From KSP Website)
Here are some things to compare when selecting an instructor or school. Not all instruction is equal; it is in your interest to find the best training available. Bottom line, don’t take things for granted, do your homework, and get the most out of your training.
1. Is the instructor certified by a recognized training organization? (PASA , IKO , REAL, BKSA or similar)
2. How long has he/she been professionally teaching kiteboarding?
3. What is the instructor-to-student ratio?
4. What are his lesson plans, anticipated skill progression and time requirements for you, considering your related experience, physical condition and predicted wind/conditions?
5. Is training self-sufficient kiteboarders a primary goal?
6. Is the training area suffi ciently large, uncrowded and away from hard objects?
7. Does he have liability insurance? Is the business registered?
8. Does he use a chase watercraft (boat, jetski, kayak) and radio communications?
9. Try to schedule your lessons when conditions are appropriate for learning: 12 to 18 knots, side to side-onshore.
10. Do you communicate well and comfortably with the instructor?
11. Watch a class. What did they accomplish? Did it appear well organized and effective? What do the students think about the experience?
12. Has the instructor dealt with student injuries? If so, what are his emergency procedures?
13. Is new, well-maintained equipment used with current safety systems along with helmets and impact vests?
14. Can he offer any discounts on the purchase of kiteboarding gear?
15. Is he affiliated with the local kiteboarding association?
16. Cost is an important consideration but not the most important consideration. Effective instruction can save you a lot of time, frustration and possibly injury or damaged equipment.
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