BEST kiteboarding – Everyone Knows 2015

best kiteboardingThe Best team met up to celebrate the arrival of the new 2015 gear. Everybody knows that the Best characters like to shred their hearts out! Luckily one does recover fast when accommodated in beautiful locations so the team also had the power to party hard, go dirt biking, go-carting, speed boating, skating…
Filmed and edited by talented Mr. Miguel Willis
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Music by – Elementary Penguins – Everybody Knows My Name Especially On The Dance Floor
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Featuring the Best Team Riders bestkiteboarding.com/de/team/ and their new 2015 gear Ride.Best/2015

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Everybody Knows from Best Kiteboarding on Vimeo.

 

 

Red Bull Kite road trip in South Africa with Aaron, Ruben, Lewis & Luke

Aaron Hadlow kiteboarding Witsands

Aaron Hadlow kiteboarding Witsands – Photo: Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull

 

Red Bull kiteboarders Aaron Hadlow and Ruben Lenten were joined by UK’s Lewis Crathern and South Africa Kiteboarder Luke McGilliwie on an epic road trip to the paradise fat water spot Witsands, Breede River on South Africa’s Garden Route earlier this year, in preperation for the Red Bull King Of the Air in Cape Town. This is the video of the road trip.

Red Bull King Of The Air 2013 – Excerpt from Jaco Laubscher on Vimeo.

A 24 minute kiteboarding special for the Red Bull Media House about the birth of the sport and the re-launch of the most prestigious event in kiteboarding.

Red Bull King Of The Air 2013

With some of the World’s best international and local kiting talent, the Red Bull King Of The Air was rebooted in Big Bay on the 3rd of February 2013. With 16 invited riders and 6 local entries to go head to head in a ‘flag-out’ competition (During the heat the riders vest colours, represented by flags, are removed according to their scores whereby the top 2 advance). Ultimately the American Jesse Richman went on to claim the title, beating Nick Jacobson and and Sam Light in the final.

A judging panel including, Greg Thijsse, Susi Mai and Kiteworld Magazine editor Jim Gaunt judged the riders on their style, creativity and height of their massive jumps.

Andries Fourie was the highest advancing South African, making it to the semi-finals.

Results:

1. Jesse Richman (USA)

2. Nick Jacobsen (Denmark)

3. Sam Light (GBR)

4. Youri Zoon (Ned)

5. Andries Fourie (RSA)

6. Lewis Crathern (GBR)

7. Gianni Aragno (ESP)

8. Kevin Langeree (NED)

Images: © Bianca Asher Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Crathern 2012 Movie

We got an email from Lewis Crathern this morning, and it’s also great hearing what he’s been up to. After Jumping over the Worthing and Brighton piers he has become a household name in the UK aswell as the rest of the world. And there is nothing greater than someone who has the chance to make a difference actually doing so.

Through his involvement within Education, Lewis has also become a prolific success away from the waterline and is currently more motivated to teach Kids about Thinking Eco & living healthy than ever before. Using his passion for the exciting sport of Kitesurfing Lewis is able to inspire the younger generation by re-living challenges he has experienced within his own life.

Crathern has also been causing a stir on the airwaves, having ventured in a new direction of Commentator/Presenter. At a time where the General Public may find ‘the most rapidly growing watersport in the world’ hard to grasp Lewis is well renowned with the ability to communicate the sport to all levels in an informative yet witty way. Lewis’s typical, energetic presence in the commentary booth or in front of the camera has resulted in many lead positions for Extreme Sport’s Event’s and TV Productions around the world.

Lewis Kitesurfing 2012 from Windmachine on Vimeo.

Below are some of the projects Lewis has been Busy with, see what he has to say and get involve.

Picnic In The Park

Picnic in The Park took place this month and the weather was great for the second year running. It’s quite an unusual event for me to attend as its based in a park in land (not where you usually find kitesurfers) but it has a great vibe and offers the public a closer look at Kitesurfing. Families come down through out the day to have a picnic and see all the different stands/exhibitions. It’s a great time for parents to talk to me about kitesurfing, they all usually like the look of it they just need a push to get out there and get some lessons! The kids love it too, I’ve learnt that a bar tied to the van is the perfect simulation for them, they really believe they are on the water kitesurfing!

Church

I’m not a major religious man but I did go to Church in Lancing the other month for “The Blessing Of The Boats”. It’s an annual event which originally involved blessing the boats of the local fishermen. In a more modern way they blessed my kitesurf board and a local sailors Dinghy. It was moving to see a whole church of people focusing some time to care about people using the water. During the ceremony I went up the front and chatted a bit about why Lancing is a great spot for kitesurfing. My local beach I learnt to kitesurf at has the 3rd biggest Kite Club in the Country!

Last weekend I commentated/presented The Worthing International Birdman event with Dave Hunt my Local Radio Icon. Birdman is a competition for human powered flying machines that take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. Seeing as I have some history with the Pier its fitting that I’m involved with the event sharing my flying knowledge!

There are 3 flying classes so prospective entrants can decide if they wish to be a serious aviator or want to take part for fun and raise money for charity. This event brings thousands of visitors to Worthing over the weekend (over 10,000 on Sunday!), gaining both national and international publicity. The exposure is great for me over the weekend as I’m on full screen live broadcast commentating the event to the beach. Most years are windy so I can put on a kitesurfing show for the beach however it was not to be this year but the conditions did suit the flyers well.

See me in action on the event video here http://youtu.be/Ga-6tcpGVyU and some BBC coverage here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19310902

Coming up in the next few months….

The Autumn conditions are just round the corner, the most extreme of the year – high winds and big seas I can’t wait. My schools program continues in England and I’ll be off to wales to see Steve Jones http://www.kiteboardinglessons.co.uk/ to work with some of his clients in a Clinic Based Weekend. I also have some great clinics to take in Egypt with African Space (Oct) and Morocco with Wave Riders (Nov)

Speak soon, Lew