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South Easter Kites – A South African Kitesurfing Company

If you’ve visited Cape Town during spring to late summer for more than a week, you’ve most likely met the South Easter wind. It starts blowing by the end of August and does not really stop until March. It reaches its peak in November and December.

Winds of up to 160km/h have been recorded around the Table Bay area. Terrible news for a lady trying to keep her hairdo in immaculate order, but music to the ears of kitesurfers who have travelled from around the world to experience it. During the high wind season kitesurfers flock to Cape Town to conquer the infamous South Easter.

Born in A Storm

South Easter Kitesurfing Founders

Four passionate Cape Townians decided that this famous wind is the perfect name for their locally produced kites. South Easter is a unique kite brand designed and made in South Africa. The company was started in 2016 by Olaf Marting, Chris Krafft, Michi Dachsberger, and Delton Alexander.

Olaf Marting was the South African agent for North Kiteboarding until he decided to focus his attention on the new South Easter brand. His passion for kitesurfing dates back to 2004, which is basically since the inception of Kitesurfing. Olaf holds two kitesurfing records, both achieved during the Walvis Bay Speed Challenge World Record Chase, which was hosted in his homeland Namibia. In 2004 he recorded a speed of 41.67 knots and 41.79 knots in 2005.

Olaf has incredible insight into the South African and international kitesurfing scene, more than anyone we have interviewed before. He is a design engineer by profession and is responsible for the kite’s technical aspects and design. Under Olaf’s supervision South Easter uses the latest technology available to push their kites as far as possible.

Christ Krafft brings years of business and management knowledge to his role as the captain of the ship. He makes sure that the passion for the sport of kitesurfing and kite design, which is overflowing in the team, is steered in the right direction and all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

Michi Dachsberger has over 40 years’ experience in sail making. He started his journey in the sailing industry at age 17, when he started repairing windsurfing sails in a windsurfing loft in his Austrian hometown. This experience and his immense focus on detail and perfection means that the kites South Easter are producing have been monitored for quality and design at every step of the process.

Delton Alexander has 25 years’ experience in the textile industry and oversees the kite production.

Olaf’s wife, Marica Marting, is a textile expert and has joined the South Easter team to bring her textile and fabric expertise to the team. She has expanded the South Easter offering into bags and accessories from the recycled materials of old kites.

Every member of the lead team exudes passion for their product and this is why we are confident that South Easter kites are going to be a force to reckoned with in the South African and international kitesurfing scene as they keep delivering amazing products to the market.

Why Produce Kites in Cape Town?

Cape Town’s Western seaboard is to kitesurfers what Hawaii is to surfers. It’s rated a world-class destination for people serious about kitesurfing. Not only do riders from across the globe travel to Cape Town on a pilgrimage to conquer the mighty South Easter –  the world’s best kitesurfing brands bring their test teams and new equipment to Cape Town. Here they can stress test and optimise their products in our epic conditions.

The South Easter team realised they are sitting on a kite design testing gem by being located on the doorstep of one of the world’s best kitesurfing spots. Building and designing a kite in Cape Town reduces the lag time between design, manufacture, testing and tweaking down to hours and minutes rather than weeks and months. Imagine building a kite, driving down the road, testing it out, and tweaking it – all within a few hours.

Instead of competing with the mass-produced kites of the Chinese factories, they aim to create a uniquely South African product designed and built right here in Cape Town.

Giving Back to The Community

One of the biggest benefits of locally producing a kite, is the immense job creation opportunities – currently the South Easter brand employs 18 staff. Many of these workers were unemployed in South Africa’s floundering textile industry before they became part of this exciting new initiative. The staff have been meticulously trained in how to build and produce kites to South Easter’s high standards. The company and management team know that it is a massive responsibility to their staff to make their company and business a success, but we could feel the comradery in their exciting enterprise.

South Easter Kites Made In South Africa

South Easter has created a staff trust, with 10% of their profits being allocated to help their staff members build a better future for their families.

The company has the core belief of making kitesurfing more accessible to our youth and host a number of community kitesurfing days, such as their project to teach the kids from Milnerton High to master the waves. They are also looking for worthy local kitesurfing talent to sponsor and represent the brand, such as Lauren Mia Pearce who they believe represent the kitesurfing ideals South Easter holds true to.

South Easter Kites Made In South Africa

South Easter Kites Production

Cutting Out the Middleman

By controlling both the design and production process, South Easter is able to cut out the middleman and reduce their supply chain costs. By dealing directly with the fabric and material providers the company can reduce the mark-up placed on the production stages of the kites. The direct contact with the suppliers also gives them access to the most technically-advanced fabrics and best technology on offer.

South Easter Colourful Materials

A normal kite production supply chain looks like this:

Fabric and Material Supplier-> Chinese Factory -> Kitesurfing Brand and Design -> International Shipping and Tariffs -> Local Kite Store-> Kitesurfer

At each stage a mark-up and profit needs to be made which adds to the final price the kitesurfer has to pay.

South Easter’s supply chain looks something like this

Fabric and Material Supplier -> South Easter Kiteboarding -> Kitesurfer

South Easter Kitesurfing is also partnering with some of your favourite local kite stores, so stay tuned.

Cutting Down on The Price

The South Easter’s Onyx II is up to 20% cheaper than the nearest competitor. This is achieved by a more direct production chain as mentioned, import duties on raw supplies rather than a finished product, and their local partners.

A Longer Lasting Kite

One of the company’s core beliefs is to produce a kite with a longer lifespan. They do this through their longevity-focused design and production plus being able to use more expensive and technical materials from the suppliers, due to their cost saving supply chain.

South Easter Kites Details

South Easter Kites Details

South Easter Kites Details

An example of this is the Teufelberger Dynema SK 95 620dkN Brake Loadlines South Easter has chosen to use for their kites. These lines offer a higher break load than normally offered on kites and has a very low stretch factor, one of the lowest in the industry. What this means for you is that your kite will keep flying at its optimum performance for longer.

The Designer, Sail Maker and Test Pilot

Each member of the South Easter team brings his own special skill set to the mix. Together they create a dynamic team that is set to change the kitesurfing industry for good. They see themselves as disruptors, dreamers, and innovators.

The kitesurfing community share a common love of the water, wind and waves. South Easter aims to produce kites that embrace these three elements to provide the ultimate experience to a kitesurfing fanatic.

From the raw material to the end-product, every design and manufacturing step is completed in-house. Each kite undergoes a meticulous production process, with 230 checkpoints and it takes two weeks to manufacture one kite.

South Easter Kites Production

South Easter also offers some unique options when buying your new kite. You can trade in your old kite and they will use it to produce shopping bags and laptop covers. You can also specify the colours and design of your Onyx kite if you have the knowledge and CAD abilities.

Look out for their own little unique touches, such as the factory coordinates printed on the side of the kite and a little Table Mountain icon as a stamp of being proudly produced in South Africa.

South Easter Kite Unique Details

South Easter Kite Unique Details

South Easter Table Mountain

Buy Your South Easter Onyx II Now

2018/2019 is the second season that the South Easter’s Onyx II has been on the market. Originally, they focused on the popular sizes of 7, 9, and 12 meters. But have now added 6, 8, and 10 meters to the range as well.

You can order your kite from the South Easter online store. Or phone the factory to make an appointment if you want to pop in to see the factory and choose your kite.

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The Best Car Rental Companies to Use When Kitesurfing In Cape Town

Cape Town is an epic adventure destination for kitesurfers. There are tons of great spots to explore and test your skills in the mighty Cape of Storms waters. It’s great if you can find accommodation within walking distance from the beach, but the rest of the time you will need a car with a sturdy roof rack to transport your board.

Luckily there are cheap car rental companies that offer roof racks as extras in Cape Town. But you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg just to travel down to the beach, so we’ve hunted down a few affordable car rental companies for you to consider.

Kitesurfing Car Rentals with Roof Racks in Cape Town

Reant A cheapie With Roof RacksYou don’t need a fancy car to transport you to the beach. There are car rental companies that specialize in cheaper rentals.

Rentacheapie Car Hire

30 Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland | +27 (021) 510 2808

RentaCheapie was established in 2006. It started out with a friendly exchange between neighbours. From the first cheapie Golf being hired out for R100 per day as a favour, it soon grew into three old Chico Golfs, rented out from a double garage. Soon word got out, and more and more kite and wind surfing travellers booked a cheapie for their beachside holiday.

Random fact, in Paris the Chico Golf is a bit of a fashion statement. Cheap and reliable is back in fashion! The fleet grew from 3 to 50 cars. The RentaCheapie team is almost like a close-knit family, with great job creation for 30 staff members. Just over ten years later, they have over 350 vehicles in their fleet, and their prices are still close to R100 per day. The cars range from the budget Chico Golfs, to 4×4 Toyota Landcruisers. Additional services include vehicle cover and 24/7 roadside assistance.

Summit Car Hire

37c Stella Road, Montague Gardens, Montague Gardens, 7441 | +27 (021) 007 1365

This is a great option for cash car hire in Cape Town. They offer both one day and monthly options. The company was started after noticing that there was a need in the market for offering affordable car hire, without requiring your credit card to kick off your holiday.

The fleet started with only two cars and has now grown to over 200 vehicles. Rental options range from affordable cars, to bakkies and busses (7 and 10 seaters). It’s located conveniently close to the Montague Gardens MyCiti bus terminal, so you can travel here effortlessly from the airport. Comprehensive insurance cover is included in the rental price. Extras include baby chairs, GPS units, and roof racks.

Fun Car Hire

Engen Garage, 194 Upper Buitenkant street, Vredehoek | +(27) 73 442 4273

Fun Car Hire was started over a decade ago. They now have a fleet of more than 50 cars. It’s a family business with a great personal touch. Their speciality is the classic Beetles. Other affordable old cars include the Mazda Sting and Citi Golf. But they also offer more modern models such as the Kia Picanto, Jeep Cherokee and Mercedes Benz.

Older cars do have the possibility of giving you possible hiccups along the way, but their 24/7 roadside assistance means that you don’t have to worry about getting stranded. Remember to treat the classics with TLC to ensure that you have an enjoyable rental experience.

Kitesurfing Car Rentals

Whether you decide to book one of the older models or ride in style with a more modern model, hiring a car for your kitesurfing holiday is definitely worth it. The independence a rental car gives you is a big bonus!

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A Look At Airush Kiteboarding’s New Foil Range

August is such an epic time for kitesurfing as all the kiteboarding companies launch their new product ranges.

Check out this interview with Airush Kiteboarding’s brand director running through the 2019 foils.

Brand of the Year! Airush Kiteboarding interview with Clinton Filen.

Posted by Kitesurfing Magazine on Friday, 17 August 2018

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Introducing Duotone Kitesurfing

North Kiteboarding has changed its name to Duotone Kiteboarding. The rebranding brings a fresh, new wave of inspiration to the beloved kiting brand. But just because they’ve changed their name, it doesn’t mean that the gear’s performance will be affected.

Same Great Product Just A New Name

Some people in the kiting community are a bit baffled by the new name, but the company has reassured everyone that it’s only a rebranding change. Everything else will stay the same – from the manufacturing, patents, and distribution, to the team, and designers.

The famous brand has been serving the kitesurfing community since 2001. The official rebranding to Duotone Kitesurfing is due to take effect in August 2018. The Boards & More kite division will continue to produce cutting-edge equipment for kitesurfing enthusiasts to embrace everything the sport has to offer.

Duotone Kitesurfing will strive to remain at the forefront of advanced kiting technologies, pushing the barriers to develop high-quality equipment. The dynamic team behind the scenes will remain the same, and as passionate about kitesurfing as always. This includes the research and development department, production, distribution, and the athlete teams.

Everyone is very excited about the breath of fresh air that the rebranding will bring to the company. Life is all about changing and evolving with the times. And sometimes something as little as a new brand name can spark a burst of new energy.

It’s All About the People

North Kitesurfing has survived this long in the industry because of the people dedicating their time and energy to producing the best kitesurfing equipment. The combination of passion, knowledge, and skills enables the brand to produce the best kites and boards.

Each team member gives it their all – from the shaping room, to the sewing tables, to the product testers on the waters. A challenge is set out to the team and everybody pulls together to find the solution and to address a specific need that has been observed. Everyone can rest assured that the Duotone Kiteboarding products will be exactly the same quality as the North Kiteboarding.

Duotone Crew Windsurfing

The Team Behind the Brand

Aaron Hadlow hails from the United Kingdom. He is a five times Kiteboarding World Champion and has won the Red Bull King of the Air twice. His impressive career kicked off on a family holiday in Cabarete in 2000. Aaron’s passion and dedication to kitesurfing paid off and it seems the sport loves him right back. His career is one of the most successful ones in the history of the sport.

The renowned world champion was the catalyst for the Duotone Vegas evolution. The kitesurfing community sits up and pays attention when Aaron talks and many kitesurfers adopted his Hadlow-setup for their Vegas. This formidable man is a great influencer of the sport.

Airton Cozzolino Lopes was born and raised on the Cape Verde islands. A love for the ocean was infused in his blood. Airton switched from board surfing to kite surfing and went on to win the GKA Wave & Strapless in 2016 and 2017 plus the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour, hosted in Cape Verde, in 2018. He also grabbed 1st place in the Freestyle World Tour.

It’s still a bit of a mystery as to how he manages to remain so stable on his board without straps. Rumour has it, the bottoms of his feet have suction cups. Airton is one of the major influencers in strapless freestyle, wavekiting, and SUPing.

Duotone Dice 2019

The Brand History

Aaron and Airton were part of the first group of kitesurfers, riding the downwind from Ho’okipa to Kanaha. They jumped on the bandwagon and travelled to Maui, the Baltic Sea, and Tarifa to explore the thrilling new sport. They tried out directionals and twin tips; experimented with two, four or five lines; developed Delta-shapes, C-shapes, and safety bars.

The dynamic duo has remained an integral part of the kitesurfing evolution for the past 20 years. Not only did they follow the new kitesurfing trends – they created the trends. Aaron and Airton have managed to gather likeminded individuals to create a formidable team of kitesurfing enthusiasts, who happen to get paid to produce kitesurfing equipment for others to enjoy the exciting sport.

Related: Managing Director of Boards & More, Till Eberele, talks about the exciting new Duotone brand.

It’s a hands-on industry, engineers or team riders hit the water every day to test out new products. Everybody working at Duotone Kitesurfing wants to push the sport to the next level. Since the early days of kitesurfing, the sport has rapidly evolved and progressed. But the end is not in sight yet, there’s always a little tweak that can produce an even better kitesurfing experience.

Innovation is an integral part of the Duotone Kitesurfing philosophy. Instead of sticking to what works, they take what works and strive to make it better. Together with innovation, high-quality is another important value they always strive to maintain. Because the team members are kitesurfing fanatics, the products produced are not simply about the money – it’s about a way of life.

Duotone Kiteboarding

Community Involvement

Duotone Kitesurfing is more than just a kitesurfing equipment manufacturer. They have kitesurfing schools and competency centres around the world, using their products to introduce new people to the sport, or to share the insider tricks and tips with those already hooked on kitesurfing.

2019 Duotone Kitesurfing Products Release

The Duotone Rebel and Dice is scheduled for release in August/September and the Vegas and Neo shortly thereafter. Duotone Twintips and Surfboards will follow the August kite releases. In November/December the Duotone Evo will be available and the Duotone Mono and Juice is scheduled for the spring of 2019. The availability depends on the production speed. Shipping and customs protocol to a specific country will also influence the availability.

Want to become part of the kitesurfing community? Sign up for the Duotone Kitesurfing newsletter to stay in the loop with all the latest kitesurfing trends, news about team riders, and exciting new products.

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Cabinrha Kiteboarding Teaser 4 Days To Go

Cabrinha 2019 Is Here! Check Out The Video

The Cabrinha Kiteboarding 2019 launch is almost upon us, and in this video we get the first taste of what is to come.

The video shows some great news colours, a new foil ecosystem – Hi:Rise, a new kite called the Moto, some new surfboard shapes and new premium bindings.

The video only offers a taste of what is to come and we cannot wait to see more.

The full launch happens on the 14th of August 2019, so keep coming back for more snippets before then. 4 Days to go!