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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Visit southeasterkites.com for more information.
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
You 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
www.rentacheapie.co.za | +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
www.summitcarhire.co.za | +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
www.funcar.co.za | +(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!
North Kiteboarding will be relaunching in August 2019. After the decision of the North Kiteboard management team (including the design and rider teams) to create a new brand called Duotone, it seemed the beloved brand would slip away forever.
But a group of highly experienced industry individuals, with more than 20 years of combined experience, has decided to continue with the North Kiteboarding brand. The new team members worked as design managers for companies like Neil Pryde (Cabrinha).
The change also includes a new business model. Tom Whidden, CEO of North Technology Group (NTG), feels that there is an abundance of technology available within the group that can be harnessed to share the passion for the wind and waves with the loyal brand followers. He believes that sailing and kiting are both equipment-driven sports. And the better your gear, the more you will be able to enjoy the water sports.
History of The North Kiteboarding Brand
The company was officially started in 2001. They jumped on the kiteboarding bandwagon right in the beginning, becoming one of two industry leaders to dominate the sport. Their strategy was simple. Produce great kites with brilliant designs, created by a passionate and strong team.
North Kiteboarding originated from a company called North Sails. Started by Lowell North in 1957, it grew into the largest global sail manufacturing company. It all began with just a simple conversation at a bar. Becoming fascinated with wind technology, Lowell kept improving from his first make-shift sail for a friend. He investigated the latest technology available, and soon became a world-famous sail producer.
Windsurfing started to emerge as a sport in the 80’s and 90’s and Lowell was instantly fascinated with it. North Sails started to develop ground-breaking wave sails for the kiteboarding fanatics. They created some of the best and fastest performing wave sails.
But then in 2000 the North Sails brand was sold to a parent company called Boards and More. The North Kiteboarding brand was sold before it even really took off. The brand was kept but the company grew into a whole new business. They became just as famous and successful as North Sails. A similar business philosophy was followed. And the two brands have one other big thing in common, always willing to explore new technology trends.
North Kiteboarding has always been a proud innovator in the kiteboarding community. They challenge themselves to create innovative gear that enhances the kiteboarding experience. Always striving to create high-quality gear, the brand has remained a firm favourite among kiteboarding enthusiasts since its humble beginnings.
Creating New Visions
The North Kiteboarding team will create a whole new brand experience to build a fresh connection with the kiteboarding community. On the technical side, it will still be managed under the brand license holder, namely North Sails. But a whole new management and design team will be responsible for creating epic kiteboarding equipment, with brand new product names.
The new brand leaders include David Meade, Mike Raper (20 years at Neil Pryde), Klaus Warkentin (Cabrinha), and Hugh Pinfold. The North Technology Group (NTG) has decided to investment both time and money in the North Kiteboarding brand.
This change of direction comes after the end of a third-party licensing agreement. Now the brand will be managed from the home office again. NTG will now again be involved in the design, innovation and manufacturing of products.
The most amazing sport in the world
The company is excited about the new world-class management team that will create brand new products, including all wind-powered craft components – from technology and foils, to masts and boards. North’s unparalleled technology innovations will be harnessed in a fresh new way.
What to Expect
The first new North Kiteboarding product range is scheduled for global release in August 2019. North Kiteboarding’s new team will tap into the NTG resources to create exciting new products that the loyal North riders as well as the broader kiting community will greatly enjoy.
Mike Raper, North Kiteboarding’s Director of Development and Brand, feels that this new venture is an exciting prospect for the industry in general. Blowing a wave of fresh new air into the brand’s sails the new team is keen to share innovative, new products with both retailers and riders.
The North Technology Group has made great progress in the industry. Their success with America’s Cup hydrofoiling, mast innovations as well as North 3Di composite sail innovations has made the world sit up and take notice of the company. The unique solar airplane prototyping is another ground-breaking step they’ve taken. All these specialised technologies can now be adopted and incorporated in the kiteboarding products that the North Kiteboarding brand will develop.
The North Kiteboarding’s new management team includes highly experienced industry leaders and innovators. They are excited about making kiteboarding a more sustainable, innovative, exciting and accessible sport worldwide.
Review of the New 2018 North Kiteboarding Rebel Kite
North Kiteboarding’s Director of Manufacturing and Operations, David Mead, is very excited to be working with NTG’s composite designers and engineers. He wants to harness his team’s passion and industry experience to produce a range of high performance gear. He feels that the future holds great opportunities for the revived brand, incorporating NTG’s extensive aero and hydro knowhow into products that will impress the kiteboarding community.
North Is Coming Home
North Kiteboarding is excited to return to the wind innovation home. Their journey started with the North Technology Group and it has now made a full circle return to it again. NTG is also very excited to have the brand back on board with them, keen to innovate and produce products that will impress the kiteboarding fanatics that have stayed loyal to the brand over the years.
To stay in the loop, you can register for direct email updates. These are available to both retailers and fans of the brand.
How does nine months of reliable wind, good weather and epic waves sound to you? Brazil‘s Atlantic coast is a kitesurfer’s dream come true. If you want to challenge yourself with a combo of perfect conditions, physical exertion, and technical know-how – book your ticket to Brazil now.
It’s (Almost) Always Sunny
Not only is the weather amazing from June until the end of December, the water is on average a delightful 28 degrees. You can hunt down the wind if it’s not so good at your current spot. The more North you go, the better the kiteboarding conditions. Here’s a list of the best spots we recommend for kitesurfing in Brazil.
This little beachside village used to be a quiet fishing hamlet. Until the 80’s when word got out about how lovely it is. Now the place gets swamped in season by holiday-goers and surfers alike. The kiteboarding on the main beach is a bit limited at times because of its popularity. If you travel a little bit further to Preá, about 15km (9.3 miles) down the coast, you can indulge in a quieter surfing session.
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When visiting Atins you’ve reached one of the Top 4 Kiteboarding flatwater spots worldwide. It is situated in a river delta by the sea, with an amazing national park on its doorstep. You can keep yourself busy for days here, with various types of conditions to choose from. Play around on the river delta’s flat water, explore the unique shallow lagoons formed between the dunes, or challenge yourself on the choppy waves of the open sea. Atins is a small fishing village that has been transformed into a kitesurfing hub, with a number of quaint Atins kitesurfing guest houses and pousadas. The conditions are perfect. It offers you constant cross-shore winds, access to shallow warm waters, and endless flat waters. Visit in the windy season from July to January and you can enjoy winds between 15 to 30 knots.
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
During the rainy season from November to May (with the peak rainfall in December to February) the sand dunes are transformed into a kiteboarding paradise. The little dips and valleys between the dunes are filled up with freshwater, creating seasonal lagoons. This happens because the rocks beneath the sand prevents the water from draining. The desert was declared a protected area in 1981, it’s 383,000-acre (155,000 ha) in total, with 70 km (43 mi) of coastline.
Reaching this idyllic spot is worth the effort. It’s 250km (155 miles) West of Jericoacoara, another challenging spot to get to. The little sleepy town is perfect for serious kiters. The seawater lagoons are ideal to become better acquainted with the sport. And it can still provide enough challenges for the pros to enjoy it as well. The wind blows at a constant 18 to 28 knots. And next to the stunning lagoons you can lounge on the silky soft sand.
It’s one of the top kiting resorts of the country. This one can be reached effortlessly, it’s only a 30-minute drive from the international airport in Fortaleza. Get ready for plenty of kitesurfing and socialising – the well-developed infrastructure includes kit shops, and schools hosting courses. With the wind always blowing, you can harness the beauty of the tranquil sea lagoons.
Barra da Tijuca
The best Brazilian kitesurfing beaches are on the North-East side of the country. But if you are visiting Rio de Janeiro you can also work in a few good surfing sessions. This 17 km (10.6 mile) beach is part of the city’s west zone. On the weekends and in the holiday season you will spot a cloud of kites on the picture-perfect blue ocean. You can easily reach it by taxi from Ipanema or Copacabana. Along the beach you will find spots to rent kites as well as a few training schools.
São Miguel do Gostoso
Peak kiteboarding season at this spot is from November to January. The quaint little town has a great laid-back, rustic vibe to it. There are four beaches to choose from. The main one is sandy and flat, offering you clear shallows at low tide. The other ones offer you great wave-riding and jump opportunities.
Also known as ‘little Icaraí do Amontada’. The six kilometres (3.7 miles) of beach will provide you with peaceful, perfect kiting conditions. This spot is less crowded as some of the other highly popular Brazilian kiteboarding options. It’s ideal for surfers who want to play hard in the waves during the day and relax just as hard in the evenings. You can expect winds of up to 30 knots. It gets even stronger and blusterier in the afternoons. To the South you will find great flat areas and to the North there are great bumps and jumps to enjoy. The Northward beaches are much less known, discoveries waiting to happen.
Another lesser-known spot, up the coast to the north of Fortaleza. The small fishing village is a favourite of wave junkies, with the waves hitting the two metres (6.6 feet) high mark. Serious boarders can hit the bay to bag a new trick or two, and the flat-water riders can head to the lagoon. Keep your camera ready for epic photos of Brazil at its best!
Brazil boasts with some of the best wind conditions found around the world. Here you can pick and choose between the sea, lagoons, and lakes. There’s a constant wind in the North-East of Brazil. Enjoy breath-taking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean after a day of rewarding kitesurfing in great conditions.
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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
There’s a new app in town for kitesurfing fanatics. We all know that once people get hooked on a new sport, they go a little bit nuts over it. Well, now you have the chance to share your passion with like-minded people.
Not only do you get to surf the best waves, you get to make new friends while doing it! The app is the brainchild of Lukas Reusch and Max Fischer, both epic kitesurfers. One of the features of the app that they are most proud of, is the live spot communication. Want to find other people that also enjoy your favorite kitesurfing spots? Simply search for a spot, mark it as your favorite, and voila, you become part of the community.
You can also subscribe to notifications about your favorite spots for up to date information. If you can’t find the spot you love, you can add it to the map to introduce it to other kitesurfers from around the world. Add a few tips or images about the place or share an on-the-fly spot report.
What’s an On-The-Fly Spot Report
Sure, you can check a weather app for the daily forecast. Or maybe you are lucky and there’s a webcam set up at your favorite kitesurfing spot. But the best way to get the most reliable information about the weather, surfing conditions, and state of the waves – is from someone kitesurfing at your spot. The Kitecloud app is all about building a supportive community for kitesurfers. By sharing information with fellow kitesurfers, everybody’s experience of the sport is enhanced.
An on-the-fly spot report will offer you live-time information about the weather conditions, wind intensity, and wave quality. It will also provide you with an indication of how many people are currently kitesurfing at a specific spot. You can also add your own picture or video.
Make the Circle Bigger
Once you really get into kitesurfing, you are bound to start dreaming about traveling to awesome spots around the world. And you will most definitely need awesome people from all over the globe to tell you where you should and shouldn’t kitesurf. While travelling you don’t want to waste your time (or money) on the wrong places.
With the Kitecloud app you can instantly find the best kitesurfing spots all around the world. Use the spot-map, type in the city or village you will be visiting, and the nearest kitesurfing spots will pop up. Once you’ve added it to your favorite spots, you can start chatting to people that have kitesurfed at the specific spot. Remember to activate the notifications so you can constantly stay in the loop. And you can use the app in a language you are comfortable with. The language options include English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.
Why Should Kitesurfers Use an App to Connect With Each Other
Nobody likes missing out on a good kitesurfing session. FOMO is real! With the Kitecloud app you never have to worry about that again. And you can feel like a real VIP as part of a worldwide social network specifically for kitesurfers! Not only can you get live updates of your favorite kitesurfing spots around the world, you can share your experiences with other kitesurfers.
Plus, you can plan sessions with potential new friends in a foreign country, create car pools for kitesurfing trips. And you can find out who feels like grabbing a beer after the session. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a country you are travelling to; ask a local to give you some tips on activities, the kite-spot options in the area, or kite-schools.
So, what are you waiting for? Join the coolest community ever!
Download the app now on Google Play storeand the iTunes store.
The best-selling kite of all time has gotten another upgrade for the 2017 kitesurfing season. Cabrinha is proud to present the all-improved 2017 Switchblade, which is widely known among kitesurfers as the most versatile kite on the market, with its five-strut hybrid design, draft forward profile, and fusion wing-tip shape.
For 12 years in a row this kite has been flying off the shelves because it is just such a high-performance crossover kite for any type of rider, whether they freestyle, freeride, do big air jumps, or merely want to ride the waves. But what makes the 2017 model different from previous models?
Kitesurfers will be happy to know that the kite still flies the same as the older models and that the upgrades mostly entail higher durability. On average, a kite that is used about 50 times a year will last approximately three years. We have made a few changes in the material of the canopy and bridle lines and adjusted a few sewing points, which result in less stretch. The new Volae materials have taken five years to develop, and deliver the lowest stretch available on the market. This means that the new Switchblade will be able to endure the harsh effects of the sun and wind a lot longer and you will be able to enjoy the new Switchblade for a few years more than the average kite. This is a big plus point for beginner riders who can’t afford more than one kite.
We have also upgraded the sprint hose connections with a one-way airlock for faster inflation and deflation time, and the new trailing edge reinforcements afford greater stability and control.
The Cabrinha Switchblade is the perfect kite for almost all types of riders, whether you are a beginner or a pro, you like flat or choppy water, you like jumping big or riding the waves, or whether you want to ride unhooked, the Switchblade makes all of these a breeze (in both a breeze and gale-force winds).
No matter the wind conditions or the angle of attack, the five-strut design will hold the canopy true to its shape, which results in more responsiveness and control. To bridge the gap between a segmented and curved canopy, we doubled the aerodynamic control by cutting each canopy panel in half at the centre section, which provides the decisive curvature control where 90% of the kite’s performance originates.
The Switchblade’s handling is extremely predictable, with smooth power delivery which is perfect for sharp and precise turns. It has a great upwind performance, resulting in exceptionally high hang times, and is very easy to relaunch. It is perfect for the rider who wants predictability, high-end performance, style, power, and craftsmanship.
So if you are an experienced rider looking for an additional kite or want to replace an old kite, or if you want to start kitesurfing, the 2017 Switchblade is an obvious option. It is available in sizes 4 to 14, and costs the same as most other high-performance kites on the market.
Drop in at your nearest Cabrinha dealer and see for yourself why the Switchblade is the best-selling and most popular kite of all time. You may just end up never wanting to fly any other kite again.