07 Jan 2017

2016 Annual Kitesurf Summary

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Tarifa in July

The year that passed has been a slightly different one that I initially imagined. I kickstarted the season with three weeks in St Lucia, with a 50/50 wind ratio. Immediately after that I moved from London to Gibraltar in the hope of sun, wind and a different life. I got all three of them. I certainly got sun, and I also changed my busy Metropolitan lifestyle for something a lot more simple and relaxed. I also got a lot of wind, and Tarifa only 30 minutes away. But despite this I didn’t get out as much as I had hoped for. The problem was living in Gibraltar. Trying to cross the border into Spain after work turned out to be a nightmare with car queues up to an hour some days. This resulted in me resorting to weekends mainly. But without a solid community of kite buddies, which I’d had in London, riding also became less of a priority even in the weekends.

In the end I actually didn’t get more kitesurfing done in 2016 despite my seemingly ideal location. Progress has been slow and although I’ve picked up a few new tricks like the double front, a clumsy dark slide and switch rolls I still haven’t cracked front to blind.

First part of 2017 brings me back to UK, and the South coast. I’m hoping for many sessions, even mid-week after work. I’m even going to share flat with another kiter so potentially there will be a big focus on riding and progressing this year. I’m also planning a few trips this summer, maybe Sri Lanka or Mauritius and the Meds.

2015 hard facts:

Days on the water: 42
Most used kite: Element 15m, shared 2nd place 10 meters Nitro and Legacy
Countries surfed: 3 (St Lucia, Spain, Sweden)

More action to come in 2017. See you on the beach!

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26 Dec 2015

2015 Annual Kitesurf Summary

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30 Dec 2014

2014 Annual Kitesurf Summary

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2014-kitesurf-collage

As the year comes to an end it’s once again time to reflect on the past 12 months, and look into the crystal ball for 2015.

The 2014 UK season has got to have it – it was one of the worst summers and even autumns I’ve experienced so far. It could easily be a month without any decent wind so I’m lucky I could go on 3 kite trips all of which delivered plenty of riding. Despite that my progress didn’t quite reach to where I wanted it to be at the end of the year. I did learn some new tricks, especially kiteloops and surface passes, but I really wished for more unhooked progress. Practise and guts is all it takes I guess. Practise and more practise.

The team rider program with Switch ended which I felt quite dismayed about, but on the upside of things my girlfriend took her first lessons and is now up and riding independently without an instructor.

It was a great year for social kitesurfing with the London lift share booming. A lot of new cool people met, but also a few sad good byes to friends leaving town.

For 2015 there is a huge change in lifestyle coming up as I’m moving into freelancing at the beginning of the year. I would be lying if I said that kitesurfing has nothing to do with this move. Picture a lifestyle where you work for 2, 3 months and then take one month off and go on a kite trip and then repeat. That’s where I want to be, and 2015 is all about trying to make it happen.

Trick wish list for 2015 then?

Darkslide
Pop to blind
Bigger kiteloops
Consistency in raileys, back loops and front loops

2014 hard facts:

Days on the water: 44
Most used kite: Element 11m by far, followed by Element 15m
Countries surfed: 4 (England, Sweden, Spain, Egypt)

Thanks for great year. I hope to see all of you again in 2015! Thanks for the photos Ola and Asia.

05 Jan 2014

2013 Annual Kitesurf Summary

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To sum up my kite year of 2013 I can say that it was a good year without injuries, a number of great trips and new friends made along the way. At the same time there is a lingering feeling of not having progressed with my riding as much as I wold’ve liked to. I have clearly reached a plateau that has taken longer than expected to move on from. More days on the water in the right conditions to learn, combined with focused practise is what I aim for in 2014. I am way more consistent with my landings, and I execute my rolls with more height and style compared to a year ago, but there have been small progress in new tricks landed. I really wanted to nail good raileys by now but sadly I can’t say I am (I still need better pop and I’m sending the kite after the pop making me dangle too often). I was also hoping to add nuclear grab, surface pass and dark slide to the list but now that’ll have to come in 2014 as well. So my wish list for 2014 is the following:

Railey
Dark slide
Surface pass
Back roll to toeside
Railey to wrapped

2013 hard facts:

Days on the water: 33
Most used kite: Element 13m, followed by Element 9m
Countries surfed: 5 (England, Sweden, Finland, Philippines, Greece)

For 2014 I hope for loads of days on the water, one or two trips to the sun, focused trick progression and more involvement with Switch Kites. But most of all I hope to introduce and get my girlfriend hooked on this amazing sport and lifestyle he he!