For 27 years, Roberto Ricci has led the designs efforts for RRD International, first in windsurfing and surf, and now in kiteboarding. Full of passion after all this time, he said he still gets the feeling of excitement and fun whenever he’s testing new gear.
Our guests on this week’s The Kiteboarder Magazine and ASNews.net podcast are Roberto and North American importer Evan Marigdoglou. For 2009, RRD is rolling out a slew of next generation and brand new products with fresh graphics, designs and construction techniques In addition to the Cult, Hardcore and Freestyle Waves, there is a Twinser line, extra Freestyle Wave Sizes and they have launched a new lower range construction called X-Tech (lighter than the current Glass-Wood construction). They a;sp have new kites in their 09 lineup: The Passion, HyperType2 and Obsession.
Due to time zone differences, this week’s interview will not be live but you can still post your questions here and we will make sure Roberto and Evan answer all your questions. The deadline to post questions is 5p PST, Thursday Aug 28. You can then download the podcast anytime over the weekend and listen to the show at your convenience at www.kiteforum.tv, www.thekiteboarder.com, and www.asnews.net. You can also subscribe to the feed at Itunes and get notified of podcast shows, videos and PDF versions of the magazine as soon as they’re posted online!
– Aug 08 PDF of print issue now online! See what ikiteboarding.com had to say in his review called “7 Online Kiteboarding Magazines You Must Read.” http://www.ikiteboarding.com/
– Oct 08 issues starts now available. Huge ’09 preview guide, new products tested in Analyze This and more!
– 2009 The Kiteboarder 13-month calaendar available mid-November
Sept 4: TBD
Sept 11: Surf Expo, look for video interviews with designers on kiteforum.com and www.thekiteboarder.com
Sept 18: Freak Dog/EH Kiteboarding Unveil 09 Products
Sept 25: Eclipse Kites 09 Product Line Up
October 2: Who is Monkey Kites?
Sept 12-14: Surf Expo industry trade show,
Nov 11-16: Bimini event www.biminiwinds.com
Jan 22-25: La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo
March 28-29: Xtreme Big Air KiteXpo