Tkb’s Vol. 17, No. 3 drops in as fast as Olivia Jenkins at Jaws.
On the cover, Olivia threads the needle at Jaws on opening day in Maui. With a packed lineup of tow, paddle and windsurfers, Olivia sought out the finest pick of behemoth walls during a narrow window of wind at the end of the day. // Photo Brian Solano
Vol. 17, No. 3 packs heaps of kiteboarding content into six long-form feature stories and 10 departments that are sure to keep you jonesing for your next session.
In between the flaps, Vetea Boersma challenges Hood River’s windiest day, enduring 70-knot gusts and pitting skill and luck against the unrelenting forces of nature. We follow freestyle phenom Maxime Chabloz’s advice on training smarter, not harder, and get the details on his quest to find the holy grail atop the kiteboarding freestyle tour. Ramon Schoenmaker takes us on a backcountry adventure at France’s Col du Lautaret and we catch up with Jake Kelsick as he kickstarts a new chapter building a destination kite school on his home turf. Fred Hope takes us behind the curtain of his super-human foil skills and his recent win at hydrofoilings’ first freestyle event, and on his first brand-specific photoshoot, Xander Raith steps out of the park to prove that regression can be progression.
Profiles include Cabarete artist Sam Chilvers and Baja’s Robby Stewart. Chris Bobryk fills us in on how to let loose and boost with a Rocket Air and Ken Winner sheds light on the intersection between design and materials.
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