With 2021 almost a wrap, it’s a good time to hit pause and reflect on the past 12 months. In that spirit, we have opened up this year’s archive to share the big adventures and insider stories to celebrate the best parts of 2021.
SHAKING UP THE STATUS QUO
Delving into the mind of Airushâ€™s Brand Manager,Â Clinton Filen, we examine the heady themes ofÂ continuous innovation, disruptive evolution and Airushâ€™sÂ long game focus on establishing industry benchmarks.
AN INTERVIEW WITH CORE’S FOIL DESIGNER
From composite bike parts to homemade kiteboards, Jan TermÃ¶hlenâ€™s engineering work catches the eye of Core Kiteboarding and leads him on the quest to build the ultimate foil platform for some of the most technical and meticulous customers around.
WHAT’S LEFT OF IT
With a nod to prohibition era history, Chris Bobryk escapes the onerous restrictions of Miami’s kiteboardingÂ beaches and finds refuge in a shallow sandbar a mile offshore.
SAND, SWEAT AND SLIDERS
In uncertain times, Xander Raith, NoÃ¨ Font and ColleenÂ Carroll converge on the southeast shores of Baja toÂ reinforce kiteboardingâ€™s status as a core boardsport andÂ keep the momentum of park riding alive.
GRABBING A REAL JOB
For many of us, kiteboarding is often a distractingÂ force, a seductive call to disassemble and reprioritizeÂ our lives around the wind. Luke McGillewie swimsÂ against the stream in reverse, building a life dedicatedÂ to kiteboardingâ€™s constant pull.
BEN WILSON’S RETURN TO SLINGSHOT
Having ridden a culinary degree into surf paradise, BenÂ Wilson pivoted into kitesurfing and forever changedÂ the direction of the sport. After a decade on his own,Â Ben is back with Slingshot to write the next chapter.
IN PURSUIT OF THE NEXT TITLE
A master of all trades, Swiss kiter Maxime Chabloz hits his stride on the freestyle world tour while kickstarting a professional freesking career. Dominating just about any sport on a plank, Maxime charges ahead with unreal natural talent hardened by firm discipline and razor-sharp focus.
BOATING INTO NO-MAN’S LAND
Forty miles off the Australian west coast sits aÂ smallÂ group of coral-lined islands known for their surlyÂ fishermen and magnetic affinity for catastrophicÂ maritime disasters. Kite adventurer Gabi Steindl sendsÂ it deep into the Abrolhos frontier, skirting calamity andÂ scoring uncharted kite sessions.
A GREAT AMERICAN KITE TRIP
Gwen Le Tutour jumps behind the wheel of a giantÂ motorhome, kicking off Cabrinhaâ€™s coast to coastÂ kiteboarding tour. From daring ocean activist toÂ documentary filmmaker, Gwen is the exact jack of allÂ trades and freakish machine of efficiency needed to pullÂ off a nationwide sweep.
CHASING THE CACTUS PARTY
Celebrating 15 years of the Bandit kite, the F-OneÂ team heads into the sizzling heat of Mexicoâ€™s summer.Â Amidst Baja Surâ€™s lesser known outposts, the teamÂ pits dueling freestyle and wave Bandit models againstÂ one another in the land of contrast and cactus.
ONE RECORD-SETTING GORGE DAY
Vetea Boersma syncs up with professional photographer Richard Hallman on one of Hood Riverâ€™s windiest days. Amidst power outages and airborne roofs, Vetea braves the Columbia River under the influence of record-setting 70-knot gusts.
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