Key characters, moments, locations and developments that hold a special significance in the history of kiteboarding’s most notable brands, as told by those involved

FOLK AND LORE

AS TOLD BY THE BRANDS INVOLVED

WORDS AND PHOTOS: THOMAS BURBLIES (UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED) CORE’S DEDICATED TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER

Main image caption: Philipp Zach, Maui, 2014 Photo: Thorsten Indra

We are kitesurfers at heart. We express our commitment to the sport through full dedication and concentration during our photoshoots. Most shots show just a single rider, but there’s a team behind every image. We’ll change roles to be in front or behind the camera. At other times we’ll organise food for everyone, but each one of us is a fully dedicated kitesurfer and watersports enthusiast. We all share the same goal: to achieve THE shot. Not a shot, but the very best result we can possibly imagine to come from that moment. Why such perfectionism? We truly believe it’s our mission and the responsibility we have to our customers, dealers and colleagues, but most importantly to kitesurfing itself and the moments that every rider seeks to experience. Extraordinary results can be achieved by two things: accident, or extraordinary efforts. We prefer not to gamble, so we go the extra mile.

Sofia Moraes, South Africa, 2016

Willow-River Tonkin, Mauritius, 2018

Philipp Zach, South Africa, 2016