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 & LORE

AS TOLD BY THE BRANDS INVOLVED

WORDS: ROBERT BRATZ, ELEVEIGHT KITES

Main photo: Nuno Stru, Nazaré, Portugal, November 2017 This was a perfect winter storm with an 18 second wave period at Nazaré, rarely combining with 25 knots from the right direction. The whole operation was crazy. Nuno had to kite four kilometres upwind just to reach the wave. His riding skills, commitment and handling of the whole situation were mind blowing. We scored some unbelievable images, but this one with the cliff in the foreground and him in the background was the best. We used the image with the label: 'Limits are meant to be broken'. Hats off to Nuno who made history that day.

Arthur Guillebert showing his unbelievable kite loop skills during a 40 knot session in Cape Town, just weeks after he won his first GKA Freestyle World Championship in 2021. We started to work with Arthur in 2018 and immediately recognized his potential and commitment. Three years later he made history as the first French Freestyle World Champion. He's also our first World Champion at Eleveight and we're really proud of him.