Energised. Kai Lenny / Photo: Tom Servais

BACK IN THE GAME

In the weeks I spent off the water, I didn’t find myself dreaming of a particular move or discipline. Longing instead for that generally replenished feel of being outdoors and engaging with the elements, I missed the entire experience. The weather watching, the hope and anticipation, laying out my lines and inhaling fresh sea air, cinching my harness tight and making final preparations, the first run and the instant buzz of escape. I missed the total focus; feeling that nothing else matters during the time when you’re on the water. The freedom that kiteboarding represents never meant more than on that first session back after two months. I’ve certainly become more grateful for the healthy and emotional opportunities that this sport provides. This issue isn’t focused on dwelling on the past. It’s about taking your chances now. We have been planning to launch an involving online magazine experience like this for some time and it was during the first days of lockdown that we pulled all our ducks in a row to properly go for it. Around the same time I was also reviewing the extra content that we’d gathered during this year's King of the Air. Last issue we featured an in-depth interview with 2020 King of the Air winner, Jesse Richman, but his description of how he controls mental strength and calmness in the most stressful of situations now seemed even more compelling – given the enforced constraints and fears that most people around the world were facing with Covid-19. We shot Jesse’s interview on video and are now able to present his vivid articulation of what helps separate him from the pack when the going gets the toughest in this issue. ‘Mind Games & How to Win KOTA’ can be found here on page 14. Elsewhere, if you are a regular reader of Kiteworld you may be familiar with Carine Camboulives and her family who have long been adventuring to remote corners of the world. As well as being attracted by the shred, their aim is to reveal environmental concerns or issues surrounding sustainability at the locations they visit. On page 13 we join them in Tahiti where they meet two men whose initiatives are having a big influence on reef rejuvenation and cleaner agricultural production.

Mark Shinn is of course with you for this ride and his 82nd Kiteworld column is the usual blend of topical insights and kiting candour. Another legend, Pete Cabrinha, shares his experience and knowledge in one of our most popular series of features – These Things I Know is on page 28. Get tuned in to the sport’s headline content on page 10 and, if you’re feeling the appeal of new gear on the lift of lockdown, don’t miss our newly expanded test reports. This issue we finish off our freeride kite, twin-tip, foil and surf tests that we hammered through in Cape Town earlier this year before lockdown. I’d like to give a big thank you to Nick Jacobsen for giving us an exclusive period to launch his latest crane jump video - when it's imminently launched. Imagine perching yourself on the edge of that crane, 60+ metres up with your kite flying. He reckons he spent 20 minutes up there while the team moved into place! ‘Hear’ more about his latest stunt on page 11, and watch the video first on that page as soon as it's released! Thanks also to Rob Claisse from Progression for delivering episode six of the very popular KiteSOFAing series of technique videos exclusively to this issue. Typically in-depth and insightful, this time the episode has been especially broken down in to sections, tailored to our new magazine format and is fully focused on helping you nail the surfboard tack by getting your kite movements absolutely right. Skip to it here. Kiteworld is tailored to your device, so if you’re currently reading this on your mobile, be sure to come back and check things out on a bigger screen for an even greater visual impact. Swipe right / use your keyboard cursors / or the arrows at the bottom right of this screen to turn the page, where you’ll find the full list of navigation tips. Please sit back, plug your head phones in and we hope you enjoy our selection of kiteboarding stories, images, video and audio tales packed into this issue. We hope to see you on the water soon! Jim Gaunt, Kiteworld Editor KW

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Rider: Julien Fillion Photographer: Debbie Jean Hollomon

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