HEADING NORTH,

FULL SPEED AHEAD

INTROS AND INTERVIEWS: Jim Gaunt

Few could argue as to the impact that the new team had when they stepped in and took over the shell of the North Kiteboarding brand; a gaping void left empty after the exodus of the Boards & More crew who departed North to set-up Duotone in 2018.

A little under a year after this small party of vastly experienced individuals from all corners of the kiting development world had come together, unified by Mike Raper at the helm, they had fulfilled their ambitious goal of re-launching the brand with a full collection of products in the summer of 2019. Come August, shops were stocked with three different kite models, several twin-tips, surfboards and a quiver of hydrofoils.

Graham Howes, running wild around his home waters, Cape Town Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

HEADING NORTH,

FULL SPEED AHEAD

Graham Howes, running wild around his home waters, Cape Town Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

INTROS AND INTERVIEWS: Jim Gaunt

Few could argue as to the impact that the new team had when they stepped in and took over the shell of the North Kiteboarding brand; a gaping void left empty after the exodus of the Boards & More crew who departed North to set-up Duotone in 2018.

A little under a year after this small party of vastly experienced individuals from all corners of the kiting development world had come together, unified by Mike Raper at the helm, they had fulfilled their ambitious goal of re-launching the brand with a full collection of products in the summer of 2019. Come August, shops were stocked with three different kite models, several twin-tips, surfboards and a quiver of hydrofoils.

The hammer blows of authority kept coming with the signings of high profile riders, such as Nick Jacobsen, Jesse Richman, Jalou Langeree and more. Jesse finished runner-up at the Red Bull King of the Air on an Orbit prototype in 2019, before of course going on to win the event in 2020 on the production model, with Jacobsen flanking him in second. Jalou also dominated and won the epic GKA Kite-Surf World Cup event in Mauritius last September on the Carve. A month before North were due to release their second collection of equipment in September, we cornered the two men largely responsible for the incredibly quick and complete delivery of quality engineering that we saw in the new North’s first year on the market; Pat Goodman and Hugh Pinfold. We wanted to focus in on the finer details of their work and how insightful the feedback from riders like Nick, Jesse and others can be in relation to products for us; general riders.

2020 Red Bull King of the Air podium: Jesse on top, Nick second with Aaron Hadlow in third. What a day! Photo: Craig Kolesky / Red Bull Content Pool

‘YOU NEED EVOLUTION BEFORE REVOLUTION’

Click here to open our interview with kite designer, Pat Goodman, and find out more about how tiny bridle adjustments can make all the difference, including to Nick Jacoben’s kite when recovering back up the window (or not) from a massive mega loop

‘ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN INDIVIDUAL PARTS GO INTO THE NAVIGATOR CONTROL SYSTEM COMPLETE PACKAGE’

Click here to open our interview with bar and accessories designer, Hugh Pinfold, who has two 3D printers next to his desk running flat out most of the time.

Hot shots firing off in Cape Town, where the team thankfully got a head start on the 2021 shoot prior to COVID in February Photo: Ydwer van der Heide

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