Tweaked tail grab, Portland Harbour, UK by Alfie Luxton, one of the infamous 13-year-old Kite Twins – scroll down for his partner in riding time!

Photo: Ryan Osmond / Slingshot

FEATURES:

EDITORIAL / INTRO Fishing and friends MOONA’S MOMENT OUT THE SUN A hardcore Hawaiian heroine chasing winter barrels on Oahu’s North Shore MARK MY WORDS In his 85th Kiteworld column, Mark Shinn extols the sensations of riding fast in light winds... if you can ROLLING BOIL We should be watching the King of the Air now. Don’t cry. It’ll be back in November and the new build-up starts here! RIDING REMEDY The Turks and Caicos in the West Indies offers super-mellow kiting for ten months a year and the perfect natural environment to rebalance your shred senses after the most frustrating of periods spent cooped up LA DOLCE VITA Reflections of travel in Sicily with Noé Font GIANMARIA COCCOLUTO’S NOSE GRAB BS540 MUMMY Slowing down to appreciate one of the Italian shredder’s best tricks in Noé’s La Dolce Vita film FEASTING ON FLAT WATER 7 magical spots at Lo Stagnone, Sicily CRACKING SKIN Reed Bauer and her boyfriend Vetea Boersma remained determined to reach Brazil for a kite trip amidst the challenges of travelling during Covid restrictions last September. This is how they got on... APPARENT FORCES How North’s kite designs are benefitting from America’s Cup racing technology

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TESTS:

TEST INTRO AND TEAM INFO Who tests and how? ELEVEIGHT FS 9M KITE TEST Few freestyle kites are as accessible and easy to use OCEAN RODEO A-SERIES 10M KITE TEST Our first experience of Aluula in this freeride foil / wave kite NAISH HOVER 127 & KITE FOIL 960 A complete hydrofoil set-up to propel you far beyond the beginner stages MYSTIC VOLTT 6/4/3 SUIT & SUPREME GLOVES Defy winter!

THEORY & TECHNIQUE:

THE BETTER KITER BKSA head of training, Andy Gratwick, continues his series, this time helping you learn to observe the messages that the water is trying to tell you MAY THE WEATHER BE WITH YOU The second part of a new regular column to enhance our understanding of the wonderful world of wind. iKitesurf meteorologist, Shea Gibson, focuses here on trade winds SELF-LAUNCHING AND LANDING If ever there was a time to run over self-launching and landing, thanks to Covid, this is it. (Did we just say ‘thanks to Covid?!”

Does life get any sweeter? Kite Twins Archie (furthest away) and Alfie Luxton / Photo: Ryan Osmond / Slingshot

Does life get any sweeter? Kite Twins Archie and Alfie Luxton / Photo: Ryan Osmond / Slingshot

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