Kiting haze; Victor Hays / Photo: Antonio Herrera Trujillo / Airush

YOU’RE ABSORBED IN IT, YOU’RE PART OF IT

Kiting haze; Victor Hays / Photo: Antonio Herrera Trujillo / Airush

YOU’RE ABSORBED IN IT,

YOU’RE PART OF IT

Kiting haze; Victor Hays

Photo: Antonio Herrera Trujillo / Airush

YOU’RE ABSORBED IN IT, YOU’RE PART OF IT

“When me and Paul go fishing, we do try to have fun, but there’s a lot of silence as well. Two hours can pass looking at a float. Having fun with one person in silence, no audience; it’s not going anywhere. I mean, I don’t go anywhere else with a fella and just sit in the country. It’s given me a realisation of what it is to share something with a mate like that. “You’re absorbed in it, you’re part of it.” explained English comedian, Bob Mortimer, on Adam Buxton’s popular podcast – explaining the experience and enjoyment of the hobby he shares with Paul Whitehouse. Like many of you, I suspect, I now listen to more podcasts; just voices talking in the background, meandering conversations often about nothing in particular have never been a more fulfilling part of my life. I have very little interest in fishing, but I get thoroughly absorbed in kitesurfing, long before I hit the water. It starts as distantly as the forecast allows, days in advance and, more often than not, involves anticipation among Whatsapp group members. I am not alone. Kiting is an excellent socially distanced sport, but it’s still far better shared. I’ll take it however I can get it though because there are so many kiters who live in the same country as me who aren’t ‘local’ to their kite beach, so are currently not allowed to do the sport. I know I’m lucky. Of course you’re reading this magazine to escape covid and politics, but no matter how much we try, these topics pervade everything. We have however flipped the negative on its head and this issue have a stack of useful, inspiring and insightful info, working around the situation. Firstly, people have been travelling. They may not have young families, restrictive work situations or be on the endangered species list, but aside from what we hear day-in-day out in the news, many destinations are open for business and kiters have been shredding those locations. Over in the West Indies, Turks and Caicos closed its border early and managed to keep Covid numbers very low. Since re-opening for tourists with negative tests last summer, island businesses have enjoyed a steady stream of visitors ever since. Surely offering some of the most relaxed kiteboarding conditions and gorgeous single day boat assisted experiences you could hope for, we take a deeper look at the kiting around Providenciales island, here.

Italy was one of the first and hardest covid-hit European countries last spring, but Alby Rondina says they were still able to welcome kiteboarders back in the summer and will do the same in 2021. His centre is on a 2,000 hectare ultra flat water lagoon in Sicily. Yes, that one – see more here. Let’s say you do decide to take a trip; how is it travelling through not one, but several airports on a long haul trip during a pandemic? Reed Bauer shed a little light on the situation when she went from Oregon to northern Brazil in September. Of course, if you’re reading this soon after the issue’s release in late January, around now we should be watching the Red Bull King of the Air 2021. The extreme big air extravaganza was of course another casualty of covid, but there’s still more than a breath of life in it as Red Bull hope to run the event in November / December. By then the build-up will have been gaining intensity for almost two years, surely becoming the most anticipated kiteboarding competition of all time? Sensationalism aside, the big air scene really has never been more broadly packed with talent. Ben McCann turns the flames down for long enough to allow a re-group of the situation and to dissect the field who will, hopefully, put on the biggest ever show at the end of the year in Cape Town. Rolling Boil can be read here. There’s stacks more in the issue – get a flavour of everything on the contents page, here. Whatever your situation, I wish you the best for 2021. Remember, fishing on an otherwise uninspiring piece of water in Norfolk can apparently be just as engaging as anywhere very special in the world. So take whatever you can, wherever you can... and enjoy it! See you on the water, Jim

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