CAPTION: Bas Koole, Workum, Netherlands / PHOTO: Ydwer van der Heide – Read about his injury recovery and fundraiser here

CAPTION: Bas Koole, Workum, Netherlands

PHOTO: Ydwer van der Heide – Read about his injury recovery and fundraiser here

FEATURES:

EDITORIAL / INTRO Visual vacation COVER STORY “I was mesmerised by this huge force of nature surrounding me.” James Carew on an epic barrel travelog EXCESSIVE CONTROL Back in January, a pair of Eleveight team riders released two of the most impressive big air clips from the same spot in Leucate on the same day. Was it a coincidence they were both riding the same kite – the final prototype of the Eleveight XS V2, which is to be released in May? Jim Gaunt found out BIG AIR KITE LEAGUE CAPE TOWN Kiteworld assistant editor Kyle Cabano was on camera duty for the event and filed this photo journal from the day FOLLOWING ROSS-DILLON PLAYER Like Ross-Dillon Player, Kiteworld assistant editor, Kyle Cabano, grew up close to Cape Town and got into kiting at a similar time before their paths diverted. Following Ross’ win at February’s Big Air Kite League event, it was time for a catch-up ALL THE KING’S MEN Liam Whaley is insanely good. Colin Colin Carroll argues, however, that the Spaniard hasn’t yet peaked and perhaps his greatest success is consistently bringing out the best in others RESORT REPORT: KEROS BAY, LIMNOS ISLAND The question on everyone’s lips is: should I book a summer holiday? Rick Krystallis from Surf Club Keros is here to set your mind at ease and lure you out to Limnos YDWER’S RECOVERY Take a moment to read the story of a serious accident suffered in the surf by one of kiteboarding’s greatest photographers MARK MY WORDS Mark Shinn’s 86th column

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MOST WANTED News of new products heading your way TEST INTRO AND TEAM INFO Who tests and how? AIRUSH UNION V6 New school tool CABRINHA CONTRA 9M Brand new single strut machine for all light wind freeriding CRAZYFLY SCULP 12 & 9M Few kites will fuel your boost in their bottom to mid-ranges like this NAISH PIVOT 9 & 7M A King of the Air classic that also has extensive depower control OCEAN RODEO A-SERIES FLITE 14.5M A light wind performer with a very impressive top end range SHINN SLICER 138 A twin-tip that splits in two, though to ride it you’d never know NAISH GLOBAL 5’9’’ A stone cold classic kite-surfboard for charging in strong conditions

THEORY & TECHNIQUE:

THE BETTER KITER The BKSA’s head of training, Andy Gratwick, sets the foundations for a good stance on a twin-tip, surfboard and hydrofoil MAY THE WEATHER BE WITH YOU A regular column to enhance our understanding of the wonderful world of wind by iKitesurf meteorologist, Shea Gibson. This issue he explains why, if you want to boost biggest, you need longer lines to reach the stronger winds!

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