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SUMMER ESSENTIALS

LIP SUNGLASSES

(This is an extract from in an interview with LiP Sunglasses technical director, Graham Saunders-Griffiths, about eye health and sun protection, in our new summer print edition, out now) The core risk to eye health is from UV radiation. ‘Glare’ (or reflections of visible light (and UV) from a surface like water), is something very different. It is the loss of visual performance when too much visible light enters the eyes and they are unable to adequately manage the intensity. The resulting discomfort (redness and dryness) and eye fatigue is not necessarily caused by UV radiation, though. While basic UV blocking sunglasses might strip out the invisible UV rays, they will not do anything to combat the intensity of the visible light which we perceive as glare. By using lens tints, coatings and filters like polarisation, we can control the amount and type of visible light that passes through the lens and into our eyes. UV blocking lenses are the answer to UV radiation, but polarised (and ideally tinted) UV blocking lenses are the answer to glare. All LiP watershades are an 8-base (or ‘wrap’) fit, which means the frame closely contours the face, minimising UV and light leakage from the sides, top and bottom of the frame, and also significantly enhancing peripheral vision – which is a big advantage for fast moving watersports. The larger the gap between the frame and face, the more likely UV will penetrate into the eyes and certainly the skin around the eyes. An ideal watershade should have a frames and lenses that maximise UV protection and impact protection; lens coatings like polarisation and hydrophobic that respond to the specific environmental challenges in our sports; durable build quality to stand the test of time in a saltwater environment; comfort when used for long sessions and also security (against loss). LiP's latest model, the FLO, also has seen an adapted design take advantage of new floating frame technology to offer a lightweight and versatile watershade that can be worn both on and off the water without the need for a leash system. www.lip-sunglasses.com

STOKED PUBLICATIONS

Discover the finest kitesurfing regions of the world inside these books, which will become your ultimate travel companion. The Kite and Windsurfing Guides are epic and absolutely packed with detailed information, featuring over 4,000 spots worldwide! Illustrated and featuring breathtaking photo sections as well as detailed maps of every region, these are great additions for your coffee table. www.stokedpublications.com

MYSTIC

Kite knives, helmets and impact vests are all good things, but sadly, more often than not, aren't considered essential items... until it's too late. We may not wear them all the time, but here at KW we always have a kite knife in our harnesses and impact vests and helmets in the back of the van for those sessions we'd feel more comfortable to be wearing them. www.mysticboarding.com

LIFEJACKET

Are you a man who likes to moisturise? (Aren't we all?!) Don't be shy, there's nothing worse than a drying epidermis. Did you know that many women use a moisturiser with SPF protection in it, whereas most men don't? To mark the importance of Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May, LifeJacket Skin Protection, the SPF skincare and clothing brand for men, has partnered with artificial intelligence phone app, SkinVision, to offer every single one of its customers free, instant and unlimited skin checks for seven days via a special access code. Certified by the British Standards Institute, the SkinVision app uses artificial intelligence to compare a user’s skin spots and moles with millions of images of known skin cancers to provide a risk score, helping to detect problem areas at an early stage when they are most treatable and less invasive. So far, 92k incidences of skin cancers have been found through the app. LifeJacket’s range of SPF moisturisers, sun gels and UPF 50+ clothing are engineered for all men. LifeJacket and SkinVision are both partnered with the charity, Melanoma UK. A donation of £4 will be made to Melanoma UK for each license upgrade with a view to funding further skin cancer awareness campaigns. www.lifejacketskinprotection.com

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