THE THIRD AND FINAL VIDEO IN THIS ISSUE’S KITEFOIL EXPERIENCE SERIES FEATURES SAM LIGHT, ONE OF THE MOST WELL-ROUNDED AND STYLISH PERFORMANCE TWIN-TIP RIDERS IN THE SPORT. SAM COMPLETED A 75 MILE SOLO, UNASSISTED CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT ON HIS KITE FOIL IN 2020
When it comes to wakestyle riding Sam, 31, is as successful as they come, with four Triple-S titles and two Kite Park League championships to his name. In 2009 his international career was projected off the back of the first of two British Freestyle titles during one of the most competitive periods in the much respected national competition scene. Along with fellow English chargers, Tom Court, James Boulding and Aaron Hadlow (who was already at the peak of his competition career), they worked hard as a filming unit to further establish a boots riding movement that had begun with the likes of Antiguan freeride icon, Andre Phillip. The group’s ‘Freeride Project’ videos were often credited as the inspiration of upcoming, younger world tour riders who followed suit and the pure wakestyle tricks that are only possible in boots can be seen earning the highest competition heat scores today.
As well as being arguably kiteboarding’s best cable crossover rider, Sam also has a Red Bull King of the Air third place medal from 2013. His broad twin-tip skills come from an incredible technical ability to understand the mechanics of difficult and risky manoeuvres. So where does he find enjoyment in foiling; surely an altogether more pedestrian activity? The answer lies in its accessibility, similarities to skateboarding, but most of all, open water adventure, as you’ll hear in this video interview, which focuses largely on the experience of his 75 mile solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight in 2020.