That difficult 59th issue has just dropped through my letter box and I think it’s the best issue of Kitesurf Magazine we’ve done yet.
This year, Tom Court has come on board with his regular Future Freestyle article which deals with the theory and practise of riding with bindings. This is an indicator of the new direction we are steering the mag towards. By this I mean that there are riders out there that are really pushing the professional levels of the sport – not just the riding, but the presentation too.
Guys like Tom Court, James Boulding, Sam Light, Jeremie Tronet and others are driving their presentation of kitesurfing to new levels, they are more self critical of the media they produce than others have been in the past. This could be something as trivial as wearing a clean t shirt for a portrait shot, or changing shorts midway through a photo shoot, and on to taking pride in appearances in general, all before we even get to the riding.
For the next issue, I’m hoping we’ll be able to deliver two more heavy weight regular contributors that are guiding the sport in the best direction, and of course Dave Ibby and his Monkey Tricks will be shoring up the centre pages of the mag.
As always we’ve got a healthy quotient of waveriding in this issue, both from the UK and less fortunate places like Indo and Maui. Wha-wha-what? Well, most critical move of the issue definitely goes to James ‘Smiler’ Waters with his monster air drop at freezing cold winter Porthleven in Cornwall. If that doesn’t encapsulate the glory and ambition of kitesurfing nothing will.
Elsewhere in the mag, we speak to James Boulding on the dark arts of film making, consider a good place to bury strangers, and talk about killer text messages in Egypt. All the usual test reports are in there too, and we’ve also included a pyramid of self actualization to help steer lost souls in the direction of kiting enlightenment.
Big thanks to the wind for not blowing at all whilst we were doing this mag, without poxy kitesurfing getting in the way we were able to concentrate on the job at hand