Exciting times! We have the first 2012 Cabrinha kites, they’re clearing customs now and will be with us within the next 7 days! read about um….

Kitesurfkings were proud to offer the south coast’s first demo of cabrinha’s 2012 product range and stoked that we had wind! Not just another windy day on the south coast but one that coincided with the 2012 Cabrinha Demo Day. Loads of nice dudes came down to Shoreham Beach to check out the lastest inovations from Cabrinha, as we were blessed with wind we all gave the kit a good hammering and only left the beach as it got dark… the new toys were just too much fun to put down!

Before I warm my fingers up ready to share all that we found out about the new kites it’s important to let any guys that haven’t owned one of the 2010 or 2011 Cabrinha kites know about some of the foundations Cabrinha are continuing to build on. Cabrinha own the SPRINT inflation system that allows you to inflate your kite through one single point on the centre of the leading edge through an airlock valve so that no air can escape = no time wasted and a nice solid kite. Cabrinha have an advanced one pump inflation system so you don’t have to pump up the struts separately but can still lock off the air between then leading edge and the struts so as not to be a safety issue should you ever get a puncher.

Cabrinha are the only kite manufacture to offer such a safe and tidy bar system, there are huge advancements and industry firsts with the 2012 Quicklink system but the previous two models also benefited from having an internal safety line running inside the centre line that prevents it getting snagged or being warn through contact with the bar. Cabrinha’s IDS safety system smashes all other kite brands because it does not compromise safety for any level of rider, where riding for the first time or regularly pulling off unhooked tricks. Cabrinha’s IDS safety system is built into the chicken loop and you do not attach your safety leash to the safety line its self so that when doing unhooked tricks the leash does not have to be moved and safety is not compromised… mind blowing that other brands are still to cotton on! Still, it makes my kite purchasing a lot simpler each year.

Cabrinha invest a mammoth amount of money into developing and testing new and innovative ideas to the benefit of the spot and us the riders to insure they remain the largest selling kite brand in the world and Cabrinha riders remain the safest and happiest we can be… must mention that there’s no unzipping of trousers or getting down on ones knees here but unless you’re in the know it’s nice to get trustworthy info from those you kite with and over the the last 6 years of selling Cabrinha kites I have not had, or known of one warranty issue with a Cabrinha kite! I’ve had to replace a set of lines and some foot straps and I heard or one guy managing to damage his board back in 2005 but there has never been an issue with any of the Cabrinha kites sold! A nice claim worth SHOUTING about.

Lots of the guys that came down already ride Cabrinha kites and wanted to see the new Quick Link 2012 bar, ride the new additions to the Cabrinha family and feel the changes made to the kites they already own before ordering their 2012 kite quivers but there were also plenty of kitesurfers currently riding other brands.

The 2012 Cabrinha Switchblade certainly stole a few hearts and converted riders from North, Flexi and RRD, to name but a few. The Cabrinha Switchblade does seem to remain the kite of choice for the masses as it delivers in every area without compromise. It is not the best wave riding kite in the Cabrinha range, nor the best kite for unhooking but for an all round kite to make you smile through every session it remains, in our eyes, the top dog; Kiteworld describe the Cabrinha switchblade as the Rolls Royce of kitesurfing kites.

The 2012 Cabrinha Switchblade still comes in most sizes… 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 16 meter options so you should be able to find the kite you’re after, pricing range from £1049 to £1499 complete with the 2012 Cabrinha Quicklink bar system. All of the 2012 Cabrinha kites can be bought as kite only, give us a shout of you want to get the pricing for these or find out about kite packages and offers.

The 2012 Cabrinha Nomad is certainly the best kite for out and out freestyle with it’s unhooked and kite looping capabilities. We certainly had a lot of fun putting it through it’s passes yesterday and am looking forwatd to getting my hands on my own kites! The 2012 Cabrinha Nomad remains a kite that you have to fly but it’s a pleasure to do exactly that. Because of the Nomad’s C shape characteristics it is not a kite that will keep on pulling through the low end of it’s wind range but if it were, unhooking and looping the kite in stronger winds would only be for the insane… not just mildly stupid.

One friend and fellow Cabrinha fan who started off riding the Cabrinha Crossbow but progressed onto the Nomad and has a quiver of 2011 Nomads was impressed by the faster turning ability of the 2012 Nomad and could appreciate the fine tunning and tinkering that has been done to the kite. For those who don’t have previous experience to fall back on just know that this is an amazing kite that Cabrinha have managed to improve.

The 2012 Cabrinha Nomad comes in 5.5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 meter options, pricing ranges from £1099 to £1449 complete with the 2012 Cabrinha Quicklink bar system. All of the 2012 Cabrinha kites can be bought as kite only, give us a shout of you want to get the pricing for these or find out about kite packages and offers.

What can we say about the Crossbow that you won’t already know? Probably nothing so here it is once again. Still a first class ride that makes kitesurfing easy, has a huge wind range, instant relaunch and bomb proof construction. The 2012 Cabrinha Crossbow is still not the kite for you if you are wishing to unhook or kite loop unless in light winds or you’re part human and part machine. The Cabrinha Crossbow is the kite of choice for riders that want a solid upwind machine that is a pleasure to ride and to enjoy big floaty airs with; a powerful kite with the largest wind range and best relaunch, if there were ever an auto pilot mode here it is, all you need to do is lean back and smile.

New for 2012 we have the Cabrinha Crossbow Light wind; with some serious fine tuning and the reduction of struts from the crossbow’s standard 7 strut design to just 5 the guys at the Cabrinha lab managed to create a new beast. The Crossbow we all know and love comes in 7, 9, 10 and 11 meter options then the kite becomes a new beast… the Cabrinha Crossbow LW, which comes in 13, 16 and 18 meter options. Not many people know about the 18 meter option and you’ll not see it listed on the Cabrinha website but if you want the beast we can get it for you. Based on a 75kg rider the 18m Crossbow LW is said to fly from 5 to 12 knots; if you want to be the envy of your friends, who kite from 12 knots onwards, here you are.

The 2012 Cabrinha Crossbow comes in 7, 9, 10 and 11 meter options, with the 2012 Cabrinha Crossbow LW kicking in with sizes 13, 16 and 18 meters. Prices range from £1299 to £1549 for the 16m, all complete with the 2012 Cabrinha Quicklink bar system. All of the 2012 Cabrinha kites can be bought as kite only, give us a shout of you want to get the pricing for these or find out about kite packages and offers.

Whoo hoo, new for 2012 there are (as if you didn’t already know!) two new kites, one being the Vector and the other the Drifter. Both the Vector and Drifter are hybrid kite and so are fast turning kites with rapid depower and stable arcs. Sadly the Drifter was the one kite not in use on the demo day and so we’re waiting to get our hands on it but we had the Vector and gave it a good hammering. The 2012 Cabrinha Vector is the new all round freeride  kite with park and ride simplicity, a kite that, unlike the 2011 Cabrinha Convert, can be used for kite loops and basic unhooked tricks even in the larger sizes. All of the feedback on the Kitesurfkings demo day about the 2012 Cabrinha Vector was positive, and like the rest of the 2012 Cabrinha range the kites look the nuts and all come with the 2012 quicklink control system.

I personally found the feel of the kite to be a little soft but then this is to be expected of any 3 strut, all round kite that aims to cover every aspect of kiting and be a kite that riders of all levels can fly. I was very pleasantly surprised that one kite managed to cover so much but retain an entry level price point. The 2012 Cabrinha Vector comes in 3.5, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 14 meter options, priced from £899 to £1249 complete with the 2012 Cabrinha Quicklink bar system.

We’re really excited about flying this one… Pete Cabrinha’s own little baby to go with his new signature kitesurf and surf, surfboard for 2012. This is Cabrinha’s new dedicated wave riding kite that will also complement wakeskates and skimboards. The big idea with this kite is that it’s there but you don’t even have to think about it so you can get on with surfing without worrying about your kite. Fast turns and real stability were always going to be must haves for the Drifter but the main objective of the 2012 Cabrinha Drifter is that it offers ‘slack line drift’, the kite’s ability to stay in aloft even when the lines are temporarily slackened. It all sounds bloody great and we’ve no reason to disbelieve any of Cabrinha’s claims as they’ve delivered on past claims but sadly we’ve not yet had a play. If, like us you’re dead keen to have a fly of this little badboy then go to the Kitesurfkings Facebook page and ‘like it’, or ‘follow it’, or whatever you have to do and we’ll let you know when it’s here for you to take out. If you’re anti Facebook then I’m sure you turn like the rest of us but until you do you can ‘like’, or ‘follow’, or whatever you have to do to get blog notifications to your email… hopefully you’re on this already, link’s at the bottom of the page and you just have to slip your email address in there.

The 2012 Cabrinha Drifter comes in 5.5, 7, 9 and 11 meter options, priced from £1099 to £1299 complete with the 2012 Cabrinha Quicklink bar system. All of the 2012 Cabrinha kites can be bought as kite only, give us a shout of you want to get the pricing for these or find out about kite packages and offers.

Loads of fun was had putting the 2012 Cabrinha kites through their paces, flying, jumping, kitelooping, unhooking, relaunching, activating the safety systems both in the water and on the beach and generally admiring them. If there’s anything you’d like to know about the kites, want to get your hands on one or have anything to add or share then please get in touch. Please email info@kitesurfkings.com, call the office on +44 (0) 1273 88 88 33 or check out the full Cabrinha catalog on our website’s kit page through http://www.kitesurfkings.com

We will have the kites in stock within the next 7 days and if you want to be the first to own one of these great new toy you can be! All card’s accepted to you’ve time to order a new credit card and get dialling 01273 88 88 33! Free kite lessons with new kit and free delivery… how nice are we!

We’ve tested all the kites and boards and the board write up will follow shortly… there’s a storm outside to attend to!

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Dude!

Don’t like getting the ‘Dude’? Just double Dude then Dude… it’s the way forwards! Personally I love the ‘Dude’, Dude…

Been ages since the last Kitesurfkings blog entry, won’t apologize as I’m sure no one’s that bothered but going to make an effort to catch up today and share the love, and more importantly the news. There’s a free kite clinic with spaces left up for grabs, Kirsty Jones has invited 6 kiters to join her over in Lanzarote, Lewis Crathern has the launch of his documentary next week, Paddle Around the Pier is just around the corner, the cable’s provided fun times and more sessions are booked (I’ll post some fun pics from Tuesday’s Kitesurfkings private session :)), kitesurfing lessons have been a blast, we’ve discounted the pants off the last 2010 kit, there have been some epic kitesurfing sessions had locally and we’ve epic international sessions coming up. I’ll post in sections in case you wanna cut straight to the chase…

Firstly, if you can get away from the 25th June for a week then don’t miss this opportunity…

Kirsty Jones

Kirsty Jones, 3x World Champion and more importantly super lovely kite and yoga coach:

Named as The Kirsty Jones Experience, this one week kitesurf, yoga, surf and SUP trip is being run by Kirsty Jones herself from her second home of Lanzarote. Kirsty will be looking after a group of no more than 6 people for 7 days of kitesurfing lessons, yoga and surfing fun. The beach house that has been booked for the week is awesome, right next to Famara beach where you’d be kitesurfing and where you’ll be finishing some of your down winders, the beach house has it’s own pool, terrace, BBQ area ect ect… I’ve seen it, it’s seriously smart. As well as 5 days of kitesurfing coaching there’s loads more, including a boat trip to near by Graciosa Island, best plan is to have a read yourself and get yourself out there. The trip has been put together by African Space Kite Surfing, so go to the African Space website if this LINK TO THE TRIP is not working.  

Another big name in the kitesurfing world is Lewis Crathern, and hasn’t he been busy…

Lewis Crathern

Lewis Crathern, The Man That Touched The Sky:

What a dude! An inspiration to all kitesurfers, Lewis’ story of how he came to jump Brighton Pier is now part of a documentary about Lewis that will be released eminently. You can watch a trailer for Lewis’ documentary ‘The Man That Touched The Sky’ by following this link: Lewis Crathern, The Man That Touched The Sky or going to the Kitesurfkings Facebook page. We’re invited to the premier of Lewis’ documentary next Tuesday and so will be able to fill you in then.

Lewis was seen this week on BBC One’s Blue Peter, a link’s up on the Kitesurfkings Facebook page and we recommend checking it out, regardless of your age, for some top tips that’ll help with your wakeboarding. The BBC guys all met up with Lewis at the wakeboarding cable at Hove Lagoon and he put them through their paces.

Lewis runs his own UK clinics and you can get info on those directly through his own windmachine website, there’s also loads of interesting info and Lewis’ own take on wind, kitesurfing and wakeboarding. If you want to get away on one of Lewis Crathern’s International Kite Clinics then you need to get in touch with African Space Kitesurfing, CHECK OUT THE INFO HERE, or get in touch with us a line at Kitesurfkings (WWW.KITESURFKINGS.COM) as I, Luke,  will also be joining Lewis on his next international kite clinic which is happening on the 13th October in Egypt… can’t wait!

There have been some epic sessions of late and I’ve enjoyed hearing about other people’s so thought I’d share a couple of my own from the last few weeks as they seemed to get a laugh out of the guys in Shoreham and might encourage you lovely readers to tell us what you’ve been up to…

UK Kitesurf Sessions

Late for an appointment:

Thursday the 1st June 2011 was an epic day by all accounts; the sun was thinking about showing it’s face, the wind was up, waves were in and lessons were cancelled due to the serious, window rattling, conditions that we were greeted with early doors. seldom do kitesurf instructors get to kite the really sweet days as lessons need to run lessons around low tide, when the wind is really pumping lessons can’t run and by 11am on the 1st the wind was already solidly over 40 mph. I made every effort to complete some of the back log of admin (yawn) so I could get out for a cheeky kite session before a doctors appointment at 14.00 in Kemp Town. At 12.00 I phoned John E B in Shoreham to see if he’d be up for a kite, he’d been itching to get out too and so there wasn’t much convincing needed; we agreed to meet up by the beach huts in Shoreham at 12.30. I arrived late and so John was already on the water, powered on his 6m and riding a surfboard. There was no one else around so I quickly pumped up my 7m (should have gone 5 but you know how it is) and self launched, thank you Cabrinha for making such a long centre line!!

We were having an awesome session, the wind was solid and the waves were some of the best I’d enjoyed in Shoreham this year, as you’d imagen there wasn’t much skill needed to do massive boosts so spent half the time in the air and the rest lost in the waves. At the back of my mind I knew I could only stay out for a short time if I were to be back in Kemp Town before 14.00. Before long it was time to come off the water but we’d travelled half way down Shoreham Beach and edging upwind on the 7m was seriously tiring. I started to battle myself about what to do, scrap the appointment, self land and run to the van, keep edging upwind or go for gold and just kite there? John knew I had the appointment and so I gave him a wave and off I went with my kite.

In total it took about 35mins to get from Shoreham to Kemp Town; when you’re driving the route it feels slow when you do it in 25, try it on a kite when it’s 45 mph and you’re heading straight down wind! I went past a couple of groups on the way but didn’t have time to be sociable. There were a couple of people kitesurfing Hot Pipes and just up from King Alfred but there weren’t many kiters out. Gotta say that if you weren’t out that day you really missed out, the waves were sweet all the way along and seemed to get much larger the further out the back of Brighton and Hove I went.

As I came in I was greeted by one of the Brighton Sea Front guys on his quad, he’d been watching me kite as I came in and I recognized the dude. He didn’t have any beef at all but said that there’d been a report of someone hammering down the coast on a kite so he had to come and check it out. Wearing a wet wetsuit and having bare feet in the appointment I obviously felt like a plum and my mrs wasn’t best but I did clear up the puddle before I left, anything goes in Brighton and if I’d have missed the kite session I’d have been kicking myself. 

I’m planning the same route with some mates and we’ll take our time and enjoy it all this time! Kiting alone is never a good move but in my defence I did have an impact vest on for buoyancy, the Cabrinha kites relaunch effortlessly, I only ride new kit so it’s in optimum condition, the safety system always works, I didn’t kite much further than I could swim or go too close to the piers, John knew where I was going and a 35min down winder doesn’t seem like a long trip after having done down winders in South Africa and Zanzibar… safety hat on, box ticked.  

Night kite:

On Wednesday the 8th June 2011 I met up with a best friend, Chris (aka Simo) with the view to having a kite, it was already 20.30 and we knew we had to get on it if we were to get a kitesurf session in before it got dark. We didn’t get on it and it started to get late, we roped in the assistance of a helpful kite bitch (none derogatory name for kite helper) and got a lift to Hot Pipes, set up and got out for 21.40. The light was amazing, yes there was still light, the wind just enough for a sweet 7m session and the waves had way more volume than we usually get in Brighton. I have to say the start of the session was the best I have had this year.

We didn’t get too close to the groynes or various bits of metal work that protrude from the sea behind the industrial estate but did go Mc Donalds stylie LARGE! Simo smashed up the waves, clearing each groyne space with a single wave and I tried doing the same airborne, until it got darker when we both just enjoyed the power of the waves and being perfectly lit on our 7m Switchblaes and ‘at one’ (yo) with the elements as we tuned in to the light from the half moon and white of the waves.

It really was a dream session until we got to about Moroccos where I came unhooked on accident, easily fixed as not over powered. After getting hooked back in and back into the session my foot strap came out, doh! Not ideal but just ment riding down wind like a man with one leg until that got boring and flipped to using the board to body drag. We came in just before Regency Square and the old West Pier at 22.25 where our favourite kite bitch waited with a flash light to greet us.

Generally night sessions are massive no go for kitesurfing but like base jumping and the likes there are things one can do to make such sessions as risk free as possible. We do not recommend kiting at night, who knows what’s in the sea and how would anyone find you if you had a problem? We kite together all the time, didn’t get any further than 200m from one another, didn’t go out further than we could swim, still had enough light to see the important stuff and had beach support following us along the road and waiting on the beach for our return. Tick.

Beer tastes so much better when you’ve really earnt it.

if you’ve any epic sessions or just one that’ll get a laugh or teach a lesson, then ping it over to us here to the Kitesurfkings blog, post it on the Kitesurfkings Facebook page or email it over to info@kitesurfkings.com and we’ll pop it up for you.

Cable Sessions at Hove Lagoon

Our Kitesurfkings private cable sessions are always fun… unable to upload the quality pics but will try and get a couple from Tuesday’s cable session online later as they’re well worth a look. Next session is next Thursday; we don’t run them to make money, there is no financial gain to us just a saving to you and guaranteed laughs. Find us on Facebook if you want to get involved.

Free Stuff

KB4 Girls next event is happening in Lancing next weekend but sadly blokes don’t qualify just by wearing a skirt, I have checked. I’m not sure what the ruling is on ladyboys… I encourage any of you kitesurfing ladyboys out there to test the water. There are still places up for grabs and if you’re keen then give us a shout at Kitesurfkings and chat to Andrina as she’s organising the event. Did I mention it’s free?

Paddle Around the Pier is just around the corner and although there might not have been the usual amount of advertising for the event this year it’s set to be bigger and better than ever. Kitesurfkings will be down there with a stand and hanging out with our friends at Orb360, Hove Lagoon and the likes. Do come and say hi, there’ll be prizes and offers exclusively for the event and it’ll generally be a fun weekend with stuff to do, to watch and to try. So, that’s Paddle Around the Pier on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Gotta finish this blog! Kitesurfkings have some new and still boxed Cabrinha 2010 IDS kites that we can practically give away… well, not quite but almost! There’s a good chance it’s been too windy recently for your current kit or you’re lacking in confidence because you don’t have the latest, safest safety system?? Well, here’s your chance to put that right and grab a 7 or 9m Cabrinha IDS kite for a song! Well, about 600 quid including the bar, lines, leash, pump ect (which cost £360 on their own!). If you want one then gimmie a call on 07878 399 419 (Luke).

Location: South Africa, based in Table View, Cape Town

Date: Mid/End November 2011

Duration: 14 Days

Do you have a passion for life? Love kite surfing? Want to get away this winter?

100%!

Prepare to get excited then as this could be for you…

We love kite surfing around Cape Town and have always been in ore of how windy the area can be. On one of our recent trips we spent two weeks living an intrepid kite surfers’ dream and have been working hard to make it a reality for our customers.

Staying together in a super cool surf house facing the famous Table Top Mountain we’ll have kite surfing on our door step, kiting on tap, nice! When kiting from home we’ll be able to downwind to and from our own front door or kite in front of our digs to stay closer to ‘refreshments’. One of our South Africa based guides will be living with us for the duration of our stay and hooking us up with luxury breakfasts each day to best fuel us for what’s in store…

Driven around in a couple of seriously stylish VW T2 camper vans our guides will take us to South Africa’s best kite surfing locations, some well know but many top secret. We’ll be hitting numerous beaches to kite surf flat water and wave spots that will have you rubbing your eyes with disbelief or clearing tears of joy!

As well as kite surfing there’s unlimited us of SUP boards in front of our surf house and we’ll also be taking them on the road with us when we go exploring, there are places that need to be seen but just sitting and admiring… not as much fun as exploring with SUP’s.

Other activities we have planned include kloofing Suicide Gorge, hiking Table Mountain and abseiling down, hike up Lions Head Mountain and paraglide down, Lions Head full moon, SUP on Franschoek Dam, rock climbing, wakeboarding at the cable park, trips with rubber duck to tow in, wakeboard, fish and catch lobsters. There are additional activities like shark cage or scuba diving that you might want to try which can also be arranged. Some activities might not be for you and they’ll always be kite surfing alternatives. There’s too much to list but have to mention the famous South African braai and sun downers.

Kite surfing is our number one aim and although this is not specifically a coaching trip you will learn masses and we’ll help you to nail tricks you’re struggling with as well as getting the most out of the waves. Our friends that will be guiding us along our adventure are some of the nicest guys and gals we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, they have helped us realise an intrepid kite surfer’s dream trip and are exceptionally good kiters themselves.

Aaron Hadlow, Ruben Lenten and Lewis Crathern choose to frequent Cape Town and the surrounding areas during the winter months because of the solid wind, awesome weather and epic kite surfing; we’re after the same but offering so much more.

We’re excited and hope you are too; we guarantee this will be an amazing trip that will stay with you forever. If you are interested in joining us then please get in contact with our head kite surf guide/instructor, Luke (yeah me, the one from Kitesurfkings), he’ll be one of your guides in South Africa and has recently returned from such a trip. You can also get in touch with African Space who are the guys making this trip happen through their extensive contacts and years of experience in South Africa. You can email the kite surfing team at kitesurfing@africanspace.co.uk or call the office on 0121 382 9000.

Although we do run beginner trips this is not one of them, everyone must have the minimum competency of being able to stay up wind and perform a deep water pack down. If you’re not quite there yet then contact us about making a plan so you can be or have a think about joining one of our beginner or intermediate trips.

Kitesurfing & Cable

April 28, 2011

Hello!

So, we’ve been hitting the cable (literally) but now have some wind… woop, woop!! We’re still running Kitesurfkings private sessions at the cable (and still just out of love), our next private session is an evening one 18.30 to 20.00. We’ve hooked up an even sweeter deal for you lovely people so you now just have to pay £20 including your online discount and including your board hire for the session. Here are a few pics and bits from yesterday’s cable session, scroll down if you’re only interested in kitesurfing. Umm, kitesurfing, how nice it is to have wind!

Please do not talk to the operator!

Last night’s Kitesurfkings cable session was a laugh, everyone did really well and there were some inspirational moves from those who were trying the cable for the first time. One of the guys, Fabio, asked me not to post any pics of him riding but Fabio you had some styles dude; on one board start Fabio span the board 180, which he says was on accident but we still give you the points Fabio.

Nice carve turn... sure this is ur first time?

Two more Kitesurfkings students were there riding the cable for the first time and we had them up and riding in no time, Kevin ended up having sweeter turns than anyone else there! Go Kevin! Fortue attempted some pop 180’s, hats off to you Fortue, you’ll nail um next time.

Pop 180' caught on camera

Last two pics… one classic slider mishap and to be kind one slider success, both by Jeff.

Slider success!

Oops! Less successful slider attempt!

There is no way I could not post this last pic from yesterday’s cable session, Jeff said it didn’t hurt and I believe him as the slider really doesn’t cause much damage; I think I might have pulled something though through laughing so hard!

Cable, cable, cable… kitesurfing, yeah baby! We’re loving the cable but when there’s an opportunity to kitesurf there is no competition. There has been some lovely weather recently and although we’ve not been able to kitesurf I think everyone has been enjoying it but enough’s enough, it really is time for some good wind. During the light wind days we’ve been having a lot of fun kite landboarding and powerkiting but still always dreaming of getting into the water for a good kitesurfing session.

Finally we have wind and it looks like it’s here to stay, well, for a week at least! We’re loading up the minibus and going kitesurfing along the coast and anyone’s welcome to come along. If you’re a beginner then you need to book lessons in (call me directly on 07878 399 419 to do this) and if you’re already kiting then why not arrange to hook up and have a good old kitesurfing session with us (contact us about this via the Kitesurfkings Facebook page).

The wind forecast shows solid wind for the next 7 days and the likelihood of more to follow, low tides this week are all afternoon and running into evenings next week. We teach until sunset on a low tide and kite any old time regardless of tides.

Here’s a link for booking our next kitesurfkings private cable session for you nice dudes who’ve taken time to read the blog: CABLE BOOKING LINK

Yesterday’s press launch at Hove Lagoon for the new wakeboard cable was a real eye opener and we’re all really excited about having such a great facility here in East Sussex… yesterday’s sausages were rather special too, thanks guys.

Yesterday Harvey, Hove Lagoon’s director and a super nice dude, explained that he’s had the vision for the cable park for 18 years and it has taken a huge effort by the guys at Hove Lagoon, their sponsors and the commitment of Brighton and Hove council to make it happen. To Harvey, Mark, Seb and the rest of the guys at Hove Lagoon we salute you!

Here you can see some of the photographs that I took at yesterday’s press launch; there were a number of pro wakeboarders, pro kitesurfer Lewis Crathern and a handful of first timers on the cable for our entertainment. The Kitesurfkings hat is also off for local kitesurfer Jezmondo, who although was trying cable wakeboarding for the first time, managed a raley on his first tack and s-bend attempt on his second! Not sure if ‘tack’ is the right word for one distance of the cable but it sounds a lot better than length… feel free to educate.

The action shot above sees Pro kitesurfer Lewis Crathern showing us mad skill as he executes powered wake style tricks that he’d more regularly be seen doing under his kite. Join myself and Lewis at the cable for coaching days and learn how to nail tricky kitesurfing moves without having to think about the kite.

Never having seen a 2.0 cable system, other than online, it was great to have the system explained and be shown some of the system’s capabilities. You really have to go down there and check it out for yourselves as it differs massively from the other cable parks.

Other cable parks I have been to have numerous people travelling in a loop around a lake where as Hove Lagoon’s new 2.0 cable system offers a much better experience for the rider by tailoring each ride to the individual rider based on their ability or what kind of trick they’re wishing to attempt.

We’ll be having exclusive sessions at the cable and welcome you down to come and join us. We’ll be having  sessions for those completely new to board sports, sessions for those who want to nail some new tricks and plenty of sessions for people that just want to meet up and have a bit of fun. Do give me a shout directly if you’d like to meet up for a session: Luke, 07878 399419, luke@kitesurfkings.com

I’ve met a number of people with misconceptions about the cable that are worth setting straight…

Because it’s a single line cable you must stop and start again at each end. No! Go and check it out, the ride is fluid as you’re able to do a carve turn at either end. After a few sessions you’ll probably be able to nail some pop jump transitions at either end like the guys yesterday. Mark told me about a huge raley transition Harvey nailed that makes me think that with the right cable controller we’ll be able to bring some of our favourite kitesurfing tricks off the sea and onto the Lagoon.

Because it’s for ‘everyone’ it can’t be that extreme! Dude! Because there’s only one rider at a time and the cables system offers instant stopping of the cable, change of direction and accelerating/decelerating the speed in which it travels the ride is tailored to the individual.

Loads of swimming! Yes at each of the cable parks I have ridden you stack and then struggle to get the board off your feet before swimming, then walking, back to the start point wasting most of your session time. Because there’s only one rider at a time it’s all about you, the cable controller plays a massive role here by stopping the cable when you stack so that you can get straight back up when you’re ready.

More time cueing than riding. Drop in sessions are an hour long, Mark’s told me that they’re planning to have no more than four people for each drop in session. The guys at Hove Lagoon will be monitoring the sessions and insuring time is split evenly and because there are no more than four riders, no one’s swimming and there’s no walking back from the far end of the lake after stacking, time’s spent on the cable rather than just at the cable park.

Egypt

February 8, 2011

Dudes! What can we say? Well, I know what we won’t do and that’s to assume anyone reading this needs any additional insight into the situation in Egypt right now; currently every paper and news show have been keeping us up to date and we keep watching, waiting and willing for the situation to be resolved…

For the last couple of weeks we’ve all been watching and waiting to see what will happen as peaceful protests continued across Egypt; sadly Hosni Mubarak attempts to hang on in there have resulted in inhumane attacks on the people of Egypt. Kitesurfkings are taking the view that although times are hard the courage and perseverance of the Egyptian people will pay off and Mubarak will find himself spit roasted in a dirty cell before long. With Mubarak out the way Egypt will be a better place for the people of Egypt and subsequently for us tourists.

Times are hard in Egypt right now and we want to send a message of support to all of our close friends we have in Egypt and those we’re yet to meet. The world is one random place and it’s countries like Egypt that take such a hard-line against opposition to the government that it takes huge courage and determination to stand up and fight for your rights. If I were in Egypt I’d end up with a kick in and a jail sentence for wishing Mubarak a spit roasting, fortunately I’m not and I’m hiding behind a computer! Please let there be a peaceful resolve to what started and was always intended to remain as a peaceful protest.

Our planned group kitesurfing trips to Egypt have been put on hold just whilst things calm back down and we’re happy that both our final destinations and ports of entry are free from unrest. Shame as our May ‘JUMP’ kitesurfing Kite Clinic would have been super sweet, still, better not whinge, it’s not as if anyone’s throwing stones at us or firing bullets through our walls!

We still rate Egypt as one of our best short hall kitesurfing destinations and look forward to getting back out there in the near future. Planning to get back out there as soon as we can and if we have to we’ll wait until Sep/Oct pro Kite Clinics and beginner kitesurfing trips to get things tuned in before the UK winter’s back causing us all grief.

 

Post kitesurfing beers are a must anywhere in the world

Celebrating another great day of Kitesurfkings kitesurfing with Kitesurfkings Beer!

Discover Zanzibar with African Space and Kitesurfkings

22nd January to 1st February 2011


This’ll take you a while to read through but take your time, soak it in and picture yourself kitesurfing in paradise! Remember, ‘anything is possible!’

Zanzibar boasts more than 25 fantastic beaches and loads of small islands that are perfect for downwind kitesurfing sessions. Some of Zanzibar’s beaches and islands are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean; beautiful sands, idyllic lagoons, reef breaks, mind blowing down winders, flat turquoise waters and perfectly formed waves that range in size make kitesurfing dreams reality… we’ve made it possible to realize those dreams.

African Space bring the in country expertise, knowledge and contacts that are vital for such an intrepid trip to Zanzibar and Kitesurfkings have added a kitesurfers’ seal of approval, kitesurfing guides and instructors.  We have maximised this 11 day trip by taking a proven product and further enhancing it. Regarded as ‘the best ever kitesurfing trip’ by all previous partakers for good reason, join our next unique kitesurfing discovery trip to Zanzibar and smash your expectations of what you thought it possible to achieve and experience during a kitesurfing holiday.

Our January trip is available to all; we welcome singles, couples, groups, kitesurfers and even none kitesurfers to join us. Previous trips have seen an even mix up of male and female kitesurfers of all ages, of mixed abilities and non kiting partners. Everything can be arranged and Zanzibar is a wonderful destination for everyone; if you require beginner lessons or are planning to join us as a non kiting partner then please contact us to discuss options. The itinerary below is aimed at already competent kitesurfers.

The trade winds have determined the cycle of life on the Swahili Islands for the past two thousand years. The wind blows steady and strong from two directions, depending on the time of year, with great stretches of sandy beaches and wide shallow inter-tidal areas. We are expecting 20 to 25 knots each day but it can be a little stronger. The air temperature will be up to 30 degrees and we will have an unspoilt abundance of flat water and waves. None of our photos have been anywhere near photoshop, the water really is turquoise and the sand white.

This is kitesurfing Zanzibar in style and safety, with a bespoke itinerary which includes the typical white beaches and awesome conditions but also incorporates down winders, multi spot kiting and access to the real culture and lifestyle of Zanzibar. We are not sure if a kitesurfer’s paradise could get any better than this! This trip has been made possible by the coming together of local experts, kitesurfing instructors and guides to offer a unique product and a kitesurfing first for Zanzibar. All kitesurfing sessions have safety cover and guides; we use different type’s boats to ensure your safety whether you want to kitesurf inside or outside the reef on our down winders.

Newly added to our 2011 Zanzibar trips: extra boats and beach support for down wind safety cover, flat and wave coaching sessions (from basic jumps to handle passes and everything in-between), upgraded two course meals, BBQ’s, a night out to a fancy beachside sea food restaurant, optional excursion to Stone Town, flexible kitesurfing options and unlimited kiting from beach. There are also various trip, room and non kiting activities available on request, in country or pre-booked, as optional extras.

The planned itinerary…

Day 1  (22/01/11): Rolling to the airport on a happy cloud of anticipation; even if you hate airports the destination makes this visit bearable. Today you are flying south, across a continent, to Tanzania and the spice island of Zanzibar. The time difference is minimal, so despite the length of the flight you arrive fresh and ready to get involved. Pray to the god of good in-flight movies.

Day 2  (23/01/11): Landing in Dar es Salaam, you will be met by your African Space guide, there to greet you and to ensure that all of your kit gets through customs with the minimum of delay. From there you will be driven through the hustling city (yup, it will be hot and more than a little dusty) to the harbour where the fast ferry waits to take you across the Zanzibar Channel to the island. This is a short, 2 hour journey and is a lovely way to arrive. Look for the green smudge of the approaching coast growing clearer on the horizon and maybe even smell the spices. Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but it sounds good. From Stone Town, you will be driven 50kms across the island to the village of Paje and the Ariabian Nights guesthouse.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 3  (24/01/11): After a good breakfast you will gather at the neighbouring kite centre for a briefing from our resident kite surfing guide, an expert in how to get the best from the island’s winds. Then it is a day of local familiarisation, a safety session going through your kit to make sure it’s survived the UK winter and that you’re confidents and practiced in your rescue techniques. We’ll enjoying a leisurely kite to blow off the UK cobwebs with the option of flat water or waves in Paje with a secret sunset down winder for all that are game. With all food provided and an introduction to our favourite local bar you will settle in quickly.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 4  (25/01/11): Starting off in a flat water area that is just too nice, we’ll have a play and try new skills during a progression sessions before down winder 2: (15km) and then kiting locally.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 5  (26/01/11): Down winder 3: (25km), then back to Paje to chill and kite some more in preparation for a change of coast tomorrow.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 6  (27/01/11): A change of scene today as you cross to west of the island for a visit to the dolphins with Safari Blue. With the focus on joining the curious dolphin, this excursion also includes snorkelling in a mangrove forest, time on sandbar and a traditional Swahili feast on Kwale Island. Oh, but we should mention, no boats for you unless you’re feeling really lazy and just want to ride a boat and watch the rest of the group, kite surfing is the order of the day. Down winder 4 (although incorporates more than one down winder!)

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 7  (28/01/11): Today you head south to Kizimkazi and have the chance for an optional 10km down winder (DW 5) should weather conditions permit. Dinner will be taken in Unguja Ukuu, the traditional capital of the Shirazi Arabs who first colonised the island and a secluded place well off the local tourist trail.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 8  (29/01/11): Downwinder 6: for those that are up for it we’ll be aiming to visit Mnemba Island. This is a dream trip that we don’t want to spoil but you can read about how it worked in Sep on the Kitesurfkings Blog and Facebook discussion pages.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 9  (30/01/11): Now you mix it up; the long down winders complete, the kitesurfing is local (although that still leaves a lot of scope as we can happily squeeze in another down winder or flat water lagoon session for anyone that’s game). You have the opportunity to enjoy some additional land trips. You could visit the habituated red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest, or check out the hustling, twisted streets of Stone Town where there are local markets and masses of history to enjoy or head straight for our meet up point, which is a colonial first floor restaurant with beautiful sea views.

ARABIAN NIGHTS – FULL BOARD

Day 10  (01/02/11): Time to go. After a lazy morning, retracing your steps, you will cross the channel to Dar. Once you and your kit are safely disembarked, you will be transferred through the hectic city streets to the calm of the Mediterraneo Hotel, Kawe Beach. A fine hotel, the best Italian restaurant in town and a fine place to let your last night in Tanzania slip away  – like the cold beer in your frosted glass. If you’ve not had enough kiting yet then you can kite from the beach in front of the hotel.

MEDITERRANEO HOTEL – B&B

Day 11  (02/02/11): Up early for the transfer to Dar Es Salaam International Airport and your return flight home to the UK. Land Back in the UK, hopefully to the start of longer days and armed with a new appreciation of what’s possible on a kitesurfing holiday.

We will adjust the programme to best benefit from the conditions on a particular day and the groups’ needs. Unlimited kitesurfing from the beach in front of the hotel can also be a nice option that we always have and can offer flat water and wave coaching sessions directly from our beach.

We’ve not gone into masses of detail in the itinerary as there’s just too much to list and we don’t want to give everything away. In addition to the activities noted in the above itinerary there will be some seriously awesome flat water lagoons with nothing but sand under the turquoise waters, at some of these locations we will be offering progression sessions (we all need coaching) and also photo sessions as it’s nice to gloat when you get home. Wave riding coaching is offered both from the beach and also incorporated into down winders.

We can easily chop and change the programme to meet needs – everything is possible!


The detail…

£1200 per person, costed on a sharing basis in the Arabian Nights Guest House and Mediterraneo Hotel, Dar es Salaam.

Included: All in-country transfers (both road and sea), accommodation, full board and kiting activities as specified in the itinerary, plus kit storage, progression and photo sessions, BBQ’s, dinning out in Zanzibar, bottled water, boat rescue and boat support.

Not included: International flight, drinks, tips & gratuities, non-specified activities, transport to and from non-specified activities

International Flights

We’ve sourced an excellent direct flight option that’s under £600 and it would be nice if we all take the same flight but regardless of your arrival time or departure airport everything can be arranged.

If you have any questions about the trip or just want to chat kitesurfing then you can contact one of your guides, Luke at Kitesurfkings… but if you’re calling then get in touch before Saturday 13th November as he’ll be away exploring new kitesurfing trips for you lucky kiters: luke@kitesurfkings.com / 01273 88 88 33 / 07878 399 419

Luke will be checking emails whilst abroad but if contacting us after the 13th November speed things up by contacting the African Space office to discuss your trip, confirm your attendance or request a booking pack. info@africanspace.co.uk / 0121 382 9000

Time is short and places are limited, so get in touch to secure your place! Don’t miss out!!


Wow!!! O.k. let me elaborate…

 

If you’ve not been to Zanzibar before that needs to change whether you’re a kitesurfer or not!

 

Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, at just 60 miles long and 20 miles wide it’s not a large island but one that a lot to offer; characterised by beautiful, fine, white, sandy beaches, fringing coral reefs and the magic of historic Stone Town.

 

Zanzibar boasts more than 25 fantastic beaches and loads of small islands that are perfect for downwind kitesurfing sessions. Some of Zanzibar’s beaches and islands are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean; beautiful sands, idyllic lagoons, reef breaks, mind blowing down winders, flat turquoise waters and perfectly formed waves that range in size make kitesurfing dreams reality.

 

Kitesurfkings spent eight months planning a discovery trip with African Space to insure that we would maximise our 12 day trip, create a kitesurfing first for Zanzibar and a smash our customers’ expectations of what may be possible to achieve and experience during one of our kitesurfing holidays.

 

Our direct flight from London to Dar Es Salam departed on the 31st August 2010 and we were greeted by Jamie from African Space at the airport in a rather pimp transfer bus that took us over to the ferry. Jamie’s contacts, local knowledge and grasp of the language (Swahili) proved to be invaluable as soon as we got to the ferry port with all of our kit – Jamie knows his stuff! Our minds were put at ease instantly and that, along with the first class cabin set the tone for our trip.

 

Our tourist visas were arranged for us and we were rushed through past the queues of travellers to our awaiting transfer vehicles. The 50km drive from Stone Town to the village of Paje was a really pleasant one with lots of life and scenery to take in and enjoy.

 

When we arrived in Paje the locals were forthcoming with kind waves, smiles and greetings that made us feel instantly welcome. We were shown to our rooms at the Arabian Nights Guesthouse, exclusively for our guests, this was to be our base for the next 10 days. Rolling onto the beach we were all mesmerised, what a beach! Picture perfect with fine white sands, turquoise waters, flat sea with a reef break out the back, masses of room to kite but only a few kiters on the water and our kite centre (Airborne Kites) just 200 meters away. The view we were all sharing was enough to reenergise the batteries after our journey and was more beautiful than photographs could capture.

 

There were no large tourist centres or hotels but just a laid back assortment of facilities/services that consisted of everything we needed; next door to our accommodation was a seriously cool bar called Paje By Night, that was also open during the day, we could see that as well as serving great food, coffee and cocktails, this was going to be a seriously nice place to hang out. Fresh fruit was being sold on the beach alongside masseuse services, both were to prove handy. We made a swift change into boardies and T’s, then regrouped at the Arabian Nights’ first floor, sea view restaurant to share our excitement, a fresh fish curry, rice and mixed local vegetables.

 

Over the next 10 days the group were to find out that Paje was just the tip of the iceberg and that the ‘Discover Zanzibar Trip with Kitesurfkings and African Space’ would exceed everyone’s expectations.

We did spend time kitesurfing directly in front of our hotel in Paje as it’s a great spot and we couldn’t not squeeze as much kiting in as possible but kitesurfing Paje would often happen at the beginning or end of one of our boat assisted down winders. Before each kitesurfing trip we would have briefings at the kite centre before leaving, prior to launching our kites for the session and often after dinner so that we made sure everyone was happy about the planned activities and knew exactly ‘how?’,’ where?’ and ‘what if?’.  The Kitesurfkings safety hat came out prior to embarking on our first downwind session and we had a morning of going through everyone’s safety systems, with everyone getting into the water to practice their deep water pack downs.

 

Without giving too much away for all of you guys who’ve been knocking down the door to join us on our next Zanzibar trip here are some of the groups’ favourite sessions…

 

A progression session in a flat water lagoon, kiting in waist deep water with sand underfoot and a gang of local kids cheering us on, before kiting downwind 15km from Makunduchi back to Paje; some of the group kiting in front of the reef, some playing in the butter flat waters over the reef, some kiting the first sets of waves with others going out back to catch the odd 8ft wave.

 

Sandbars, snorkelling, seafood, lagoon and open sea kiting… all and more in the same session. The day started like most others with a fab breakfast at the Arabian Nights, then a drive to the other side of the island before boarding a large wooden boat that had plenty of shade from the sun and ice cold drinks a plenty. We stopped at a small sandbar about 100m x 50m to pick up fins, snorkels and masks before being cruising over to a great snorkelling spot to spend half an hour check out what’s under the water for a change. Jan from Airborne was so confident that the wind would be with us just after 11am that we cruised over to another sandbar island to set up our kites…

 

As predicted the wind was perfect by 11.30 and out we went on our 9’s, 10’s and 12’s; we spent 45mins kiting around the sandbar before departing for our first open water downwinder. Our destination looked small but we’d had our briefing and knew what we were up to, next stop Kwale Island. This downwinder was liberating and those of us confident in our kites’ relaunch capabilities were throwing new tricks and venturing off to visit local fishing boats to exchange waves and smiles…

 

A fresh seafood feast was waiting for us on Kwale Island but we won’t to spoil the surprise for anyone. After a some post feast sun lounging we kited between Kwale Island and a nearby sandbar for a couple of hours, those of us with the energy then hit the open sea, to Kitesurf back to the mainland, alongside our boat containing the rest of the crew.

 

A chilled little sunset downwind kitesurfing session from Paje with an unplanned 5 star finish was the favourite session for a couple of the guys as we were all kiting so closely together, the scenery was awesome, we had a beautiful  sunset and an unintentional finishing point, which all made for good times. The session started by kitesurfing the flat waters of Paje before following the coastline downwind, spending some of the time in the waves and the rest in the flat waters between the beach and the reef. We’d planned to finish at a funky bar that were putting on a spread of hors d’oeuvres for us before we’d then head off for a fine seafood supper at another spot; after the odd rescue and everyone enjoying it all just too much we changed the plan on route and the group followed myself (Luke from Kitesurfkings) to the reserve pick up point. The reserve pick up point was a good 10km from that we had planned but just happened to neighbour a flash 5 star resort and we happily finished the kiting session with cold beers and bar snacks. We still made it to our ‘funky’ bar and seafood supper.

 

A personal favourite kitesurfing experience from the trip was a 30km downwinder that started with us kitesurfing in a flat water lagoon before kiting over a shallow reef to get to clean waves that we rode down the coast where we were joined by pro kitesurfer Jeremie Tronet and some of his chums. We then made an epic open channel crossing to a mirage like reef break in front of Mnemba Island. The waves were perfect, the sky magical and water so clear that we enjoyed an array of fish, sting rays and sea turtles. We kitesurfed up and down, in and out, the reef break for as long as our legs would allow before heading downwind across the mind bogglingly flat water in front of the reef break to Mnemba Island where we paused on the fine white sand to share our elation. The sun was setting which made the sky even more breathtaking but meant we had to speed things up and so after kiting the lagoons of the island, made our final downwind crossing back to the mainland.

 

Other highlights raised in feedback from the group included swimming with Dolphins, visiting Stone Town and a local market, seeing Humpback whales, a fishing trip, wave riding, sunset sessions, seafood, the BBQ and kiting at will in front of the centre.

 

My favourite quotes from the trip…

 

Rowan and Bridget: ‘’our favourite spot and best ever kiting experience’’

Ross: ‘’this has been the best day of my life’’ (Mnemba Island day)

Nick: ‘’100% happiness is on the water’’

Kayode and Hanna: ‘’Great! Chill, kite, food, bars, friendly locals… kiting or not there’s so much to do!’’

 

The first kitesurfing discovery trip for Zanzibar was a huge success and we’re excited about returning in 2011. We’re wishing to run trips aimed at kitesurfers of varying levels in January/February and June/July 2011, if you’d like to find out more or get your name down for one of these trips then please get in contact by emailing info@kitesurfkings.com and using the header ‘Zanzibar’. You can also join our mailing list via our website www.kitesurfkings.com

Exciting news… a kitesurfing first is happening on the 28th August 2010 and you could be part of it!

Various sports and travel professionals have teamed up to put together a discovery trip for Zanzibar with adventure, discovery and dream kitesurfing sessions that have never before been possible. Even if you can’t make the dates have a read by following this link or taking a look on the Kitesurfkings website: Discover Zanzibar

There are various flight options with one direct flight that we have privileged access to right now for just £600. There are other routes but none so cheap, direct or that allow for kitesurfing luggage so don’t delay!

Have you seen our latest kitesurfing video? If not then take a look, we like it and hope you do to: Kitesurfing Video – 4mins

The video was shot on one of our group trips to Zaafarana – if you’d like to join us on our next group session to Zaafarana then please get in contact. We have two, one week options up for grabs on the 21st and 28th September 2010. These are mixed ability coaching trips of under £800 or you could just come for a jolly?

Paddle Around the Pier this weekend in Brighton/Hove and also some wind so what a great weekend here on the south coast! We’ll be mixing it up between kitesurfing lessons, kitesurfing sessions and hanging out at Paddle Around the Pier. Hope to see you for a kite soon!!

Drop us an email to info@kitesurfkings.com if you’re interested in joining us for a lesson or session or call 01273 88 88 33 – unlikely to be in the office much until Monday though!!

Firstly I’m sorry if you can’t get out of work in June or September as this must be a real tease!!!

A place on the Christian and Karine Kite Clinic to Zaafarana on the 26th June has come available and so is now up for grabs. The Kite Clinic includes all flights, transfers, visas, half board accommodation, centre rates and the week long Kite Clinic – total price is £1015.

By now I’d hope you have heard of Christian and Karine but if not then you can read up about them on the Kitesurfkings website (Sessions Page) or check them out at iksurf mag (online kitesurf mag). I have personally been on one of their Kite Clinics and cannot speak more highly of them as individuals or as instructors. They will not only motivate you but will give you the skills and confidence to go for (and land!) some of those kitesurf tricks you’ve been dreaming about! Get in contact with us through the Kitesurfkings website if you are interested. There’s only one place left for this June Kite Clinic.

Fancy coming on a group kitesurfing trip to Zaafarana in September? It’s not a Kite Clinic with Christian and Karine, it’s an out and out kitesurfers trip for anyone that has, at the very minimum, already completed a beginner kitesurfing course. We aim to kitesurf everday and will all be wishing to learn new kitesurfing styles and get in shape for the harsh conditions the UK winter can bring.

We’re going back to Zaafarana coz we love it, the kitesurfing conditions are perfect and we’ve had wind everyday of each of the KSK trips to Zaf. You can come from the 21st to 28th Sep or 28th Sep to 5th Oct 2010. Get your deposit of £150 now to secure your place. The total cost is just £799! That includes your return flights (inc taxes, meals ect), meet and greet service on arrival in Cairo, return resort transfer (2.5hrs each way), transfer of kit, tourist visa (group size dependent), accommodation, breakfast and dinner, kite storage and rescue, centre rates and coaching tips throughout the week.

Guaranteed good times too! Check out the Zaafarana Student video from our last trip, it’s on the home page and on the Kitesurfkings TV page of the main Kitesurfkings website. Loads of pics from our last trip can also be found on Facebook too, you don’t need an account you can check um out via the Kitesurfkings home page.

Hope you can come kiting with us soon!

Those that were out kitesurfing in Shoreham this weekend… what a bloody great sessions!!!! We ran kiting lessons on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday but sadly the water based lessons were cancelled on Saturday when it started to gust 35 knots and averaged out at 28 knots. Friday was a different world, blue skies and sun shine until sunset, you’ll be able to see some video footage from Friday’s kitesurfing lessons on the Extreme Sports Channel very soon – try to keep you posted!

There was a bit of a kick in the pants in that the wind did calm down in the end on Saturday but by then it was too late for students and so there was only one option…

Umm, kitesurfing!!! How you have been missed!!!! Just like riding a bike though, the faster and higher you go the more fun it is!

Hope to see you for a kite on the south coast some time very soon. If the conditions are right we’ll be teaching but if the tide or winds are not conducive to learning…

Down winder anyone?