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Are you riding F-One?

If you are, it is finally time for you to join the club of sensible-working-quick-release!
Yes after many years of having to depend on finding a tiny red tab to pull a velcro based quick release, F-One has decided to update their ancient system and now features a push away system which pretty much has become the standard in the kiteboarding industry.

How to update your new Push away quick release on your existing kitebar. from F-ONE KITE on Vimeo.

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5 line versus 4 line Kitesurfing

North Kiteboarding recently released a video promoting the advantages of the 5th line:

Clearly North would like you to believe that riding with a 5th line system is always better than using a 4 line bar. However, the video is not a good representation of both systems and I do wonder why North sells 4 line bars if they are that much worse.

We have been riding a lot of systems and the better part of the last 5 years it was all on our North Vegas kites that only fly on 5 lines. One issue that the video did not address is that of the kite rolling into its own lines. Now you might say that only happens to beginners but we can assure you, that from riding in waves and getting washed into your own luffing kite to misjudging a strong gust on a jump, anybody can get into that situation.

Once your 5th line wraps neatly over your rolled kite, relaunching is not a simple affair and will take a lot more time than a 4 line kite. The reason for that is that a four line kite will respond and relaunch just the same with its front and backlines crossed (after the roll) where as the 5 line system means you first need to get the 5th line off the canopy so that the kite can catch some wind and get into a relaunch position. We often see riders give up on that and rather pack down their kites or drift off hoping for help because they cannot free the line from the wrapped kite.

However, there is a solution to this – simply pull your quick release and let the kite flag out on the 5th line. Once its hanging off only that line, you can pull on one of the backlines while making sure you do not get tangled in it, and the kite will turn around catching the wind again. At this point you can put your quick release back together again and hook in to relaunch the kite. The 5th line will be wrapped around and behind the other 4 lines and although it looks like a mess, you can relaunch and fly the kite back to the beach. From there you will need to land and sort out the 5th line.

On a 4 line kite you could keep kiting with the crossed lines but here too it is advisable to get back to the beach as soon as possible to sort out the lines because of the added stress and wear at the areas of contact.

So which system is better?

It really depends on you preferences and the conditions you ride in. On a light wind day, a 5th line can make relaunching much easier and on a gusty day, a 4 line system can be a blessing. If you are using a camrig on your front lines, it is much easier and safer to mount than with a 5th line setup. What we do recommend though is to ensure that your 4 line system will flag out correctly on a single, front line. If a quick release only means that the kite will flag out on both front lines and therefore keeps flying, this can lead to dangerous situations since the kite never fully depowers.

Always Windy in Brazil

This winter season we have decided to give the northern coast of Brazil a go and have a look at some new and not so new kitesurfing spots.

We have already checked off pretty much every lagoon and river mouth starting in Barra Grande straight down to Cumbuco and are now even further south, investigating lesser known areas. We have found a few jewels and also some truths about spots that surprised us which we will soon be writing up in the next few blog posts. Until then, stay tuned for more.

Kannst Du den Frontloop schon?

Mittlerweile zählen unsere Kitesurf Anleitungsvideos zu den populärsten Kitevideos auf Youtube. Da euer Feedback ausserst positiv war haben wir es uns zum Ziel gesetzt in Ayvalik unser neuestes Lehrvideo zu drehen. Diesmal geht es um die Front Rotation:

Hast Du Lust auf mehr? Auf unserer Webseite findest Du noch viele weitere Kitesurf Lehrvideos wo wir Backloops, Toeside Transitions, Load and Pop, Jump Transitions und noch vieles mehr zeigen.

Wenn Du mal auch Kitesurf Unterricht wie in unseren Videos erleben möchtest, schreibe uns doch einfach an und wir schicken Dir gerne mehr Infos zu unseren nächsten Schulungsterminen.

Secret Kitesurf Spot in Ayvalik

If you join us at the new Always Windy Kitesurfing Spot in Ayvalik, we will take you to on a 6km downwinder to the causeway joining the Island Cunda to the mainland. Right behind the causeway, the water is as flat as it gets and you can race and jump all day long with the wind coming in constantly and gust free right over the causeway.

The 2014 North Dyno is Big!

North Dyno 2014

North Kiteboarding is already promoting its new 2014 line up and the Dyno is their lightwind and racing weapon of choice.
The kitesurfing racing scene has seen quite an increase in popularity which is very evident in the increased advertising for huge race boards, large fins and massive kites. One of the first companies to bring out kites that were tailored to the needs of racers was Ozone. Their Ozone Edge is very popular at the race courses and so North is now on the attack with their latest Dyno 2014.

If you watch closely, you will also notice how North did not miss out on showing an Edge working hard to get speed while their Dynos are rock solid in the sky…

Whether that means they acknowledge the dominance of Ozone in that area or whether it is just a cheap shot, you be the judge. Either way, the race is on!

Just another 7m day in Ayvalik, Turkey

Another week of 25+ knots at one of the best kitesurfing spots I have ever been to, Ayvalik. Standing on the beach you can feel the wind but looking out on the water it is hard to believe that it is blowing so hard. In places the water is mirroring my 7m kite!

Kitesurfing with Always Windy: Just another 7m day in Ayvalik from Always Windy on Vimeo.

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Save your Gadgets from Water while Kitesurfing

We have all been there before – you are at the beach and things simply get wet. Not a problem until your phone or the GoPro gets wet and all the rice in the world can’t save it from sea salt happily corroding the electronics and sending you off to by a new, expensive replacement.

Back in the stone age (my era) you could get a yellow, bulky Sony Walkman or more recently “ruggedized” versions of mobile phones that promise to be splash proof. Of course it’s rarely the fully equipped super phone but some dumbphone or a not top of the range smartphone.

But in recent years there have been lots of advances with hydrophobic coating and now its finally available for anybody at a very fair 20 USD per spray can. NeverWet can waterpoof absolutely anything and after watching this video you will be lining up to buy it:

It’s not out yet in Europe as far as I can tell but it won’t be long before every BnQ will be having this on their shelves.

For that price, I think it is well worth the investment to protect your mobile from the next toilet drop or kitesurf session, when you forget about carrying your phone in the boardshorts…

Liam Whaley – Kitesurfing Protégé

Time flies and before you know it there are young riders ripping the waters around you while you still remember their first baby steps in this wonderful sport.
When I was still working as an instructor in Club Mistral in Tarifa, one of my kitesurf students was the super eager Liam who came with his father Peter to learn to kitesurf. I still remember him hopping around attached to a 4m kite asking incessantly “how can I jump?” while he was just done with his bodydrag lesson.
Well done little, impatient jumper 🙂

The female Kitesurf World Champion

While most of the media attention in the PKRA Kitesurfing Championships is focused on the men, we at Always Windy feel that women need to be highlighted more than the men in our sport. This year sees Karolina Winkowska win the PKRA World Champion Freestyle title and watching her latest video, it is easy to see why.

HEL WE GO ! from karolina winkowska on Vimeo.