A huge congratulations to Slingshot Kite who have won the prestigious Best Brand 2013 Award in our annual IKSURFMAG Readers Awards. Slingshot really had a great line up of both boards and kites last year with the Rally and RPM proving exceedingly popular. The Misfit and Asylum were very fantastic twin tips and the surf board line up was exquisitely finished too. It seems like you have all been enjoying the gear as well and voted the Brand as your favourite!
Well done to Sam Light, the winner of the Best Male Rider 2013 category, Sam won the Triple S event last year and is known for his powerful and stylish wakestyle riding. He joined the Slingshot Team at the end of 2012 and has certainly been keeping himself busy, working on videos and featuring in the Freeride Project 2 which is due out soon….
Gisela Pulido is no stranger to winning, 9 World Titles in Freestyle and an excellent comeback on the PKRA this year to defeat Karolina Winkowska and take the World Title once again! We’ve got a huge interview with Gisela in our latest issue, in it she candidly speaks about the World Tour, the level of women’s kitesurfing and also what it is like to lose. Congratulations Gisela on being voted the Best Female Rider for 2013 by our readers!
Two years in a row mean the F-One Team must be doing something right, a favourite amongst the readers awards once again this year! The Bandit 6 is an all round kite aimed at all riders from intermediate to expert, able to handle waves, freestyle and freeride with aplomb. One of the favourite kites of last year amongst our test team, congratulations to Raphael Salles and the rest of the crew at F-One for winning the Best Kite Award!
The North Select is an all out high end freeride and freestyle machine, it’s lavished with the most advanced board technology available and all that translates to a smooth powerful ride. We’ve not met anyone who hasn’t been blown away by it’s performance and it seems like our readers love it too! This years winner of the Best Twin Tip category!
Mystic have been at the forefront of accessories design for some time, they have a plethora of top notch riders on their team and the product development guys are exceedingly passionate about their work. Innovative ideas like the “Two Face” wave harness, and dreams big enough to cross the Atlantic on a kite have made them a favourite with our readers. Well done on scooping the Best Accessories Brand this year!