Has Big Air Killed Kiteboarding?

With the spotlight firmly on big air right now, does it come at the detriment of the many facets of our sport, or even perhaps the very sport itself? At the risk of being burned at the stake, Rou Chater dives deep into the abyss…

Issue 101

Competition
In this issue, we've teamed up with Ozone Kites who are offering up a truly one-of-a-kind prize!! You could win your own custom-designed Ozone twin tip, with custom graphics that are entirely up to you! Click here to find out how you can take home this dream prize!
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Editorial - Get Reel
Social media has changed the kiteboarding industry, but is it for the better? Rou Chater and Crystal Veness explore the impact of social media on our sport, both positive and negative. Is social media really the answer?
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Big Air, Big News
All eyes are on the big air scene, and this year, we've seen another leap forward in tricks and technicality. With the young guns leading the charge, the level of competition is unbelievable. Read on as Crystal Veness recaps the biggest news in the world of big air!
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Kiteboarding Nirvana in Europe
Rou Chater travels to Sicily to revisit one of Europe's premier freeride and freestyle spots, which is also one of the best places to learn our incredible sport. Read the exclusive article in IKSURFMAG!
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ALL IN
Filmmaker and kiteboarder Laci Kobulsky has a passion for telling stories and capturing the most insane freestyle action out there! In his latest project, he teamed up with Gianmaria Coccoluto for a six week sojourn in Brazil to document his pursuit to become Freestyle World Champion. Go behind the scenes of the project in this exclusive article!
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Tech Focus: Mystic Stealth Harness
With the Stealth being a favourite in the Mystic harness range, kiteboarders have highly anticipated the release of the latest Stealth! Designer Joost Hezemans and the Mystic Pro Team give us the lowdown.
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Tech Focus: Cabrinha Operating System
The Cabrinha Operating System (COS, for short) was released just a few months ago and is a control bar packed with features designed to keep the rider safe and in control! James Boulding gives us all the details on Cabrinha's latest release in this Q&A...
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Tech Focus: ION Ballistic Footwear
ION's neoprene footwear range has been overhauled from top to bottom! In this Q&A, we catch up with Product Developer Michael Schuster to find out about all the key changes!
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Tech Focus: F-One Designer Spotlight with Charles Brodel
Charles Brodel has been a top-level rider on the F-ONE international team for quite some time! While he still maintains his status as one of the most talented kiters in the world, especially on a foil, he's also got the job title of Kite Designer! We put a spotlight on his role in this interview…
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Tech Focus: Eleveight RS+ V2 and CS Auto V1 Bar
Innovation and technology are at the front and centre of Eleveight's latest release, with a new update to their RS+ and an all-new control bar dropping! In this Q&A, we catch up with their design team to learn about these premium products!
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Misadventures in Mauritius
What awaits the Airush Team on the island paradise of Mauritius? Join Elias Ouahmid as he takes us behind the scenes of the shoot, exploring unique spots and riding in the perilous waves of One Eye. Read about their epic adventure in this exclusive article!
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The Interview: Nils Frei, Alinghi Red Bull Racing
In this edition of The Interview, we get to know professional sailor and America's Cup race winner Nils Frei! Find out all about his day job, why he loves kiting, and what happened when pro kiter Maxime Chabloz took to the race course with the Alinghi Red Bull Racing Team in Barcelona!
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Technique
Christian & Karine are back with Part 2 of their Learning to Loop series! Hopefully you've had plenty of time to practise, and you've got the downloop slide turn in the bag, because the next step is the toe to heel downloop carve. For those that want a bit of style for their next session, the toe side pop to blind with an ole is next on the menu! C&K's detailed guides will have you landing these new tricks in no time!
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Follow the Rugged Coast
Follow the Rugged Coast is part of Prolimit's project 'Follow the Current', an innovative and educational initiative that aims to follow ocean currents to understand how they affect water temperature and climate. Prolimit's aim is not just to do photoshoots but to tell stories, educate their consumers and riders, and take them on a journey. On the search for a location for their winter shoot, Prolimit's creative team scrolled through the world map to find a suitable spot…
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Harlem: Changing the Game
Discover how a passionate group of innovators, driven by a commitment to performance, sustainability, and customization, teamed up with BRAINCHILD production to reshape the future of kitesurfing. From high-tech kites to eco-friendly manufacturing, this is the story of a brand that's making waves in the industry, one ride at a time.
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Tried and Tested
The IKSURFMAG Test Team has been spending as much time on the water as possible to test out some of the most exciting new products on the market. In this issue, we're testing, not one, but two of the newest kites from Naish! Find out all about the innovative Airwave Alma, the new Cabrinha kite from Pat Goodman, and the latest version of the Duotone Evo SLS. Also on test is the MA625 from Armstrong Foils, the brand new AK Methord RS FlexFusion, and wetsuits from Mystic and Manera.
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Insight: Svetlana Romantsova
She's been on the kiteboarding scene for a while now, and if you've been following the GKA Kite World Tour, there is no doubt you've stumbled upon her unbelievable talent. Svetlana is known for capturing the perfect action shots time and time again. It doesn't stop there; Svetlana's portfolio showcases her love for watersports, snowboarding, nature, fashion and more! We were in awe and couldn't wait to uncover her incredible story. Check it out now, exclusively in IKSURFMAG!
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The Stępniewski Brothers
Two young brothers from Poland, Maks and Marcel Stępniewski, share their passion for kiteboarding! While pursuing different disciplines, they share the same stoke every time they're on the water together. Get to know Maks and Marcel, and find out more about their upcoming adventures in this article!
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Foil Freestyle: How To Get Started
Thinking about trading in your twintip for a hydrofoil? There are a lot of tricks that you can carry over, and if you're wondering where to start, you won't want to miss this helpful guide to getting started with hydrofoil freestyle from the Swiss Foil Couple!
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On The Fly
In this issue, we take a peek at what's new in the industry at AWSI. Head to the Red Sea to catch the action from Windseekers KiteFest, read our Olympic update, and find out about some of the newest gear to hit the market from Ozone and Duotone! It's all here in On The Fly!
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Lightroom
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, which means these pictures are worth 10,000! Check out 10 epic images that will transport you to windy paradises around the world in Lightroom Issue #101!
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Movie Night
Tune into Movie Night to catch some of the most popular kite videos that have been released over the past two months! From kite tips to insane new tricks to epic adventures, you won't want to miss this!
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