It’s time to ‘Redefine Your Limits’ – The new Duotone Academy App will take you to that next level! With over 150 kiteboarding videos featuring all the core techniques and tricks for beginners to experts and personal advice from the Duotone pro team.

When you first start kiteboarding or trying out a new trick, there are struggles that often make further progession seem impossible at times, and usually, it is just not having the right tip at the right time!

It is challenging to provide a general guideline for the learner. Christopher Zarffel (filmmaker of the DTK Academy App) said, “With my growing passion for kitesurfing it was just a logical step to think about a kitesurfing academy. I talked to Tommy Kaiser (Head of Marketing, Duotone Kiteboarding) about the idea in 2013 and it took us two years to get the project started: the first 40 videos were a great success!”

The Duotone marketing team decided to go one step further – “we took our existing Academy and turned it into THE Duotone Kiteboarding Academy with an additional app” added Patrick Dudeck (International Marketing Manager, Duotone Kiteboarding).

The difficulty was not only in the variety of disciplines and skill levels but also the variety of kitesurfing teaching techniques around the world and the different opinions about the right technique within the team. “So we had lots of discussions (yes, and sometimes they felt endless). But in the end, I think this is what makes this project special.”

A team of experts created the app – most of those experts leading in their discipline; the 3 world champions: Airton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopez, Aaron Hadlow and Jeremie Tronet, a former professional kitesurfer with a lot of teaching experience and knowledge in filming and photography.

During a very complicated process, Duotone developed this app with Philipp Rembold (iOS developer and kite enthusiast) and his knowledge from highly professional software projects at brands like Mercedes-Benz and Opel. “My personal goal was to meet the high requirements on appeal and quality in the final app product as I love it on Duotone equipment”, Philipp told us.

The App leads the user step by step to the next level – regardless of the preferred discipline and the already existing skills.

Therefore key moments are explained in a simple, success guaranteeing way. For ease of understanding and clarification, slow motions, motion graphics and spoken explanations are used in all of the video lessons.

“The filming for the project was quite tough, there are many tricks, and you have to film them many times for different angles, having a shot from the drone, from the water and close up details shows all the points of view. We wanted to show the kite position and the body movement from different angles to show all the details.” – Aaron Hadlow

“Following the shooting, we had about 200 texts to write, 200 voiceovers to make, 200 videos to edit and 800 animations to create for this project. I think it may be the biggest, and I also hope the highest quality kitesurfing media project worldwide.” Christopher added. The Duotone Academy App is aimed at all kitesurfers. Whether you want to learn to water-start, boosting your first jumps, spinning around a backroll or learning a jibe on the surfboard, the Academy App has you covered.

Six Skill Categories:

  • Basic: guides you during the beginning of your kitesurfing experience
  • Hooked: shows you the first jumps and spins for your kitesurfing tracklist
  • Unhooked: offers a range of advanced tricks for some serious style points
  • Foil: shows you how to fly above the water with a Hydrofoil
  • Strapless: demonstrates riding surfboards without the support of foot straps
  • Wave: contains all you need to learn for kite assisted surfing in the waves.

Duotone assures you that all videos are shot in 4k and are conform to the standard of the VDWS. The completely cost-free app can also be used in offline mode. You have access to your personalised kite library and to your downloaded clips at any time – even without an internet connection.

The Duotone Academy app is designed to help and motivate you to improve your general kitesurfing level and reduce injuries by having the necessary information. Whatever your level is, the app will know what’s next for you. A virtual trainer will recommend your next trick regarding on your skill level.

This is possible by uploading your videos and pictures. On this basis, you will also get analysis and help by the Duotone Academy community – for example, by more experienced kiters, which have the exact right tip for you to improve. Furthermore, you will get to know other kiters with similar struggles, and you can help each other by sharing your suggestions and comments, or you can even meet for a session through the lesson chat.

“My favourite feature is the lesson chats with the possibility to upload your current training in the form of videos or pictures, enabling you to ask the community or team riders for help,” said Philipp.

“I live for the progression of my kiteboarding, so to share my experience and pass that one means a lot.” Aaron Hadlow. 

It’s time to redefine your limits – Enjoy!

Tue 9th Jul, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

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