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In issue #63 we look at the new wave of riding talent coming through the kiteboarding ranks. '18 Under 18' features profiles on some of the most naturally gifted raw talent that has already, or that we reckon are about to, break through over the coming seasons.

Of course we've had new generations push their way through before. Hadlow, Lenten and Langeree elbowed their way into the scene, eventually nudging the likes of Shinn, Vari and Herraiz to the sidelines eight years ago. While Youri Zoon and Alex Pastor are dominant in freestyle at the moment, and although the groms have a long way to go, numbers 1 and 2 in the world would be wise to keep half an eye over their shoulders. We profiled Alex Pastor back in issue #59 and last month KW editor Jim sat down with Youri Zoon in Cape Town to pick the brains of the man who has used his command of the most powerful moves in kiteboarding to secure two World Championships.

Meanwhile, KW staff photographer and seasoned North Shore surf/kite photo veteran John Bilderback has been monitoring the movements of Keahi de Aboitiz, Reo Stevens and Moona Whyte in their relentless assault on a progressive surfing style; this season at one of the most hostile wave set-ups in the world. He analyses the current surf generation's talent with some incredibly heavy photo action.

We take a look at what it takes to be a pro rider these days and also talk to Roberto Ricci, the head of RRD who takes advantage of all the modern work practices available to ship virtually his entire design, office and riding team to South Africa for the European winter. And why not?

On top of that there's another stack of 2013 gear reviews, top turn wave riding tips, pointers to improver your pop and back roll technique, learning in the Cayman Islands and the usual excellent columns from Mark Shinn, Aaron Hadlow and Dr Jason Gallate who, this issue, explains that we've been destined to kite since we developed opposable thumbs!

There you go, we told you Kiteworld goes deeper!


KITESURFING ROCKS BACK TO ITS ROOTS Quite literally the biggest event that kiteboarding has ever seen took place in early February. The Red Bull King of the Air was staged at Big Bay, Cape Town in perfect conditions for showing the big air and extreme side of the sport off to thousands of people over the six hour competition period. KW editor Jim had the privileged position of being involved in the Red Bull committee for the event and as a judge. Kiteworld were the only mag there, so this issue is really a special commemorative issue, documenting all the behind-the-scenes action, intrigue and blow-by-blow descriptions.

After an eight year hiatus, the event saw the sport's biggest names in going huge and bringing an element of extreme risk to their manoeuvres assembled and Robby Naish was even flown in to over see the event. We spent the morning with him a couple of days after the event and got his take on all things kitesurfing, presented in his own special feature this issue. Always an ambassador for big air, he told the riders at the opening ceremony that he had to come to witness what would probably be the most important event in kiteboarding's recent history. He was bang on as the world's most fearless riders let loose in huge winds with big ramps and waves with one rider emerging as the current most extreme and fearless rider on the day. We of course also have an interview with the one and only King of the Air, Jesse Richman.

Elsewhere, Hadlow, Court, Boulding and Light - the UK Crew from The Freeride Project - explain some of the key skills they still use when dropping their most stylish tricks – skills that you're trying to figure out in the tricks you're currently learning. In other words, we unravel the freestyle trick web right in front of your eyes and show you ways that a few elements can link all tricks up, whatever you're trying to learn.

Oh and if that's not enough, the test team have been thrashing the latest gear around in Cape Town too, so expect in-depth analysis and reports on these:

WAVES: Cabrinha Drifter, Ozone Reo, Airush Wave, RRD Religion and Best Cabo FREERIDE: Blade Trigger, F-One Bandit 6, CrazyFly Sculp, North Neo, Slingshot RPM, Wainman Gypsy 6.5m BOARDS: Nobile 50Fifty, Shinn SuperShinn, Xenon Infra

Including our nifty new little score rating system for each product, making it even easier for you to find your perfect item of choice!

Rest your eyes now, they'll be getting a good work out soon!

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Kiteworld #63 ZAR79.00
Kiteworld #62 ZAR59.00

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