Sunday, January 31, 2016

In The Shaping Room: Kite manufacturing

My season in Germany is coming to an end and I've decided to do one more project before I hit the road through Europe. I wanted to build a kite for quite some time to experience the manufacturing process and learn all aerodynamic details and their influences in flight characteristics. With this in mind I made an order for spinnaker and dacron, emptied our basement and pulled out the old sewing machine. During the whole process I was in touch with my friend and autodidact kite designer Karsten Gaebert who has kindly helped me to stay on track during numerous difficult moments. I already had the kite out on several ocassions and I can say I'm pretty stoked how this bad boy turned out. Here is a couple of shots of the building process.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Season at the Turncable

Over the last couple of years I've been to the cable park on the odd occasion but kite-boarded almost every day. This year I'm doing quite the opposite as it marks my first full season at the Turncable in Tannhausen. I thought wake boarding is going to help me to stay sharp and I might be able to feed any progression back into my kiteboarding. Further I was hoping to land some of my kite-boarding inverts relatively quick on the cable, boy was I wrong!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Freestyle Fuerteventura South

After spending a week on Fuerteventuras north shore I was heading south to the area of Jandia. Costa Calma is where the wind and kitesurfing world cup is held each year (VKWC) and lies on a 7 km beach stretch with offshore winds. It's handy to have your tide table near since most of the beaches get flooded on high tide, forming butter flat and rippable lagoons.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Freestyle Fuerteventura North

Fuerteventura has a lot of variety in terms of kite spots and different conditions. I decided to start this trip up north on this beautiful island and move down south later on. Cotillo is a good place to base yourself if you prefer a tranquil location otherwise Coralejo will suit the outgoing person just fine.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Roadtrip Fuerteventura

One thing I always missed whilst being abroad was the Spanish lifestyle and the island life of the Canary Islands. I decided to go back to Fuerteventura on this road trip to see what's going on with kiteboarding and enjoy the island vibes. A couple of years ago I used to live in Tenerife a sister island located in the island chain of the Canary's. When ever I visited Fuerteventura I remember how stoked I was about riding here as well as being able to take little progression steps on every trip.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Big mountain freestyle

When the wind reached 10-15knots I was heading back to the beach to switch boards for my twin tip. It's such a blast to be out in the lightest breeze with your hydrofoil board and get into your freestyle as soon as the wind comes up. The 15m Turbine has never let me down here, I like it since it's a good/ stable light wind kite, relaunches easily and above all does freestyle.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Home/ Roadtrip Austria

After a 30h trip from Perth to Munich I found myself in south Germany's mountain scenery. During the last years I tried to spend at least 2 weeks annually at home but this time should be different. My partner is pregnant and while we're awaiting our son in August we'll be around for the hole period of time. I spend a week on the lookout for a camper van and luckily picked up the vehicle of our choice, a VW T4. After loading this bad boy with turbines, fuels, visions and moses foils we were ready for our next trip through Austria's mountains...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

IN TRANSIT Australia - Germany

My time in Australia is slowly coming to an end after 3 years in WA - Western Australia. I'm stoked that I've found what I came for, great riding conditions balanced with a good life style. The professional opportunities were great and I was lucky enough to work as a project engineer for AFP during the day while performing as an athlete in the afternoon. Big shout out to everyone at AFP for taking a chance in me and the woodies crew for all the good times!

Monday, June 29, 2015

In The Shaping Room: Hydrofoil Race Board

Here is a couple of shots of a race board I recently build to go with my Moses Vorace foil. I wanted this board to be fast but also controllable on touch downs which seems to work fine. Also early planning was key as well as using foot straps.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Perth season with PKS (Perth Kite Surfing)

After I got back from our trip to Indonesia I was getting ready for the season in Perth. Since I was  happy with the outcome of ROAM I was certainly motivated to work on the next freestyle project during the next months. I felt good about my riding at the start of the season yet one thing was holding me back...