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Sunday, 29 January 2012

It's an addiction.....

What motivates otherwise normal people to brave the cold atlantic waters in the desire to kitesurf, even on the coldest, darkest of miserable winters days?
It never ceases to amaze me that there are always plenty keen enough to do so, indeed any day there is a decent breeze you'll now find a crew of hard core kitesurfers filling thier boots, driven by the need for adrenalin.
No need for gloves or hoods just yet

Freestyle warriors, wave riders or simply just "mowing the lawn" it doesnt matter as long they're out there come rain sleet or snow all sharing the same simple passion that is kitesurfing!

Then again with the correct gear it's no longer as hard core as it used to be, gone are days of marrigolds. Now we have super efficient and flexible neoprene...thermal rash vests, hoods, boots and gloves that can handle the harshest of winter conditions.

As the numbers of kitesurfers continue to increase the more vans you can also find in the beach carparks, lined up with the heaters on full blast. Inside any one of these cosy wagons you'll find a social gathering of like minded adrenaline junkies, searching for thier next (natural) fix.

We have had probably the best autumn/winter period we have ever had here in the UK, since September it's blown and it's blown bloody hard too with mild westerly storms one after another pushing through. Most of our sessions here have been on 5's & 7's with a splattering of 9m Sessions also...but no need for 12m
I find that if I go for more than a week without a session my mood changes, doesn't matter how bad the session is either, it will still be enough to give you a lift.

As I write this it looks like we are about to enter a calmer period with cold easterlies forecast, temperatures are likely to drop drastically but at least we may get some snow sessions too...another fix!

It's an addiction, simple as!
I need a fix and I need it now!

Monday, 23 January 2012


So......been using the EPIC Screamers for a while now and getting more and more dialed into them, the past few days we have had some awsome winter sessions here in S.Wales
Big strong gusty man winds, just right for the 7m Screamer. Man this kite is insane, love it"
When I did this video I wasn't landing many at all but since then we've had three more mega days and I'm stoked to be landing most of them and happy to throw them down now!
Starting the loops a little earlier and letting the power off a bit more on the approach to landings. I've even started to do a second loop to soften the landings even more.

Bring on the next big blow!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Blast Snowboard Trip - Jan '12


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Oxwich Bay 15th January

Fresh off the plane from our Blast Snowboard Trip to Italy......
There'd been very little wind whilst we were exploring off-piste in Paso Tonale
Rather than the usual video I thought I'd try a different angle....completely!
Camera was attached to the kite and set to take pics every few seconds or so....very pleased with the results too!
Click on the photo's for larger image!
Mid Kiteloop.......

Friday, 6 January 2012

Wave Riding Coaching Available

So you want to get stuck into some waverding but don't know where to start!
Let us help with some tailor made
lessons to suit whatever your riding ability. We have some of the best beaches and point breaks here in S.Wales and also some of the best wind stats too!

Marc has been surfing for over 30 years and still going strong having surfed many of the best spots the world has to offer including Australia, S.Africa, Indo, USA, Canaries, France, Morocco, Spain, Portugal etc

For over 11 years Marc has now kited many of these same spots and developed his ocean knowledge even further, let him help you with 1on1 coaching sessions.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The past few days Jan'12

Smallest kite's only needed!
The winds have been pretty mental here the past few days and quite honestly pretty dangerous for kiting, being so gusty. Today the winds were 30-50mph so we did the right thing and didn't bother.
We were very tempted though as the surf was huge and Coney Beach right near our house has been going off!
Check out the set out back!
I also decided to put my beloved board in for repair since I reckon it only had a few more sessions left in it anyway with a nasty crack wrapping around the rail near my front foot. Let's hope Roger Cooper can work his wonders whilst we are away snowboarding for a week!

Whilst walking the dog each day I was able to get a few photo's of both Coney Beach and the Pier getting hit by a few large ones!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Years Kitesurf Sessions

.....and so the windy days continue! Another supe windy few days have been had over Xmas and the New Year.
It's been very squally at times but if you time it right you can grab a sweet session too!