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Welcome to the second ever IKSA board and some Kite Safety tips, Beach Newsletter, keeping you kiters from all info etc. If you would like to be o v e r I r e l a n d i n f o r m e d o n w h a t s interviewed on any kite issues, please happening on the Irish Kite scene. The contact us as we’ll be glad to do the “You season has truly started and the wind is tell us and we’ll tell them”. picking up again (thank God!). However One of IKSA’s main aim is to the swell in Ireland has been affected by encourage Irish Kitesurfers to join IKSA all these Northerly winds and big Highs, for insurance reasons. Its always nice to so much so we are starting to get surfers know you are covered when kiting on the wanting to be Kiters! This means its also beach should anything happen to passers a great time to learn/train for wave riding by as a result of your kiting! on the smaller waves before heading to Belmullet for Ryan’s mega waves (Rhino Charge in September). We interview 4 people from beginner to pro rider. We have great articles on the new Wainman kite and Underground Surf
4-6th PureMagic/ IKSA Battle of the Bay
24-25th Sligo LSD/ IKSA Sandy Burger
20th Wexford IKSA event
18-19th Rhino Wave Charge
You cant afford not to!
New improved Insurance for 3rd party liability insurance to cover you up to 5,000,000 Free IKSA t-shirt Free board sticker Free copy of KiteWorld mag Voting rights at the AGM Supporting IKSA Events
KNOW YOUR IKSA REP
Warren Vance - Northern Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org Mark McCourt - Dublin email@example.com Colin Irwin - SouthWest firstname.lastname@example.org Niall Roche - South/SE info@hookedkitesurﬁng.ie Fionn Shelly - Galway/Mayo ﬁonn.email@example.com Mark Barry - Limerick/Clare firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Armstrong - Sligo/Donegal email@example.com
Kyra McKenna Ciaran Gilsenan
PLAN YOUR KITE EVENT
Not to be Missed
Just like the famous wave at Dollymount generated by the 4:30pm P&O Ferry
BATTLE OF THE BAY
The Battle of the Bay is over but we thought we would just remind our readers from abroad, that it did happen and despite the ﬁckle wind, great times were had by all (And these guys n gals know how to party!) We hope you got a chance to be there. Big thanks to Francois, Catherine, Christophe, Dominika and all the PureMagic gang and of course the visiting DJ Manu!
SLIGO LSD/IKSA SANDY
Sligo LSD boys have decided to launch a Sandy Burger for July 24-25th. Instead of a boot camp the lads have decided something more laid back. Possibly a chance for those of you to try the Wainman rabbits we’ve heard so much about (see the kite review). You can also avail of LSD beautiful B&B which is cheaper and much nicer than many of the B&Bs in the area, plus you can easily walk home from Harries or Austies after a singing session. Check with www.lsdkiteboarding.com.
WEXFORD HOOKED/IKSA EVENT
IKSA and the gang at Hooked wish to show you why Wexford is the new kite destination for all you Dubs who wish for clean waters and stunning beaches and don't want a big drive away from home, its less than 2 hours from Dublin!! More details to come so check with Niall on www.hookedkitesurﬁng.ie
RHINO WAVE EVENT
Cant wait for the premier event of the Wave Kiter’s calendar. Big waves and incredible moves from the lads who turn up religiously for these events! Maybe its the food maybe its the amazing talent or maybe cos you are convinced that you too shall slash and burn those waves faces. You can book places on Ryan Coote website and get a hoodie to boot and food organised for the weekend. Check with www.rhinoswavecharge.com/register--contact.html
cannot be viewed as representative. Whats the difference between BKSA and IKSA? No difference really, apart from the numbe r of members. They have some full time staff working also, which we can’t do right now. When did it start and who were instrumental in organising it? Over the years from 2001 - 2004 there was much random talk on the forums about getting an IKSA association t o g e t h e r, a n d ﬁnally in late 2004 a group of people decided to take the ﬁrst step. A notice was put up on the kitesurﬁng.ie site asking interested parties to come to the Dollymount House (RIP) and have a discussion around what was to be done. Approx. 30 lads attended the gathering, and a number of volunteers offered to put together the ﬁrst committee with a view to getting things up and running. It started ofﬁcially in 2004 by Kieran Sammon, Conor Lillis, Alexis Ledoux, Oisin Ryan and James Phelan. A number of other key players who had acted as informal liaisons with local councils also offered their support in the background, guys like Colm Murphy who had strong personal relationships with council beach representatives through previous connections such as life guarding. Why aren’t you part of one of the existing Irish sailing/surﬁng bodies? This is something that we’re looking into – It may be something that we can decide on during the
Introducing our glorious President of the IKSA, a Galway man, Phil McNamara. Its his ﬁrst year on the job and he explains how and why IKSA was started. How many years have you been kiting? Around 3 or 4 years now Why did you get into kitesurﬁng? Saw it in Hood River, Oregon and was hooked. I saw the lads there and it looked amazing. Then I saw it in Thailand and said I had to learn. I was supposed to be there for a wedding, but spent most of the time on the beach, getting lessons from an ex Israeli army ofﬁcer who ran the local school. (www.kiteboardingasia.com) What was your ﬁrst kite? It was a 2005 12m Naish Boxer that a dodgy school in Tarifa sold me for 600 euro – with no bar. I didn’t have a clue how much I was being ripped off. Then I bought a very dodgy F1 that a dodgy character from Galway sold to me.
Wow...so you’ve been around the block...any good accident stories? With that same dodgy kite – nearly killed me in Kinvara. There was no depower in the bloody thing, and it pulled me up about 10 feet and slapped me down on the water again – fractured a rib. Nothing super serious. How did you become president of the IKSA...was it a coup d'etat? No one else could be bothered! Ha...No, it is a great sport, and I’ve never met a nicer bunch of lads on the beach, and the chance of leading the team came up and I said yes. Why was IKSA set up? It was set up by a group of kiters from Dublin who had three main aims: 1. Open communication channels with local councils on beaches regularly used by kitesurfers 2. Get an IKSA tour up and running 3. Encourage membership, as without numbers the organisation
next AGM, if all the members look at JP McNeese looks after the money, the beneﬁts and we can decide that and makes sure we don’t get into its good for us, then we’ll join. trouble Matthieu Mayran looks after the How does a school get IKSA website and makes us look good on status? the web. Right now, all you have to do is prove Michael Fitzsimons looks after public that you are IKO or BKSA trained relations, and keeps us looking good instructor, plus you have adequate for the media and sponsors, as well insurance. From the end of this year, as with Failte Ireland we are introducing some great new Ryan Coote looks after competitions, safety qualiﬁcations for kiteschools, wave gatherings and organizing which will be run by the Irish Water fantastic competitions Safety organisation. They are running Francois Coloussi is the King of these courses especially for IKSA kite l o o k i n g c o o l , b u t a l s o h a s schools, and once that’s complete, responsibility for schools. each school will be an accredited IKSA school. What’s your aims for this year? I’d love to see the membership Why should an Irish Kiter become double this year. We want to get a member? some nice events organized, and You’ll get lots of cool stuff! Well make sure we keep our members there’s that, plus you get insurance. happy. We have bought a trailer this Kiting can be a dangerous sport, year, which houses all of our gear – especially when we’re on public tents, generators, music systems, etc beaches. That why we have third – which means we can keep warm party liability insurance for every when we’re standing around on the member, that covers them in the beach. We’re still working out a event of an accident up to several system for getting your membership million euro. Not only that, when you pack out to you, so please bear with take out membership, you’re also us! helping to keep beaches open, because we work with local councils I want to hear stuff – good and bad and inform then that we’re a from members – so please get in responsible bunch of people, with full touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) insurance. Don’t forget, all members get a free tshirt, a free copy of Kiteworld Magazine, an insurance tag and a board sticker! Why should a Northern Irish Kiter become a member? For all the same reasons – we’re all on one island and the water in the North is just as cold as here in the south! We really want to welcome as many people as possible into the IKSA, and we’d love to organise gatherings, all over the country! Who’s in the IKSA committee? Ciaran Gilsenan and Kyra McKenna are our fantastic secretary/journalists
Kite: Wainman Hawaii Rabbit Size: 9m Smoke Year: 2008 Class: 4 line Bow Kite Reviewer: Niall Fitzgerald Kite Experience: 5 years
Grail! It’s just a pity they don’t reproduce you can break into Lou mode with 7m like rabbits! lines if you want! I got a 9m Rabbit Smoke on demo from LSD Kiteboarding and after 10 minutes on it I knew I had to have them so I ordered the 6.5m Gypsy (now 7m) and the 9m Smoke and 6 months later the 12m Boss. What I love a b o u t Wa i n m a n Hawaii is that they changed very little on the kites since I bought them. My 9m smoke from 2008 and what you would order today is basically the same kite. From the minute you lay your hands on the bag you realise that the quality is A+ +. When you unpack and layout the kite the ﬁrst thing you will notice is there are graphics on both sides of the canopy, a real nice feature. Also the colour and graphic are very striking both with the black and w h i t e versions. When the kite is inﬂated it is very noticeable that this is a low aspect kite with a very deep proﬁle, centre strut on the 9m smoke is about 6ft. The build quality is excellent, loads of reinforcement in the right places without making it a heavy kite. In 18 months I have only damaged my 9m smoke once and that was not the fault of the kite, these little beasts will take all the punishment you can throw at them. The rabbits have a simple V-bridal which is very short with a pulley on each. The bar and lines are simple and uncluttered. It’s a true 4 line kite with above the bar cleat depower which works great and I haven’t had a single problem with it after 18 months. Wainman have also made things easy by having one size bar for all kites so those on a tight budget, like me! There are 3 options for safety. 1). Suicide, which I use mostly as the depower in the kite is really good, 2). Double depower where a mini ﬁfth line can be connected to both front lines, 3). Full depower by connecting the mini ﬁfth line to one of the front lines and the kite will ﬂag out when released. The release is a very simple and effective. The lines are 24 meter lines 17m + 7m extension so  On launching again the shape of the deep canopy is very noticeable. I ﬁrst used the kite on factory settings which work great for free ride. The kite is fast in this mode but not too twitchy. It has a great low end for a 9m and easily gets me going in 16 knots on a surfboard and I’m not small. Relaunch is excellent because of its rounder shape, it just rolls over onto the tip and pops back into the sky in seconds. The kite boosts well but there are better kites out there for pure vertical pull. It is however a kite-loop machine. Because it turns fast it is good for newcomers to kite looping as it will loop through the window very quickly if the bar is turned hard. But as conﬁdence rises you can create much more pull by turning the bar less vigorously to create that mega loop buzz. The real beneﬁt of the kite and the reason I was attracted to them is their versatility. There are 3 bridal setting MEDIUM for general freeride, FAST for down the line wave-riding with quick turning and light bar pressure and SLOW for all those unhooked junkies with slow turning and heavier bar pressure. In 2 minutes the smoke can be transformed from an excellent waveriding kite to an unhooked machine. The back lines also have 4 settings from SLOW to FA S T. T h e bridle can be replaced by the supplied pigtails to ﬂy the kite with direct 4 lines which makes it fell like a true C-kite. My favoured setting for waves is bridle on FAST and back lines on fast, and my favoured setting for unhooked is bridle on SLOW and back lines on 3rd fastest setting. This all seems very complicated but don’t be worried, the kite works excellently for all styles on the factory setting and once you get used to that you can experiment to you hearts content! These kites would suit beginners up. They really suit people who like to ride in the waves but still like to freestyle it up when conditions suit. To sum up the 9m smoke and the rest of the rabbits will put a big smile on your face every session, don’t take my word for it though, take them for a demo and you’ll never look at a rabbit in the same way again!
I started kitesurﬁng in September 2005 at Banna beach Co. Kerry where Taz O’Connor and Graham Kelleher introduced me to this wonderful obsession! My favourite style is strapless wave riding but I am partial when conditions are right to freestyle, and my favourite tricks F16’s and down-loop Sbends. When I heard in late summer 2008 that the legend that is Lou Wainman was releasing a kite brand I was immediately interested in checking them out. As most kitesurfers know, Lou doesn’t Think Killer conform to the Rabbit..this aint n o r m s o I guessed that any cuddly kite brand he would put his name to would be different to the rest of the pack and he didn’t disappoint. Even the name is a bit out there, the rabbit gang! Now don’t be put off, the kites are not soft and cuddly, try more like the killer rabbit in Monty Pythons Holy
New Kite School in Co.Wexford
Tell us about yourself ? Im Niall, and I just started a new kite school based in Duncannon, Co.Wexford. I got into kitesurﬁng back in 2000 when i saw it on Eurosport, I was hooked straight away, I spent months researching gear and trying to ﬁnd other like minded people. It took me a year to get up on the board back then. It was crazy especially when someone can do that within a weekend course! Any deals? Absolutely We run 1 day tasters for €160 How many years have you been and a full course for €310. We do kitesurﬁng? weekend and midweek breaks with Yeah nearly 10 years at this stage. I used to accommodation included, g roup powerkite with ﬂexifoil stacks before that. discounts are also available and a 20% discount if you book before the end of How long is hooked kitesurﬁng up and June!! running? We are up and running since March 2010 Where’s the best place to stay if there’s a and work out of the blue kite hut on group coming down for the weekend ? Duncannon beach. Lessons take place in I have a deal with the local Pub in either Duncanon, Rosslare or Our Lady's Duncannon who have accommodation Island depending on wind direction.There for €18 for kitesurfers. It is a beach front is a spot of any wind direction down here. holiday home 2 hrs drive from Dublin and is perfect for a weekend visit. There What gear do you have? are plenty of other B&B's and holiday We just got the latest Ozone Catalysts 2010 homes for weekend rentals too. Or if kites too. My ﬁance Christina is the other you want to spoil yourself Dunbrody half of hooked, She doesn't teach yet but Country House is only 2km away. does lots of other stuff that comes with running a school Any big plans ? We have a few idea's up our sleeve like We know you are organising an event in beach BBQ's in July&Aug for kitesurfers, with the IKSA in August...what’s the story? Maybe setting up a South East kite club. Yeah Wexford's 1st Kitesurﬁng Festival is on Aug 20th in Duncannon, It has been Has Wexford got a along time since any sort of kitesurﬁng kitesurﬁng scene? event has happened around here. we hope Or do have the beaches The to have a beach Campﬁre with some of all to yourselves?There is Beach wexford's best musicians playing on one of about 12-15 regular the nights. Lots of outdoor activities for kitesurfers in Wexford. Hut kids . We will be running all sorts of comps N o t h i n g l i k e D o l l y over the weekend too.I'm hoping as many though : ) schools as possible come down to make it as colorful and fun for everyone as possible Tell us about your local beach spots including best wind directions, I heard something about this amazing lagoon? Ha! This lagoon is even unknown to a lot of Wexford kiters. It is in a place called the Burrow in Rosslare and is super ﬂat with waist deep water. It is a small bit tidal but still plenty of room around the sand banks on low
tide. It works in any Southern or Northern winds. The other main spots are Duncannon, it's a south facing beach and works best in a SW, Our Lady's Island works in a westerly all the way around to a NE, A fantastic place to learn new tricks.and Curracloe works in any easterlies, There are 8 other beaches to kite on but we'll keep them to ourselves :)
Board: Underground Kipuna Freewave Year: 2010 Size: 5’4” x 19” Reviewer: Ryan Coote Kite Experience: 10 years Ry a n from the RhinoWave Charge and Kerry Wave Guru has been at the forefront of Ireland’s wave kiting based down in Castlegregory who could want for a more glorious spot. He has kindly given a review of his “favourite obsession”
How did you get this board? I am very lucky to be sponsored by Underground
s o I h a d a c h o i c e o f everything from super waves kiteboards, this was the one to ﬂat water. for me! I’ve had it now for 4 months. Is it a tough board? Well as I said Im not the What is your weight? lightest guy and I do some (must be truthful!!) pretty big jumps on it, 15 stone strapless and strapped and it is still here.....and so am I! Why did you choose it? I use it because it is so Favorite move on this versatile. If i only had the board? one kite-board this would be Back loop kite loop or the it. I can put straps on it to go simple transition do so massive jumps and i can take the straps off to do Worst kite crash story? some strapless wave riding or I have had some bad crash tricks. The rounded nose doing kite-loops. But mainly makes it much safer for me to it has been in monster surf do freestyle surfboard tricks when I get caught by some and the rounded rail makes it unexpected grey slab of a really easy to catch and holed wave, lose my kite in the surf onto when it is really windy. and have to swim in..all this It also really rocks up wind. in the middle of winter. Now thats when its really scary! Why do you like this brand? They are a really good bunch of friendly people that are as passionate about kite surﬁng as i am. Your favorite beach and why? When i think it has to be B r a n d o n b a y. I t h a s
ONE HOUR SOUTH OF GALWAY
Spot: Tracht Beach Location: Kinvara, 1 hours drive from Galway City Best Wind: NW/W Best Tide: Low tide Riding Style: F lat Water but sometimes choppy Tracht beach is great cos its hard to ﬁnd and as good beaches are rare in the Galway area, you should have this place to yourself most days! Its located on the south side of Galway Bay, and about 3 miles north of Kinvara. When the tide is low, there's loads of sand and its super shallow, and when the tide is high, you can launch from the grassy area. There are no major dangers around, apart from the rocks on the extreme right and left of the beach, and the odd cow or two. Toilets are open during the summer months. If you're hungry after your session head down to Linnanes in New Quay or go to any of the places in Kinvara.
ME AND MY VAN
Have you seen this French couple Ben and Caroline out ‘n about with their revolution kites on Dolly? Recently Ben broke a few ﬁngers from a dodgy handlepass and still insisted on kiting in the recent Sandy Burger in Achill! Ben is also a carpenter so I was guessing his van would be interesting to see... What has it got? Everything you could want, kitchen, lounge :), double bed, Storage for Kitesurﬁng gear, ﬂat screen tv for watching France win the world cup! Only kidding about the tv... (Ed: don’t mention Mexico then?!) How much gear can you stuff in? S u r ﬁ n g b o a r d , 2xTwin T i p s , 2xKites plus Tell us about the van? wetsuits and 2004 Nissan Primastar all our Any pet names? clothes. Our pet names for it change on a regular basis ... especially when something goes What size power source have you got? 12V leisure battery + 300W inverter for wrong! 220v power and a small portable stove Has it ever broken down? Shush...it might hear you! What do you cook when away? Well we are French so its the haute cuisine of course! Can you get changed in the van, despite all that stuff in there? Oh changing in private, this is my main concern as a girl! Does it smell? Only when Ben takes off his shoes! Have you pimped it any way? What is this pimping? For a van?NO! Do you get strange stares from locals when you drive by? No, we are lucky the van is really discrete, maybe after we take all our kites out! What have you learned as a van owner? To keep it simple and efﬁcient! (Ed: very French we think!)
KITE SAFETY TIPS
Kite Obstacles - What do I mean by this? Ok people/dogs/cows (Ed: where are you kiting?) are obstacles but there are other more scary ones than that. Like cliffs and car parks and rocks! Just some tips for those of you who could possibly forget.... Rule 1: Launch you kite towards the sea. If you ﬂuff it, you will only get wet! Rule 2: Kite at least 2 kite line lengths away from a cliff. When wind blows onto a cliff or hill, it causes a build of air pressure as the air is compressed against this obstacle. This results in a zone of high wind turbulence and updrafts. If you kite too near these obstacles you could ﬁnd yourself lifted up them! This is also a feature many paragliders use to launch! So just make sure you keep grounded and avoid those cliffs and hills!
Zone of Lift
Always launch towards the water Sea Beach
RULE 2: Kite away from Cliffs/Hills
Wind Zone of Lift Cliff
Turbulence 3 x times length of cliff
READER PROFILES - FROM BEGINNER TO PRO
Name: Aifric Smith Years Kiting: 3 From: Wicklow Day Job: Ex Engineer cur rently Hairdresser Age: Well really what a question to ask! and sure isn't the best fun at the learning stage! Wheres your next adventure? Who knows somewhere where is wind is strong, the water ﬂat and the men bronzed!. Name: Alexis Ledoux Years kiting: 9 Day Job: Software Engineer and creator of the kitesurﬁng.ie website Age: Nearly too old for this sport Where do you normally kite: Rush, North Co. Dublin which is a nice place for SSE-E winds for some twin-tip action, Rossnowlagh Co. Donegal which is a perfect place for SW wind and when the kitesurﬁng.ie has done to the sport in this country. What gear do you ride? Takoon Furia2 9m and 7m with random twin-tip but for sure my Slingshot SRT whenever West. What have you got your eye on? A new van as unfortunately my ﬁrst van passed away after an injector disease. Luckily, I have my renault Laguna which allows me to sleep near the spots when away west. Where did you get your kite lessons from? At the time I started, there were no kite schools around so I taught myself using other kiter's knowledge. Also when I started kites were much smaller, boards were much bigger and only had 2 lines so if I had any problems I could let everything go. What is your best move? Megaloop but it has cost me 2 broken ribs which made me relax a bit on the extreme moves. that I gave up my job to teach kitesurﬁng with a mate Manu. After some time I gave up because teaching was taking over my hobby. Now kitesurﬁng is 100% my hobby and I am so glad to see what
Can you really call yourself a beginner after 3 years? Im a pro beginner! Where you do normally kite? Anywhere and every where...usually somewhere abroad and hot ...yes I am a fair weather Kiter!!! Why did you get into kiting? I was facinated by it for years, watching all the pro kiters in Tarifa when I was working in Spain years ago Do you have your own gear? Ashamed to admitt no one has got a sale out of me yet What are you thinking of buying? Someone make me an offer..too many choices Who did you get Kite lessons from initially? Pure magic ...Ill say no more about my ability !!! Are you still doing lessons? yes of course! Any cool trips away? I’ve tried kiting in a lot of countries, Ibiza, cuba, Brazil..... but the best so far has got to be Dakhla, Morocco, ah I love the lagoon!!! Any injuries? Dont mention that word...Im very safety conscious ya know Lessons to tell us all? If at ﬁrst you dont succeed try try again..but god loves a trier
swell works or Belmullet Co. Mayo which is deﬁnitely my favorite place because it has so many beaches for all wind directions and swell (most of my best sessions happened there). Why/how did you get into kiting? I saw the ﬁrst competition on Eurosport and found it amazing. Headed to Dollymount and realised some guys were doing it there. I was kiting 2 line kites since I was a kid so after talking to the irish pioneers like EspearDub, Oisin, Garrett, Colly, Conor and Chris who were the only kitesurfers at the time. I went to the bank for a loan and ordered my ﬁrst kitesurﬁng gear. I got hooked quickly and started www.kitesurﬁng.ie webpage. Soon after
Any cool trips away? I visited most of the best kitesurﬁng spot in the world like Sydney (Australia), Maui (HI, USA), Cabo Frio & Cumbuco (Brazil), The gorge (OR, USA), El Medano & Fuerteventura & Oliva (Spain), Dakhla (Morocco), Ras Sudr (Egypt), Mauritius, France. I know there are plenty more places I would love to try like Rodriguez, Cabo Verde, Caribbean islands and I hope I will be able to make it to them some day. Any injuries? Well it all started with a open fracture broken nose due to a twin-tip leash in Castlegregory then a fractured foot due to hard landing on shallow water which lasted for ages as I wasn't able to rest. And my last injury was 2 broken ribs after an attempt of a megaloop in front of Keith after a great wave session. Lessons to tell us all? You just can't beat nature so embrace it background yet, but I think it might have been quite a while since we left Ireland. Is this your ﬁrst time in Ireland? Yes and Im going to Achill after this event as I’ve heard so much about it. I got bar has some new stuff too but I really cant speak about it. Trust me they really are lovely kites this year! Plans for 2011? Completing professionally on the UK circuit, producing a Triple S wildcard video to hopefully gain a place at the SSS. Projects with Virgin TG over the year alongside trips to Maui and St. Lucia. To gain as much International coverage for myself and sponsors, while pushing my wakestyle riding and having as much fun as possible along the way
The Irish Pro
invited over by the PureMagic team and its been a great experience so far! How did you get into kiting? It was my grandad who started me on powerkites using ﬂexifoil stackers and then it just grew from there. (Ed: A pretty groovy grandad we think!)
Name: Dan Sweeney Years kiting: 3 From: Worthing, UK Day Job: 1st year Uni student studying So we know you have been signed up by Graphic Design and Business Pete Cabrinha for the UK team? Age: 16 Well I got noticed after being recognised through the Youth Empire in the UK. A l s o I m t h e U K ’s B K S A Yo u t h Champion and Park Jam Champion. Alongside that my new newest sponsor Animal, I couldn't be happier to be on the team and I hope to yet prove myself to them over the year and hopefully join the likes of Susi Mai and Tom Court on the Pro team next year The From the marketing, you seem to have Cabrinha focused on Nomads, can you tell us Pro anything about the new 2011 range? Ah thats top secret of course...but I’ve got some of the new gear with me and I can We are betting your a paddy with that say they have more power than last year. name? Yes I knew someone would spot that! I The same 10m Nomad is now of the same power as the Switchblade. Also the really haven’t gone into the history of my
Name: Sean Murphy Years kiting: 6 From: Waterford Day Job: Uni student studying outdoor educational studies and now working at the PureMagic Achill Kite Center Age: 19 Sponsors: Best,Xenon,Mystic Whats your weapon of choice? I ride Best Kahoona's, Xenon boards Who did you get Kite lessons from initially? I didn’t do any lessons so was just me my dad and my uncle just helped eachother to learn. Lessons to tell us all? Always get lessons it speeds up the learning process Wheres your next adventure? At the moment I'm in Dublin for Battle of the Bay but will be heading back to Achill teach on Monday which I just love!
IKSA BEACH SAFETY
Coming to a beach near you!! At last some safety signage for the kiters who use our lovely beaches and for the curious public to keep us all safe! This was carried out in partnership with the Irish Water Safety Authority who have assisted us in issuing these signs to the relevant people in the Local Authorities. The beaches listed are the ones that are predominately used by Kitesurfers. We have also indicated on which beaches the Kitesurﬁng schools give lessons. You will see on the list which beaches have the signage erected, however it is taking time to get all the signs up around the Country. If you see one of the signs that’s not listed as erected on the list can you please let us know at email@example.com
Rossnowlagh (O) Murvagh (N)
Dumps (O) (KS) Brandon Bay (N) (KS) Scraggane (N) (KS) Inch (E) (KS) Banna (E) (KS)
Skerries (O) (KS) Dollymount (E) (KS) Sutton (E) (KS) Rush (E) Poolbeg (N) Sandymount (N) Seapoint (N)
Rosses Point (O) (KS) Lissadell (O) (KS) Streedagh (O) Mullaghmore(N)(KS) Enniscrone (N)
Ballinmona (O) Garrethstown (O) (KS) Coolmaine (N) Garryvoe (N) (KS) Inchadonney (N) (KS)
Keel (Achill) (E) Belmullet (E)
Tramore (O) Wexford Curracloe (N) (KS) Duncannon (N) (KS)
LEGEND (O)= Beach from original list where signage has not yet been erected. (N)= New Beach which requires signage. (E)= Signage Erected. (KS)= Beach used by Qualiﬁed Kite School for Teaching.
How to practice your more advanced techniques?? Ciaran gives us an insight on how to make your own Practice Rig!
If you are looking to improve your kiting skills even when there’s no wind then check this out its something a couple of people could get together to build. This is just an idea so we haven’t constructed once but this the plan (see drawing below) At the moment the only time I can try backrolls is when I’m on the water which results in the unexpected kiteloop which I never really landed but I always had the guys back on the beach to analyse what went wrong, all part of the fun.
This apparatus could allow you simulate these moves off the water so when you do get out on a windy day you know what to do so you’re not starting from scratch.
I’ve tried a more simplex version on my daughters swing but I didn’t have room to rotate and she wanted to have her swing back so had to call it a day. But just like kitesurﬁng you will need to stretch before you give it a go, and you’ll ﬁnd out which muscles This is how it works – refer to diagram for numbers need to be worked on. Drop me an e-mail if you Get the lines and bar from a spare kite if you have want to give it a go and I can see if I can pull some one (no scissors or parents supervision needed here!!) more detail together. Get some bungee cord 2 pieces, the stuff used for exercising not the big stuff (image left). Fix support hook to the roof to hang a second bar from, ceiling height needs about 4m high. Fix a second bar to the ceiling on a pivot which allows it to rotate (see drawing). This bar is twice as wide as the main bar to give the impression of the lines ﬁxed to a kite ﬂying above.
1. Fix the 2 bungee lines to each end of the bar and the other end to the top bar. The bungee is to give you the feel of the bar just like kiting, pull in for power and out to ease off. 2. A centre line is ﬁxed to the chicken loop, through the main bar and up to the centre of the top bar which it is connected to. 3. Put some padded support on the ﬂoor to soften your landing if something was to go wrong. 4. A seat harness is more suitable for this setup as you are suspended from the rig all the times. 5. You will also need someone to assist you into position and to swing you around and twist you a little Once in position you can try • Quick release • Back rolls • Grabs • Board offs An example of a practice rig from the H2O center in Poole
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