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“The take-off is everything.
With perfect timing and a powerful kite,
the sky's the limit.”





Everyone is talking about the 23-year-old
CORE sponsored phenom ...

who pulverized the world WOO record in Cape Town not once, but twice in the last few days. Joshua accomplished this feat at Kite Beach on the afternoon of January 7th, 2017 with 35-40 knot winds sandblasting the locals. Once on the water with his 8m GTS4, he lit the fuse and went for a ride rocketing to a nosebleed-inducing 90 feet in height! Just imagine for a moment, jumping over your average eight-story apartment building. (We know. It sounds a little crazy.)


Pro Rider Rob Kidnie on learning frontside turns

December 9, 2016  -  Author: teamCORE  -  Categories: SESSION & TRICKS





Surfing waves is the sequence of a well-timed bottom turn followed by a controlled top turn. Pro level surfers add all sorts of stylish variations to this two-part pattern, but the basics of riding waves are founded in the confident repetition of the basic bottom and top-turn equation.





Sure this simple combo is complicated by the strength and direction of the wind, the diverse timing, shape, and speed of the waves you are riding, but mastering these elements is just a matter of practice.

Frontside wave riding is when your chosen stance allows you to face the wave as you’re surfing down the breaking line of the wave. The first step is to be able to carve repeated toeside and heelside turns confidently outside of the waves. Practice throwing your kite across the wind as you initiate your turns, shifting your weight and controlling your line tension while learning to turn with precision. Use a piece of approaching chop to time your bottom and top turns; this will force you to gain more control over your kite and carving turns. After you are confident in your turns on flat water, begin attempting them on small waves.

CORE Pro Rider Rob Kidnie with Ripper 2


pro rider Chris Bösch on board waxing

August 12, 2016  -  Author: teamCORE  -  Categories: TECH TALK





Just like surfing, a good board wax application is learned. With the right tools, time and technique you can make any strapless surfboard feel as though it’s strapped. With incredible grip and style to boot.




THE RIGHT TOOLS


THE RIGHT TOOLS

First, you need to visit a surf shop and buy a few supplies, namely: surf wax, a wax comb/scraper combo and a wax remover kit or liquid. Surf wax comes in basecoat and topcoat formulas. The basecoat is intended (obviously:) as a primer. Although some skip the basecoat, it really helps the topcoat adhere to the board. Topcoat wax comes in the following water temperature varieties: Cold under 14°C and is very soft wax), Cool (between. 14°-20°C), warm (between 20°-25°C) and Tropic (over 25°C and is very hard wax). Prices vary as do colours and fragrances. Buy two basecoats and a couple blocks of the top wax to allow for changing water temperatures. And it really does matter. Trust me.






Wave height is only one ingredient in a great wave session. Another is wind direction and it can turn an OK session into an epic everlasting memory. Everyone has their own preferred wind direction and mine is an 18 to 25 knot side shore wind.





I often dream about those sunny days pumping up my 7m Section and ...

heading out with my buddies on a Ripper 2 looking for those perfectly shaped, long, peeling waves. There is nothing better than parking my kite to focus on riding the waves like a regular surfer. On those perfect days, my sunscreen will be caked on an inch thick and I will ride for five or more hours before calling it a day. Unlike surfing, though, kiting saves me paddle time, let’ me ride more of the wave and gets me on ten times the number of waves. And my trusty Section gets me out of those sticky spots like a poorly timed top turn off the lip.

Rob Kidnie





The connection between you and your kiteboard generally falls into three broad categories: bindings, straps or strapless. So what makes kiters choose boots over straps? Or strapless over straps?




Not so long ago, fixed bindings were quite exotic. Today, they are a common sight. It makes you wonder whether fixed bindings have suddenly become fashionable. Are they more functional than straps? Or, is strapless the holy grail of kiteboarding?

I’m asked these questions often. And the answer is simple. They all work for different reasons. The question you should be asking is which method is best for your riding style? Now that we have a better question, let’s discuss some considerations.

The fixed binding trend can be seen at...

the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships and just about any other freestyle competition. And there is a reason for this. Boots work best for extreme unhooked freestyle. Just like wakeboarding, you can edge much harder in boots. This provides huge pop with a low kite. The additional leverage boots create also explains why bigger boards and smaller fi ns are used. I am a good example. I ride a 140cm Bolt with fixed boots. Yet, I ride a much smaller 134cm Choice with straps.


pro rider matthias larsen on optimal line length

August 12, 2016  -  Author: teamCORE  -  Categories: TECH TALK





Kite line length is underappreciated and often overlooked. It has a big impact on your kite’s flying characteristics and learning how and when to adjust them will make you a better kiter. We all know pulling power is dictated by kite size and shape, but few realize that line length also has an effect on kite power.




Find out for yourself with the Vario line equipped CORE Sensor 2+ or Sensor Pro bar. Both bars can easily adjust line length between 18 and 24m. Now, let’s review the main factors that affect line length choice:

1. THE BASICS

Longer lines increase the kite’s wind window and generate more power because a longer flight path means the kite accelerates faster. A faster accelerating kite generates more force. And ergo, more power. The additional power is especially noticeable with CORE’s LW lightwind edition kites that come standard with 3m line extensions.

Shorter lines, on the other hand, increases bar reflexivity, kite agility and turning speed. Although the optimal length for the majority of kiters is 24m, you won’t know unless you try shorter lines. 24m lines generate good power, turning speed and reflexivity without being too twitchy.

2. SKILL LEVEL / RIDING STYLE

Rider level and style are the most important factors in deciding line length. Beginners are better suited to longer lines as it gives the rider more time to react and more power without resorting to cycling the kite. Experienced riders will gravitate towards longer lines for bigger air as they generate more power than shorter lines. With the right technique and the same size kite, you will launch much higher with longer lines.

Shorter lines are recommended for wave riding, wakestyle and kite looping. Every wave rider has their personal preference, but most will select a line length between 20 and 24m. If your wave style includes a lot of kite movement and looping you may prefer 20m. If your wave style is more classic with lots of “drifting” and riding the wave face then you may lean towards a 24m line setup.

To get the best slack line performance out of your kite during a wakestyle session, go a little shorter like 22m. Handle passes are a little easier. And if I plan on throwing in some kiteloops, I might even go down to 20m for even faster kite response. In addition, shorter lines let me loop deeper in the window with a horizontal trajectory.

3. GUSTY WIND

Pros also look at wind consistency before considering line length. The longer the lines, the more reserve the kite has in the lulls.

Longer lines make kiting more comfortable for beginners and intermediates alike in gusty winds and, therefore, should stick with 24m lines in these conditions. More experienced kiters, though, may go shorter in squalls.


Have fun experimenting
with different line lengths.
Pro rider Matthias Larsen on optimal line length

pro rider marilou lavallée on big airs

August 12, 2016  -  Author: teamCORE  -  Categories: SESSION & TRICKS





No other watersport lets you fly like a bird. With today’s modern kites, you might ask yourself whether a pilot’s license is in order. Well, maybe not but a flying lesson may help you reach new heights with your CORE kite.




How high you jump depends on technique, timing and practice. Whereas experienced kiters easily jump 20+ feet in height, professionals may jump double that or more. How do the Pros get that high? With kite and board speed. So practice safely and have fun trying!

Let’s for a moment discuss kite choice.

Some say go one or two sizes bigger. I disagree. An oversized kite might feel powerful, but it also loses some controllability. So it’s better to use good technique and a controllable kite like the XR4 or Free for big hangtime. To select the right kite, you need to find a size where the kite “powers up” when you pull the control bar approximately a third of the way. To check this, fly your kite in a safe location at twelve o’clock and pull in the bar. The sweet spot is where you feel progressively more bar pressure and you start standing on your toes. If this spot is in the upper third of the bar range; then it’s perfect for your big air session. If not, you can adjust your bar by shortening the back lines or extending the front lines. If that doesn‘t work, go one size larger.

CORE Pro Rider Marilou with Free






Unhooked is the most radical kite discipline. No other riding style depends more on correct kite trim. For most, unhooked tricks look impossible when powered up. For good reason as there is a good chance your kite will stall on or before the landing if overpowered. Next time you try unhooking follow these easy pre flight tips for a more successful session.





1. CHECK YOUR STEERING LINE KITE CONNECTIONS

CORE kites have three speed settings for the steering lines. Medium, fast or super fast. Medium or fast work best for freestyle because these settings allow you to make small steering mistakes during your moves. The wakestyle setting is the most stable and forgiving position. The super fast wave setting is not recommended for unhooked riding at all. Rule of thumb is to go with the middle setting for your first session. And if you have to adjust your trim too often during your session, then use the wakestyle setting.

Steering pressure is also adjustable on your CORE kite, but it has no impact on freestyle and is more a personal preference issue. 

CHECK YOUR STEERING LINE KITE CONNECTIONS
CORE Pro Rider Julieta and Steven with GTS4