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Welcome to the team Manuela Jungo!
We're excited to introduce you to Swiss rider Manuela Jungo. Adventurista, and regular fixture on the PKRA Tour, she is our latest edition to the North Kiteboarding International Team of influential riders and sophisticated women.
From: Düdingen (FR), Switzerland
Riding: Since 2006
Other sponsors: Traser H3 Watches, HFVESA.CH, TUBEForce, Rip Curl, Makulo, SWOX
Manuela, what's your history with Kiteboarding?
The first Kiter I saw was at Kailua Beach when I was in Hawaii for a language trip. I was fascinated by how a rider was able to move on the water with the kite flying in the air. At the time I was already a passionate snowboarder and loved the feeling of freedom that being on the board gave me. Kiteboarding was something I had to try!
I went to Maui for a week with some other Kiters, and although it was too windy for me to learn, I knew that I had to use my next University summer holidays to learn - that’s exactly what I did. I went to Cabarete where I worked half days at the Sea Horse Ranch as a marketing assistant, using my afternoons to learn to Kitesurf. It was a hobby for many years as I didn’t have enough time to ride or improve much until I stopped working to travel and Kite in September 2010. I wanted to take a break of 1-2 years from my job and I have been travelling ever since. I've been at it for 4 years now and competing for 3 years on the PKRA World Tour.
Congratulations on becoming part of NKB International! What are your thoughts?
I am very excited to be part of and work with North Kiteboarding. It is after all the biggest brand and organisation in the Kiteboarding Industry and I think we can do great things together! North Kiteboarding offers premium quality products for every rider, and has a great reputation for innovative product development, distribution and sales. As a market leader, NKB is really motivated to drive the sport forwards. It's exciting!
Tell us about which NKB products you're using and how they suit your style.
I will use the Vegas with the wakestyle bar. It’s a direct kite that allows me to generate pop and the necessary slack to perform my tricks. The 135cm Team Series is my choice for freestyle as it’s the perfect size for me and delivers the pop and control I need to improve. I also like that it has a bit more rocker. The Gambler will also travel with me because it has a durable construction and performance that I need to hit obstacles and use at the cable park.
As a women, style is important. What is your style off the water?
It’s very important for me that my clothes match on and off the water. Most of the time I wear shorts or jeans with a shirt and flip flops. But I also like to dress up and add a little glamour with a nice dress and high heels. As you can imagine, I can’t bring many shoes with me when I travel but I love shoes, I can’t have enough.
What are the 3 beauty products you can't live without?
Sun, salt water and travelling take a huge toll on my hair and skin.
1. Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden is great for everything. It is a protectant and treatment all rolled into one.
2. Suncream is a must-have for me, and SWOXis just great! It's water resistant with natural zinc and titanium blockers. Not only that, but it contains Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant and regenerating pro-vitamin B5.
- Hello Hydration Hair conditioner by Herbal Essences, is ideal for giving my dry hair a drink. The Hawaiian coconut and orchid make it smell delicious too.
Any musical influences?
I just go with the flow with music, what I listen to depends on how I feel. I appreciate tips and influences from friends. I sometimes ride with music as it helps me to stay motivated when I am riding alone.
Fitness is an important factor in Kiteboarding. Do you have a regime?
I do Pilates, Power Yoga and I work out with the TRX to stay flexible and strong. Besides that I like to go running or mountain biking to improve my endurance.
What about your diet?
I like to eat and love cooking myself. What I eat is very important for me, as it influences my performance and how I feel. That’s why I try to use fresh produce and Superfoods to stay fit and healthy. I can’t live without chocolate though, dark is my favourite.
You, 2014 and the PKRA?
I have been competing on the PKRA since 2012 and I am incredibly proud to be ranked 5th for the last three years. It was great to make it on to the Podium in Leucate, France 2014.
What's in store for your 2015?
I will keep on competing at the PKRA World Tour and I will aim for an invite for the Triple S this year.
I will keep going on adventures, push my riding and see what life has to offer.
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Walls of Liquid - A pure waveriding experience
Walls of Liquid. A pure wave riding experience with the best kitesurfers of the world, Airton Cozzolino, Patri McLaughlin and Sebastian Ribeiro pushing the limits in Mauritius. Sometimes pushing even to far…
THE NORTH KITEBOARDING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ROUND UP!
Baby it's cold outside and my how quickly the end of another year has come around. Before you get fully settled into festive cheer and Christmas carols, we thought we would share some of our 2014 highlights with you!
This year our Team Riders have taken on the globe with force, creativity and a professionalism that defines North Kiteboarding. With new members joining, champion titles dominated and records set, it's safe to say that we're impressed!
For those unfamiliar with the constant stream of inspiring videos associated with, or created by North Kiteboarding, then make it your New Year's resolution to stay tuned for 2015. Some of the top videos were those created by our riders. Obviously brimming with epic action, they also gave a more personal insight into the passion that they have for their home spots, their incredible zest for life and huge appetite for travel.
Having launched the new 2015 range, we're proud to say that our products have come on leaps and bounds, with endless technical features aimed at giving you, the rider more! But, let's not forget where it all started; back in Jan 2014, with our design and engineering teams in Cape Town and Maui.
Opening up about our production techniques and the facilities we use, we brought you Quality Made In Austria – an insight into how North Kiteboarding strives to deliver the product to market fast and efficiently, and in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.
And finally, before you scroll down to get the detailed scoop on North Kiteboarding's 2014 highlights, we'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has shown their support and dedication to the brand and our riders. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!!
The season kicked off in Cape Town with the prestigious King Of the Air. Reno Romeo and Gianni Aragno pulled some insane moves in the mega loop competition, but it was Tom Hebert who truly WOWED the crowds. Over the summer Mario Rodwald and Paula Novotna became European Freestyle Champions, returning to the PKRA where they joined Stefan Spiessberger and Reno Romeo.
In racing, Maxime Nocher showed consistent determination throughout the season taking home trophies and top results. The Bridge family are to be commended! As Olly and Steph Bridge were busy setting records and winning world titles across the globe, young Tom Bridge was dominating podiums at the PKRA Juniors.
Airton Cozzolino played poster child and won the Red Bull Unfastened strapless wave series in Sardinia this summer, while Matchu Lopes still stands as the most progressive strapless freestyle rider in the world. Across the pond, Sky Solbach has been hard at work with the R&D side of the wave boards. The perfect blend of world class rider and designer, his input has proven to be golden.
And finally, we welcomed 5x World Champion Aaron Hadlow to the team and saw him put in a great performance this season after a long time away from the competition scene. After winning the PKRA in St.Peter Ording and securing a 3rdplace overall, he, Tom Court and Craig Cunningham put inshow-stopping performance's at the Triple S along with Colleen Carroll who cleaned up across all women's disciplines.
Jerome Cloetens and Manu de Pfyffer brought BOIRA to our laptops this autumn, a magical movie set in the Kiteboarding Mecca of Tarifa – think synchronised Back Mobes and beautiful imagery of their home spot..
Stefan Spiessberger brought us HOME. An action packed video set in his local, quaint mountain village in Upper Austria, with a lot more to offer than snowy mountains, woods and folk music.
Or how about Paula Novotna's 'LIKE TWO DROPS OF WATER. She teamed up with Gisela Pulido for some serious girl power and a deeper insight into the lifestyle of a pro rider.
And what about the talented Tom Court? This year he has provided countless cuts of events, worldwide wake sessions, freeriding and promo reels via his YouTube channel .
Toms Kitchen 2 proved a huge hit for old school enthusiasts as Tom Hebert soared the skies of his home spot in New Caledonia. Never one to take things too seriously, we passed on his questionable cooking skills, but got some mega inspiration from a King of the Air.
Colleen Carroll and Craig Cunningham delivered a Caribbean dream to our screens with ISLAND BREEZE. Hooking up with all time rail rider Andre Philip, they cut the crystal waters of Antigua with style and hit some sketchy rails.
Finally, there was the CAN'T STOP, WON'T STOP Vegas video, so good it even had it's own launch party in Tarifa!
We're proud of our achievements in 2014 where we released 4 features length episodes, 5 teasers, and 13 product clips. In addition to this we created the educational video Mr.Four vs. Mr.Five, the inspiring Tom's Kitchen for old school tricks and Court's Council, a detailed playlist of how to's focusing on new design features and getting the most out of the products. Feel free to check out the NKBROCKS YouTube video library of slick videos and epic riding.
For 2015 we saw a total revamp of the Vegas. Heavily freestyle influenced and competition oriented, it even has a 6 line setup option for those who like to ride like Hadlow.
Celebrating the 2nd year of the Dice – the most successful kite from the word 'go' ever – we launched it this time round with refined characteristics for an even more outstanding all round performance.
The 2015 Race LTD 69 proved to be a winner, steaming ahead in international competitions and taking our riders to the top!
We saw new and innovative shapes throughout our wave boards, a range so fun and diverse you'll want them all. Within the twintips, the new Hadlow Team Series draws inspiration from the Gambler, whilst being a lightweight 'pop' machine. With rail riding hitting new levels, we've worked hard with riders such as Tom Court to develop the Gambler into a steezy sliding machine, whilst Craig Cunningham has put a lot of effort into the development of the new and totally redesigned Pop Boot.
In short, there's been a lot of testing, tweaking and fine tuning of products throughout the year, and as always it's a fantastic process to see innovative ideas and designs evolve over the twelve month cycle.
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION:
Quality Made In Austria, Yes! The production of our Twintips has been brought closer to home, and we are confident with our fair wages and meeting of European working standards. Using highly skilled workmanship with more than 20 years of experience in composite technologies, we embrace our responsibility to the environment, making sure that our innovation, use of advanced materials and production techniques has zero negative impact. A little further afield is the fantastic kite production facility, responsible for the premium quality of our Kites. Based in Sri Lanka, it's the world's leading action sports manufacturer, and has an incredible working environment and great sense of family and community.
THE VERY LATEST DEVELOPMENT, IS THE NORTH KITEBOARDING APP!
Enhance your kiteboarding experience and download the North Kiteboarding App now for free!
The first on the market specifically tailored to deliver outstanding interaction, connectivity and product information to the Kiteboarding community, we guarantee it will enhance your on-the-water experience.
You might be wondering what the APP does and how it works. Firstly, it allows you to connect, create and compete. By joining the community with your friends you can interact with other Kiteboarder's, connect directly to our North Team Riders, see where they're riding, the tricks they're landing and gain access to their latest tips. Use the Kiteboarding Tracker to log your sessions, share with the community and compete with your friends and our Team Riders, even Aaron Hadlow!
The APP also has an informative and detailed product section. Browse all of our kites, boards and accessories to create your very own virtual quiver. If you're unsure which is the best product for you, you can find everything you need to know about the latest North Kiteboarding products by making use of our in-APP Product Finder.
North Kiteboarding. Stoked to bring you the ultimate Kiteboarding experience right at your finger tips.
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The success of North Kiteboarding is an accumulation of varying factors; vital cogs that all play an important role towards the never ending growth and evolution of our brand and products. Loyal customers, proactive and successful riders and our global network of motivated and knowledgeable distributors play one part. The other is our in-house Team of product designers and engineers, videographers, photographers and a driven group of Kiteboarding enthusiasts who work behind the scenes to bring the North Kiteboarding lifestyle to life.
ONE FINAL NOTE:
It's always an incredible feeling to look back at the end of the year and see the awesome results of the hard work and dedication each and every member of the team puts into the process of bringing North Kiteboarding products to market. But, one thing is for sure. Without you, our loyal customers, NKB enthusiasts, and fellow kiteboarding junkies, none of this would be possible.
We at North Kiteboarding look forward to sharing with you, what looks to be a banging 2015!
Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!