Tom´s kitchen III
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!!
Can't stop won't stop
Check out the brand new episode from North Kiteboarding! Can't stop the pop, won't stop the riding. For 2015 we've created a Vegas so good it's addictive. Our most influential Wakestyle Team Riders took an epic road trip down the west coast of America, starting off with a rail riding jam in Hood River, finishing off with a memorable session under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.