The past 2 weeks here in Spain have been too good to be true for kiting. Together with Alvaro Onieva who is absolutely killing it on the water I kited pretty much every day which in August would normally never be possible here, but by following the wind between Malaga, Marbella and Tarifa we made it possible and scored some seriously great sessions with again above-the-norm conditions. All that in board shorts.
This all culminated in a perfect session at a secret spot in Malaga with the glassiest water I ever set board on and perfectly consistant wind for 11m yesterday. We took turns at filming/riding and were the only kiteboarders on the water. Even the fisherman and swimming tourists were attentive enough to make some space for us to go into the tricks with speed and power. Definitely the best riding I ever scored back home!
The South African winter is pretty much over and it’s getting really warm, board-short temperature (ok, that’s outside of the water)!
The world-famous cape doctor wind has been very much in hibernation thoughout the past couple of months but it’s slowly showing signs of awakening these days and we’re getting to ride every 3rd day or so with good conditions for bindings!
We’ve also started shooting some video and this time we can fully concentrate on the riding as Definition Media is doing the filming which is great! These days we’re also gonna shoot with Mario Moreno, who’s photography has been published in National Geographic and who shoots amazing kite pictures, my webpage header being one of them!
I’ve been in college since 3 month now and I definitely don’t regret my decision, I’m learning a lot here, but also enjoying a lot and I currently feel no urge whatsoever to be on the road again, which is strange, because until recently, I couldn’t stand the idea of being in the same place for more than 3 weeks.
Anyway, let’s talk about kiteboarding.
Currently I have no gear, I still love LF, but they haven’t been too kind to me, using my images in a lot of their current branding but not keeping promises in terms of gear and support.
Therefore I had to ride my wakeboard and borrow kites from friends (thanks a lot Matthias Larsen) & could kite only 5 times in 3 months. But we filmed 3 of those days and got surprisingly good footage. I took my Bel Airs into the waves where they look soo much sicker!
I’ll soon post a short video with my latest trick repertoire, which will hopefully get me some gear from (preferably) LF or someone else and allow me to kite more frequently again.
Enjoy your days, Silvester
Woooho, just realised that it’s already been a couple of months since I updated my site. Now I’m sincerely sorry to have let those of you down during that time, who enjoyed reading my little beach bum life adventures – there just wasn’t much kiteboarding-related happening.
What happened is that I finally decided to aim for new goals after travelling the world for 4 years as a profesional kiteboarder. The life of a (professional) beach bum can be fun, I was as free as a bird always surfing exotic locations such as Brazil, Venezuela or Mauritius and getting payed for it – but it’s also a lot of time away from family and friends, training for competitions get’s very monotonous (especially now that the evolution has slowed down a lot in kiteboarding) and it’s not something you can do for a long time.
So last summer along with Kim Albrecht I applied for this epic university in my favorite city Cape Town, the AAA school of Advertising. They accepted Kim for the Creative Course and me for the Integrated Marketing Communications course and so we took the plane from Hamburg and Malaga respectively and met here in early January to look for an apartment, etc. We found a very nice one with ocean views and very close to the next surf brake.
Uni is fun, it’s a very creative environment and the people are all very chill. It really is something different to settle down somewhere for a longer period and get to meet people to whom you don’t have to say goodbye after 2 weeks. I enjoy my time here even more now than I did in the past few years when I came here just for training.
Kim kites every day while I have to stick to surfing and wakeboarding for the moment as I don’t have gear currently.
Once I get some gear together I will start shooting footage again and will hopefully be able to present it to you on this site in the upcoming weeks.
Since early 2008 I’ve been riding bindings almost 100% of my time on the water.
They brought me tons of fun and I learned some wakestyle specific tricks and I will continue using them when the conditions are perfect, but today I feel as if I had build a wall around me by totally ignoring the advantages of straps.
While bindings are getting lighter every year it becomes easier and easier to do everything on bindings as well, but when it comes to learning new tricks that might not even exist yet in kiteboarding, boots tend to make you very lazy. I did learn the Bel-Air to blind and a couple of new tricks on boots before doing them on straps but in general, it’s easier on straps.
Marbella and Tarifa are also some of the choppiest places on earth, and chop is just deadly for boots.
Now the funny thing is, that I started to ride straps again, after hitting the cable regularly this summer. Part of the reason being that in bindings with chop you can’t get the same speed as on straps or on flat water behind the cable. So actually sometimes you’ll be able to ride more powerful in straps than in bindings!
So the message of the whole story is that kiteboarding isn’t one thing only. I mean look at how good we have it: While skateboarders will always be limited to riding their skateboard, we can choose between a wakeskate, surfboard, twin-tip, wakeboard or even race-board.
So just go out there on whatever you like and have as much fun as you can!
Here’s a Mute 3 in bindings from earlier this summer (I still ride bindings with nice kickers, flat water or for rails):