With all the snow pounding the Sierra Nevada region this winter, we couldn’t wait for Tyler to tell us how the new Bandit X performs up in the mountain and what it’s like to be living one of the best ski season in, well, who remembers when ? a decade, more? A Snowkiters Paradise I can’t begin to […]
Will Palmer is our national Wake Team rider and will attend all stops of the Kite Park League in 2017. His go to combo for the 2017 season is the SPICY wakeboard and the BANDIT kite. Last year, he won the Triple S Open. Check out why he picks that board and this kite ! […]
Sitting across from me as I cruise down Highway 1 is a hulking Mitu Monteiro filling out the bucket seat of my full size truck. My job today is part journalist/photographer, part tour guide and part unexpected concierge. I had planned on scoring an early session at Waddell, but Mitu had requested we stop off at a tackle shop outside of San Francisco’s city limits. Mitu talks in creoled-out broken English with a laid-back island style. English is just one of Mitu’s six languages, self-taught from years of running a destination kite school on his home island in Cabo Verde.
As we pull into the tackle shop, I glance at my dash clock and we’re already late, but Mitu has a relaxed sense of time, and it reminds me to stop hawkishly checking the iKitesurf numbers on my phone and chill myself out. We duck into the cavernous tackle shop, and Mitu becomes a young boy loose in a candy store. He schools me on shiny lures, vibrantly colored rubber squids, carbon rods and complicated windy reels. There’s pure passion in his words, which makes me think fishing sits somewhere even with kitesurfing in Mitu’s soul. His affinity for fishing feels like a great litmus test of a true waterman — Mitu is not just another shallow surf rat — he is perhaps more a vestige of a childhood surrounded by water and waves in a much simpler place.
Back in the truck and safely pointed down the coast, I probe Mitu for his life story. He tells me of a modest single parent upbringing and the early years of learning to surf, windsurf and kite, challenged not by a lack of talent but the ability to get his hands on equipment. I want to know about his kite school, his wife and his son and how he’s made a life out of kiteboarding. I’m often jaded by the impression that success in kitesurfing is hard to come by, but Mitu is both heavily traveled and speaks with the voice of someone whose found a simple and rewarding balance in the athleticism and commerce of kitesurfing.
Longtime F-One Pro Team rider Charlotte Consorti heads to Kenya thinking she might get to do a bit of kiting and see a bunch of animals. Sadly due to the amazing kite conditions she spent the entire trip shredding and only saw a couple of donkeys!
Explore, Surf, Cruise, Race, Foil, Enjoy
Stand up Paddle boarding allows us to see the world from a different angle. If you’re cruising or surfing your heart away, F-One has a wide collection for all paddlers. We are thrilled to present the latest additions to our 2017 collection: Papenoo, Noosa, Ocean and Magic.
A mix of state-of-the-art technology and F-ONE’s expertise to offer you the best SUPing experience.
Along with the new board bag collection, we have just very recently received the new collection of EXO Harnesses. Solosports and BAKS / F-One / Manera Ambassador Lauren Bibby scored rigth after surf expo. She is riding every day at Punta San Carlos in Baja so having her on the team is great for us for feedback. She is rocking the Alloy Glicer new color. 5 new colors total, and 6 sizes XS – S – M – L – XL – XXL. Check out what she sent back to us:
Easter Sunday Nico and I headed out to Kelly’s Cove to catch up with BAKS Ambassador Arnaud Douceur. After an epic session, I decided to break out the camera and catch some photos of Arnaud sending it to the moon! Enjoy the Kelly’s Cove OB gallery!
Patrice Chanzy, the F-One team rider from Tahiti will be featured on the cover of upcoming SUP Journal March 2016 issue. SUP Journal have been big fans over the years. In fact only Patrice.. and Laird Hamilton have been on the cover as many times over their 9 years of publishing. This time around, it’s a self made shot with a GoPro.
By winning 7 bullets of the 10 races held during the final 2 days, after 2 days (and another 10 races) of qualifying races, F-One Team Rider Maxime Nocher largely dominated the regatta and wins the 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup in San Francisco. Bravo to Max ! Runner up was Nico Parlier (France) and local Johnny Heineken 3rd. In 4th place F-One Team Rider Joey Pasquali. Max will still need to finish ahead of Parlier in the final stop in Australia to be crowned world champion (October 8-13).
I was unsure what to expect from our participation in the event. I knew F-One recently made a splash by adding top ranked Maxime Nocher to its Foil team and forming with Romain Castel a nice one two punch. This would also be the grand debut of the all new F-One ram air kite, a ultra high aspect kite (or foil kite, or parafoil) that few people even knew existed in the first place. Right from the get-go and the first practice sessions, the new kite proved to be already VERY competitive. And by the end of the week and a fantastic duel with Nico Parlier (Ozone) and Johnny Heineken (Ozone), Max would finished with the same points as Nico Parlier