This is the third and final blog on my Wingsurfers Guide Through Progression. If you missed the two earlier blogs on getting started you can review them here. They will help to give some context on my experience during the early days (funny, just 3 months ago) and lead up to this final blog. Thanks in advance for reviewing and hopefully this will help some of you out that are learning this relatively new sport. Now well into my efforts to become better at winging I’m very happy with the progress to date. As mentioned in previous blogs, it’s a quick learn if you can keep at it. I’ve had the luxury of getting to try a good amount of the F-One Winging lineup and finding the right gear for the right conditions is helpful and makes the learning curve much quicker. With the right gear you’ll spend way more time up foiling and avoid getting exhausted trying to get up or stay up on foil. After a few months of practice, I can now competently get up on foil, stay upwind, tack, jibe, surf swell and have a great time out on the water doing it. Throughout this time, I started on larger boards, foils and wings and moved to smaller ones as my skills progressed. Here’s what I found works well for me now.
Born in Germany, Simon Joosten first caught the kite bug when he got to ride on his dad’s back at the age of 5. A talented skateboarder, he finally decided to live off his passion for kitesurfing and created his own kiteschool in Barbados. His effortless flow and style led him to place 6th at his first GKA Kite-Surf World Tour in 2019. F-One is proud to have this humble and skilled rider joining the team.
Liam has been training like a possessed man for the KOTA (the annual big air event taking place in Cape Town, South Africa) with the new BULLIT kite, specifically designed for this kind of wind and style. Wind window period is now open is from Feb 1 to Feb 16.
He is world bodysurfing champ and the standard he has achieved in the sport needs no further proof. Fred David makes the most of his twofold ability as an athlete and a lifeguard by being Justine Dupont’s “best partner in crime”.
MANERA is proud to welcome Justine DUPONT to the MANERA Surf Team: Justine is an awesome surfer and human being in general, her philosophy and commitment really stick to MANERA values and we are super stoked to have such a character as our women athlete
Today Manera has announced its first ever surf athlete: Brendon Gibbens. We couldn’t be happier to have Brendon as our first ever surf athlete, he is a great person in and out of the water and his talent deserves to be recognized.
Young gun and F-One America Team Rider Noah Runciman is just back from a quite successful trip to South America where he attended some foil racing competition. He will soon head to Spain to train and compete in the Spanish Championship in Tarifa. Noah is racing on Diablo V3 kites.
The 2019 freestyle championship season just ended with the last event in Brazil with 17 year old teen Colombian rider on top and F-One Liam Whaley 3rd overall. Maxime Chabloz ended 4th and Nicolas Delmas 8th.
Long time F-One team rider Mitu Monteiro ends up the season on a high by holding onto his overall second place on the GKA Kite-Surf World Championship tour. Bravo Mitu! and congrats to Airton and all the competitors to bring kitesurfing to new heights this year. And congrats to Camille Delannoy on his podium finish at the Prea event.