We met Chris & Chris Jr. MacDonald, dad & son early in the spring during the lockdown at Crissy Beach in San Francisco. The parkings were closed but not the beach, which was just a great way for all kiters, windsurfers and wingers to get their daily dose of happy water time, and this is the time of the year where it blows hard every day. Young Chris progression in a few months has been quite phenomenal and we are happy to report he has join our National team program.
Following a successful factory inspection, the following Diablo V5 kites have been approved by the IKA Technical Committee as registered series production equipment for the IKA Formula Kite Class.
Earlier this year, F-One team rider Titouan Galea went back home to New Caledonia with his brand new foil gear. Turned out that his homespot is absolutely ideal for Wing Surfing and what’s better than a perfect wave to feel the full potential of your gear?
Liam is back in Cape Town once again to compete at the Red Bull King Of The Air for his 3rd consecutive year. After making every place on the podium except for 1st in previous years, there is nothing that he wants more than to win.
Tom Constant now spends most of his time in full flight, whether he is on the water or in the air. A local from the South East of France, he is passionate about SUP, foil and wing. Discreet and adventurous, sometimes solitary, he likes to share and exchange with others. He leads his life with simplicity and fluidity.
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.