It’s that time of year when iKsurfmag ask its readers to take the time to cast their vote in their annual Readers Awards. Over the years these have grown to be the most coveted awards in the industry and the Brands, Riders and Videographers are all after your vote. This is your chance to show some support for your favourite riders (Maxime Chabloz, Liam Whaley, Mitu Monteiro), brands and videos from the last year. The nominations have been made by iKsurfmag team of judges and the voting is now open! Show your support for F-One and Manera!
No matter the board and what’s underneath it, Hendrick’s got the flow. He is able to make any type of conditions his favourite one. 18 years old from Cabo Verde, meet Hendrick Lopes ! Welcome to the team ! Filmed by Petole Films Photos Ana Catarina Photo
With silky smooth yet reactive handling, the Breeze feels really light in the air, staying put through the biggest holes in the wind. Its bar pressure rings in at light to medium with nice smooth progressive power and its airframe exhibits really good canopy structure, stability and control. One quality we particularly savored is the design’s unloaded turning characteristics that allowed the kite to turn while sheeted out with little line tension. Often in foiling, you want to change the kite’s window position but don’t want to heat up the magic carpet ride and the Breeze allows you to make those changes without pouring fuel on the fire.
Overall, Manera’s Eclipse is a firm and supportive semi-rigid harness that doesn’t pinch or apply force to pressure points. With its low profile outline and super comfy padding, this harness provides just the right stiffness that will appeal to a wide audience of riders with differing skill levels and disciplines.
Peyo is a well known French surfer based in the Basque country close to the Spanish border. He started surf foiling a few years back and has a very engaging style. Fast and radical, watch Peyo’s very own surf foiling style.
Fernando Novaes alias “Mizo” is a talented surfer from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started foiling a few years back to be able to spend as much time on the water regardless of the conditions. His ride is like poetry, flawless but powerful with a lot of grace.
From the second you pick up the Magnet Carbon in hand it is obvious that this board is purpose-built for maximizing your strapless freestyle pleasure. Featherweight and thin with a wide and boxy surface area, if you were doing single front rolls before, with the Magnet you’ll be landing double fronts. The Magnet is a piece of technology designed to push strapless freestyle evolution and give you all the tools to reach the next level.
3x Windsurfing Wave champion Kauli Seadi is not the type of rider who thinks twice before attempting a new trick. Kauli brings all his pro windsurfing experience to push the limits of wingfoiling and we are proud to have him joining the team ! Welcome Kauli!
F-One sent us a few STRIKE (sizes 4.2 and 5.0m) we were able to immediately put to the test where our high season is in full swing with a good pool of talented wingers, meaning mainly South Florida, La Ventana (Baja, Mexico) and also Hawaii (Maui and Oahu).