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Whether you're fighting to find the perfect stance or a seasoned pro working on a powered pass, carving your first turn or dreaming of cheeky transitions. A day or a week, at home or abroad, indulge yourself in a truly unique clinic where Christian and Karine will devote themselves to your individual needs.

A truly bonkers week of non stop fun, regardless which way you look at it. South Africa is always special, you name it from the hospitality, the food and wine, the space, colours, wildlife and it’s really at a time of year that shouts “escape” to the sun. A big thanks again to John for having the perfect spot and Kathy for, well being Kathy:) And a group hug for getting away incident less after the fleeting visit of the stray Octopus. On the water action was constantly entertaining, we had Marije going big and some cheeky toe side, must be the strompwaffles. Miguelito was kite looping like a legend and some of those raleys were sublime – not to mention your food marathon, and will anyone forget Pennywise. Kiwi Steve, everyone’s favourite rocket scientist was either going huge or styling out countless moves – both sides with a quick cameo as Nacho Libre. Tanja definitely regained her confidence after a forced sabbatical, finding some good air and rekindling her love of rotations, big back loops. New additions to the team, sisters Lena & Christa, took to the skies, popped to toeside, rolled and even flopped into dark slides, whilst mistaking confusing sea life:) Pablo, OK Tobi, survived Tom’s driving but was slightly beaten by over exuberance – loads of tacks and those hanging large air gybes…!!! Per made it his mission to be one of the highest and certainly was – quite a view from down here on planet earth. Tom, although escaping the photo sessions was on fire, those back loop kite loop hand washes were pure gold and the download air gybes will go down in the annals of history. And Janine, going backwards with style, very blind and what about those surfboard tacks – lovely. As for the evening entertainments we can only smile at the memories of laughter and everyone must be applauded for a mighty fine fancy dress turn out, the big 5 indeed, dancing and all…….

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Obviously it was no surprise that the wind continued non stop for clinic 2. The beauty of up north:) Another veritable gang of energy and positivity. Like the wind we continued with laughs, food, beverages and kiting aplomb. And as a spectacle towards the end, we even witnessed the carnage which is fearless children racing for a chance in the junior Olympics! This was of course only outdone by 2 BBQs at the beach. We’ve never seen rain in BG, but as is the way with summer entertaining, the BBQ brought a splattering of drops – hence the chance for a second one – such a shame;) As always some fine performances on the water (those off the water need no mention). Fredgie found the waves and mimicked his legend Robbie Naish. Pizza was slamming the moves out, passing like a demon and found someone who could actually pronounce his name. Lotte’s boner and blind combo were outstanding, and as for the tacks. Magnus wouldn’t be outdone, some great strapless carving and tacking, hefty airs and was spotted out on the water bare chested – easy now tiger. Luisito nailed the dark slide with his usual style and was forever bouncing off stunt ramps on his strapless twin tip:) Sean’s love of the open ocean was finally challenged as his strapless air gybe’s snuck ever closer. Luciano, our cultural attache for all things Brazilian nailed the tack, got some strapless airs and even found time for some twin tip air gybes. Clare was most solidly in the chair of air, hanging around and even changing direction. Danielle was also heavily involved with air traffic control, as well as some delicious toe side and wave playing. Kirk, well Kirk is just another word for BIG AIR. Some gorgeous height, noteworthy boners, and the front roll… Big Ian, controlled style with some large airs and oodles of hang time, rotations and those top turns the waves. And last but not least Victoria certainly got on with her new Switchblade, sending it for some tasty jumps as well as carving the strapless machine. All the while Heliarde was on hand to inspire, smile and save:)

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Brazil the 1st – What a jolly fortnight. A quick mention must go to the unfortunate cocktail of poor weather and somewhat ambitious flight planning, resulting in pink dolphins and extra sightseeing for some, before the games and caipis commenced in earnest. The ultimate melange of boys and girls keeping things honest on the water and chivalrous off it. Plenty of twin tip showing off, but also a hefty dose of surfboards with more strapless action than a night at the Oscars. Fun road trips, down-winders, Manatees, oodles of progress, great food, plenty of refreshments, and fortunately a few Drs present due to a bad case tack-itis. The wonderful help of Heliarde. The beautiful new Switchblade and Drifter deserve a mention too. Really too much to go through, but a fantastic turn out for fancy dress, Sian’s face paint, those jumps and strapless ease in the waves, Social Secretary Henry present and correct (thankyou for always being there so no one ever has a tipple alone), legendary blind and the hat tip air gybe:), Louise getting the grab shot with a year to spare, John for keeping Heliarde busy – but the down-loops were worth it, Alan’s textbook tack (and those top turns), Simone’s tacks and those sharp links, Hot Sauce’s air and speed runs, Andre’s great airs and gybe’s and unrelenting bonhomie, Adi’s toeside and love of flat water, Roger’s blossoming into a fully fledged member of the Edgau club, Matt’s admirable ever fearless approach to both the twin tip and strapless, Mr Wilsons cheeky tacks and lagoon clearing partnerships (hope you mend well and asap). We enjoyed every minute of madness….

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An exciting time of year for kiters at the moment, what with new kit springing up everywhere, the presence of too many temptations to drop a wad of cash and the challenge of finding somewhere else to hide your shiny new toys. Hopefully we can add to this sport induced frenzy with a few new challenges, that will of course be so much easier on that new kite;) Kicking August off we have an old school wakestyle move, hooked in to keep it more achievable too. It’s the Hoochie Glide, a back scratcher of a Raley with a sneaky front hand grab. Then, as you can never have enough ways to change direction, we have another tantalising transition for you in the shape of the Toeside Back Roll Downloop Transition. And to finish things off we have possibly the tastiest of grabs to add to your sent back rotations, the ultimate in embellishments, the Back Roll Stalefish. Party on dudes…..

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Hello sailors! Hope you’re ready for some new challenges as we’ve got three beauties for you this issue – ripe to get you polished in time for some summer (or winter) wind posing. Coming straight in at number one we have the rather stunning air gybe nose grab. This is gagging to be tweaked and is a splendid way to show off your board. Following that it’s time for the double grab front rotation. That’s right you’ll be cramming in both a nose and a tail grab whilst navigating your way through a front loop/roll. Another knock out stylish monster. And bringing up the rear is a jolly Darkslide variation. We’ll have no kite looping, but rather you’ll be rotating into a forceful forward rotation on the way out of your slide – pure, unadulterated satisfaction and showboating. Enjoy the experience, C&K.

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How good was it this year????? Woooooaaa – replace with as many positive adjectives as you can muster. Toot toot, it was bang on. Windy barely describes it, actually it describes it perfectly. And what a splendid bunch of merry sailors. We had so much going on that the pictures will only tell part of this wonderful tale. Oodles of very big air, blinds, raleys, large kite loops, downloads, front loops, back loops, strapless shenanigans, turquoise playgrounds, blues on the boat, underwater action, downwinder, wipeouts galore, squidditch, great food, a fortunately re-stockable bar, our own flat water spots (most the time), full moon kiting, new friends, heaps of progress, lashings of laughter, effervescent conversation (a boat is rather convivial), nutella, boogie. In true British understatement, not bad! Thanks again to Philou, Amra and the rest of the crew for yet another unforgettable trip.

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Surprise surprise, another windy week, with some CK virgins to whip into shape. Fab crew with plenty of laughs. Some phenomenal action on the water with lorry loads of progress. Special mention must go to Ant for proving that water doesn’t hurt, regardless of height or power in kite – mxfreestyle all the way. Kiwi took speedo kiting to new previously unseen levels. We had our first ever kiting commando (nothing to do with speedos), but we did get to see Nick bone it out. Alison nailed her nemesis the front loop, as did Kim. We had the girls going crazy for in flight entertainment, Suzanne, Oksana and Marije enjoyed joining the club – no jumping frogs and all 20m plus!! Maxine inverted her front roll, dark slid for miles and unhooked the raley. Brilliant stuff, all washed down with litres of fresh coconut:)

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Yew, at one time this all looked to be in jeopardy, so first off thanks to you all for being so brilliant and accepting the slight changes so admirably:) Turned out to be well worth it. No wonder everyone loves Sri Lanka, yet again it was spectacular. Wind, wind and then more wind, the most mellow of vibes and probably our most amazing classroom yet, the CK roof terrace. Great food, great company and so much progress on the water, totally awesome, and even a cheeky can of Special Brew (thanks Stewy) Turns out to be a beer that you can drink warm. And yes that is Gabri starting the speedo craze with his special “ordem e progresso” numbers. Check out the pics to see the lagoon going off. And yes, if you’re wondering, Foxy was looking great:)

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Whoooohoo – what a finale. As you’ll probably gather by now mother nature continued with her blessing, the wind blew, the sun shone, the water remained flat and the tv stayed small!! A very international bunch, with some excellent saucisson, great coffee, amazing hazelnuts (who ever knew that hazelnuts can be even better), birthdays with “cake bombers” and spur of the moment outfits. Quick mention to Edoardo who had to rush off so squeezed in a trick a minute, Jeff for providing the table top for Ben’s “I ain’t no tuna” picnic with the dolphins, Yannick’s mastery of air, Jo’s facial wow after the most epic of pops, Hannah’s awesome jumps and general social secretary skills, Paul’s now familiar king of the Air-esque rocket impersonations (you know how much you loved that Switchblade:), Fredge’s phenomenal and controlled new big air game, Elsa’s toeside and sends into the world of in flight entertainment, Bettina’s unhooked raleys and let us not forget the dancing flower. And to Tom, an unexpected but wonderful surprise, for quite rightly gatecrashing the wonderful bars that only DA delivers…
All in all another amazing Spring in Dakhla, so a huge shout out to the entire crew at Dakhla Attitude including Rachid, Tanja, Max, Yassine, Hakim Mojito the best barman on the continent, Aschraf in the boat of progress and and all the rest for making our time there so very very special. Can’t wait for 2018 to do it all again xx

 

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Hello Class:) More essential and exciting moves for you! Our opener is the Beach Start with a Front Rotation. We spend so much time learning moves to throw down once we’re on the water, why not have a few more to bridge the gap from beach to ocean? Following that it’s a classic transition from bygone times that should have you hollering with joy and any onlookers wondering what you just nailed. Once they work it out they’ll realise that it was in fact the rather fetching Toeside Nose (or thereabouts) Grab Front Loop Transition. And finishing things off we have a positively great bit of hooked in tomfoolery. As Freestyle moves on, the connection between kite and harness seems ever less important, but let’s remind you that it’s possible to dazzle even with your Donkey’s security pin firmly in place. Time to learn that Back from Blind. Enjoy the challenge. C&K.

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