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 Post subject: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wilson
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:27 pm 
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interesting reading


March 29 2012
I’m constantly getting asked why myself and why none of our BWS team riders are competing on the Kite Surf Pro tour. So here's my view...

I’m only speaking for myself here, all of our team riders make their own decisions and are not pushed by BWS to do or say anything they don’t want to.

Kite surfing is a very subjective sport. Somebody may completely hate one thing and the next person completely love it, but that doesn’t make either person right or wrong. It’s just a difference of opinion and that goes on with anything you do in life, no matter what - some people will love it and others will hate it.

The best thing about kite surfing is that it doesn’t matter how you ride, as long as you’re having fun, especially when you’re only involved in kiting to enjoy the thrill of it. That being said, companies and athlete's have a responsibility that goes along with their professional positions to showcase the sport in a certain way.

In terms of the KSP, I applaud them for stepping up and going for what they believe in and like any sport you have to start somewhere. However the place where you start can really affect the outcome of what you’re trying to achieve and I think the KSP is making the wrong call in terms of how they are presenting kitesurfing to the Surf industry.

Right now I believe kitesurfing needs to be nicely packaged in the form of content like we see from the TDZ crew. These guys are at the forefront of the sport and their kiting is at a level where once shown the videos, surfers are automatically blown away in comparison to what we see from the KSP. This is what will get surfers involved and grow our sport.

It guts me to see a live web cast where you can barely see what’s going on, then some guy on a kite being ripped down the line way out on the face of the wave being tweeted to the ASP saying "watch this". Stuff like this just takes us a step back every time.

It’s not that I’m looking for personal credibility of the surf world so I feel like our vision is in the right direction. It’s that the more surfers we get into kiting, the more the level of riding ability will go up and then we’ll be able to have a really sick tour. Imagine what it would be like to get some of the innovative young surfers on a kite, that’s when kiting will go to the next level.

My vision has always been to bridge the gap between kiting and surfing, as I believe the kite is the ultimate extension to surfing and that has been my driving force ever since the beginning.

I don’t look at kitesurfing as a new sport, I look at the kite as an accessory to surfing and surfers, and this is what I preach to surfers. I get just as excited seeing someone new get into kitesurfing, as what I do when having a session myself. Because kiting makes me feel good and I want other people to know how good it can be, especially if you are already a surfer. We ride the same boards that we surf; it’s the inspiration and vision of BWS.

Look, at the end of the day I don’t care how anyone rides, as long as they are having fun. But I do care about how the athletes and industry are showcasing kitesurfing. As this is paving the way for the future. Not only for the athletes, but for the companies which in return build the products for consumers.

Although I believe competition is an essential part of any sport’s growth I personally feel the KSP is showcasing its competition in the complete opposite way that I believe will capture the interest of surfers. Therefore I'm not involed as it's not inline with my vision.

Ben Wilson
http://www.kiteboard.com/2476-news-pro-kite-surf-why-i-do-not-compete-on-the-ksp-tour-by-ben-wilson.html


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:11 am 
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replace ksp with pkra and most of the stuff he said applies to that as well hah.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:09 pm 
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Can you imagine if 1/10 of the worlds surfers took up kiting :o It might make Ben better off but it would sure as hell ruin it for everyone else.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:37 pm 
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fdvj wrote:
Can you imagine if 1/10 of the worlds surfers took up kiting :o It might make Ben better off but it would sure as hell ruin it for everyone else.


yepp. and not only because of the numbers, but the ´tude they may bring.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:46 pm 
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Totally agree the last thing the average rider wants are are more surfers joining our ranks make it look like its just yanking crap and they stay away.

For every kiter on a wave theres 23 meters of space needed. For every surfer 6 feet and they cant move any faster than they can paddle, unless on a wave. The math does not work in our favor.

we can figure out how to ride waves don't need them.

Only people who really benefit are industry types.

as for pushing the sport. great.

But this sport, like all new sports goes thriough a cycle of popularity than the hardcore are left. It happened to WS and it will happen to us. Get over it.


It will always be a niche sport.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:00 pm 
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I don’t look at kitesurfing as a new sport, I look at the kite as an accessory to surfing and surfers, and this is what I preach to surfers.


without putting too much mean into this, it would seem to me that if kites are only an accessory to surfing, then why not just surf?

Especially for a guy who lives / has access to some of the best waves in the world?

My opinion is that kiting is complimentary to surfing. Whenever surfing is shitty kiting normally works..and the other way around.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:15 pm 
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tautologies wrote:
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I don’t look at kitesurfing as a new sport, I look at the kite as an accessory to surfing and surfers, and this is what I preach to surfers.


without putting too much mean into this, it would seem to me that if kites are only an accessory to surfing, then why not just surf?

Especially for a guy who lives / has access to some of the best waves in the world?

My opinion is that kiting is complimentary to surfing. Whenever surfing is shitty kiting normally works..and the other way around.


i think that´s also Ben argument - it´s the same sport but for different conditions. just surfers do not recognize it yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:22 pm 
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Well said, SUP or Surf or Kite..... use the right tool for the conditions at hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:27 am 
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Amen. Surfers are some of the biggest nimwits on the planet and I don't want thousands of them to start kitesurfing anyway.
I've surfed for nearly 20 years and I don't need other surfers acceptance of me kiteboarding. No matter how much the magazines and videos try to make it look like surfing. Kiteboarding is completely different.


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 Post subject: Re: Pro Kite Surf Why I do not compete on KSP Tour by Ben Wi
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:30 am 
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Right now I believe kitesurfing needs to be nicely packaged in the form of content like we see from the TDZ crew. These guys are at the forefront of the sport and their kiting is at a level where once shown the videos, surfers are automatically blown away in comparison to what we see from the KSP. This is what will get surfers involved and grow our sport.


So videos are supposed to set the standard?

Come on man with the right editing I've seen some really ugly chicks look hot on playboy. BW and his fellas are surely great riders, but it's not fair to the guys who are showing their faces on the KSP to compare a live performance under stressful circumstances to edited videos.

If this TDZ crew is really at the forefront of the sport than they should be able to put up a great show during the KSP as well. And if BW is really interested in the progress of the sport, he should please show the KSP riders how to stay in the face of the wave, no matter what grade he gets.
Come on BW, what's holding you back? Afraid to not looking so good without the right "cuts"?
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He could have just said he didn't take part because of the subjectivity issue - and leave it at that. Would have been much more "stylish"..


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