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Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby RickI » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:14 pm

As if it ever went away. Anyway ...


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http://www.sbckiteboard.com/news_article?news_id=1983


John Glais has a dream, he wants to compete in the NEW Red Bull King of the Air contest to be held in South Africa in February 2013. To that end he has been training hard in nuclear wind and wave conditions in his home waters off Brittany, France.

Producing jumps like ...

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A boost John threw in a storm on December 27, 2012 off St. Malo, FR. This jump is about 17 to 20 m (roughly 55 to 66 ft.), high in 30 to 45 knots+. He was riding a Cabrinha 7 m Chaos kite.
Photo: Isabelle Borde https://www.facebook.com/john.johnn.589/

St. Malo in Brittany has a long history of sailors going down to sea, John joins that lot with a new twist.

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St. Malo in pre-kiting days
http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/

John is sponsored by Cabrinha and KiteAddict and likes to fly a 7 m Chaos kite in prime jumping conditions. He described his favorite winds to be 40 kts with nice 1 to 2 m swells or kickers" to boost huge jumps off of. He likes the Chaos for these extreme jumps for the excellent lift the kite produces and speed. I asked if it was too fast as smaller kites can be at times? He said, no, but fast enough to be able to counter over-rotations and other problems at altitude including throwing some kite loops in to stabilize landings when needed. John also loves to ride Cab Switchblades but for this extreme service in high wind for mega jumps, prefers the Chaos. He started seven years ago and says he likes to ride "old school" style. This includes big airs, board offs and related moves John trained as a kitesurfing instructor through the FFVL and earned a five year degree in Sports Instruction at University. John currently teaches sports in St. Malo. He intends to open a kiting school in Brittany instructing kitesurfing, air style, wake style, race, waves kiting, etc.. . You can find him on Facebook under John Johnn.


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The mood of the sea on December 27, off St. Malo.
https://www.facebook.com/john.johnn.589/


Applicants to the South African King of the Air contest are to submit a video as a part of the selection process. Here is John's excellent clip on vimeo.com.

http://vimeo.com/56591092#at=0

The video title pretty much tells the tale, so how about it Red Bull?
This great video was put together by JP.PROD. You can see more of his videos on Facebook under JP PROD


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p.s. - the occasional downside of going big is slamming down very, HARD. Going up can be easier or less painful at any rate than coming back to the surface at times. Also, high sustained wind in a days long strong storm is not the same as violent conditions in hazardous squalls where the wind can go to lethal levels in seconds. Have a care and kite within your abilities.


FKA, Inc.

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby Toby » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:53 pm

Good luck to John!
I hope he makes it to CT !

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby yomotha » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:50 pm

I've ridden a chaos (not the new one), but thought the crossbows were Cabrinha's best jumping kites. I never found the chaos to be a great jumping/boosting kite compared to the crossbow. Ah well, different strokes. :thumb:

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby RickI » Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:36 pm

That is the reputation of the Crossbow to be sure. Then again, in high gusty winds, 40 kts. plus, perhaps a faster flying kite like the Chaos has advantages in large jumps, aerial kite loops, etc.? I understand from John the Chaos offers plenty of lift in high winds.

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby HAMLINDP » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:51 pm

Is Captown where hats come from? :wink:

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby jedi1 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:54 pm

yomotha wrote:I've ridden a chaos (not the new one), but thought the crossbows were Cabrinha's best jumping kites. I never found the chaos to be a great jumping/boosting kite compared to the crossbow. Ah well, different strokes. :thumb:


Flat kites are easier to jump and offer lots of float, but a C kite boosts you high like a rocket and is more manageable when overpowered, not to mention it will be much better for kiteloops.

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby Toby » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:19 pm

why is it more manageable when overpowered?

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby jedi1 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:39 pm

Well Toby that's just my opinion, but when I ride with a C in its upper wind range I always feel in control. When I accelerate I can easily depower kite by controlling my edge.

I find a flat kite it more difficult to control power with my board and so I have to sheet out, which for me means losing my stance.

I also find C kites better in gusty winds, as they don't force you to sheet out the bar (by pulling strong on the rear lines) when a gust hits, but rather just make you accelerate.

Anyways that's just how I find bow kites, which I've tried.

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby RickI » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:48 pm

The Chaos is a C kite, or more accurately has a C kite canopy shape supported by bridles for major depowering. The blurb on the Chaos shows up at: http://www.cabrinhakites.com/bridled-c-kite/chaos.html

They put out a bunch of different kites for 2013 in terms of shape and performance, BOWS, hybrids and a C kite. Checkout the variations in overall shape and aspect ratio.


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You can't accurately lump them all together in terms of performance, there are too many variables. Add in boosting to around 20 m in 40 kt.+ winds and accurate performance comparison in lower wind with larger kites becomes difficult.

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Re: Big Air Is Back - Red Bull King Of The Air

Postby jack bush » Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:10 am

WOOHOOOOO :mosh:

Toby are you going to compeet ?


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