MAMBO Kitesurfing Classic 2008 – The world’s largest event for kitesurfers has named an Aussie favorite as champion

 

courtesy Benwilsonsurf.com
courtesy Mark Gee as per Ben Wilson

 

Ben Wilson takes honors for the 4th time in the world’s biggest kitesurfing event.

Merimbula turned on the conditions for the kite surfers over the four days making number 28 one of the best events on record. 
 In what could best be described as a celebration of wind and waves competitors reveled in four days of fantastic surf and wind. Over 160 competitors entered the event this year arriving from Hawaii, NZ, Denmark, Holland France and all around Australia.

Spokesperson for the event and currently one of the world’s best kitesurfers, Ben Wilson starting competing in the MAMBO Classic over 9 years ago, which assisted to launch his career and see him become one of the world’s most famous kitesurfers. Ben is now internationally recognized as a leading and innovative professional in the sport and has pushed the boundaries of kitesurfing into a new realm.

 “Being part of an event with nearly 200 competitors was a powerful experience and to score epic conditions the whole time was so good. Winning the MAMBO Classic means a great deal to me – it’s in my home town, where I grew up in the surf and where I developed my love for kiting and it’s the only event I compete in these days because it is focused entirely on surfing the waves with a kite.” states Ben.

Courtesy of Benwilsonsurf.com

Slingshot endorses Sesitec 2.0 as innovation of the year!

A few years ago, we made a trip down to Florida, to “roll” out our new wakeboards and boots.  It was a pretty big time launch. Ha ha!  It consisted of going to the Projects to let their crew check the stuff out.  It was the first time we met Pat Panakos and Robby Jacques.   So we show up unannounced.  Robby had already secretly hooked up with Jeff McKee  and put the product through the usual test, rails, wake to wake, basically doing everything he could to break it and see where Slingshot was coming in with regards to overall performance.   He was freaking on the goods but was riding for another company at the time, so he played it cool on the “DL”.  I knew eventually we would get him on the stuff.   I could see it in his eyes.  No way he could go back to an old construction. It was just a matter of time before he evolved.  Cool with us.  Anyway, Pat rolls up and introduces himself, and says. “Are you guys from another planet. This stuff  (gear) has been in my head, and without ever talking, or meeting  before, you show up and here it is right in front of me.  In real life!“  We took that as a huge innovation compliment.  We thrive on innovating cool stuff. So leap forward, a couple years. I would run into Pat and Matt Hickman at certain industry events, boats shows, etc.  Both were always super cool and relaxed. This is when boat sales were diving and gas was over 4 bucks a gallon. I always thought what’s up?  These guys are so laid back, yet everyone else is pinning.  Unknown to me.  They were secretly so far ahead of the curve.  Why pin when you have the biggest thing to hit wakeboarding since the boat?  Jump forward to Surf Expo 08. They launch the Sesitec 2.0 with the Red Bull Wake lab event.  They killed it! But other than a few top pro’s… who had really put this new cable to the test?  What was the word on the street?  Well when you have a industry changing innovation, word spreads fast.  It has and it’s good.  The Wake Park Project put one out at the Projects.  More pro’s got a chance to check it out.  Still good, no I mean great feedback.  We instantly thought, “What’s better than a Sesitec 2.0?  How about two of them?!”  Our team guys were so blown away, we hooked up with The Wake Park Projects and  helped set up number 2  over the Slingshot 100’ flat bar.  Photographers, video guys, and riders are all going nuts this winter at the Projects.   You can start finding shots and video at Wakeboardingmag.com and Alliancewake.com.  More important is more of these cables could be going up in your area.

So what’s the prediction? Well we predict this cable will revolutionize wakeboarding.   Or should we say, create real “Railparks”. Why?  It’s cost effective.  Now, I’m no math expert, but It seems like you can get one of these for the price of a cheap wake boat.  Two of them for a good boat, and three of them for the price of a boat that is all decked out, like the kind wakeboarders you see that don’t actually wakeboard own  (you know the  type.)  And that’s the good news for boat manufactures. They still have their customer base because those people don’t wakeboard anyway. But if you are into riding you have to recognize the innovation as stellar.  Here more why.  It’s a smart system.  It’s portable, you’re not locked in to a riding location forever.  We could see the local neighbors pitching in 5G’s each and family sharing these things. When your kid goes off to college, you just sell your shares to the new family that move in down the street.  Or if that’s not in the cards, there will be one somewhere close to where you live.   You don’t have to dig a ditch, or you could, but that’s up to you.  You can pull it down during hurricane season.  You can pop it up in the winter and hit rails on your snowboard.  Look for one in the Chicago scene.  Camps will teach better and riders will learn faster.  You don’t need a jet ski or a driver. Let’s admit it that era was kind of gay anyway. Sesitec 2.0 kills it! In short it offers a lot of options that are all well thought out.  It makes the future of Railparks a reality.

So how does it ride?  Jeff McKee  “It’s like hanging out at the skate park with all your friends. It’s a solid pull without all the noise of an engine; Just the sweet whispering of your wakes. System 2 eliminates almost all of the downtime you deal with using alternate towing devices so you’re riding more and waiting less. It’s by far the # 1 solution for riding small bodies of water, rail parks and no wake zones…(although you may want to check with the authorities first) haha. My name is Jeff McKee and I approve this message because I care about wakeboarders worldwide. Ski ya later!”  That’s all we need because, all the other team guys were still frothing at the mouth, so we could not really get decent quotes. 

As innovators ourselves, we recognize the effort by The Wake Park Project to bring this innovation to the masses. Good work Matt and Pat! We only have one question. “Are you guys from another planet?”

 

 

Thanks to Pat Panakos and Matt Hickman of the Wake Park Project
Thanks to Pat Panakos and Matt Hickman of the Wake Park ProjectPhoto: Wake Parks Project / Rider: Jeff McKee
Jeff McKee
Photo: Wake Parks Project / Rider: Jeff McKee

Ruben Lenten Down Under

Another great trip Down Under. 

The lifestyle, the weather and ‘oh so many’ kiteboarding spots is what makes Australia one of my favorite places to be!

 

My trip actually started kind of weird, this guy at the Malaysia check-in wanted me to pay 54 Euros per kilo. As I’m traveling with like 35kg sporting equipment he wanted to charge 1890,-Euros.

I tried everything I could to get a flat rate for my sporting equipment, but he wouldn’t do anything to help me.

I ended up canceling my flight and book another one with KLM. They charged me 160Euros, which is a fair deal. Some airlines are just too retarded to understand!

 

Anyways, I arrived in Melbourne on the 11th of November. My mate Steve lives right by the beach, shopping street and gym. So everything’s pretty mellow and easy to get to.

 

The purpose of my trip was more of a holiday kind of thing, but it turned out in quite a bit of traveling and riding.

I got back on my gym schedule which makes me feel much better. Being in shape is so important.

 

During my trip I visited Perth for 10days or so, pretty nice place. Unfortunately we didn’t score too much wind…

 

I went to The 28th Mambo Merimbula Classic, this is a pretty cool Australian style event. Met lots of cool people and had a bit of a party…

 

In Melbourne I met Pauly, he’s filming a 100% dedicated kiteboarding Tv show which will air on Fuel Tv in January.

He’s a cool dude and I hung out with him quite a bit.

We went over to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast were I did some of the hosting for the show. Which was pretty cool to do.

 

I ended up wakeboarding at the Sunshine coast, just an insane cable park what they have there. They’ve got like 14 obstacles in the water.

Had a lot of fun with Andy Yates, he’s ripping these days. 

 

Flying back home on Wednesday, only staying for a day or five. 

I’m off to Cape Town on the 16th and will stay there until the end of January.

Filming and shooting some new stuff, should be fun!

 

Keep ya in the loop.

Rock it!

Cheers Ruben

Sweet Home Florida!

 

Eric RidingSweet Home Florida!
During thanksgiving break I met with Alex Bloechinger and his crew down in Key Biscayne for a sick kiteboarding session. There was a front coming from the SW, it was gusting to 30kts. Alex took his 7m 09 Fuel out and I was lit on my 9m. He was looping it all day! I used to ride the Rev, but after flying the Fuel, I love it to death!  Unhooking and jumping with the Fuel is so smooth and stable. After an awesome day, I was so exhausted and had to catch a flight back the same day to school. Now I am studying for finals and will be back home again next week. The CKA Tour #4 will be hosted in Ft. Lauderdale on Jan. 10-11. I will be competing for Purdue. During the upcoming winter break, I will try to ride as much as possible and also hit up the cable as well. I will keep you guys posted with some pictures soon!
L8ter,
Eric Yeung

At KB4C
At KB4C
photo by Lance Koudele
photo by Lance Koudele