Felix Pivec: strapless and unhooked

Felix Pivec is a kitesurfing legend. He started kiteboarding back in 1998, in the very early stages of the sport. Back then, there were no mobile phones with internet, apps and wind forecasts.

In the 20th century, Pivec kicked off his wind adventures with a classic Wipica kite. In those days, it was quite hard to evolve because there were almost no riders out in the water, and information about kiteboarding was scarce.

"Back then, there were no videos, no magazines. A little video came with the kite, but I didn't have my VCR then, so I was a little anxious to get on the kite. I thought of going to the beach and give it a stab," reveals Pivec.

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KiteSim: a realistic kiteboarding simulator for beginners and pros | Photo: KiteSim

KiteSim is the world's first realistic and kiteboarding simulator that allows beginners to start riding in an easy and safe way.

In 2010, Robert Hoogendijk contacted agency Frank & Frens. He wanted to make KiteSim a reality for novice and advanced kiteboarders. Two years later, the prototype was out to be tested.

"The simulator is based on a realistic computer model that simulates the forces on the kite, the rider and the lines. These forces are exerted through the simulator and experienced by the rider. The actions of the rider are measured and used as input for the simulator," explains Hoogendijk.

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Jeremie Tronet: a leap of happiness

They've jumped from icebergs, but also over piers, bridges, plateaus, shipwrecks, buildings and rocky cliffs. Kiteboarders are just like that. From time to time, they feel the need to leap.

Jeremie Tronet is one of them. The pro kiteboarder has been living between the French Riviera and the Caribbean, so he knows a large number of spots where he can train innovative stunts.

Look no further. Happy Island, a small man-made island/bar in the outer harbour of Clifton, Union Island, inspired Tronet. The tiny islet floats next to his dreamy JT Pro Center. So, there you go.

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