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The July 2009 Kiteboarding Photo of the Month -- An Extremely Dangerous Wave
July 02, 2009


The first edition of the Trainer Kite Reviews is done!

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One of The Most Dangerous Waves in the World...

At first glance you might think that this person isnít even kitesurfing, but rest assured, he is! Once you find his equipment, you can begin to piece together exactly how extreme this situation is, and thatís what this rider is known for -- pushing kitesurfing into unknown and extreme territory. Enjoy!

Credits: Ben Wilson,

Ben Wilson, shown above on Tahitiís Teahupoo, is one of the most extreme kitesurfers on the planet. He is regularly featured in every kiteboarding magazine with some of the most extreme photos ever seen, and his goal is simple: kite everything, and prove to everyone that it can be done.

Some of the most awe inspiring and motivating pictures I have ever seen are a result of Benís kiting. If you havenít seen many, head over to and check them out. He also has downloadable video clips with some very nice footage.

And, If you canít find the gear in the picture above, you can see his bar right behind the logo. This wave rears up so high that, had he not let go of the bar, the kiteís lines would be cutting right into the wave face and it would surely crash (in the given offshore wind conditions). Teahupoo is easily the heaviest wave in the world, and it breaks on a razor sharp reef, so falling is simply out of the question -- thatís what makes this picture so amazing, one mistake and heís dead.

Do you have a photo that absolutely trumps this one? How about one that captures the true beauty of kiteboarding? Or even one that is just plain fun?! If so, I'd love to give it a chance to be the next Photo of the Month Ė just send it to

In the Works...

Watch out for these up and coming additions to

  • -- NEXT ON THE PLATE -- Trainer Kite Field Guide.
  • Every single question, problem, and difficulty from the Trainer Kite Reviews is being documented and answered in a 20-30 page trainer kite field guide that everyone can take out and use when flying their trainer. There will be full photo walkthroughs and exercises, much like on, all contained in a ultra-compact and portable booklet.

  • Intermediate Kiteboarding Practice. How-toís and walkthroughs for intermediate riding skills like: riding upwind, jumping, and powered-up transitions.

  • Better and More Detailed Photos on the Website. Watch out for new and more descriptive photos of hard to explain exercises coming soon to the website.

  • Thats all for this edition, thanks for tuning in!
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