Here’s what the Slingshot Team got up to in Maui this year!
This years Triple S was bigger than ever before, the prize money doubled $40,000 this year. Since introducing prize money in 2012 people have started taking the event more seriously, the original triple S was all about a group of riders coming together to push the sport and party, last year they introduced judges and a new format to raise the level of the contest, in the hotly contested slider discipline riders had two runs through the park marking each riders best trick on each feature, this created the fairest possible result but also cut down the amount of riding time, riders came from all over the world to session the Real Slider park and some only got two runs through the park the whole week. So this year they re introduced the Jam style format to give everyone more riding time, this enabled everyone to really push there level as we all had more chances to land our best tricks, we had 40 minute heats with large groups of riders with judges on each feature which made the competition closer than ever before. The standard of riding went through the roof! with 720 becoming a standard trick amongst the top riders, this really put the pressure on. The new Surf format made the event even more favored to my style of riding having spent a few seasons in Cape Town.
Winning last year was a dream come true! I remember watching Triple S videos and Autofocus when I had just learnt to Kite, never in my wildest dreams did I think I could win such a prestigious event, let alone twice! After attending the previous 4 Triple S events and watching the level increase every year I knew I had to step up my game massively to win, most riders at the event have the potential to win, half the battle is the mental game to land your tricks every time. As a ‘wakestyle’ rider the triple S is the ultimate event to win, this years win was even more special as it was such tough competition! I think winning last year gave me more confidence going into this years event but being able to convert that into another win is just amazing! I felt like there was more pressure on me to do well this year as everyone just expected me to do well, last year I had nothing to loose which meant winning this year again was unbelievable! It could have gone any way across all the disciplines; Brandon and Aaron were right on my heels. I cant express how happy I am!
Here is the latest ‘Freeride Project’ Teaser… ‘From Russia With Love’
Check out my latest video called ‘The Gorge’ with fellow team rider Alex Fox in Hood River this summer. Filmed and edited by Patrick Weiland
I had an amazing six weeks in Cape Town this January/February getting use to my new gear, training and riding with my mates, I got 3rd place in the Redbull King Of the Air event and spent 2 weeks filming these sick videos! I am really happy with the end result. Big thanks to Andi Jensen for filming
Firstly I would like to thank Naish for the support over the years, they have given me the opportunities to be where I am today, and we had some great times! I am very grateful for there support.
However its time for a new chapter, therefore I am really excited to announce my new sponsor Slingshot! I have signed a three year contract, Im chuft to get the opportunity to continue my career within such a sick brand, i’ll be working and releasing my own pro model board in 2015. Making use of all of Slingshots product range as it fits my riding style perfectly including using the RPM and the Fuel for different conditions, Im also stoked on my new wakeboard setup, the whip is everything I want in a cable board and more. Watch this Space!!
Antigua is one of the nicest places I’ve been to, I was lucky enough to be invited out to film a video with Andre Phillip and Jake Kelsick, two of the steezist riders in kiteboarding. As you can see in the vid its a cool place to hang out and film, so sit back and enjoy! And yes it really is that nice!
Island Time from Antigua was shot and edited by Shabba Kirchner, working along side www.kitescoop.com
So I’m coming to the end of my time here in South Africa, I’ve had a lot of fun! Its my first time here so I have spent a lot of time learning about the country and culture, different spots and all the different things to do. I have been living with good friend and Naish team mate Rick Jensen from Germany, together we have been filming and shooting as much as possible. We have some good media in the pipeline in conjunction with Boom Ting Productions and Naish TV. Cape Town is sick! and theres so much to do, it offers just about every type of conditions known to man, apart from the internet sucks, so stay tuned! and ill be bringing you some entertainment shortly..
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Check out the new UK video! Big up to Ripslix for the edit.
Featuring: Aaron Hadlow, Tom Court, Sam Light and James Boulding. Here is a little pre-view of some of the footage we got and what we got up to in the three week we where there! Keep your eyes out for the DVD release on itunes in 2012…
check out the edit from steez productions
I just got home from Fuerteventura, I was out there with James Boulding, Aaron Hadlow and Tom Court filming and taking pictures for a few weeks. We built a 12m long flat bar, to session in the lagoons. I am actually putting together a little edit, I haven’t done much editing for a while so it will be interesting how its going to turn out! Watch this space.
Had a sick first few days kiting skating and chilling! We have been filming and shooting most days along with skating in the hoods concrete park. Check out BoomTing Productions shot of me from todays warm up session
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I just got home after one of the best events i have ever been to. The Wind or No wind jam.
The idea behind the event was to bring everybody’s skills together in a watersports paradise, we could hone our skills at the best training ground in the world on the cable, boat or winch park then if the winds up put all our new tricks to practice…..
Hello! Im out in the Philippines at the moment warming up for the ‘Wind Or No Wind Jam’. The complex is amazing! I cant believe it, the cable is perfect, all the rails are perfect! and there are sooo many rails. Theres a really good crew out here all pushing each others riding. The cable [...]
Hey, it’s that Maui time of year! I have been here for 2 and a half weeks. I have had a big mixture of conditions from 3 days of solid rain to huge Jaws days and epic kiting conditions. A good mate from home Chris Bull came out with me for the first two weeks, [...]
I just got back from a great weekend in Blackpool at the finals of the BKSA. It was the only event on the British tour i have competed in this year as i have been away when they have been on, it was so cool to check out the scene and see everybody riding so [...]
The Teaser to a two part short story about Rick Jensen and Sam Light road tripping from Hood River, down the West Coast of America ending in Vegas. Filming only the best quality footage pushing the boundries of Kiteboarding! Filmed and Edited by Andi Jansen!
Cable Set from Sam Light on Vimeo.
Last week Damien Girardin, the Naish Kite designer came back to the UK after our short trip to Sardinia to do a mini UK tour to visit a few shops and check out the UK kite scene, while on the road we stopped into Liquid Leisure cable park and filmed our session, its only a handycam but you can see what we were up to!
I was trying to think of something cool to do for the opening of my new website, I thought I would really like to give something back to the young guys in the sport trying to make it happen, and I remember when I first started how hard and expensive it was to get good [...]