KiteSurfKit – Riders
If the conditions are good you will invariably find a nucleus of core riders at any of the beaches in Cornwall where the conditions are working. Two of the keenest are Neil and Matt who help fly the flag for Duotone Kiteboarding and KitesurfKit. Both are exceptionally approachable and are keen to help all abilities with advice on equipment, safety hints and techniques. Neil is always found hunting down Atlantic Swells on his surf gear and is often also found working with Angus from the Hoxton Special. Angus’s Kite School at Marazion Beach is always busy and Neil is a value and experienced member of the team sharing the love of our sport and teaching a range of people, before grabbing his gear and making the best of the conditions.
Matt has been a key member of the Kernow Kitesurf Club for many years and loves nothing better than to boost huge when the storms roll in from the Atlantic.
Both have also embraced the light wind foiling revolution and can be seen making the most of flatter and calmer conditions when not pushing their favourite discipline.
Favourite Gear – Neo Kites, Click Bar and Pro Surf boards… Loving the foiling Pace Surf Foil set up when the wind is light!
Neil moved to St. Ives in 2016 to be closer to the Cornish waves. He started kiting in 2000 having seen kitesurfing whilst sitting on the beach waiting for enough wind to windsurf, and has been ‘hooked’ ever since.
He is a senior BKSA instructor and has worked in the UK, Brazil and the Canaries passing on the kitesurfing stoke to beginner and intermediate kiters.
A past Seniors BKSA Wavemasters Champion he is most at home on the Neo and click bar and the Duotone Pro Wam or Session , you will find him hunting down the big sets at Gwithian when the wind and long period swells hit the North Coast.
“I have flown loads of different kites all the way back to Wipikia Classics and ridden dozens of different boards and can honestly say the Neo is a great kite for all but the hardest of hardcore freestyle riders and works brilliantly for beginners alike.
The Pro surfboards are super responsive and feel great but are tough enough to take the inevitable beating when learning strapless airs.
I have seen aspiring clients struggling to progress with a few other kite brands and then make significant and immediate progress when they get behind the bar of a Duotone Neo.
I make a point of trying different kites whenever possible to help me improve teaching and have not found any kite that handles and performs better than the Neo, which makes it the perfect tool to start your kitesurfing journey, with the added bonus that you won’t grow out of it!”
Favourite Gear – Rebel Kites, Click Bar and Jamie Twin Tip with Entity Bindings – Equally happy on a foil or on a surf board when not pushing the boost button!
Matt’s love of the ocean goes back as far as he can remember, from an early age he was always surfing having travelled around the world pursing this and when he was introduced into Kitesurfing over a decade ago, he instantly fell in love with it and as they say the rest is history.. (“if only kiting was around when I was younger”)
“Kiting in Cornwall is great, it doesn’t matter which direction the wind is or how strong you can always find a perfect spot to enjoy with your mates and sharing in the stoke with fellow kiters whether that being local or visiting. In summary my take on kiting is what I imagine surfing was like in the 50’s-60’s and it is such a important part of my lifestyle”
“Jumping big is a massive appeal to me, I use the Duotone Rebel and both the Jamie Textreme and Team Series which has allowed me to jump pass the 20m mark, my favourite size is the 8m weighting 95kgs it is the perfect size for holding down in winds up to around 45knots after which I drop down to my 7m. The Rebel’s stability especially in gusty winds gives me the confidence to fully commit to each jump with the knowledge that when looping on the way back down I am in control for a smooth and gentle landing.”
“Kiting with a surfboard increases your wave count tenfold, recently I have been using the Duotone Pro Fish, this is a small wave slayer and has made the average/mushy wave session great!”