We’ve just received our first consignment of what may be the greatest book ever written (if all you care about is windsurfing!) – the World Kite and Windsurfing Guide is out now, and available from the BOARDS online shop…
Four years after launching the legendary KITE AND WINDSURFING GUIDE EUROPE, the guys at stoked publications have kept their promise to present:
THE WORLD KITE AND WINDSURFING GUIDE
This book is the first comprehensive spot guide to planet Earth’s finest kite- and windsurfing regions! Introducing almost 100 regions in nine continental chapters, it features over 1,200 of the world’s best spots. Fully illustrated with 1,000 breathtaking photos and detailed maps of every region, there’s in-depth analysis of wind, wave and weather conditions throughout the year to highlight the best times to visit. The Guide also offers real-world travel information with essential tips on what to expect in each region and handy hints for a successful trip. Last but not least there are contact details for local shops, shapers, schools and kit hire as well as accommodation, restaurants, rental cars and other insider knowledge.
Featured continental chapters: Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean, East Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands, North America, Central America & Caribbean, and South America.
The efforts behind this 320-page work were enormous: like the EUROPE GUIDE, all information was collated first-hand from hundreds of experienced locals. Added to which over 50 pro riders, world champions and windsports legends contributed their knowledge and experience. The ‘Wall of Fame’ is adorned with names like Antoine Albeau, Kristin Boese, Pete Cabrinha, Björn Dunkerbeck, Aaron Hadlow, Robby Naish, Ruben Lenten, Ben Wilson and many, many more – a real who’s who of the global kite and windsurfing scene. And finally the archives of the world’s hundred leading photographers had to be scoured – out of 20,000 action and scenic shots, the best 700 pictures were selected for the book.
“Sometimes, this project was more difficult than battling out through huge surf in storm-force winds,” admits Udo Hölker, editor of the WORLD GUIDE. “But it was worth the effort, the whole planet’s fantastic kite and windsurfing conditions now lie before us like an open book – quite literally. Sure, you can get on the water in areas we haven’t covered, but even if you took three trips a year these WORLD GUIDE regions would last you 30 years!”
THE WORLD KITE AND WINDSURFING GUIDE – a stoked publication!