Happy New year! I just got my hands on two new MANERA suits from the 2017 line. They are sick! I’m based in Santa Cruz, Ca and the water temp has been around 54 degrees. That is cold for around here, but i have been able to surf comfortably early in the morning or late […]
As you most likely know, F-One has been investing quite heavily with its Next Generation program, helping nurture talented young riders to train and understand what it takes to be a champ. Last year they went to Tarifa in Spain for a full week of intense training with pro coaching. Some former member are now a part of the Pro Team (Nicolas Delmas). Here is the current roster. Every year, F-One is on the lookout for the Next Generation phenom. In 2017, the Next Generation Team is going to be stronger than ever !!
As you can see on the foil overview below, F-One is now offering a massive range for 2017 with many possibilities to cover it all KITE, SUP, WIND and now also SURF and WAKE. We won’t be able to stock everything and will be able to get monthly production on the most popular hydrofoils, such as those KITE sets that are currently in stock – Other hydrofoils have separate elements and will only be produced based on pre-orders with 2 months lead-time. Contact your favorite dealer for first 2017 production with ETA in APRIL.
Hybrid 90/800 & 90/600 → KITE
Carbon 95/600 → KITE
Carbon 95/510 → KITE
Carbon 105/540 → KITE
F-One was voted best board manufacturer of 2016 by iKsurfmag reader. Yay ! Thanks to all the F-One fans out there. You can check out all the results here. F-One was also voted #4 in the best Brand and #6 in the best Kite category. Manera was voted #4 in the best Accessories category.
Julien Salles is the MANERA brand manager and is featured in the latest issue of The Kiteboarder Magazine. MANERA has gained a lot of follower in the last couple years with top notch and innovative product, very much in the vein of F-One products. This story is a great way to dive into the world of Manera…
Sitting across from me as I cruise down Highway 1 is a hulking Mitu Monteiro filling out the bucket seat of my full size truck. My job today is part journalist/photographer, part tour guide and part unexpected concierge. I had planned on scoring an early session at Waddell, but Mitu had requested we stop off at a tackle shop outside of San Francisco’s city limits. Mitu talks in creoled-out broken English with a laid-back island style. English is just one of Mitu’s six languages, self-taught from years of running a destination kite school on his home island in Cabo Verde.
As we pull into the tackle shop, I glance at my dash clock and we’re already late, but Mitu has a relaxed sense of time, and it reminds me to stop hawkishly checking the iKitesurf numbers on my phone and chill myself out. We duck into the cavernous tackle shop, and Mitu becomes a young boy loose in a candy store. He schools me on shiny lures, vibrantly colored rubber squids, carbon rods and complicated windy reels. There’s pure passion in his words, which makes me think fishing sits somewhere even with kitesurfing in Mitu’s soul. His affinity for fishing feels like a great litmus test of a true waterman — Mitu is not just another shallow surf rat — he is perhaps more a vestige of a childhood surrounded by water and waves in a much simpler place.
Back in the truck and safely pointed down the coast, I probe Mitu for his life story. He tells me of a modest single parent upbringing and the early years of learning to surf, windsurf and kite, challenged not by a lack of talent but the ability to get his hands on equipment. I want to know about his kite school, his wife and his son and how he’s made a life out of kiteboarding. I’m often jaded by the impression that success in kitesurfing is hard to come by, but Mitu is both heavily traveled and speaks with the voice of someone whose found a simple and rewarding balance in the athleticism and commerce of kitesurfing.
Longtime F-One Pro Team rider Charlotte Consorti heads to Kenya thinking she might get to do a bit of kiting and see a bunch of animals. Sadly due to the amazing kite conditions she spent the entire trip shredding and only saw a couple of donkeys!