KiteWing: Flying on Ice


Right alongside foiling SUP boards, kite foiling and flying boats comes this cool video from former TotalBoat Intern and super video maker, Annie Tuthill. Annie loves to fly on ice with her Kitewing sail which can be used with skis, as she does, or with skates, rollerblades or even snowboards. Watch this video and then picture yourself flying with a Kitewing over snowbanks, frozen lakes or even with a skateboard! (although not condoned apparently by Kitewing…) I mean who doesn’t want to harness the power of the wind to go faster on land, hard water or even pavement?  Continue reading

Video of the Week: Building a Kiteboard – Part 2

In the first video of this series on how to build your own kiteboard we learned about how to make the foam core center that is the guts of the board. Part 2 takes us to the cutting and shaping phase where a clever homemade tool helps outline the camber of the board with total accuracy. Even if you never want to build a kiteboard, this video series will show you how to construct something with carbon or fiberglass, with some simple tricks for getting the job done.

Make sure you watch the first video here and then follow up with part 2 in this post. And parts 3 and 4 should be following behind soon!


Video of the Week: Building a Kiteboard – Part 1

This week’s video takes us to the TotalBoat Workshop where the project of the week is building a kiteboard. This simple tutorial takes you through the first stage of gluing Divinycell foam core pieces together with the TotalBoat Epoxy System and gives a run down on how to properly vacuum bag the pieces.

Follow along as Dan takes us through his process and suggests different ways to determine your rocker, the shape and size of your board and how to lay up the different layers of the building process. There are lots of ways to get this project accomplished – but we think this simple method works well and is easy to accomplish in a short time.





Kite Kid Fin FUN!

TotalBoat buddy and super sailor/ kiter/ father extraordinaire, Brock Callen knows the ocean. He is an Ambassador for 11th Hour Racing whose mission is “to positively influence the sailing industry and promote marine stewardship by connecting with inspiring leaders in sailing. Ambassadors are top-athletes, forward-thinking stewards of the environment, and passionate about the health of our oceans. They serve as on the ground resources that listen, learn, share knowledge, and offer their expertise to inspire the next generation of sailors.”

Brock lives on Martha’s Vineyard where he spends much of his time with his family and on the water.He has his own blog which focuses on his ocean antics like traveling to sail or kite in warmer climes in the cold winters and finding fast and furious boats or boards to use for setting records (he kited from MV to Block Island last fall – and from Antigua to St. Maarten this winter) or just for going as fast as possible. The kite missions were to benefit Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean, another one of Brock’s marine partners in the fight to clean up our oceans.

We caught up with Brock when he was sniffing around for some more TotalBoat Thixo. Brock is a huge fan of Thixo and travels with some in his travel kit for use wherever he goes, as it has so many useful applications on or near the water. I asked Brock what and where in the world he was up to. Here’s his reply:

BC: I am in Qingdao China for the Extreme Sailing Series.  ( Then next week I travel right from China to St. Thomas to put the TP52 on a ship to come back north to Newport. Hopefully I will make it back to Newport in time for the Volvo Ocean Race and to participate with 11th Hour Racing in the Interactive Education Zone. ( Of course between all of this I will need to spend some time at home and also rigging the Swan 601 for the season and of course testing some Hydrofoils with Delta Hydrofoils. So there you have it – that’s my life this time of year. It requires plenty of espresso but I am really thankful for the life I get to live. It’s a huge amount of fun.

Sounds pretty fun to us! Thanks to Brock for his time and when we lure him into the TotalBoat Shop we will post pics of his cool projects that we hope he brings along. Or at least check out some foiling kites… and maybe go for a tandem ride with him!