by Kathryn Clarke-Mcleod
SMACK – The Ben Wilson Wave Riding Instructional DVD
Run time: 50 minutes plus bonus material
SMACK is the ideal addition to any kiting dvd collection. In just 50 minutes it covers everything you need to know about waveriding, from catching your first wave, to advanced moves such as aerials and tailslides. Although educational, the dvd steers far away from being a bland instructional. Music by iAlone provides the soundtrack for a kaleidoscope of sensational surf imagery that will have you aching to get on the water.
The energy of the visuals is balanced well with Wilson’s straightforward explanations in each section. It’s like having him in your living room, his tone is conversational, and the instructions are completely accessible with everything being explained with a wide range of abilities in mind.
Some essential sections covered include Gear, Safety, elements, hooked or unhooked, Catching your first wave, and tips for when it all goes wrong.
Wilson also addresses the four main wind directions for wave riding, onshore, sideonshore, sideshore, and side offshore, as well as the three main types of break – reef break, point break, and beach break, so the DVD has value no matter where you do most of your kiting.
Basic moves are explained, and for those looking to take their riding from fair to phenomenal, the advanced moves section covers some 13 new ones to add to your arsenal. For the brave who aspire to greater things, the ‘waves of consequence’ section gives vital info on safety and technique. Other useful sections include, fitness, packing tips, and boat launching.
The dvd is a visual feast rich with all the good stuff, advice, music, and great cinematography. However, this is one feast that has serious kiting nutritional value, adding much needed bulk to anyone’s repertoire.
SMACK is available from all major kiting stores, for more information visit www.benwilsonsurf.com.