THE PERFECT WAVE

WOOD AND WATER - GO TOGETHER.
APPRENTICE CARPENTERS BUILD VENEER KITEBOARDS.
THEY'RE REALLY FAST, SAYS THE PROFESSIONAL. AND LOOK GREAT, WE ADD.






Learning and having fun at the same time: Craftsmanship meets trend sport
Rapid trips across the water - plenty of action and fun – are the characteristics of the new trend sport, kiteboarding. Standing on a board, the kiteboarder is pulled across the water by a kite. Although the origins of kiteboarding reach back to the early 19th century, kiteboarding has only developed into a sport for the masses over the past ten years. There are already more than 500,000 kiteboarders worldwide.




Kiteboards can also be used without kits, on wakeboard facilities. Instead of a kite, the kiteboarder is pulled across the water by a cable winch. The wakeboard facilities frequently also have jumps, where expert boarders can perform breathtaking, acrobatic jumps or even looping.

Some kiteboarders are not only passionate water surfers but are also keen DIY enthusiasts and make their own boards. Self-built kiteboards are frequently made of very thin layers of wood (veneers). If several types of veneer are combined, for example, light and dark-coloured veneers, boards can be created with a unique look. It's not that easy to build your own first board. But with professional support and working in a group, building a kiteboard becomes a real experience.









INTERVIEW WITH ACHIM ALLRICH,
HEAD OF THE "KITEBOARD PROJECT" WORKSHOP


Interview




DESIGNER
Achim Allrich

Kiteboards: Veneer glued on Poplar plywood, individually airbrushed and varnished.

A project of the Cologne Chamber of Crafts for enthusiastic water-sportspersons who are apprentice carpenters in the Chamber District of Cologne.

www.projekt-kiteboard.de
Since 2008, Achim Allrich, training manager at the Chamber of Crafts in Cologne, has offered a "Kiteboard Project" with which young trainee craftspersons are given the opportunity to design and produce their own kiteboard. Allrich founded the workshop not only because of his passion for the material veneer but also his equal passion for building kiteboards.

Each course is followed by the practical test. All the participants meet at a wakeboard facility near Cologne to water surf with their kiteboards.