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Leo the next world champion

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Created by Gazuki 4 months ago, 29 Jul 2018
Gazuki
WA, 803 posts
29 Jul 2018 8:16AM
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To clarify this is not a troll thread but a legit question.

Is Leo Australias best wave kiter right now?

Is he the best in the world right now?

I was just watching the below videos and blown away by his talent. Having said that no one will give him credit cuz he can be a tool. But all seriousness is he the best right now?
I know Airton and friends are doing the same/ better technical stuff, and there a heap of guys charging solid waves but Leo is the only guy who is the whole package bar Keahi. He charges solid waves, get sick barrels and still do the flicky technical stuff.

But more than likely because of his attitude he will probably never have the chance to prove this and therefore are we as a sport not seeing the best because we judge the sport on appearance and attitude rather than what a guy can do in the water.

Just thought I would through the question out there.

(oh and Leoloro, 2pac, zebra.... please don't reply and start an argument on judges etc, let just listen to the public)

kemp90
QLD, 1628 posts
29 Jul 2018 2:20PM
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If I owned/ managed a kite brand, I wouldn't want anything to do with him!

Gazuki
WA, 803 posts
29 Jul 2018 2:58PM
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Aggreed but what I'm asking though, besides his attitude, is he the best in Aus right now? Has anyone else got any footage of someone doing better?

MDSXR6T
WA, 938 posts
29 Jul 2018 3:30PM
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kemp90 said..
If I owned/ managed a kite brand, I wouldn't want anything to do with him!



Why not? 99% of team riders are generally unknowns and i'm assuming bring very little ROI to the brands yet here we are talking about Leo's kiting. Again and again.

Anyone running a serious kite event should be paying Leo to attend, he continues to get people talking when the majority of kite events are very low key.

Name 2 current Australian tennis players??
Those 2 are always getting fined for being loud and controversial but they are selling seats and probably not so bad in real life.

shi thouse
WA, 708 posts
29 Jul 2018 4:33PM
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No chance....this is Australia's greatest Leo


pezza
WA, 145 posts
29 Jul 2018 5:54PM
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Most of his videos are of him doing freestyle tricks on a surfboard in small waves What category of world championships does that fall into?

Gilly3
QLD, 702 posts
29 Jul 2018 8:36PM
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I remember seeing him compete in the first Kitejam 2012 on the Goldy,
he was doing back 720 strapless airs from memory....

He came third, I don't recall seeing anyone else doing similar tricks....

he just needs to gain a bit of confidence and self belief

BTW, it was me that launched ur kite for u Leo....

De nada

cauncy
WA, 6532 posts
29 Jul 2018 9:56PM
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Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that

cauncy
WA, 6532 posts
29 Jul 2018 10:00PM
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Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that, 2008 from memory
years ahead

hamburglar
ACT, 2173 posts
30 Jul 2018 5:03AM
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That beats flickity ,spinny , crap ballroom dancing poo anyday ................ makes him look amateurish when compared with Mitu.

danw
WA, 161 posts
30 Jul 2018 4:12AM
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I always thought it was a bit silly to look at a lifestyle sport like kitesurfing or skateboarding as a competitive sport and title a "best", as if you can win in the way federor beats nadal.

So, is it impressive? yeah! It's great to see people push the limits. Does it matter? Much rather share the stoke and good times at the beach. You can have both, but I'd be lying if I haven't seen the occasional diva at the beach.

Anyone who's done competitive sport knows how important practice, controlled conditions ect... are for getting good at a sport. The cost is, on the way to improving their skills you get divas at your local (won't wait in the line up like others, short tacks, no patience with beginners sharing the public space) so they can't land their silly little trick. All of this at the price of your ordinary joe just getting out after a days work to have a laugh or two with some mate.

Is he the best? don't care... is it impressive? Yeah! Hopefully he's a decent guy at his local too.

Sorry bit of an off topic rant...

Colinwilton
57 posts
30 Jul 2018 5:00AM
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www.instagram.com/p/BlfrNEfBtIa/



Hi im Colin Wilton i have MS and Leo is my full time personal career
He works full time for me
Leo didnt grow up in the beach and he only started kite at 31 years old not like this guys that you talking about they started very young and have all the suport they need to get to this level
I cant belive he can get to this level been a Amature working full time and still can keep with the best in the world AMAZING
Just keep kiteboarding and having fun like you do
Your time will come
Dont worry about this Haters they all your old sponsors
That is a video of Leo last year in Indo strapless Cauncy
Def no the best in the world but a outstanding rider
Deep Barrels and smashing the lip just ripping

Good on you Leo



www.instagram.com/p/BlfrNEfBtIa/

Colinwilton
57 posts
30 Jul 2018 5:11AM
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Leo surfing no Kite video

www.instagram.com/p/BgPlVDqBF3O/

He doesnt surf he bodyboard
Btw Leo is been Deleted again











Richoa
NSW, 445 posts
30 Jul 2018 11:18AM
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cauncy said..

Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that, 2008 from memory
years ahead


Hang on, this dude is riding strapped. Sure he is good but as to aerial not the same category in my books

Gazuki
WA, 803 posts
30 Jul 2018 10:18AM
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Richoa said..


cauncy said..

Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that, 2008 from memory
years ahead




Hang on, this dude is riding strapped. Sure he is good but as to aerial not the same category in my books



Yeah, I didn't see him getting any barrels either, just overpowered floats.

Compare that video Mick and then the first Instagram video posted of Leo and they are leagues apart.

From a surfer point of view, Leo is position correctly, deep in the pocket and maintains a very vertical attack of the lip, landing out on the flats. Great from a surfing point of view but even harder with a kite dragging you out of position. Credit where credit is due.

vendeavours
VIC, 315 posts
30 Jul 2018 12:48PM
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Gazuki said..

Richoa said..



cauncy said..

Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that, 2008 from memory
years ahead





Hang on, this dude is riding strapped. Sure he is good but as to aerial not the same category in my books




Yeah, I didn't see him getting any barrels either, just overpowered floats.

Compare that video Mick and then the first Instagram video posted of Leo and they are leagues apart.

From a surfer point of view, Leo is position correctly, deep in the pocket and maintains a very vertical attack of the lip, landing out on the flats. Great from a surfing point of view but even harder with a kite dragging you out of position. Credit where credit is due.

WHAT the vid of mitu was back in 2008 I have seen him and others rip at One Eye and have also kited with Leo at Indo and he is good too can he beat them yes maybe if they have a bad heat and he has good one But it is also up to Wave gods

Richoa
NSW, 445 posts
30 Jul 2018 1:09PM
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vendeavours said..

Gazuki said..


Richoa said..




cauncy said..

Imho this is what I'd like to see, no doubt Leo is talented but we don't see him or James storm, airton, etc ripping it up like that, 2008 from memory
years ahead






Hang on, this dude is riding strapped. Sure he is good but as to aerial not the same category in my books





Yeah, I didn't see him getting any barrels either, just overpowered floats.

Compare that video Mick and then the first Instagram video posted of Leo and they are leagues apart.

From a surfer point of view, Leo is position correctly, deep in the pocket and maintains a very vertical attack of the lip, landing out on the flats. Great from a surfing point of view but even harder with a kite dragging you out of position. Credit where credit is due.


WHAT the vid of mitu was back in 2008 I have seen him and others rip at One Eye and have also kited with Leo at Indo and he is good too can he beat them yes maybe if they have a bad heat and he has good one But it is also up to Wave gods


WHAT, ALL I can say is that video was put as depicting better wave kiting. That video to me showed a strapped rider riding a wall of a wave.

If he is a better kiter the video used wasn't the right one to use. All I am saying

eppo
WA, 6704 posts
30 Jul 2018 3:22PM
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Global interconnected world. If companies saw a return on investment they'd be using him.

its not like he's goes all quiet and un noticed on the net.

Colinwilton
57 posts
31 Jul 2018 5:07AM
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If James is doing well and winning heats and big air
Can wait to see what Leo can do...
Defetelly Amazing Rider and who know him know he is a Great persson
Politcs Australian kite Industry is the Problem they want free advertise and him to ride for nothing
But nothing is free

eppo
WA, 6704 posts
31 Jul 2018 7:27AM
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Wow this passion does attract some right numbnuts. Everything political dumbass but I would suspect that's not the reason. Just have a swipe at the whole Australian kite industry why don't you!

Sounds as dumb and as naive as Leo ...

hang on a minute ....

Richoa
NSW, 445 posts
31 Jul 2018 9:34AM
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eppo said..

hang on a minute ....


Does have a certain writing style to it!

Colinwilton
57 posts
31 Jul 2018 8:22AM
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sorry like i sad i have MS and i cant move my arms so i have to get some one to right for me
Go Leo HATERS WILL HATE

theDoctor
NSW, 4445 posts
31 Jul 2018 10:53AM
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So.....
Leo is writing for Colin
About how amazing Colin thinks Leo is..?

Colinwilton
57 posts
31 Jul 2018 9:25AM
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theDoctor said..

So.....
Leo is writing for Colin
About how amazing Colin thinks Leo is..?


no Brother my name is Douglas what is your real name ?????or just another fake profile created by racist clowns

theDoctor
NSW, 4445 posts
31 Jul 2018 11:42AM
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Colinwilton said..


www.instagram.com/p/BlfrNEfBtIa/



Hi im Colin Wilton i have MS and Leo is my full time personal career....




Wow
So Douglas is it...?
Or Colin..?
Or Leo......
My guess is Leo, considering you've made Leo your full time career
Can you please "brother", explain to me how/why I'm racist..?
Or is that just an automatic defense that dumb cants with ethnicity use to divert attention from the fact they are a dumb cant

JKimbler
313 posts
31 Jul 2018 10:05AM
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Yes...this s**t is going off the rails. Finally something interesting to read on Seabreeze again.

theDoctor
NSW, 4445 posts
31 Jul 2018 12:37PM
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I know
Alex Sanz must be rolling is his bio diesel gladiator re runs

Gazuki
WA, 803 posts
31 Jul 2018 11:36AM
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My work here is done. Bahahaha!!

cauncy
WA, 6532 posts
31 Jul 2018 11:49AM
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All I did was post a video with a bloke riding in straps

Sauce
WA, 163 posts
31 Jul 2018 1:38PM
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Laurie needs to let NOBS back in... we need his input into these discussions.

vendeavours
VIC, 315 posts
31 Jul 2018 4:05PM
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cauncy said..
All I did was post a video with a bloke riding in straps


Cauncy all good I remember back 2007\2008 a vid of Mitchu unstrape doing strapless freestyle tricks and on waves which was pretty sick back then when kites were not as good now



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