« People » by Ozone: Torrin Bright, Product Manager and test rider

Torrin Bright, Ozone’s product manager and test rider, joined the brand as a 19-year-old in 2009. A competitive kitesurfer in course-board racing and freestyle, the New Zealander began as a kite tester working with Ozone founders, Matt Taggart and Rob Whittall. Through several roles, he worked his way up to product manager about five years ago. Based in Tauranga, New Zealand, he is responsible for all Ozone’s expanding line, ranging from kites and twin-tip boards to a new range of hydrofoils.

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« PEOPLE » BY OZONE: TIBO DOS SANTOS, FOIL AND BOARD DESIGNER

Tibo Dos Santos, Ozone’s foil and twin-tip designer, joined the company in early 2017. He lives and works in New Zealand, where he designed Ozone’s first twin-tip boards in his garage in Tauranga. When Ozone asked him to build a kitefoil and board, he upgraded the workshop.

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« People » by Ozone: Dom Zimmermann, head of design

Dom Zimmermann has just been elevated to Ozone’s head of design. After years working side-by-side with Ozone co-founder and legendary design chief, Rob Whittall, Zimmermann has assumed the mantle and now has the onerous responsibility for all the kites and wings in the ever-expanding range. The 41-year-old German splits his time between Switzerland and Mauritius, where consistent breezes, the big waves of Manawa and One Eye, and turquoise butter-flat lagoons provide ideal conditions to develop and fine-tune Ozone’s new offerings. The Indian Ocean island also affords Zimmermann the opportunity to switch-off by indulging his passion for nature. Its roads and hills make a perfect training ground for the endurance cycling races in which he loves to compete in Europe.

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« People » by Ozone: Axel Mazella, 3x Kite Foil World Series Champion, 3X European Champion and Ozone product tester

French kitefoil racer and Ozone team rider Axel Mazella just had a stellar 2021 season, winning the KiteFoil World Series and the Formula Kite European title, both for the third time. The 24-year-old was also just pipped into second place for the coveted Formula Kite World Championship crown by French team-mate Théo de Ramecourt. On […]

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« People » by Ozone: Simon Burner, tester and assistant designer

Simon Burner, 19, is Ozone’s newest team member. The Austrian-Swedish teenager joined Ozone in early 2021 as a tester and assistant designer in the kite and wing division. A kiter since his earliest days, he has family ties to the brand and the industry. Barcelona-based Burner is an accomplished kitefoil racer and wingfoiler of note, which make him ideally-placed to learn the ropes and forge new boundaries in the business.

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Outer banks: The Bay

Powerful currents, thousand-mile swells, sharky waters, notoriously thick sea fog, and one of the busiest shipping inlets in the world… Wing foiling in San Francisco Bay is not for the faint-hearted. But for a brave few, it’s a goldmine of endless opportunity, as champion kitesurfer Johnny Heineken can testify… Until recently, foiling for me was […]

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Wing Foiling Utopia

Punta Luna Surf Lodge – Northern Peru 7-17 September 2021 Who’s up for a spontaneous wave kiting dream trip away from it all? (was the header of Marc’s email and news post in August..) After having canceled two years worth of epic trips and much seeked wave clinic coachings – we’ve had enough… we’re going […]

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Wasp V2… Out Now

The fresh and exciting way of being driven by the elements, it’s a whole load of fun across a wide range of disciplines! Perfect for anything that rolls, slides, planes or glides. Following on from the very successful WASP V1, the second-generation design has been extensively reworked offering even more power, control and comfort. It’s […]

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