On the Fly: IKSurf Magazine interview Tom Lolies
IKSurf magazine published an interview with Airwave's Tom Lolies in issue 89. They talked about Tom's love for flying, and how he ditched his XBox for a sewing machine at the age of 14, and then designed his first paragliders and kites. ("they did not fly so well, haha!"). His passion has continued to grow, and he is now an aerospace engineering graduate of ISAE-Supaero in Toulouse, France.
Read the interview
The Koala is Airwave's first kite. Tom told IKSurf, "We wanted to make a versatile kite for all terrains that would perform well with a twin tip or a foil. I developed it in sizes 8m and 5m first. The goal was to be able to come up with a foil kite capable of dealing with the roughest conditions, where you normally only see LEI riders. I developed and tested the Koala in the strong, turbulent and off-shore Tramontane winds in the south of France, which is rather unusual for a foil kite normally first optimised for light winds."
You can read the article, and the rest of International Kitesurf Magazine, for free at the link below.