Bas Koole was born in De Noordoostpolder, Flevoland, The Netherlands. In the beginning of 2003 he started kiteboarding, before that he was an active rollerblader. Besides rollerblading Bas spent some time windsurfing and platform diving, but found the ultimate combination of wind, water and body movement in freestyle kiteboarding and is expressing his own style ever since.
The focus of Bas has changed over the passed years. After becoming Dutch freestyle champion is 2010, he achieved his competition goal and started aiming for active media coverage. He discovered that he could be more valuable for his sponsors by appearing regularly on covers and delivery high quality photo and video content.
Together with two good friends, Leonard Rose (head judge Kitesurf Tour Europe) and Bram Bast (professional kiteboarder), Bas found the Focus Factory. After years of experience with learning new tricks, they realized there is a market for intensive support and video-analysis for young, talented, action sports athlete and everyone who want to push their limits.
Airush Razor 11m
45cm bar / 20m lines / big chickenloop
Airush Livewire 142×42
“I prefer my kite super stable and stays in one place, this is why I slow my kites down on the bar by moving the steering lines to the smallest setting. I move the steering line pig tails of the 7 to the slowest position and with the 9 one step inwards. My front line set up is on the wake style setting (blue pig tails). By adjusting the knots under the floater and above the depower strap you prevent stretch. This is my ideal set up of the Razor and gives in my eyes the most pop and response.”
How to Learn Kiteboarding:
Before you are going to buy your equipment, take a kite lesson. A kite lesson is very important, during this class you will learn the basic steps. A kite has so much power, so take a lesson before you start practicing on your own. Take a look at the website from the kite school Sky High.