Taiwan KOTA Qualifier

Lewis Crathern qualifies for KOTA finals in South Africa

After an unseasonal Typhoon dented the wind at the weekend, the wind returned on Monday with a vengeance to bring about a superb finish to the inaugural KOTA Taiwan qualifier.

Two of LiP Sunglasses team riders found themselves battling it out in the final – Lewis Crathern (UK) and ‘Yo’ Narapichit Pudla (Thailand) – together with Christian Tio from the Philippines. With winds ranging from 26-35, the local crowd were treated to some classic big air manoeuvres and a strongly contested final.

We hope that this KOTA qualifier has helped to put Taiwan on the map for kiteboarding and future events of this kind.

Congratulations to Lewis for achieving his wild card to South Africa. And big thanks to all the crew at KTA, Tony at SPOT and Libby at Super Duper for their huge efforts to pull this event off at short notice.

 

Yo battles it out with Lewis

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Staying Attached to your Watershades

Take extra precautions in overhead surf conditions

The autumn has definitely arrived in Europe with strong winds and big sea conditions. With gnarly conditions set to continue for much of October, some of the best days of the year are still ahead of us.

Recently, LiP were in Saunton on the UK North Devon coast to experience some great kitesurfing conditions. The wind was clean, the swell was huge, but it was the wipe-outs that were the most memorable.

After several epic wipeouts in overhead conditions, we wanted to bring attention to some essential tips for wearing your watershades when the surf conditions get big.

 

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The Case for Non-Polarized Watersports Lenses

For our new FLO watershades, we have added the option of non-polarized lenses.

We are aware that there are some riders out there that are looking for non-polarized lenses for watersports, especially for those foiling or riding waves.

We’ve been out on the water in a variety of weather and surf conditions, and it’s been an interesting exercise.  Our research is clear. There are some conditions where polarization can be detrimental to performance. However, there is often a trade-off with comfort as without polarization, glare can lead to eye fatigue.

Sam Medysky sunset session

Sam Medysky sunset session in Cape Town

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Cornish Pasty anyone?

We are pleased to announce Lee Harvey as a LiP brand ambassador. Lee is a well known figure in the UK kitesurfing scene. He has been the British Kitewave champion for 6 straight years. With over 20 years experience coaching and instructing watersports in freeride, foil, racing and wave-riding on the beautiful Cornwall coastline, he is a great ambassador for kitesurfing and of course Cornish Pasties. Welcome to the LiP family Lee 🤙

You can read Lee’s team profile here

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A Long Island windsurfer’s perspective on the Typhoon

We asked the Peconic Puffin windsurfing blog to put the Typhoon through its paces in the cold and squally conditions off Long Island, NY in May 2019. How did they perform? Did the lenses fog up?  How did they cope with horizontal sheets of rain? What about withstanding epic wipe-outs?

Click the image below for the full review of how they got along with the Typhoon.

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Welcome Jaka Komočar

We are stoked to welcome a rising star from Slovenia to the LiP family!

Check out Jaka’s team profile here.

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LiP Typhoon and Impact Protection

When it comes to foiling, most of us are aware of the dangers posed by the presence of razor-sharp wings and mast and the consequent potential for injury in a wipeout. There are very good reasons for learning to foil away from the crowds and always wearing a helmet and an impact vest.

But when taking safety matters into account for foiling, have you considered eye protection? Not just for protecting your eyes against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but also for impact protection? Failing to do so, or worse still, making a poor choice, could cost you dearly.

We recently learned about the case of Alex Taskov who lives in Australia. Alex has been kiteboarding for over 20 years and recently started kite foiling. He came close to suffering a catastrophic eye injury, but he is convinced his Typhoons protected him. We contacted him to ask about his experience. Here Alex tells his story…

Alex Taskov’s story

 

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The Typhoon is evolving

**WIN A 5 YEAR SUPPLY OF LIP SUNGLASSES**

We’ve been working hard to deliver functional and stylish watersports eyewear for 5 years now. Since the launch of the Typhoon in 2013, we have introduced the Surge model, and later this year, we are releasing our third watershade, the ‘FLO’.

We are currently in the process of phasing out the Typhoon ‘UP’ model. This is the Asian fit version of our popular Typhoon (CLX) model. In 2017, the Typhoon CLX (Classic fit) was redesigned to create a unified shape that fits people from all corners of the world.

We have also brought in many other subtle changes and refinements to the Typhoon since 2013, including improving the comfort & durability of the TPU rubber parts, leash mechanism and improvements in lens technology.

As we grow on the global stage, we have decided that it is time to re-name the Typhoon to reflect its ongoing evolution and it’s global appeal. And we would like to offer our valued customers and followers a role in the re-naming exercise along with a chance to win a 5 year free supply of LiP sunnies!

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New ZEISS ‘Rose Gold’ lenses for the Typhoon

We’re stoked to add two new Typhoon models – available today in our webshop. The Typhoon adds another string to its bow with the launch of ‘Rose Gold’ Polyamide (nylon) lenses by ZEISS.

We’ve added the new Rose Gold lenses to our popular Transparent Grey frame and have also today launched an entirely new frame color – Matt Graphite with Pink Rubber, pictured below.

 

Zeiss Polyamide Lens Technology

Zeiss’s nylon lenses are lighter and have a higher “Abbe” value than polycarbonate lenses. The purity of the lens material means that it is very close to mineral glass lenses for transparency and clear vision. Nylon is also slightly harder than polycarbonate, so durability is enhanced even without the premium hard (anti-scratch) coating.

Our Rose Gold lenses offer the same 100% UV protection as you come to expect from ZEISS, and of course, the Typhoon incorporates oleohphobic and hydrophobic lenses as standard. The transmittance rate is 14%, sitting right in the middle of lenses Category 3.

Attaching the Watershades leash system

Here’s a short video to guide you on the correct way to attach the leash and necklace to your Surge or Typhoon watershades. There are 2 stages to setting it up. We recommend that you first attach the leash to the silicone necklace and then attach the leash to the frame.

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