Waterman Survival Course with Joe Knight

Waterman Survival Course with Joe Knight

I just finished the Waterman course with “One Ocean International’s” Joe Knight. It was an awesome course and I learned so much, thanks to Joe and his Team.

Being in the water my whole life as a Surfer, Kitesurfer, Windsurfer, SUPer, Freediver and mainly as an Ocean Photographer I experienced some tricky situations in bigger surf in the past. Thinking being bullet-proof and finding out I’m not, this course is exactly made for people like me.

The program gives especially surfers and surf photographers a deep inside knowledge about breathing technics and training methods how to survive the next nasty sets of waves much easier.

Breathing technics under high pressure, meditation, rescue, deep dives, stretching, simulating big wipe outs, efficient duck-diving were just some highlights of the 3 day course. Also a lot of knowledge behind the whole human psychology in regards of breathing we took home for our future water time.

I loved Joe’s course and I can only recommend to do a course with him and his team at one stage if you are serious about your waterman activities.

To find out more go to www.ooneoceaninternational.org

HERE some Photos, just check it out!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015

Now the Christmas Holiday Season has started and the year 2014 is almost over.

I thank you all who has been part of my year and the incredible journeys I did.

Thanks guys and I hope to see you all again in the NEW Year 2015 for some amazing adventures together.

Take care! Stay safe and Dream on!

This is what it is all about,


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Stephan ; ))


And here my little Xmas present for you, something I just found on the net. Probably the most incredible Surf Doko I have ever seen. Incredible dangerous, Incredible fascinating, Incredible awesome! These guys are the modern Gladiators, riding the nature, riding the giant dragons, doesn’t matter what.

Enjoy and click HERE for the Video Clip!!! And thanks guys for putting it up on YouTube to show it to the world!

New Publication: FREEDOM Kitesurfing Magazine

New Publication: FREEDOM Kitesurfing Magazine

Some of my shots appeared in the new

FREEDOM Kitesurfing Magazine.

Shooting Elliot Drury and Ryland Blakeney this year.

Awesome guys!

And great to see Keahi De Aboitiz back after his injury!!! : ))


New Publication – Kitesoul Magazine Italy

New Publication – Kitesoul Magazine Italy

Made it into the Italian

Kitesoul Magazine

with Cabrinha Rider: Alberto Rondina

KITE Magazine Germany 6/2014

KITE Magazine Germany 6/2014

Made another Cover Shot ; ))

This time with Cabrinha Team Rider Alberto Rondina for the KITE Magazine Germany

Sumatra Indonesia Surf Trip 2014

Sumatra Indonesia Surf Trip 2014

Just got back from an amazing surf photography trip from the Telo Islands,

quite remote location in Sumatra/ Indonesia.

It took me 4 plane rides, several car and bus rides, plus 2 boat trips including an overnight boat journey on an old Indonesian fishing trawler to get to the island. Same way back, left last Monday and made it back into Byron Bay yesterday on Friday.

But it was worth the travel. Check out the photos and I think you will know what I mean.

Thanks to my great friend Craig Shales to get me on this adventure

and also thanks to Craig’s good friends: David, Peter, Simon and Grant for this awesome surf safari trip!



Walking Shots from Byron Bay

Walking Shots from Byron Bay

October 2014 – Here some Walking Shots and Impressions from the Byron Bay Surf Festival


Here the ALBUM



B&W Series by Stephan Kleinlein

As beautiful and inspiring the different ocean colour shades can be, Black & White has its own powerful vision.



New Publications in 2014

New Publications in 2014

This month a few new magazines , books and web pages came out or have been updated with some of my images.

I m super stoked that some of the images got published and even made the front cover.

Check it out HERE

Super Moon in Byron Bay Australia – September 2014

Super Moon in Byron Bay Australia – September 2014

Here a few shots I took while I was riding around my new bike with my backpack and my camera in it.  All of the sudden the moon popped-up in a perfect position. Didn’t have my best camera gear with me (hard on a bike!), but still, got some nice shots. Enjoy!!! ; ))



Kiteboarding: Where it’s at…

Kiteboarding: Where it’s at…

Just guess who took the Cover Shot Photo of Keahi de Aboitiz?

Yep, you are right!!! ; ))

I m proud of being part of this great book with my photography.

Kiteboarding - Where it's at...


Over the past fifteen years, the extreme sport of kiteboarding has developed from an unlikely concept into a worldwide phenomenon. Kiteboarding: Where it s at… tracks these changes and looks at the various tangents that the sport has taken.

With stunning photography, each part reviews one of the four main disciplines within the sport: Freestyle, Waveriding, Wakestyle and Course Racing. Within each part is a background to the discipline, the kit, profiles of prime locations, key events and some of the riders and brands who have come to define the sport.

With over 200 shots from the best photographers in the game, and comprehensive access to all of the main players within the sport, author Alex Hapgood has ensured that Kiteboarding: Where it s at… is the most comprehensive and visually stunning representation of the sport to date.

‘An excellent overview of our sport with great imagery. Essential reading.
Aaron Hadlow

‘A beautiful and comprehensive look at kiting. Drawn from a broad collection of the sport s best shooters, this book is full of great images of a strikingly visual and technically challenging sport.’
John Bilderback

Kiteboarding: Where it s at… is a great representation of our sport. It s awesome to have a book like this that shows the roots of the sport and what it has become today. Stunning photography and a real achievement.’
Keahi de Aboitiz


I am stoked to report that the book is now available for pre-order from Amazon.
Then the release dates are as follows:
UK – 9th October
Australia – 1st November
US – 27th January
To guarantee a copy from the first run pre-ordering is probably a good idea… And you can of course order from the UK site and have it shipped anywhere in the world on the 9th October.


Back Home – Sunset Shot at The Pass in Byron Bay Australia

Back Home – Sunset Shot at The Pass in Byron Bay Australia

Finally back home after 3 month shooting overseas. Here my first little photo session at the home beach last evening. Enjoy!!! ; )) 


Ozone REO 2015

Ozone REO 2015

Awesome clip, awesome kites!

I m proud of being part of this REO video clip!

Thanks Torrin for the great editing and thanks Rob for those amazing kites!

Stephan : ))

Here the video clip!

Michelle’ & Scotty – Wedding on Mauritius June 2014

Michelle’ & Scotty – Wedding on Mauritius June 2014

I m not sure what is going on, but this is the 3rd wedding this year for me where I am taking photos of. Before this year I have been to ONE real wedding in my life only and now this. I m still not a wedding photographer, but I hope you enjoy the photos:

Michelle’s & Scotty’s beautiful wedding on the charming island of Mauritius

Kite-Foil-Board Photography – Session Mauritius 2014

Kite-Foil-Board Photography – Session Mauritius 2014

Here something different for most of you. Foil-Boards, another way to enjoy flying over the big oceans without touching the water really (When you know what you are doing).



Mauritius 2014 PART2

Mauritius 2014 PART2

All good times have to end unfortunately, but here a few more photos from the Mauritius 2014 Photo-shoot.

Now I m on my way to Old Good Germany. Might see you there  ; ))

Enjoy the MAURITIUS PART2 Album

Back in Mauritius PART1

Back in Mauritius PART1

Now it is the 5th year that I am photo shooting in Mauritius. Here a small collection of what has been happening this year. Check it out and enjoy the photos.
Stephan ; ))

PART1 Photo Album Mauritius 2014

Water People – Mauritius 2013

Water People – Mauritius 2013

Here a little teaser what’s coming up on the island for the next 2 month again. Enjoy “Water People Mauritius 2013 by Stephan Kleinlein

The watch the clip click on the file: “Water People – Mauritius 2013”



Ozone Kites – www.flyozone.com

Cabrinha – www.cabrinhakites.com

Neil Pryde – www.npsurf.com

Imagine Surf – www.imaginesurf.com

JP Australia – jp-australia.com

North Kiteboarding – www.northkiteboarding.com

Kitethrills – www.kitethrills.com


Dementia, Rregula, Disphonia – https://www.facebook.com/disphonia/app_231205486997506

for their Doom Loop

Mefjus Remix

Record Label:

Citrus Recordings – https://www.facebook.com/CitrusRecs



Keahi de Aboitiz, Mike Walker

Dave Kalama, Andy Yates

Torrin Bright, Rob Whittall

Michel Blinkhorn, Lisa Hickman

Oswald Smith, Jake Bendle

Airton Cozzolino, …

All the Kitethrills Mauritius 2013 Riders

All our Mauritius Island Friends



Oceanbluesky Production







Gema’s & Dom’s Wedding

Gema’s & Dom’s Wedding

It seems to be a fashion thing right now. All my friends are getting married in the moment. What is going on? ; ))

Anyway, here a few new shots from the latest wedding photo shoot of mine. Just click on the

“ARTI” Folder.

Check it out and enjoy!


All the best and an “amazing” future to my beautiful friend Gema and her great partner in crime Dom.


SKY-SWING Balloon Pendulum Project (Adventure Planet Ep#1)

SKY-SWING Balloon Pendulum Project (Adventure Planet Ep#1)

Different!!! Check it out!

Thanks to my skydiving friend Gulliver Page I had the opportunity to be part of the film crew in this crazy concept ; ))

The Concept … to span 300ft of rope between two hot air balloons in the sky and perform a pendulum swing was hatched over coffee one morning after a balloon jump as we dreamed of the potentials …. over a year later after detailed planning and research amid setbacks for weather and schedule changes The Adventure Planet team have achieved their goal

“Balloon Pendulum Sky-Swing” was a success.

Thomas and Chris used their years of experience flying together to position the two balloons as one with extraordinary precision
With both balloons set in position and the rope spanned between them Gulliver was free to go and play on the big swing …. YEEEWWwwwwwwwwwww !!!!

DJ Rullbiza

Gulliver Page

Edited By
Peter Mether

Balloon Pilots (Byron Bay Ballooning)
Thomas Dattler
Chris Dewhirst

Air to Air Communications
Stu Gough
Darko Tuskan

Aerial Camera Flyers
Stephan Kleinlein
Mr Danny Helmy
CJ Sanders
Jindy Debney

Stunt Riggers
Gulliver Page
Glen “Kiwi” Docherty
Darko Tuskan
Leroy Page

Alex Kuzlecki


And here is the link to the VIDEO CLIP:

SKY-SWING Balloon Pendulum Project