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Hatteras After Irene: A Community Rebuilds and Rediscovers Its Passion for Kiteboarding

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The slender islands of the Outer Banks in North Carolina are no stranger to tropical storms; so, despite a mandatory hurricane evacuation declared for all visitors and residents of Dare County, many locals decided to stay.

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Guinness Long Distance Kiteboarding Record Broken?

On Saturday 11/12/2011, kiter Rimas Kinka unofficially broken the Guinness Book of World Records Longest Distance Kitesurfed within a 24 hour period, a record currently held by American Phil Midler.

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Erin Swain: Lessons for Self-Sufficient Riders?

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With a new 9M Epic Renegade and a borrowed Aggression kiteboard, I was curious to see what a lesson could do for my progress. I headed down to Avon to meet up with a Bulgarian and his girlfriend. They run a kite school and I had met them up at Jockeys Ridge a couple weeks prior to this meeting.

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New Music Video from Trusted Waters featuring Julien Fillion

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Many of you may recognize Julien Fillion's name as the designer for Liquid Force, but he's also a talented musician who heads Trusted Waters, a Montreal-based band.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE:Underwave

Photo Giles Calvet

Soft launched in North America in mid-2011, the full collection of Underwave apparel and water wear will be available at your local dealer in 2012. Underwave’s North American distributor Nicolas Ostermann explains why his distribution company is bringing the brand to the US market and highlights some of the key products he is most excited about.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Switch Kites

Photo Jeff Pfeffer

Having just launched in June of 2011, Switch is a new kite manufacturer that only sells kites directly to consumers. We talked to James Overington about Switch’s product line (including the upcoming Element kite) and about how they differ from other kiteboarding companies.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: Slingshot Kiteboarding

Photo Lance Koudele

For 2012, Slingshot is continuing the Fuel, RPM, Rally, and Turbine kites and also introducing a replacement for the Key HD, the Z. Slingshot’s board department also has some exciting things happening this year as they are now producing their twin tips locally in the Columbia River Gorge. Also, Slingshot is offering some of their surfboard in two constructions, a strapped and strapless version.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: RRD Kiteboarding

Photo Nic Bothma

The 2012 RRD Kitesurfing line is more extensive than ever before. Roberto Ricci and the RRD team in Italy have developed unique products for specific riding styles and conditions. The 2012 RRD kite line up offers six kite models, 10 different twin tip kiteboards, seven different kite specific surfboards in 24 sizes, and two IKA registered course racing boards. RRD is confident that it has the right product for every level and type of rider out there.

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VIDEO: Best: Ride with Sam Medysky

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Ride along with Best Kiteboarding Global Team Rider Sam Medysky. Help him find his finger.

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VIDEO: Granny Dee Part 2: Granny Goes Big

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This is part 2 of the GRANNIE DEE GOES BIG series, a story about a Grandmother and her grandson trying to go kiting, but having a hard time getting to the beach.

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VIDEO: Don’t mess with GRANNY DEE

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This video is about GRANNY DEE showing her granddaughter some self defense moves. Don't mess with Granny Dee. She'll mess you up. Straight to the cajones.

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VIDEO: Julien Fillion Athlete/Designer Interview

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Check out this interview with Liquid Force's Designer, Team Rider, Musician, Canadian, and all around renaissance man Julien Fillion.

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2012 Buyer’s Guide: Promotion Wetsuits

Photo Doug Bixel

Dedicated to windsports for the past 30 years, ProMotion Wetsuits was founded by waterman Dana Love. In 1984, Dana moved his company to the Gorge which he said has proven to be an unbeatable location to design and test wetsuits with temperatures ranging from below freezing in the winter to above 100° in the summer.

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2012 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone Kiteboarding

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Ozone released their first 2012 kite, the surf-specific REO, in June and is now releasing updated versions of the rest of their kite line. Among the kites returning for 2012 is the race-winning Edge. Ozone is also continuing to produce depowerable foil kites for snowkiting and now offers an Ultralight version of the Frenzy that weighs 30% less and packs up smaller. Steve Barrett from Ozone Kites USA answered our questions about the 2012 Ozone line.

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2012 BUYER’S GUIDE: North Kiteboarding

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For 2012 North is offering an extensive line of five kites, eight twin tips, five surfboards, and three specialty boards. Highlights for 2012 include new Adaptive Wingtips on the kites (except the Vegas), a track system on the twin tips, and new surfboard construction. North’s Dan Schwarz filled us in on the changes on the 2012 North line.

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