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VIDEO: Antigua and Barbuda from Zenith Ocean Voyages

This is the T3 video from Zenith Ocean Films. Come and join the expedition and get your own kite movie, all included in the package, from Zenith Ocean Voyages.

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Erin Swain: Powder Days!

Erin Swain: Powder Days!

As I approach the pass (now driving with my hazards on at about 25 mph), I start thinking this is insane…what am I thinking?? I took this sport up as a ‘fair weather’ kiter, and this is a scary white-out…

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Best 2011 Taboo (17m) Analyze This Kite Review

While we tested both the 8m and 12m Taboo last issue, each size of the Taboo is designed differently. The 17m Taboo is a completely different kite than the previous Taboos tested. Compared to the smaller Taboos, the 17 is a very high aspect kite and has a unique center strut.

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Litewave 2011 Wing Analyze This Board Review

We tested the big boy of the 2011 Litewave Wings, the 161. This is a light wind specific board and it stands out when compared to other twin tips. The board features wide tips, a reverse sidecut outline, and a very deep tip to tip single concave. There are two fins on the heel edge and two near the tips of the board close to the centerline. This board has more rocker than last year’s model and is fairly flexible.

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Hannah Whiteley Joins Wainman Hawaii

"It's awesome to start the new year being part of the Wainman Hawaii team! I have always looked up to Lou Wainman so now I feel very privileged to be riding his kit. The kites are great for freestyle! They feel so stable and smooth in the sky and the power is always there for unhooked tricks. I ride the Joke and Blunt boards which have really great pop and are very forgiving when landing hard. I'm stoked with it."

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2011 PKRA Schedule Announced

The much-anticipated 2011 PKRA World Tour Schedule is finally out. The busy calendar promises to be an exiting professional kiteboarding season visiting 5 continents, with 9 freestyle events, 6 wave events and 6 racing events. The event pages will be updated periodically with updates and new information. Make sure to the check the event status field of each event before making any plans or buying airline tickets.

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RRD 2011 Obsession Analyze This Kite Review

The 2011 RRD Obsession looks similar to last year’s model, but there are a few obvious differences. The trailing edge is now all Dacron and the graphics are actually made of fabric sewn onto the kite as opposed to being screened on, a feature that RRD claims adds more rigidity to the canopy.

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Erin Swain: Waiting for Wind

Erin Swain: Waiting for Wind

I promised myself when I learned to kiteboard in the water that I was not going to go out in light winds. Unfortunately, in the mountains, there are no exact wind meters and websites to check that will allow you to know what the wind is doing. Maybe there is somekind of wind dance to perform that would bring perfect winds???

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VIDEO: Shawn Richman in La Ventana

Shawn Richman riding new RRD Vision 12m and Poison Contest 40 in light wind conditions right after winning La Ventana Classic BigAir-OldSkool competition.

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Kiteboarding for Cancer Announces Survivorship Camps

If you are a cancer survivor and looking for the adventure and thrill of a lifetime, these camps are for you. And if you know of a survivor 18-40, forward this on to them! It is important to know that surfing, standup paddling, and kiteboarding are water-intense action sports with frequent impact on the water. Safety is our top priority. A sense of adventure but good common sense is required.

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VIDEO: Palapas Ventana Baja Hot Dog Tour

Anna Stevens of Palapas Ventana leads a rag tag crew around the hot dog stands of El Sargento and La Ventana, Baja, Mexico. This video starts at Baja hot dog intensity level one and ramps it up to level five by the end. Estas listo por la crema?

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VIDEO: 2011 La Ventana Classic Highlight Reel

Highlights from La Ventana Classic 2011 event. SUP, kite and windsurfing channel crossing race, expo, parties, and so on.

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2011 La Ventana Classic Final Results

Thanks to everyone for putting on the best La Ventana Classic Ever!! Together we removed 10.5 tons of trash from our town and raised $18,487 USD for our community and schools - and the number keeps going up as we continue to receive donations!

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VIDEO: Baja Joe and Neil Hutchinson Skydive in Baja to Kick off the 2011 La Ventana Classic

To kick start the 2011 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo, Neil Hutchinson and the legendary Baja Joe jumped out of an airplane 10,000 feet above the event site.

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La Ventana Update for 1/23/2011: The Last Day! More Racing, SUP Downwinder, and Demos

All good things come to an end, and so ends the 2011 La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo. Today the wind was lighter than the last two days, but the course racing was able to be finished and riders were able to continue demoing the latest gear here on the beach.

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