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Patagonia Announces Plant-Based Wetsuit

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Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of core outdoor, surf, and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories, and Yulex Corporation, a clean technology company developing agricultural-based biomaterials for medical, consumer, industrial, and bioenergy products, announced today the introduction of a guayule-based wetsuit, a renewable biorubber that is the first alternative to traditional fossil-based Neoprene.

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Lord of the Wind Showdown Slated for January 10-15, 2013

The 2013 Lord of the Wind Showdown is off and running, Jan 10 through Jan 15 in Los Barriles Mexico. With the consistent north winds blowing and the warm water, this is the perfect destination for one of the sport’s top competitions.

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VIDEO: Chaos in Brazil with Alberto Rondina

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Alby Rondina steps up his game on a recent trip to Brazil.

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Lewis Crathern joins BEST Kiteboarding

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BEST Kiteboarding continues their streak of adding new team riders with wild man Lewis Crathern.

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VIDEO: Wainman Hawaii Rabbit Gang 2.0 White Edition

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Wainman Hawaii has released the Rabbit Gang 2.0 White Edition kites and has released this video starring Lou Wainman and Niccolo Porcella riding in Maui to announce the new kites.

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VIDEO: LEGO Man Goes Kitesurfing

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Another rainy day as winter approaches in the UK finds a LEGO man kiter and the kite launcher making the most of the left-hand towel reef break that was barreling in the corner of my room.

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Kite Racing Shut Out of 2016 Olympics

The Annual General Meeting of the International Sailing Federation approved the decision to keep windsurfing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 51.3% of the votes, reverting the initial option for kiteboarding.

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VIDEO: Maui Kicks feat. Andre Phillip and Jason Stone

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Andre Phillip and Jason Stone put on their shoes and go kiteboarding in Maui.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

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Wainman Hawaii strives to provide the highest quality gear so riders can maximize their fun and stoke in each session. They do not feel the need to release new gear every year for the sake of saying they have something new and shiny to check out but instead release products when they are 100% confident that they are ready for market.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

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Underwave was introduced to the US market in 2012 and is back with a refreshed line of softgood products for 2013. Some of the Underwave harnesses feature the unique Vacust technology, which allows you to create a true custom fit with your harness.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Switch

Photo Chuck Harlan

Now in its second year in the market, Switch Kites is entering its first phase of next-generation gear and has added two new kites to its line.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

Photo Lance Koudele

For 2013, Slingshot further streamlined its product line up. Slingshot’s kite surfboard line will see the biggest changes with the introduction of EPX construction and Fluid X technology.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Shinn

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After growing up in the UK, Mark Shinn moved to the Canary Islands to pursue a windsurfing career. He discovered kiteboarding in 1999 and quickly rose to the top, competing on the circuit until 2005 when he refocused his efforts to start his own board company.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

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For 2013 RRD is offering a number of refinements on it's extensive kiteboarding product line. In a unique move, RRD is offering two versions of the popular Vision kite.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: ProMotion

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Based in the Gorge for 28 years, ProMotion Wetsuits was founded by waterman Dana Love. A surfer at heart, Dana got into windsports to extend his time on the water.

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