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2013 Buyer’s Guide: JN Kites

Photo courtesy JN Kites

JN Kites was founded by Bernhard Jochum and Michael Nester. Both had industry experience at Cabrinha and North before breaking off to start their own company in 2003. Based out of Merano, Spain, JN kites are now available in North America.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: ION

Photo courtesy ION

ION features eight different wetsuits and 18 different harnesses to fit any budget, body type, and fit preference. Along with other accessories such as hoodies and booties, ION has got you covered from head to toe for all weather conditions any time of the year.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Gaastra

Photo Tim Hendrics

Gaastra is now available in North America, thanks to former pro windsurfer Brian Caserio. The company has an extensive product line, but for 2013 only two kites, the Jekyll and Hatch, will be available to the American market.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

Photo Giles Calvet

F-One is releasing the sixth edition of the Bandit, the original Delta kite, and is sticking with the concept of one model of kite to fit most riders. The Bandit now comes with a unique bar that has been machined from solid aluminum.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Flexifoil

Photo Richard Boudia

Flexifoil has many changes in store for 2013 including the introduction of the new Force and Shiva kites as well as completly new designs for their control bar, Hadlow Pro kite, and Hadlow Freestyle MK2 board. Designing products is a team effort at Flexifoil.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Firewire

Photo Chuck Harlan

For 2013, Firewire has reverted back to their original product offering which includes reinforced strap inserts and fins, but no straps and pads. With the broad cross section of straps and pads available and the growing legion of kiters who ride without any straps, they’d prefer to allow you the decision of which pad, strap, or neither is right for you.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Kites

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In anticipation of Olympic kiteboarding and the growth of kite racing, Epic is releasing the Racer kite as part of their 4G line of products. The Renegade and Screamer 4G models are still being tested and tweaked and a next generation Xtend bar is expected to be released in January of 2013.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: CrazyFly

Photo Michal Bukovcak

For the 2013 model year CrazyFly has made significant changes to their Sculp kite while the Slash and MooWii remain relatively unchanged. The Sick Bar also received a major upgrade and there were some changes to the extensive CrazyFly board range.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Cabrinha

Photo Jason Wolcott

The Cabrinha line has received a major update for the 2013 model year, especially in the board department. The twin tip line has been completely redesigned and Cabrinha has also brought their production in-house.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Best Kiteboarding

Photo Carlos Moncho

Best kiteboarding has made a lot of changes for 2013 with one of the largest being the use of their new Double Core RS canopy fabric on all their kites. According to Best this fabric stretches less and is more durable than other canopy materials. Best has also updated their twin tip line and is introducing a brand new line of directional boards.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Axis

Photo Elyse Gaynor

Adrian Roper is now entering another phase in his life and career with the launch of his new company, Axis Kiteboarding. He is eager to share his new designs with riders and get feedback on his new shapes.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Airush

Photo Ydwer.com

For 2013 Airush has simplified their range of kites and boards, making it easier for riders to find the products best suited to them. The popular Lithium kite is back for 2013 as is the Sector directional board, which is now available in three sizes as well as a one-design version for club-level racing.

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Youri Zoon Joins BEST Kiteboarding

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As the 2012 competition season draws to a close BEST is proud to announce that they have secured the services of the current Men's World Champion Youri Zoon for 2013. Team Manager Lia Feriancek commented, "The Global Team at BEST just keeps getting bigger and better."

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Kiteboarding Glacier National Park

The back drop of Glacier NP just upwind. Photo Katie Literski

Glacier National Park is best known for its spectacular views, abundant wild life, and superb hiking. It also happens to be a great place to kiteboard.

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VIDEO: Alex Pastor in Warm Water

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We had a break from competitions and I spent a good amount of time training in Brazil. Very different weather from my last video that was shot last winter in Tarifa.

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