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VIDEO: Mallory de la Villemarqué in France

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Mallory de la Villemarqué hits one of his favorite freestyle spots, L'Almanarre in the south of France during Fall 2011.

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Erin Swain: Planet of the Apes

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After my day of light wind and a lesson with Kite Club Hatteras, I was able to go on a downwinder known as Planet of the Apes. I started at MP 46 and was going to the Kitty Hawk Kites location in Waves.

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VIDEO: Wind or No Wind 2012

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Well, we finally released the much anticipated “WindOrNoWind” video (sorry about the delay!). Please check it out on the Facebook event page and make sure to click “Like”.

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Just Another Day in California

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How's the weather in your home town? Summer's over, and for many people that means the end of sunny days spent on the water. Not so out here in California.

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Best Kiteboarding 2012 Catalog Now Online

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The complete 2012 line-up from BEST is finally ready. We've been putting together loads of new video content, rider and staff interviews, tech pieces, and everything else you could possibly want to know about this years line-up.

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VIDEO: Wainman Hawaii in the DR

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It has been a windy and amazing summer in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. The Wainman Hawaii DR team (Kelvin Corniel, Luciano Gonzales and Aryen Gonzales), along with Canadian team rider (Simon Gill) put together some action! Enjoy the video!

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VIDEO: Best Kiteboarding in the Snow

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Sam, Jake and Oli take to the hills for a month long road trip that takes them to some of the best winter kiting spots that the US has to offer.

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VIDEO: Mulcoy in the Pacific Northwest

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Mulcoy surfing and kitesurfing on his BWS/STRETCH pro model in the Pacific Northwest.

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Weendy: A New Way to Catch the Wind

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How often have you loaded up your gear and set out for a great day on the water, only to find out that the weather forecast was wrong? You end up chasing the wind, driving around to different beaches, only to find out later that your mates found an awesome place to ride. “The forecasts didn’t predict it,” they say, “but there was a steady breeze and we rode for two straight hours!”

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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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