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DESIGNER’S CORNER: 2011 Slingshot Rally

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Slingshot’s 2011 LEI kite product line maintains is roots in the C-shape DNA. Each one of their kites has evolved from the original C-shape kite and then has been refined to meet the needs of various conditions and riding styles. Kite designers Amery Bernhart and Tony Logosz shed some light on their newest creation, the Rally, an open delta C-kite.

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Close Up: Jannicke Stav

We normally focus on North American riders for our profiles, but I met Jannicke at a recent KB4Girls clinic hosted by Kiteopia at Sherman Island in Northern California. At just 29 years old, this native Norweigan’s vibrant spirit and passion for kiteboarding so inspired me that I felt compelled to share her story with others in hopes of motivating you to pursue your own dreams, share the stoke of kiteboarding, and explore the world.

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Wainman Hawaii U.S. Snowkite Tour

New for the 2011 winter snowkite season, Wainman Hawaii will be travelling to the best snowkiting terrain and events in the nation. Hosted by team rider Matt Thames, Wainman Hawaii, & SnowkiteOregon.com will be promoting the durability and performance of ...

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Kiteboarding Featured in New Discovery TV Show Catchin’ Air

Coming up in early January, you will be able to watch a new show centered around kiteboarding on the Discovery HD Theater Channel. Starring Andy Hurdman and Sean Reyngoudt, Catchin' Air goes to kiteboarding locations around the country.

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F-One Adds Light Wind Demo/Clinic to La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo Schedule, Updates

Be sure to check out the light wind possibilities of F-One’s new Source kite at the upcoming La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo. If the forecast is less than 15 mph, just look for the F-One truck downwind of Baja Joe’s ...

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Tobago Cays: Jewel of the Grenadines

Photo courtesy Zenith Ocean Voyages

Accessible only by boat, The Tobago Cays consists of five small uninhabited islands surrounded by the infamous Horseshoe Reef. Abundant with beautiful coral formations, tropical fish, and sea turtles, the area offers off-the-hook kiteboarding in crystal clear blue-green waters surrounded by white sandy beaches.

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1st Annual Baja Xmas Downwinder Sleigh Ride

Meet at The Hot Springs Palapas at 130 pm Thursday Dec 23rd Dress in a Xmas costume (Santa, elf, reindeer, snowman, or get creative) Do a downwinder all together on your decorated  kite, windsurfer, SUP, Hobie Cat, inner tube, canoe, ...

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DESIGNER’S CORNER: F-One Bandit 4 and Bamboo Surfboards

Several new sizes were added to F-One's 2011 surf program. Photo Gilles Calvet

For 2011, the Bandit 4 (B4) has changed considerably with a new shape and bar. For F-One’s 2011 surf program, several new sizes were added and the boards now all feature a double concave bottom. Founder Raphael Salles helps explain what we can expect from the new B4 and F-one’s 2011 surf line.

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Close Up: Sean Mertens

Growing up with windsports-addicted parents, free (and sometimes mandatory) rides to the beach whenever it was windy didn’t give Sean much of a choice. It was either learn to kite or be bored to tears.

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Best Now Offering Up To 50% Off

Best are offering up to 50% any purchase of Best kiteboarding gear from any Best retailer or online direct from BestKiteboarding.com

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La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo January 17-23: Early Clinics and Schedule

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Get ready for our island crossing 12 mile kite race, course racing, freestyle contest, Paddle Royale - SUP races including a 12 mile island crossing challenge, biggest KiteXpo ever with tons of gear to test, food, bands, parties every night, and fun—all in the name of raising money for the local schools in La Ventana!

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Final World Rankings for 2010

After the last events of the season, the final rankings for 2010 in all disciplines have been published. The overall world cup winners are: Andy Yates / Gisela Pulido (Freestyle), Bruno Sroka / Steph Bridge (Course Racing) and Guilly Brandao / Gisela Pulido (Wave Riding).

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INDUSTRY PROFILE: Bruce Johnson

I met my good buddy and business partner Nico at a local kite spot and we found out through Arnaud of Kitemasters that F-One was looking for a new distributor for the US market.

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How Far Do You Push Wear?

Peter Schiebel likes to push wear to the limits. Photo Brendan Richards

This being the one part of kite equipment that requires periodic maintenance, the condition of a rider’s main depower line can give you hints about the personality of the kiter.

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Good Morning Sir Richard Branson

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A look at the life of Sir Richard Branson, kiteboarder.

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