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La Ventana Update for 1/19/2011: Main Event Starts Tomorrow!

The wind was light again today in La Ventana, but the crowd of kiteboarders here continues to grow in anticipation for the La Ventana Classic and Kite Expo, which gets underway tomorrow. The event will begin with Neil Hutchinson and the legendary Baja Joe skydiving into the event from 10,000 feet above La Ventana. Bets have been placed on where they will land. Be on the beach before 11 am to see where they end up.

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F-One Launches New Site for the Bandit 4

F-One just released a new and really cool website dedicated entirely to the Bandit 4.

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La Ventana Update for 1/18/2011: 30 Girls on an Island, a Movie Premier, and Hot Dogs

Today the wind was light in La Ventana, but the day was still full of activities. This morning started off when around 30 women loaded into three boats and headed of to Isla Cerralvo, about 11 miles offshore of La Ventana for a Women's Clinic organized by Marie Leclair and Laura Mayer. While the wind never filled in out on the island, a good time was had by all and the clinic was finished off with happy hour margaritas at Baja Joe's back in La Ventana.

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Airtime Now Offering Replacement Bladders for Best Kites

AIRTIME kite will now be providing assembled bladders of original bladder material for 2009-2011 Best kites.  Specs and original valves have been provided by Best.  All bladders are manufactured in the US and distributed by AIRTIME kite.  Bladders available online ...

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La Ventana Classic 2011 Big Air/Old School Rules for Competitors

Here they are, go big or don't even bother showing up.

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La Ventana Update for 1/17/2011: Another Windy Day!

While today wasn't quite as windy as the last few, today was another good day for kiteboarding in La Ventana. This small town in the Baja desert is quickly filling to capacity with kiteboarders and kiteboarding industry people. La Ventana has to be one of the few places in the word where kiteboarders can be walking down a remote dirt road and run in to other kiters they know.

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SPOT LANDING SKYDIVE STUNT TO KICK OFF ANNUAL LA VENTANA CLASSIC AND KITEXPO

At 11 am on Thursday, January 20, a kiteboarding first will happen when emcee Neil Hutchinson and the legendary Baja Joe kick off the annual La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo by skydiving into the event. The jump will be charity fundraiser that helps out the local schools and community. Bets will be taken where you guess how close to the pink hula hoop either Neil or Joe will land.

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La Ventana Update for 1/15/2011: Burning Bush, More Wind, Clinic Schedule Announced

Today we had another perfect day of kiting here in La Ventana, with the TKB test team being able to get out for another full day on the water. After a morning planning meeting with Tim Hatler of Palapas Ventana, we were able to test 9m kites from North and Caution and a Litewave board. The wind was still blowing late into the day, so we shot a few photos with Wainman HI team rider Spencer Lujan until the wind lightened up.

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Erin Swain: The Real Deal on Women’s Snowkiting

I was shocked the first time I pulled the kite into the power zone and it just lifted me and my board so gently, sending me gliding across soft snow. It was surprisingly easy! I would say a hundred times easier than being in the water. The wind was only blowing 10-12mph so it was real mellow and that gave me the confidence to glide a decent way before ungracefully crashing the kite and attempting to switch directions.

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Get Ready to Rumble: La Ventana Caution Fight Night 1-22

If you are going to be in La Ventana for the upcoming event, make sure you show up for the Caution Fight Night, Saturday, January 22 on the beach. To say it's going to be entertaining would be an understatement.

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Ben Wilson Surf Welcomes Josh Mulcoy to Team

BWS today announced the signing of world-renowned surfer/kitesurfer – Josh Mulcoy. Mulcoy joins the BWS global athlete program alongside Ryland Blakeney and Ben Wilson. The partnership will include the production of a pro model board designed by Josh’s longtime sponsor and legendary surfboard shaper William "Stretch" Riedel.

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MAUI’S RIGHT TO KITE ENDANGERED

Maui's north shore is without question one of the world's ultimate wind sports playgrounds. The faithful trade winds and offshore reef breaks combine to create sensational conditions that foster epic moments and memories. However, some of the kiters who live on Maui and many of the kiters visiting are not aware that having an airport in the middle of our playground is a huge problem.

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VIDEO: Adriana Harlan Kitesurfing Profile

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Check out this video profile of Adriana Harlan.

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February 2011

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*TRAVEL: Banana Hammocks and Caipirinhas in Brazil *BACKWOODS: A up close look at St. Martin *On the Road and On the Loose with Hadlow and Lenten

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La Ventana Classic and KiteXpo January 17-23, 2011: Final Schedule of Events!

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