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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Wainman Hawaii

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Underwave

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Switch

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Slingshot

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Shinn

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: RRD

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: ProMotion

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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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

The Prolimit lineup of harnesses, wetsuits, and travel bags has been freshly updated for 2013. New for this year is the C4, a kiteboarding-specific wetsuit.

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ISAF Conference: Kites and Windsurfer deal brokered?

The second day of the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, was marked by a compromise on the vexed issue of Kiteboarding versus Windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Ozone

For 2013, Ozone’s Catalyst and Zephyr kites have been completely redesigned while the rest of the line received smaller modifications.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

2013 Buyer’s Guide: NP Surf

NP is a brand new line of technical softgood products from Neil Pryde. Besides a stand-out line of wetsuits, harnesses, and SUP paddles, NP has also release the S1 spreader bar, the first aluminum spreader bar designed for kiteboarding.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: North Kiteboarding

2013 Buyer’s Guide: North Kiteboarding

The biggest changes to North’s lineup for 2013 relate to their control bar, Vegas kite, and Jamie Pro board. New products include the Pro Series, a surfboard shape with the most rocker and outline of all directional boards in North’s lineup, and the Spike Textreme, a new carbon light wind board.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Nobile

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Nobile

Most of the changes to Nobile’s 2013 line represent refinements that improve upon construction and performance. Additionally, Nobile switched kite production to Sri Lanka, which they say has afforded them higher levels of quality control.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Mystic

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Mystic

The popular line of Mystic harnesses has received a complete update for 2013 with the introduction of new models and a line of crossover harnesses that can be used for both kiteboarding and windsurfing.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Loyd Surfboards

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Loyd Surfboards

A surfer since the age of 4, California native Gabe Loyd caught the kitesurfing bug in 2004 and never looked back. Learning early on that surfboards work but often don’t stand up to the rigors of kitesurfing, he started shaping his own kite-specific boards.

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