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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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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Litewave Designs

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Litewave Designs

As one of kiteboarding’s first board companies, Litewave Designs has been passionate about the sport since 1998. Owner and designer Dave Turner is excited to introduce three entirely new board shapes to his 2013 line up.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Liquid Force

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Liquid Force

For 2013 Liquid Force is offering refined versions of the popular Envy and the NRG and is also bringing back the HIFI in the form of the HIFI X. The twin tip line has also been refreshed and all of the boards are lighter for 2013.

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2013 Buyer’s Guide: JN Kites

2013 Buyer’s Guide: 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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: 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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Gaastra

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: F-One

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Flexifoil

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Firewire

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: Epic Kites

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

2013 Buyer’s Guide: CrazyFly

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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