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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 5: Racing in the Fog

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Foggy weather welcomed the racers to this fifth day in St Peter Ording. Rolf Van Der Vlugt (NED, Airush) commented that he could barely see the buoys on the water while racing, “I had to really focus in order to maintain balance on my board instead of looking for the buoys!”

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VIDEO: Jon Modica and Reo Stevens on Strapless on Maui

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Jon Modica and Reo Stevens ride strapless on Maui during a quick stop over.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 4: Trials and More Racing

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The fourth day in St Peter Ording began with clouds and rain resulting in an action-free morning for the PKRA. Towards midday the clouds began to clear and the wind picked up leaving us with a beautiful sunny beach to begin the first race of the day (Race 7). As the spot was perfectly flat a three buoy course was set with a starting line far out to sea.

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Cynthia ‘Cynbad’ Brown Joins FireWire

Cynthia 'Cynbad' Brown, a longtime kiteboarder and strapless rider has joined Firewire. She has been kitboarding since when kites had two lines, no chicken loops, no safety release, and it truly was an extreme sport. She is passionate about all aspects of kiting, whether it be freestyle, big air, racing, or surfing.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 3: More Light Wind Racing

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Day three provided very light winds for us here in St Peter Ording, Germany. The focus of the day was on course racing. The race set up was adapted due to these conditions and the decision was made to start the day with a long course in a square box.

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June 2011

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*SPECIAL: 2011 TKB Instructional Guide *INTERVIEW: Liquid Force Designer Julien Fillion *Launch: Help the Coast Guard Help Kiters

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PROFILED: Maika Monroe Buckley

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At just 17 years old, Maika Buckley has decided to finish her senior year of high school online so she can move to Cabarete to train. Maika said, “I love Cabarete. All of my friends do not understand how I could leave high school my senior year and go live in a third world country. I think how could I not?”

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 2: Light Wind Racing

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The forty five male and six female course riders were welcomed to St Peter Ording today by beautiful sunshine and flat water. The first race of the day started in light wind conditions, the competitors raced with kites up to 18 meters and extended lines.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 1: Freestyle Trials

The PKRA riders where very impressed by the conditions in St Peter Ording, Germany today. They hope that it will stay this way the entire week as we enjoyed perfect sunshine and strong winds, with conditions starting from 9-12 knots this morning and improving to 16-18 knots toward the middle of the trials.

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VIDEO: The Sherman Island Kiteboarding Experience

Sherman Island is not just a kiteboarding spot, but is home to a very strong and passionate kiteboarding community. It has a unique history and is not a spot where all kiteboarders can ride as the launch sites are small, crowded, and full of obstacles.

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Skunked but Stoked in the Land of Left Point Breaks

The author kiting in the reserve and loving it. Photo Jorge Ibanez

I chose Peru for this holiday in October as my partner on the trip, Holt Alden, an aspiring kiter, was a surfer who is as stoked getting tubed now as he was 30 years ago as a teenager. I am goofy foot so the thought of experiencing the endless left point breaks that I have heard so much about had me excited to try out my recently conquered strapless board riding skills.

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VIDEO: 2012 Best GP C-Kite: Back to the Future

The GP C-kite from Best will take you back to the future, back to when all that mattered was raw performance and nailing every new trick you tried. The GP is team rider designed, tuned, and tested and delivers an unbeatable combination of pop, responsive steering, and amazing unhooked feel.

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VIDEO: 2011 PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters Wrap Up

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Video wrap up of the 2011 PKRA Tenerife Kite Masters in El Medano, Tenerife.

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TKB Review: Spex Amphibian Eyeware

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My first impression after opening the box was that they looked kind of goofy as they look like a combination of sunglasses and goggles. Once I adjusted the headband to fit my extra large head I was blown away with the colors of the water. The Spex I tested came with polarized gray (smoke) lenses. The frame fit my face nicely and was very comfortable, but they might be too big for smaller faces and children.

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Erin Swain: Kite Point Perfection

I dove the kite and was instantly lit. I raced across the water out into the sound trying my best to keep my form, but I don’t think I had ever been this powered up. It was scary and fun at the same time. I had some tacks upwind, but since I was traveling so fast, when I sat down to turn I would instantly lose ground (note to self: Must work on transition turns as soon as I can stay upwind).

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