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TKB Review: Heated Wetsuits Thermalution

Designed to keep you warm while you are on/under the water for 1.5 to 3 hours, the product consists of a traditional short sleeve lycra modified to accommodate Thermalution’s waterproof battery system with non-metallic Heating Wire Technology and temperature controller.

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VIDEO: Court and Hadlow in the DR

Here is a short teaser cut from the Dominican Republic. Shot halfway through 2011 between the Triple-S contest and the Ro-Sham Throw down in Hood River.

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VIDEO: PKRA Germany 2011 Course Racing Wrap Up – St. Peter Ording

Wrap up video of the course racing in St. Peter Ording for the 2011 PKRA in Germany.

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Kitesurfing China: Report from the Binhai Weifang China International Kitesurfing Tournament

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The Binhai Weifang China 3rd International Kitesurfing Tournament was held in China’s Shandong province on Saturday. News from China is sometimes hard to come by, firsthand news on Chinese Kitesurfing takes some serious travel time, kooky crunchy food, and an immense amount of brain power used on translation.

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6 Tips to Make Your Kite Last Longer

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With over 10 years in the kite repair business, we at FixMyKite.com have seen it all. We’re often asked about what can be done to prolong the life of kites. With this in mind we’ve made a quick list below to help you keep your kite in your hands and not in ours!

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 9: Finals: Zoon and Pulido are World Champions for 2011

By winning this event and the fifth one in a row, Youri Zoon takes home his first world champion title! Youri commented “I couldn’t be happier, it’s hard to believe, I’ve been fighting for so long now, I had my knee injuries that have held me back for a while but now, finally I got it! Super stoked!” The same thing happened in the girls with Gisela Pulido (ESP, Airush) taking her fourth PKRA World Title.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 8: Zoon and Pulido Win Singles

After a week of sun and light wind conditions, today the typical German weather returned to St. Peter Ording beach. Along with the cloud and rain came a steady twenty knots of wind in which we watched the best PKRA kiteboarders compete on the North Sea.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 7: Wind, Sun, and a Storm

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St. Peter Ording saw a massive crowd gather to enjoy the best freestyle kiteboarding action today with epic conditions: wind, flat water, and sunshine. After finishing the few heats that were left of the trials, the PKRA organized the Junior championships and moved on to the Freestyle single elimination.

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INTERVIEW: Design by Julien Fillion

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Your first impression of Julien Fillion might be that he’s a quiet guy. He always has a thoughtful look on his face, like he’s trying to work out some problem in his head. Get him talking about kiteboarding gear and you’ll quickly realize that not only is Julien not a quiet guy, but his head is so full of ideas that sometimes he has a hard time getting them all out.

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PKRA St. Peter Ording, Germany, Day 6: One Race and More Meetings

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For the sixth day of action here in St Peter Ording, Germany, the conditions didn’t look promising. Instead of taking to the water, the kiteboarders of the PKRA decided to hold meetings about the judging system in the Freestyle discipline and the rules applying to Course Racing. By the middle of the afternoon the wind picked up to around 8 knots, which was enough to start the only race of the day, Race 11.

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PROFILED: Brian Smith AKA BCS

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Brian Smith grew up in Arlington, VA, and used to work at a marina on the Potomac River where he would spend his summers working, sailing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. After learning to kiteboard on a family vacation to Cabarete, he was hooked.

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VIDEO: PKRA Germany Beetle Kitesurf World Cup

This is the presentation video for the 2011 Beetle Kitesurf World Cup in St. Peter-Ording, Germany, organized by the PKRA.

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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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